Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Revolution Will Be Televised - but will it succeed?
IN THE FIRST VIDEO the crowd disarms the Basij - but did they allow themselves to be disarmed? In the second video, government forces use SUVs to run over Iranian citizens. I don't think anyone knows how far the government forces will go (or not go), and what the outcome will be.
How is this not all over the media as well as YouTube? In any case, Andrew Sullivan continues with many links and videos.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
THE REST ARE @ http://bit.ly/VVapps What am I missing?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tonight Is Said To Be The Loudest Night Of Chants
TEN PROTESTERS WERE KILLED TODAY, on a Shia holy day, by a regime that is supposed to be upholding Shia rule. It would be wonderful if this could be the end of the current government.
One of the ten killed is the nephew of the man most consider to be the rightfully elected President.
The government crackdowns on mourning ceremonies in the past week provoked many people in the more traditional neighborhoods of south Tehran as earlier clashes have not, some residents said.
“People in my neighborhood have been going to the Ashura rituals every night with green fabric for the first time,” said Hamid, 33, a laborer who lives in the southern Tehran neighborhood of Shahreh-Ray and declined to give his last name. “They have been politicized recently, because of the suppression this month.”
Yet few protesters expected the scale of the bloodshed that broke out on Sunday. The memory of Hussein is so potent among Shiites that killing for any reason is strictly forbidden on Ashura, and Iranian rulers have always tried to avoid violence or even state executions during a two-month period surrounding the holiday.
“Ashura is a very symbolic day in our culture and it revives the notion that the innocents were killed by a villain,” said Fatemah Haghighhatjoo, a former member of the Iranian Parliament who is a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. “Killing people on Ashura shows how far Khamenei is willing to go to suppress the protests.”
Friday, December 25, 2009
For Unto Us A Child Is Born
Thursday, December 24, 2009
And to all a good night
LIVE ONLINE NOW: King's College Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
What I'm Reading (Holiday Edition)
WARNING: May bring une crise de foie.
Last night, after reading a Wall Street Journal article on grower Champagnes, I bought a bottle of Pierre Gimonnet 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs at Chambers Street Wines - another wine store specializing in small vineyards where I think it's impossible to buy a bad bottle of wine.