By Siamak Ahi
Why we are behind in
Thousands of articles and
analysis have been published about
"Surprise" and only "Surprise". Only one word. Is it really enough? Thousands of media outlets, hundreds of Institutions and think tanks, so many universities and agencies were just surprised and "moved on" analyzing. Is that all what analysts and thinkers can offer us ....?
Isn't it about the time to
admit that we are not really equipped to analyze
Secretary of state, Ms.
Rice's message about election in
Another example is the
Hoover Institution of Stanford University which enjoys the contributions of Dr. Abbas Millani. He
was an extremist leftist before the revolution in
The MEK (Mojahedi-e Khalgh)
members, the famous terrorist cult that Fred Halliday referred to, are being
employed by Pentagon. Many institutions and news agencies like Fox use them as
"Analysts". What kind of analysis of
With so much investment in extremist anti-Iran forces how can we expect better result than "Surprise".
Terminology and analytical language
During the election I red a
piece of humor based on the terminology used in analyzing
As a matter of fact, these
intellectual abstractions of
Actually, the most
successful and long-lived terms in our literature were the ones that came from
Most important Issue
The clergy in
With Ahmadinezhd's victory,
for the first time since 1979 revolution the "President and Speaker of the
Majlis are Not Clergymen". This may not result necessarily in a different way of
For the first time in
In addition, the closeness of Ahmadinezhad to many religious leaders and institutions shows that the poor and oppressed are represented by people within the existing system.
Youth and Election
The fact that at the age 15 people can vote is never discussed or analyzed properly.
Participation in political life of society in an early stage of life always brings certain freshness and livelihood to political decision making. Keeping up with the demands of younger generation happens in a much faster pace. The politicians cannot ignore their demands because they vote.
Unfortunately, giving so much political power to youth and its dynamics has not been the subject of research and scholarly works, just because voting at the age of 15 does not have much tradition in democratic societies.
Women and Election
As opposed to tons of literature about the discrimination of women in Islamic Republic, which is supposed to result in their opposition to the system, women participated strongly in election.
Just the fact is that
millions of women are very active in health care, NGOs and so on is never
present on women or feminist studies in the
This massive energy and presence of women in social life and its effect on the whole system is never analyzed properly and doesn't make headlines.
The whole Intellectual
Machinery in the
On the other hand, Iranians have a long history of democratic movements. Many institutions like Parliament (Majlis) are the result of Constitutional Revolution (1906-1911). These institutions survived in different social systems of Shah, his father and Islamic republic. Voting system has hundred years history.
Iranians, from Mullah to
Priest, from cities to villages, from Arab to Kurd or Azeri are born in this
system and with these rights. Whereas Ms. Rice's mother and grandmother didn't
have the right to vote in
Iranians have great ability to handle complex situations. I think Mr. Ahmadinezhad will come up with a combined cabinet, using a mixture of conservatives, hardliners, moderate conservatives and even reformers. They will follow the existing foreign policy and will try to tackle pressing problems like poverty and unemployment.
Mr. Ahmadinezhad has a good
chance to succeed, not only because of all the support he is getting in
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