Review by Bob Lane, MA
Jul 21st 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 30)
The June 29, 2009 issue of the New Yorker has an article about the election protests in Iran. The article, for obvious reasons, has no by-line. The author, in describing the events of the “green” uprising, visits a friend in Tehran. He tells us of his friend:
He bought a satellite dish, so that the family can now watch the BBC’s Persian Channel – or, at least, when it isn’t jammed. “It has shown us that everything we have been watching here, most of our lives, is full of lies,” he said.
We all know of the actions taken by the government in Iran to block images and information about the clashes between the protestors and the rulers. It is impossible when listening to the historical novel The Boy Who Dared not to compare the events of today in Iran with the events in Germany in the 1930s and 40s. The only difference is the technology.