Friday, June 14, 2013

In The Name of ... Democracy

Last week, on a rooftop in New York City, U2 recorded an acoustic performance of  'Sunday Bloody Sunday' - and dedicated it to democracy in Iran.

Meanwhile (today), in the totalitarian state that is Iran, voters minded orders calls to cast ballots in that country's presidential election. While there is little doubt that hardliners will hold on to power, the campaign leading up to the vote showcased the divide that has the strongmen trying to retain their authority, while reformers hoped against hope and backed a single candidate on the Left.

Today's voting began with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei taking a swipe at American concerns regarding the election's integrity, telling Washington "the hell with you" after casting his ballot in a the already decided/rigged vote.

Well, at least we can rest comfortably knowing that U2 & Co. "rocked the vote."

Late add bonus: "With over 121% of precincts reporting, Iran is still a brutal theocracy."
-- Sohrab Ahmari 

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