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daily archive: 10/26/2004
kianb in Pahlaver:
Nothing happens in Iran!! Except ...
The lack of news coverage about Iran is really sickening if you know how many students and other political dissidents get arrested every day in Tehran. And just [no] "one" report in English.

OK, I don't mean Al-Reuters or Ayatollah BBC reporting it.. but..like um... "UN Headquarters" in Tehran? Will they know what is happening everyday in the same city they are working and living?..Or worse! Will they just look out the windows to see students and the families of political prisoners gathering outside of their building to protest against the human rights violation in Iran?! And if they do see, will they care about the fate of those who get arrested by the mullahs and what will happen to them?

The curtains on the windows of UN Headquarters in Tehran have apparently fallen. They can't see outside and therefore they don't report anything from outside. This is the bitter truth of the normal day in Iran. Despite the news such as this (in Farsi):

Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani, a prominent young Iranian student who was arrested in 27 Mordad 1383 [Aug 17, 2004] while taking refuge in a sanctuary outside the UN headquarter in Tehran with many other students and family members of political prisoners in protest to the human right violations in Iran, is now transported to cellblock 1 [where only political prisoners are being held] of [notorious] Evin Prison in Tehran and is awaiting his trial on 6th Aban 1383 [Oct 27, 2004]. His charges including "acting against the national security" and "distributing lies".

Some of Behrouz's friends including Mr. Bina Darab Zand and Mr. Hassan Gheysari who were arrested in the same day outside the UN building, are already transported to cellblock 1 of Evin prison, but UN still refuses to report this.

The UN doesn't bother to report it, even if it's happening under their windows? Can the situation be so bad? Am I missing something here? I knew they are busy with the luxury of north Tehran, they have a job, a nice job, for a highly 'respected' orga[smi]nization, in a very nice place ("Iran? Oh yeah, it's a nice place, only the government is bad, pity" this is what they say when they go to vacations in their own countries), with a nice salary of course, wouldn't you, if you were them, you think? Do I want to lose such a job by being so silly as to report that some young "political troublemakers" are in jail? I dunno! Will the British, French and German UN workers in Tehran prefer their little rainy and cold capitals to fresh north Tehran? Definitely not! So I thought.. Why would they bother themselves? Make themselves a fool in the eyes of mullahs and why all the trouble?! Let's just....well....forget it!

No! Indeed, nothing happens in Iran, except....you know...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bush Comes Out
Heh, we got ourselves a cool President, whaddaya know... Isn't it like really rare to have a Republican President disagree with the Republicans? Does that make him the L word?
President Bush said in an interview this past weekend that he disagreed with the Republican Party platform opposing civil unions of same-sex couples and that the matter should be left up to the states.

Mr. Bush has previously said that states should be permitted to allow same-sex unions, even though White House officials have said he would not have endorsed such unions as governor of Texas. But Mr. Bush has never before made a point of so publicly disagreeing with his party's official position on the issue.

In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, Mr. Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so." ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.
Bush Says His Party Is Wrong to Oppose Gay Civil Unions [bugmenot]

(nbl Throbert Mc Gee)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Mass of Possible Recruits
Despite dozens of arrests, Spanish police have yet to establish who ultimately ordered the Madrid rail bombings and seven months later are still uncovering new militant threats.

Investigators believe nearly all the perpetrators of the March 11 train attacks that killed 191 people have been captured or killed.

They also believe they have identified three leaders of the attacks, blamed on Islamic militants linked to al Qaeda.

But there is no consensus on whether the bomb suspects acted on their own or took orders from someone.

More sleeper cells are presumed to exist. Nearly all the suspects identified are North Africans who easily blend in with a half a million others living and working in Spain.

In a reminder of ongoing security threats, police last week arrested eight men suspected of plotting to blow up the High Court with a truck bomb. Ten others were suspected of cooperating from jail.

The probes are among nine separate investigations opened by Spain's High Court into purported Islamist radicals. So far 50 people have been charged and another 58 jailed on suspicion of belonging to armed groups.

"The threat is still present here as it is in other European countries. There are 15 million Muslims in Europe, and if one in 10,000 has sympathy (for the militant movement), then there is a mass of possible recruits," said Juan Aviles, director of a Spanish research institute dedicated to internal security.

Four known train bombing suspects remain at large, as do seven from the most recent case. There are worries remnants of the cell may try to regroup and strike again.
Spain Sees Further Threat from Islamist Radicals
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
What's Important
Dennis Prager's thoughts on the Jewish vote:
In a nutshell, John Kerry's primary foreign policy goal is to get America into the good graces of the European Union (specifically France and Germany) and the United Nations. He regards America going it alone in the world as an American calamity.
On the other hand, George W. Bush believes that becoming popular in the EU and in the United Nations would morally compromise America's values and ultimately endanger America.

Only an American president who does not place great importance on American popularity and who has a realistic view of the immorality inherent in international institutions such as the world court and the United Nations will stand behind Israel. Nearly all the world's governments are prepared to abandon Israel because of their dependence on Arab oil or their fears of their Muslim population and the threat of Islamic terror.

George W. Bush marches to the beat of the drummer who asks, "What is right?" and not to the beat of the many drummers who ask, "What is popular?"

Yes, there are issues beyond Israel's security that animate the vote of Jewish Americans. That is why Jews who are leftists first will, understandably, vote for the leftist candidate. The majority of Jews, liberal or conservative, understand why Israel needs America. And for them, the choice should be utterly obvious.

That is why former congressman and New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a liberal Democrat, has announced that for the first time in his life he will vote for a Republican president. That is why Al Gore's mentor, Martin Peretz, editor in chief of The New Republic, which in its 80-year history has never endorsed a Republican for president, just wrote an opinion piece warning those who care about Israel about John Kerry. And that is why every American Arab and Muslim group that is anti-Israel is supporting John Kerry.
How Jews Should Vote?

(nbl writermom)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Undecided
You're an undecided voter. Don't really feel hot either way. You get up next Tuesday, and you hear on the radio or see on TV that there's a record turnout — long lines at the polls. You may get discouraged right there, and decide not to show up the way you haven't shown up before.

Or you do go. And there are long, long, long lines. You might have to wait half an hour.

Do you? Or do you go home?

They won't all go home. But some will.

The perverse result of exceptionally high turnout is that the resulting problems will also keep hundreds of thousands of people from showing up.

Of course, elections are won at the state level, so maybe Kerry can use undecideds to take both Florida and Ohio, making it almost impossible for Bush to win.

But there won't be a million new voters in Ohio. There will be a few hundred thousand at most. And again, they'll go both to Republicans and Democrats.

Democrats who are assuming that undecided and new voters are going to carry the day for them are doing what craps players call "betting on the come." They are hoping for a result that the odds don't favor at this moment.
Myths of the Undecided

(nbl jim russell)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
One More Week
So, who's ahead? The Polls

Update: If the above link doesn't work, try here

(nbl jim russell)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Uprising Idiocy
There's this lefty bookstore in Toronto, called Uprising. I don't know what kind of books it carries, I was laughing about some of the buttons it sells:
  • Fuck Money - sported by people who don't have any

  • Welfare Power - the world at your fingertips on $200 a month

  • Rent is Theft - be sure and yell that to your landlord

  • BuShit - for people with speech impediments

  • TV is Bad - ok, this one is not so bad...
So they're anachronistic weirdos. I mean they did have the "Make Love Not War" button and everyone nowadays knows that war is better than sex. But that's not the point. The point is that if they weren't such major dicks I would be happy to just make fun of them.

Is there anything on this poster that calls for a Star of David? No. Is there any event that involves Israel? No. There's reggae music and DJ Dread (holy cow, talk about anachronistic! Reggae?!) What does any of this have to do with Israel? Nothing. So, why the Star of David? Who knows? It's one thing to be anachronistic weirdos, must they be anachronistic, anti-semitic weirdos? Apparently, yes. There, I just answered all my own questions.

(nbl writermom)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Tough Peace
From the London Times, an excellent commentary on the Gaza withdrawal plan:
Rarely has a political initiative of such importance been treated so dismissively. The reaction to the Sharon proposals in Israel itself does not suggest that it is inconsequential, insincere or insignificant. The very notion of departing from Gaza has already cost Mr Sharon a deep split in the ranks of his Likud Party and the loss of key coalition partners.

Parliamentarians will cast their ballots on his Gaza blueprint tomorrow while surrounded by a vast crowd of angry demonstrators who will make those protesting about the ban on fox hunting here look like a small set of docile Buddhists. Shimon Peres, the leader of the Labour Party, has openly expressed his fear that Mr Sharon, like Yitzhak Rabin nine years ago, will be gunned down by an ideological extremist.

In one sense, Mr Sharon’s opponents are right to be outraged. For Israel to quit the Gaza Strip when there is no reliable partner to hand it to is an extraordinary wager. There is the risk that it will simply become the base for rocket attacks on its soil. And although the number of settlements on the West Bank that will be abandoned soon is admittedly small, the principle conceded is far larger. Mr Sharon’s implicit position is that, if the Palestinians were to produce a plausible political figure with whom he could negotiate, then almost everything to do with the West Bank is up for discussion.

Where his domestic enemies are profoundly wrong is in accusing Mr Sharon of capitulating to terror. As unfashionable as it is to assert, Mr Sharon has, in the course of this year, conducted the most effective counter-terrorism strategy witnessed anywhere in the world. It is this that makes it possible for Israel to exit the Gaza Strip safely and means that the political opportunity which this move will create is greater than it might appear.

Mr Sharon’s drive against terror has had three features. The first is an intensified intelligence effort which has prevented numerous aspiring murderers from reaching their innocent victims. The maxim that “the suicide bomber will always get through? is no longer valid. A few will, inevitably, but it is no longer impossible to stop them.

This exercise would not, however, have borne fruit without two more controversial innovations. Israel’s security barrier might be loathed by international lawyers but wherever it has been erected in full the number of terrorist incidents has declined to negligible levels. No Israeli Prime Minister could now destroy it.

The most decisive measure of the lot, though, is the one that has earned Mr Sharon the deepest hatred beyond his borders. His push to destroy the top echelon of Hamas has been astonishingly successful in its objective. In March, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of that terrorist network was killed and Hamas vowed publicly that Israel had “opened the gates of Hell? against itself. If so, then precious little subsequently has come through them .

Sharon’s tough measures are creating an opportunity for peace diplomacy [bugmenot]

(nbl jim russell)
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