Archive for June 22nd, 2009
SEEING THROUGH ALL THE PROPAGANDA ABOUT IRAN
Eric S. Margolis 22 June 2009
WASHINGTON – Iran ’s political crisis continues to blaze. It’s still impossible to say which leaders or factions will emerge victorious, but one thing is certain: the earthquake in the Islamic Republic is shaking the Mideast and deeply confusing everyone, including the US government.
Highlighting the complexity of this crisis, Meir Dagan, the head of Israel ’s intelligence agency, Mossad, reportedly voiced his hope that Iran ’s embattled president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would remain in office. On the surface, that sounds absurd, since Ahmadinejad is Israel ’s Great Satan.
But, according to Dagan, if Ahmadinejad’s supposedly `moderate’ rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, came to power, it would be harder for Israel to keep up its propaganda war against Iran over Tehran ’s nuclear program.
Besides, added the Mossad chief, the devil you know is better.
Meanwhile, we have been watching an intensifying western propaganda campaign against Iran , mounted by the US and British governments. What we hear is commentary and analysis that comes from bitterly anti-regime Iranian exiles, `experts’ with an ax to grind, and US pro-Israel neocons yearning for war with Iran .
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Tuesday , June 23 , 2009
Age of Twitter vs. tyranny
Until recently , a twitter was simply a bird making high-pitched mating calls. Now Twitter is in the vanguard of an army of cybernauts whose speedy steeds are propelling both democratic and authoritarian governments through a period of social change more profound than anything we have experienced in 5 , 000 years of recorded history.
Twitter , Facebook , Flickr , My Space , YouTube , MySpace , LinkedIn , Web blogs , Podcasts , Stumbleupon , Technorati , Social Wheehz , Stunt Pilot , instant messaging , social networking , Web sites , in short what Web 2.0 is spawning with hundreds of millions of users. And all this is but a pixel on the “Web’s edge , ” according to the engineers building Web 3.0 , the Internet of 2020 and beyond.
Twitter , now almost 3 years old , has graduated from the banal to a geopolitical convulsion; it has already shaken Iran ‘s regime of aging theocrats to its foundations. Limited to 140 characters per tweet , put down by detractors as cackle prattle , Twitter demonstrated it can mobilize hundreds of thousands for street demonstrations against a despotic regime.
Inconsequential social networking became instant social mobilization – and sources of reporting for television networks whose correspondents were ordered to pack their gear and fly home. But seven in 10 Iranians owns a mobile and 35 out of 100 use the Internet , which is more than Greece .