June 15, 2009
Posted: 1610 GMT


Hello everyone,

Topping our rundown today, the continuing aftermath of the presidential election in Iran.

Certain parts of the Iranian capital saw violent demonstrations, especially in student areas and in and around Tehran University. And rallies in support of the deeply polarizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has claimed victory in Friday's election, and his main rival, MirHossein Moussavi and his supporters, have intensified the bitter political acrimony across the country.

The country's real leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a text supporting Ahamdinejad's win so quicly, it led some experts like Amir Taheri, writing in the Wall Street Journal today, to suggest that the country's "military security elite" is now really in charge of the Iranian state, and exerted some influence over the Ayatollah to support their protege.

Others say Ayatollah Khameini acted quickly because he too saw a candidate like Moussavi as a threat to the establishment.

Either way, the crisis in Iranian has created convulsions in a country of more than 65 million people, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 35, that have spread around the world in large part because of the pictures and messages that slipped through the security net via websites, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter.

We'll explore that angle of the story as well and take you to Tehran, where our chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is covering the story.

Also today, we'll cover the apparent execution of Western tourists in Yemen, a very worrying development in a country where hostages held by anti-government groups are usually bartered for favors, not murdered. We have live reaction to the news.

And the continuing reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on his vision for a Palestinian state. Critics say that by supporting a Palestinian nation with no control of its own airspace, borders and no military is in effect support for a "ghetto" state.

That, and the rest of the day's top stories, as always.

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Ashkan   June 15th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

Hi Hala,
I'm an iranian student,from Tehran,studying Shomal at the moment.What I think is that our government thinks we're as stupid as the ones that voted to him.The fact is that,most of our people,living in small cities,countrysides and villages don't have any idea what"s happening in the capital.And most of them don't have proper education and information about whats right and wrong,at least legally.Thank you and i love your program.
Special Thanks

Ursula   June 15th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

All dictators have to eventually go in disgrace and yet they choose to cling on to power by hook or crook. Can't they learn from history?

Ali   June 15th, 2009 7:16 pm ET


I am a young iranian student who left the country 3 years ago as I couldn't stand Ahmadinejad anymore.
I can assure you that we all voted in massive numbers to reformist candidate. the results are completely fake, decided days before. They staged everything by sutting down the SMS service and blocking facebook and other oppsition websites. Isn't this a vivid coup?
anyway, people demonstrated today in Tehran and other cities, at least A million people joined the rally.
US and European Union must NOT recognize this fake results.

Jeff Muffrex   June 15th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

The elections were fair and the people have voted. There were 200,000 Election Monitors, half selected by Moussavi and half selected by Ahmadinejad. Unfortunately each different group from Neo-Communists, to Arabs looking to break up Iran(backed by England), to other rabble rousers have used the election as their stage to cause internal conflicts within Iran.

Saidu Dumbuya   June 15th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

I see this election thing as the west trying to oust the irannian regime led by their protracted enemy,they are making propaganda reports and inciting the iranian youth to challange the election results,Tehran is just a part of iran,the opposition must have gained support in the capital but what about the rural areas.It has always been like this you either agree with the western powers that be or you risk your country been destroyed.

Truthseeker   June 15th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Hi Hala,
I have been watching the CNN International for the last 2 weeks to be updated with the events happening on the ground in Iran. Thank you very much the excellent coverage by the CNN international and my special thanks to Christiane Amanpour for her excellent reports.
Please note that Ahmadinejad is not the winner of the 10th presidential Iranian election. Ahmadinejad is a liar and a cheat who is trying to rob Iranians from their rights to vote and choosing their 10th president. You don't need me to explain all the circumstantial evidences which clearly shows that the election results have been manipulated by the establishment. Please don't turn the CNN cameras away from Iran since it will put pressure on all the democracies around the world to act and make the establishment in Iran to do the U turn and provide the real results. There are so many memos are leaking on the internet from the insiders of the Iranian Interior ministry office which clearly shows Mr Mousavi was the clear winner by more than 19,000,000 votes.

I am sure truth will come out.

Steve   June 15th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

I know you wouldn't read Jeff's statement. You will only read Pro-Moussavi stuff won't you Hala. Is that what your advertisers want?

Jeff   June 15th, 2009 7:43 pm ET


The elections were fair and the people have voted. There were 200,000 Election Monitors, half selected by Moussavi and half selected by Ahmadinejad. Unfortunately each different group from Neo-Communists, to Arabs looking to break up Iran(backed by England), to other rabble rousers have used the election as their stage to cause internal conflicts within Iran.

reza   June 15th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

if the people real want democracy and FREEDOM.. they should have a chance for a referendum about the ISLAMIC repulic at all..not only a selection of candidates... anything else is still a farce!!!

awake!   June 15th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

we are standing...
please tell the world the government is killing the people...

Mark   June 15th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

These elections were disputable from the outset. The closing of SMS and email/social networking sites, as aforementioned, point to a deliberate effort by the regime to prevent the rallying of what would most likely be the young and tech-savvy supporters of Mr. Mousavi.
Furthermore, Iranians went to the Polls around the world on the same day that Iranians voted in Iran. How could these votes possibly be counted? In the United States, expatriate votes have to be cast well before the general election so that they can be collected and transported back to the U.S for the guarantee of a free and fair ballot count. We're these votes supposed to be counted in the countries within which they were cast? Were the resulted telephoned-in or emailed to Tehran? How can that again guarantee transparency in the electoral system?
Lastly, CNN televised the electoral chief of Iran stating that with 20% of the vote counted incumbent President Ahmadinejad held 65% of the vote to his primary rivals 30%. Throughout the night these numbers remained unchanged even though 80% of the vote was left to count. Did this regime really think that the Iranian people or the International community would really fall for such a poorly conceived and dubiously implemented electoral fraud? It was, in the eyes of those who led the revolution back in 1979, the social mismanagement, corruption and outright arrogance of the Pahlavi government that prompted them to action. It would appear, judging the steadily deteriorating conduct of this regime – that the descendants of that 'student' uprising decades ago have become what they once claimed to detest so highly. Worse yet, they do it without apology and with both the expectation and demand that the people simply cope with their discontent as with all personal vices in Iran – within the confines of home.
Sorry, but not this time. The students, once again, want their voices heard.

SensibleAli   June 15th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Germany is commemorating the fall of the Wall 20 years ago this year. It all started in East Germany with frauded elections. People got angry and went into the streets. Could this in Iran be the historic copy of 1989 in all of the East bloc? Was today's illegal protest the start of something great, a turnabout of events? Hopefully so ... and George W. Bush wasn't so wrong about suggesting a democratic change in the whole region ... sooner or later.

Thot   June 15th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

Whatever these public demonstrations may result, and despite the bad sceneries that took place, one thing positive comes out of this: to see that are (mostly) the people of Iran who are taking action. Uprisings should come first from the people and then from exterior influences. If things had happened in that way at Iraq, maybe we would be witnessing now a different Iraq: a united Iraq, not a divided one. A change only results when everyone is fighting for the same purpose.

Farshad   June 16th, 2009 12:27 am ET

"""Now Twitter is Blocked in Iran by Ahmadinejad's Government""

Dan   June 16th, 2009 1:21 am ET

Yes George W Bush was right to want change in the region of the Middle east. Was he right to force it? Only time will tell. Iranian people are tired of the mullahs, they want change. is America a democracy someone asked, well they vote not just for Bush but for Obama, so yes atleast we are sure now that America is still a democracy. While in Iran people who voted for anyone who isnt Ahmadinejad are being threatened, plus internet is blocked so people cant cry for help, but it isnt working there are too many hundreds of thousands of Iranians who are going in the streets, the new revolution has begun, Bye Bye Mullahs!

kamrun   June 16th, 2009 1:36 am ET

ms Gorani
i am writting from tehran iran .it is 5 am june 16 tehran locale time .i am so sleep deprived tha i find it hard to compose sentences and refrence time .on the day of election ,it was friday, like most iranians i woke up and went to vote.ever since that like most iranian i have not slept nor have stopped. on june 15 tehran was the city to be was one of those few places that one could believe the hype and the powers that be ....well
i know not what they believe.

i like to honor all the students that were maimed , assaulted and denied a future.
i honor the scared breath of those who were snuffed in their youth,
students in tehran university dorm ;

i,my friends and so many people in iran have witnessed that which is the utmost outrage and so with all due respect i object to ""twitter revolution"
"by all means necessary" -said malcom-"by all network available" say we who voted no to Ahmadenezad and voted yes to reform.

please do not reduce us to a buzzword.
we live in tehran iran, keep your cynical quips to your self and do your job; cover us , report us but name not our protest as some trade -mark-smart-label.
if you must this is the green protest.


ali   June 16th, 2009 4:34 am ET

We live in a global world, anything that happens anywhere in the world concerns everyone of us…so the global citizens should stand up together with the people of Iran and topple this cheating and corrupt government of Ahmadinejad

Parissa   June 16th, 2009 5:57 am ET

I live in Zurich and what makes me very furious is that the regime stupifies the folk and is too naiive to observe how alert and consistent our youth are. I have experienced the revolution in 1978 and deeply hope an opposition party grows and leads this enthusiastic flow to another revolution. May God save Iran.

paria   June 16th, 2009 6:04 am ET

please tell the world the government is killing the people…
we need ur help

Nasim   June 16th, 2009 6:35 am ET

To Saidu Dumbuya: what do you actually know about Iran? Do you know Iran’s population and geograophy that confidentaly you comment on cities and rural areas?
And why do you have to bring west in between? Do you think that we Iranians are not capable of making our own decisions that West or East have to push us????
Please keep your comments to your self.

Iran hates ahmadinejad and that has nothing to do with big or small cities.
We don’t want Islamic radicals running our country. We don’t want Iran which is the nation of peace to be known as axis of evil. We don’t want to shout down with this or that country. Iranians are peaceful people friends of all nations and want to choose their destiny after 30 years.

If you look at the crowd you even see religious people involved and that’s because they’re also sick of Ahmadinejad’s nasty policies be it domestic or international.

I’m not saying that Ahmadinejad doesn’t have any supporters he does but maximum of 6-7 million and not more. Those are also Islamic hard liners like him who what Iran to be isolated.

We are living in world that people have to co-exist. You can’t force your ideas on countries or you’ll be isolated and that is what’s happened to Iran AND WE DON”T WANT THAT!

As a woman I want to be treated equal to men. I am educated, I hold a high position in a world known company and I see no reason that I’m counted half of what a man is.

Why should women inherit half? Why don’t women have the right to divorce? Why don’t women get the custody of their children if they can afford to? Why can men have four wives at the same time? And many more questions like this that we want solutions for.
This is what Mousavi has promised to fix for us and even if women who have some moral values have voted for hime, his votes are way higher than Ahmadinejad.

And there are thousands of evidence that the vote reading was a big lie and I’m sure you have heard it.
So please, please don’t insult my nation by saying that West was involved as they have better things to do and we are very well much capable of taking care of our countries problems. If we need help, we’ll ask our friends from other countries for help.

If you are an Islamic hardliner and like some other Arabs think that Ahmadinejad is an Islamic world leader then I hope that some one like him reaches power in your country so that you can actually feel how it tastes.

Henk   June 16th, 2009 9:13 am ET

I'm from the Netherlands and i find It really extraordinary what we are seeing right now in Iran, they never had a rally since the islamic revolution in 1979, that's thirty years ago!
I'ts also very special to see that the most of the demonstrations are planned by the internet (mostly by twitter)

I think (and some Iranian friends of my agree) that the western world must support the demonstation, but they also have to continue with condemn the actions done by the governement, formost president Ahmedinejad, who leads this brutal and agressive regime, in a nation where the youth should deserve a more modern and free nation!

harpak   June 16th, 2009 9:30 am ET

I believe that U S president is selling Iranian people to Iran s regime, this is a trend against democracy meanwhile he considers himself as a democrat e and representative of this so called democrat party ,
In a country where it s people votes are not important and the government is against it s own people how can you believe that the regime will not make nuclear weapons? negotiation is meaningless and US president must go for oil and gas sanctions against Iran so that Iranian people feel that they have support of other countries behind them. you cannot negotiate with government that believes 2*2=24
this government is built based on nothing but sheer lie, even if they promise they would not keep their promise

jack   June 16th, 2009 11:11 am ET

this brutal government is killing the iranian youth and call them REBEL . how can we complain about this situation? where the hell shall we go and claim help. i really hope this brutal government would be collapsed and people be able to joy their real votes. in a word i wan to say that <>

Omid   June 16th, 2009 11:55 am ET

Dear Hala

The Islamic regime started ruling in Iran with the support of Americans and European politicians. I personally don't believe that Khomeini had the capability to lead the revolution all by himself. Now it's time for America and Europe to stop acting so softly with Islamic regime's leaders and force them to a referendum with unbiased international supervision.

I think you are responsible as a reporter, and CNN as a news network to raise awareness in the world about Iran. You should make sure our message gets to every body out there who cares for humanity. Seven people got killed in a quiet and peaceful demonstration. This is not something the world could ignore easily.

bignkeng   June 16th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

HI Hala,
I am a regular listener of CNN but the way you people have covered this Iran election has been one sided, i am not a supporter of either of the candidate you people have not been objective in your reporting on the election particularly your senior international reporter on the ground Christian Amanpour she clearly take side with Mr Moussavi by the way this elcetion was covered by CNN only in Tehran not in other cities or provinces and most of your analyst also are doing the same, some say how can Mr Moussavi lost in his own home state but Al Core lost in his own home state of Tennesse to Mr Bush in the 2000 presidencial election.

Atta   June 16th, 2009 1:08 pm ET

those who demonstrate against the outcome of the elections are non democratic as they want to impose their will on the rest of Iran, whenever any elections don’t go as the US and Britain want then those elections are “disputed”!!
the US interferred (and their puppets in Saudi AMERICA) in the elections in Lebanon but the elections were “fair” because the outcome is what the US wanted.
Najad is the most straight forward, honest, hard working and truithfull president in the world today and I’m surprised that he only got 66% of the votes, if he had 99.99 like Mubarak in Egypt (another US puppet) then the elections wouldn’t be “disputed” again because this is what the US and “israel” wants.

Cyrus   June 16th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Me and most of Iranian people went to polling stations and voted to Mr.Mousavi just to prevent the Islamic regime to reelect (let say reassignment) Ahmadinejad. But the election coup d'état that Islamic regime committed, proved us that we had underestimated the infinite capabilities of regime in fraud, illegitimate and criminal actions.
You know, Mr. Mousavi do not represent and reflect Iranian peoples inspirations for human right values, democracy and development, however we voted him because we thought that it is a step forward to reach to our goals. Now, we have been humiliated by regime and specially with Mr.Khameneie and they have stolen our votes for our future.

Baharak Ghahraman   June 17th, 2009 5:22 am ET

Have you ever read 1984 by George Orwell, come and see it live in Iran.
The lies are larger than life here, people are being slaughtered in streets, but nothing of that sort mentioned in newspapers & tv.
dont stop feeding the world with what`s going on here, pls1 we have no other way.

Arash   June 17th, 2009 9:30 am ET

The Holocaust denier makes another Holocaust in his own country!
He can look at your eyes and lie to you !

Masoud   June 17th, 2009 9:37 am ET

I can clearly see that the western regimes are supporting dictatorship in Iran.

I suggest you support this regime till the nuclear bombs land in your green area!

Ehsan   June 17th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Hello Hala
now the yahoo mails:messamger blocked bye this government
It is too bad

nas   June 17th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

I am an Iranian .I live in this country and I have seen ppl being killed by government forces.
we are sick and tired of dictatorship. ppl want their real votes result. Is that a lot to ask? that is the basis of democracy.
I believe this has nothing to do with US or UK or any other country wanting to take over our country ,this is all about Iranian ppl wanting to be heard and respected as human beings.

My brothers and sisters are dying because they wanted to defend their rights and the truth.

Antouman Joof   June 18th, 2009 12:22 pm ET

I think Iran should go for a re-election, I think it should bring peace.

Niloofar   June 18th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

HI Hala, I have been watching CNNI since day one after election, however; I have to admit that I am disappointed at the quality of the reporters. All my family is in Iran, my dad has a factory in a rural city called 2 hours south of city of Kermanshah and my family are from Tabriz originally living in Tehran. My dad's employers at the rural city all and people from Kermanshah majority voted for Mosavi. Kermanshah is not the center of fluent and highly educated people. They are in demonstration and fighting for their rights since day one along with their Tehranians friends. And so is Isfahan and Mashad. I have a cousin who studies in Mashad and my parents neighbor are from Isfahan. CNNI did not cover any of these events and only focusing on Tehran and insisting that the rural cities are pro Ahmadinejad, which is absolutely not true.

mitra   June 19th, 2009 7:32 am ET

Where is my vote ?????

Franco Sitienei   June 19th, 2009 8:15 am ET

Did The Presidet of Iran visited Kenya before the Election , guess what someone showed him how to cook the elections.

Atif   June 20th, 2009 8:56 am ET


you people think you only have to moniter or focus on dis problem in the globe ??? which you people created bcoz Mr Ahmedinijad won the elections? he is not of your choice is dis y every day you people post same thing on web site IRAN ELECTIONS?

No one gets 100% votes if Mr Ahmedinijad got 50 % of votes other person got 35% and loser is able to get 20% people on streets it doesnt mean whole nation is protesting.

rostam   June 21st, 2009 11:10 am ET

the casualties of green revolution in Iran are not just declared inside Iran by either the dictator or people.
There are casualties outside Iran and closest to Iran in Iraq. Bomb blast in Iraq June 20th was one of them. This was an act of retaliation from Khamenie. The message to US is this: you make life uneasy for us here we make Iraq a hell for you.
He mentioned that in his speech anyway.
We knew that Islamic republic drives a covert occupation of Iraq in a state of symbiosis with the overt occupation run by US. These two occupations have many point of congruence with each other. More attack in Iraq as retaliation to challenges they are facing in Iran will come. Then some blasts in more remote target areas will be on way.

Hamid Davoodpour   June 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Dear Hala,

GOD bless her soul....
Neda is gone, but her voice w'll linger on and hopely her tragic and most unfair death shake up the world.
What a shame, what a burden on those sholders who claim to stand for democracy and do what ever necessary in their power to keep the world a safe place to live. Who can explain this to Neda's parents and many other millions who lost loved one sinds the bloody 1979 Islamis uprissing. I left Tehran in1986 and never went back and as a christian i can only pray and ask God to give them all the comfort they need more than ever.
I'm asking you, for the love of God, cause you people told the world about Watergate, you brought mr. G. Brown and house of commons on their knees. Why for heavens sake last 30 years the world SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL in Iran??
Supporting democracy, sounds great and comforting, but is'nt just the money that taste much beter!!?
God help us all,
Yours truly,
Hamid Davoodpour

Naser   July 15th, 2009 7:41 am ET

What people ouside Iran donot realize is the dimensions of the regim’s horrible crack-down of supporters of Mirhosein mousavi and Karrubi among whom there have been many journalists and intelectuals, and students .The regim torchures the prisoners and force them against the candidates or to undone things either in writing or in front of Regim’s TV and Radio Organization cameras.
The son of Khamenei is behind the curtain for conspiracy along with some revolutionary guard commanders.Ahmadi nejad is agent and puppet in bloody hand of the leader.

This has been tragic sequences which extend from the past against the flow of democracy and reforms in the country and against followers of religions who necessarily belive in the method of Islam in the country.

There is another expectation from the Expert Assembly headed by Rafsanjani to take role of supervising and questioning leader’s actions and in order to take active position rather than stay neutral and good-for-nothing mullahs.

However,people will not wait for them but will want world to hear their voices .I thinks Iranian people will win anyway.

I recommend to those who are still supporting Ahmedinejad not to back him becaue they share with him in bloodshed

soli   July 21st, 2009 6:25 am ET

It was big fraud.It was not vote pepole .ahamdinajad is a very liar.

baroni Razi (nick name)   August 5th, 2009 7:27 am ET

Hello dear Hala

Do you know how think a MOLLA about other people ? They say (( alavam kalakam)) – it means that people are like sheep – they have no mind and a molla must use from their money and women for himself – and it is not important to tell lies – and kill them .
but now – some Iranian youth are waking against them and we need help to introduce them and their history . thank you for your help

soh   August 27th, 2009 7:53 am ET

It waz not fair. I Think Iranian people want a re – election and peace.

f-joo joo   August 10th, 2010 4:39 am ET

I hate, hate, ahmadinejad

f-joo joo   August 10th, 2010 4:40 am ET

I hate, hate, ahmadinejad

omid   August 12th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

ahamdinajad is a very liar.It was not vote pepole

Summer Camps   October 30th, 2010 3:53 am ET

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lucifer   November 1st, 2010 2:38 pm ET

Sometimes it seems to me that west countries are compromising with Iran's dictatorship, as they do this with Arabs. The major reason could be the oil. By bringing democracy, Iran's diplomacy and relations will definitely get better, as a consequence Iran's economics and other deficiencies start to diminish gradually and the government instead of setting economy on the oil revenue, develop industrial infrastructures. These superstitious and ignorant morons should be sentenced by real justice. They will be punished for every human right they've violated and every year of recession.

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