By Ali Safavi
I found "Mullah Democracy" (editorial, June 21) rather presumptuous for suggesting that the Iranian people should vote for Hashemi Rafsanjani in Friday's runoff election because he was the lesser of the two evils.
True, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has no virtue to speak of, having been a Revolutionary Guard commando and directly involved in the killing of dissidents at home and abroad.
The Islamic republic, home to some of the most qualified young people in the Middle East, has been exporting its brain-power at an alarming rate -- with an estimated 150,000 frustrated graduates taking flight every year.
The Washington Times - June 16 - As Iranian voters get ready to go to the polls tomorrow in the first round of presidential elections, the avalanche of breathless media hype has already begun. We've been treated to plenty of pontificating over the supposed "liberals" (the enlightened ones who tell us what we want to hear about women's rights and political freedom).
A rigged election, no reformist victory.
The Wall Street Journal
The most astonishing aspect of Friday's presidential vote in Iran is not that the elections will go into a second round but that Tehran managed to convince so many in the West that this is a real demonstration of democracy.
The Wall Street Journal
By GEORGE MELLOAN
Whoever wins an electoral runoff and becomes Iran's new president, the news won't be good, either for Iranians or Americans and Europeans disturbed about the regime's quest for nuclear weaponry. The country's ruling mullahs blatantly displayed their muscle, and vote-rigging skills, in last Friday's initial vote. That suggests that they are no longer interested in creating even the illusion of political moderation.
New York Times
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN
TEHRAN - Aides to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani initially said he would not be making any appearances in the final days before the presidential runoff on Friday against the conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.But as Mr. Rafsanjani's campaign seemed to stall, he decided to visit Tehran University on Tuesday afternoon to help drum up votes.
VIENNA, May 20 (Reuters) - Iran has been using front companies to skirt international export controls and purchase a graphite compound that can be used in nuclear and conventional arms, an Iranian exile said on Friday.
By GEORGE JAHN
May. 20, 2005 (The Associated Press)- Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday.