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Prince of Persia: “Facebook the mullahs out of power”

My advice? Lose the lion-and-sun flag. Nobody wants to replace the current tyrannical despots with the ones they overthrew. That would just make that whole "isolation ourselves from the rest of humanity" thing very embarassing.

My advice? Lose the lion 'n sun. Do one of those cool "cut the center outta the flag" things the East Germans did. That will totally get you on to CNN.

Some interesting news regarding the situation in Iran. Reza Pahlavi (the son of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was ousted by a Sean Connery-lookalike who cut some sweet grooves in Najaf throughout the ’70s) plans “to use the internet to link Iranians inside and outside the country and – with the help of international pressure – secure regime change.” The Independent article continues:

Mr Pahlavi, who concentrated in the past on rousing the Iranian diaspora, is now placing his hopes in the young generation which makes up 70 per cent of the Iranian population. “We need to discover the new generation, the children of the revolution,” he argues.

He hopes to unite under his umbrella the disparate movements that have been riven by ideological divisions. Like other opposition leaders, he believes that, although it will take time, the country is ripe for a campaign of civil disobedience. But the clerical regime has extended political repression into the social and cultural spheres. As a result, no credible Iranian opposition leader has emerged who is still living in Iran. “If you find anyone better than I, let me know. If you don’t find anyone better, I’m your guy,” he says.

Seems interesting. Too bad all the Iranian opposition leaders have no credibility. The MKO killed thousands of civilians in the ’80s and ’90s and now tries to present itself as the secular, liberal government-in-exile to guilty French liberals. But perhaps Reza is different. He was only a teenager when the Revolution happened, and is not calling for monarchy, just democracy.

And hopes of mobilising young Iranians through the internet could be difficult. In the latest crackdown, Iranian authorities are said to have blocked access to Facebook and YouTube.

Mr. Pahlavi before the revolution.

Mr. Pahlavi before the revolution.

You can say that again. A simple search of Facebook or YouTube will reveal virtually no young users in Iran. Heck, Iranian cable TV (illegal but still widely available thanks to lax regulation and “gifts” to government authorities) is still pretty timid there, and that’s with it being illegal.

The Iranian hip-hop scene is doing pretty well, though, and I’m pretty sure there is no way to stop hip-hop. Perhaps in Iran it could lead to The Revolution instead of a bunch of suburbanites showing up at a show and totally ruining it for you. There could be a Persian Black Thought, a poet who speaks to the people with anger and clarity. But most likely it will result in increased attention to booty size and abilty to crank that. Even when making up 70% percent of the population, the youth of Iran will probably not be able to make any change. For an example of a similar event in our history, see “1972, Catastrophic Failure of.

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