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28 December 2009 @ 12:32 pm
More on Iran protests  
More info on what's happening in Iran right now: BBC

There are also links on that page to background information about Iran and the current regime, for those interested. I wish there was an American news agency that catered to adults who care about the world around them.
sageblessing on December 29th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I was "sort of" watching ABC news tonight and had heard briefly at least that people were still protesting and that there was footage of cops putting their weapons down and joining in. I've been getting better news from Jerusalem Post, though obviously not video (I'll have to try watching the Israeli Broadcasting Agency newscast online and see what they show).

What surprises me -- I've barely seen anything on Twitter from the Mousavi supporters. Was there another black-out??
Miusheri: persian_princessmiusheri on December 29th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've mostly been getting news off of BBC and blogs (which I linked to in earlier posts). From what I understand, there haven't been any outages, but after June there was a larger crackdown on sites that were being used to communicate with the outside world, like Twitter. Also, Internet speed is really slow in Iran to begin with; when everyone's frantically trying to get online, that problem only becomes worse (during the June protests, my cousin said that it took around 20 minutes just to load the Yahoo! home page). Also, more people are getting arrested, so they obviously can't update the outside world. Cell phone pictures and videos are still getting out, though!

Thanks as always for your concern. =) *hugs*
sageblessing on December 29th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
No problem re: the concern -- after the experience of "watching" things on Twitter and being friends with you and the folks at the Persian synagogue (who get political updates during services and get really animated -- I wish I spoke Farsi, all I understand is stuff like "Ahmadinejad" and "Mousavi"!), it's hard for me to not care.

I didn't see anything on IBA the other night -- all hell's breaking loose in the Knesset with one of the political parties and some other bullshit is going down thanks to some extreme Hasidic sect in Jerusalem (I know what I said about not turning my back on any Jew and I meant it, but these guys are just assholes, I'm sorry, I don't even see how their behavior is acceptable according to the Torah -- religious fundamentalism is never a good thing, doesn't matter which religion!!) However, there is a TON of stuff in the Jerusalem post. And I was right, now they're wondering if Israel showing material support somehow for the protesters would also benefit stopping the nuclear armament and potential attacks. It's just op-ed stuff, but I was waiting to see when someone would speak about that. In summary... Hooooooly shit.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunteramethyst_hunter on December 29th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
They're (the government) trying to keep the pot from boiling over. It's not going to work. People are getting more pissed by the day, and every time the govt. tries to clamp down harder to attempt containment, it just makes the people dig their heels in that much more.

I hope that good things will come for Iranians in 2010.

And yeah - how sad is it that we have to get our news coverage from *outside* the US? That is, if we want something that's actually meaningful instead of more stupid celebrity crap... To me, the Balloon Boy's parents and the White House party-crashers are symptoms of our sick celebrity/fame-obsessed culture. Fame doesn't mean squat when there's real stuff going on that affects real people. (I do have some respect for actors like George Clooney though, who use their fame in some way to help others)

I hope for you and everyone else Eid-eh Shomah Mobaraq (I hope I got that right; my apologies if I screwed it up) in 2010!
Miusheri: jon with tequilamiusheri on December 29th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Iranians are really fed up. I just hope that whoever comes into power is willing to restore freedoms, put the right people in charge to help the economy, and rekindle relationships with the West.

celebrity/fame-obsessed culture

Yes. It's not about hard work or talent anymore. People just want to be famous, just because, and our media (which are profit-driven, not necessarily looking out for the public good) are only too happy to encourage these idiots so long as they are deified within the vox populi. That means that while big boys and girls in other countries learn about what's happening in the world, we receive sweeping 24-hour coverage of Tiger Woods' rising ho count. It's not like England or other countries don't have trashy gossip rags, but those who want real news have a reliable option: the BBC, or Deutsche Welle, just to name two. The US has nothing like that anymore. Wherever we look, we get fucking People magazine or Insane Right Wing Hate Fear Lie-o-paloozaTM. I remember when CNN Headline News and the Wall Street Journal were respectable. No more, not when they make more money "reporting" on idiocy like some pop tart's latest Twitter post.

Thanks for the new year's well wishes! (Eid-eh shomah mobaraq to you too!) New Year on the Iranian calendar won't happen until spring, but Iranians are at least aware of the Gregorian calendar (not sure to what extent it is used).

Edited at 2009-12-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitty does not want!amethyst_hunter on December 30th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Insane Right Wing Hate Fear Lie-o-paloozaTM

There is one local paper around here that would fit that billing quite well. In recent months there's been a rash of columns and letters decrying "those godless Christmas-hating liberals" (y'know, because saying "Happy Holidays" is soooo robbing someone of their basic human rights) and "OMGSOCIALISM!!" of the healthcare reform (which has its own problems, but that's another story). And now that Illinois is gonna be shacking up some Gitmo guys, people are FREAKING going insane (everybody, that is, except for the residents of the town in which said prison resides - they're all for it because of the economic revenue the employment will bring!) because apparently these are Super-Terrorizts who can leap over walls in a single bound. Gah. Stupidity, it should be illegal...

Iranian New Year starts about late February/March, doesn't it? I seem to recall someone (probably you) telling me that it shifts around...
Miusherimiusheri on December 31st, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I was wondering how IL felt about the Gitmo detainees. The outrage is about what I expected. I'm actually surprised that the town in question wants them, but it does make sense why.

Seriously, what are people afraid of? Assuming an actual terrorist somehow escapes, what's he gonna do in the middle of Illinois? (I'll be hoping he blows up the silo that's been bothering you so much.)

Nowruz (New Year) is on the spring equinox- usually March 21. Gosh, I'm sure looking forward to spring. Winter just got started, and I'm already sick of it.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitteh failz at eatedamethyst_hunter on December 31st, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
I figured as much re: the Gitmo fearmongering too. Unfortunately 2010 is our gubernatorial election, and what with the fallout from our last idiot (Blagojevich) and being that the Gitmo decision was approved by Quinn (our current, who doesn't seem too bad - he basically inherited Blago's mess and is trying to somewhat clean it up) the local Repukes are going to work this insanity for all they can milk out of it - there has only been maybe one Repub local who actually approved of the plan, but he's getting drowned out by the rest of the wacko bunch who are screaming "OMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIIIIIEEE!"

Conveniently, the fact that this country has already imprisoned several international terrorists across the map gets tucked out of sight in all the ruckus.

Assuming an actual terrorist somehow escapes, what's he gonna do in the middle of Illinois? (I'll be hoping he blows up the silo that's been bothering you so much.)

LOL!! And it's not like we've never had Scary Bad Guys try and take a whack at us before - there've been about one or two plots in the last decade to have a go at the Sears Tower (screw that Willis nonsense). We'll just run 'em over with our tractors. Ever see what happens to the human body when it gets chewed up by a grain combine? Yeeeeaaaah. Lunch-tosser, that one. XD

I'm looking forward to spring too. I think I will seriously work at finding a way to spend winters in the south from now on - I just don't seem to handle them very well anymore, and the sickness I've been dealing with in recent years makes it worse. :/