State of censorship: How Iran censors the Internet (and how its citizens get around it)


Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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In 2009, you couldn’t talk about the Iranian elections and the ensuing protests without mentioning social media. “The Twitter Revolution,” they called it. “The Medium of the Movement.” The meme finally achieved the true distinction of “conventional wisdom” when Malcolm Gladwell felt compelled to dispute it.

But the problem with the narrative wasn’t, as Charles Krauthammer put it, that “Twitter cannot stop a bullet.” It’s that at the time of the protests there were only up to 18,000 Iranians on Twitter, according to Collin Anderson, a researcher who studies Internet freedom in Iran. Most of the tweets that Westerners spread around originated in other countries, wrote Radio Free Europe’s Golnaz Esfandiari at Foreign Policy. In fact, Anderson tells me that perhaps the biggest legacy of Twitter and the Green Movement is that after the protests the government began to associate social media with anti-state sentiment more than ever.

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Iran: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iran.

For more visit:
- http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21150.html
- http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21169.html
- http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/23/wife-us-pastor-held-in-iran-slips- note-to-rowhani-delegation-in-ny/
- http://christiannews.net/2013/09/26/american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-writes-letter- to-daughter-for-second-birthday-without-him/
- http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/year-iranian-jail-christian-pastor-saeed-abedini-pens- heartfelt-letter-daughter-article-1.1468100

Wife of jailed American pastor lobbies Iran for his release, says her family has been ‘torn apart’


Originally posted on The Lead with Jake Tapper:

His daughter just celebrated her seventh birthday, a second celebration without her father.

She asks her mother how many more birthdays until dad comes home.

“I don’t know what to tell her,” said her mother, Naghmeh Abedini.

It has been one year since the Iranian Revolutionary Guard took Naghmeh’s husband Saeed, a U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, and threw him in a prison in Tehran.

Saeed was arrested and charged in Iran during a visit in June 2012. The 32-year-old converted to Christianity from Islam and then became a pastor, living in Boise, Idaho. He has been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since late September.

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Iran: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iran and they include some good news.

For more visit:
- http://aclj.org/iran/breaking-pastor-saeed-wife-speaks-iranian-president-hand-delivers-letter
- http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21106.html

Iran: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iran.

For more visit:
- http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21064.html
- http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21075.html

Iran: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iran.

For more visit:
- http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171154
- http://www.bosnewslife.com/30011-news-alert-iran-sentences-evangelist-to-prison-and-exile
- http://www.christiansincrisis.net/latest-news/1806-iran-christian-female-incarceration-rate-increases.html
- http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/26/iranian-court-nixes-appeal-from-jailed-american-pastor/
- http://www.persecution.org/2013/08/29/iranian-regime-intensifies-crackdown-on-christians/
- http://www.mohabatnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7475:vruir-avanessian-iranian-armenian-pastor-stood-trial

‘The biggest threat is Iran': Israel aware of possible Syrian spillover, but doesn’t see it as largest danger


Originally posted on National Post | News:

SATURDAY INTERVIEW

To hear Miriam Ziv tell it, Israelis are not complacent about the prospect of war spilling over their northern border from Syria. Batteries of the Iron Dome air defence system have been moved north to intercept missiles and citizens have been lining up for new or refreshed gas masks in Tel Aviv

“They are like part of our furniture,” said Ms. Ziv, a diminutive bundle of energy who leaves her post as Israel’s ambassador to Canada on Sunday, after five years in Ottawa. “Life goes on in Israel. There is no panic. We have had wars and been attacked before.”

In an exit interview about the Canada-Israel relationship in her Ottawa office, the news, as always in the Middle East, gets in the way. But she said the big concern for most Israelis is not what is happening in Syria.

Rather, she said, more sleep is lost over…

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