Just another day in Iran

May 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Iran has a culture minister?

May 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

Iran and reality

May 25, 2010 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

it’s all about iran

January 4, 2010 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

a prediction for 2010

December 27, 2009 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

your new hero

November 3, 2009 // 4 Comments

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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 [...]

have they forgotten?

September 2, 2009 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

the “elected leader” of iran?

August 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

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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. [...]

what happened to the protesters?

July 28, 2009 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

detained in iran

July 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]