Twitter has completely changed the way people of influence communicate with each and with their audiences, in conversations that take place in real-time for the world to witness. But this fact doesn’t dull the wonder of it all. Last week we saw the Twitter accounts of Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, and the White House [...]
Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran President Hassan Rouhani Exchange Tweets on Net Freedom in Iran
The possible diplomacy of a moderate president like Rouhani can be a catalyst for human rights and systematic change, but it cannot be done in a vacuum.
Video: Censorship and Power in Iran – Panel discussion featuring Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari and Joel Simon
This is a must-watch video with a lively discussion and Q&A debate. In particular, there is a part of the discussion where the greying line between journalism and activism is explored. I think this is a crucial part of the video. Journalism today is a form of activism, and activism includes journalism. This is a [...]
Iran Feature: Former Detainee Sarah Shourd “The Plight of Iranians and 3 Decades of US Foreign Policy”
The incredible thing for me was that so many Iranians worldwide took the time to care about us despite the thousands of other political prisoners they have to worry about. “I’m an Iranian boy ashamed for what our government did to three American hikers,” another message on Facebook says. “I want you to know Iranian people are with you and against their own government. Iran’s regime is not chosen by Iranian people. They kill and torture us and we are all in a very big prison named Iran.”
Journalist Mona Eltahawy’s harrowing ordeal – beating, sexual assault and arrest in Egypt – in her own words and tweets
“The past 12 hrs were painful and surreal but I know I got off much much easier than so many other Egyptians.”
Must Watch – The Stream – “Parazit: Voice of America or voice of the people?” – Two tweets from Iran News Now featured
This is a must watch show. Watch it and let us know what you think. The show raised many interesting questions. Stay tuned for an Iran News Now special, an in-depth look at the show and evaluation of the discussion, with viewpoints from Dave Siavashi.
Watch this Aljazeera documentary programme examining the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 Green Movement Uprising.
Dave Siavashi writes for EA: According to The Wall Street Journal: The Obama administration has quietly drawn up plans to provide a key Persian Gulf ally with thousands of advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and other munitions, part of a stepped-up U.S. effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran. An interesting announcement in itself, but [...]
Ahmadinejad says release of U.S. hikers would be a “humanitarian gesture”.
Dabashi: “…our civil liberties will not come the day after the revolution, but they are secured before that day–to the point where it makes that revolution irrelevant.”
The internal conflict between President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, and the loss of close allies like Syria will play a significant role in delegitimizing the Iranian regime.
Two years later, as the Arab Spring has dominated the region many wonder whether the Green Movement is still alive and if there is hope for reform in Iran.
Mousavi: “Given the current climate in our country, one cannot be hopeful regarding participation in the upcoming elections.”
“Since you are also Muslim like the hijackers, you can explain the religion to us: What would possess these Muslims to do such a thing?”
The verdict came as a shock to many who had thought the Iranian government may release them during the holy month of Ramadan.