A brief post on Iran
Brutality Still Reigns in Iran
In fact, three of the presidential candidates could be prosecuted for involvement in the assassination of Iranian dissidents inside and outside Iran.
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Despite evidence of increasing human rights abuse, and the fact that the government cares about how such abuse is viewed by the outside world and by Iranians, Western pressure on the Iranian regime has weakened recently. Western representatives in Geneva decided, for example, not to call for a “special rapporteur” on human rights in Iran during the last meeting of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Officially, the reasoning was pragmatic: One U.S. diplomat explained that a rapporteur would get nowhere in Iran, since Iranian authorities would deny him a visa. But human rights activists in Geneva believe that the reluctance to investigate may be motivated by a desire to mute criticism of Iran while nuclear talks continue.
Contrast that with the Beeb’s Iran’s politicians get image savvy article. It’s all done with mirrors, I guess.
As for the “elections”, No Candidate Wins Majority in Iranian Presidential Election, Forcing a Second Round