In a striking coincidence, two very different expressions of Iranian dissent took place exactly simultaneously on two continents on Saturday, June 20. Between them, the Islamic Republic of Iran faces an unprecedented challenge.
The moral bankruptcy of the Left – epitomized by its backing of Islamic dictators and extremists over moderate Muslims – saw it defeated across Europe in recent EU elections. From what I read yesterday, the Huffington Post, and American liberals, might want to take a lesson from that.
In one op-ed piece, Frank Schaeffer tells us that “the real lesson of Iran” actually has nothing to do with Iran, and everything to do with American conservatives. Neoconservatives and the religious-Right are – so we’re told – trying their best to establish a Christian, pro-Israel dictatorship, replete with Old Testament law.
YouTube Channel: farzinfakhraei 24 June 2009
The world may or may not be witnessing a popular revolution in Tehran, but we are certainly witnessing a revolution in communications.
The Ayatollahs can expel the journalists and control the airwaves ... but they have not been able to stop the revolutionary technology that combines mobile phones that take photographs and videos, coupled with the Internet sites like Twitter to spread the word, and Flickr and YouTube to distribute the images to the rest of the world.
The current uprising in Iran is not merely about a fraudulent election. The simmering masses of Iran are restless for the freedom and prosperity they once enjoyed, before being straitened for decades by the strictures of religious fanaticism. The people have seized upon this election fraud to push for greater openness and such forgotten notions as women's rights. Nothing better illustrates the awful injustices Iranian women face than a soon-to-be released film, The Stoning of Soraya M.
In Iran, supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi have called for another protest in Tehran today in defiance of the government ban. At least nineteen demonstrators have been killed in the ten days since
One wants to be a martyr, and the other should be persuaded
Mousavi, during a Saturday June 20, 2009 speech to his faction of jihadists in southern Tehran stated , "...he was ready for martyrdom and that he would continue his path." Now if only Ahmadinejad could be persuaded to martyr himself as well, and the movements of both men were then disempowered, if not dissolved, by whatever means....Hope springs
The funeral of Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, the name of the 27-year-old (this corrects earlier reports of a 16-year-old Neda) who was shot Saturday while attending a reformist demonstration in Tehran (and whose
Official Website for The Stoning of Soraya M. 23 Juni 2009
Release Date: 26 June 2009 (USA)
Because of its "highly critical attitude" toward the Iranian legal system, the novel The Stoning of Soraya M was banned in Iran
Based On A True Story: A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women. The last and only hope for some measure of justice lies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story -- and his life -- so the world will know.
She sinks to the ground -- and a few minutes later she is dead. A video that has been repeatedly posted on the Internet purports to show the last moments of Neda, a young Iranian woman shotin the heart by
Various anti-Jihad bloggers and columnists are going head to head on the issue. As some have pointed out, the leading Iranian opposition figures such as Rafsanjani and Mousavi are not significantly better than
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Brussels Journal 22 June 2009
By A. Millar
A cartoon on TehranBureau.com depicts Iranian pro-democracy protestors bloodied and beaten by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s thugs. As they scream for “help” in the background, France’s president Sarkozy remarks “I feel someone is calling us!?” US president Obama – his face awash with characteristic dreaminess – responds, “my friends, we should think positive.”
While I agree with Boris Johnson that having Obama in the White House has helped the Iranian reformers by mellowing Muslim hostility to the West (one of the reasons I can't join the Right's Obama-cussing
CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which speaks out on just about everything, everywhere that affects Muslims, has been, as far as I and Google can tell, completely silent about the situation in Iran
The world is watching Iran as its population struggles to throw off the yoke of oppression imposed by the mullahs. The people have tired of the Khomeinist regime and are yearning for freedom, and are literally