Facebook Police in Iran: Update

I got this message from an annonymous poster in Iran:

“Last night Iran NEWS announced that every one who uses Facebook for political reasons against Iran is guilty and sent to prison fron 3-6 month in Iran. This for the people coming to Iran Or live in Iran.”

On NPR: Iran’s Terrifying Facebook Police

Iran: a green wave for life and liberty

 

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Asef Bayat7 – 07 – 2009

The Tehran regime has used brute power to deter the insurgent tide of post-election protest. But the form of state it has created to defend itself from the people guarantees further convulsion, says Asef Bayat.

The Tragedy of the Left’s Discourse on Iran

 

The electoral coup and the subsequent uprising and suppression of the revolting voters in Iran have prompted all sorts of analyses in Western media from both the Right and the Left. The Right, mostly inspired by the neo-con ideology and reactionary perspectives, dreams of the re-creation of the Shah’s Iran, looks for pro-American/pro-Israeli allies among the disgruntled Iranian public, and seeks an Eastern European type velvet revolution. As there is very little substance to these analyses, they are hardly worth much critical review; and one cannot expect them to try to understand the complexities of Iranian politics and society. 

This Week on VOMENA: Iran’s Worsening Situation

This week on VOMENA continue our conversation about the worsening situation in Iran. Thousands of people have been jailed in Iran, at least 40 of which are journalists. Later on in the program, we discuss the issue of post-911 climate of fear that has been imposed by the government. Finally we speak to the director Rachel Jones about her new film Ashkenaz, which takes a look at the thorny of issue of racism in Israel.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – July 8, 2009 at 7:00pm

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Related sites: www.rsf.org (journalists arrested in Iran)

http://sfjff.org/festival_2008/director/71/ (Rachel Jones’ “Askenaz”)

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Iran – July 9th, 2009

Today.

Iran – July 9th, 1999

Ahmad Batebil the picture that resulted in his arrest in 1999

Ahmad Batebil the picture that resulted in his arrest in 1999

Ten years ago, today. (Watch his interview below)

This Week on VOMENA

July 1, 2009

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we have continued coverage of the ongoing protests in Iran regarding the recent forced television co. Plus an interview with co-owner of Berkeley Daily Planet, Becky O’Mally, talks about a campaign from right-wing Zionists who are trying to shut down the paper. Plus an interview with Rachel Lea Jones, director of the documentary film “Ashkenaz,” looking at the issue of racism among Jewish in Israel.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – July 1, 2009 at 7:00pm

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Tehran, June 2009

 

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Tehran, June 2009

Kaveh Ehsani, Arang Keshavarzian and Norma Claire Moruzzi

June 28, 2009

(Kaveh Ehsani is assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University. Arang Keshavarzian is associate professor of Middle East and Islamic studies at New York University. Both are editors of Middle East Report. Norma Claire Moruzzi is associate professor of political science and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.)

For background on Mousavi and his “green wave,” see Shiva Balaghi, “An Artist as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran?” Middle East Report Online, June 11, 2009.  

For more on privatization and the state of the Iranian economy under Ahmadinejad, see Kaveh Ehsani, “Survival Through Dispossession: Privatization of Public Goods in the Islamic Republic,” Middle East Report250 (Spring 2009).

For background on Ahmadinejad’s right populism, see Kaveh Ehsani, “The Populist Threat to Democracy,” Middle East Report 241 (Winter 2006).

For background on Ahmadinejad’s cultural rollback, see Azam Khatam, “The Islamic Republic’s Failed Quest for the Spotless City,” Middle East Report250 (Spring 2009).

See also Fatemeh Sadeghi, “Foot Soldiers of the Islamic Republic’s ‘Culture of Modesty,’” Middle East Report 250 (Spring 2009).

Order Middle East Report 250 online.

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This Week on VOMENA

June 24, 2009

This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, we continue our coverage of the ongoing protests of the election in Iran by looking at the youth movement and the role it has played in the recent protest with professor and author Asef Bayat. Later in the program, Yorke University sociologist Haideh Moghissi will discuss the prominent role of women in post-revolutionary Iran.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – June 24, 2009 at 7:00pm

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VOMENA Special Part 2: Iran Election Coverage

June 23, 2009 (begins at 5 minute point)

We speak with Eric Hooglund, professor of politics at Bates College and editor of the scholarly journal, Middle East Critique. He will discuss the debated notion of the rural/urban divide in Iran in the context of the most recent elections. Kaveh Ehsani will also share with his take on this topic. Dr. Kaveh Ehsani is an Assistant Professor of International studies at DePaul University. He is also a member of the editorial committee of the Middle East Report Quarterly as well as the editor of an independent journal of social analysis in Iran called “the Dialogue.”

We also hear from Iman, a young activist who recently escaped from Iran will share his story with us. Iman had to flee to Dubai on June 15th – three days after the election – fearing imminent arrest by the Iranian regime. Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to Iman on the phone.

Finally we will hear the reaction of two Tehran residents about the historic demonstration that took place two weeks ago.

Flashpoints – June 23, 2009 at 5:00pm

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