the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

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In human behavior on June 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Paris, 1968:

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Tehran, 2009:

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The riots against Khamenei and “Ahmadi”  are not completely led by young, male iranians (they are widespread, too–reports continue to come in from throughout the country, not just the capital); I choose the above photo because of its eerie similarity to the paris snapshot. As Roger Cohen reports:

Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!”

Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square.

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