In Iran, infecting the currency with protest

“The Central Bank of Iran has tried to take these banknotes out of circulation, but there are just too many of them, and gave up. For the activists’ people it’s a way of saying ‘We are here, and the green movement is going on.’”

Death in Tehran

The web makes it easier to publish media that would be considered too graphic to appear on CNN or in the New York Times. Andrew Sullivan ran a lot of photos of people tortured to death by American hands over the past year, and now on YouTube, we have tremendously upsetting footage of an Iranian girl, shot by a member of the Basij, apparently dying on video:

I’m inclined to say that this is a good thing. Horrible things happen in the world and it’s useful to be reminded of them. But being reminded of them certainly isn’t easy.

If you’re interested in more, less graphic information about the girl, Neda Soltani, is being collected on Wikipedia.

Turning back the police

Via Andrew Sullivan, again: BBC Persian has footage of a pitched battle between a crowd and Iranian police, which ends with the police turning and running away. Inspiring stuff.

More on Iran

So the Yahoo Pipe I made is turning out to be a bit of a bust, at least for me since I was hoping to use its RSS feed. Nothing for hours and then 300 new entries at once. I’ve ended up just using my Twitter account to follow this reduced set of Iranian Twitterers.

A few people on Twitter are now talking about a protest in solidarity at Washington Square Park today, 5:30 p.m. Hopefully that’ll happen. I don’t have anything green to wear, though.

RSS feed of English-language Twitterers in Iran

As an experiment, I made a quick Yahoo! Pipe that collects the Twitter accounts listed here. The pipe is here, and it has an RSS feed too. Not sure about how quickly Yahoo! is aggregating these feeds, most likely not any faster than you’d get if you signed up with Twitter and followed all those accounts, but maybe this’ll come in handy if, like me, you’re not much of a Twitter user.