Iran takes fight to opposition online – Times Online


Iran’s clerical rulers, who succeeded in suppressing widespread demonstrations last week by blanketing Tehran with security, are escalating a cyberwar to combat the increasingly powerful role of the internet in mobilising their opponents. Visitors to the website of the main challenger in last June’s disputed presidential election were greeted by an image of the Iranian […]

The Theocracy of the Left or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Atheist


Perhaps it’s his accent, or the disaffected way he brushes his wispy hair from his face, but Christopher Hitchens is growing on me. Then again, it could simply be his latest piece in Newsweek, The Death of Theocracy, that has my heart all aflutter.
Hitchens, no stranger to religious debate, has trained his brazenly atheist sight [...]

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Iran’s growing desperation – The Economist


WHAT more can Iran’s ruthless rulers do to squash their opponents? Since nationwide protests broke out last June over the disputed results of presidential elections, the official winner, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pulled few punches. His security apparatus has beaten and arrested thousands, tried scores of dissidents in kangaroo courts, hounded others into exile, throttled the […]

The Peoples’ Revolt in Iran – WSJ.com


The foundation stones of Iran’s Islamic Republic were shaken again yesterday, showing that the largest antigovernment movement in its 30 years may be one of the biggest stories of next year as well. Now imagine the possibilities if the Obama Administration began to support Iran’s democrats.The perseverance of the so-called Green Movement is something to […]