Friday, June 18, 2010

"Neda Lives"

Neda Agha-Soltan, the deceased protester, left; Neda Soltani, the political refugee, right.
Mistaken identity in the age of Facebook can have tragic consequences, particularly in Iran.

From Foreign Policy...
A woman named Neda did indeed die last summer on the streets of Tehran, gunned down by members of an Iranian militia. Her full name was Neda Agha-Soltan. But mixed in with the tragic footage of that Neda's death, broadcast around the world in a viral video that galvanized world opinion against the Iranian regime, was a compelling Facebook snapshot of a smiling young beauty in a flowered headscarf.

Her name was Neda, too -- Neda Soltani.

What follows is the incredible story of what happened when the age of social media collided with political upheaval in a land behind a curtain -- and how it even forced a 32-year-old graduate student into political exile.

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