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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Jalal Ghazi, "Six reasons why Iran cannot be explained in a Twitter feed," New American Media, July 2, 2009.

The world’s attention is on Iran. But the rhetoric of reformists vs. conservatives and students vs. mullahs cannot capture the complexity of what is happening on the streets of Tehran. Here are six reasons why the situation in Iran cannot be reduced to simplistic headlines or Twitter feeds.

First, the post-election crisis in Iran is not only a reflection of divisions between conservatives and reformers. Perhaps more importantly, it has brought divisions within the conservatives to the forefront. forces were not the only side that used violence.

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