I had a really long and complex (and surprisingly coherent) post written up about the Iran elections. And then WordPress ate it. (Yes, WordPress ate my homework. No, it’s not funny, I was working on that for hours.) It’s late and I’m pissed off and on a computer that switches to French keyboard configurations without warning, so you get the abbreviated version, which, on the off-chance that WordPress is just dicking around, will be restored to the original later. If not, what you see is what you get.
The gist of it: I’ve been following the Iran election fandango as best I can via international sources such as BBC News and CNN International, since American sources fail to give me the kind of coverage that I need.
The revolution will not be televised. However, it will be, and is being, Tweeted. Those supporting Iranian reform candidate Mir-Hussein Mousavi have increasingly turned to Twitter as a means of communication since text messages and Facebook have been cut off within Iran.
The rest of it was a very long recap of the events so far, and links to more information about the elections and the protests, as well as those tweeting about the events. Putting it all in list format.
- Information about the elections, involved parties, and a timeline
- How you can help from Twitter and the rest of the internets
- Obama refuses to ‘meddle’ in Iran (via BBC)
- Even the State Department knows the power of Twitter (via BBC)
- Iranians defy media restrictions (via BBC)
- Forum with international protest organization, missing persons information, and memorials for the victims
- Useful info for those planning to attend demonstrations in Iran
- Iran election info tumblr
- What I Have Witnessed; An Account From a Medical Student in Iran
- “Iran Election Fraud” – a deviantART journal with good info
- History of Iran: Key figures, events, and elections 1900-2005
Iranian (all have consented to have their usernames public)
- Analysis of Political Dynamics in Iran, part 1 and part 2 (Fareed Zakaria, Reza Aslan, Nicholas Burns, Afshin Molavi)
That’s all for now, Dosers. I may be adding to this in the morning, or whenever I get more information.
ETA: Reza Aslan says this via Twitter:
@ASLANmedia: Obama should remain silent. Nothing positive he can do to help the situation in Iran. Stay out of it so there’s no accusations of meddling.
Too true, IMO.