Facebook and Twitter became widely accessible to Iranian users on Monday for the first time since 2009, when the services were blocked in the midst of widespread protests against former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to reports emerging from the country.
Reporters in Tehran for the New York Times and the Washington Post both said on Twitter that they could access the service freely on Monday.
Jillian York, the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization, said she had received multiple reports from citizens using several different Iranian Internet service providers confirming that the bans appeared to have been lifted.
I won the current battle with Twitters censorship crew and @IranAware is active again..(as is @IranAware2 and @Citizen_Infidel)
Thats not to say they wont try again soon to take me down again.. Cause I still will preach against Islam and continue to badger our elected fools in DC.But for now we will see what happens..
Stand up to the progressive left, we must win this fight, the values and moral decency of our country are at stake, we cannot afford to surrender
Iran is deepening its outreach to Bolivia, one of several countries in the Western hemisphere that Iran seems set on establishing as footholds. An Iranian news agency this week celebrated recent efforts:
In a Monday meeting with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales on the sidelines of the summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Russia, President Ahmadinejad underlined the significance of solidarity among independent nations and governments against “bullying powers”. “The development and consolidation of ties with independent nations, in particular Latin American ones, is among the definite and strategic policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ahmadinejad said. Iran and Bolivia enjoy brotherly relations and follow great objectives, which require them to further enhance and strengthen their ties, he added.
Bolivia is not unique. A recent State Department report outlined Iranian efforts across South America. Terrorism expert Matthew Levitt emphasized that the report not only documented Iran’s continuing efforts “to expand its presence and bilateral relationships with countries like Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” but also the infiltration of “a network of intelligence agents specifically tasked with sponsoring and executing terrorist attacks in the Western Hemisphere.”
Iran’s South American infiltration is critical to Tehran’s efforts to launch terrorist attacks on U.S. soil:
In Latin America, Iran’s strategy ran on parallel tracks: Argentina in the south, Guyana in the north and several countries in between. Perhaps most surprising to U.S. readers is that Iran’s Guyana cell planned and very nearly executed the 2007 plot to blow up natural-gas lines under JFK Airport in New York City, bragging it would surpass 9/11 in devastation. While Iran’s involvement in the funding and planning of the attack are documented in court filings in the case, in which two people were convicted and sentenced to life in prison, it was barely mentioned either by U.S. prosecutors or the media covering the trial.
The activities of Iran’s different government agencies, from the ministries of foreign affairs to its intelligence structure to its cultural centers and mosques all play a role in exporting the Iranian revolution. Nisman lays out the role of each part of the government, as well as Hezbollah, acting as Iran’s proxy.