Twitter is following events on the streets of Tehran were anti-government demonstrators are out in full force – the tweets are coming in fast and furiously. The Guardian is liveblogging the events and so is Street Journalist.
Hopefully today will take the Green Revolution much further.
The 11th of February marks a significant day for Iranians: the 31st anniversary of the revolution thst Marjane Satrapi notes they later called the ‘Islamic Revolution.’ From the look of things, the revolution may enter a new phase tommorrow. This time, perhaps, it will be televised.
This AP photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows an anti-government female protestor running away from security in a protest, on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, in Tehran, Iran, yesterday Nov. 4, 2009. Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons and fired tear gas Wednesday on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, witnesses and state media reported. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition’s first major show of force on the streets of Tehran since mid-September that coincided with state-sponsored protests against Israel. (AP Photo)
…albeit very briefly.
It seems clear that Obama winning the Nobel Prize for Peace is both premature and well deserved.
It’s premature as he hasn’t done enough in his 10-month presidency to deserve an award of this calibre. He still faces the unsolved crises in Afghanistan, the economy, Middle East and Iran – to mention just a few. The Finanacial Times on Saturday said that it is in Obama’s hands to “rescue the prize from itself – by declining it in deference to those more worthy then he.”
But, he is worthy of it. He has set a new international diplomatic tone, a new tone of politics. There is something about the way he engages with the world that is special. Some say he is a master of words as if that’s a bad thing. Words, and the way we choose to use them, are powerful. He tends to use the right words. Words of peace.
By being who he is, a black man, the son of a single mother, he has demonstrated something about human potential that wasn’t available before. That’s worth something too.
All of this has contributed to bringing America back into the world after 8 years of Bush’s alienating political manner. Sarkozy in responding to Obama winning the award said:”The award marks America’s return to the heart of the people of the world”. Read More…
Different worlds. Different planets perhaps?
Ahmadinejad said today he was proud his denial of the Holocaust had enraged the West. Iran’s official news agency quotes him saying: “The anger of the world’s professional killers is (a source of) pride for us”.
On Friday, in a speech he questioned whether the “mythical” Holocaust was a “a real event.
On Wednesday in New York at the General Assembly of the UN Israel’s PM Netanyahu will be sitting just two seats away from Ahmadinejad, that’s if both watch Obama’s speech.
Will Netanyahu take the opportunity of disabusing his Iranian counterpart of his mythical ideas?
This underground Iranian Indie band is seeking asylum in the UK. Since one of their members was arrested, and disappeared, in the crackdown on demonstrations last month, the other members have been in the UK temporarily and seeking approval to stay. This very popular underground group can’t perform in front of an audience in Iran because one of its members is female. Can’t they come here? The music is great:
This video is apparently showing protesters gathered in Baharestan Square in Tehran, outside Iran’s Parliament building, today, the day President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as president of the country. Hundreds of Iranian police and militiamen were deployed to prevent any further protests:
It’s been 40 days since Neda Agha-Soltan was killed in Tehran. Today thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of protesters took to the streets. This video was shot earlier today. I found it here.
Here’s another one uploaded to the internet later than the one above: Read More…