Tuesday, April 01, 2008

1. I spent a good two hours feeling lousy this morning for giving a woman the wrong directions and realizing it too late to let her know. DC is supposed to be among the world's easiest cities to navigate, with a grid system that is so straight forward that in most cases you can figure out the intersection based on the number of the address alone. And yet, after a year and half of living here, I can't even manage to remember that the streets called after numbers intersect with streets that are named after letters. I told some poor woman to go down T street to get to K. For god's sake they are parallel, and anyone who has been in DC five minutes should know that. So I'm sorry, unknown woman in the van, I usually decline to give directions, but somehow I was feeling so confident this morning, I hope you found your way before too long.

2. More bad news, the Russian News and Information Agency, Novosti, about which I know very little, is reporting that Russian intelligence has detected US troop buildup on the Iranian border. Canada based Global Research has this headline: The Saudis Prepare for "Sudden Nuclear Hazards" After Cheney Visit.

3. In a senseless act of violence, Manuchehr Farhangi, an Iranian millionaire I hadn't heard of until I saw this news, was stabbed to death by a woman who assailed him at his home in a suburb of Madrid. Sadly, the Iranian "opposition" (who else?) were already spreading rumors blaming the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and planting some story that he had gotten in an argument with a woman putting up pro- Iranian government posters up and implying that she had later hunted him down and killed him! Even the usually not-that-crappy Radio Zamaneh was repeating these claims. Well, Spanish police have since caught the culprit, a 24 year old woman who tried to stab a second man in the same area. I'm very sorry he was killed, and I'm very sorry that the Iranian "opposition" tries to score off of every tragedy, no matter where it occurs or under what circumstances.

4. Imagine how horrible this new film by that Dutch Islamo-phobic Fascist must be, that it has stirred so-called international bodies out of their usual slumber. I know that at least the following have issued statements condemning the film, its racism, and its naked provocation to hatred: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, the EU parliament, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diene; the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir; and the Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, and my god, even the insipid Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.