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June 23rd, 2009
07:49 PM ET

We Listen! Your comments – 6/23/09

Editor's Note: American Morning’s Tuesday audience remained committed to President Obama’s position on Iran, with many noting that the GOP was the only faction complaining about his response. Some were very disappointed to see the son of the former Shah of Iran, believing that his father’s dictatorship was the reason the current regime existed.

  • Jonathan: When you speculate how Iranians will carry on under the cloud of an illegitimate election, you only have to look at the United States in 2000 when many of us felt the Bush administration was illegitimate. Life went on, but we were eventually victorious in 2008. Truth will eventually win out in Iran. It will happen sooner without U.S. intervention.
  • Michael: I cannot believe you are giving lots of publicity to the son of the deposed Shah of Iran. Do you WANT the Iranian regime to stay in power? No one within Iran supports a return to the brutal monarchy of the Shah. The reason Iran has this horrible regime is because the people of Iran revolted against the Shah. The Shah was put in power by the US during the 1953 coup - by giving publicity to the Shah's son, you are SUPPORTING the current regime's claim that the US is meddling in Iran's internal affairs. If you "cover" his attempt to inject himself into the current Iranian political mix, you must emphasize that his father's regime is the REASON the current regime exists and that the regime is sure to seize upon his intervention as further proof that the US wants to re-establish the Shah's dictatorship.
  • Dan: The only criticism of Obama's position on the Iran situation has come from McCain and a few other lunatic neo-cons. Yet, CNN consistently makes it sound as if half the country is questioning that position. EVERY expert on Iran, and EVERY credible diplomat has praised the president's stance. When will CNN catch up to the idea that the foreign policy based on belligerence and stupidity of the last administration was a complete disaster? Maybe McCain and Graham can't understand it, but CNN should be able to figure it out.

Many believe that President Obama’s approach to Iran has been appropriate. How do you feel about the GOP’s response? What did you think of the former Shah of Iran’s son speaking out today?

Filed under: We Listen
June 23rd, 2009
02:03 PM ET

Boss watching you online?

The city of Bozeman, Montana was asking people applying for city jobs to hand over their passwords to social networking sites – like Facebook and Twitter.

After the story spread online – the city backed down but the question remains: just how much privacy can you really expect online?

CNN's Alina Cho has an update on the story she first told us about a few months ago that involved two workers who got fired for what they said on Myspace.

Filed under: Controversy • Technology
June 23rd, 2009
10:12 AM ET

Fmr. prince: Security forces join protesters in the streets

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi tells CNN there are reports some security forces have been joining protesters in the streets of Tehran."]

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in for a second term sometime between July 26 and August 19, state-run media reported Tuesday. Many Iranians who have disputed the official outcome of the June 12 vote have taken to the streets to protest the results.

Reza Pahlavi, the former crown prince of Iran, says there are reports some security forces have been joining protesters in the streets of Tehran. Pahlavi’s father was the shah of Iran who was deposed in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Tuesday.

John Roberts: The Guardian Council has ruled that the election results will stand and if there were irregularities they are not enough to swing the outcome of the election. There will be no new elections. What do you expect the reaction on the ground will be?

Reza Pahlavi: As we have all monitored the evolution of the situation, the supreme leader who has always been the final decider has drawn pretty much the line in the sand last Friday. And as such, I think the campaign that we have seen is now moving towards the direction of defiance and is going to be a resistance that will have to be sustained if indeed there's any hope for democracy in my homeland one day.

Roberts: There's debate as well over how much support the United States should give the protesters and the reform movement there in Iran. The White House is worried that coming out too strong in support could do more harm than good. What do you think?

Pahlavi: Well John, this is beyond a camp or another. This is not a question of election results anymore. This has become a defiance against a regime that has denied every right to its citizenry. When the chants on the streets in Tehran and other major cities in Iran and across the country are turning to “Death to Khamenei,” I don't think it could get as clear as that back home. The regime is now under question. The legitimacy is lost. The legitimacy now stands with the people. But there are also matters of ethics and moral responsibility, if I may say also. Something that the regime is trying to create [is] confusion between what could be considered as interference as opposed to standing for human rights and justice.


Filed under: Iran
June 23rd, 2009
08:48 AM ET

Gibbs defends Obama's stance on Iran

The president's response to Iran and his fight for health care reform... Two topics that will be front-and-center today at President Obama's first Rose Garden news conference.

Kiran Chetry got a sneak-preview from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on CNN's "American Morning."

Filed under: Politics
June 23rd, 2009
07:37 AM ET

Neda's story lives on

By CNN's Carol Costello and Bob Ruff

The power of a single image can move mountains – and governments.

In 1970, during the Vietnam War, John Filo snapped a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph that may have tipped public opinion against that war.

John Filo’s black and white image showed 14-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling in grief over a Kent State student gunned down by Ohio National Guardsman who had been sent to the campus to quell an anti-war demonstration.

At the time many Americans already were numbed by repeated images of their soldiers dying in Vietnam, but the sight one of their sons or daughters gunned down at home was too much to take.

During World War II, Joseph Rosenthal also won a Pulitzer Prize for snapping a photograph of Marines raising the American flag after winning the battle of Iwo Jima. The photo helped raise badly needed war bonds and boosted the morale of a war weary nation. They even turned the photo into a statue at the Arlington National Cemetery.

But it doesn’t always work out that way.


Filed under: Iran
June 23rd, 2009
06:46 AM ET

Bon Jovi's volunteer initiative

Jon Bon Jovi is helping a lot of people go home again. He participated at the National Conference for Service and Volunteering as an ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation – Hollywood's leading charity.

Yesterday he made a special appearance to an audience of more than 4,500 service leaders who were kicking off a multi-year campaign to help make service and volunteerism a national priority.

For more information on these charities:

Filed under: Entertainment
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