I am beginning to think slow internet had its virtues. I mean, I tell you, I get so mad these days reading
It has been one caricature after another.
So I end up turning all my fury inwards. And as you might suspect, my already battered lungs are taking a beating from chain smoking.
So today, I am going to rant about Open Democracy.
I know some body there has been kind enough to link to my blog, and I shouldn't bite the hand that feeds me. But anyways, does the quality of what they put out about
How is it that of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles written about Iran, only the silliest, most asinine speculations ever gets published there?
I must admit, I very much like that they don't even make the slightest pretense to objectivity. But seriously, do you think some of the writers showcased there would have gotten away uttering the sort of nonsense they routinely peddle about
Even the more sophisticated writers that I normally should learn from! And I don't want any (needless) misunderstanding here. I like that he is speaking up and I like those global protests even more. But I think we should avoid simple, terribly tendentious presentations of Iranian society.
Take the following section of Mr.
Afdhere Jama, editor of the e-zine for Queer Muslims, Huriyah, says contacts of his in
Jama told me that, "The level of surveillance in
This is what my Iranian compatriots routinely call, "khalee bandee," or that time honored practice of exaggerating fluff which might only engender in listeners fully grown horns in utter disbelief. (Shakh dar-o-Vordan).
What is this? A bad melodrama set in a North Korea populated by
Just look at the prose. What was there to "get out" about a very public hanging? And what kind of a city is Mashad anyways?
Yes, it is "holy" city. But it also (rightly) boasts a reputation as one of the most "libertine" cities in
And just like any other tourist town the world over, people who pass through act out on all their pent up frustrations and fantasies by doing what they are normally unable (or unwilling) to get away with in their own cities located somewhere in one of the most meddlesome societies in the globe.
People gorge with food, abuse drugs and copulate like crazed rabbits—licit, elicit, gay, lesbian, straight and everything in between.
And about those internet cafés.
Does he seriously want us to believe his account? Give me break! The surest way to attract attention anywhere in
But let's focus more on this scary campaign he talks about.
The whole country has been in an uproar with myriad revolts breaking out all over the place and those sit ins and protests and candle light vigils and battles with the police and the army and the guards-- and not to mention, all the habitual licentiousness and the utter contempt for anything remotely resembling laws and ordinances everywhere and here we are again-- being fed that same ridiculous gobbledygook about a petrified population in such morbid dread about some simple act of using the internet to send a message.
Look, you don't even have to have been to
How many Iranian blogs are there? How many million of internet users? Where do we get most of our news from? Just look at the Netstats rankings of
And unlike the fellow's contact, these sites remain stationary.
They can't even stop Ganji's letters and writings from getting out-- and he has been under surveillance!
I am so absolutely fed up with all of this simplemindedness, I tell you.
We are so doomed. With all these murderous, mediocre rulers and the outrageously silly friends and allies, and even more obnoxious enemies, there are no graceful exits anywhere in sight.
Why can't we get some sane voices to speak out about