Iran's Supreme Leader Just Says 'No'
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Iran's Supreme Leader has dashed any hope of changing the officialresults of last week's disputed election. We look at the likely consequences from Tehran to Washington, including the possibility of violent confrontations if protests continue. On Reporter's Notebook, we hear from Iranians who've been supporting the opposition from here in the United States.
Banner image: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the faithful at the weekly Muslim Friday prayers at Tehran University. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
The Ayatollah Tells Protesters to Quit or Else ()
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans Supreme Leader, has denied that last weeks election was rigged, supported President Ahmadinejad and told protesters to stay off the streets or be held responsible if theres any violence. Borzou Daragahi reports from Tehran for the Los Angeles Times.
Iran's Supreme Leader Just Says 'No' ()
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a huge crowd that President Ahmadinejad was re-elected by a landslide. He denied that last Fridays voting was rigged. He told protesters to stay off the streets and warned that future violence would be blamed on their leaders. The opposition has scheduled a rally tomorrow. Will they back down? Will there be violent repression? Whats the impact on Middle East neighbors? And whats the status of President Obamas hope for engagement with the Islamic Republic? We look at these and other issues today.
- Mohsen Milani: Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida
- Jamsheed Choksy: Professor of Iranian Studies, Indiana University
- Najmeh Bozorgmehr: Tehran Correspondent, Financial Times
- Laura Rozen: Reporter, Foreign Policy magazine, @lrozen
Persian-Americans React to Rising Tensions in Iran ()
All during this week of massive protests in Iran, there has been support from expatriates and other sympathizers here in the US. Americans of Iranian heritage are concentrated in several parts of the US, most conspicuously in Southern California and Texas. We sample their response to today's developments.
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