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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Horror in Iran — And the Beauty

A staple saying of American patriotism is: "Freedom isn't Free!" Nowhere is this better illustrated these days than in Iran, where a popular protest against what people worldwide see as a rigged election outcome is being met with brute force by government thugs. Peaceful marches of millions of Iranians have been broken up by attackers with clubs, tear gas, and guns.

There isn't much outsiders can do about it—any interference (real or manufactured) is seized upon by the government of Iran in an effort to shift the blame for the problem to anyone or anywhere but them. Nonetheless, we can keep up to date and issue what encouragement we can to the protesters through Twitter (add hashtag #iranelection to your posts, and search for that tag to see the tens of thousands of others). President Obama has issued cautious statements condemning the violence, but wisely avoiding overt endorsement of the protests.

News of the protests can be found at the New York Times' blog The Lede; as well as at the Huffington Post's Iran Updates blog by the indefatigable Nico Pitney. There is also a good running account of important events on the blog of the (U.S.) National Iranian-American Council. A website in the name of Mir Hossein Mousavi (the allegedly defeated candidate in the elections) is useful, and Mousavi has his own (official) page on Facebook, too (partly in Persian). Finally, the Twitspam website keeps tabs on garbage posts on Twitter from internet trolls and Iranian government disinformation efforts.

John L.

Fascinating Tehran: Not everything in the capital of Iran is ablaze with conflict. It's generally a large, modern city, as shown in these photos posted by a native. Note that there are two pages of pix, linked at the bottom of the page.


1 comment:

Elli said...

The Riverview actually has a sign on its door that says "We stand with the Iranian People." Which I thought was nice. It was Don's (co-owner) doing, not Tristan's, and I thought was a good general statement supporting the people of Iran in making their own decisions. Julie, one of the servers thought it was a very political statement to be putting on a public place, and there have been several customer complaints from people who clearly had no idea what's going on. One woman accused the restaurant of supporting "that horrible tyranny" or something like that. *sigh* would that everyone read the news.