Thursday, August 04, 2005

Links Day

1. The Gift that Keeps on Giving

First they stole Palestine and gave it away, then the British helped Israel get the nuclear bomb. So once again: کار کار انگلیسهاست

2. Bye-a Taya

The 2 decade long reign of another pro-U.S. dictator came to an end this week when Mauritanian autocrat Maaouyia Ould Taya was overthrown through a bloodless coup. Although the U.S. and Brittain have predictably condemned the loss of one of their boys, no one in Mauritania seems to have noticed, as all continues to be calm after the removal of Taya.

3. Taking the High Ground

I always admire people who can have sympathy even for those who cause them the greatest harm. This week, Iranian judge Massoud Moghaddas, was shot dead as he left work. His resume includes giving out harsh sentences and badly treating activists and writers, including journalist Akbar Ganji and the satirist Ebrahim Nabavi. Since his assassination, howeve, Ebrahim Nabavi and Ganji's wife have both issued statements condemning his murder and sending their condolences to his family.

Moghaddas, as many people know, was a deputy of the notorius judge Mortazavi. What do you suppose Mortazavi is thinking during Moghaddas' funeral, as he sits besides the coffin:

I had some funny ideas for photo-shopping this photo and/or adding captions. But then i thought that it wouldn't be the most sensitive or self-preserving thing to do!