New U.S-backed radio for Iran
December 22, 2002 4:14 PM   Subscribe

How can Britney Spears bring democracy to Iran? President Bush has the answer.
posted by hoder (6 comments total)
once again, our government excels at rocket science. nice to know we're botching legitimate, indigenous, *popular* attempts to bring the mideast forward.
posted by donkeyschlong at 4:58 PM on December 22, 2002

This infuriated me when I read it (the Post article)

"Iran is on the axis of evil, Death to Iran"
Iranian students start using the VOF to bring Iran down.
"Let's change the format to Britney and Whitney, instead of allowing call ins!"

Earth to whomever made that decision... Iran, on the axis of evil, was teetering towards open revolution and the revolutionaries are Pro-US so far as we can tell. Fostering this would be

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Interesting tidbit from the second link:
More than 3,700 Iranians have begun regularly writing daily notes and opinions on the Internet. Masha'allah Shamsolvaezin, the editor of several banned reformist newspapers and spokesman of the society to defend press freedoms, tells Radio Farda that during the past month alone more than 1,500 new weblogs were started by young Iranians.
posted by swerdloff at 5:41 PM on December 22, 2002

Wish the post had been more clear and had framed the story a bit more seriously; this deserves to be picked up and spread. God, what a stunning instance of moronic decisions hurting the perception of American values.

Anyone want to go the paranoid conspiracy route and suggest that the current U.S. administration isn't particularly interested in helping the Iranian student movement? Just a thought...
posted by mediareport at 5:39 AM on December 23, 2002

Apologies, hoder, if that last comment came across snippy. I'm hip-deep in your blog this morning and am finding it excellent. Thank you so much for the great links to Iranian bloggers, info and analysis at your site.
posted by mediareport at 6:38 AM on December 23, 2002

Who's Britney Spears?
posted by nico at 8:30 AM on December 23, 2002

Is this being done out of a desire to move more product? I can't think of any other reason why this would be done, but surely Iran isn't very permissive about allowing Western music to be sold. Color me confused.
posted by UKnowForKids at 11:30 AM on December 23, 2002

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