An Islamic Republic that nobody recognises

In my book The Blogging Revolution I explained my time with Iran’s former Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a popular blogger.

He is currently on trial in Tehran as a supposed ring-leader of the post-election chaos. It is a sham, a show trial. His “confession” – “I say to all my friends and all friends who hear us, that the issue of fraud in Iran was a lie and was brought up to create riots so Iran becomes like Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers damage and hardship”¦ and if this happened, there would be no name and trace of the revolution left” – apparently obtained under duress.

He now looks weak:


Iran should hang its head in shame.

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