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Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Iranian society flares

July 9, 2009

It’s the 10th anniversary of a major student protest in Iran. From wiki: They began on July 8 with peaceful demonstrations in Tehran against the closure of the reformist newspaper, Salam. This was followed by an attack on a student dormitory that night by riot police in which a student was killed. This in turn […]

Froomkin to be HuffPo Washington Bureau Chief

July 7, 2009

Says Greenwald. Between this and the amazing work done by Nico Pitney on Iran for the past few weeks, the HuffPo is scoring some pretty big points with me. I look forward to seeing what he does with the new responsibility (and hope it doesn’t too badly affect the prolificness of his posting).

On bureaus in Tehran, Ctd.

July 6, 2009

Roger Cohen is rapidly becoming my favourite columnist out there, the one whose name I’m excited to see in the top right corner of the NYT’s frontpage. As for his colleagues, I find it hard to muster the patience anymore for the bitter pettiness of Dowd, the goofiness of Friedman, or the predictable hystrionics of […]

Christopher Hitchens ventures an answer…

July 6, 2009

…to this question I asked a couple of weeks ago. To quote myself: I was no fan of the invasion of Iraq, at least not in the way it was justified and undertaken, but would what we’ve seen in Iran over the last couple of days have been possible if Saddam Hussein hadn’t been toppled? […]

Iran Update: The Association of Researchers and Teachers…

July 5, 2009

…”the most important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.” From the NYT. The article describes the statement as follows: The […]

Ahmedinejad avoids embarrassment

June 25, 2009

Fly troubles for another world leader. Watch it to the end. Via The Guardian’s Iran liveblog ~ Photo via Reddit

Nico Pitney at yesterday’s WH presser

June 24, 2009

Allegations of  collusion between Obama and the HuffPo’s Nico Pitney yesterday are stupid. It was no secret that Nico was going to ask a question, if called on, from an Iranian, something no other source was even remotely likely to do. He had been actively stating his intention to do so and soliciting questions all […]

Whoa shit of the day…

June 22, 2009

While we’re scoffing at regime contentions of the protests in Iran being induced by covert Western action, the Guardian has released a record of a confidential meeting between W and Tony Blair on the topic of selling Iraq: The memo, written on 31 January 2003, almost two months before the invasion and seen by the […]

More on strategy, now from Hitchens

June 22, 2009

Excerpt: There is nothing at all that any Western country can do to avoid the charge of intervening in Iran’s foreign affairs. The deep belief that everything—especially anything in English—is already and by definition an intervention is part of the very identity and ideology of the theocracy. It is a mistake to assume that the […]

More from Roger Cohen

June 22, 2009

Check it. On the strategic direction of the reformers: The third question — the strategic goal of the uprising — is increasingly fraught. Khamenei said, “The dispute is not between the revolution and the counterrevolution,” and that all four electoral candidates “belong to the system.” He was right, if his words had been spoken the […]