Iran "Green" Crackdown Tracks Global Dissent

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, third from right, leads actors in expressing support for Iran’s opposition movement at the Venice film festival in September.Interviews conducted by the Wall Street Journal with roughly 90 ordinary Iranians — college students, housewives, doctors, lawyers, businesspeople — living in New York, London, Dubai, Sweden, Los Angeles and other places indicate that people who criticize Iran’s regime online or in public demonstrations are facing threats intended to silence them personally or members of their families.

Iran officials are responding to a repeat performance of events accompanying the fall of the shah, when Iranians around the world pooled resources in an effort to oust Iran’s monarch. In this case the “green revolution” is about the environment.

It’s the “greens” who have become a female-centric force or women and men, challenging Iran’s patriarchy and government in a game of international political chess. Read Iranian Crackdown Goes Global via Wall Street Journal