February 19, 2008


Iran Reinstates More Candidates for Election (AFP, 2/19/08)

Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodaei said that in addition, "251 of the candidates for the eighth parliament (since the Islamic revolution) have been reinstated," according to the IRNA news agency.

"These were the people who either had not qualified or their qualifications were not confirmed," he added.

He said those reinstated include both reformists and conservatives but media have said reformists are the main beneficiaries, in a possible boost to their chances of having an impact on the vote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2008 7:28 AM

Now it's confusing - is that 251 out of the original 2200 who were disallowed, or is it an additional 251 beyond the 280 and the 300+ who were supposedly reinstated last week?

If they are only putting 15% or so back on, then it's pretty clear the whole thing is a sham. If they are reinstating a third or more, then perhaps there is some push by one of the factions in play.

But, regardless of the numbers (who controls the initial ballot access requests, anyway?), there isn't going to be change in Iran until people who are outside of the current gangster political structure are able to run things. Nobody associated with Rafsanjani, Khatami, Ahmadinejad, Yazdi, or even Khameini himself will make a difference - they've been in charge since Khomeini died and nothing has 'reformed' one bit.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 19, 2008 8:39 AM

The push comes from the Ayatollah. There's nothing but gangsters any more than there was here after our Revolution.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2008 10:59 AM

Now you're smoking that Belichick weed again - where is the Iranian Madison? Their Jefferson? Heck, they don't even have a Paine. They're all Burrs, and even that isn't a good comparison.

But the real question is this: when a candidate is tagged as 'reformist', what does that mean? That he likes jazz and modern art? A glass of Chablis? That he has the imprimatur of European diplomats?

And are we talking Obama reform, Kucinich reform, or Ron Paul reform? Is anyone to the "left" of Ahmadinejad automatically a reformer? In a gangster government, the word reform is meaningless. Anyone who proposed real change would be taken for a ride pretty quickly.

You keep saying that Khameini is trying to protect the Revolution and grow the economy. They are incompatible.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 19, 2008 3:07 PM

The Founders actually owned slaves.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2008 10:47 PM

Did they murder Jews as a matter of policy?

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 20, 2008 12:16 AM

Our Jews were Indians. The Iranians talk about it. We did it.

Posted by: oj at February 20, 2008 7:18 AM