Tomorrow I will be leaving for a two-weeks long trip. I will have my laptop with me and I will try to keep working on this blog, but I will probably have little time for that. I apologize in advance if I do not promptly respond to your comments and emails or if I fail to cover an important topic.
I have a suggestion though: you all can keep posting and talking with each other in the comments section below this post. Please feel free to post on any and all topics of interest to you. I might even try to find the time to participate in any discussion.
The big story in June was, of course, the attempt to steal the election in Iran. By that I, of course, mean the attempt by Rasfanjani to use the election to overthrow the Islamic Republic. It appears that they failed to achieve that either “by the ballot” or “by the bullet” and that their coup is now gradually fizzling out (Mousavi’s call for a general strike was totally ignored and, subsequently, rescinded).
Still, my contacts tell me that the situation is tense and that violence might resume. Please keep us all informed about developments in Iran by posting any information you might have in the comments section.
I should be back on the 20th of July.
Here’s a very interesting new essay on the topic:
Western Exceptionalism and the Iran Election Fraud Stunt
Iran and the West: Hardened fronts the not unexpected result of the western “stunt”
Safe trip there and back, Saker.
Sadly, b over at Moon of Alabama is calling it quits from blogging. I really hope he appears as a poster from time to time on other blogs.
Hopefully there will be good news to discuss when you return.
I just read Atheo’s blog entry, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the implication that U.S. and or Israeli disinformation groups had a major hand in what happened. On the other hand, I simply don’t know (as usual).
I sent the following link to the Saker http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/21820, and I am now sharing it with you.
Sometimes it requires courage to admit that we may not actually know, that we are confused. But confusion is kind of built into the human condition. Remember what Socrates said (according to Plato at least) when asked to summarize the essence of his teaching. His answer was “I don’t know.” But then he added, “Unlike the other philosophers, I know that I don’t know.”
This comment has been removed by the author.
@atheo: this piece by Notsilvia Night is absolutely on target. I wish people took the time to read it and *think* before buying into the “killers of Neda” kind of simplistic reactions.
@Roger: What can I say? Do I really need to decontruct every “argument” in this piece? I already did something similar with Juan Cole’s nonsense (http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2009/06/decontructing-juan-coles-evidence.html) and I simply do not have the time to repeat the exercise with each article which comes out and tries to convince the world that this color-coded “revolution” is unlike all others and that Uncle Shmuel had not hand in it.
Please read my two part reply to anticapitalista in the comments section of this piece: http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2009/07/plunge-into-depths-until-you-reach.html
Have a nice holiday, so.
John Bolton is at it again: help Iranians, bomb them!
In an interview with the Italian newspaper “Repubblica”, Roberto Micheletti says that two countries have recognised his government: Taiwan and Israel. (Here’s the interview in Italian.
Looking at spanish language media yesterday. It seems that ever the Taiwan & Isr stuff were crapola. I-ll try to put link (it’s spanish) later.
The recognitiosn is effectively crapola, and it´s in english
Sorry the cavemen linking, but I haven´t lotta time
Russia flits from Tehran to Washington
By Dmitry Shlapentokh
”I don’t have an official declaration, but that is the rumor I’ve heard,” Micheletti responded.
That tells a lot. Thanks for the link Anon.
I’ve just re-read the Italian interview, and Micheletti says the same thing (“they told me, I’ve heard rumors about”, etc). Actually he acts dumb about the whole coup thing, like he was just accidentally involved in it. He also denies the establishment of the state of emergency.
Don’t know how much reliable is since it comes from “The Times”:
“The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.
Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.
The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.
“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.
Is not fascism when we do it.
And now the funny quote of the day: The US “cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do,” Biden said, the Associated Press reported.
Made two videos you might like?
Asking Gilad Atzmon about AIPAC & Obama
Is the Gay agenda a zionist NeoCon one?
Gay pride being used to promote Israel abroad
Jun. 7, 2009
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait deny they would leave Israel use their airspace against Iran.
Report: Netanyahu fears US won’t okay Iran strike. Poor boy.
This is very interesting: Wary of naked force, Israelis eye cyberwar on Iran.
This is a very sensible analysis by Terry Arnold on Iran and U.S. policy on Iran, yet interestingly it hasn’t been picked up and published by those on the left. I suppose they don’t like to hear the truth when it comes to countering their own preconceived biases:
US Electoral Meddling
Soft Coups & Regime Changes
By Terrell E. Arnold
Interesting analysis from NarcoNews, in which they argue about Honduras’ junta will to turn the country in a Narco-State, that would explain their intransigence despite world isolation.
Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran
酒店經紀人, 菲梵酒店經紀, 酒店經紀, 禮服酒店經紀, 酒店兼職經紀, 便服酒店經紀, 酒店打工經紀, 制服酒店經紀, 專業酒店經紀, 合法酒店經紀, 酒店暑假打工, 酒店寒假打工, 酒店經紀人, 菲梵酒店經紀, 酒店經紀, 禮服酒店經紀, 酒店兼職經紀, 便服酒店經紀, 酒店打工經紀, 制服酒店經紀, 專業酒店經紀, 合法酒店經紀, 酒店暑假打工, 酒店寒假打工, 酒店經紀人, 菲梵酒店經紀, 酒店經紀, 禮服酒店經紀, 酒店兼職經紀, 便服酒店經紀, 酒店打工經紀, 制服酒店經紀, 專業酒店經紀, 合法酒店經紀, 酒店暑假打工, 酒店寒假打工, 酒店經紀人, 菲梵酒店經紀, 酒店經紀, 禮服酒店經紀, 酒店兼職經紀, 便服酒店經紀, 酒店打工經紀,