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26 June 2009 @ 08:23 pm
By Request  
My mom asked me to share these links with as many people as I know.

Pray for Neda (Roya Hakakian)

A Tribute to the Brave and Courageous Citizens of Iran

I don't pray, but my heart goes out to everyone affected by the violence, and to everyone else back "Home," as Mom would say. Still wishing I could do more than just spread linkages on the Internet.

In weird coincidences, I'm the same age as Neda Agha-Soltan, and the same age my mom was when the 1979 revolution occurred. Mom was already out of Iran by then, and it wasn't until 1998 that she was finally able to return. I remember being confused when she came home from that visit, because she spent the better part of a week in tears.

I was a dumb teenager then. I get it now.

I always thought she was brave, but damn. I can't even imagine leaving the US and not being able to return to my homeland and the majority of my family until 2028. Mom did that, journeyed all over Europe and the US, learned a new language and customs, earned her doctorate, got married, raised a family while working full-time and climbing the career ladder up to V.P. ... damn.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Akabane has issuesamethyst_hunter on June 27th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Someone on my flist made the point that there really is no need to actually *watch* the video footage of Neda being murdered - we know what happened and that's horrid enough, but do we really have to witness the whole gory scene? It's like a snuff film, in a way, and I could see why she really found that disturbing, that people would want to see a woman they didn't know die right before their eyes. Sure, we *can* watch, but does that mean that we *should*? What good will it accomplish? I think a better way to honor Neda's life would be to help her countrymen achieve their dreams... Just my .02 though.

Also, have you seen this? Ganked it from the same friend (I think): If you use Twitter, set your location to Tehran & your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians' access to the internet. Cut & paste & pass it on.
Miusheri: Iran electionmiusheri on June 27th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I know for me at least, seeing the video of what happened brought the reality home a lot sharper than reading the story and seeing still photographs. Hell, I started crying. I see it less as a snuff film and more along the lines of, "Jesus Fucking Christ, look how cruel human beings can be to one another. Look how something that you can easily do in North America or western Europe will get you killed elsewhere. Take nothing for granted. Don't ignore what's happening in Iran. Don't sit back and let this keep happening."

I can't begin to know how her family feels about it, and I would understand if they didn't like it- but I know that if I were to go out like that, I'd sure as shit want people to know about it. I'd want the news to be spread around in any medium available, particularly if it was going to bolster a cause for reinstating basic rights in my home country. At least I wouldn't have died in vain, you know?

Another helpful Internet thing to do is to set up a proxy so that Iranian web users can access the parts of the Internet that are otherwise blocked to them. Tor is a good example. It also anonymizes and encrypts web traffic so no one knows what they're browsing.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on June 27th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Also, your mom sounds incredibly brave and amazing. Props to her for all she has accomplished and forged through. :)
Miusherimiusheri on June 27th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Mom is pretty awesome ;) There's a lot to live up to there, but she tells me repeatedly that I make her proud.
Purrsia Kat: sighpurrsia on June 28th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
It's truly awful, what has been going on. I really don't have words :(

Your mother sounds like a very courageous lady indeed. I can't imagine going through what she has, but she forged quite a life for herself and her family despite everything. Bravo.
Miusherimiusheri on June 28th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you on all counts! *hugs* I know, it's tough to know what to say, and it sucks to be more or less helpless to do anything. At least my family is OK for the time being.