All democratic elections matter, but few have the international significance of the one taking place today in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The contest between incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi has direct implications throughout the region and the world.  Will Iranians elect a leader less determined to pursue confrontation with the west? Will the result calm fears in Israel and reduce tension between two nations whose mutual enmity has produced one of the most sensitive flashpoints in international relations? Reports indicate that Iranians are most concerned about domestic economic problems (how familiar that sounds), but their votes will be counted as carefully in Washington, London, Tel Aviv and Brussels as they are in Teheran, Mashhad and  Tabriz.  The BBC's running coverage  is very good. For an American perspective try this from the Washington Post . For an example of what Israelis are reading take a look at the Jerusalem Post.

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This just came to my attention through a tweet. The photographs show the state of uproar in the country incredibly effectively.

 These are impressive pictures. Thanks for linking to them Becci. I might even be tempted to revise  my opinion of Twitter.   

Twitter does throw up some gems. It's rather like sifting through the junk mail and bills in your postbox to get a letter, or rummaging through all the boring toffee chocolates to get a triangle in Quality Streets... But chocolate is not the point, the point is that I think everyone should sign up. There's some really interesting people to be found there.

"They are kiling the people,
They are kiling the people,
They are kiling the people,
They are kiling the people,
They are kiling the people,
They are kiling the people,"

said a comment. Simple, yet so terrible in it.

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