Posts from June 2003

‘I tried not to think of the impossibilities’

‘I tried not to think of the impossibilities’
: Blue Bird Escape — the wonderful weblog by the teen girl visiting her homeland, Iran — gives us another simply eloquent entry in the diary of her trip:

Shiraz is very different from Tehran. It is much quieter and has less traffic. Though it is very hot.

It is now 9:50 P.M. We just came back from Hafezieh — the grave stone of the great Iranian poet. It was a beautiful spot to pray and think. Although it gives a sad feeling, it is very quiet and pleasant. We stayed there for a while and said our prayers. I thanked God for giving me the best and I wished for my family safety and happiness. I wished the people of Iran lots of luck.

The wind was blowing a bit, a nice cool wind through the hot air. I was happy.

People of Shiraz seem to be happy in their own way of life. Whenever we go out they look at us constantly. I guess they know we are not from Shiraz.

Today is Thursday, our last day in Shiraz. Tomorrow we will leave around noon. Right now I’m sitting in a restaurant. I have just finished my kabob. There is live music here. They are singing old Iranian songs. My mom would have liked this place.

As the days end and my journey comes to an end I feel sad, but I remind myself that everything ends. I have been very lucky to have this wonderful visit to my country.

We are in a beautiful garden. It is very beautiful. There is an old palace here. My sister and I are falling in love with this palace; the big dining room, living room, and all its other parts. As a joke I told her I will have my wedding there. It is a perfect place for a wedding.

We sat on a bench under the trees and thought of our dreams.

“Unfortunately we live in this country,”is what my sister said when we were eating pizza for dinner. In Iran no matter what you talk about it always leads to politics and ends with anger and disappointment. If I ask someone what’s new in Iran, they will say there is nothing to tell, tell us about America.

I hate being only an individual and not having the ability to do something.

At Hafezieh we touched his gravestone and said a few prayers. At night some people were sitting on steps, heads down, in their own thoughts. I became sad, I tried not to think of the impossibilities.

Inflammatory lies from the BBC

Inflammatory lies from the BBC
: BBC Foreign Editor John Simpson has gone over the edge of credibility and decency as he essentially accuses the U.S. military of targeting and murdering non-embedded journalists.

BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has called on the US government to investigate why more journalists were killed by American soldiers than by any other means during the Iraq war.

Simpson blamed the deaths of many of the journalists – what he called “the ultimate act of censorship” – on the system of embedding, which meant that journalists operating independently of US and British troops became “potential targets”.

I was about to start screaming about taking away Simpson’s journalism stripes and drumming him out of the corps.

But then I came to a buried paragraph in the Guardian report:

American soldiers did not kill journalists on purpose, said Simpson, but out of “a mixture of blind panic, inadequate street training, and complete and utter ignorance”.

I’d say the Guardian is just as at fault for this bit of inflammatory accusation as Simpson, for that last bit should have been at least alluded to in the first three paragraphs. Altogether, it’s a festival of anti-Americanism and it’s shoddy journalism. [via IWantMedia]

Al-Queda No. 2 nabbed

Al-Queda No. 2 nabbed
: I see this at the German site Focus and not yet on any of the English-language news sites: The right hand of Osama bin Laden is in captivity, according to an Arab TV report. Aiman el Sawahiri (German spelling) and other al-Queda members were reportedly in Iran.

: Drudge has it now too. Don’t know why it’s taking so long to spread. This is big news.

Do not call. Do not email. Do not write. Does not work.

Do not call. Do not email. Do not write. Does not work.
: Joe Territo discovers that the new Do Not Call service doesn’t work. As if they couldn’t anticipate a flood of traffic to this?

That says it all

That says it all
: Kucinich came in second?