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February 3, 2012 9:45 am

Iranian Attempt to Rebrand “Arab Spring” Completely Fails

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – TEHRAN – It was meant to be a crowning moment in which Iran put its own Islamic stamp on the Arab Spring. More than a thousand young activists were flown here earlier this week (at government expense) for a conference on “the Islamic Awakening,” Tehran’s effort to rebrand the popular Arab uprisings of the past year.

As delegates flooded into a vast auditorium next to a space needle in western Tehran, a screen showed images of the Iranian revolution in 1979, morphing seamlessly into footage of young Arab protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.

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