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Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani still faces the death penalty in Iran because he refuses to renounce his faith. The vigilant defenders of religious freedom at the ACLJ continue to monitor the case and work for Pastor Nadarkhani’s freedom. Here is the very latest — word is that the execution order has been officially handed down: […]
**Written by Doug Powers This is no surprise, because the “elect me and the world will love us” rhetoric from 2008 was an illusion from the start, but some may be surprised to learn that not only is US popularity in most Arab countries plummeting, but it’s actually falling lower than when Bush was president: […]
**Written by Doug Powers Hillary Clinton’s State Department is getting tough on Iran, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley demonstrates: If that doesn’t convince Mahmoud, the State Department’s Teddy-Gram with the “Bear-hugs for you if you start being nicer” note should do the trick. This is being reported as a […]
Via Mediaite and RCP, the U.S. delegation walked out on Ahmadinejad’s address to the U.N. Assembly in New York this afternoon after he pushed the 9/11 Truther button: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon, sharing some rather provocative rhetoric over the United States worst terrorist attack in history. […]
UN leads by example
The Guardian details the latest on the new wave of arrests in Iran amid another round of regime complaints that the homegrown protests are Western-fomented: Authorities in Iran intensified their drive to snuff out the opposition movement overnight by arresting the relatives of prominent activists, including the sister of the Nobel laureate and human rights […]
Wishing you all a joy-filled Christmas! “Gloria in excelsis Deo” – King’s College Choir: Please keep our troops in your prayers. In Afghanistan, our soldiers are hard at work: ”This is my third Christmas away from family, the first two were in Iraq and then one here,” Sgt. David Nix, from Charlotte, North Carlina, said, […]
Here we go again. The Iranian mullahcracy has reportedly attempted to choke off the Internet and reportedlysurrounded Tehran University to stifle anti-Ahmadenijad student protesters today: The measures were aimed at depriving the opposition of its key means of mobilizing the masses as Iran’s clerical rulers keep a tight lid on dissent. Government opponents are seeking, […]
Obama administration cracks down on Iran-tied mosques, NYC property; Update: Alavi Foundation donates Korans to prison inmates
Interesting. Not sure whether this is the Obama White House response to criticism that it has been soft on jihad, but the timing is noteworthy. (Okay, thought about it. Yes, I’m pretty sure it is p.r.-driven.) Continuing an investigation it — ahem — inherited from the Bush administration, Obama officials have moved to seize four […]
Words, just words.
Where’s everyone else? Via the National Post: Canada will boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are “shameful.” Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, but officials signal […]
Is the world still watching? Jim Hoft is. Here’s his latest round-up of developments today — with details and links on a reported new massacre at Baharestan Square in Tehran. More from Ed Morrissey. Twitter: #iranelection. Liveblogging/Twitter aggregation at The Lede.
I noted on Twitter and in my live-blog of Obama’s press conference that the president called on/coached HuffPo’s Nico Pitney in an obvious, pre-planned question on Iranians communicating through social media and the Internet. The question itself was unobjectionable and Obama’s response was so bland and rambling I don’t remember it. But what was noteworthy […]
At around 12:30pm Eastern, Barack Obama will put down his ice cream cone and boldly condemn repression in Iran. Why now? Andrew Malcolm explains the timing: You don’t need to be a basketball-loving president of the United States to know that if you’re trying to block opponents’ shots in your end, you sure aren’t increasing […]
Life magazine reports in a special online feature gallery of Iran protest photos: A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We are saddened to report that the Iranian photojournalist, whose pictures appear in this gallery, is missing. He has not been in contact with us; this morning we received the following email from one of his relatives. […]
Saturday in Iran: Deadly crackdown, Obama finally condemns; some foreign embassies reportedly accepting injured
The world is watching.
The Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered 100 minutes of blame the Jews/Death to the U.S. bile mixed with a veiled threat to the hundreds of thousands of protesters who’ve taken to the streets the last week to oppose voter fraud and fight for freedom from the mullah-cracy: In his first public response to […]
Ross Kaminsky, a recent convert to Twitter, has a nice overview for newcomers on the medium and its role in the Iranian uprising. Excerpt: The impact of Twitter on events in Iran has been noticed by our usually dictator-compliant State Department, which risked insulting the ayatollahs by contacting Twitter to request they postpone a scheduled […]