Green Ribbons and Turbans

Green Ribbons and Turbans

Young Iranians Against the Mullahs

Book - 2011
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During the last presidential election in Iran, nonviolent protestors defied the mullahs' power by wearing green ribbons on their wrists. In June of 2009, the inhabitants of Tehran were living underground to escape the government's authority, strangled by interdictions, dreaming of freedom and revolution. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and desperate to maintain his power, defeated his opponent, Mahmoud Mousavi, by massive electoral fraud. The resulting frustration and anger throughout the country sparked a gigantic wave of opposition. The Green Movement was born.

In this timely, politically relevant, and unique account of life in Iran, Arefi takes us to a world removed from the usual cultural and political clichés about Iran and lets us hear the voices of a new generation of Iranians, who have never known anything but religious dictatorship and repression. He also tells the stories of the first victims of repression--Neda, Sohrab, and Taraneh.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Arcade Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9781611453195
Branch Call Number: 305.235095509 AREFI
Characteristics: 222 p.


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Dec 24, 2014

I didn't care much for the author's writing style. He makes it seem as if he were there during the events, when he wasn't, and his need to comment on the attractiveness of the young protesters is odd and makes him seem shallow.
The summary on the dust jacket mentions that the writer based his book on accounts from contacts he made when he was in Iran pre-2007, so he's simply retelling what was sent to him.
The stories are pretty interesting but would have been served better by a different author.

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