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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iran Elections

UPDATE: Of course, it didn't take long for neocon Richard Perle to blame Obama for Ahmadinejad's power grab:

Richard Perle, a neoconserva-tive and former Pentagon adviser, said Obama must share the blame for Ahmadinejad’s power grab. “Normally, when you unclench your fist it benefits the hardliners, because Obama appeared to be saying we can do business with you even with your present policies.”

I've mostly been following Twitter on the Iran elections since American media is so freaking useless (see #CNNfail). Although, Christian Amanpour allegedly has balls of steel. If you go to search.twitter.com and enter a search term (click on any of these to get to its individual page: #iranelection #iran #ahmadinejad #mousavi #iranelections), it will constantly let you know when new tweets come, so you can refresh it. I thought that if I put all the hash/search terms in the search box I'd get all tweets with ANY of those search terms, but instead, I got only the tweets that had ALL of those terms. So, you'll have to pick one or have multiple tabs/windows open and track each search term separately. If anyone knows a better way, let me know. The highest trending search term right now is #iranelection (without the 's').

This really is the only way to get news from people actually involved. However, Iran is suppressing everything they can - Twitter, Facebook, journalists, closing down news bureaus, cutting off cell phones, etc. But the thing about geeks is that they always find a way around it. Geeks should rule the world. I'm convinced. Um. After women, of course.

Andrew Sullivan has great coverage, analysis, commentary and new information of the alleged actual vote tallies. Huffpost is liveblogging it here.

Of course, the neocons want Ahmadinejad elected so they can get their Israeli pals to bomb Iran. The Israeli press machine is in full action already. Just look at CNN's home page and the number of Israel-related articles, especially the one saying half of the Israelis want to bomb Iran. Niiiice.

Please also read this article about long-time neocon propagandizer Con Coughlin: Trans-Atlantic Con Man.

Of course, this is an excellent time for me to encourage you to go to Jstreet.org, the "the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement." (@jstreetdotorg) It's important for everyone to know that there are sane Israelis who want peace. However, they have nothing on their blog or Twitter about Iran yet.

I had a lovely but unfortunately misinformed (by her fundamentalist church) girlfriend the other day say that "it's always been a holy war over there" and it's just "end times." George Bush and his Israeli neocon pals made it a holy war, and if anybody is moving it towards "end times" it's those bastards.

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