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June 17, 2009
Posted: 1821 GMT

Hello everyone,

Iran is once again at the top of the show today. Rallies for and against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continue on the streets of Tehran and the story that has divided the country continues to have worldwide ripple effects.

We will go live to Tehran for the latest on the demonstrations, as well as the restrictions the Iranian government is placing on our reporters in the Iranian capital.

Because the online element angle of the story is still so important, we will be crosing over to our newly established "Iran Desk" for the latest on how information is seeping out of Iran on social networking and video-sharing websites.

Also today, we're looking at some very worrying economic indicators coming out of the United Kingdom. Any hope of a quick recovery is fading fast because jobless figures continue to show that the world economy is hemmorrhaging jobs at a rapid pace.

The situation has gotten so bad that airline British Airways is asking some of its employees to work for free for a month, to try to help the company bounce back from some disastrous results.

BA's CEO Willie Walsh says he'll work for nothing in July. Now forgive me if that makes me smile. Willie Walsh earns $1 million a year plus bonus. If he wanted his sacrifice to equal that of an employee living paycheck to paycheck, it's not a month he'd have to forfeit, but an entire year's salary.

So we're asking you to take part in our daily poll: would you work for free if it could help save your job? We'll read out results and comments on the show.

Must run to get ready for the top of the hour.

See you on TV,

Hala

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Al   June 17th, 2009 7:06 pm ET

Dear Hala,
As an iranian who has been following i-desk before and after the recent protests in iran, I was very disturbed listening to your guest in your last night edition, Kaveh Afrasiabi.
As you have heard from many analysts and seen live reports from iran, there has been irregularities in the election, to say the least! Afrasiabi on the other hand claims that "Ahmadinezhad won the election fair and square"! This guy is either mean or uninformed.
I would like to kindly ask you to invite other iranian analyst who seem to be more fair. Or if you want to have him in your program, at least give a voice to a pro-people analyst as well.
Thanks
Anonymous

Miha from Slovenia   June 17th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

I think, that Iran will not be able to censor news from the outher word for a long time. That is exactly the beauty of the inetrnet: if it stops working on one end, you can do the job on the other entrance point.

I don´t belive that all the people posesing computer will install the programs that allows the governement to track what they are doing on internet.

With good wishes Miha from suny Ljubljana

Jany   June 17th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

i work in a company that supplies airlines and we also got the option to work for free or take unpaid leave .... it is volunatry .... but our branch went for it as we want to keep our jobs... what a shame BA came up with this idea so late ...

Gordafarid   June 17th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

(YOUR BLOG IS DOWN BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT MOSAVI)Violence in Blogfa the Iranian Blog service provider

Blogfa which is one of the biggest Iranian Blog service provider started to diminish some of its users complete information and made their address available for a new user to sign up.
The day after the Iranian election the blogfa went down and wasn’t availabe for its users until today Wednesday 17th June. Surprisingly, some of the oldest Iranian Bloggers who are the Mir Hussien’s supporters are shocked by the time they tried to sign into their blogs. They face a message which says your blog is not available/Not Found any more because you didn’t follow the rules and regulations of the site. What they mean by this message is that these bloggers didn’t support Ahmadi Nejad before election and their only guilt is that they had Mir Hussien Mosavi Logo on top of their blogs and were supporting Mir Hussien campaign via their articles and notes.

Moulana   June 17th, 2009 8:39 pm ET

People I talked are more confused on Iran Protest on which story to rely. The tendency now is to people don't trust any news and double check other news media for verification. One media reports one issue as Human Right Violation but much worser than that situation in another country as Terrorism or Extremism or Anti-Government. Iran Government work with many other similar countries to promote their image. For example, Russia Today TV shows this Iran News as just few protesters and broadcast more on Iran President visit Russia. The same media, during Georgia case, did entirely opposite. Similary CNN's reliability also questionable in different situations.
Only consistent approach by media like CNN can make difference in IRAN's case and other cases

Ben   June 18th, 2009 5:19 am ET

Please continue to talk about the demonstrations by the courageous young men and women of Iran who ask to be free from this rutless government. We are all very proud of them. These people represent Iran, not what was usually portrayed in the media. The current government in Iran needs to be changed once and for all. Please support democracy and freedom! Thank you!

ali   June 18th, 2009 9:28 am ET

HELLO
I just want to say that this election wasnot true and in fact it was a big NO to this dictator regime. Any of forein countries must not accept the result of the election.

Hussein   June 18th, 2009 10:58 am ET

Hi,

Something has been being dismissed. Mir Hossein Musavi is not the only candidate to contest the election result. Other two candidates – Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei – did the same.

Mohsen Rezaei is now challanging Interior Ministry – the offical body who ran the election – by announcing that he has received at least 900 thousands votes – which he officially announced that it should be at least 3.5 million – that can be confirmed; since he has collected the National Codes (کم ملی) of his supporters who confirm they have voted for him. Interior Ministry announced his votes as 678340.

It is ridiculous to mention that his votes was reduced about 40 thousands after counting 5 millions votes.

Hussein   June 18th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Hi,

Something has been being dismissed. Mir Hossein Musavi is not the only candidate to contest the election result. Other two candidates – Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei – did the same.

Mohsen Rezaei is now challanging Interior Ministry – the offical body who ran the election – by announcing that he has received at least 900 thousands votes – which he officially announced that it should be at least 3.5 million – that can be confirmed; since he has collected the National Codes (کد ملی) of his supporters who confirm they have voted for him. Interior Ministry announced his votes as 678340.

It is ridiculous to mention that his votes was reduced about 40 thousands after counting 5 millions votes.

Ulasi Joshua   June 18th, 2009 1:55 pm ET

I think it is time for the world to have some sort of new wireless internet technology so that sensorship of information by most of the so called rogue states will not be possible any longer. Thanks though to Twittwer for being there always, especially now that we need them most in Iran.
I think it will be a nice idea to work for a short period without pay. The situation we now have all across the globe shows that not just BA, but the rest of the airlines may follow suite. The problem though, is that if one has to work for a long time for no pay, then his/her family's needs may not be met. He/she may be squeezed so hard that what was supposed to be a volunteer work now turns out to be a source of grumbling.
Generally, i think people will accept low pay since it is a global problem. There may not be alternative jobs elsewhere. Most of all, prices will soon take a nosedive, giving way to deflation.

Ulasi Joshua   June 18th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

I sincerely believe that the Iranians have succeded in making their voices heard.
Joshua Enugu State, Nigeria

Persia Man   June 18th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Hi Hala.
The whole exsistance of the islamic republic is in question. We have to get rid of the whole regime all together. 90% of the iranian public agree with me on this subject i can assure you. Without a doubt Ahmadinjad or Mosavvi are as bad as each other. Even is Mosavvi becomes the president, who do you think he would reports to? They are both from the same background and you forget that Mosavvi was one of the murderers at the beginning of the 1979 so called revolution.

thanks

Majid Irani   June 18th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Hala!
It has been repeatedly mentioned that “tens of thousands” of Mr. Movsavi’s supporters rally in the streets. Please also clarify it for you viewers that these people are in the streets in spite of the facts that:
• their life, their family, their jobs are in danger
• their leaders are in prison
• they have no (easy) access to SMS, internet, …
• police and media are against them and they have nobody to support them
• …
Regards,
Majid

Maryam   June 22nd, 2009 7:37 am ET

Hi

I am living outside Iran and I am very shocked that despite all the videos and voices of our dear Iranian people within the country , UN and western countries are so quiet and think only for thier benefits.
These poor younr generation that are protesting are the educated individuals that are using the only available resources that they have to tell the world that please come and help them
they have no gun and they are losing thie lives with no justice for a simple fact of wnating to vote and have the true winner as the president.
I believe that it is very clear to the Media that Human Rights are underestimated and just having a desk with showing what is sent from Iran is not enough anymore.
There shoudl be more action done to help the Iranians,not all the human rights is just about poor people is Africa and giving food to them , this is also another form of help whichis shouted from the country to the outside world and if we dont do anything these basterds are going to kill so many young people with no mercy.

Jacqui   June 22nd, 2009 8:47 pm ET

The World should demand that the persons responsible for Neda's murder be arrested and put on trial for MURDER. This is unacceptable in 2009 that people can be shot down in a peaceful protest...... Whoever ordered the basij to attack is also responsible for this unforgiveable act... they too should be brought to the international courts and be put on trial....This is MURDER.....

azam   July 6th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

hi hala
i have been watchin ur news on iran and judged
im fully convinced that it is ur media, the west and the USA are biggest culprits in the world and u r the ppl that have created unrest in iran .
u hav got ur ppl workin in iran to overthrow the iranian government and u r eager to see cracks in irans government , ur media has exploited unrest by creating ur own iran desk by setting up everything against iran but y r u not exploiting the unrest in handuras ?

The world can judge ur media and can work out whether u r interfering in other countries or not e.g in 1 of ur reporting the truth came out in which u mentioned that u have ur ppl workin against iran .
i think u should stop interfering in other countries businesses and the iran election was fair. i fully support the exhistin iranian president he is one of the best leaders in the group .
i know u wont be posting my comment but alteast u will hear the truth ...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike S   January 9th, 2010 10:17 am ET

Everybody is talking about opposition Moosavi, Election irregularity and so on. You do not know how the government treats the women in Iran. They are always looking to humiliate them, call them hoers, stop them in the middle of street and put them in minibuses and take them to police station. Why do you think so many older people are in these demonstrations, because they have been under these freedom haters for the past 30 years. They are pretending to be holy and pro Palestine but the last thing they want is peace between Palestinians and Israelis. They are stealing people money and move them in to European banks. All their kids are studying abroad specially in England. Now we can talk all year about opposition and forget that all that these people want is freedom. Make up your mind West. Are you with the Iranian people !!!

sam   February 11th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

international community watch, this is the islamic republic, killing torturing raping its own ppl for mere reason that they asked for their rights,70 million iranians are taken hostage in their own country.i am 28 med student and i have been participating in demonstration since it started everyday i leave the house my mother is afraid i dont come back.Mr obama enough with nuclear issues , if u are pro iranian ppl pro human rights then boycott iranain Gov.dont give them visas to attend any world afafir, dont carry trade with iran stop buying oil frm them.make up ur mind are you with us or against us??

sam   February 11th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

iran is turnning into aushwitz, you will not find iranain student and scholars in universities, you might wanna visit them in EVIN PRiSON,

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