Conference, conference, conference: I haven’t had time to gather my thoughts, let alone write, on the goings-on in Iran. But this writer gets it right when he says Iran is not Tehran, and Facebook campaigns do not an election make.
‘Perhaps from the start Mousavi was destined to fail as he hoped to combine the articulate energies of the liberal upper class with the business interests of the bazaar merchants. The Facebook campaigns and text-messaging were perfectly irrelevant for the rural and working classes who struggle to make a day’s ends meet, much less have the time to review the week’s blogs in an internet cafe. Although Mousavi tried to appeal to such classes by addressing the problems of inflation and poverty, they voted otherwise.’ (from Alireza)