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When Barack Obama won the election, I felt like I didn’t have much to say. My itch to blog has been essentially dormant. Things have changed, however.

My attention is divided between the horrible brief filed by the Obama Department of Justice defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and what’s going on in Iran right now as the people respond to what appears to be a rigged election favoring incumbent president Mahmood Ahmedinejad.

Friday night and Saturday morning I was enraged over the DoJ brief. I felt betrayed by Obama, and I ached for the future of my gay friends, who surely felt worse than I. However, changing attitudes in the US what they are, I feel like full equality is only a matter of time. The future is far murkier for Iran.

Today I’ve been following the tweets from Tehran, reading the news online, and following everything as best I can without a TV.  I’ve subscribed to two Twitter feeds, Change_For_Iran and persiankiwi, who are updating frequently even though it’s the wee hours in Iran right now.

I’m no expert, so please forgive and correct any inaccuracies, but what appears to be happening is a full scale revolt due to the results of Friday’s election in The Islamic Republic of Iran. Ahmedinejad has declared himself the victor over Mir Hossein Mousavi, a reform candidate with incredible amounts of support from all over Iran. Not only is Ahmedinejad victorious, but he won by such an absurd margin that fraud is the only possible explanation.  It’s being presented as a political coup by outside observers, and it appears that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could be complicit in the conspiracy to upset the democratic process.

It’s been reported that Mousavi may be under house arrest, and Ahmedinejad has refused to guarantee his safety. Protesters in the streets are being beaten, and entrance to hospitals is being blocked. Twitter user Change_For_Iran is a student at Tehran University under attack by Ansar-i Hizbullah,  a semi-official militia that apparently zips around Iran and “carries out attacks on those whom it perceives to be violating the precepts of Islam, such as women wearing makeup, reformist protesters, and unmarried couples.”

I’m gripped by the immediacy of what’s happening out there, and what technology allows us to share with the revolutionaries as it happens. This revolution will not be televised until hours or days after it’s events have occurred – but it will be Twittered, and we can witness it in real time. Here are a few samples:

Change_for_Iranto other sources: this isn’t the police! police is still outside! we’re under attack by Ansar-Hezbolah. #iranelection

Change_for_Iran5:26AM I’m praying to GOD they leave us be! we should get Reza to a hospital Asap, he has some bad wounds. #iranelections

Change_for_Iran5:17am people outside are burning Saderat bank building or as it seems from this far #iranelection

Change_for_Irantyping as fastest as I can in both English & Farsi, Still we need outside help, I really don’t want to be captured by Ansar #iranelection

persiankiwioccasionally hear gunshots in distance. no idea where. seems to be all over city. just like 79. #Iranelection

persiankiwihave lost mobile contact in university dorm. cannot recoonect. cannot get info. #Iranelection

persiankiwiinternet very slow. dialup only. no facebook, no bbc, cnn nothing. even arab stations blocked. #Iranelection

I don’t know what else to say. This could be a genuine revolution, bringing change to Iran, or it could be another Tiananmen Square – an ultimately futile gesture against the forces of oppression. Either way, if these accusations of voter fraud are true, Iran will never be the same. This is history in progress, folks.


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