Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category
June, 20, 2009. “The Daily Dish” (and other sites)
The uprising in Iran is one of the most important and compelling stories of the new millennium. How events unfold in Iran will be crucial to the region, but they will also tell us something about how future resistance against authoritarian regimes can be organized.
The MSM is having difficulty keeping up with events for the some of the same reasons that the Iranian autocrats are finding it difficult to shut down the protests and close off Iran to the world, namely, new technologies. Posted below are links to sites that should be helpful in keeping up-to-date.
The Daily Dish-Andrew Sullivan (the site that is the most comprehensive)
PM, June 20, 2009, President Obama’s statement:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
Obama has been criticized for not saying enough. Wrong! He has played this absolutely correctly. We don’t need to give Iranian autocrats any more “reasons” to blame foreign interference. Obama could not have prevented the violence by taking sides. He could have only weakened the oppostion’s hand. We all know where Obama, the community organizer, stands on this one. There will be time for tough talk.
I AM UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE SHAM ELECTION. THEY HAVE CUT ME OFF FROM ANY COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE AND AM UNDER SURVEILLANCE. I ASK THE PEOPLE TO STAY IN THE STREETS BUT AVOID VIOLENCE
Message from Iranian opposition leader Mousavi, Sunday, June 14. (The message and the picture of a Mousavi supporter are from Andrew Sullivan’s cite, The Daily Dish.)
Prague 1968 (Wikipedia, “Prague Spring”)
I have that sinking feeling again. The one that I first had in 1968 when the Soviet Union suppressed the hopes of the Czechoslovakian people for liberalization by invading. Not exactly the same situation as today’s Iran, but similar in the way in which an authoritarian regime can use muscle to undermine democratic reforms.
The reactionary leadership in Iran is seeking to employ the Big Lie. In this case, if you make yourself look like a really big winner, then you will be entitled to run the opposition out of town or into the ground.
However, even if the regime in Tehran is currently managing to promote its lie by cutting internet connections, they won’t be able to continue to do so forever. In the meantime, the world can keep watching and letting the Iranian regime know that no one believes Ahmadinejad is the legitimately elected president of Iran. Bloggers should post as much information as they can. There is no telling what may or may not circulate at this point, and where.
P.S. Our hands are certainly not clean when it comes to Iran. In 1953 the United States undermined reforms in Iran by helping to dispose of the legitimately elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq. The CIA backed coup was know as Operation Ajax. We then supported the brutal Shah for 26 years.