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Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Presidential Election

It has been an unbelievable 2 weeks in Iran. Hot series of TV debates and constant party mode on the streets which was the best sample of tolerance and respect among the citizens, gave all of us a surprising image of our society. Independent of its outhis election has given a new shape to the Iranian political and civil discourse.

The sucky part was the low key coverage that the western media gave to these events. Until last Wednesday, the coverage was minimal and even after that, it never reached the level that many smaller Iranian events (small student protest, or Roxana Saberi's court) were covered. Maybe this relates to a higher level western policy of silence and respect that exist these days with respect to this election.

Anyway, it's time to walk out and participate in this historical moment and also observe. I feel so excited to observe such historical moments, specially when things are so tight that predictions is very difficult! I'm heading to Philadelphia for voting! After 31 years with my parents in a city that we once left for another shot of Iranian history!
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