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Mustosheer Mustosheer posted a comment:

Iranians say: Adameh mar gaazedeh az rismaneh seah va sefid metarseh. Meaning: when I helped you in Afghanistan, you called me " Axes od Evil", You kept hostage our money in your banks all over the world, you sanctioned our people in Iran for very simple items such as medicine, you cut off all the international resources from us. What do want me to do? Accept your terms and suck your tombs. No way Jose. This time you are on your own. You need help, go on media and say it straight forward that you need our help. No tricks, no game. Please get rid of AIPACs. They are for Israel not for USA. Read more

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Mustosheer Mustosheer posted a comment:

Iranians say: Adameh mar gaazedeh az rismaneh seah va sefid metarseh. Meaning: when I helped you in Afghanistan, you called me " Axes od Evil", You kept hostage our money in your banks all over the world, you sanctioned our people in Iran for very simple items such as medicine, you cut off all the international resources from us. What do want me to do? Accept your terms and such your tombs. No way Jose. This time you are on your own. You need help, go on media and say it straight forward that you need our help. No tricks, no game. Please get rid of AIPACs. They are for Israel not for USA. Read more

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Persa Persa posted a comment:

To answer this question we have to ask ourselves: "is the news media in the United States objective?" As much as we generally equate the concept of freedom and objectivity in journalism and reporting with the contents of the Constitution of the United States, but in practice the reality of the two are far apart.

The news media in the United States is only partially objective and that is mostly on domestic issues. When it comes to international news, there is not much of a difference between the former Soviet Union's Pravda and Izvestia and today's Washington Post and New York Times, where all four of the publications mold the news in a way so that what's to be told to the public and what's not, are determined by the editorials. News broadcasting in today's America is focused on glorifying military, promoting xenophobia and fear mongering.

Given the above, VOA has never been a beacon of freedom and altruism and love of the mankind. VOA is a loudspeaker for what the American journalism intends to reach the remotest areas of the world. Same with BBC, same with all the other shortwave radios and now the Internet broadcasting.

That is why any movement to defy censorship is a good step.

Universities' freedom of speech is somewhat separated from that of outside journalism. The Supreme Court has been emphatic on 1st Amendment protection on campus grounds. As we can see in Sweezy vs. New Hampshire 1957 :

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=354&invol=234

In Sweezy, the Court was faced with the question of whether the Attorney General of New Hampshire could prosecute an individual for refusal to answer questions about a lecture delivered at the state university concerning the Progressive Party of the United States. In holding for the teacher, the Court wrote eloquently that:


"The essentiality of freedom in the community of American universities is almost self-evident. No one should underestimate the vital role in a democracy that is played by those who guide and train our youth. To impose any strait jacket upon the intellectual leaders in our colleges and universities would imperil the future of our Nation… Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding; otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die."

There are other cases for those that are interested, but please note that "private universities" are not obligated to follow the 1st Amendment as much as "Public universities" have to:

Keyishian v. Board of Regents, State Univ. of N.Y., 385 U.S. 589 (1967)
Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169, 180 (1972)
Papish v. Board of Curators of University of Missouri, 410 U.S. 667 (1973)
Widmar v. Vincent, 454 U.S. 263 (1981)

Conclusion: Thinking that Voice of America is a long arm of the constitution of the United States is a false pretense promoted by the very subjective journalism that we face in the mass media. If VOA Persian was worth the wavelength that it sends out, it would have had highly qualified Iranian journalists and thinkers on its board and it never did based on what we have seen so far. If any Iranian wants to know what truly is the essence of any foreign broadcasting towards Iran, he or she must read what Ali Akbar Dehkhoda's opinion was about this very subject:

http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13901206001457

به بهانه سالروز درگذشت علی اکبر دهخدا

پاسخ علی اکبر دهخدا به دعوت نامه رادیو آمریکا

خبرگزاری فارس: اینهاست که از این گوشه آسیا شما می توانید به ملت خودتان اطلاعات بدهید، تا آنها بدانند در اینجا به طوری که انگلیسی ها ایران را معرفی کرده اند، یک مشت آدمخوار زندگی نمی کنند.

خبرگزاری فارس: پاسخ علی اکبر دهخدا به دعوت نامه رادیو آمریکا



چند ماه بعد از کودتای آمریکایی 28 مرداد 1332 و یازداشت و شکنجه دهخدا به خاطر طرفداری از دولت ملی دکتر مصدق، صدای آمریکا از ایشان جهت شرکت در یک مصاحبه به منظور معرفی وی به عنوان یکی از مشاهیر ایران دعوت به عمل آورد. پاسخ علامه دهخدا در جواب این دعوت خواندنی است.

پاسخ علامه علی اکبر دهخدا به دعوت نامه ای که رادیو صدای آمریکا از طریق سفارت این کشور در تاریخ 19 دی 1332 یعنی 5 ماه بعد از کودتای 28 مرداد برای وی ارسال داشت.

متن نامه رئیس اداره اطلاعات سفارت آمریکا :

19 دی 1332

خیابان ایرانشهر، فیشرآباد، تهران

آقای محترم

صدای آمریکا در نظر دارد برنامه ای از زندگانی دانشمندان و سخنوران ایرانی، در بخش فارسی صدای آمریکا از نیویورک پخش نماید. این اداره جنابعالی را نیز برای معرفی به شنوندگان ایرانی برگزیده است. در صورتی که موافقت فرمایید، ممکن است کتباً یا شفاهاً نظر خودتان را اطلاع فرمایید تا برای مصاحبه با شما ترتیب لازم اتخاذ گردد.

ضمناً در نظر است که علاوه بر ذکر زندگانی و سوابق ادبی سرکار، قطعه ای نیز از جدیدترین آثار منظوم یا منثور شما پخش گردد .

بدیهی است صدای آمریکا ترجیح می دهد که قطعه انتخابی سرکار، جدید و قبلاً در مطبوعات ایران درج نگردیده باشد. چنانچه خودتان نیز برای تهیه این برنامه جالب، نظری داشته باشید، از پیشنهاد سرکار حسن استقبال به عمل خواهد آمد .

با تقدیم احترامات فائقه

سی. ادوارد. ولز

رئیس اداره اطلاعات سفارت کبرای آمریکا



پاسخ علی اکبر دهخدا :

جناب آقای سی. ادوارد. ولز، رئیس ادارۀ اطلاعات سفارت کبرای آمریکا

نامه مورخه 19 دیماه 1332 جنابعالی رسید، و از اینکه این ناچیز را لایق شمرده اید که در بخش فارسی صدای آمریکا از نیویورک، شرح حال مرا انتشار بدهید متشکرم.

شرح حال من و امثال مرا در جراید ایران و رادیوهای ایران و بعضی از دول خارجه، مکرر گفته اند. اگر به انگلیسی این کار می شد، تا حدی مفید بود؛ برای اینکه ممالک متحده آمریکا، عدٌه ای از مردم ایران را بشناسند. ولی به فارسی، تکرار مکرٌرات خواهد بود، و به عقیده من نتیجه ندارد...

و چون اجازه داده اید که نظریات خود را در این باره بگویم و اگر خوب بود حُسن استقبال خواهید کرد، این است که زحمت می دهم، بهتر این است که اداره اطلاعات سفارت کبرای آمریکا به زبان انگلیسی، اشخاصی را که لایق می داند معرفی کند. و بهتر از آن این است که در صدای آمریکا به زبان انگلیسی برای مردم ممالک متحده شرح داده شود که در آسیا مملکتی به اسم ایران هست که خانه های قراء و قصبات آنجا، در، و صندوق های آنها قفل ندارد، و در آن خانه ها و صندوق ها طلا و جواهرات هم هست، و هر صبح مردم قریه، از زن و مرد به صحرا می روند و مشغول زراعت می شوند، و هیچ وقت نشده است وقتی که به خانه برگردند، چیزی از اموال آنان به سرقت رفته باشد.

یا یک شتردار ایرانی که دو شتر دارد و جای او معلوم نیست که در کدام قسمت مملکت است، به بازار ایران می آید و در ازای «پنج دلار» دو بار زعفران یا ابریشم برای صد فرسخ راه حمل می کند و نصف کرایه را در مبداء و نصف دیگر آن را در مقصد دریافت می دارد، و همیشه این نوع مال التجاره ها سالم به مقصد می رسد.

و نیز دو تاجر ایرانی، صبح شفاهاً با یکدیگر معامله می کنند و در حدود چند میلیون، و عصر خریدار که هنوز نه پول داده است و نه مبیع آن را گرفته است، چند صد هزار تومان ضرر می کند. معهذا هیچ وقت آن معامله را فسخ نمی کند و آن ضرر را متحمل می شود.

اینهاست که از این گوشه آسیا شما می توانید به ملت خودتان اطلاعات بدهید، تا آنها بدانند در اینجا به طوری که انگلیسی ها ایران را معرفی کرده اند، یک مشت آدمخوار زندگی نمی کنند، و از طرف دیگر به فارسی، به عقیده من خوب است که در صدای آمریکا، طرز آزادی ممالک متحده آمریکا را در جنگ های استقلال، به ایرانیان بیاموزید و بگویید که چگونه توانسته اید از دست استعمار خلاص شوید؟ و تشویق کنید که واشنگتن ها و فرانکلن ها در ایران، برای حفظ استقلال از همان طرق بروند.

در خاتمه با تشکر از لطف شما احترامات خود را تقدیم می دارد.

علی اکبر دهخدا
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As we can see above, the same misunderstanding and ignorance about other countries is still live and exists in today's America, thanks to its subjective journalism.

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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala محمد علاء posted a comment:

One irony is that Dr. Shariati passed away mysteriously of all the places in England. Those Iranians who live in England watch out (joking).

He was admired for two main things (1) asking for "social justice," and (2) advocating "social change." I remember these were two main things that people liked about him. I did not read his books.

Passing away in young age, Dr. Shariati did not live long enough to observe the realities of present time. Read more

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AnonymousObserver Anonymous Observer posted a comment:

First slaughter just took place. From the Cove Guardians:

"September 16, 2014

A family of approximately 8-9 Risso's dolphins including one juvenile calf were viciously slaughtered in Taiji's killing cove today. Today was the first dolphin slaughter of the 2014-2015 season after 15 consecutive "Blue Cove" days. The small pod was discovered at the horizon just past 7:00am this morning. The pod was viciously herded under the killing cove tarps and slaughtered one by one. The family fought for every last breath until the very end and lost the battle with the dolphin hunters.It was a hasty transfer of dead bodies by one hunting boat and a small skiff before the dolphin killers took a long lunch break just outside the Taiji butcher house."

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AnonymousObserver Anonymous Observer replied to comment:

And VOA is not a publicly funded organization?!!! It's paid for with taxpayer money. I believe that the central point is that this person was blacklisted (just like Mr. Salatia) for expressing an opinion on a publicly funded program. Incidentally, what do you think about this Harvard professor who wrote an article critical of Islam? Should he get his job back or was his filing improper?

http://www.thefire.org/cases/harvard-university-professor-fired-for-newspaper-column/ Read more

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Shirzadegan Siavash replied to comment:

You and Mullahs promised to people that shanty houses will be go away if our shahanshah leave the country and regime change.
Do you remember those promises ?
Shah left and regime changed, but shanty houses remained the same. The above article says that.
So you and Mulahs lied to Iranian people.
You need to apologize for your lies.

گفتی‌ ز دل‌ شکستگان،

گفتی‌ به سفره تهی نشستگان،

گفتمت درود، گفتمت سلام،

بنگر که طالع تو میکند غروب.

کارگر به درد،

برزگر به رنج،

روسپی به کار،

نیک نام مردمی در دام،

و اینک گویمت آخرین کلام،

ننگ‌ بر تو‌ای امید ارتجاع،

مرگ بر تو آی‌ دوروغگو امام

"سیاوش کسرائی"

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MRX2412 MRX2412 posted a comment:

VOA is a government run organization and their actions reflect it. If the U.S government becomes cozy with mullah's (They have for some time now) then the opponents of the regime will be simply be banned for a while if not permanently. On the other hand if the government is at war or at odds with Mullah's then the opponents of the regime may get some room.
That being said it's sad to see VOA becoming VOM (Voice of mullah's) but as they say politics do make strange bedfellows. Read more

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varjavand varjavand posted a comment:

Dear Hoshang,
Capitalism is good if it is based on genuine competition and games are played on level playing field. Truthfully, there is no perfect completion and capitalist games are rigged, favorable regulations, bail outs, lobbying, too-big-to-fail all, loopholes they all work to protect wealthy and the big companies. Supposedly, what is good for GM is good for America, but not always. In theory, what is good for America is fair and free markets, that operate under a perfectly competitive environment. Practically, such markets are theoretical and exist only in textbooks not in real life; they not may even be practical in modern time.
In practice, capitalism is a blend of market and government forces known as mixed capitalism, and that is the established system in all industrialized countries whether we like it or not.
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