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Iran: America faces its own uprising

But what a difference in media coverage when it is the American system targeted!, said Sina Takavar at Javan.

Sina TakavarJavan

The ongoing popular uprising in New York has bared the full extent of American hypocrisy, said Sina Takavar. Thousands of young protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped out in the financial district for weeks, chanting against the injustices of America’s capitalist and imperialist ways. Many in the Iranian media are already calling the movement the “American Spring,” or more aptly the “American Autumn.” Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the subversive social-networking “tools created by the U.S. intelligence services for overthrowing different systems, including Iran’s,” came to be turned against the U.S. government.

But what a difference in media coverage when it is the American system targeted! After the 2009 election in Iran, the U.S. press made outrageous, false claims about so-called human-rights violations against protesters here. Yet even though there have been “violent attacks by U.S. police” against the Wall Street protesters and hundreds, possibly thousands, have been arrested, the U.S. media “not only censored that news but tried to portray the protesters as thugs and looters.” Evidently, then, those who oppose Islamic regimes are idolized as good and noble, while those who expose the flaws of a so-called democracy are to be crushed.

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