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Persepolis 2.0 – a cartoon update on life in Iran

July 1, 2009

I have been trying like billy-oh to embed the Persepolis 2.0 cartoon here for you. As you can see – I have not succeeded. So, head over to SpreadPersepolis to read the cartoon for yourself and then spread the word further.

As the authors of Perspepolis 2.0 point out – they were inspired by the work of  Marjane Satrapi, but the views expressed in 2.0 do not necessarily reflect her own.

They add: “Since the Revolution in 1979, Iranians have coped with an increasingly repressive regime. Attempts for greater social and political freedoms have resulted in brutal crackdowns by the hardline government. The ensuing apathy and significant boycott of the 2005 presidential elections led to the election of the ultraconservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Four years later Iran has become increasingly alienated and its people more polarized than ever before. The campaign of former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moussavi galvanized voters hoping for change, especially among the youth – two thirds of Iran’s population is younger than 32. On June 12th 85% of eligible voters cast their ballots and what happened next changed Iran forever…”

So read the cartoon and spread the word.

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