Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Blog Action

The fine and ancient land of Iran/Persia, like most ancient lands, is prone to being carried away by upstart movements. It is currently under the yoke of the Mullahs, and suffering from years of civil war, war with Iraq, under-employment, puppet governments, and the overall oil curse.

All totalitarian governments seek to control by stifling dissent and free expression. The Internet is remarkably able at subverting such efforts, except when the voiceless are themselves imprisoned. Iran has done just such a thing by imprisoning two or more bloggers for the act of blogging. This requires a show of solidarity, a call to arms for those with a voice to speak out in the name of reason.

Free Mojtaba And Arash

A worthy meme to spread - Free Mojtaba and Arash before the people of Iran free them. (Ref Billy's World) A good roundup at blogcritics with these suggestions

If you are in the United States, contact either the Representative at the Iranian Interest Section of the Pakistani Embassy or the Ambassador to Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. (Iran has no embassy in the United States.) Here is the contact information.

Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran

622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017

Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086

E-mail: Email the ambassador

Iranian Representative

Embassy of Pakistan

Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran

2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20007

Email the Interests Section

If you are outside the U.S., as many of you will be, you can contact either the Permanent Representative to the United Nations or the Iranian ambassador in your own country.

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