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AHMAD BATEBI tells his storey of escape from Iran.
His escape has prompted a paroxysm of denunciation in Iran’s controlled news media, which have accused him of defrauding creditors and suggested that he has long been in league with the United States and Israel, claims that human rights groups dismiss as crude propaganda.
From his Yahoo blog, Mr. Batebi has replied, posting the taunt, “Your hands will never reach me” and the instruction “Click here.” The photograph that pops up shows the dissident, an Iranian Johnny Depp with a ponytail and a satisfied expression, posing in front of the United States Capitol.
What do we fear: Iran or Iranians?
ON The Message Boards: Anoraks’s looks at readers response to the current news stories…
Can shock tactics reduce knife crime?
Young people who carry knives will be made to visit hospitals where stabbing victims are treated, to try to shock them into changing their behaviour, the home secretary has announced. Will this help to reduce knife crime? – BBC Have Your Say
– Joshua, Coulsdon
– Charles, Tunbridge Wells
More wisdom from the message boards when we or you find it…
AFTER this, get behind these:
THREE of a kind: China, Russia & Zimbabwe:
China and Russia today blocked a US draft resolution in the UN Security Council that would have slapped sanctions on Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe over his disputed re-election. The Chinese and Russian envoys joined their colleagues from South Africa, Libya and Vietnam…
Good old China and Russia:
China and Russia have said negotiations are the only way of easing tension over Iran’s nuclear programme, following Tehran’s offer of talks on the issue.
China and Russia reacted angrily Thursday to the U.S.-British attack on Iraq , calling it a violation of the U.N. charter
Robert Mugabe. Saddam Hussein. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. China and Russia support your democracy…
HWO China manipulates the web:
The Chinese government hires a small army of freelance censors to manipulate opinion in chatrooms, blogs and now even Twitter, Oiwan Lam, a prominent Chinese-language blogger currently writing for Global Voices and Inmediahk, says in this video.
IRAN mail shots the world with images of missiles.
HARRYS’ PLACE is being sued. Anorak understands. We’ve been sued in relation to the Bob Woolmer case, by a Wag, threatened over the McCanns (not by them) and shouted at by lots of others’ lawyers. But – get this – when we told them to stuff it, we never heard any more.
Mr Sawalha claims that we have “chosen a malevolent interpretation of a meaningless word”. In fact, we did no more than translate a phrase which appeared in an Al Jazeera report of Mr Sawalha’s speech. When Al Jazeera changed that phrase from “Evil Jew” to “Jewish Lobby”, we reported that fact, along with the statement that it had been a typographical error.
Mr Sawalha says that the attribution of the phrase “Evil Jew” to him implies that he is “anti-semitic and hateful”. Notably, he does not take issue with our reporting of the revelation, made in a Panorama documentary in 2006, that he is a senior activist in the clerical fascist terrorist organisation, Hamas. The BBC report disclosed that Mr Sawalha “master minded much of Hamas’ political and military strategy” and in London “is alleged to have directed funds, both for Hamas’ armed wing, and for spreading its missionary dawah”.
They are backing Harry – us too:
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She Who Will Be Obeyed!
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A TEST to see how German you are…
I scored zero…
OMAR ever work for the tabloids?
Here’s an amazing case in point: Mohammed Omer, a Gaza-based “journalist.” (Read his bio here, and his personal website, and decide for yourself what his actual profession is.) Anyway, Omer is a hero/celebrity in certain enlightened political quarters, and so he traveled to Europe for three weeks to receive a journalism award and bask in the adulation of the righteous.
Before returning to relentless victimization in Gaza, he had to pass from Jordan to Israel, which required a trip through customs. It is here that Omer appears to have gone crazy. He says that:
the policeman ordered him to strip naked. Omer said in a 10-page statement that after he refused repeatedly, the officer unholstered his weapon, “pressing it to my head and with his full body weight pinning me on my side, he forcibly removed my underwear.”
Omer said he was later allowed to get dressed again, but then was insulted and ridiculed by Israel agents, to the point of tears. He said he eventually vomited and fainted.
He claims that when he came to, an Israeli scratched his face deeply under his eyes, then someone gouged his head, clawed at his eyes and tore his skin. An Israeli pressed his neck to the floor with a boot, he charges, saying he suffered beating, scratching and assaults before Israelis summoned an ambulance that took him to a hospital in Jericho.
What did the hospital in Jericho say? Omer “had no signs of physical injury.” And the Israelis say they have no idea what Omer is talking about. Dutch diplomats — oh, the kindhearted Dutch — whisked him away to Gaza, where Omer now protests his abuse from a hospital, which has magically discovered — wait for it — that he has broken ribs.
Someone should investigate the hospital…
As Old Mr Anorak says: “You can always trust a man who tucks his vest into his Y-fronts”:
Flint residents now have to watch their butts because Police Chief David Dicks is on the lookout.
Dicks, who took over the department last month on an interim basis, announced that his officers would start arresting people wearing saggy pants that expose skivvies, boxer shorts or bare bottoms.
American movies have forgotten how to portray heroism, while a large part of their disappearing audience still wants to see celluloid heroes. I mean real heroes, unqualified heroes, not those who have dominated American cinema over the past 30 years and who can be classified as one of three types: the whistle-blower hero, the victim hero, and the cartoon or superhero. The heroes of most of last year’s flopperoos belonged to one of the first two types, although, according to Scott, the only one that made any money, “The Kingdom,” starred “a team of superheroes” on the loose in Saudi Arabia. What kind of box office might have been done by a movie that offered up a real hero?
Any Saudi Arabian movie heroes?
CLIMATE Change Delusion – A round up:
Is ‘climate change delusion’ the next epidemic?
The backlash against evidence of climate change as fear-mongering is just “thoughtless commentary,” said Scienceblog’s Corpus Callosum blog. The physicians who wrote the case report were “[describing] manifestations of illness.” This case is about a sick teenager, not about the extensive debate on climate change.
Wisconsin law bans sex with dead bodies, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in reinstating charges against three men accused of digging up a corpse to have sex with it.
The court waded into the grisly case after lower court judges ruled nothing in state law banned necrophilia. Those decisions prompted public outrage in Wisconsin and on the Internet, where one blogger wrote: “Doing the dirty with the dead OK in Wisconsin.”
The ruling reinstates attempted sexual assault charges against twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 22. They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Armed with shovels, a crowbar and a box of condoms, the men went to a cemetery in Cassville in southwestern Wisconsin in 2006 to remove the body of a 20-year-old woman killed the week before in a motorcycle crash, police said.
After three weeks of clearing brush and poison ivy, scrounging up plywood and green paint, digging holes and pouring concrete, Vincent, Justin and about a dozen friends did manage to build it — a tree-shaded Wiffle ball version of Fenway Park complete with a 12-foot-tall green monster in center field, American flag by the left-field foul pole and colorful signs for Taco Bell Frutista Freezes.
But, alas, they had no idea just who would come — youthful Wiffle ball players, yes, but also angry neighbors and their lawyer, the police, the town nuisance officer and tree warden and other officials in all shapes and sizes. It turns out that one kid’s field of dreams is an adult’s dangerous nuisance, liability nightmare, inappropriate usurpation of green space, unpermitted special use or drag on property values, and their Wiffle-ball Fenway has become the talk of Greenwich and a suburban Rorschach test about youthful summers past and present.
IN Argentina researchers are investigating global warming by collecting gas from the stomachs of cattle.
The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country’s total greenhouse emissions…
Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day.
Methane, which is also released from landfills, coal mines and leaking gas pipes, is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
A teenager is suspected of delivering baskets of drug-laced treats to about a dozen police departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to police who charged him Tuesday with LSD possession. At least three officers have gotten sick.
It gets better:
The 18-year-old man was arrested after taking cookies to the Lake Worth police station, said Brett McGuire, the suburb’s police chief. Officers there had been tipped off that someone was falsely claiming to deliver treats on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
OSAMA Bin Laden – he’s dead right?
Marc Sageman and Bruce Hoffman in Foreign Affairs: Does Osama set the agenda?
TA-Nehisi Coates on black on white crime:
I was just reading this entry from Ezra Klien where he notes that fully half of his friends have been mugged. That is just a shocking number to me. I got to thinking back on my days in the District, and I couldn’t even think of more than three or four people who I knew that had been mugged. As I reflected more on it, I came to a very uncomfortable–if obvious conclusion–if you’re a mugger in D.C., a young, white, bookish blogger probably looks like the perfect mark.
ARIBERT ist frei:
Israel’s chief Nazi hunter has gone to Chile to step up the hunt for the most wanted Nazi fugitive, believed to be in the country or neighbouring Argentina.
Efraim Zuroff says new information strongly suggests Aribert Heim – known as Dr Death – is hiding in Patagonia, where his daughter lives.
Heim tortured and killed prisoners in Mauthausen concentration camp in WWII…
Heim kept meticulous notes of his activities at Mauthausen.
According to Holocaust survivors, he performed operations and amputations without anaesthetic to see how much pain his victims could endure.
Injecting victims straight into the heart with petrol, water or poison were said to have been his favoured method at Mauthausen…
He practised medicine in the German town of Baden-Baden until 1962, when he fled the country after being tipped off that the authorities were about to prosecute him.
Never too late…
James Plante Jr. was charged Monday after he tried to rob a Hammond bar using a cheese grater underneath his shirt and successfully robbing a nearby gas station a couple minutes later, Lake Criminal Court records allege…
A BOMB in Gaza:
Two Palestinian fighters were killed and two others were hurt on Tuesday in a blast that ripped through a Hamas training camp in the central Gaza Strip, Hamas and medical officials said.
Who did it happen? Call in the detectives:
According to Reuters, a Palestinian security source said the explosion appeared to have been an accident involving explosives rather than an Israeli attack. Hamas also stopped short of blaming Israel.
WE the UN and its esteemed leader Ban Ki-Moon condemn the following:
As he asks, is there a sliding scale of condemns in the UN, strongly speaking?
From 2009, cars will feature with the figure takes into account emissions from vehicle use and fuel production.
The score ranges form one to 10. The higher the score, the cleaner a car is. The score takes into account emissions related to production of fuel for each vehicle as well as the direct emissions from vehicles.
Californian cars already feature a smog score.
It’s all to the good, of course. Americans can show off how green they are by giving themselves a low score, a questionable system in a culture when bigger is better.
Who wants a car with a score of 1 when you can have a perfect 10?
Picture: China today
AS you were:
THERE’S new advice for older men who want to preserve their sexual function: have sex, and have it often, researchers say.
In a study that followed nearly 1000 older Finnish men for five years, researchers found that those who were regularly having sex at the start of the study were at lower risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) by the study’s end.
In fact, the more often the men had sex, the lower their ED risk.
Not only was it frightening but police say it was very strange. At the time of the break-in, police say Maurice was whistling and covered in barbecue sauce.
“They thought they heard something in the basement, so they listened for a little bit and they heard what sounded like somebody in the basement whistling,” Sergeant Pat DeWall of the Appleton Police Department said.