Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Good English language sources for Iran developments. Annotated list.

I'm adding another great source for deeper analysis:
An astute mideast prof providing good context. For e.g. his most recent post explains how Mousavi became a reformer in the late 80s because of his protest against violent repression of dissidents.

So I'm making this for my own reference, but anyone can't read Farsi first-hand might be interested in the following, so I annotated it as best as I could, and encourage you to pass it on to anyone who is hungry for info:

Andrew Sullivan is aggregating personal messages addressed to him coming out of Iran, and also links to insightful Western analysis. Has some good tweet aggregation too

Nito Putney is basically doing the same thing as the Dialy Dish, and I tend to refresh these two most often, they are all over the story, and if you can keep up with them, you won't miss much in the 'breaking news' category.

Another grat aggregator, especially good for breaking news.

Washington-based Iranian-American community. Same as above, provides a lot of the quickest translation from Farsi, and good background from people- for e.g. right now they have annotated pictures describing which elements the plainclothes officers belong to.

Less frequently updated than above sources, but good aggregation and analysis

Juan Cole is a middle east prof- so he has some good explanation of how the various power factions in the Iran gov't are working right now. His earlier posts have provided very good explanations of how, and why, the vote was rigged.

An independant hub started by a harvard journo for Persian and Western media reports- very good, professional reports.

The Gaurdian is one of the few (along with the NYT, which you can get to from The Lede, above) Western media sites that is actually nimble enough to publish long pieces with good analysis- that are supporteed by on the gourn twitter facts, and aren't out of date.

This used to be a really good source for twitters coming from the Teheran area- but there are now many, many messages coming from Western sources who have changed their twitter location to Teheran. They have done this so that Iran's security forces can't pinpoint legit Iranians twittering- hopefully its working. The traffic is still interesting, and probably close to mirroring #iranelection at this point.

Community Persian blog, written in English.

Good source on the latest development- that there will be a recount.

A bio of the Supreme Leader, which I haven't taken the time to read- anyone who does, I'd love to hear if there is anything that may shed some light on his future actions.

"How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens- also has links for other OSes...this is important, because the proxies can no longer be tweeted, since that is effectively making them public for the security forces to block.
Also see: http://samirnassar.net/irancyberwarfare/ for some guidelines, like don't DDOS when the whole internet link is close to shut down.

Some good twitter:

[ 7 good twitter sources redacted out of concern that re-posting may endeanger them- please personally email me if you would like to follow them. Some are general opposition feeds, some have heartbreaking first hand accounts of current events]


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