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"The Useful Idiot": Good thing John McCain is not President

by: Teddy Goodson

Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 18:15:25 PM EDT

Myopic vision is endemic to cowboy-style policy-makers, who not only tend to see every issue through the distorted lenses of ideology, personal political gain, and hubris---- but occasionally see an issue where there is no issue. Even worse is the would-be policy-maker, who has no business playing at being president when he is not, since he can do immense damage in a precarious or fragile situation by meddling. Enter John McCain, still stinging from his defeat and sulking because his own Party gives every sign of being relieved they are relieved of him, and can pursue their suicidal cycle of right-wingy ideology as far they can, over a cliff perhaps.  

Senator McCain's remarks harassing the real President, Mr. Obama, and bloviations about supporting the Iranian protestors reflects his standard blustery shoot-from-the-hip initial reaction in any crisis---- and also serves to restore his neocon credibility as well, because it belongs to a long Republican tradition, dating back to Reagan at least, of backdoor dealings in the Middle East to secure domestic political advantage, not to mention gaining corporate profits for favored Republican-oriented companies.  Every single one of the major actors in the Iranian turmoil today was involved with Reagan, the Republicans, Israel, and Carter in the days of the Iranian hostage crisis and the 1980 American presidential election.  What goes around comes around. One can only hope that Obama has had an honest briefing on the tangled web.  

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We shall overcome - English and Farsi - Joan Baez

by: teacherken

Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 12:22:05 PM EDT

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The protests continue in Tehran UPDATED BELOW THE FOLD

by: teacherken

Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 09:16:45 AM EDT

apparently without fear.  The following video recently posted to YouTube:

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(VIDEO+PICS) Marching to the White House in Solidarity with Iranians

by: Rusty5329

Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 23:27:29 PM EDT

Originally posted at Sum of Change (you can find our pictures of the event there, lots of them).

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Inside Scoop TV Shows Sun 6/21 and Mon 6/22

by: Used2Bneutral

Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 12:07:51 PM EDT

Inside Scoop Sunday
June 21st, 2009 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM EDT
"Emerald Planet - The Next Frontier"
Sunday's show will Introduce Dr. Sam Lee Hancock, and his theme of politically and socially sensitive topics focused around the "Emerald Planet". These interviews will kick off a new series of live shows with the movers and shakers WORLD-wide in the key area of ecology. Sam will have 4 guests each with a different perspective and each in their own segment of the show.
   Jun S. Lee, President/CEO, VOGO International
   Philip E. O'Neal, Co-Founder/CEO, Green DMV,
   William Dent, Jr., President, Natural Partners,
   Rhon Hayes, Co-Founder/COO, Green DMV,

Inside Scoop Monday
June 22nd, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern Time
"Mark's debates a Republican"
Mark Levine, our founding host, will do a national and international topics/issues show Monday evening with his frequent guest, Mike Lane. Mike is a well known Republican strategist and consultant. This show they will tackle the Health-care debate and the happenings in Iran among other current events

More Information and where to view these shows follows.......Remember, you can watch "Live" on the web and post questions and comments in the UStream.TV Chat Room.
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Nicholas Kristof: Tear Down This Cyberwall - Chinese Help the Iranian Greens

by: teacherken

Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 06:28:51 AM EDT

It's all about proxies.  In Tear Down This Cyberwall!, he explains why the Iranian government has not been able to completely block internet access from within the country.  Despite the governmental efforts
a secret Internet lifeline remains, and it's a tribute to the crazy, globalized world we live in. The lifeline was designed by Chinese computer engineers in America to evade Communist Party censorship of a repressed Chinese spiritual group, the Falun Gong.

I am aware of the current recommended diary by electronicmaji that also talks about providing proxies, but Kristof's focus is elsewhere, and well worth reading.

I invite you to continue reading this diary, which will explore the Kristof column and make a few unrelated observations.

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BREAKING: Top Iranian Cleric Group Summoned for Meeting.

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 13:07:35 PM EDT

Huffington Post headlines that the top clerical group in Iran has been summoned for a meeting.  It is believed this may be the beginning of the end for the Ayatollah Khamenei's leadership.  

Nico Pitney of Huffington Post is live-blogging the electoral aftermath in Iran.  Pitney reports that Khamenei hasn't seemed fully engaged and has just begun to appear in public.  Read more from Nico here

Stay tuned for more updates from Huffington Post at their front page here.  Meanwhile, MSNBC reports to be conducting further crackdowns on bloggers.  See their report here.

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UPDATED: Inside Scoop TV Shows Sun 6/14 and Mon 6/15

by: Used2Bneutral

Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 09:58:07 AM EDT

Inside Scoop Sunday
June 14th, 2009 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM EDT
Behind the Scenes at the Inside Scoop
Tonight the crew of the Inside Scoop gets to show you the audience what takes place behind the scenes at our "Virtual-Set" studios. We have had numerous requests to explain some the video magic we use to make these 100 shows a year we now do happen.

Inside Scoop Monday
June 15th, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern Time
"Iran and North Korea: What Can Be Done?"
Mark Levine will host this show highlighting the current events in the world.
Mark's Guests: Jon Powers and Rachel Kleinfeld of the Truman National Security Project

The big question, "Is there any way to prevent nuclear disaster?"

PLUS what about other threats around the world?
Pakistan/Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Venezuela, Elsewhere?

More Information and where to view these shows follows.......As well as, you can watch them "Live" and post questions and comments in the UStream.TV Chat Room to other viewers and to the producer.
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Iran, Obama & Auden

by: benjaminwalterWV

Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 22:11:05 PM EDT

As I write this, we do not know who will have prevailed in today's elections in Iran.
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