Italy Willing To Open Tehran Embassy To Protesters

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

Italy is willing to open its embassy in Tehran to wounded protesters in coordination with other European nations, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Quick Guide To Twittering The Iran Revolution

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

A how to guide to twittering about the Iranian election crisis.

Iran-50 Cities Had More Votes Than Voters

Posted by Alex On June - 22nd - 2009

In 50 Iranian cities the number of votes cast in this month presidential election exceeded the number of eligible voters, the state's election watchdog admitted today. The surprising admission by the Guardian Council was, however, designed to undermine the claims of the defeated candidates that the vote was rigged.

Iran-Faces Of The Basij

Posted by Alex On June - 20th - 2009

Images of the Iranian Basij

Next Stop - Civil Disobedience

Posted by Jaime On June - 19th - 2009

On Tuesday, Savage Love columnist and podcaster Dan Savage wrote an interesting article addressing how queer Americans should approach the Obama administration's repugnant avoidance of campaign-trail promises.

Public Gay Book Burning

Posted by Alex On June - 17th - 2009

A Christian group called the CCLU is trying to have a gay book publicly burned.

List of Journalist and Politicians Detained in Iran

Posted by Alex On June - 21st - 2009

An unconfirmed list of the reporters, bloggers and politicians being detained in Iran.

Focus On The Family Lies

Posted by Alex On June - 18th - 2009

Truth Wins Out Catches Focus On The Family In A Lie

Partying Like It's 1979

Posted by Jaime Ravenet On 5:59 PM
The protests in Iran can now be called a revolution.

When they began, they were a call for justice, from the people to those who really hold power, such as Grand Ayatollah Khameini. The protests were a petition for his supreme judgement to mandate another election. They were asking for a legal, legitimate action, one which would occur from inside the Iranian political structure.

He failed his people.

Instead, he supported the conservative Ahmadinajad (big surprise there, being that if the election really was rigged, Khameini had to have signed off on it). He could have listened to the people in the streets. He could have heard the voice of the citizens of Iran. Instead, as often happens when someone is in power, he sought to further his own agenda.

My guess is that Iranians were tired of the rhetoric and the struggles, tired of being cut off from the world, maligned by the words of their version of George W. Bush. The protests have changed dramatically over these 10 days or so. They started peaceably, with hundreds of thousands of citizens walking in silence that astounded the world with their poise and solemnity. People quoted Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and tied green ribbons around their wrists. Then they were declared illegal, and the government responded to them with violence. When Khameini ignored the protests, the people realized their fight had to go straight up to the top. When the police started to arrest and kill, the call changed. Mousavi is no longer in charge of the "Sea of Green" (He's been incredibly silent for the past day in fact. I think he realizes what is happening). The rhetoric of the protestors has changed too. Gone are the calls for peaceful resistance. Instead, Twitter is populated with recipes for home-made napalm and increasingly violent videos are surfacing on YouTube.

For almost 10 days, the citizens of Iran have taken to the streets. If this was just about an election, they would have gone home by now. The reform that these protesters seek doesn't stop at Mousavi vs. Ahmadinejad. If it did, they wouldn't be calling for the death of their supreme governmental leader, or posting close-up pictures of Basij and asking everyone to identify them and their home addresses, saying "we know you and we will kill you".

As the temperature rises in Iran, something has become clear: This has become bigger than the elections. It is about absolute disenfranchisement and theocracy. It can only end with blood, that of the Mullahs or that of the citizens that fight against their tyranny. I, for one, support the citizens.

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