I can’t confidently distinguish between the sectarian warfare and the regime’s clampdown, but the violence is dreadful and bloody. Dinny’s deception of his people continues with the photoshopping extra supporters into his rallies.
I fervently hope this spasm leads to good things for Iran. The governments of China and Russia have already acknowledged Ahmedinejad as president. Authoritarians gotta stick together.
That other great power, the US, is maintaining neutrality. So is Britain. Most people think that British power has declined over the last century – not so many Iranians, who attribute to us almost fathomless power and duplicity. So I suppose it is important that the US and Britain avoid becoming the issue in Iran right now, if they would tar Iranian democrats by association.
The Hub (participatory media site for human rights) has nothing at all out of Iran on it. While looking for information about the ongoing state of Iran’s internet connection, I found that Obama did intervene for free expression; he requested for Twitter to postpone its maintenance work. Wise bloke. He’ll go far.
YouTube is only receiving 10% of its usual traffic from Iran, but the democrats are young, understand the importance of technology and more importantly are prepared to get to grips with it. See this year-old Harvard Centre for the Internet and Society review of the Iranian blogosphere.
Radio Free Europe’s Iran Elections Diary.
I’m not a partisan of Mousavi either.
From Workers’ Liberty, a dispatch from a socialist in Tehran.
A round-up of responses from the Arab world from Global Voices, including from KabobFest:
“Anti-American sentiment is one of the strongest cards those wretched clerics hold. By merely softening the tone Tehran hears from Washington, Obama has weakened their hand considerably.”
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