The Iranian presidential election

June 16, 2009 2:04:39 PM PDT
Nothing like democracy in action to shine a light on a society. Is that what is happening in Iran? If the voting were truly legit, would the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have won overwhelmingly, as he claims? There is a recount investigation under way, but unless it's transparent, it's going to be as useless as mammary glands on bulls, to paraphrase my father.

One wonders what would have happened to this great country, with its interesting and well-educated people, had the Shah of Iran, way back when, decided to usher in democracy and give up some of his family's power. The overthrow of the Shah instead ushered in the fundamentalist movement, and the rest, unfortunately, is very real and fairly recent history.

Now, the defeated reformist Mir Hussein Moussavi is urging his supporters not to attend any more rallies to protest the election. The violence from government reaction to the demonstrators is troublesome, and Moussavi worries that his supporters will continue to be attacked, and worse.

The U.S. is in a tricky position. The White House doesn't want to be seen as meddling, but officials also clearly support the reformers.

Meanwhile, the permits of journalists who were allowed in Iran to cover the elections have been revoked. And any reporter who wants to find a story outside of her or his office must now get permission.

Not exactly freedom of the press.

We'll have the latest from Iran, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, supporters of David Goldman's bid to get his son back from Brazil are holding several rallies tonight around the region and in various cities around the country. Goldman has won a Brazilian Supreme Court decision for custody of his now-9-year-old boy, but the father from New Jersey doesn't yet have his son back home. Instead, the boy's step-father has him. It could be a long time before this story ends.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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