Society

Monday, July 27th, 2009
All the passengers and crew of the Caspian Airways Tehran to Yerevan flight died last week when it crashed sixteen minutes after take off. The salt in the wound for the 168 families grieving the loss of their loved ones is that this aircraft, the Russian made Tupolev jet, has a terrible safety record. In 2002 a Tupolev crashed in the North West of Iran, killing 199, and in 2006 one crashed in Tehran, killing 29....
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
There is a strong strain of class conflict in the present troubles. The middle classes are furious at the way they have been treated by the conservative establishment who have relied strongly on its working class constituency. During the protests there was open mockery for Ahmadinejad's 'village' mentality, one of the chants being that for two weeks he never went for a bath. This is unpleasant and reveals the deep...
Tuesday, July 07th, 2009
The huge protests have a major ‘Twitter’ factor, which is not surprising as Iran’s young population (70% under 30) are very internet/mobile phone savvy. The one line social network tool, only two years old, is used massively to arrange meetings – and to get news out about what happens at those meetings. As Twitter users are only allowed 140 characters, including spaces, the feeling of the protesters is easily...

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