Italian designer Guillermo Mariotto wears a t-shirt reading "Neda Alive" to honor the memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, the iconic martyr of the Green movement who was killed during the June protests, as each of his runway models dons a green ribbon in support around their wrists.
Last week's much-anticipated Friday sermon by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani confirmed that the protests and resistance in Iran are no longer about the much-disputed June 12 presidential election. Despite post-election speculation on the prospects for a second Iranian revolution, the current situation more closely resembles a civil rights movement -- one emerging organically from within the framework of the country's constitution.
In many respects, this mirrors the choice that increasingly emerged for Iranian voters in the final weeks of the election campaign, between a more pragmatic and measured approach -- offered most visibly by Mir Hossein Moussavi -- and the almost paranoid strain of nationalism represented by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [...]
Masoud Shafaee is an attorney and freelance Middle East analyst based in Washington, D.C. He holds a Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law and a master's degree in international affairs from the School of International Service. He was born in Tehran and hails from California.