June 18, 2009
Posted: 1555 GMT

This is a story that seems to have everyone talking. So, today, we've decided not to post an "I-Desk Online Poll." Instead, we want to hear from you... Post your comments here, and we'll share some of them during I-Desk.

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Liam   June 18th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

The real story in Iran that is mostly being ignored by all media is the power struggle between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and ex president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

robert   June 18th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

i think this is a good opportunity for the people in Iran to make there voices heard. i think the government should hold a new election since this is what most of the people want.

Mubarak M Omar   June 18th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

It is the time that Iran people can achieve a freedom, free and fair election, this is the beginning of democratization process start in middle east the only think is to know which country will be the next, because of the region were occupied very strong dictatorial governments including all Arab world accept Lebanon which shinning at the moment, what we need to know how the well democratic nation support the choice the people


Mubarak M Omar


amitis   June 18th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

What is going on in Iran today is not something that just happen only because of the election. Iranians have been waiting for so long for something like this to happen, small provocation to get their right and their freedom back. And in my opinion even if there will be another election nothing will change as long as khamenei is in power. So at this moment the only thing that can help is media and support of other countries, like what you are doing today. We all appreciate and I hope we will get the best result which is change of govenment.

Ahmed   June 18th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

It would seem very likely that the elections WERE rigged, but some of the attention given to this situation may not be fully genuine. Some would want for this to prove that Ahmedinijad should be out of office, like many do in the West. It has to be viewed neutrally, with a thorough investigation to see if the election was rigged. President Barack Obama seems to be taking a course alike to this.

Ana   June 18th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

From Christiana Amanpour's report, it sonds like even the conservative polititians are acknowledging the importance of the popular moviment in Iran. Even if he keeps the presidency, it looks like Ahmadinejad will have to reconsider his actions and speeches as president...

eli   June 18th, 2009 4:38 pm ET


eli   June 18th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

iran TV showing 3 of basigis who injured or died
but they show NOTHING about peaople who died in street?

hamid   June 18th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

This is the result of 30 years suppressing people. Iranian nation wants freedom on anyways. The cheating in election gave them opportunity to claim for real freedom.
Viva Iran

Ursula   June 18th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

Hi Hala, I've listened to so many 'Iran experts' and each gave a very different take on the last 6 days and how this protest wiil end. Politics is so unpredictable. I prefer listening to 'real people' and they have spoken. This 'Twitter revolution' gives us much more information than any of those experts. That's why Iranian officials don't try to silence the experts, they try to silence Internet social networking.

Kevin Mugo   June 18th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

I have been trying to understand why a country such as Iran that is said to have some of the most educated people in the middle east would have leaders that lack common knowledge. I mean its not rocket science that during times like this it is pointless to ignore the cries of the citizens that make or break the country the same people that put such leaders in power, in my opinion Mousavi the opposition should have by now had a sit down with Amadinejad and discussed a way forward before all is lost in Iran, the supreme leader should not be communicating to the two using their envoys. It sickens me that up to this moment a person who calls himself a leader has not yet made a statemen even after mass action has killed and injured innocent civilians who demonstrated their right to vote, Amadinejad should stand infront of the world and show us(the world) that he is aware of the electoral crisis facing his country and how he plans on going on about it. Thats the way i see it but clearly according to Amadinejad that would be a dumb move.

Henk   June 18th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

(From the Netherlands)
I think that ít's really important to share the news of the situation in Iran with the people because it's a very extraordinary situation going on in Iran, I can't remember when this happened before
we must not turn our backs to this situation, because they are stonger if we support them, although it's only by internet.
but it's already a strange situation, because I can't remember a situation where the internet played a role like it does now, with the news almost only coming from Iran by the internet

Nima   June 18th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

The time when the world was yieling down to mullas in tehran ,the peple of iran showed the true face of the regime to world. so isn't it the time for forieners to listens to iranians's wish???

Shahzad   June 18th, 2009 7:24 pm ET

I think that the on going story "in Iran" has provided a nice oppurtunity for Iranian people to get rid of powerful state structure of conservative clerics. Only getting Moussavi instead of Ahmenejad would not provide more rights to the people of Iran.

Fariborz   June 18th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

In your program a quote was made of a pro-Ahmadinejad blogger. In response I should say the Ahmadinejad supporters, especially the young Basijis and other establishment organizations, not only use the Internet efficiently and in a large scale, they have also the ones who, unlike pro-democracy supporters, have the unrestricted access to high-speed Internet. Their only problem is their lack of basic English knowledge.

Nima   June 18th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

we do not go to the streets to get a recount of the votes we want either the true result which for sure suggests Mussavi's win or at least a new free election without the interferring of Khameneii and its militia

Sina   June 18th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

I'm an Iranian-American and should again thank you in CNN with broadcasting real and true news from Iran, What I hear from there is Basij is doing all the street shootings and killings, their power was suspended by Khatami for 8 years and since ahmadinejad has come over they've got their power back even more power and what I know just after being only 1 year in the basij regardless of your age you could have a gun. now what happened is they are out controlled even iranian police can't prevent them from easily killing innocent people. I have heard lots of conflicts between the police & basij during the rallies. I'd like you to have more research on this and let anyone in the world know who's behind all this. thank you

Green   June 18th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

I am Iranian and I want our votes back! Now the matter is not Mousavi or Ahmadinejhad anymore! The most important thing is that they have disrespected our intelligence, They kill our students, They lock up our leaders and they want us just obey them like a sheep! We are the Grand children of great Cyrus. The first Human right laws have been written in Iran and now look where we are! We don't have access to the basic essentials of human rights! we can not even express our opinion! This regim is not republic anymore cause people's saying doesn't worth. We will wash blood by blood! we will take eye for n eye! We will not remain silent to this brutal attacks to our students and our people. We will fight shoulder by shoulder till we set our dear Iran free.

omid   June 18th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

Dear CNN
As a person who cares about my country IRAN and always follow the politics closely, I should say Ahmadinejad has similar opinions and mind with Taliban but he is WORST, because he is smart and hides himself behind the name of DEMOCRACY. World should be careful and follow these movements seriously.

kamran   June 18th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

can you imagine? ahmadinejad calles hundreds of thousands of us that come to streets "a handfull of sand"!! this man is making us furious! if he continues this kind of speech, i think we will see a complete revolution in iran, hala!

Ben   June 19th, 2009 5:41 am ET

On behalf of all Iranians, I thank CNN for its continous coverage of events in Iran. We need the world to see and know that the Iranian people are not terrirests...They are wonderful people that never wanted to be under dictatorship and be portrayed as terrirests just because their unelected government officials promoted terrieriosm.
Please continue to show the world what is going on in Iran.

Thank you once again!

Hossein   June 19th, 2009 9:42 am ET

The object of this comment is the people of Palestine and Lebanon.
Iran’s government has always mentioned fighting with injustice and cruelty as the reasons of supporting some special groups in Palestine and Lebanon in their media as a kind of help for people of these countries.
But looking carefully at their reaction and the way they treated people of their own country who have only a slightly different idea from them shows that they are not so much fair to have such a spiritual attitude, and they are abusing people of those countries as a kind of puppet or plaything to put their front line thousands of kilometers away from Iran’s borders to fight indirectly with U.S.
They show soldiers of Israel mistreating with Muslims but never show how their forces attacked students’ dormitory in middle of a night and never revealed the number of killed people.
If Iran’s government had stopped putting oil in their fire, their fire had gone so far.

Amir   June 19th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

Mr.Khamenie should know that 4 years will become soon, and he will need to our vote again and none of us will vote again, and that's when he will know, he should not speak like this to Iranian people.

Peyman   June 19th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Hi, This is what I received through a friend's email that is being circulated, reflecting the thoughts of a young Iranian protestor, that really moved me and I am sure it WILL move anyone else as well.

Tomorrow I will take part in the rally. The march tomorrow might get violent. I might be one of the people who dies tomorrow. I am listening to all the most beautiful songs that I have heard in my life again. I even want to listen and dance to some of the Los Angeles songs. I've always wanted to pluck my eyebrows a little bit. Yeah, tomorrow before I go I'll visit the salon!
There are a few amazing movies in our cinema, I'll have to see those too. I'll have to visit the library. Foroogh's and Shamloo's poem's are worth re-reading. I'll have to sit down and go through my family album.
My friends, I'll have to call them and say my good-byes. In all the wealth in the world, I only own two library shelves that I have told my family who to give the books to. I have two more semesters until I get my bachelors degree, but screw the degree. My mind is very confused.
I'm writing these scattered sentences for the next generation so they know we weren't emotional and misled. So they know that to better their lives, we did everything that we could possibly do. So they know that if our ancestors surrendered against the Arabs and Moghols, we will never surrender to tyranny.
This writing is dedicated to the children of tomorrow.

Behruz Tabrizi   June 19th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

Although I expected khamnei's position on the election issue, but still I was surprized how a human being can become so DESPOT that in order to hang from power can sacrifice every single human value . I deeply wish that Iranian people gets their freedom and dignity back without any human losses.

Long live peace and human dignity....

Best wishes to all of you for your fair coverage of Iran election news as well as post election protests. All CNN reporters: WELL DONE!

lili   June 19th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

You can not find any logical explain for supreme leader in Iran in any dictionary or search engine. In a word, he thinks he is a God messenger and his word is holy word and every one should listen. I just wondering if president Obama is waiting until another tragedy like China’s Tiananmen Square happen for Iranian students and people.

Homa   June 20th, 2009 8:16 am ET

I think Ahmadinejad is one of the most dangerus person for not only Iranian people but for all the nations. I'm sure if he get the atomic power he will use it against the humanity only for his satisfaction. Every one must stand aigains him, if you whants a peasweful world.

Ali Dashti   June 20th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

I would like to thank CNN on behalf of International Iranian community for great effort but please don't cover current events in Iran 'OJ Simpson Car Chase' style. This is a serious event and sensationalism only detracts from the gravity of the situation. Obviously Ms. Amanpour and other seasoned reporters fully understand the situation but I see some junior anchors completey missing the real story during interviews and instead focusing on the 'burning motorcycle'.

darioush bayandor   June 20th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

A guest in Jonathan Mann's program on June 20 – I believe the name was Melody Moazami – presenting herself as an expert on Iran cited some historical events to make the point that Iranians are allergic to American meddling in Iran's affairs. That may be so but not for the reasons she brought up and wrongly described. The 1953 fall of Mosaddeq was as much a work of the Shiite clerical hierarchy of the time as it was related to the CIA/MI6 plots. In fact the latter's plot failed on 16 August but the stroke by clerics unrelated to the CIA plot but blended by other internal factors succeeded a few days later on 19 August. The war with Iraq in September 1980 was the result of Khomeini wanting to export his (Shiite) revolution to Iraq. This is well documented no matter what the IRI propaganda wants history to record that cataclysmic war. The aggression took place by Saddam but the war had been fomented by Khomeini. The myth of US role in that war is just that, a myth. In 1982 after Khomeini refused honorable peace with ($40 billion) reparations the US, the USSR and many Europeans countries sold arms to Iraq and tilted towards Saddam. These countries filled their own pockets selling arms directly or indirectly to both parties. Americans sent MacFarlane to arrive at a deal with Khomeini who while buying arms from Israel – Yes Israel- did not have the wisdom to bring the US to his own side. After additional 250-300,000 more Iranians died Khomeini accepted the reality of his miserable situation and delivered the chalice of venom speech accepting a humiliating defeat.
I like to say Ms. Moazami (?) must have a most superficial knowledge of history repeating some uninformed clichés on Iran’s history. Not anyone who authors a book becomes an authority.

Kim Crawford   June 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Why USA is not using their spy satellites for live images from Iran?

Dr. Etuka Obinwa   June 21st, 2009 9:28 am ET

I feel every sovereign state needs to be left alone to decide its fate. America, in my opinion is meddling with a lot of countries domestic problems, whereas its own problems are legion. It is high time those so called developed countries mind their business and desist from interfering with other countries problems. Why has globalisation not been given the human face it deserves?

Developing countries have often been given back seats in any world affairs. Can't people initiate a change which can usher in a global peace and unity? We they cheat developing countries to protect developed countries?

Dr. Etuka Obinwa
Lancaster, PA, USA

Cyrus   June 21st, 2009 1:44 pm ET

In order to stand beside iranian people against the diktatorship government, boycot iran's oil company and any other ties.

freedom   June 21st, 2009 5:45 pm ET


freedom   June 21st, 2009 7:43 pm ET

according to information coming from iran, most of the demonstrations are taking place after 3 p.m. The pressure and beatings are much more and people are not able to freely move from one place to other. that would sort of explains that the demonstrations and protests are not bigger crowds as they were in the beginning.

It is really important to the international commmunity to know that the regime in iran has started employing non iraninan forces to crash the peoples protests as they are afraid their own military join the people as they did during the shah. The Hizbollah militia and forcs from venezouella have been deployed in beatings.

angel   June 21st, 2009 7:59 pm ET

this was not an was a selection in fact. they played a very unfair game. they played tricks on the nation. im really sorry about also worried about the events happening all over the country.

freedom   June 21st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

There is a lot of seculation whether the people want to overthrow this regime or they just want simple or basic rights within the same regime and system.

I think this mistake can just raise from lack of experience living and being ruled in a country that has no answer but jaling torture and executing people. keeping this in mind, the analysis would not lead to any mistakes. The fact of the truth is that the majority want a regime change and a nw system, how could they voice their protest without getting massacred? I think the answer is clear. uniting under a legitimate cause that is recognized by the regime.

I would not go into a lenghty discussion, since I am sure everybody can draw their logical conclusion from this

May peace privail in Iran and the world

babak   June 22nd, 2009 1:41 pm ET

Humanity under scrutiny
It is nauseating to live through these tough times in Iran and witnessing stark global injustice in full swing. A group of despots and traitors ruling our proud nation are draining Iran and Iranians of their lives, dignity, resources and future. Their barbaric and ruthless treatment of Iranians, particularly the youth, is mainly kept out of the international media watch with no meaningful global protest against it. These acts are carried out with the most modern tools, hardware and software which are provided to them by the ‘civilized world’.
The well known patterns of shameless and ruthless oppression of Iranians and the crackdown of our peaceful and democratic resistance, with gross violence and outright firing live ammunition at millions of demonstrators during the ‘Marches of Silence’ in Tehran and other cities, not even sparing military hardware which has caused horrendous fatalities and casualties, are taken straight from the cook book of dictatorship. The ‘civilized world’ particularly president Obama should realize this simple fact that the political meal cooked with this recipe would be extremely hard to swallow for all in near future!
Is the world particularly president Obama, for petty political justifications, going to sit on the same negotiating table with Ahmadinezhad or its illegitimate government on any issue should he and Khamenei succeed in their murderous bloody crackdown of voices of democracy in Iran and still call themselves proponents of democaracy?
In that case not only Iranians but the whole region and perhaps the whole world may see irreparable damages for generations to come.

freedom   June 22nd, 2009 2:18 pm ET

There are a lot of talk about meddling of other countries specially states and UK in Iran. I think what is important to mention and bring to notion which lies on the shoulders of both political leaders and media is that there is a difference between meddling and supoorting a just cause. To support a nation under terror who empty handed are fighting for what is granted in western world is something to be recognized and supported. specially considering the nature of the protests which are nothing but peaceful demonstratins.

The regime in iran knows where this is leading, and that is something the world should as well note.The system in iran is well aware of the fact that democracy and freedom is like cutting the oxygen supply to its existance. In a real democratic country, this regime has no place. Something to remember and think about.

Nazmus Sadath   June 22nd, 2009 4:25 pm ET

Hi every body,
By watching CNN, it can be assumed that almost al of the Iranian people are on the street to protest the government. But by the nature of their news, I have doubt about that. yes there is a opposition fraction in Iran as like as other democracy. But one should not forget that Tehran or a major city does not represent whole Iran. It is actually the Oil what is behind all this. many people do not like the Ahmedinijat's policy to give the money to the rural poor as benefits. this is a typical example of making discourses according to the interest, the western interest to have more business out of Iran's Oil

freedom   June 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Today is a vital point in history for all the leaders of the world. We heard the message on CNN coming out from Iran. Getting stuck on short term interests is not the answer to peace for Iraninans and the world. It is not only about Iran and Iranians, it is about what the world leaders have been talking about and are so interested in, to secure world peace and to avoid nuclear disaster. Here is the chance. A nation is alone crying for help from international body.

President Obama, The scenario has changed in Iran. and I think now is time to consider the strategy that was put forward. As most analysts say, this is not a regime that is going to be easy to talk to. It was a great move considering the situation. And there is no contradiction in the gesture and policy set forth in the beginning.
I am sure there are a lot of concerns about how the situatin is going to unfold in Iran, and it makes politicians cautious how to move.

one thing is to keep in mind. This is not just fractions in the regime, it is much greater than that. people are using this opportunity as a way to move and show their disagreement with the system.

If in doubt how do you interpret the heavy military presence on the streets.The government is insecure and knows they are in danger of being overthorwn. Now is not the time to act conservatively.

France and Germany have initiated the right move. Everyone is expecting the rest of the world to do the same.

Put the Iranian government under constant pressure as why is it that they are not allowing reporters inside iran to report freely. This blockage is a good sign of how the regime is standing on real shaky grounds.


It is up to the world to realize this great chance, support it and help it.

freedom   June 25th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I was watching CNN this evening, showing Ahmadi nejad on TV while making his speech attacking US president Obama. The interesting difference if you look closely, is the tone and bodylanguage of Ahmadinejad, you can easily detect that he is threatened and there is more going on in Iran that we are hearing on TV. This is not a relaxed man, and the reason for that is an expression that how wide the opposition against his government is. Just an observation.

Fred   July 31st, 2009 6:45 pm ET

If Ahmadinejad is a liberal man , he should ask for election to be repeated as well. Government claims vast majority of the people have been voted to Ahmadinejad and if it is true then if they repeat the election, Ahmadinejad will be elected again and all the people will accept it by heart. I believe the reason they insist not to repeat is that they had been cheated and so they don't want this to be shown to world.

Ahmadinejad paid a lot of oil money to part of people in the country in order to buy the votes but I still believe that majority of specially opn minded people voted to Mussavi.

I don't believe the government and strongly I think it was not a fair election and it must be repeated.

saeideh   August 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm ET

It's about 40 days that people of Iran are tortured, injured and killed to say the world that, an unbelievable coup d'etat and shameful fraud has happened in this country.
How many more killed, like Neda you need to believe this people ?!!!

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