A Bright Green Salmon for Brave Iranians



Jun 22, 2009

In our last post we talked about the color additives and questionable feed sources of farm raised salmon.

Jim left this idea on the subject:

Farmed salmon is awful – it is so mushy – you could suck it up with a straw. Ewe! Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

They should pass a law to color farmed salmon flesh fluorescent green so it is easy to tell the difference between it and wild salmon. Sort of a bicycle jacket green. Yummy!

We tossed it around and came up with glow in the dark salmon as a replacement for a flashlight. Jim brought it back to the serious problem of Atlantic salmon invasiveness as they occasionally escape from British Columbia aquaculture pens and end up in Alaskan rivers.

But this post isn’t about the oppression and abuse of salmon.

Right now Iranians are waging a war against oppression under a green flag of change. It’s difficult to watch the news trickle in about beatings, chemical burns and murder and not feel a sense of helplessness.

All we can really do for them right now is post a picture of a green fish to show our solidarity and support.

One phenomenon of this revolution has been the emergence of new media as the voice of the people.

We’ve seen in Alaska what the lone voice of Nicholas Tucker of Emmonak could inspire in people worldwide over the Internet. When he spoke up about the crisis in rural Alaska last winter and the government did not step in to help, the community of Alaskan bloggers brought his words to their followers.

MSM coverage was scarce so Alaskan bloggers solicited donations to send filmmaker Dennis Zaki to Emmonak to document the situation.

Video was posted, food drives hosted, donations were collected and boxes were mailed and distributed to struggling families, in a number of villages, in a sustained effort that lasted until breakup, thanks to Alaskan bloggers.

Throughout this sincere effort of goodwill, there was an undercurrent of anti-government sentiment. We are lucky we live in a country that grants us our right to free speech because, as critical as opinions often were, there was not an effort to shut down the blogs and cover up the underlying problem.

As we’ve seen recently, this is not the case in Iran. The Iranian government has assumed the authority to ban free speech and silence the media. Protesters are being killed for demanding their right to free assembly as guaranteed by the Iranian constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Iran is a signatory.

But this time the Supreme Leader and the Iranian government haven’t been able to conceal the current wave of human rights violations. The main stream media has been controlled but people on Facebook and Twitter are posting  text and images of the violence to a global audience despite attempts to shut down communication with the outside.

Nicholas Tucker has been the voice of rural Alaska this winter.

The people of Iran have a tragic, but more far reaching voice. A young woman named Neda, which translates as “the voice” in Farsi, was shot in the heart by a basij militant on the first day of violence. Her murder was captured on video by a fellow protestor and posted on the Internet.

Soon footage of life flowing from her body onto a street in Tehran reached media outlets, worldwide. She has become the face of the green revolution and we are keeping Neda and all Iranian people in our thoughts and prayers.

Many thanks to the brave souls who are risking their lives to bring the truth to the world stage. Your efforts will long be remembered as the first example of the need for a partnership between new and old media.



8 Responses to “A Bright Green Salmon for Brave Iranians”

  1. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Says:

    My heart breaks for the Iranians! Thank you, Jane, for finding a unique & interesting way to show our support from Alaska and this website.

  2. Jim Says:


    If Iranians were empowered to solve their problems, they would. If rural Alaskans were empowered to solve their problems, they would.

  3. Jim Says:


    Love the “logo.” We ought to come up with something to do with fluorescent green salmon. Our motto.

  4. alaskapi Says:

    Amen, Jane.

  5. Kath the Scrappy Says:

    Well written and poignant thoughts Jane! My heart goes out to the people of Iran. Truly unbelievable.

    At least when Nick Tucker sounded his call there was a sense of power unleashed. My friend laughed @ me when I said “We’ll show what Anonymous Bloggers in our PJs can do!”

    In the case of Iran, it’s more of a sense of helplessness, just forced to watch & see, same harshness as the civilians in Iraq were subjected to. Sad.

  6. Elsie Says:

    The brutality and horror of Neda’s death on a street corner in Tehran breaks my heart. I hope the one good thing that might emerge from such tremendous sorrow is that it becomes the spark that propels reasonable, moderate citizens in Iran to finally overthrow the evil ones — if not today, or tomorrow, then one day soon. Then, and only then, will Neda’s death, and those of so many others not caught on camera, have not been in vain.

  7. Secret TalkerΔ Says:

    People on Twitter are asked to set it at location-Teheran. Time zone- GmT +3.30 This will cause an overload for investigators trying to trace bloggers.

  8. Elsie Says:

    Jane, your loving heart, paired with your powerful writing, benefit all of us all who are privileged here to read your thoughts. Thank you.

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