May 29, 2009

Candidates seeing green over Mousavi’s campaign

The color green can be seen almost all over Iran these days. From campaign posters, wrist bands, ribbons, scarves, and magazines, green is bringing a change to Iran’s election — or so is the hope of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The color has become a symbol for the Mousavi Campaign; supporters covered from head to toe in green unite in hopes that the promises made today will result in positive growth and regeneration of a young population. Going green for Iranians is no longer the same as going green for the rest of the world, thanks to Mousavi. 
To compliment his green campaign, Mousavi has created a magazine called Kalameh Sabz or “Green Word.” As the first editorial, written by the paper’s chief editor Ali Reza Hosseini Beheshti, states: “Kalameh Sabz is aimed at creating a mirror-like newspaper, to show who we are and what we stand for and to guide us in finding our path.” Kalameh Sabz is trying to “have a paper that offers a different perspective and urges the people to actively decide their fate,” Beheshti told AFP about the purpose of the publication.
Iranian presidential hopeful, Mir-Hossain Mousavi seems to be following in the footsteps of US President Barack Obama. Addressing the youth directly, using technology to publicize his campaign, and incorporating print media to promote his positions seem to be the campaign of choice for the presidential challenger, as they were for President Obama in the 2008 campaign.
Mousavi has garnered much support parading a vibrant green as his campaign color.  According to current polls taken by Iran’s Press TV, “presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi takes the lead in 10 major Iranian cities.” In Tehran he has a 4 percent lead over current President Ahmadinejad, who is starting to look a bit green these days as well.

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