Monday, June 15, 2009

Functioning Iran Proxies (Updated)

FUNCTIONING IRAN PROXIES As of 1:30 PM (Chicago Time), 15 June 2009: and and and The June 12 general election in Iran smells bad. Very bad. Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed victory over challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, but millions of Iranians question the honesty of the election results. A huge number of the ballots were cast on paper, yet only hours after the polling booths closed Ahmadinejad was officially declared the winner. The question was asked en masse, "How could the results have been known so quickly?" One way, of course, would be if the results were known in advance. In other words, if the fix was in for Ahmadinejad. This is what has tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets of Tehran and other cities, in protest of what they consider to be a case of election fraud. Another reason to be very suspicious of the election results is the fact that Iran has cracked down China-style on Internet activity. Social web sites, such as Facebook and others, have been effectively blocked by Iran's government. Twitter seems to be the only outlet for Iranians in Iran to communicate with the rest of the world. In 1989, their spiritual counterparts in the dark days of the Tiananmen Square Massacre used fax machines successfully to get their messages of despair and oppression out. Now, in Iran, Twitter is a digital message in a bottle, telling of police beatings, large-scale arrests and more of what you would expect from a totalitarian regime. The Australian newspaper reports this today about the communications crackdown: As reports of political violence in Iran intensified after Friday's disputed election won by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic republic has managed to shut down most forms of communication with the outside world. Access to the popular networking site Facebook has been restricted on occasion before, during and after elections, stopping Iranians from sharing their stories with the world. But Twitter has somehow avoided being blocked and has provided a rare glimpse into the violence that has engulfed the capital, Tehran. The 140-character limit has not stopped protesters from giving vivid accounts of the violent scenes they had witnessed.... Mobile phone and satellite communications seem be to victims of jamming as well, according to a report from RELATED: Shots fired as more than 100000 Iranians defy rally ban - (15 June) See Comments... Visit Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Hey! ChiNewsBench is on Twitter