In Iran, protests and fallout continue unabated

While we’ve been consumed by the DOMA debacle, others have been masterfully covering the Iran election fallout. As both John and I have said, Nico Pitney at Huffington is in a league of his own on this.

Today’s New York Times has an analysis examining the crack in the perception of omnipotence from the Supreme Leader:

Few suggest yet that Ayatollah Khamenei’s hold on power is at risk. But, analysts say, he has opened a serious fissure in the face of Islamic rule and one that may prove impossible to patch over, particularly given the fierce dispute over the election that has erupted amid the elite veterans of the 1979 revolution. Even his strong links to the powerful Revolutionary Guards — long his insurance policy — may not be decisive as the confrontation in Iran unfolds.

As we watch people put their lives on the line for democracy, there are ways to help. New media and social networking sites, like Twitter, have allowed young Iranians the ability to communicate what’s happening inside their country — even as the authorities try to prevent it. Yesterday’s rally was just amazing to see:


In Nico’s post, I found this link on how we can all help constructively. There are many things the rest of us can do, like this:

Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

I did it:

Kudos to Twitter for rescheduling maintenance because they “recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.”

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