Skip to comments.Iran moves to end 'Facebook revolution'
Posted on 06/14/2009 9:11:49 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Iranian government is mounting a campaign to disrupt independent media organisations and websites that air doubts about the validity of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the nation's president, according to various sources.
Supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the presidential challenger whom President Ahmedinejad claims to have defeated with 63.4 per cent of the vote, have emulated the internet campaign techniques used by Barack Obama to appeal to the young generation of Iranians who make up the majority of his support base.
But reports from Tehran say that social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, the micro-blogging website, were taken down after Mr Ahmadinejad claimed victory. SMS text messaging, a preferred medium of communication for young Iranians, has also been disabled. This is widely suspected to be the result of government interference, but could equally be caused by the poor quality of the network and the heavy demand it is experiencing.
Reporters Without Borders, the media organisation that campaigns for a free press around the world, said in a statement today: "The blocking of access to foreign news media has been stepped up. In addition to the blocking of the BBCs website, the Farsi-language satellite broadcasts of the Voice of America and BBC which are very popular in Iran have been partially jammed.
"The Internet is now very slow, like the mobile phone network. YouTube and Facebook are hard to access and pro-reform sites. . . are completely inaccessible."
A spokesman for the BBC's Persian service, which is based in London, said: "The BBC can confirm that its Persian television service continues to suffer interference to its broadcast on the Hotbird 6 satellite. The problem began just after 1245 GMT on Friday 12 June and affects transmissions across the region.
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Bit of news from the Iranian Police State...now clearly in view.
Oh shut up British media ($#%$! As if Obama invented the internet and now owns the idea.
We know it was Gore./sarc
Obamadinajob is giving lessons for other dictators, Achmed Obama is certainly a top pupil
Breathtaking- I wonder just how ugly it’s going to get.
And it is war of freedom versus dictatorship.
I wonder if Obama is beginning to understand the “Axis of Evil” concept?
Islam——A Religion In Pieces!!!!
freedom vs dictatorship... I don’t think Obama is taking my side
Yes, remember the One has a new Czar to deal with electronic communications, including disrupting them, in case of an emergency
> Breathtaking- I wonder just how ugly its going to get.
It might be best if it gets very ugly indeed. I can imagine that it would be really unpleasant to be an Iranian reformist if everything quietened right down over the next few days. The construction cranes would be working overtime if that happens.
A few well-invested containers of Tommy guns and Mills bombs wouldn’t go astray. What a shame Reagan isn’t in power.
Thanks :) I’ve been running around twitter and similar trying to keep up- I can’t imagine how this is going to be tamped down.
The best thing everyone could pray for would be the regular army siding with the protestors. Thus without outside meddling, the revolution would have teeth and not just voices.
It’s hard to assess the political position of the Army brass... but there is a deep rivalry between them and the fanatical Revolutionary Guards.
But maybe the enlisted conscript soldiers can stage a mutiny in their units and start siding with the rioters.
You said — The best thing everyone could pray for would be the regular army siding with the protestors. Thus without outside meddling, the revolution would have teeth and not just voices.
Actually, I’m congratulating Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his “win” (or “stealing”) of the election.
I pray that he becomes *more radical* and spouts off even more “Holocaust rhetoric” and embarrasses Europe all to hell... LOL...
The worse he gets the more I like it... :-)
Maybe then..., someone will “do something” about Iran...
Yep. It would behoove us to watch how it’s done.
Perhaps Ham radio usage ought to be revived as a fall-back.
Now we need to see if Obama is going to continue with his present course of negotiating....and harassing Isreal.
As I said on the other threads where you posted this. This is BS!
I understand your point that a loudmouth would be better than the smooth-talker, and I would have agreed with you until the riots started. Now it’s not about who will be the sockpuppet of the Ayatollah. It’s now challenging the regime itself.
Now with Ahmadinejad being challenged by the street, we should root for the rioters. Because ousting Ahmadinejad would be a DEFEAT for Ayatollah Khamenei. He will be the next guy challenged.
Regime change in Iran (not just Ahmadinejad, but the mullah mafia) is the best result Israel, the US, the free world and Iranians should root for.
You said — Regime change in Iran (not just Ahmadinejad, but the mullah mafia) is the best result Israel, the US, the free world and Iranians should root for.
The fact of the matter is that it’s *not gonna happen* — so I’ll take the loudmouth with the “Holocaust rhetoric” as the preferable “mouth” for Iran...
The reason why this is not going to happen is that Iran will be joining a Russian confederation of states which will be the ones attacking Israel in the near future. Where Iran is at — right now — is right in that scenario. It’s referred to in the Bible as the Ezekiel 38/39 War (the Gog/Magog war).
So, I prefer the loudmouth there...
The re-election of President Nutjob makes it MORE CERTAIN to force the HEAVY HAND of Isreal to take out the NUKE REACTORS.
> The best thing everyone could pray for would be the regular army siding with the protestors. Thus without outside meddling, the revolution would have teeth and not just voices.
Sure he does. He's already submitted an application to join.
My exact thought this morning as I was thumbing through my copy of "The Reagan Diaries".
Great quote from his first few days in office.
"Intelligence reports say Castro is very worried about me. I'm very worried that we can't come up with something to justify his worrying".
I don't think, were Reagan in power now, he would let a crisis like this go to waste!!
that’s right — this internet/text-message crowd-rallying tool has been used at least as far back as the anti-World Bank/IMF protests of the late 90’s in Seattle.
It did not take to long the last time riots started to calm things down. Will it be different this time around.
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