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March 5, 2013
One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves. And I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.
Jon Stewart • Discussing his plans to leave “The Daily Show” over the summer to direct a serious film, “Rosewater,” based on the life story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was captured and imprisoned in Iran in 2009. Bahari, who has shown up on “The Daily Show” multiple times since his release, was accused of espionage by Iranian officials based on an interview he did with the show’s Jason Jones. Stewart will be away for twelve weeks, eight of which will be hosted by John Oliver, and the other four correspond with the show’s traditional summer break.
18:39 // 1 year ago
February 14, 2013
15:11 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
Number of monkeys that Iran says it has sent into space: One.

Number of monkeys that Iran says it has sent into space: One.

8:56 // 1 year ago
January 12, 2013
kohenari:



Iran’s Art Bureau is planning to produce a film presenting its own version of the events depicted in Ben Affleck’s Argo, which tells the story of a 1980 CIA operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.
Iran’s Mehr News Agency quoted the film’s director, Ataollah Salmanian, as saying on Thursday that the film, entitled The General Staff, would be “an appropriate response to the ahistoric film Argo.”


I, for one, am very anxious to see the Iranian response movie. I presume it can’t possibly be anything other than excellent.

This will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

kohenari:

Iran’s Art Bureau is planning to produce a film presenting its own version of the events depicted in Ben Affleck’s Argo, which tells the story of a 1980 CIA operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

Iran’s Mehr News Agency quoted the film’s director, Ataollah Salmanian, as saying on Thursday that the film, entitled The General Staff, would be “an appropriate response to the ahistoric film Argo.”

I, for one, am very anxious to see the Iranian response movie. I presume it can’t possibly be anything other than excellent.

This will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

16:14 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
Since 2007, former FBI agent Bob Levinson has remained missing, but despite a video informing people of the danger he faces making the rounds in late 2011, little has been done to help him. So his family has taken another step, releasing photos of Levinson supposedly taken in Guantanamo, according to the signs Levinson’s holding — but more likely taken in an Iranian prison. His family received the photos 18 months ago, but held off on their release, only putting them out now because his plight wasn’t receiving enough attention. 

Since 2007, former FBI agent Bob Levinson has remained missing, but despite a video informing people of the danger he faces making the rounds in late 2011, little has been done to help him. So his family has taken another step, releasing photos of Levinson supposedly taken in Guantanamo, according to the signs Levinson’s holding — but more likely taken in an Iranian prison. His family received the photos 18 months ago, but held off on their release, only putting them out now because his plight wasn’t receiving enough attention. 

8:47 // 1 year ago
December 4, 2012
breakingnews:

US denies Iranian drone capture report
NBC News, Reuters: The U.S. Navy says it had not lost any drones over the Persian Gulf recently after Iran claimed to have captured one in its airspace.
The semi-official Fars and the state-run IRNA news agencies reported that a U.S. ScanEagle drone was gathering information over Gulf waters and had entered Iranian airspace.
Photo: Insitu’s ScanEagle (Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images, file)

Iran has captured an American drone before, around this time last year.

breakingnews:

US denies Iranian drone capture report

NBC News, Reuters: The U.S. Navy says it had not lost any drones over the Persian Gulf recently after Iran claimed to have captured one in its airspace.

The semi-official Fars and the state-run IRNA news agencies reported that a U.S. ScanEagle drone was gathering information over Gulf waters and had entered Iranian airspace.

Photo: Insitu’s ScanEagle (Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images, file)

Iran has captured an American drone before, around this time last year.

18:11 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
That’s incredible… These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions, period.
Joe Biden, defending his administration’s stance on sanctions against Iran. Paul Ryan accused the administration of lacking any credibility on preventing Iran’s nuclear program, which elicited a broad grin from Biden and the above rejoinder. The debate has been pointed and hot so far, as Biden is striking the polar opposite mood of President Obama’s listless performance last week.
21:19 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012

Iran unblocks Gmail after politicians complain loudly

  • last week In the wake of protests regarding the anti-Islam video on YouTube, Iran blocked Gmail access, reportedly because they couldn’t figure out a way to block HTTPS access to YouTube without blocking it to other services. YouTube has been banned in Iran since 2009, but users have found ways around the ban.
  • this week Politicians in Iran complained so loudly about the Gmail ban that the block was turned off. Users in the country said that Gmail started working again last night. The lesson: Don’t screw with our inboxes. source
20:11 // 1 year ago
September 28, 2012
An amusing consequence of state-controlled media: In countries with a closed press, satire, by definition, doesn’t exist, and so when satirical pieces leak over from other countries, they’re often interpreted as real news. In other words, Iranians have more of an excuse for mistaking The Onion for reality than these people do. source

An amusing consequence of state-controlled media: In countries with a closed press, satire, by definition, doesn’t exist, and so when satirical pieces leak over from other countries, they’re often interpreted as real news. In other words, Iranians have more of an excuse for mistaking The Onion for reality than these people do. source

20:23 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
gifhound:

O_O
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going viral with his diagram of Iran’s nuclear progress today at the UN General Assembly.
[Source: BuzzFeed]

Sorry, boring. Can someone tell us the gist of this using a powerpoint?

gifhound:

O_O

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going viral with his diagram of Iran’s nuclear progress today at the UN General Assembly.

[Source: BuzzFeed]

Sorry, boring. Can someone tell us the gist of this using a powerpoint?

(via reuters)

16:46 // 1 year ago