Here is something I noticed.
Huffingpost carries the following story: “Iran Protests: Hundreds Of Thousands March, Tear Gas Fired”
Click the story. Read the first paragraph, “Clashes between Iranian police and hundreds of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt’s recent popular uprising.”
Notice the hyperlink for “hundreds of thousands”? This means it is sourced from another article. Go on, read the article.
Now try to tell me where in the article it says “hundreds of thousands”. I only see “tens of thousands”. Added one tiny zero in the process of linking from a source.
Makes you wonder if the second article sourced ITS source, would it say “thousands”? And so on?
A document detailing the propaganda attacks on Iran from an internal document.
TCN Concept Paper 3-5-11CONCEPT NOTE TAASH COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK [TCN]: VIRTUAL SANCTUARY FOR IRANIAN CIVIL SOCIETY
For Internal Use Only: Not for Distribution
BACKGROUND/JUSTIFICATION: Among the lessons learned from the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia is the value and affect of unencumbered access to information and communications technology (ISCT), including but not limited to independent information and social networking across multiple platforms, such as mobile, internet, web-based, and satellite broadcast. The current ICT available in and outside Iran remain largely silod platforms (i.e. lacking technology that facilitates convergence of information and interactivity). In general, the younger generation that support reform and actively oppose the regime from within have not been able to effectively access newer technologies or have been dissuaded from participating in communications programs operated by less legitimate traditional opposition parties from outside. Most these platforms are either state sponsored, like VOA and BBC, or are exile opposition websites and channels out of Los Angeles with a political agenda and low tolerance for alternative viewpoints. Most have failed to stay up to date with the language, trends, mentality, culture, and sociopolitical situation of the today Iran. The partisan nature of the older generation opposition groups further limit their ability to reach the younger demographic. The traditional opposition groups based outside Iran do not maintain the legitimacy, technical capability, or political synergies to collaborate with the new generation of civil society organizations in Iran. Moreover, none of the existing available communication platforms effectively leverage digital content and networking by combining interactive mobile, internet, web, and satellite based secure communications vehicles.
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BibiJon’s Iran’s Image is a great site that has lots of information dismantling popular misconception about Iran, for example:
Who would have guessed that:
- Women constitute well over half of university students in Iran? (BBC)
- Iran’s scientific growth is ranked as the fastest of any country? (NewScientist)
- Iran’s 25,000 Jews, the largest community in the Middle East outside Israel, face no restriction on their religious practice? (Haaretz)
- 9 out of 10 Iranians say that men and women should have equal legal rights? (Gallup)
- Iranians held spontaneous candlelight vigils in sympathy with Americans after 9/11? (NY Times)
- Iran spends 110 times less than the U.S. on its military, and has not invaded another country for over 250 years? (Newsweek)
- Analysis of multiple polls finds little evidence Iranian public sees government as illegitimate? (WorldPublicOpinion)
A report by Science-Matrix covers the last 30 years of global scientific growth and shows Iran’s scientific achievments. Report highlights:
“Notably, most of the growth is in two countries : growth rates (Growth Index, or GI in the figure) in Iran and Turkey increased 11 and 5.5 times faster, respectively, than output at the world level from 1980–1994 to 1995–2009.” “The response of Iran is radically different—after the Iraq–Iran war, the Islamic Republic experienced rapid growth in scientific production. In fact, Iran has demonstrated the fastest rate of growth of any country, including Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries).”
“When examining the growth of research that has been conducted since 1990 at the Iran and world levels in inorganic and nuclear chemistry, nuclear and particle physics, and nuclear technology (engineering), the image becomes even clearer. Whereas output in these fields has increased by only 34% at the world level between 1990 and 2009, Iran’s scientific output has increased 84 times“
“It is important to note, however, that significant growth has also been seen in public health research (Table I), and a range of fields including obstetrics & gynaecology, immunology, psychology, fertility, information & library science, optics, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, dairy & animal science, marine biology & hydrobiology and biology generally,
haematology, otorhinolaryngology, and environmental sciences have also experienced growth (data not shown). The subfield of science studies is the only area where growth has been slower in Iran than at the world level. Hence, although the growth of science in Iran may be a cause for concern for the world, it has some positive signs for the Iranian population. In particular, Iranians’ quality of life may increase, if the knowledge that is being produced can be harnessed in astute and constructive ways.”
Tehran, Economic Power
While doing business in Iran is globally ranked high, it is important to note that it has been doing significient positive changes to its procedures. One can only imagine the huge positive change Iran could do if foreign powers would improve their relationships with it.
The Doing Business in Iran article will have full details. For example, starting a business in Iran took 28 days in 2008, but was reduced to a mere 9 days in 2009. Global ranking went from 73 in 2008 to 48 in 2009!
Iran had four positive reforms, “In the Islamic Republic of Iran the process for dealing with construction permits was quickened with the introduction of e-service offices in Tehran, streamlining the process for obtaining location approvals, construction permits, and building completion certificates. In addition, the time needed to obtain water and electricity connections fell substantially. The tax burden on businesses was eased by converting the sales tax into a value added tax. Business start-up was simplified with the adoption of an electronic registration system. Trade times were shortened by the installation of scanners at the port of Shahid Rajaee and the reorganization of customs clearance offices to separate inspections of special goods (chemicals, petroleum) from those of general goods.”
Iranian Greens Riot
Found this article to be interesting and republishing it here for your interest.
Iran’s Greens deserted
By Ismael Hossein-zadeh
One year after his feverishly contested re-election, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad seems be to standing on firmer political ground than any other time during his time in office . Having withstood relentless destabilization plots, from within and outside Iran, his government is now more confident at home and more respected abroad.
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Ayatollah Khomeini - Time Person of the Year
In all of Time’s Person of the Year entries, there has been two Iranian entries. The first was Mohammed Mossadegh while the other has been Ayatollah Khomeini and it should be no surprise, that both have been negative. These two individuals have been one of the most loved figures in contemporary Iranian history, yet both have been instantly attacked by Time.
Some choice quotes from the article,
“The dour old man of 79 shuffles in his heel-less slippers to the rooftop and waves apathetically to crowds that surround his modest home in the holy city of Qum. The hooded eyes that glare out so balefully from beneath his black turban are often turned upward, as if seeking inspiration from on high—which, as a religious mystic, he indeed is.” - The article starts by giving a negative physical image of Ayatollah Khomeini, combined with the dark image of the cover, making easier for the readers to dislike him.
“As the leader of Iran’s revolution he gave the 20th century world a frightening lesson in the shattering power of irrationality, of the ease with which terrorism can be adopted as government policy.” – The terrorism word!
“ The Ayatullah even insisted, in an extraordinary interview with TIME, that if Americans wish to have good relations with Iran they must vote Jimmy Carter out of office and elect instead a President that Khomeini would find “suitable.”" – When I read this, I quickly went to read the Time’s interview. You’ll be amused to know that no such statement from the Ayatollah exists in the interview. The most he said was that the US should vote Carter out of office, but nothing was said that it should be replaced by someone he finds suitable. Given that suitable was in quotes, I expected there to be something like that, but no such thing exists in the interview.
“The revolution that he led to triumph threatens to upset the world balance of power more than any political event since Hitler’s conquest of Europe.” – And now Hitler connections!
The article soon goes into describing the danger Khomeini represents to encouraging terrorism around the world, the negative effect it will have on oil and therefore western economies and people’s lives, and allowing the USSR to become more powerful in the middle east. In a sense, Ayatollah Khomeini is someone the Times reader should learn to fear and dislike.
The full article is copied below.
Continue reading Ayatollah Khomeini – Time Person of the Year – 1980
Iranians Under US Threat
This article is lifted from this link (credit to author, Simon Andrew) and it explains the propaganda war against Iran during the Hostage crisis:
The Iranian Hostage Crisis: A War of Words, not Worlds
U.S. media presented the Iranian hostage crisis as a decisive attack against America and therefore the American people. Initially, the media discussed only factual information on the crisis and referred to the players according to their occupation; however, every hostage soon appeared as a victim whose life hung in the balance of terrorists, led by a religious fanatic. No longer were the hostage takers viewed as students under the orders of a religious leader. The purpose behind the embassy takeover and atrocities committed under the U.S.-installed shah regime were never mentioned, at least in the U.S. media intended for the public eye. The absence of the other side’s perspective led to the formation of a unilateral opinion regarding the Iranian hostage crisis, the hostage takers, and the hostages; surely, it was a battle between good and evil forces. President Carter’s administration preached passivity; other politicians, such as former Texas Governor John Connally, devised daring rescue plans in an effort to gain political clout in a fragile America. No matter the course of action advised the victimized hostages had been the main concern and the loss of one life as a motive for war between the U.S. and Iran. Both countries publicly presented their own agendas with conflicting outcomes and neither country was willing to negotiate, a sign of weakness. The outcome of the crisis was the last 52 hostages being freely returned to the United States 444 days later, leading to an unforeseen turn in events. Many of the hostages, who had been depicted as abused and tortured, told stories of sympathy and remorse. Some questioned why America saw the hostage takers as terrorists and not students, while others questioned why America built the hostage crisis into such a spectacle. The hostages’ accounts of American imperialism and Iranian hardship did not make the ten o’clock news; their stories may have led to a more balanced take on the hostage crisis. I intend not to say which view, the hostages or the medias, was correct or wrong, but to present both sides of the Iranian hostage crisis dialogue and analyze the vivid contrasts between the two; I also intend to analyze the internal divisions within the hostage accounts. In a time of great danger, U.S. politics and media worked as one entity and presented an argument drastically different from that of many hostages.
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Fake Iranian Analyst Meir Javedanfar
Bio: “Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian born Middle East Analyst, who lived in Iran until eight years after the Islamic revolution. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and two Masters Degrees from three universities in England, one of which was in the field of International Relations and Strategic Studies.
Currently, Mr. Javedanfar is the Director of the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company, which specializes in the analysis of 16 countries in the region. He specializes in Iranian affairs, in areas such as intelligence matters, defense, economy and domestic politics.”
The above bio and most other little bios on Mr Javedanfar seems to forgot to mention that Javendanfar is now a Jewish Israeli living in Tel Aviv.
Articles on Guardian’s Comment is free:
This is Meir’s first article in Guardian’s Comment is free.
07/04/09 – Obama factor reaches Iran: Meir’s first article in the Guardian’s CiF is before the elections. After paragraphs of attacks on Ahmedinijad, he ends it with,
“Realising that the re-election of Ahmadinejad may be interpreted as a rebuff in Washington, it is very possible that Khamenei may decide that Ahmadinejad’s removal may serve his interests far more than keeping him as president.”
The conclusion has several problems. It seems to indicate that the election of a Iranian President is directly linked to the presidency in America, a grave insult to the Iranian people. Furthur than that, it seems to claim that Khamenei is directly responsible for who becomes president. While both of those are wrong, what’s proves Meir even furthur incorrect is that Ahmedinijad won the presidency for the second term. By being victorious in the elections, Ahmedinijad proved Meir’s last line in the article to be completely wrong, “Despite that, the day after Iran’s presidential elections, he may find himself the most prominent victim of the “Obama factor“.”
Continue reading Always Wrong – Fake “Iranian Analysts” – Profile of Meir Javedanfar
Mohammed Mossadegh - Time Person of the Year
The West’s media attack on Iran did not start with Ahmedinijad. This has been a constant media assault for decades now.
Read the Time article from 1953 to see what I mean. Below are such excerpts, but I will also repost the full article at the end of the excerpts. I will put some of my comments first in the excerpts I took out,
“Behind his grotesque antics…” – Notice the word “grotesque”
“His weapon was the threat of his own political suicide, as a willful little boy might say, “If you don’t give me what I want I’ll hold my breath until I’m blue in the face. Then you’ll be sorry.”” – Comparing him to a child to show that he is unreasonable, similiar to the attacks leveled at Iranian leaders today.
“In this way, too, he increased the danger of a general war among nations, impoverished his country and brought it and some neighboring lands to the very brink of disaster.” – Selling it now as a leader that is not only harmful and dangerous to other countries but ALSO to his own people.
“…oiled the wheels of chaos.” – Again, look at the terminology
“His acid tears dissolved one of the remaining pillars of a once great empire. In his plaintive, singsong voice he gabbled a defiant challenge that sprang out of a hatred and envy almost incomprehensible to the West.” – Acid tears? Gabbled? Sprang out a hatred and envy?
“whose fanatical state of mind he had helped to create.” - Using the word “fanatic” also used today
“They would rather see their own nations fall apart than continue their present relations with the West.” – Another similiar argument, that Iranian leaders hate the west so much that they are ready to risk everything
“…weeping, fainting leader…” – Character assasination
“Mossadegh, by Western standards an appalling caricature of a statesman,” – Again
“…probably born in 1879 (he fibs about his age)” – Almost childish attacks…
“In a few weeks a wave of anti-foreign feeling, assisted by organized terrorism, swept him into the premiership” – Notice the word terrorism
“…whose mind runs in a deep single track, was committed to nationalization” – Attacks sound familiar to today’s attacks
“The suicidal quality of this fanaticism…” – Notice, “suicidal”, “fanaticism”
“…terrorist organization…” – And “terrorist”, decades before 9/11, still a good way to mold public’s perception
“Neither Makki, Kashani nor Mossadegh has ever shown any interest in rational plans for the economic reform and development of their country.” – The attacks against the leaders of Iran are usually in this approach, that Iranian leaders are harmful for the Iranians
“The fact that Iranians accept Mossadegh’s suicidal policy is a measure of the hatred of the West…” – Again, suicidal…
“One of them is to meet the fundamental moral challenge posed by the strange old wizard who lives in a mountainous land and who is, sad to relate, the Man of 1951.” – “strange old wizard”??
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