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Here’s an incredible personal report on the events of Saturday, June 20. Read Ely’s Diary

“What is your name?” I asked him trying to make him talk. He sat up, shrugged us off, and started to walk again. “What is your name?“ I yelled again. “Omid,” he said and marched on towards Azadi. Omid means hope.

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TIME Magazine has written an interesting piece about the importance of martydom in Shiite Islam and argues that the fourty day mourning cycles in Shiite tradition seems already to be dictating the rythym of the revolt just as it did in 1979. Read the TIME article

“Because of Hussein, revolt against tyranny became part of Shiite tradition. Indeed, protest and martyrdom are widely considered duties to God. And nowhere is the practice more honored than in Iran, the world’s largest Shiite country.”

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An excellent read at the Wall Street Journal on information control in Iran.

“The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world’s most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale.”

UPDATE: Here is Nokia Siemens response to the WSJ article alleging that they have provided the technology for invasive surveillance.

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