Dear Colleague, Please find below direct links to the latest articles and media monitoring reports published on Mianeh, IWPR's new web-based initiative to promote dialogue, debate and understanding in and on Iran.
Mianeh seeks to platform analysis, unique reporting and different voices from inside Iran, while developing international reporting standards. A new podcasting service and discussion forums are soon to launch, and we encourage you to visit our site at http://www.mianeh.net <http://www.mianeh.net> This free email service is available in Farsi as well as English. Sincerely, The Mianeh team at IWPR ________________________________ Upsurge in Dissident Arrests <http://www.mianeh.net/en/articles/?aid=92> Hamid Khosravi | Tehran | 12 December 2007 Human rights organisations in Iran say dissidents are being targeted in an unprecedented wave of arrests and harassment. It looks very much like all-out war on anyone critical of the regime. President Ahmadinejad Seen Through the Eyes of the Poor <http://www.mianeh.net/en/articles/?aid=90> Maryam Radnia | Mazandaran | 5 December 2007 When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected Iranian president in 2005, most of his support came from the poorer sections of society. His famous campaign pledge was that he'd distribute his country's oil money so that it landed on people's dinner tables. He also promised to establish social justice and root out corruption. From Underground Music to Angelina Jolie <http://www.mianeh.net/en/articles/?aid=88> Saba Afsharnajafi | Tehran | 4 December 2007 When Iran features in the western media, it is usually in relation to the country's nuclear crisis or allegations that it is involved in the Iraq conflict, and there is little interest in what is happening inside Iranian society, young people in particular. Iranians' Love-Affair With Texting <http://www.mianeh.net/en/articles/?aid=86> Parisa Dezfoulian | Tehran | 26 November 2007 Some dry figures from Iran's Mobile Communications Company tell us a curious fact - for the 20 million or so text messages sent within the country every day, the peak hours are between ten in the evening and one in the morning. That might seem an odd time to be sitting up sending messages, but the statistic graphically illustrates how the SMS phenomenon has become a way for people to circumvent authority.