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Sun Jun 21 2009
"Is the Uprising in Tehran a CIA Backed Exercise? Tehran Protesters Address Progressives"
Davey D: "Is the Uprising in Tehran Real or a CIA Backed Exercise?"
Davey D, producer of KPFA's Hard Knock Radio, writes: "It’s interesting to hear a number of progressives who immediately jumped out the box telling people that they were being duped by supporting the protests in Tehran. Many arrogantly pointed out that we were somehow carrying the mainstream party line and what we were seeing in the streets was a CIA backed operation. In fact one person hit me up and told me I should be ashamed of myself and that I was somehow pushing the mainstream party line.

"What was interesting about these progressive assertions was they were in stark opposition of people who we know on the ground. People who are ordinary folks and expressed a different tale. For starters there were many who had never been politically involved but had grown tired of the oppression in Iran...

"The rebellion on the streets was not done in the same way they might take place here in the US where folks with no political understanding may jump into the fray and roll with the momentum. There people know whats up and they clearly understood that whatever fervor directed at Mousavi was a lot bigger then him. He was a catalyst and symbol for greater possibilities but not the sole personification. I would liken it to President Obama’s run for the White House. Yes, he captured and is well liked by many, but at the same time there was a movement behind Obama that ideally should go on and have a life of its on with or without him."
Read More | Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner

Interview: Revolutionary Lives in Theocratic Iran | Like a Storm: The Insurrection in Iran | Iranian Maoists: "You wanted a fight? Let’s fight!" | Death Toll Increases in Iran as Country Collapses into Chaos | A Question Over Iran: Can the People Make History or Not? | Teheran: Who's Orchestrating Street Demonstrations? | Iran – Khamenei throws the gauntlet, the workers start to move | Iranian Girl Killed by Basij (warning Graphic)

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