Chavez, like Ahmadinejad, has a screw loose somewhere that invites
mockery. As I reported in another post he praised Ahmadinejad as a
leader whose leadership “qualities” resembled Idi Amin, Mugabe and
Carlos the Jackel. So ironic yet so apt!
Then when Ahmadinejad arrive in Venezuela, Chavez greeted him with the
Iranian national anthem–only it was the wrong one. The band played
“Soroude Shahanshahi”, the anthem of the late Shah,” again ironic in
being an appropriate theme for a dictator.
You can watch a video showing Ahmadinejad walking down the ramp of his plane with a uniformed band makes him welcome:
The above site also has some interesting news items:
IRANIAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS–Management will be transferred to seminaries
and a member of the clergy placed in each school “to fulfill the
cultural needs of the students.”
TRASHING NEDA: he commander of the Basiji militia, Mohammad Reza Naqdi,
has marked this week’s celebrations of his organisation by headlining
the “real” story on the killing of Neda Agha Soltan. A “person from
America” shot Neda as part of a plot in which the Iranian regime would
be blamed for her death.
(The claim raises such questions as “How did he get by all those secuity service thugs?. “How did he manage to carry a rifle around without being observed?” and “How did he get away from protestors as well?” My assumption is “the American” was either a superman or wore an invisibility cloak.
The regime, which can’t get it’s story straight, has previous claimed A) That Neda was alive and living in London; B) That her boyfriend killed her; C) That she was a prostitute and was killed by the doctor who tried to save her since he was really her pimp’ D) That she was killed by the protestors to make the regime look bad. All this, despite the fact that demonstrators captured and released the Basilj shooter, seized his documents and published them online).
FROM ROOZ ONLINE:
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TRAINING SENIOR MONITORS FOR INTERNET CONTROL
During a recent seminar titled, “The Police and Security: Prospects for
2025”, Iran’s minister of intelligence Heidar Moslehi announced the
training of “Senior Internet Officers” to confront the enemy assault in
the blogosphere. The government’s new plan to further control internet
users in Iran comes at a time when serious punishment all the way up to
the death penalty has already been envisioned for internet site
managers and blog operators if the government determines them to be
A TOTALLY CORRUPT REGIME MAKES NEW “CORRUPTION” ACCUSATIONS AGAINST RAFSANJANI’S SON
As associates of Ahmadinejad’s administration continue their assaults
on veteran politician Hashemi Rafsanjani and his family, Revolutionary
Guards (IRGC) deputy for intelligence Hassan Taeb, who was previously
the head of the Basij militia, accused Mehdi Hashemi of “launching a
house of corruption in 1994 and 1995”.
FIRST ROUND VICTORY FOR AHMADINEJAD WAS MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE
Alireza Zakani, a conservative eighth Majlis lawmaker and member of the
six-man Majlis committee to investigate the post-election turmoil
revealed that according to opinion polls conducted by government
sources, a first-round victory for Ahmadinejad was impossible and the
election would have been decided in the second round. Speaking at the
Imam Sadegh University, Zakani also revealed that Ahmadinejad had fewer
votes than Mousavi among workers at such sensitive institutions as the
state radio and television broadcasting.
FROM TEHRAN BUREAU
intelligence minister has accused Larijani, Rafsanjani and Ayatollah
Nouri of being part of a center closely allied to foreigners in a plot
to overthow the coup dictatorship. He said there was a tactical
alliance between internal and external forces.
“The IRGC has also started to strongly emphasize the importance of
rallying behind Ayatollah Khamenei, a clear indication that the Supreme
Leader is feeling the heat from all directions, from some top clerics
of the Council of Experts, who can potentially unseat him according to
Constitution, or people on the street who chant “Khamenei is a killer,”
or from a math student who dared to openly challenge him in front of
hundreds of students and academics about his handling of the
“Though the clerics’ grip on power may appear to be tight, especially
given its ability to widely deploy the IRGC and Basij militias, its
fundamental weakness lies in the increasing numbers of formerly
pro-regime Iranians who have started to ask themselves whether this was
the “Islamic Republic” that they were promised…
“This dramatic shift in public sentiment is not something to be
easily dismissed. The Supreme Leader has personally objected to it.
“What is the real meaning of changing slogans like ‘Death to America’
and ‘Death to Israel’ in recent events?” he asked in one of his
speeches after the Qods Day demonstrations. Clearly, he is not pleased.
But neither are the Iranian people. There is increasing
disappointment and hopeless at a regime that is showing absolutely no
signs of listening to them or willing to address their demands in a
more satisfactory manner. There is understandably no consensus among
people on how to proceed from here. Those of a more conservative
persuasion are worried about the weakening effects of the current
crisis on Iran’s national interests and its standing in the
international community. Grappling with its faltering legitimacy, how
will it tackle the nuclear negotiations and handle threats of sanctions
or even a military attack, not to mention real or perceived activities
of a subversive nature. Those more restless for change say the
government has breached the public’s trust in such a major way that
there is no going back — enough is enough!
“The government and the Supreme Leader, whose signature can be seen
everywhere, are seemingly in no mood to take a more critical look at
the situation and still apparently think a harsh crackdown is the only
answer. Proposals made by a wide range of politicians from both camps
have fallen on deaf ears. The conservative and influential Society of
Militant Clergy announced today that it had decided to disband a team
it had put together to find a compromise to the current deadlock.”