Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation’s Shari’a laws, Pink News is reporting. The four men — identified by the Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari — are set to be hanged after their guilty verdict was approved recently by high … Continue reading Just another day in Iran
Like father, like son: Oliver Stone’s Son, Defender of Ahmadinejad, Converts to Islam He said criticizing the Iranian government is “like someone coming to your house and saying the father shouldn’t hit the kids,” he said. “Who are we to tell them how to rule their country?” So it’s a bad thing to intervene when … Continue reading The useful idiot doesn’t fall far from the tree
When he’s not keeping silent on his regime’s jailing of artists who support the country’s reform movement, Iran’s deputy culture minister Javad Shamaqdari is defending directors who claim sympathy to Adolf Hitler. Director Lars von Trier has since apologized for his “unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful” remarks about the Fuhrer, which got him banned from … Continue reading Iran has a culture minister?
Looks like Russia won’t be enabling Iran any longer.
The hack director of a fawning new documentary about Hugo Chavez just told Larry King that in Venezuela “you can say anything you want.” Bullshit! The Board of the World Association of Newspapers has strongly condemned the repression of freedom of speech and the press in Venezuela, and has called on President Hugo Chávez to … Continue reading Oliver Stone, useful idiot and shameless propagandist
Well-timed, as the anniversary of Iran’s rigged election approaches. See it on HBO or right here — just watch.:
Andisheh frames it well: Will sanctions convince Iran to give up its nuclear fuel enrichment program? Don’t be silly. Of course it won’t. Sanctions, schmanctions. Iran has been living with economic sanctions for three decades. They haven’t worked yet, have they? Sure, they make life difficult for regular Iranians, but clearly nothing we’ve done has … Continue reading Iran and reality
Forget unemployment, global warming, health care or even Afghanistan. The biggest challenge facing Barack Obama in 2010 and beyond is how best to navigate the unrest in Iran. Saber rattling won’t help. I was among those critical of the administration’s initial reaction to the post-election demonstrations, and clearly the opposition would like some assurances that … Continue reading it’s all about iran
Iran’s corrupt and oppressive regime will fall. Recorded 12/27/09: Andrew Sullivan has ongoing coverage of the latest upheaval in Iran. Curiously, Drudge has nothing.
Iranian anti-government protesters ask Obama: Are you with us or with them?
Mahmoud Vahidnia, a student from the prestigious Sharif university and winner of the International Math Olympics, recently confronted Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during a rare question-and-answer session: “Why can’t anyone in this country criticize you? Isn’t that ignorant? Do you think that you make no mistakes? Why have they made an idol out of you … Continue reading your new hero
Those yearning for a third term by Dick Cheney must be sadists or masochists. Or both. If Cheney had indeed been calling the shots, we’d be mired in THREE quagmires. *Afghanistan. Call it Obama’s war all you want, but the only thing he’s done differently in nine months (compared to the seven years the previous … Continue reading have they forgotten?
Most Iranians — including several high-ranking clerics — don’t view Ahmadinjead that way, but Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs apparently does. Iranian patriots are pissed, and so am I. Time to “recalibrate” again, Mr. President. (And ‘how bout seizing the opportunity to replace your priggish press secretary? Contrary to Robert Gibbs’ opinion, he’s not the smartest … Continue reading the “elected leader” of iran?
At least 100 reformers have been killed in Iranian prisons. They were the lucky ones. Some prisoners say they watched fellow detainees being beaten to death by guards in overcrowded, stinking holding pens. Others say they had their fingernails ripped off or were forced to lick filthy toilet bowls. It’s just a matter of time … Continue reading what happened to the protesters?
As you’d expect: “On the first day, while blindfolded, the interrogator took me to a parking garage. They kept everyone standing for 48 hours with no permission to sleep. On the first night, they tied up our hands and repeatedly beat us and other prisoners with a baton. They kept cursing at the prisoners. The … Continue reading detained in iran