Welcome to my blog! True to my name, Shiva the Spy, I will be your eyes and ears in Iran, bringing you detailed accounts of everyday life from my perspective. You'll have a window into the social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of the country. I will bring you the stuff that American media can't...or won't. So, check back regularly for stories, photos, commentary, and anything else your curiosity calls for.
Today is the 27th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. From my vantage point in Esfahan, there seems to be far less hoopla than I imagined. There was a massive protest nationwide against the hassling of Iran’s nuclear rights by western countries, which turned out millions of Iranians all over the country. Strangely, BBC reported the rallies as attracting thousands of citizens—this error was promptly pointed out by Iranian news stations, complete with BBC video clips tightly zoomed onto a banner or two, rather than wide shots showing the actual protests, i.e. the focus of the report. It appears that the famous news station intended to reduce the importance or magnitude of the event, which implies dubious deeds; or there’s the other possible conclusion—ineptitude in news coverage.