i realize now i do not fear death... i fear my daughter will not be free when i die
- From the Twitter of an Iranian medical student
"If it bothers you so much, then why don't you stop watching?" seems to be the question of the last few days from my friends and family who know how invested I have become in the cause of the Iranian people (as I have explained in great detail here) The answer is simple: one day of caring is not enough. We must be the voice for the people of Iran who would otherwise be silenced. They are without reliable news sources, they are without mobile phone calls, text messaging, facebook, twitter, youtube, AIM, Yahoo, Google, and pretty much every other useful outlet for information you can think of. Yet they persist on the streets and on the internet in any way they can. The least we can do, whether we are across continents, oceans, or time zones, is spread their words safely.
My death is irrelevant.Wht is important is that u do not forget my words.We want freedom.i will die 4that
- From the Twitter of a protester in Tehran
Right now, brave men and women in Iran, both young and old, are sacrificing their lives for their voices to be heard. They must fear not only the police, but also the Basij -a force of men loyal to the government who plant themselves among crowds in plain clothes in order to discretely attack protesters and incite chaos.The protesters are peaceful. They mass together in crowds that are reported to grow in size every day. At night they have very few, if any, safe places to stay. Houses with satelite dishes were attacked by the Basij tonight, and during the 50 minutes of Twitter's maintenance, another university was attacked.
140 characters is a novel when you're being shot at.
- From another Iranian Twitter
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.
- If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.
- Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.
- Change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30.
- DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.
- If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publically, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.
- DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to "confuse the government". This does not help at all.
USEFUL SITES TO FURTHER HELP
(REMINDER: DO NOT REPOST PERSONAL TWITTERS OF THOSE INSIDE THE COUNTRY, EVEN IF THEY ARE RELIABLE!)
دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election
- original article by one_hoopy_frood on LJ
been awhile since I've wrote anything geared towards being aware of something, and since November, I haven't really paid attention to the news. I haven't wanted to. I was tired of the ugliness, the petty arguments, and the mudslinging. Lately, the news (what little we have) is just.. I don't really have words. It's inspiring to see so many come together. Let's hope their voice will be heard.
For those of you wanting to get a little more history, there's a book called Persopolis, which is told from the point of view of Marjane Satrapi. It gives an interesting look at how America has affected the shaping of current day Iran. We may fear their nuclear possibilities, but in some way, we created those fears ourselves.
(And for those less literally inclined.. there's a movie too!)
Until we meet again,