Sunday brief: Following events in Iran.

I wrote the other day that I was holding my breath, waiting for today in Iran. Well, today is here. And so far, it’s been bloody.

As I sit at my computer, casting about to find out what’s happening/has already happened (bearing in mind that Iran is 9 1/2 hours ahead of CST, where I am, which is to say: As I write at 10:35 am in Chicago, it is 8:05 pm in Tehran), I thought some of you might also want to know where to go to learn more.

It’s important to remember that Iran kicked out virtually all foreign journalists in the wake of June’s post-election protests (here’s Amnesty’s quick take on those events, here’s a timeline of events during and since, and here’s leading Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji on what it all meant), and while some are there now, reporters are generally banned from covering any event that the government knows will be hot (and/or arrested if they do) — and, of course, internet service is tampered with all the time. So, journalists are doing the best they can, often from quite a distance. I’ve been checking the news sources of places geographically closer to Iran, websites that really covered the elections back in June, and the sites of news sources likely to have large Iranian ex-pat readerships.

And so:

  1. As is his habit, Andrew Sullivan is blogging prodigiously about events, almost liveblogging as information seeps out into the air.
  2. The BBC appears to have someone in Tehran, and they have a lot of useful analysis and background (such as this, about how the opposition is using the old slogans and symbolism from the 1979 revolution). You’ll also find a map locating some of today’s clashes.
  3. The Los Angeles Times has people reporting from Tehran and Beirut.
  4. DubaiDoh! I meant: Qatar-based Al-Jazeera is nearly as close as you can get to Iran without actually being in Iran, and despite what many Americans think, they do good journalism.
  5. The New York Times is in Beirut and is posting video and pictures periodically.
  6. UPDATE: Robert Mackey is also doing a great job blogging about events on The Lede, at the New York Times.

Ok. Back to obsessive reading. I hope that the sacrifices being made today by hundreds of thousands of Iranians serve them and their people, and that this may be the turning point for greater freedom — speedily and in our days, inshallah.

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  1. Apparently the establishment media is freaking out over a failed terrorist event on an airplane so the TSA and airlines respond by taking measures that will probably in no way prevent that very sort of attack. Meanwhile, the people of Iran march in the streets with the threat of REAL danger of being shot or beaten.

    Do we even understand what freedom really is anymore?

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