There’s Many Lost, But Tell Me Who Has Won?

And it’s true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality.
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die.
 
  – – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2

I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. In 1993 I watched him perform on stage in Tel-Aviv. I am not indifferent to the loss of this pop icon. Still, I cannot help think what I hastily wrote two weeks ago has been proven to be true: if the events in Iran are a test case then the mainstream media is not doing its job. Virtually all the major news programs have transformed into Entertainment Tonight, dedicating valuable time to insignificant events: there is no will, no there is a will, she doesn’t want the kids, no she does want the kids, open casket, closed casket. COME ON ALREADY! The guy died – that was news. When the autopsy report will be published – that will be news too. Everything in between is just noise, and lots of it.

As honest newsmen turn into gossip guys in front of our eyes, people who are interested in getting the news, the real news, must turn to new media, and I am pretty sure they won’t be back soon. Like other industries before them, the television industry is dying a slow ungraceful death in front of our eyes. Reading from TMZ.com on the air is the beginning of the end.

One invaluable source of real news from Iran has been Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney who’s been live blogging since the uproar began. Whatever name future historians will give to the events we are witnessing in Iran, there is no doubt that this is a complex process that cannot be reduced to dichotomies of good and bad, free and oppressed, conservative and reformist. As far as I can tell, the only way to gain any knowledge and hopefully some understanding of how events unfold in this foreign country, is to spend a couple of minutes every day scanning through Pitney’s updates.

HuffPo’s Iran live blogging is also where I found out about this latest act of solidarity: it is U2 performing last night at Barcelona, flooding the stage with green light in support of the protesters, singing ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday‘ as the lyrics in Farsi run across the video screens.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR8d1qM-GqE

Wyclef Jean – Emergency Concert for the People of Iran

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG-2ElE4oZE

Wyclef Jean – Emergency Concert for The People of Iran – Lyrics

Tehran!
Tehran!

Equal rights and justice
The kids want
Equal rights and justice
The people in Iran want
Equal rights and justice
Yeah, equal rights and justice

[Gunpowder by Wyclef Jean]
But I smell gunpowder
Tehran got the gunpowder
Iran got the gunpowder
Brooklyn got the gunpowder
I asked my mama why do you cry
She said your brother, he just died
I told him not to go outside
He said he had to fight for his country’s rights

Equal rights and justice
He said he wants
Equal rights and justice
The people in Iran want
Equal rights and justice
Yeah, equal rights and justice

My brother’s been dead ever since
I didn’t believe it, but when I saw, I was convinced
Two shots to the head, he was already dead,
He said you want to live for what you believe

Tehran!

Equal rights and justice
They want
Equal rights and justice
[repeat]

So we go on
Paint the city green
Until we get what what we deserve
We gonna paint the city green
Until we get what we deserve
We gonna paint New York City green
Until we get what we deserve
We gonna paint the streets in Iran green
Until we get what we deserve

And that would be
Equal rights and justice
The people want
Equal rights and justice
Facebook can you hear me?
Yeah, equal rights and justice
Revolution […]
Equal rights and…
For the people in Iran

[Redemption Song by Bob Marley]
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds,
Have no fear for atomic energy
None of them can stop the time.
How long will they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it,
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
[…] Iran
Won’t you help me sing
These songs of freedom?
All I ever had
Redemption songs
[repeat]

For the people in Iran
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs

For the mothers of Iran
For the people of Iran
For the mamas of Iran

[No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley]
No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
No mothers in Iran, no cry
No woman, no cry

I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Brooklyn,
Oba, observing the hypocrites
As they would
Mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we’ve had,
Good friends we’ve lost
Along the way
In this great future you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I say

No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
For the mothers in Iran
Hey little sister, don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry.
[…]

Everything’s gonna be all right!
[repeats]
Wear your green love tonight

No woman, no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Hey little sister, don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry.

People in Iran
Don’t give up
Never give up
Don’t give up
Never give up
No woman, no cry

Hey little sister, don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry.

For the people in Iran…

Where is This Place Where People are Simply Calling For God?

Events unfold quickly in Iran and it is becoming increasingly clear that the mainstream media performs poorly, thrown off guard by journalists forbidden to cover events. No one truly knows whether one leader is better than the other, especially Israelis who insist on searching for the Israeli perspective – but making judgement is not what’s important at this point.

People died today, people died yesterday – it’s all a blur. We have learned to be apathetic as a way of survival. “17 dead” is meaningless, until you see a video of one Iranian girl dying in front of your eyes. New media bridges the geographical distances and lets you, if you allow it, to be a witness. Since we cannot grasp the big picture at this point, there is a significance in taking in small doses of reality. For most of us – a witness is all we can be at this point, and that is a lot.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKUZuv6_bus

Invest 5 minutes of your time to get informed:

The Revolution Will Be Twittered

Mock not. As the regime shut down other forms of communication, Twitter survived. With some remarkable results. Those rooftop chants that were becoming deafening in Tehran? A few hours ago, this concept of resistance was spread by a twitter message. Here’s the Twitter from a Moussavi supporter:

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Read the rest of this short, yet very important article by Andrew Sullivan here.

H/T Lisa Goldman.