Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A campaign is a campaign is a campaign

It might not look like it, but the arrests reported here are part of the presidential election campaign in Iran. The American journalist, who is now in jail, is also part of the campaign. Can your students explain how and why?

Iran arrests terror group, newspaper says

"An Iranian newspaper said yesterday that the authorities had arrested a group of what it called terrorists linked to Israel, accusing them of planning to plant bombs in Tehran ahead of the June 12 elections.

"[It] quoted the minister of intelligence, Gholam-hossein Mohseni Ejei, as saying that a 'terrorist team' wanted to create 'anarchy and insecurity' ahead of the elections. He did not reveal when the arrests took place or how many people had been arrested...

"The accusation was the second incident in a week highlighting Iran's long-running suspicions about and hostility toward Israel...

"Such are the suspicions that a serious debate erupted here last week over reports that Israeli oranges had reached Iranian markets..."

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