Super Madrassas universities.
Student leaders say the developments amount to a takeover of the universities by Mr Ahmadinejad's ultra-conservative forces. The campuses were hotbeds of pro-democratic protest during the presidency of the former, reformist leader, Mohammad Khatami. "They want to gain hegemonic control over the universities, which have always been important in influencing the social and political atmosphere and which normally support pro-democracy rather than authoritarian forces," said Abdollah Momeni, an activist appealing against a five-year sentence imposed for leading a student protest.
Hmmm. Student protests? A glimmer of hope. You have to admire activists in countries like
And if you blog, be glad you’re not blogging from Tehran.
Dozens of Iranian bloggers have faced harassment by the government, been arrested for voicing opposing views, and fled the country in fear of prosecution over the past two years.
In the conservative Islamic Republic, where the government has vast control over newspapers and the airwaves, weblogs are one of the last bastions of free expression, where people can speak openly about everything from sex to the nuclear controversy.
And this really pisses me off…because Americans are involved in the suppression of free speech.
To bolster its campaign, the Iranian government has one of the most extensive and sophisticated operations to censor and filter Internet content of any country in the world — second only to
It also is one of a growing number of
The filtering process is backed by laws that force individuals who subscribe to Internet service providers to sign a promise not to access non-Islamic sites. The same laws also force the providers to install filtering mechanisms.
And finally (on
The council has struggled for three weeks to come up with a written rebuke that would urge
Three weeks. Just to write a watered-down statement that essentially tells the mullahs to “go sit in the corner and think about what you’re doing. And when you decide to be good boys, you can come back out.” Yeah. That’ll work. (/sarcasm) I can hear the mullahs laughing from here.
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He's a guitar-playing, bowling-obsessed Harley rider who once dated Bo Derek. Who might that be? Why, Dubya’s new chief of staff, that’s who! “New blood,” indeed. And he ain’t from
The birds are back. I was awakened this morning by a chorus of birdsong. Made me smile, it did. Trees are a rarity here on the High Plains. If you see trees in the distance while you’re driving down our Lonesome Highways, you know there’s a homestead there…or the outskirts of a town. The trailer park I live in has a great number of large, established trees and as such is something of a local bird sanctuary; my RV sits right under a very large tree that’s home to probably 20 or more birds. Those first bird songs of Spring are truly welcome. But ask me about the birds next month and you’ll likely get a very different story. Why? Shit happens. All over my RV and car.