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Watch this MEMRI video of a press conference with Ahmedinejad, featuring questions by Robert Fisk and Max Rodenbeck. The bald-faced ignoring of the reality and dismissal of the protesters is rather disturbing - does Ahmedinejad think he can spin his way out of this crisis?

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.