I’ve temporarily changed the background of my blog to green to express solidarity with those who yearn for freedom in Iran. If you have a blog or website of your own, won’t you please consider doing the same?
As you may or may not be aware, a Presidential election was held in Iran this past weekend. And as many expected, incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was “re-elected” to a second four year term by a substantial margin over reform candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi.
Despite widespread allegations of election fraud, Ahmadinejad and the forces under his control (the Revolutionary Guard, intelligence services, and so on) are moving to consolidate power and quash dissent from the reformists, who advocate greater freedom and a more pragmatic approach to the economy, international relations, and social conditions (including women's rights in particular), and a more conciliatory face to the West.
Many of our fellow .NET developers in Tehran, including Keyvan Nayyeri and Mahdi Taghizadeh, have turned “citizen journalists” and are trying to get the word out about conditions on the ground through services like Twitter, despite deliberate government interruptions of communication and Internet services meant to quell political opposition. Believe it or not, following their tweets has been more enlightening than watching or reading the mainstream media, who don't seem willing or able to devote the time and attention this important story deserves. If you like, you can follow Keyvan and Mahdi on Twitter yourself.
If you live in the USA or any free country; where you are allowed to say what you want, do what you want, elect the leaders you want, read the blogs you want, and march in the streets if you want, then take a couple of minutes and show your support for these brave men and women who want nothing more or less than to enjoy the same freedoms you and I take for granted every single day.
It won’t take much. Put a green background on your blog or website for a week. It’s a small gesture, but it would mean a lot.
Just do it. And be thankful that you can.
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