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June 22nd, 2009
06:49 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday, June 22, 2009

Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi set burning barricades in the streets as they protest during a demonstration on June 20, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images
Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi set burning barricades in the streets as they protest during a demonstration on June 20, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • A stunning admission from Iran – now saying what critics had accused all along:  Ballot boxes were stuffed with extra votes.  But the powers that be are still rejecting claims that the vote was rigged.
  • The story and video of one woman, apparently gunned down during a rally – has deeply shocked Iran, and the world.  Her name is Neda.  She’s one of the reported 150 victims of the post-election crackdown, one of the few whose name we know.  And Neda is quickly becoming the face of the resistance.
  • Neda's story is also bringing something else to light.  Women are on the frontlines, and it’s about more than one election.  It just underlines a real desire for equality by so many in the Islamic nation.  We take a look at the struggle within the struggle.
  • He may have thought it was now – or never.  New York Times reporter, David Rohde, is free this morning, after a desperate and daring escape from the Taliban.  He'd been held for seven months in northwestern Pakistan. Nic Robertson is live with details of how he broke free, why now… and why he’s not telling his story.

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  1. Mike

    This is for the republicans who claim that our President isn't speaking up against the fraud Iranian elections.Let us not forget the events of a stolen election in USA in 2000.Our supreme ruler ayatollah William Renquist selected our dictator George W Bush and installed him as president and this was done against the will of the people.Look at the end result of such a selection a failed economy,corruption,illegal invasion of a foreign nation(Iraq) and the list goes on and on.
    Republicans,you have always been on the wrong side!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  2. Mike

    June 22, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  3. Mitchel

    Good morning Kiran and John,. I sent you an email last week about why health care costs so much and problems within it. But the bottom line is, that when it comes to our country, then I am a fiscal conservative/Libertarian ( I am liberal through conservative- depending on the issue. I am ultimately pragmatic about all things. ) If we can't pay for it, then we should not go "blindly into the night" as we are now. Rushing into quick legislation is a bad idea. We need to make reforms, but be able to pay for it. Fact is, that we are BROKE. We will have a 30 Trillion dollar debt in 10 years by inflation and interest charges from China and other countries who no longer believe in our ability to pay debts off.

    We survive, because of our GDP in services and what is left of our industry. Globalism has reduced our power and economy. Corporations have no loyalty, except the cheapest labor, lowest pollution laws, lowest standards of living and where the raw resources are at now. We live in a "Corporate Mercantilism" world now. I miss Teddy, and his "trust buster" legislation, and our anti-monopoly laws of the 1980's.

    Corporate Mercantilism has it's good better life, jobs and future for all. It also promotes stability in global peace from these things in building nation states. But it still means that we rape the world on a quicker, more efficient level and that all people in this world, desire the biggest material things- like we Americans are "sadly" known for now. And in time, it will mean that most Americans make $300 per month. It is like a science experiment. If you introduce a solution into water, then it will spread evenly over time. Thus its' intensity decreases. This is our dilemma of US income in relation to the global economy in our "Corporate Mercantilism" market model that we have allowed.

    I love the idea of universal health care. But I also know that it will "break the Bank". It will seal our financial doom. Because the world is changing in industry and where things are made. We are in a decline. We are too expensive to keep our standard of living in this Global corporate world, hence, our taxes, revenues will decline. Our government is getting bigger and this costs money to maintain. I hate to tell you that news. But it will happen. So, we must make hard choices now in all. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even this notion of Universal health care. All of these aforementioned policies are no longer sustainable.

    But, anyway, if we develop alternative resources soon, ( this means Nuclear, solar, wind, Hydro, wind, and alternative cars by hydrogen, electric, natural gas, etc. ) then we can change our future. Of course, we cannot makes wars for a long time either ( Unless we see it is similar to WW2 in morals.), because war has busted every Bank, and every nation in history. This is where we really stand now.
    Take care y'all.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  4. Marcelino

    It’s interesting to note the similarity between the events in Iran and the lack of events in Minnesota. The people in Iran are taking to the streets to ask that their votes be counted while the citizens of Minnesota have had their votes counted in the last election yet are
    satisfied to be represented by only one senator in Congress for the last seven months. Who values their vote more? Have we become complacent over the past 200 plus years about the value of our vote? Is there a lesson to be learned here?

    June 22, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  5. Carol Lowe

    I think Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing – proceeding with caution. The Middle East was in check until Bush went over there and stirred all those people up, now they are all running amuck. Obama needs to worry about the mess we have over here and stay out of further involvement in the Middle East.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  6. whitc88

    The United States need to stay out of the Iran mess. We have no say so on what the government is doing. Involvement now would only cause further political problems. We are stretched to far already. Even the most giving persons arms can only stretch so far. We are not the worlds keepers. You will never please everyone. Especially when it comes to situations such as these. Look back 30-40 years ago. Look at how our own government treated blacks and women. Shooting them with high pressure water hoses. Segregation. Deaths. What is so different from what Iran is doing now. Nothing. Look at the movements that came from that suppression and how far we have come now. No one came to our peoples aid back then. Maybe this is just what Iran needs to move forward as we have done.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  7. Vida M

    I know the world is watching and waiting for Barack to say something concerning the Iranian election, but at this point in time and history, Iran is going to have to say something. This is their revolution, and I support them 100% I'm sure many of us do, but this is also an easy way for their "President" to declare war should we choose to make any comments and attempt to get involved. This is how real democracy is born, out of the people.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:37 am |