Jun 22, 2009

Four in the afternoon*

1. Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times profiles Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old philosophy student who was shot and killed Saturday during the Iranian protests:
Neda Agha-Soltan, 26, was shot dead Saturday evening near the scene of clashes between pro-government militias and demonstrators who allege rampant vote-count fraud in the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The jittery cellphone video footage of her bleeding on the street has turned "Neda" into an international symbol of the protest movement that ignited in the aftermath of the June 12 voting. To those who knew and loved Neda, she was far more than an icon.
The video of her death can be seen here. Be warned that it is extremely graphic.

*Updated, 6/23: Kevin Roderick at LA Observed makes a good point about promoting Daragahi's work with the people who pay the bills (or don't) at the top of the Tribune Co. chain. He writes:
Somebody should also get word to Lee Abrams and Sam Zell that Daragahi is over there and this is why. Zell, notoriously, has ridiculed foreign news in the LAT as just something "journalists like to cover" and Abrams is the idiot aide-de-camp who didn't realize reporters actually go to the places they write about and dodge bullets.
2. No surprise here: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa bows out of the 2010 race for governor. He chose CNN as the venue to announce his decision. LAT

3. Speaking of governors, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford likes to disappear every once in a while. The State

4. Today's "To The Point" is about Iran and what happens next. TTP

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