Saturday, October 27, 2007

1. The level of arrogance of some of these "western", so-called humanitarian NGOs is really astounding.

The French charity Arche de Zoe (Zoe's Ark) and three French journalists attempted to kidnap 103 children between the ages of one and eight years old on the pretext that they were trying to "rescue" the children from the civil war in Sudan.

The problem, according to an UNICEF representative in Chad, is that the "massive majority" of the kids were from Chad, not Sudan, and there was "nothing to say" that they were orphans.

In other words, this little charity was planning to steal these children and deliver them to French couples who had paid between 4,000-8,600 dollars to the organization for the children, and all in the name of "humanitarian rescue."

Um, it's called trafficking in children, and I hope these clueless freaks get the "severe punishment" that the Chadian president Idriss Deby has called for.

2. "I only made promises to my mother, when I was a little boy" (ok, this one is a bit dated, but the quote is too good, i just had to put it in here).

3. A while ago, a photo was circulating showing what appeared to be a "man on the street" interview between a male reporter and a woman wearing hejab. Standing beside the reporter but outside of the view of the rolling camera, a third person was holding a placard with text for the woman to read.

So our dear Iranian compatriots, not knowing the first thing about the circumstances of the photo, started posting it on websites and passing it around on email, making fun of how even supposedly spontaneous interviews in the Iranian press are pre-staged and micro-managed.

Well, it turns out that the picture was not even from Iran, it was from Lebanon, and god knows what the context was. It could have been the taping of a movie or serial for all we know.

When a US federal agency, plants its own employees as reporters and fakes a news conference to make itself look good, do the same US-based Iranians who are trigger happy in disseminating any and all news (even if false) about the restrictions on the press in Iran, even take notice of what is happening in their own back yards?