Iran’s once modern cultural trajectory was derailed by the sudden Islamic revolution of 1979, with the nation succumbing to a stifling theocracy.
Once an overwhelmingly modern nation, Iran was dragged back into the stone age by their return to religious rule in which the nation’s women were immediately bequeathed with burqas and the male population eschewed their future prospects for Muslim prophecy.
The clerical rule in Iran had a 38 year run up until this point, all while apparently skimming enough taxpayer moolah off of the top to keep the Islamic ruling class wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. This has predictably run its course, with the Iranian people catching wind of the corruption and taking to the street in order to demand a revolution. As with all such struggles, however, the Islamic overlords of Iran aren’t taking the move lying down.
“As citizens continue to protest in Iran, reports reveal that the government has begun blocking Internet access and social media in an attempt to prevent protests.
“Fortune reports that the Iranian government has begun blocking access to the Internet in an attempt to stop protests. Reports from inside the country claim that the government began blocking Internet access on December 30 in an attempt to prevent protesters from communicating with each other. Protests, however, are still going ahead:
“Iranian internal minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli claimed in a statement that some individuals on social networks were ‘causing violence and fear.’ Pavel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, an encrypted messaging service, stated on Twitter that the Internet shutdown followed ‘our public refusal to shut down… peacefully protesting channels.’ Durov said in a blog post that the company ‘would rather get blocked in a country by its authorities than limit peaceful expression of alternative opinions.’”
This dictatorial move will likely be seen around the world as the dying grasps of a long-outdated and bigoted theocracy, whose aversion to western culture and reality was ultimately their downfall.
Until such a time, however, the United States and its people must remain vigilant in hopes for a peaceful resolution for the people of Iran.