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Archive for June 23rd, 2009

A Guest Post at Z Word.

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Whilst I was looking around for more news on Iran, Ben allowed me to do a guest post at the Z Word, and as it is one of my favourite blogs, I duly obliged, The State and the Burqa.

More news from Iran shortly.

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23/06/2009 at 21:14

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Why Mass Protest In Iran Is True Politics Worth Supporting

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This is an excellent piece from a pair of translators and philosophers based in Tehran, Morad Farhadpour and Omid Mehrgan:

“In the past two weeks, the majority of people in Tehran and other cities in Iran (including Shiraz, Ahwaz, Tabriz, Isfihan) have been on the streets, protesting against the theft of the presidential election by a handful of state’s agents at the top level. It was not a rigging in the usual western sense, no added votes or replaced ballot boxes, the election went on properly, the votes were taken and probably even counted, the figures transmitted to the ministry of interior, and it was there that they were totally disregarded and replaced by totally fictitious figures. That is why all the opposition forces (Sazman-e-Mojahedin-e-Enghelab, Mosharekat party…) together with people called it a coup d’état.

Global public opinion and, especially, the body of (leftist) intellectuals, Inspired by recent events in the middle Asia and east Europe, mostly regard this Iranian mass protest as another version of the well-known, newly invented, neo-liberal, U.S.-sponsored, colour-coded revolutions, as in Georgia and Ukraine. But is it the case in Iran? This article intends to clarify the issue, to reveal the properly political essence of current mass movement, and to demonstrate that this movement has the potentiality of a self-transcendence, of surpassing its actual demands, of traversing its current phantasy. To do this, we shall first examine the contemporary tradition of radical politics in Iran. Without these references, the current movement, which truly deserves this title, can not be understood correctly.”

Read on.

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23/06/2009 at 12:22

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What Iranians Are Saying.

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Over at the Beeb there is a section for comments from Iranians.

Also see Flickr and YouTube.

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23/06/2009 at 01:10

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