Friday, October 24, 2008

Just a few links for Friday reading, in case you don't feel like doing what you really should be doing:

-Retired Colonel Sam Gardner on US covert operations in Iran

-Yours truly on the interventionism of both major party presidential tickets

-Eric Hobsbawm on the current economic crisis (this is actually a 15 minute audio file)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Endangering Lives for Political Gain

It's been a while since I've done one of my "expose" style posts on one of the seemingly countless members of the Iranian "opposition" in diaspora who are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and god knows what else just to get a paycheck and a little praise. Frankly, there are too many of them, and despite the millions of dollars being thrown around, they are mostly useless and pathetic, eventually fading away, as they claw at each other for a little piece of the pie.

But every once in a while, someone acts so unethically, with such brazen disregard for the safety and livelihood of others, that it becomes imperative to address the issue.

Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, whose seemingly prurient interest in other people's private sexual conduct was evident when he gleefully publicized an intimate moment featuring well-known Iranian devotional singer Abdolreza Helali, is now doing the same with a sex tape (one which was clearly filmed by a hidden camera) involving who he says is a cleric and a married woman.

It would be bad enough if Amir Farshad Ebrahimi were merely guilty of being disgusting enough to violate the privacy and dignity of the two people filmed. Extramarital sex between two individuals who are already married to other people can carry a death sentence, a fact that Amir Farshad Ebrahimi knows very well. Indeed, he concludes his shameful post with a taunt wondering about the fate of the man pictured, since according to him, others have been executed for much less.

So Mr. Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, the self designated human rights activist, I have some questions for you:

- How do you justify violating the privacy of two consenting adults (two adults, by the way, who seem to very much enjoy each others, ahem, company)?

-How do you justify endangering the lives of these people? Not their reputation, their dignity, their livelihoods, their families, their jobs, which you endangered as well, but their lives?

-How did these sex tapes, clearly filmed secretly and likely without the knowledge of at least one of the people involved, end up in your hands?

Oh, by the way, Mr. Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, this is only the beginning of the inquiries that will be sent your way. If you think that your maneuverings aroundRadio Zamaneh, your tall tales about what happened in Turkey last summer, or your overall thuggish ways will go unchallenged, you have another thing coming.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Looking Presidential

Compared to the last two--which had vacillated between completely boring and infuriating me--the final "debate" between Obama and McCain was actually kind of interesting.

The best moment of the night, however, was when McCain, true to form, wandered about stage as though he didn't know where he is going:




And here I was worried that with the imminent departure of Bush, we would be deprived of such great photos, like this one capturing a moment of love between President Bush and Prime Minister Berlusconi:




Oh, and here is a blast from the past, former president Khatami, aloof as someone kisses his hand:



I wonder how the supporters of Khatami and other so-called "reformists" feel when they see how Ahmadinejad treats his supporters? I bet they get really really mad when they see pictures likes this:





------
Photo credits:

-McCain looking presidential is Reuters and can be found here)

-Heads of state lovingly touching heads is also Reuters, but I lost the original link.

-Khatami getting has hand kissed, obviously a Magnum Photo as you can tell from the stamp on the photo, link from here.

-Ahmadinejad kissing hand of a fan is a Fars News Photo and can be found here