Iran's Green Movement: 5 years later

Iran's presidential election on June 12, 2009 was as fateful as it was controversial.  In no uncertain terms, the official results showed incumbent candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning in a landslide, but a great many people – prominent among them his opponents in the election, Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi – alleged fraud, with Moussavi even insisting on the accusation to the point of declaring victory himself.  This led to a massive breakout of protests and civil unrest in Iran and the birth of a popular action – widely regarded as the political offspring of Moussavi and Karroubi – that has come to be known as "The Green Movement." Like any legitimate political initiative undertaken by the masses, in spite of some isolated savage zealotry from the less evolved, the Green Movement has always been overwhelmingly characterized by peaceful protests staged by those who appreciate human rights and democracy.  These people...(Read Full Article)

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