Jun 30, 2009

بوسه ی تاریک

نهایتِ این راه

سرشار از عبور تو ست

تندر می شکافد
ابرهای سینه را
تا تو بر جشن کوه و آذرخش

لبانت به انکار
گشوده گو نشوند
مگر به آن بوسه ی تاریک
که رازدارِ باور است

رامین فراهانی، اردیبهشت ٨۵، تهران

Jun 20, 2009


The internet bandwidth in Iran has been extreemly reduced in order to limit the communication. Checking few e-mails takes almost an hour with dial up connection. For ADSL connection there are waiting lists, without knowing how long to wait. The Persian sattelite TV's covering actual situation in Iran, are hard to receive.

After a week of demonstartions, massive arrests and number of bloody clashes (caused by unsolved election dispute), it seems that confrontations may toughen up in coming days. The friday-speech of religious leader put an end to any hope among reformists that a recounting of votes will turn out in their favor. Last evening people were to hear again on the roof of their houses, chanting "Allaho akbar" and "death to dictator", this time louder than before! That's one of the ways they communicate and express their feelings...

Somehow I do feel isolated these days. Maybe because I do not shout anything against or in favor of anybody. Based on my own doubts, I did not vote in this election and since then I haven't been to any rallies. By the way I sense what's going on around me and I am concerned as much as every one else.

Jun 8, 2009

Presidential election and urban tension

The streets of Tehran (and seemingly other big cities of Iran) are these days the scene for enormous presence of people supporting their presidential candidates. Every evening after each TV discussion between the candidates, many people (mainly supporters of reform) gather outside to express their choice for change and to release their suppressed emotions of past years.

These unorganized demonstrations reached a high point last night, when Moosavi launched his frontal attack on Ahmadinejad, calling him a liar and marking his policy destructive. Moosavi also undermined Ahmadinejad’s statistics about economical recovery, by showing how manipulative and faked they were.

But today Tehran witnessed the pay back of Ahmadinejad’s gang. Lots of busses and pickup cars seemingly from other cities around Tehran, brought a big crowd to the streets of capital, in order to repress the Green Wave (symbol of Moosavi’s campaign, which is also supported by ex-president Khatami).

There are rumors that lots of these imported crowed have been paid to demonstrate in favor of Ahmadinejad and to call slogans against Moosavi. Almost every one in Tehran was surprised by such a contra-rally, and many were troubled by the big traffic jams caused by the caravan of demonstrating vehicles.

The Iranian state television had so far no report about ongoing demonstrations, also the local TV of Tehran paid no attention to it. Even the satellite TV’s like BBC Persian are weak in giving a speedy coverage of ongoing situation in the streets. They might say “we have no office in Tehran”, but BBC world and many other news broadcasters like CNN have such an office. Maybe their reporters are too conservative to give a proper image of increasing tension.

By the way, the fear exist that the accidental confrontations between supporters of different camps may lead to clashes and unrest, especially after provocations of today.