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Iran: what’s goin’ on?

For my money the place to go for real journalism on what is going on in Iran is good old Al-Jazeera.net. In addition to the fascinating analysis piece by UC Irvine Prof (and world-music rock-guitarist) Mark Levine that I already blogged about, here’s what else they have to offer right now (there are also two non-Al Jazeera pieces by Robert Fisk if you scroll down):

The latest on today’s opposition protest in Tehran:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/2009617151249642655.html

An analysis piece on why the US govt isn’t crazy about either side in the election dispute:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/06/2009616235841279404.html

A video piece on the increasing censorship in Iran:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/200961710038288858.html

An unsigned analysis piece largely based on quotes from Robert Fisk:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/2009616105827477948.html

Another unsigned analysis on the “deeper power struggle” between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/2009616184556951795.html

And much more.

Speaking of Robert Fisk, here are two (very) recent items by him:
Iran’s Day of Destiny (from the UK Independent)
Extraordinary Scenes: Robert Fisk in Iran (from the australian “abc news” website)

I know some people might find the whole idea of actual news and analysis written by actual professional journalists just so, you know, 20th century. But I am basically a luddite and a reactionary, when it comes right down to it.

I do wish cursor.org was still around. Sniff … sniff. Man, they were the absolutely the best leftish meta-news site ever in the history of teh internets!!

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