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Watching with one eye covered

June 23, 2009

[jan18-002.jpg]‘For Syria, Iran’s closest ally, the problem hits close to home: A mass anti-government protest movement over allegations of fraudulent elections is not a welcome sight for an authoritarian regime whose President, Bashar al Assad – who won his first presidential referendum with 97% of the vote. (No surprise, then, that the official Syrian Arab News Agency website is largely ignoring news of Iran’s election.) For Syria, the sooner the Iranian government cleans up this mess – by any means necessary – the better.’ (Art by A1one, 2009, Tehran.)

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