A real dictatorship

I just spent a weekend at a Belgian summer house. I was there with journalists who work for the Iranian broadcaster Radio Zamaneh and  heard one of them exclaim: “Wow, Iran really is a dictatorship, no?”. Now there isn’t a speck of doubt for any one of us that Iran is, in fact, a dictatorship. Apparently the regime had reached a new low for even this hardened news reporter to throw her hands up in frustration and repeat the obvious as if it was observed for the first time. Looking at the news there’s at least two stories that could have been the cause of this outburst. One is the move to cut women from many studies (36 universities shut the doors to women in 77 academic fields)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/08/qa-iran-curtails-female-education.html

Another more absurd one is the story about the earthquake and its aftermath. Horrified at the sloppy way the regime dealt with needs of the quake-victims Iranians themselves decided to set up camp near the afflicted villages and help in whatever way they could. The regime responded by confiscating their goods and arresting dozens of the activists:

http://www.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/activist-jailed-relief-work-begins-hunger-strike

For a comprehensive write up about the earthquake here’s another link to follow:

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/08/diy-earthquake-relief-in-iran.html

The truth of the matter is, since the 2009 protests led to nothing, the Iranian government counts on Iranians and non-Iranians having to be too demotivated to following the news about the daily lives of Iranians. In this mood of apathy they get away with inhumane actions like the ones mentioned on this page. And it’s true, we don’t read or write about Iran like we did years ago. What we can do, is follow the sites that do. Here’s, again, the list of English language Iranian news sites that give you an idea of what goes on in the country. There’s probably more out there, and if you have any you’d like to share drop us a note in the comments:

http://www.radiozamaneh.com/english/ – daily news

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/ – in depth articles

http://www.enduringamerica.com/ – up to date blogging and regional context

https://www.nabz-iran.com/ – archiving human rights abuses in Iran

http://www.arsehsevom.net/ – civil society news and reports

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