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June 12, 2009

Who won?


by guest blogger Cara Finnegan

Remember that duck-rabbit image from your Psych 101 class? You know, the optical illusion where you alternately see a rabbit's ears or a duck's bill? This photo of torn campaign posters in Tehran invites the same visual confusion. Are we looking at moderate challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi bent in reflection, hands clasped in gratefulness, or are we seeing incumbent Ahmadinejad's hands raised in victory?

After an election day in which voting was extended to midnight, both candidates claimed victory, and the outcome remained far from certain, this was as good a representation of the political gestalt as any.

(image: Atta Kenare/AFP)

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