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  • Big Green’s untold billions

    05/21/2014 6:01:03 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 2 replies
    Cfact.org ^ | May 14 2014 | Ron Arnold
    The “Kill Keystone XL” crowd isn’t little David up against a Big Oil Goliath. As usual, conventional wisdom isn’t wisdom when the mainstream media ask all the wrong questions with commensurate answers. Behemoth Big Green outstrips Big Oil in expendable revenue by orders of magnitude — if you know how to follow the money. The mainstream media don’t know how. Like most liberals, their staffs are afflicted with what 20th century futurist Herman Kahn called “Educated Incapacity” — the learned inability to understand or even perceive a problem, much less a solution. They’ve been taught to be blind, unable to...
  • Why aren't bidets more popular in America? (Would you just paper if "it" was on your hands?)

    05/22/2013 9:49:51 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 77 replies
    The U.S. has long prided itself on being a cleanliness-first nation. All throughout my childhood, I heard about "dirty" Europeans and "smelly" French folk. My school friends, and sometimes even their parents, would joke about how women in other countries didn't shave legs or armpits and how glad they were that kind of behavior didn't fly in America — unless one was a "dirty" hippie, that is. We have been through the toxic wringer and back in attempting to keep our homes not only sparkling clean, but germ-free (which very well might be contributing to supergerms and auto-immune diseases per...
  • Obama's Sneaky, Deadly, Costly Car Tax

    08/29/2012 4:12:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While all eyes were on the Republican National Convention in Tampa and Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast, the White House was quietly jacking up the price of automobiles and putting future drivers at risk. Yes, the same cast of fable-tellers who falsely accused GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of murdering a steelworker's cancer-stricken wife is now directly imposing a draconian environmental regulation that will cost untold American lives. On Tuesday, the administration announced that it had finalized "historic" new fuel efficiency standards. (Everything's "historic" with these narcissists, isn't it?) President Obama took a break from his historic fundraising drives...
  • 54.5 MPG and The Law of Unintended Consequences

    08/08/2012 5:37:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2012 | Harry Jackson, Jr
    Legislators and regulators need to observe a fundamental Golden Rule: Do not implement new laws if you have not considered or cannot control important unintended consequences. A perfect example is the Obama Administration’s plan to increase new car mileage standards, from the currently legislated requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 to 54.5 mpg by 2025, as an average across each automaker’s complete line of cars and light trucks. Carmakers reluctantly agreed to the new requirements, to avoid even more onerous standards, or different standards in different states. But the deal does nothing to alter the harsh realities...
  • Van Jones Slams Tea Party Again: ‘So-Called Patriots - Smashing Down Every American Institution’

    05/27/2012 5:18:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/23/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Van Jones Slams the Tea Party Again: ‘The So-Called Patriots…Smashing Down Every American Institution’By Madeleine Morgenstern | The Blaze – 14 hrs ago **SNIP** “At this point in this struggle, it’s the so-called patriots who are the ones who are smashing down every American institution….It’s the so-called patriots, the ones who come out here with their Tea Party and the flags and call themselves patriots — they’re the ones that are smashing down our unions, smashing down public education, smashing down every American institution that we built, and our parents built, and our grandparents built to make this country great.”...
  • Nature ISN'T fragile nor a bossy mother-in-law - top eco boffin

    04/05/2012 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th April 2012 12:42 GMT | Andrew Orlowski
    Get rid of hippies, save the planetThe Green movement needs to rethink its philosophy from the ground-up. That's according to Peter Kareiva, a leading conservation expert and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, the world's biggest environmental group.It must abandon the idea that nature is "feminine" and in particular that it's "fragile", he said, because not only is this artificial, it's wrong, and so many bad ideas follow.When people believe that a fragile "Mother Nature" is harmed by anything humans do, it's actually the humans who suffer, Kareiva argues in the co-written essay Conservation in the Anthropocene. It's little wonder...
  • Van Jones: Scalia Wants To Let People Die (video)

    03/31/2012 10:40:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/31/12 | staff
    Appearing on HBO's Bill Maher Show Obama's former green job czar Van Jones attacks Supreme Court Justice Scalia over his questioning in the Obamacare SCOTUS arguments.
  • James Delingpole: Great Britain, the Green Movement, and the End of the World

    12/19/2011 9:17:01 AM PST · by Stalwart · 4 replies
    Hoover Institute via YouTube ^ | 12/8/11 | James Delingpole
    Interview with James Delingpole, from the Uncommon Knowledge series at the Hoover Institute. 48 minutes. Variety of topics covered include the Euro, Climategate, the UK riots, etc.
  • Thou Shalt Not Question UN Experts

    12/18/2011 6:52:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2011 | Kelvin Kemm
    British Lord Christopher Monckton parachuting into Durban, South Africa, to challenge UN climate crisis claims, brought numerous journalists and onlookers to the beaches where he landed. A 20-foot banner across our press conference table gave the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow further opportunities to present realistic perspectives on the science and economics of climate change. CFACT played by the rules, obtained the necessary permits beforehand, and ensured that its message was heard throughout the seventeenth annual climate conference (COP-17). Greenpeace, on the other hand, got no permits before staging an Occupy Durban protest in the hallway outside the plenary session...
  • Van Jones Media Mouthpiece Gets Russian Cash

    10/08/2011 7:37:53 AM PDT · by stfassisi · 41 replies
    rightsidenews ^ | Oct 6,2011 | Cliff Kincaid
    Progressive TV and radio star Thom Hartmann took time off from covering Van Jones and his “Rebuild the Dream” movement on Wednesday to briefly talk to this columnist about his relationship with the Vladimir Putin regime of Russia. The conversation quickly went sour when Hartmann objected to questions about how much he is being paid by Moscow. He grabbed my video camera, covering the lens briefly in the process, and stomped away, objecting to “gotcha” questions.The entire spectacle was captured on camera and posted on YouTube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Rz9fKXXdE During another embarrassing incident, Van Jones refused to sign a copy of his...
  • WTF? "Green Spaces" in House of Worship Parking Lots

    10/01/2011 3:23:36 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 38 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 10/1/11 | EricTheRed
    Here’s a real WTF moment I had earlier this week: As I went to park in a synagogue parking lot I noticed the two closest spots to the building (other than the handicap spots) had been newly designated with green line paint and a sign. According to this sign, provided by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the spots were reserved for flex-fuel or hybrid cars that get 30+ MPG. It then said in smaller letters at the bottom: “Reduce America’s Dependence on Foreign Oil.”Sure enough, when I got home later that day, I did a search on-line and lo and...
  • Ex-President Clinton: Green movement needs money

    09/21/2011 4:55:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    ap ^ | 9/20/2011 | MEGHAN BARR
    Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas. The ex-president's three-day Clinton Global Initiative for VIPs with deep pockets began Tuesday with a frank discussion about addressing global climate challenges, co-hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and South African President Jacob Zuma.
  • The Green Jobs Numbers

    09/12/2011 6:32:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2011 | By NANCY FOLBRE
    Media Matters, a nonprofit watchdog group, has documented a Fox News report proclaiming that the costs of green jobs exceed the benefits. A recent New York Times article, pointing to lackluster programs in California, concluded that “public efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed.” A column by David Brooks in The New York Times was pointedly titled “Where the Jobs Aren’t.” In reaching for bipartisan support in his jobs speech on Thursday, President Obama avoided the word “green” altogether. But green jobs still hold considerable promise. While it’s not hard to find examples of programs that haven’t...
  • Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises (NYT outs green jobs fraud)

    08/18/2011 11:58:53 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/19/2011 | AARON GLANTZ
    Flanked by a cadre of local political leaders, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose used a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a solar power company last week to talk up the promise of the green economy. Mr. Reed called the opening of the new headquarters of SolFocus, which produces large, free-standing solar panels, an “enormously important” development for the city’s economy. “Clean technology is the next wave of innovation that Silicon Valley needs to capture,” the mayor said, noting that the San Jose City Council had committed to increasing the number of “green jobs” in the city to 25,000 by 2022. San...
  • The Road to Freedom Leads through Tehran

    08/14/2011 3:47:52 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/11/11 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Today, many question the role that Americans should play in the future of Iran. It is generally accepted that it is in Americans' best interests not to support the resistance there through war or sanctions, but rather to educate the Iranian people. After all, supporters of the established tyrannical regime are mostly old, uneducated, or poor. Islamic volunteer vigilantes are imported via bus and provided with food, housing, and funds to support the government.
  • Revolutions Per Minute

    03/13/2011 5:25:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 12, 2011 | Alex Traiman
    Iran’s opposition looks very different than the opposition within Egypt; it's important that we optimize the speed of our diplomatic engine, and help tip yet another revolution during this opportune moment in history. The acronym RPM, or revolutions per minute, typically refers to the speed in which an automotive engine rotates. RPMs play a role in how much gasoline is consumed by your car. Today, that acronym may have an even more important impact on oil consumption. Revolutions are rapidly gaining speed across the Muslim world. The world has watched Tunisia and Egypt oust their dictators in the revolutionary wave...
  • Iran opposition: Over 200 'arrested' in Tuesday protest

    03/02/2011 6:35:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Opposition websites said security services rounded up protesters in several locations in the capital and were helped by police in plain clothes. Another 40 people were said to have been detained in the city of Isfahan. Opposition groups had called for rallies over the reported imprisonment of their leaders - Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. The two men had been placed under house arrest several weeks ago as authorities cracked down on protests staged in solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Their families say that on Monday they were taken to prison, although the government denies...
  • The Regime Kidnaps Mousavi and Karroubi (IRAN)

    02/27/2011 8:20:33 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 26, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Yes it is true, not exactly as any one source has been reporting, but the two top leaders of the Green Movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were kidnapped on Thursday night — when the streets of Tehran were full of armed men.  It was a typical Mafia-style snatch.  The two men — already under house arrest — were beaten and bloodied, and then were led out of their homes in blindfolds and handcuffs, stuffed in the trunks of their captors from the Revolutionary Guards and, along with their wives, taken to a location in Tehran, then, on Friday,...
  • Situation of Iranian opposition leaders cause for grave concern

    02/25/2011 7:47:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    RadioZamaneh ^ | Feb. 25, 2011
    The children of Iranian opposition leaders have issued separate letters expressing grave concerns regarding the well-being of their parents. The daughters of Zahra Rahnavard and MirHosein Mousavi have not seen their parents in two weeks, and their last contact with them was February 14. In the letter published on Iranian opposition websites, they write that they have attempted to visit their parents several times, but the security forces have aggressively turned them away and prevented them from entering their home. They say they have often remained in the vicinity until late into the evening and noticed that after dark no...
  • Iran's Forces Battle Protests Nationwide

    02/22/2011 5:51:35 PM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/21/2011 | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    For a second time in a week, Iran's opposition drew tens of thousands of supporters to the streets across the nation on Sunday calling for the end to the Islamic Republic's rule. In response, the government unleashed what witnesses said was an extraordinary number of security forces to violently battle the crowds. Witnesses said mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons. In one neighborhood, the Basij took over a commercial building and dropped tear gas canisters from the roof onto the...
  • Son of Iran opposition leader Karoubi arrested: website

    02/22/2011 9:33:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2011
    Iranian security forces have arrested a son of opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi, his website reported on Tuesday, one week after his supporters took to the streets in their first demonstrations in more than a year. "Last night security forces entered the house of Ali Karoubi and arrested him and his wife, Nafiseh Panahi" Sahamnews website said. Panahi was later released but there was no further news of Ali Karoubi, it said. Sahamnews said there were concerns for Mehdi Karoubi himself after security forces raided his house on Monday night and confiscated documents and books. "After last night's incident and despite...
  • Iran protests: capital under lockdown

    02/20/2011 3:03:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Telegraph, UK ^ | Feb. 20, 2011
    Police and basij militia locked down the centre of Tehran on Sunday night after crowds of anti-regime demonstrators tried to converge on central squares from across the city. The daughter of the powerful former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Faezeh Hashemi, was arrested briefly, accused of "provocative behaviour", though she was later released.
  • Iran's Green Movement Lives (Amir Taheri)

    02/19/2011 6:37:58 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Amir Taheri
    -Excerpt- The Iranian opposition consists of a wide variety of parties and groups with different ideologies and goals. Messrs. Khatami, Mousavi and Karroubi miss few opportunities to declare that they are not seeking regime change but change within the regime. They claim that Mr. Ahmadinejad has abandoned "the true teachings" of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic in 1979. The trio are often labelled "reformists" although they have not indicated a single reform they plan to introduce. Their main threat is that, unless they are allowed to form political parties, they will boycott the coming Majlis elections...
  • Iran opposition chief completely cut off: website

    02/18/2011 4:45:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    TEHRAN — Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main Iran opposition leader whose rebellion against the government has rocked the Islamic republic, is now completely cut off from the outside world, his website reported Friday. Kaleme.com reported that Mousavi's previous guards have been replaced by new ones and that a van containing masked men was parked at the entrance to the street in Tehran where his house is located. "The house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard (his wife) which began on 25th of Bahman (February 14) is fully effective as of 27 Bahman (February 16)," Kaleme.com reported. "With the...
  • Iran Opposition Leader Missing as Tensions Rise

    02/17/2011 2:54:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb. 17, 2011
    A main leader of Iran’s opposition was reported missing on Thursday and both the opposition “green movement” and Iran’s hardliners issued calls for street rallies, escalating tensions after the reemergence of street protests and their brutal suppression on Monday. The daughters of the missing opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, told an opposition Web site that they had had no word from either of their parents since Tuesday and feared they had been detained. Security forces have surrounded their home, and all communications have been cut. On Wednesday, the Web site of another opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, reported that the house...
  • Iranian Judiciary: Mousavi, Karroubi Will Stand Trial

    02/16/2011 10:08:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FarsNews ^ | 2-16-11
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian judiciary official on Wednesday pointed to the Iranian nation's massive and strong call for the trial of the leaders of recent unrests in the country, and said that the judiciary will definitely try sedition masterminds Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. "The judiciary will definitely fulfill its duty with regard to the trial of Mousavi and Karroubi," Deputy Chief of the Judiciary for Legal and Judicial Development Hojjatoleslam Ali Razini told FNA. Asked if the judiciary would issue orders for detaining sedition leaders, Razini pointed out that when it comes to the trial of suspects, judiciary...
  • Green-Energy Plant Sucks Up Subsidies, Then Goes Bust

    02/08/2011 1:34:01 AM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 6, 2011 | Timothy P, Carney
    To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers. Last month, the refinery closed down, having failed to squeeze even a drop of ethanol out of its pine chips. The Soperton,...
  • Another Environmental Disaster

    02/07/2011 7:49:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2011 | Bruce Bialosky
    Hollywood often makes heroes out of undeserving people in order to further their unenlightened agenda. Ten years ago, it was “Erin Brockovich” that received Tinseltown’s royal treatment. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (who would later deify Che Guevera in “Che”), the film starred another leftist, Julia Roberts, who won the Academy Award for this propaganda. We now find out that the entire story was a hoax and that Brockovich has gone on to destroy even bigger targets on her fictitious crusade. For those of you who missed this sterling piece of modern cinema, Brockovich (with virtually no qualifications) single-handedly discovers that...
  • Overachievers with Low Self-Esteem

    02/01/2011 2:36:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 01, 2011 | Tom Roberson
    America is up to its eyeballs in people concerned with saving us from their demons. Michelle Obama's weight problem and lack of self-control is channeled into a childhood obesity campaign to rid us of high-calorie foods she can't resist. The reasoning that if they don't exist, Mrs. Obama won't be tempted. Sorry, Michelle, but you'll just find something else to eat...so get over it and embrace the salad bar. Michael Bloomberg wants to save us from demon salt. Does Hizzoner have high blood pressure? How did a lowly condiment replace John Dillinger as Public Enemy Number One? In addition to...
  • Evergreen [Solar]’s flight [to China] riles top officials

    01/18/2011 4:08:06 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | By Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack
    A determined House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is demanding answers from Gov. Deval Patrick and a top Republican is calling for an independent probe into how the state dropped nearly $60 million in a bad bet on a green energy firm that critics say took the taxpayer money and ran.Evergreen Solar Inc. scored one of the biggest state investments into a private firm in history — only to announce last week it would ax 800 Bay State workers, shutter its state-subsidized factory in Devens and ship operations to China.“I want to sit down and talk to the governor. ... What...
  • Iran's Die-Hard Democrats

    01/11/2011 8:52:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 11, 2011 | Ilan Berman
    Are Iran's democratic stirrings truly a thing of the past? Ever since the so-called Green Movement coalesced in the wake of the country's fraudulent June 2009 presidential vote, Western observers have rushed to write its epitaph. Over the past year, more than a few Iran watchers have argued that the internal contradictions within Iran's opposition movement doom it to failure and that, as a result, Washington has no alternative but to engage with Iran's ayatollahs. Similarly, some media outlets, in reporting the Green Movement's lackluster showing during Ashura celebrations in mid-December, have suggested that Iran's once-vibrant democracy drive has run...
  • Iran 'will try opposition leaders'

    12/31/2010 1:28:09 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Dec. 31, 2010
    Iran's chief prosecutor has insisted that opposition leaders who ran in the disputed 2009 presidential election will be put on trial over anti-government protests that sparked widespread unrest in the wake of the vote. Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi's statement came weeks after the government issued a travel ban for former candidates Mir Hossain Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi on allegations of being "mohareb" - a term meaning they are 'fighting against God'. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country in support of Mousavi after the presidential poll, alleging that president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had won the election by...
  • GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: Van Jones Admits Left is “PRETENDING” Need for Regulations

    12/21/2010 4:43:20 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 9 replies
    GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: Van Jones Admits Left is “PRETENDING” Need for Regulations And Cap & Trade in Green Movement http://www.theblaze.com/stories/green-make-believe-van-jones-admits-left-is-pretending-need-for-regulations-and-cap-trade-in-green-movement/
  • The Regime’s New Dread in Iran

    12/20/2010 7:36:16 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Dec. 19, 2010 | Maziar Bahari
    Roozbeh, a 26-year-old university student in Tehran, considers himself a revolutionary. Never mind that he rarely leaves his room at his mother’s house. “Many people of my generation hate this regime,” he tells NEWSWEEK via Skype, asking that his last name be kept private. He says he spends 14 hours a day dodging government-imposed firewalls to share news with other Iranian cyberactivists inside and outside Iran. His strategy resonates with leaders of the country’s opposition Green Movement, who are now shunning street protests in favor of online organizing. Roozbeh scares Iran’s current rulers. In public they deny it, of course,...
  • Iranian Students Stage Protests

    12/07/2010 8:25:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    BEIRUT—Iranian students staged antigovernment protests nationwide Tuesday, turning an annual commemoration of student political activism into an opportunity to voice opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the regime that backs him. Videos posted online showed students marching across campus grounds with green banners—the color of the opposition—holding pictures of jailed students, and chanting "death to the dictator" and "free student prisoners." Security forces responded with a heavy security deployment, and at least eight arrests, according to the student website Daneshjoo. Official media didn't cover the protests or report any arrests.
  • The Blind Who Will Not See: The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Iranian Death Spiral

    11/18/2010 7:32:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I sometimes wonder where some of our smartest people get their ideas. Take Defense Secretary Bob Gates, for example. Discussing the possibility of military action against Iranian nuclear weapons facilities, he said: “And if it’s a military solution, as far as I’m concerned, it will bring together a divided nation, it will make them absolutely committed to attaining nuclear weapons and they will just go deeper and more covert.” I don’t get it. Is there some sort of evidence? What could it possibly be, aside from the sort I get from my Ouija board? So I try to imagine one...
  • Iran's Imprisoned Student Leaders

    10/18/2010 11:41:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    VOA ^ | 10-16-2010
    The university term has started in Iran, but there are many students who will not be in their classes this fall. Instead, many have been banned from attending school for political reasons, and dozens are languishing behind bars. In a morbid joke, Evin prison in Tehran has been called Evin University by some government critics, because of the number of students, as well as journalists and intellectuals, who have been locked up there because of their peaceful expressions of dissent. Human rights organizations have taken up the cause of imprisoned Iranian students. Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities...
  • Groucho Plays Tehran (Ledeen)

    10/06/2010 10:07:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen/PajamasMedia ^ | October 5, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Islamic Republic looks more and more like a Marx Brothers creation. The leaders proclaim themselves invincible, but just offstage, we can hear the sounds of breaking crockery. For starters, the currency is crashing — Iran may well be the only country in the world in which the dollar is not only gaining strength but is the object of unbridled passion. In the past couple of days some money changers have refused to sell dollars because the market is just too volatile. As RFE/RL tells us: the rial declined 13 percent against the dollar last week as demand for the...
  • Worse than useless - An American government attempt to help Iranian dissidents backfires (Haystack)

    09/19/2010 5:34:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept. 16, 2010
    FOR Iran’s beleaguered opposition, the internet is a potent weapon and a big hope. During the Green movement’s protests in 2009, activists used Twitter and Facebook, often from mobile phones, to upload videos of police brutality and spread messages of support and news of new demonstrations. The authorities responded not only by cracking heads, but cracking computers: trying to trace users, block services and close websites. Outsiders found the struggle inspirational. Austin Heap, a 26-year-old hacker born in Ohio, decided to develop anticensorship software to foil the authorities’ efforts. He named the product Haystack, and began earlier this year to...
  • Iran forces 'raid' office of opposition leader Mousavi

    09/16/2010 8:59:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Iranian security forces have raided the office of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his website has reported. Agents entered the premises late on Wednesday and took away computers and some of his belongings, it said. The statement described the attack as a "new phase of restrictions". The Iranian government has not commented. Mr Mousavi lost last year's presidential election to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a vote that he and other opposition figures say was rigged. "With the attack by plainclothes security agents on the office of Mr Mousavi, it seems that another phase of restrictions has started," the statement on Kaleme.com...
  • Iran diplomat in Finland resigns to protest hard-liners at home

    09/11/2010 7:48:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 11, 2010
    The No. 2 diplomat at the Iranian Embassy in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, has resigned in protest of the hard-line government in Tehran, Finland's national news agency reported Saturday. For more than a month before his resignation this week, former charge d'affaires Hossein Alizadeh hadn't been at the embassy, the FNB news agency said. Alizadeh, a veteran diplomat who reportedly had worked for the Iranian Foreign Ministry for more than 20 years, said he quit because he believed last year's presidential election in Iran was unfair and marked by cheating. He also declared his support for Iran's opposition "green movement."
  • Green Light (Iran - Rafsanjani's daughter gives interview

    09/10/2010 4:15:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Sept. 8, 2010 | Omid Memarian
    Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, daughter of Iran's powerful Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a prominent advocate of the Green Movement, speaks to Foreign Policy about the future of Iran's opposition and her (low) opinion of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, 48, was one of Iran's leading members of parliament from 1992 to 1996 and the founder and editor of Zan, Iran's first-ever daily women's newspaper. She is also the daughter of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the country's most influential men and strongest opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. During the widespread protests that followed Iran's contested presidential election last...
  • Crowds attack home of Iranian opposition leader

    09/03/2010 6:57:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | Nasser Karimi
    TEHRAN, Iran – Pro-government militiamen attacked the home of an Iranian opposition leader with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards unconscious, an opposition website reported, in an apparent attempt to keep him from attending a key rally on Friday. Mahdi Karroubi's guards had to fire gunshots in the air to clear crowds that broke down the door of his home on Thursday night after days of gatherings outside, said the Sahamnews website, which supports Iran's pro-reform movement. The report said the attackers were members of the plainclothes Basij militia, which led the crackdown on protests that swept the...
  • Iran security forces in evidence ahead of pro-Palestinian rallies

    09/03/2010 4:44:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 2, 2010
    Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — Iranian security forces patrolled central Tehran on Thursday and the home of a reformist leader reportedly remained under siege by pro-government militiamen in what appeared to be attempts to intimidate the political opposition ahead of rallies planned for Friday. Riot police lined the streets near Enghelab Square and around Tehran University in the morning hours ahead of Friday's gatherings to mark Quds Day, an annual event in support of the Palestinian struggle against Israel that the government fears will draw opposition supporters to the streets. State-run media have called on government supporters to turn...
  • Pink Floyd anthem retooled as Iranian rallying cry (Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone)

    08/04/2010 12:20:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1+ views
    A new take on the old Pink Floyd anti-authoritarian anthem "Another Brick in the Wall" blends the power of social media with political activism to raise awareness about human rights in Iran. A pair of Iranian exile brothers have produced a distinctly contemporary remake of the 1979 Pink Floyd anti-authoritarian anthem “Another Brick in the Wall.” With the official blessing of Pink Floyd, the Canadian-based band “Blurred Vision” have released the updated version of the track that is rapidly becoming a social media phenomenon. “Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone” intersperses news footage from the June 2009 “Green Revolution” with the...
  • Rahnavard says Iran establishment is threatened by women

    07/28/2010 4:57:10 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi said in a meeting with Karaj political activists that a faction of the Iranian establishment considers women as a “new threat.” Kaleme website reports that Rahnavard claimed Iranian women were harassed “on the streets, in prisons and the media.” In the course of the controversial presidential election of 2009, the video clip of the Iranian woman, Neda AghaSoltan shot to death during the Tehran street protests was posted on You Tube arousing international outrage. Women’s presence in the election protests was highly pronounced and many of them were arrested and killed in...
  • 'Convincing' Revolutionary Guards Who Support Green Movement 'Better Than Eliminating Them'

    07/27/2010 4:21:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | July 26, 2010 | Golnaz Esfandiari
    The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has officially acknowledged that some members have been supportive of the country's opposition movement. General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that it is better "to convince" guards who support the opposition than to get rid of them. "Many of the ambiguities have been resolved and they have been convinced that the move was wrong," Jafari was quoted by Fars as saying, according to Radio Farda. "This is better than to physically deal with them and eliminate them." Jafari's comments mark the first time an Iranian official has acknowledged publicly that some members of...
  • Iranian Opposition Reeling under Pressure of Crackdown

    06/21/2010 1:18:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 21, 2010
    One year ago Sunday, a single, violent death captivated the world. 27-year-old Neda Agha Soltan was shot during an anti-government protest in Tehran on June 20, 2009 – her death caught on camera and broadcast around the world on YouTube. Neda quickly become a symbol of the protest movement in Iran. But one year later, the movement is suffering under the weight of a brutal crackdown. We recently returned from a rare visit inside Iran -- the first by American television reporters since the protests. Though the government banned us from any contact with opposition leaders, we met them in...
  • Iran can't hide its shame

    06/14/2010 8:52:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 267+ views
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using the Gaza flotilla episode to distract attention from the anniversary of his rigged reelection -- and from a fourth round of U.N. sanctions passed Wednesday to rein in Tehran's nuclear program. But the Iranian leader's denunciations of the deaths in the botched Israeli raid can't erase images of scores of dead Iranian civilians mowed down as they peacefully protested election fraud after the June 12, 2009, ballot. Those images have been preserved for posterity on YouTube. None is more iconic than that of Neda Agha-Soltan, the beautiful young music student whose death from a...
  • Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada

    06/14/2010 5:24:00 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 397+ views
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement marking the anniversary of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, which precipitated a serious deterioration in the country’s human rights situation: “One year ago, in the wake of Iran’s presidential elections, the world bore witness to the Iranian regime’s violent repression of its citizens, who were exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly in protest against the conduct of those elections. “Iran has made absolutely no progress in the last year toward addressing the legitimate aspirations of its people. In fact, its regime has been even more repressive. Iran’s continued, blatant...