Thursday, September 28, 2006

Iranian laughs

It's nearly a week old and will only be online for another 10 days, but listen here to Omid Djalili, Maz Jobrani and Shappi Khorsandi. A few laughs and also some nostalgy -- and a lot of truth...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Set them free

Nearly at the outset of his statement delivered on Monday at the UN General Assembly, our president indicated:

"What afflicts humanity today is certainly not compatible with human dignity; the Almighty has not created human beings so that they could transgress against others and oppress them."

The full text in English can be found here and the webcast here.

I have already made a number of references to various reports on the human rights situation in Iran, whether by the UN or NGOs, however, another of those came out just a few days before Mr. Ahmadinejad's speech. In its introduction it says:

"Government actions and rhetoric created a threatening atmosphere for nearly all religious minorities..."

Or maybe the reference to the Almighty was only for some ...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Men in robes

Whether of the West or of the East, their time is up...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

We once thought we had a president

I would be remiss if I did not post on Mr. Khatami's visit, and yet, what is there to say that has not been said? The Washington Post offers a pretty good overview of the various reactions.

And then there is also the unimpressive FT interview...