Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Questions for Ahmadinejad (That Mike Wallace didn't ask)

  • The Wall Street Journal (via Iran va Jahan)--The time of the bomb is in the past. Today is the era of thoughts, dialogue and cultural exchanges. -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on "60 Minutes" with Mike Wallace, Aug. 13, 2006 Q: A follow-up to that, Mr. President: Are you aware of a man named Mansour Ossanloo? He is the leader of the independent trade union representing the workers of the Vahed Bus Company in Tehran. A year ago, your security forces raided one of their meetings and cut out a piece of Mr. Ossanloo's tongue. Now he speaks with a lisp. Is this how "dialogue" is conducted in the Islamic Republic of Iran?

  • The Wall Street Journal (Via Iran va Jahan)--The grand inquisitor confronts...Mr. Rogers? : An old line that used to make the rounds at CBS News held that the last thing the CEO of a major corporation wanted to hear was "Mike Wallace on line one." Anyone who has ever seen my former colleague in action gets the joke immediately...To his credit, Mike never let up. But in the end all a reporter can do is ask the tough question and let the subject answer. If he doesn't, you can try again. But at some point, you have to move on. And that is precisely what Mike and "60 Minutes" should have done

  • Reuters--Iranian missiles ready to hit Tel Aviv says cleric: Iran will hit Tel Aviv with its medium-range missiles if attacked, said an influential senior cleric on Tuesday. "If they (U.S. and Israel) militarily attack Iran ... They should be afraid of the day when our missiles with 2,000 km range will hit Tel Aviv," Ahmad Khatami told state television. Khatami sits on the Assembly of Experts, the body of 86 clerics that constitutionally supervises the country's most powerful man, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  • The New York Times--Police in Tehran Remove Satellite Dishes:The police raided rooftops in a residential neighborhood of downtown Tehran and removed more than 100 satellite dishes from apartment buildings. The newspaper Kargozaran reported that a crackdown against satellite television had already begun in at least three other provinces, Gilan, Isfahan and Kurdistan. Satellite dishes — widely used to watch opposition Persian-language programs beamed mostly from the United States — are prohibited by law, but previous governments rarely enforced it, acknowledging that the dishes would sprout back every time the authorities tried to round them up.