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Here are other notable links about the Iran Elections and the reporting of the Iran elections.  I'll update this as I find things to put here.

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Videos, pictures, and writings (mostly in Farsi) by the former (ongoing?) Iranian Presidential candidate
 
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 It looks increasingly as though the government will have to crack down or back down
 
THE sight of a million-odd demonstrators on the streets of Tehran, the like of which has not been seen since the revolution that unseated the shah in 1979, is bound to stir the hearts of freedom lovers the world over. That is especially true when the chief butt of popular anger, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a Holocaust-denying bully who seems bent on getting his hands on a nuclear weapon. Yet outsiders tempted to shout their support for the protesters should tread carefully for fear of achieving the opposite of what they intend.
 
 An apparently rigged election is shaking the fragile pillars on which the Iranian republic rests
 
IRANIANS voted in record numbers on June 12th. Analysts had predicted a close race; hope of change was in the air. So for many, the official result—with a claimed margin of 63% for the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—was a preposterous sham. At first, youths took to the streets in Tehran and elsewhere, lighting fires and smashing shop windows. When these were beaten back, opposition grew. Braving an official ban and rumours of police gunfire, well over a million Iranians took to the streets of Tehran on June 15th, dwarfing a televised victory rally staged the day before by Mr Ahmadinejad. A fractured, demoralised opposition suddenly appeared united, empowered and focused on Mir Hosein Mousavi, the soft-spoken former prime minister who, by the official count, had polled only 13m votes to Mr Ahmadinejad’s 24m. Their protests have continued ever since.
 
But the real winner was an unusual hybrid of old and new media

ON SATURDAY June 13th, as protests began to flare on streets across Iran, 10.5m American TV-viewers naturally turned to CNN, a cable news channel founded in 1980. It was a vote of confidence in the traditional news media. Unfortunately, instead of protests many of them saw CNN’s veteran, Larry King, interviewing burly motorcycle-builders. The programme was a repeat.


From guardian.co.uk

The dust revolution – how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's jibe backfired

When it was uttered it was meant as a ­biting put-down to the thousands who dared to question his re-election as president of Iran.

"The nation's huge river would not leave any opportunity for the expression of dirt and dust," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a rather elliptical reference to the surging protests on the streets of Tehran.

For good measure he followed up with some more earthy language comparing claims of massive election fraud in last week's poll to the passions of supporters of a beaten football team after a match.

Iran elections: BBC World Service battles satellite interference

BBC World Service combats broadcast interference from inside Iran by raising number of satellites transmitting news to region

The BBC World Service is attempting to combat continued broadcast interference from within Iran by increasing the number of satellites it uses to transmit its Persian television news service and extending the channel's hours.

Today the BBC World Service said it was raising the number of ways it transmits to Farsi-speakers in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan after several days of persistent interference of the service from its usual satellite, Hotbird 6.

The World Service added that its satellite operator had confirmed the interference was coming from within Iran.


From The Independent

Robert Fisk: The dead of Iran are mourned – but the fight goes on

"President" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and the quotation marks are becoming ever more appropriate in Iran today – is in real trouble. There are now three separate official inquiries into his supposed election victory and the violence which followed, while conservative Iranian MPs fought each other with their fists at a private meeting behind the assembly chamber, after Ahmadinejad's members objected to an official's reference to the "dignity" with which the opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi, answered parliamentary questions. Those close to the man who still believes he is the President of Iran say that he is himself deeply troubled – even traumatised – by the massive demonstrations against him across the country.


From Salon.com

Tehran dispatch: Supreme Leader weeps

Khamanei weeps, he tells us there was no vote rigging, and he seems to give a green light for a crackdown

It is Friday prayers, and the venue is the open-air mosque at Tehran University, but the event looks more like the old Red Square May Day parades. All of Iran, watching in person, or on television, takes careful note of who is there, and who is not. Supreme Leader Khamanei is there, as is President Ahmadinejad as are Larajani and Haddad Adel. So is Mohsen Rezai, former commander of the Revolutionary Guard and one-time electoral foe of Ahmadinejad, sitting in the back of the VIP section. Karroubi, Mousavi, Rafsanjani and Khatami are not.

"Khamenei has never seen a crisis like this"

This week's protests in Iran are truly unprecedented, says Iran expert Afshin Molavi

This week's protests in Iran are truly unprecedented, says Iran expert Afshin Molavi in the following interview. The demonstrators come from all walks of life and from across the country. Discontent with Tehran's hardline leadership is widespread.

Who hates who in Iran

A somewhat coherent outsider's guide into the labyrinthine world of Iranian politics

Strange methods are required to figure out who's up and who's down in hermetically sealed foreign regimes. During the Cold War, Kremlinologists would guess at the state of Soviet politics by puzzling over the parade order of Communist Party officials or the arrangement of portraits on the wall.


Analysis of Internet and Networking influence
 
Being dependent on the Net means having to live with it
Iran's government in recent days has tried to cut off Internet access for most of its election protesters by shutting down routers at the nation's perimeters, ripping satellite dishes off roofs, cutting cables and turning off telephone switching networks.

Iran, in effect, has declared cyberwar on itself. And it doesn't appear to be winning the fight because of the resilience of a communications grid originally designed to be both resilient and pervasive. In fact, its actions may also be crippling banking systems and hindering commerce in what is a technologically advanced nation. Cutting off Internet access affects more than Web sites or Twitter and Facebook. Credit card and ATM systems could be affected, as could critical infrastructures.

Iranian Traffic Engineering

The outcome of the Iranian elections now hangs in the balance and perhaps, also on the availability of the Internet (or at least Twitter and Facebook according to the US State Department).

Based on significant Internet engineering changes over the last week, the Iranian government seems to agree…


From SFGate

S.F. techie helps stir Iranian protests

This is a story about Austin Heap who has helped set-up and manage proxy servers so Iranians can stay online during the protests.  He has apparently received threats via E-Mail from pro-status-quo actors.

 

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