To the polls

The Iranians are going to the polls. It’s a sham democracy, really, as only candidates vetted by the Mullahs have been allowed to run. The Guardian’s weblog looks at the options and asks the key question: “do you boycott the election or vote for a reformer who would probably struggle to drive through change?”
With no free press, bloggers are our only real way of gaining the Iranian perspective, rather than Western journalists flown into Tehran for a few days.
Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian living in Canada, but currently back in Iran, comments on the many failings of the Western press while reporting the momentous election.
Iranian theocracy will fall one day. Hopefully soon. But what would replace it?
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