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Iran Protest Coverage: Sun June 21, 2009

Yesterday I tracked coverage of the events in Iran on Twitter and posted them here.  Though it’s late Saturday night in the US, it’s now Sunday morning, 21 June 2009, in Iran.  I’ll update this post as events unfold throughout the day.


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Video

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Dawn fires, explosions, and protesters cheering

Screams, sirens, and gunshots in the black of last night

Thousands marching, chanting “We are all together”

Sunday protest in the streets

More Sunday protests

Police beating in Iran

YouTube user claims this is chemical attack

Protesters protect one of their wounded

Police attack protesters

Protesters flee advancing police


Unconfirmed Reports

(user names not posted for their safety)

11:06 pm CST    FROM #IRAN* Tanks have rolled in Tehran … #iranelection

11:26 pm CST    RT: There was a military tank in Azadi square last night. #iran #iranelection

11:47 pm CST    RT From Iran: basij are beleived to be carrying out house raids, Please RT #iranelection

8:49 am CST     Ppl getting ready 2close down main market in Tehran known as “bazaar” Wuld have big effect on Econ. #iran

12:34 pm CST     RT from Iran: Still hearing gunshots from Tajrish SQ. People set fire and fired some Basijis motorcycles #iranelection


June 20, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Iran Protest Coverage: Sat June 20,2009

Finally!  At about 2:45 pm CST Saturday, President Obama finally released a statement in support of those standing for Democracy and freedom in Iran!  The President refused to make the statement on camera, but included the following in a press release.

We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.


Protests continue in Iran, despite the threat of a violent crackdown by the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with videos, photos, and reports from Twitter.


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9:01 CST  Iranian state run media are reporting a suicide bombing of the shrine of Ayatollah Khomenei


More video

Protesters intimidating Basij militia

More protest video

Huge crowds protest today in spite of crackdown

Protesters running through streets, gunshots heard in background

Woman shot to death by pro-Gov’t Basij militia [GRAPHIC]

Protesters shot on camera [GRAPHIC]

Another protester shot in the street [GRAPHIC]

More protesters clash with militia

Protesters clash with police at Shiraz Unitversity

Police murdering protesters [GRAPHIC]


UNCONFIRMED REPORTS (via Twitter)

11:00 am CST RT from Tehran: There is bloodshed here. Some persons among the crowd have grenades (There is not clear who they exactly are) #Iran …

11:11 am CST      RT F IRAN Chemical warfare?Evidently not boiling water but something else being sprayed from helicopters. via daily dish #iran #iranelection

11:29 am CST    Protesters are being stopped, searched and their “weapons” (read: cell phones) seized. Information is power. #iranelection

12:20 pm CST #gr88 #iran09 #iranelection #Tehran Reports: People Blocking Streets at Tehran Pars (East Tehran) and Setting Fires

12:47 pm CST    Injured [protesters] are being removed from hospitals and taken away by Basij #IranElection #Tehran #Mousavi #GR88 #iranelection

12:52 pm CST    #IranElection #Iran Reports from the ground: Iranian govt is using Hezbollah against the protesters. Can NE1 confirm? http://tiny.cc/kEqS3

2:10 pm CST   RT Hospital close to the scene in Tehran: 30-40 dead thus far as of 11pm and 200 injured. Police taking names of injured. #iranelection

2:18 pm CST    POLICE HELICOPTERS NOW SPILLING ACID ONTO PROTESTORS FROM ABOVE #iranelection

2:43 pm CST   RT News arriving that ppl planning to march into centre Tehran tonight as darkness falls. #iranelection #gr88 #Tehran

2:45 pm CST    Zhila Baniyaghoob’s (woman activist) home has been raided #Tehran #iranelection #GR88 #mousavi

3:04 pm CST    homes getting raided, journalists getting arrested. bad day in #iranelection

3:41 pm CST    RT Eye witness reporting that milita use ambulances to lure people & then shoot them (Roodaki & Azarbayjan st.) #IranElection

4:09 pm CST    Iran source says thr is a military tank in Azadi Square (I cnt confirm ths) #iranelection

4:11 pm CST IRAN FRIEND JUST SAID BASIJI ARE THROWING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS INTO CROWDS. #iranelection #iran. Trying to confirm elsewhere/ 1st hand

7:52 pm CST    REPORTS THAT EMBASSIES ARE CLOSED! I STILL NEED CONFIRMATION! PLEASE RT! #IranElection #Iran #Tehran #Basij

8:37 pm CST    Iran Basij are marking doors to attack later.Use oil/petrol to remove the mark from your door. #IranElection #Tehran


June 20, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Obamacare Horror Story You Won’t Hear

by Michelle Malkin on Townhall.com

The White House, Democrats and MoveOn liberals are spreading health care sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there’s one health care policy nightmare you won’t hear the Obamas hyping. It’s a tale of poor minority patient-dumping in Chicago — with first lady Michelle Obama’s fingerprints all over it.

While a top executive at the hospital, Mrs. Obama helped engineer the plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. Under the Orwellian banner of an “Urban Health Initiative,” Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to “dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents.”

In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients. If a Republican had proposed the very same program and recruited black civic leaders to front it, Michelle Obama and her grievance-mongering friends would be screaming “RAAAAAAAAACISM!” at the top of their lungs.

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Government’s Climate Con-job

by Paul Driessen on Townhall.com

Suppose a company doctored data, misrepresented study findings, replaced observations with computer simulations and hired PR flacks to promote its new “wonder drug.” News stories, congressional hearings and subpoenas would be in overdrive. Fines and jail sentences would follow. And rightly so.

But the standards change when “climate catastrophe” is involved.

But average global temperatures peaked in 1998 and since have fallen slightly, even as carbon dioxide levels continue to climb. Antarctic ice shelves show no signs of climate change, a six-year study has determined, while Arctic ice is seasonably normal. Hurricane activity is at a 30-year low.

Climate Armageddonites are trying to counter these inconvenient truths, scare people into clamoring for climate legislation, and enact the job-killing Waxman-Markey bill before more citizens realize they’ll be forced to pay $$$$ trillions for a hypothetical 0.1 degree Fahrenheit reduction in global temperatures. What to do?

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | Environment | , , | Leave a comment