Home

Reformists begin soul-searching

13 August 2005

The reformists have started a serious soul searching after their loss in the election. Although many like Mohammad Reza Jalaiee Pour, a sociology professor at Tehran university and the publisher of Jameah, the first and most popular reformist newspaper, believe the result of a fraudulent election can't be a stung base for scientific socio-political analysis.

However, Reza Khatami, the chairman of the Iran Participation Front, identified "three reasons":http://www.sharghnewspaper.com/840508/html/online.htm#s268338 for their candidate's loss.

First, inability to organize and mobilise reforms potential supporter, he suggested, was a big problem and emphasises on plans for increasing members and strengthening organization around the country.

Secondly the media problem, he said, the reformists have to reach ordinary Iranians who don't read newspapers and don't use the Internet.

Thirdly, he said, the reformists have not been able to adopt a popular language in order to explain how democracy and human rights can affect ordinary people's daily lives and their economic well-being.

In a "gathering of the reformist party's yonug supporters":http://www.sharghnewspaper.com/840515/html/iran.htm#s272613 , it was also suggested the reformist party have a shadow cabinet as soon as Ahmadinejad's cabinet starts working, in order to observe, watch and criticise them.

Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

As COVID rates across the country surge, how can we hold our leaders accountable? Meet the lawyers, journalists and politicians leading the charge in our free live discussion on Thursday 1 October at 5pm UK time.

Hear from:

Dawn Butler Labour MP for Brent Central and member of the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology

Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy, and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Jolyon Maugham Barrister and founder of the Good Law Project.

Peter Smith Procurement expert and author of 'Bad Buying: How Organisations Waste Billions through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups'

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData