Ahmadinejad says release of U.S. hikers would be a “humanitarian gesture”.
Dabashi: “…our civil liberties will not come the day after the revolution, but they are secured before that day–to the point where it makes that revolution irrelevant.”
The internal conflict between President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, and the loss of close allies like Syria will play a significant role in delegitimizing the Iranian regime.
Two years later, as the Arab Spring has dominated the region many wonder whether the Green Movement is still alive and if there is hope for reform in Iran.
Mousavi: “Given the current climate in our country, one cannot be hopeful regarding participation in the upcoming elections.”