Sunday, November 13, 2005

Iran's President Gives Religious Police Greater Control Over Tehran University

Headline: Students Angry About New Plan: "University Shouldnt Be Militarized"

[hat tip to a freedom-loving Kurd on the scene for translating this for me]

The Tehran newspaper Hamshahri is reporting that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is giving an entire dormitory at the University of Tehran to HERASAT.

HERASAT is the religious police branch of the Basij militia. They are Iran's self-appointed protectors against vice, ensuring that no one drinks water on Ramadan and such (no exaggeration) with the power to arrest, detain, and brutalize. Their only uniforms are mite-infested beards. Until now, HERASAT was only permitted to police restricted areas of the university. Now they will be allowed to roam at will.

Ahmadinejad says he is doing this to quell a recent upswing in "gangs and evil-doers at the university". Some cynics (probably with something to hide) think he is placing a FOB of thugs loyal to him at the University to prevent dissent.

The article quotes Dr Abdul Reza Davari asking:

"What has caused the president to suddenly implement this policy? Has anything special occurred in the few months since he came into office?

Has anything special occurred since June 17th? umm...well, let's recap.

Nice pic at Shift-Delete Blog.


Ambassador Fay is finding it harder to pull away from blogging than she expected. I hate to say I predicted it, but I did.

This one is pretty good, though. Check it out.

On the anniversary of Arafat's death, Nadz recognized a "Day of Not Mourning".

It's been over a year since Yasser Arafat has died, and I'm not mourning. The man who allowed Hamas to ruin our chances of peace with the Israelis, who stifled dissent and democracy, who failed repeatedly to get that elusive peace deal, does not deserve any credit. He has done us more harm than good.

For analytical insight into Lebanon's arcane and self-conflicted politics, I've been enjoying the Lebanese Political Journal. Check it out.

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