While picking up my bagel and coffee at Flavors this morning I opened up the February issue of Greenfuse, which Paul Encimer and Kathy Epling put together out of Redway. This month’s issue contains a December post from an anonymous blogger in Iran identified in the paper as “The Persian – He is a young writer in Iran who is fond of good restaurants and intelligent discussion.”

So as soon as I got to the office I word searched a phrase and located the blog and post. I’m sure the young writer won’t mind if I post the whole piece here.

I’m not quick on the trigger. Especially in blogging about politics. So excuse me if you hear a hot news about Iran and I don’t give any comment on it. Sometimes I find a guilty conscience, like the times leftist and reformist students are imprisoned and tortured and here I write about blue sky of Tehran. But the truth is I’m too lazy and at the same time too frustrated to write about foreign and domestic diplomacy in Iran. Another reason is that security agencies are trying to tighten the cordon around political bloggers (I’m not sure if they have an eye on English blogs). So I must be watchful.

I just try to tell you what really happens in Iran. Good and bad. Not black and not just white. Intellectuals, parties and social groups are struggling for a better life, a better country. Nobody is afraid of shouting and criticizing here, even if they face severe punishments. But the reform process has become too snail-paced in my opinion.

And keep something really important in mind. The Islamic Republic is truely a byzantine regime. The dynamism of power is really complex. There are various centers of power struggling for supremacy, whether reformist, fundamentalist, conservative… Their struggle creates an opening for people to protest. So don’t think of the gamut of statesmen as a bunch of oppressive mullahs trying to crack down every dissident. We have clergymen which are way more open-minded than laymans like Ahmadinejad. Liberal, secular clergymen.

Light is still glimmering at the end of the tunnel.

The more recent posts focus on women’s rights. I’m not clear on the sex of the blogger, but the less that is known by all the safer s/he is.

The magazine cover was included in this post from the archives. The blog dates back to 2002, but it looks like the writing really took off in 2007. There are some interesting links as well.

But hey, the blogs are a bad thing, right? Because someone can call you names anonymously. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if the whole technology was tossed? I’m sure there are Mullahs who think so.

Thank you Paul and Kathy for bringing our attention to the blog.