Shabnam Assadollahi who hosted the radio program on CHIN radio for 8 years was kind enough to send me these photos which are all from within the past few days. Iranians (Persians as I prefer to think of the anti-current-regime, great people of Persia) have been sending these photos in and posting them to facebook.
Clearly something is up in Iran and the attempt to cut it’s own people off from the outside world is a part of that plan.
I am hoping that Shabnan will write an article for Vlad about what she reads off of the Iranian press when she has a chance.
Iran orders them to be removed – European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that it is a “human right” to put one up, whether the land lord agrees or not.
I don’t know which channels the Iranians (Persians 😉 ) can or can’t receive. Is it even possible to block certain channels? It certainly looks like they are isolating their people.
Something is coming!!!!
The “supposely religious” dictator governement is going one step higher showing the world what they are about. Nato and all other free countries should be attacking this entity, not Lybia.
Jean Chardin (November 16, 1643 – January 5, 1713), born Jean-Baptiste Chardin, and also known as Sir John Chardin, was a French jeweller and traveller whose ten-volume book The Travels of Sir John Chardin is regarded as one of the finest works of early Western scholarship on Persia and the Near East. In his “Travels to Persia” he wrote of the mullahs the following:
‘They say their prayers dutifully and so become Mollahs. Afterwards, according to their abilities and their activity they advance themselves further. For the rest, although the clergy in Persia have little power they are not without ambitions to exercise their authority by the same methods which churchmen practice elsewhere and especially by hypocrisy, which they make apparent, among other things, by praying regularly and punctually where they can best be seen and with the most fervent display of devotion. Moreover, they are false, envious, avaricious and untrustworthy, as the Persian proverb goes “Be careful of the front of a woman, the rear of a mule and all sides of a mollah.” ‘
I have a copy of this book which I started reading about a week ago. This particular quote seems quite suggestive of the fact that Persians in general are traditionally not all that keen on religious fanaticism in general. Moreover, Jean Chardin also seems to suggest that the scheming nature of the Shi’ite clergy was a constant throughout the history of Iran, ever since Shi’ism became state religion, enforced by Shah Ismail I. I have read many books on Safavid Iran and I know that this is corroborated by many authoritative historians with expertise on this subject. If anything, the uneasy balance between the Persian state authoritiy, embodied by the Shah, and the unruly Shi’ite clergy vying for control, became part and parcel in Safavid Iran. History repeats itself !