Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Iran. June 2009.

The height of post-Iranian Election fervour. As thousands of pro-reform demonstrators took to Iran’s streets asking where their votes went, one man went on a solitary journey along Tehran’s avenues pasting and painting hundreds of his own questions. A1one, the street name for a Tehran-based street artist, erected over 400 pieces on the day the […]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Police Shoot Protesters in Tehran

Received this video this morning. Not sure about dates, exact locations, times. A rough translation: “it is plastic bullet…he has shot three air shots…they give him info who to shoot… Palestine…he is shooting to air…oh bastard, bastard….Mohammad get away (from the window) they are shooting…(when the soldiers flee) good for you, good for you…(woman’s voice) […]

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Khameni on the Streets?

The other day I spoke with a former colleague based in Tehran. Someone with a knack for getting stupid foreign journalists out of Iran’s more logistical minefields. She’s had to switch phones regularly to avoid having his mobile connection blocked. It’s the first time I’ve spoken to her since election day. “It’s going to be […]

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

A Protester's Truth (Dispatch from Iran)

As the rest of the world is discovering, Iran is a rather modern place. With nearly 70% of the population aged under 35, it would be. Men’s hairstyles may have a tad too much hair gel on the go and women may have a liking for bug-eyed sunglasses, but those are regional crimes of fashion […]

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Why We Protest (A Letter From Iran)

Dissidents. That’s what you want to call them. People who actively challenge an established doctrine, policy, or institution. Iran is a country where there is no clear black or white, good or evil. Like the chadors, hejabs and jilbabs worn by women, you see one thing, but beneath the veil can be the unexpected. On […]

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Turban Warfare (Tehran Street Art pt.2)

My friend is tired. Having spent the day erecting over 400 street pieces throughout Tehran’s concrete, steel, and rage-lined arteries. Having run away from angry men on motorcycles wielding batons towards angry men wearing green and throwing rocks. The world has been introduced to a new lexicon. The Guardian Council, the Basij, Khomeni, Khameni, Khatami, […]

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Images For A New Age (Tehran Street Art)

Sometimes the best presents you receive are the ones that show you people are not alone in fighting for what is right. Weapons of this battle? Feet. Minds. Paint. Words. If you wander through the streets of Tehran, you may encounter some of these images. Look closely. If you wander through the streets of Tehran, […]

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Letter From Tehran (Dude…Where's My Election?)

Lounging langourously on a Sunday afternoon, I received the following on my BlackBerry. It’s a letter from a friend in Tehran who asks their name and profession not be published. Having subsequently spoken to other friends in Tehran (social networking, SMS, and other tricks of youth have been shut down…unless you know a hack or […]