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Iranian Newspaper Blasts Ahmadinejad

Posted on Nov 21, 2007
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

In what may be a sign of turning tides within Iran, a powerful paper inTehran, The Islamic Republic, published an editorial Wednesday slamming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s treatment of his political opponents—an auspicious critique, considering the paper’s close ties with Ayatollah Khamenei.


It was referring to a recent speech by Mr Ahmadinejad when he described people opposed to his nuclear programme as traitors and accused some senior former nuclear negotiators of spying for foreigners.

The paper said Mr Ahmadinejad was using this tactic to discredit his political rivals prior to the parliamentary elections due early next year.

It called on Iran’s judiciary to perform its duty and punish people who make baseless allegations and cause public anxiety.

Such a direct personal attack against President Ahmadinejad is indeed rare in official media in Iran.

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By PatrickHenry, November 26, 2007 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

#115729 by Paolo

Amen Paolo.

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By 1drees, November 26, 2007 at 12:15 am Link to this comment
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My hat off to PAOLO,
you touched a very common practice but maybe you are missing some basic data. or maybe i misunderstood anyway here’s how it goes the way i figure it

Actually Names are deliberately mispronounced to show condescending attitudes towards others who are considered lesser beings and hence no effort at all is made to pronounce the name right, heck the powers-that-be maybe throw in an extra bonus if you can contort the news and the name to their favor. Actually the news in USA is barely NEWS its a “SHOW” to get the people going in the direction they want them to go and its easy to get people with little minds to litsen to distorted pronouniciations and get into the mojo to get things going. coz if these simple people were given all the facts then they might never want to go to WAR.

Anyway Comming to Ahmedinejad, looks like he’s not as terrible as they been trying to make him look and IF I WAS HIM I’D never speak to an american on camera or even go to any american university coz its just an insult show where the reporters for their paychecks will refuse to itsen to reason but yet will ask the right questions only to ignore the replies (Compliments of the Zionist MSM)

Also there are american reporters who been “banned” from govt places for asking the questions that were not on the list that was given to them to ask. so go figure, DEMOCRACY/FREEDOM/LIBERTY? whatever it is that you think is there is no longer there and maybe never was there.

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By Paolo, November 25, 2007 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Regarding the pronunciation of foreign names:

Have you ever noticed how quick Americans are to invade and destroy countries when they don’t even bother learning how to properly pronounce place names and names of political leaders?

Example: Americans typically pronounce the capital of Afghanistan the same way they pronounce “cobble.” The actual pronunciation is with the accent on the final syllable. Afghanis (I’ve spoken with several native speakers to confirm this) pronounce it “ka-BOHL.” So will invade a country, spend half a trillion bucks, kill hundreds of thousands, all the time crowing how we are uniquely qualified to rule the world. Heck, we’re not even qualified to pass those countries’ fifth-grade civics tests.

Nitwit American reporters pronounce the name of Iran’s President, “ahk-ma-DIN-a-jad.” You’d think that, before vilifying him as the next Hitler, they’d take a few moments and learn how to pronounce his name. The name is actually a compound, and is best pronounced if you place a hyphen in the middle: Ahmadi-Nejad is the better spelling.

Before declaring your great country as qualified to invade and rule the rest of the world, you should take a few minutes to learn how pronounce the most crucial words and names. Gosh, you should probably even learn a few of the more fundamental cultural concepts. (Bush, you might recall, didn’t know anything about Shi-ism and Sunnism before invading the Middle East, convinced he knew it all. He is reported to have said, when one of his underlings mentioned Shi’ites and Sunnis: “But I thought we were fighting the Mooslims.”

Or maybe, you shouldn’t invade other countries at all! What a concept!

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By thomas Billis, November 24, 2007 at 3:13 am Link to this comment
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Ahmadinejad is not that powerful and the American media knows it.He is a convenient straw man to use to go to war.The one thing we can do to unite the Iranian people is bomb Iran.Left to their own devices they will eventually make the right decision.They were doing fine until we forced the Shah on them and incurred the wrath of the Iranians.These people have a quaint notion that they should handle their own affairs even if there are billions to be made from controlling the regions oil.Our inability to get off oil has made us put up these straw men that we have to defeat.Do you think if we were off imported like the Brazilians we would send one soldier to die in the middle east.I do not think so.

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By cyrena, November 23, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

#115096 by Paracelsus

•  “‘…..but where did Mr. Unpronounceable Name go? Let me just call him Weasel Face. Here’s the conspiracy version of the story. Weasel Face gets paid by the high cabal to make Iran look dangerous and scary…..’”


Your post is thoroughly entertaining, and I appreciated the chuckles. And, YOUR conspiracy theory is just as plausible as any other, as long as we’re talking conspiracy theories, which of course seems to be the ‘thing’ of the ERA. So, if I were one of the judges, you would get at least one of the prizes.

And, you’re right about Mr. Unpronounceable Name. Matter-of-fact, I long ago decided that the harder the name is for westerners to pronounce, the greater the demonization. But, for the purposes of simplification, I’ll just call him Dr. Mahmoud. (his first name and professional title…there are lots of Mahmoud’s in the world, but that will strike a compromise.)

Now, one of the things that the article does NOT reveal, are the NAMES of whomever Mahmoud was allegedly referring to in his speech of those opposing Iran’s nuclear program. Ah, minor details they say. Or, ‘political opponents’. Who ARE these people? Senior former negotiators could be Larijani, who was until recently, the top negotiator for Iran’s nuclear program. He resigned some weeks ago, which kind of surprised me.

So, I suspect the blast from the Iranian paper is clearly part of the on-going fall out from that. In short, Mahmoud is insistent that Iran not give up its rights (as guaranteed by the NPT) to develop a nuclear program that allows for the acquisition of technology, as well as the enrichment of uranium. On this, he has remained consistent, because it’s really not all that complicated, just as the Treaty itself isn’t complicated. Clearly, the 3 plus years of harassment by the west have created this complication and conflict. Another CREATED conflict, thanks to our own Thugs-in-Chief.

And so it is. The sabre rattling has been long and for the most part continuous, even when it’s not been on our own front pages of our own regime controlled media. This is an extention of it/

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By minamoto no taira, November 23, 2007 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

Weasel face? The man looks like Gilligan with a scruffy beard.  Wonder if he addresses the mullahs “Skipper, Skipper…”

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By minamoto no taira, November 23, 2007 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

When my tinfoil hat is on too tight, I often wonder if Ahmadin-the-childrens-don’t-learn-ejad has been the Whitehouse’s man all along. Like they have a button with his name on it, so they can press it to take the public’s attention off other matters.  If that’s the case, they may as well have a Larry Craig button as well.

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By serta, November 23, 2007 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment
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this tells me that democracy is alive in iran

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By minamoto no taira, November 23, 2007 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

Give the man enough rope, he’ll hang himself, which is what the US and Israel should have been doing day 1 of his election.

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By PatrickHenry, November 22, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

Its good to hear freedom is alive and well in

I wish our media would let loose on Bush.

If Iran was as bad as the talking heads and the zio-neocon news have stated, then this wouldn’t have happened.

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By Paolo, November 22, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

Gee, I thought Ahmadi-Nejad was a vicious, cruel tyrant who ruled over his nation with an iron grip. It has to be true: the president of Columbia said it. Why doesn’t Ahmadi-Nejad send in all those armies he commands and kill all those nasty newspaper editors who said all those terrible things about him?

What’s that you say? You mean, Ahmadi-Nejad doesn’t command any armies? Gosh, I thought he was the new Hitler. It has to be true: the great patriots at National Review swear he’s the next Hitler.

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By Paracelsus, November 22, 2007 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

I suppose that conference on Holocaust research, even made the Mullahs groan.

Here’s more from the BBC:

It was referring to a recent speech by Mr. Ahmadinejad when he described people opposed to his nuclear programme as traitors and accused some senior former nuclear negotiators of spying for foreigners.

Bush and Ahmadinejad must be lodge brothers in just the way Kerry and Bush are. I wonder where Ahmad is going to sneak off to after Bush releases the bunker busters. Chances are there will be a news story saying Mission Accompished: Iran Conquered, but where
did Mr. Unpronounceable Name go? Let me just call him Weasel Face. Here’s the conspiracy version of the story. Weasel Face gets paid by the high cabal to make Iran look dangerous and scary. He throws in some gratuitous threats about Israel and stokes anger among neocon Jews with his Holocaust Fraud Revealed!
Then just before the nutjobs of the Pentagon let loose, the high cabal sends him word that it is okay to get out of Dodge. He takes a Lear Jet to Switzerland where British intelligence keeps a numbered account for him. Meanwhile a Delta Force Unit that has a freshly killed corpse that looks almost like him, has it dragged into the presidential palace. I cannot tell you where they got the freshly killed corpse. That would be telling tales out of school. Pictures are taken, and photoshopped. CIA(no one puts ‘the’ in front of God, same with CIA) then digs up some Bin Laden video and then applies industrial light and magic to it so as to have Liver Lips denounce the death of Weasel Face.

Meanwhile Weasel Face does something indiscreet so then Mossad gets instructions from a powerful real estate baron in NYC via a gentlemen’s club to have him wacked through another gentlemen who owns an Isreali pharma company. A Jewish former KGB agent, who worked in Mossad before immigrating to Isreal does a deliberately clumsy job of shooting him up with polonium and thorium with an umbrella sold at GUM of Moscow. They know this umbrella because it was left in the motel room with Weasel Face with a rusty nail glued to the tip of it. Henceforth it is known that the Russians did it. But it is later kept quiet in exchange for Russian ‘cooperation’ in the matter. The story was printed on page 9 of the NYT, and that is very quiet.

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By Kevin James, November 21, 2007 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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This is what one can expect more of from the Iranians if and only if the Hawks in the White House and the Knesset stop their saber rattling.

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