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The Daily Show in Iran: Part 3

Jon Stewart’s Daily show in Iran: Jason Jones reporting on the Knowledge of Iranian’s about the US:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Jason Jones: Behind the Veil – Ayatollah You So
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And part 2 of his report (interviews Ebrahim Yazdi, And Abtahi – great interview):

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Jason Jones: Behind the Veil – Persians of Interest
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More good news from Seymour Hersh

First watch this video:

Here is the New Yorker article “Preparing the Battlefield” mentioned.  Here is a brief excerpt:

ate last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year….

Furthermore, here is an interesting interview by teh New Yorker with Seymour Hersh:

There are several things which are interesting (which for example we see in the video), for example the fact that the Democrats are looking on purpose the other way, and accepting the money going to this operation.  Goes to show you how complicit the Democrats are with the war mongering republicans, possibly far worse, since they say one thing and give hope to people and then do the opposite.

on a possibly related news, or at least interesting at the same time as all this, is the Mujadeddin Khalgh demonstrations across Europe (who are proponenets of armed opposition to the current iranian regime), having already been removed from the “terrorist blacklist” by the UK, and well underway in other european countries such as france.

I know i’d said i didnt want to write any more politics, but with SO MUCH good news coming out all at once what can i do?

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This is a speech from Ron Paul at the house of representatives in the US, regarding the continual rise of energy cost, and tying it eventually to the situation, the continuous threats by the US and Israel against Iran.  He finally also mentions a bill about ot be passed, which would install sanctions/embargo not unlike what was put against Iraq in the 10 years preceing the illegal invasion in 2003.

While we are spreading this good news, there is this other bill.…now i’m not sure if it is the same bill or another, but here is a taste of what is being proposed:

A US House of Representatives Resolution effectively requiring a naval blockade on Iran seems fast tracked for passage, gaining co-sponsors at a remarkable speed, but experts say the measures called for in the resolutions amount to an act of war [italics added].

H.CON.RES 362 calls on the president to stop all shipments of refined petroleum products from reaching Iran. It also “demands” that the President impose “stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or departing Iran.”

Analysts say that this would require a US naval blockade in the Strait of Hormuz.

Since its introduction three weeks ago, the resolution has attracted 146 cosponsors. Forty-three members added their names to the bill in the past two days.

In the Senate, a sister resolution S.RES 580 has gained co-sponsors with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. In little more than a week’s time, it has accrued 19 co-sponsors.

It might be the same bill, i’m not sure.  Where is the media coverage of somethign like this? not just in the US, i dont think ANYONE is expecting fair or real media coverage of this in the US. But elsewhere? in Europe? France?

What is also worrisome, is how the democrats are lined up behind this as readily as republicans.  But then again, are we really surprised? Does anyone thing any real change will come, even with a Barak Obama? Not really, at least not me.  did you hear his speech to AIPAC? This new bill has been endorsed by the AIPAC, and all of htis happening a couple of weeks after the AIPAC summit on june 2-4.

We/I can only hope that this nearly inevitable march to war will – somehow – be stopped in its tracks before another step is taken towards this unnecessary and criminal war.

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The Fabulous George Carlin Archive

I’d written this post a few weeks ago, but it seems much more fitting today.

George Carlin, that fabulous, genius of a stand up comic, (and Mr. Conductor on Shining times station!) died today, at 71.  It’s funny, every so often, you think to yourselves, there are certain people that you hope wouldn’t ever die.  Just becasue of how creative, and original they are, because of how much they contribue.  The two people in the entertainment business i always had this pre-emptive Lament for, have been George Carlin and Woody Allen. 

But what is wonderful is that while he may be physically gone, the body of work that is his legacy is preserved, and he stays with us in our thoughts.  So let us enjoy it, thinking about him.

So here is an archive of George Carlin videos available for free on the web:

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Ask an Iraqi

UPDATE: The original video was blocked, so i’ve found another copy of it now on Youtube.

I came across this clip by accident. It is a segment from Ira Glass’s “this american life”. I did not know of this show, but it has begun running recently on Showtime i believe, and was originally an award-winnign radio show in the US on public radio.

This particular segment, which i found beautiful and powerful, is about an Iraqi who goes around the US, with a small wooden booth titled “talk to an iraqi”, and he just sits there and lets people come and ask to him.

What you see, is fascinating on a human level, on a psychological level, and helps explain a lot. For me it recofirmed the power of words. How many of the orindary americans (as well many ordinary people of ANY country) are able to regurgitate slogans that are fed to them, over and over by their governemnt, without the least bit of reflexion on their meaning.

i just found it so well down, because it was not emotional, not manipulative, simple and moving. Enjoy (and spread it if you like it):

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This is a very interesting discussion between two rather well-known and well-mediatized scientist: famous anti-god and anti-religion flagbearer Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss one of the many pretenders to the throne of former physics/astrophysics for the layperson champion Carl Sagan. It is a very interesting discussion, about the agelong conflict between science and religion, why do we need one or the other, and other such matters.

It is a series of 12 videos (they load automatically), with the final three being a Q&A session with the audience. Enjoy:

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… filipino “slaves”?

04:49 – July 26, 2007

[tags]embassy, baghdad, US, 592 million dollars, philippines, filipino[/tags]

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02:30 – January 28, 2007

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Henry Rollins on his visit to Iran

CBC’s “The Hour with george strombolopolous” is one of the more interesting shows on the great canadian channel. They always have great guests, and he is not afraid to ask good and interesting questions.

Here is a show where he interview the always-interesting Henry Rollins. He recounts in the first part of the interview a trip he made to iran several months ago. Enjoy:

04:38 – February 09, 2007

If you are interested here is the Second Part of the Interview.[tags]the hour, cbc, henry rollins, iran, US, interview[/tags]

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Found this video by accident of a debate on FOX, between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani.  Just listen to the reaction OF THE MODERATOR! when Paul suggest that the 9/11 attacks could have been provoked by american foreign policy. 

10:06 – May 22, 2007

Lest someone actually point out what is the cause of this terrorism:

03:27 – February 07, 2007

[tags]FOX, ron paul, giuliani, debate, david cross, 9/11[/tags]

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