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Green Your Blog to Support Free and Fair Elections in Iran

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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    1. abby, the hacker chick blog avatar

      done. nice, thank you.

      abby, the hacker chick blog — June 15, 2009 5:28 PM
    2. Mahdi Taghizadeh avatar

      Lee! You're the man. Thank you so much for your support :-)

      Mahdi Taghizadeh — June 16, 2009 9:01 AM
    3. Keyvan Nayyeri avatar


      Thank you very much for your support and solidarity. Such international support has been a great parameter to encourage our people to keep up their attempts and don't give up.

      Thank to you and to all free people in the world :-)

      Keyvan Nayyeri — June 16, 2009 9:39 AM
    4. milad avatar

      hooray,iran's green wave.

      milad — June 17, 2009 3:13 AM
    5. Mrs. Jones avatar

      Great idea ... I have greened my blog and linked back to you. Thanks,


      Mrs. Jones — June 17, 2009 11:07 PM
    6. Lisa avatar

      Great Idea, I totally got from Mrs. J..who is a great blogger friend..Iran, you are an inspiration!! We hear you, the world hears you and we are all praying for you!!!

      Proudly turning my blog green,


      coastal nest


      Lisa — June 19, 2009 8:26 PM
    7. Lee Dumond avatar

      All of you, thank you so much for joining in this effort. (I've been tweeting about your participation, by the way.)

      Remember to tell your friends to green their sites too!

      Lee Dumond — June 19, 2009 8:48 PM
    8. Hossein Nassiri avatar

      I'm from Iran and I've just found your website, It's very usefull for .NET Developers.

      BTW Thank you for your support for the Green Wave

      Hossein Nassiri — September 7, 2009 5:40 AM

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