Stealing the Election in Iran

I’m not going to try to be a good source of news regarding the latest developments in Iran, so you should just look elsewhere for that. But I did find that Juan Cole’s roundup of the key pieces of evidence of vote stealing was very compelling and would be of interest to people. The inverted pyramid format of newspaper coverage does not, in my view, do a good job of laying this kind of thing out. And then this this chart, pretty clear evidence of a nationwide, centrally directed fraud as opposed to isolated irregularities.

Of course for all we know, Ahmadenijad really did have more votes. Or maybe nobody had a majority and there should have been a runoff. But it seems that early returns were looking bad and they pulled the trigger on a theft. I wonder how this all is playing in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and other places where they don’t even bother to steal the elections.