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June 22, 2009

NSN Daily Update: 6/22/09
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What We're Reading

Opposition protesters stayed off the streets of Iran this weekend, as security forces dramatically increased their presence and family members of prominent opposition supporter, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, were arrested over the weekend. Still, the Guardian Council, the body of clerics which oversaw the election, admitted there were electoral irregularities in over 50 Iranian cities. Both sides claim the mantle of Islam in their posturing as Israeli politicians begin to openly supporter the aspirations of protesting Iranians. Experts also claim that Iran is using sophisticated internet spying technology to not just block information, but track individual Iranians.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed dramatic cuts in his country’s nuclear stockpile, while the President of the Russian region of Ingushetia survived an assassination attempt which killed four of his bodyguards.

The US Commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, set up new restrictions against the use of airstrikes while the Pakistan Army attempts to consolidate tactical gains against the Taliban within their own country. Mullah Omar, the head of the Afghan Taliban, is said to now assert more operational control over Taliban fighters as they prepare for upcoming US troop deployments.

A US naval ship is shadowing a North Korean freighter as it delivers suspected missile components to the military regime in Myanmar. This is a first test of the latest round of sanctions against North Korea.

Commentary of the Day

E.J. Dionne Jr. explains why progressives are the natural allies of the Iranian opposition, whereas Paul J. Saunders explains why Obama’s critics on Iran are wrong to portray Obama as “siding with the regime. Meanwhile, Thomas Barnett argues in Esquire why Obama should allow Iran’s “Red State” regime to die on its own.

The Economist profiles Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s evolution from Obama’s fiercest opponent to one of his closest allies.


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