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Independence Day in the US. In Iran, They’re Still Fighting

A leading group of clerics in Iran has called for the elections to be thrown out. As far as I can tell, this group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum (Qum = the important Iranian religious center) have no official role in the convoluted semi-constitutional setup of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Still, it’s a significant break in the religious hierarchy, and a reason why people of faith in Iran who disagree with the outcome of the election can feel a bit more confident in their opposition.

For a very powerful view of how the Iranian people are challenging their despotic regime, check this out:

Night Chants, 2nd July (hat tip: Lew Weinberg)

For a bit of context: apart from being one of the core slogans of faith, Allahu Akbar was also chanted around the clock before the fall of the Shah.

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