Friday, June 26, 2009

Support Freedom in Iran & Gene Sharp

Green is the symbolic color of Islam and the color that the pro-
Mousavi movement has adopted


A fellow blogger from Portugal who runs the blog Oeiras and Environs Daily and occasionally comments here, alerted me to a blog movement tomorrow on behalf of the people of Iran whose struggle for freedom has caught the world's attention. It seems that a member of the international blogging community is missing and many are concerned about this individual's whereabouts and safety. Here is the URL for that blog: http://tehranlive.org/, which JM has recently left in blog comments.

In solidarity with the people of Iran: I support you in your fight for democracy, freedom and human rights. Fight on.

Here you can read an article about a man named Gene Sharp, whom you may never have heard of, but whose book "From Dictatorship to Democracy" is rumored to have helped topple several dictatorships, including that of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, through its almost 200 hundred non-violent strategies; some of which have already been adopted by the student movement in Iran. If you're interested in non-violent protest, you'll really like reading this article.

There is some lively political discussion of the situation in Iran at the site of my Iranian blog bud Homeyra. You can read her at Forever Under Construction.

7 comments:

  1. thank you for this post...I shall check out your links....I almost hate hearing what's happening over there and yet, need to know what's happening over there.......

    blessings...
    X

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  2. Thank you, Gina! The blog movement will be tomorrow the 28th. Here is the link to our missing friend's blog blocked in Iran on the 17th: http://tehranlive.org/
    Our friend has been arrested on the 20th, the same day LIFE magazine published his photos...

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  3. Linda: I know exactly what you mean, my friend. Warm regards, Linda!

    JM: I will add that link to the post. My apologies for overlooking it when I put up this post. Thank you for the reminder to pay attention, by the way. I know where I stand: always. But I have to be jump-started, if you will, whenever I'm in a semi-complacent mood. I was very stirred up during the US elections but since I've had too many personal and professional responsibilities and not enough enery to keep up daily with news and blogs.

    Many regards,
    Gina

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  4. Thanks for this post!!! and for the book recomendation. I never heard of him before.
    aloha

    Comfort Spiral

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  5. Thank you for letting us know about this, MB

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  6. Thanks for these links, Gina. I hope the US continues to look for dialogue with Iran, as we have to talk to one another to truly make any progress. Ultimately, the tyrants will fall when the people are able to push them down. Let's hope it's soon. Maybe if a democratic people's movement had been supported and encouraged in Iraq we wouldn't have the awful mess we still see there.

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  7. I *love* Gene Sharp! His 3 volume work on nonviolence is a classic! :-)

    [Hello again, Gina---sorry I've been away from PS for so long!]

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