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Iran’s youth are calling to us

Events in Iran continue to unfold at a breakneck pace.  There are calls for a nation-wide strike tomorrow. I believe this is another example of the Net Generation striving for the type of government it wants:  As open and as democratic as possible.  Iran’s teenagers and young adults make up a higher percentage of the country’s population than any other country.  (see graphic)  These young people are connected to the world courtesy of the Internet, and they like what they see in countries that have greater freedom and democratic structures.  It’s time for other governments to lend their weight to the protests calling for an election that isn’t rigged.  The Web is alive with text, photos and videos from the streets of Tehran.  See some gripping material here. These are a people crying for assistance, and it’s time to show them we hear them.

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