A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The 22nd of Bahman

From what I can tell at this distance it would appear that the Iranian government's heavy hand was evident and the demonstrations were generally contained. Karrubi's car was reportedly attacked. Huge pro-government demonstrations were visible.

Apparently Iran has now shut down gmail altogether and the Internet has been spotty at best. If the closure of gmail is permanent it will affect the Journal, since many Iranian scholars use gmail or yahoo accounts to submit articles, rather than their university e-mails.

So far the violence doesn't seem as severe as on ‘Ashura, though whether that's because government intimidation worked or because the news is not getting out isn't clear.

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