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Iran moves to end 'Facebook revolution'
The Times UK ^ | June 14, 2009 | Patrick Foster, Media Correspondent

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 BBC’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at technology.timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; dictators; facebook; internet; iran; iranviolence2009; mousavi; newmedia; studentmovement

1 posted on 06/14/2009 9:11:49 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: MarineBrat; csense; NormsRevenge; jveritas; SandRat; Straight Vermonter; GeronL; Fred Nerks; ...

Bit of news from the Iranian Police State...now clearly in view.


2 posted on 06/14/2009 9:13:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
emulated the internet campaign techniques used by Barack Obama

Oh shut up British media ($#%$! As if Obama invented the internet and now owns the idea.

We know it was Gore./sarc

3 posted on 06/14/2009 9:13:34 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: SolidWood

Obamadinajob is giving lessons for other dictators, Achmed Obama is certainly a top pupil


4 posted on 06/14/2009 9:17:50 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Breathtaking- I wonder just how ugly it’s going to get.


5 posted on 06/14/2009 9:19:07 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: GeronL
Truth is the first casualty in war!

And it is war of freedom versus dictatorship.

6 posted on 06/14/2009 9:20:47 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: SE Mom
Interesting links on this thread:

This time the revolution will not be televised but it will be social networked. (Vanity)

7 posted on 06/14/2009 9:22:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GeronL

I wonder if Obama is beginning to understand the “Axis of Evil” concept?


8 posted on 06/14/2009 9:22:25 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Islam——A Religion In Pieces!!!!


9 posted on 06/14/2009 9:22:30 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (the obamination will ruin this nation)
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To: kabar

freedom vs dictatorship... I don’t think Obama is taking my side


10 posted on 06/14/2009 9:25:21 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Yes, remember the One has a new Czar to deal with electronic communications, including disrupting them, in case of an emergency


11 posted on 06/14/2009 9:26:44 AM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: SE Mom

> Breathtaking- I wonder just how ugly it’s 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.


12 posted on 06/14/2009 9:26:59 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


13 posted on 06/14/2009 9:27:58 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

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.


14 posted on 06/14/2009 9:31:13 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: SolidWood

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...


15 posted on 06/14/2009 9:42:21 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: GeronL

Yep. It would behoove us to watch how it’s done.

Perhaps Ham radio usage ought to be revived as a fall-back.


16 posted on 06/14/2009 9:43:03 AM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: SE Mom
If you have a list , put me on it....

Now we need to see if Obama is going to continue with his present course of negotiating....and harassing Isreal.

17 posted on 06/14/2009 9:43:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Star Traveler

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.


18 posted on 06/14/2009 9:47:24 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: SolidWood

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...


19 posted on 06/14/2009 9:50:32 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The re-election of President Nutjob makes it MORE CERTAIN to force the HEAVY HAND of Isreal to take out the NUKE REACTORS.


20 posted on 06/14/2009 9:55:45 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Live Long And Prosper!"-Mr. Spock:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: SolidWood

> 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.

AMEN.


21 posted on 06/14/2009 10:10:51 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: kabar
I wonder if Obama is beginning to understand the “Axis of Evil” concept?

Sure he does. He's already submitted an application to join.

22 posted on 06/14/2009 10:19:38 AM PDT by seowulf (Petraeus, cross the Rubicon.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
>>>What a shame Reagan isn’t in power.<<<

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!!

23 posted on 06/14/2009 12:39:51 PM PDT by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: SolidWood; All

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.


24 posted on 06/14/2009 2:25:53 PM PDT by quesney
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It did not take to long the last time riots started to calm things down. Will it be different this time around.


25 posted on 06/14/2009 4:55:52 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Obama must be making huge piles of cigarette butts around the WH grounds at this point.)
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Thanks Ernest.


26 posted on 06/14/2009 5:12:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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