2009-07-20

Iran Update: 2009-07-20

29 Tir 1388. One month since the June 20 uprisings began, it's clear the Middle East will never be the same.

CNN: 'Middle East is changed forever.' Hamid Dabashi writes: 'With the commencement of the civil rights movement in Iran in June 2009, the moral map of the Middle East is being changed right in front of our eyes, with the democratic will of one nation having thrown a monkey wrench into the geopolitics of the region. The moving pictures of Iranians flooding colorfully into the streets have forever altered the visual vocabulary of the global perception of "the Middle East."' Read the full article at the link.

Models wear green for Iran. Via Rah-e Azadi, this article (Italian) shows fashion models sporting green armbands for Iranian solidarity.

Arutz Sheva: Iran VP denies resignation. Just in from A7: 'Iranian vice president Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie denied quitting his post Monday after state run media announced in the morning that he had resigned following hardliner criticism. Mashaie, whose son is married to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s daughter, once said that Iran is a “friend of the Israeli people.”'

British embassy official reported freed on bail. Xinhua: 'Iran has released on bail head of the security and political division of the British embassy in Tehran Hossein Rassam, who was arrested due to involvement in Iran's post-election riots, local English-language Press TV reported on Sunday. ...'

Video: Protestors brave tear gas, chant against "dictator" Khamenei. Azarmehr has a clip of protestors chanting "مرگ بر خامنه ای" and burning pictures of leaders. Notice that many of these folks aren't even trying to hide their faces from the camera.

Winston at TSOM: Obama's dangerous presidency. The Spirit of Man: 'But as far as I see Mr. Obama has been busy disabling/dismantling the United States arsenal of freedom with his massive public spending bills and coward attitude in matters of foreign policy and has aimed to really turn America to a socialist dead-land like France, Canada or Britain. That said, nothing has enraged me more about him than his bizarre and dangerous approach towards the Iranian regime since taking office in January. He's proven to be a dangerous man.'