Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Transparency and opacity

In a political system where transparency is optional, rumors begin with little things. Well, are those things really little? This case reminds me of the rumors about the Nigerian president.

Reports: Iran leader sidelined by a cold

"Iran's president has canceled all official business for four days because of a cold, Iranian media reported yesterday, raising questions about the hard-line leader's health a few months after he said he was suffering from exhaustion...

"The 53-year-old president said in October that he was suffering from exhaustion, an apparent attempt to combat rumors that he was seriously ill and might not be able to compete for reelection in June. Ahmadinejad's allies said at the time that the strain of his job had worn him down.

"Parliament member Ismail Kosari, a supporter of the president, repeated that position yesterday, telling the semiofficial Fars news agency that Ahmadinejad only has a cold..."

See also: The same only different

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