Iran update

The editorial in the current issue of Commonweal is a reaction to the upheaval in Iran -- the falsified election results, the subsequent protests, and the government's totalitarian response. "The entire world has been outraged by the brutality of the current regime's response to the peaceful protests," we wrote. "Something close to martial law now seems to exist in Iran." That was two weeks ago. The story has since dropped off the metaphorical front page, at least temporarily. But more than a month after the election results were announced, the protest movement is still active, and the government is still cracking down.There is still plenty of reporting on Iran, if you know where to look: Nico Pitney is still blogging events as they unfold. Andrew Sullivan is on vacation, but his subs are still posting accounts of violence against protesters (most of which come from either Pitney or the NIAC blog).Roger Cohen has been covering the story with his columns in the New York Times -- here's the latest. And the NYT reports today that conflicts are emerging between the supposedly victorious Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Where is all this going? Will Ahmadinejad's inauguration -- reportedly set for the first week of August -- bring the story back to the headlines? Or is there a limit to Americans' interest in, and outrage over, what happens in Iran?

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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