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  • Alana Joli Abbott
    Jun 25, 2009
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      People interested in following the Iran crisis might also be interested in
      checking out Alive in Tehran, a citizen driven media group.

      Ernie, thanks for the interesting posts!


      On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 2:18 PM, ernestsdavis <davise@...> wrote:

      > Hoping not to start a political discussion here, but I thought these posts
      > from Andrew Sullivan's blog http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/
      > might be of interest: (Incidentally, this is one of the three best web
      > sources on the Iran crisis, the other two being the Huffington Post and the
      > Lede Blog of the NY Times.)
      > -- Ernie
      > 25 Jun 2009 11:26 am
      > La-La-La-La-La-La-La
      > A report from Tehran:
      > In Tehran, state television's Channel Two is putting on a "Lord of the
      > Rings" marathon, part of a bigger push to keep us busy. Movie mad and
      > immunized from international copyright laws, Iranians are normally treated
      > to one or two Hollywood or European movie nights a week. Now it's two or
      > three films a day. The message is "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Let's watch,
      > forget about what's happened, never mind. Stop dwelling in the past. Look
      > ahead.
      > 25 Jun 2009 01:25 pm
      > The Lord Of The Rings Gambit
      > Yes, they are clueless, aren't they? Many readers have noticed how
      > evocative that movie trilogy's themes are - and how they could easily help
      > inspire dogged resistance. This nails it:
      > Who picked this film? ... There are the overt Mousavi themes: the unwanted
      > quest and the risking of life in pursuit of an unanticipated destiny. Then
      > there is the sly nod to Ahmadinejad. Iranian films are dubbed (forget the
      > wretched dubbing into English in the U.S.; in Iran dubbing is a craft) and
      > there are plenty of references to "kootoole," little person, the Farsi word
      > used in the movie for hobbit and dwarf. "Kootoole," of course, was, is, the
      > term used in many of the chants out on the street against President
      > Ahmadinejad. He is the "little person." ("And whose side are you on?" Pippin
      > asks the ancient, forest-dwelling giant named Treebeard. Those watching
      > might think the answer is Mousavi, since Treebeard is decked out in green.)

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