Letters From Iran
Al Jazeera
11-Nov-2011 (one comment)

While winds of change have been blowing through the Arab world this year, Iranians have been forced to wait for political reform.

In 2009, in the aftermath of an election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad controversially returned to power as president of the Islamic Republic, millions took to the streets of Tehran to protest against the result. But the demonstrations were brutally repressed and the hopes of the "green revolutionaries" were dashed.

Since then Iran has closed itself off to international media scrutiny and it has been difficult to determine exactly what happened to the many thousands of dissidents arrested and imprisoned during the protests, or the current scale of political opposition to the regime.

Yet as this film reveals, that opposition is still alive and kicking and just as eager for change as before. Letters from Iran paints a fascinating portrait of the aftermath of the Green Revolution and a country holding its breath.

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Super video. Thank you and thanks, Al Jazeera

by FG on

The more Iranian and Arab protestors support one another, the more isolated tyrants become. 

I couldn't resist sending the following to the Supreme Leader at his website.




imagine you are an Arab fighting a brutal dictatorship in your own country.    You see this video.  Afterwards, which model would you pick--the Islamic Republic or Erdogan's democratic Turkey?

If tracked down, the brave Iranians who made this documentary will be charged with "propaganda against the Islamic Republic."  Yet all they did was expose an undeniable fact for a wider audience: that the proposed Iranian model amounts to a hell on earth.  So who is the propagandist?   

Tell your censors that times have changed. 

Ir is no longer possible for dictators to hide large scale crimes as easily as Hitler and Stalin once did.  So think before acting.   Consider that the more gruesome and repulsive your crime, the more widely it will become know.

Ask yourself two questions: "If I deny such crimes loudly enough and often enough while unable to conceal them, how will it affect my credibility?  In that case, will it be easy to turn back the clock in the future and win back any respect I once enjoyed?" 

Suggestion: Ask your buddy Assad the answer to that last question.