#1 Iranian journalists arrested in raids on newspapers01-28-2013, 03:50 PM
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 27 January 2013 15.30 EST
Security officials in Iran have raided at least four newspapers and arrested several journalists in what appears to be concerted action aimed at intimidating the media in advance of the presidential elections in June.
Sources in Tehran said reformist newspapers Etemaad, Shargh, Bahar and Arman were targeted by a group of plain-clothes officials who ransacked offices, filmed staff, confiscated documents and held several journalists.
When the Guardian phoned journalists at Etemaad and Bahar in the evening, officials were still present in the offices and editors of the two newspapers could not be reached. Etemaad's editor-in-chief, Javad Daliri, was reported to be among at least 10 journalists who have been arrested.
The semi-official Mehr news agency confirmed that a number of journalists have been arrested and said that officials were holding arrest warrants issued by judicial authorities
Why do Moemuds suits always look like they were made for someone else, do they have Goodwill in Iran, could they have a buy Moemud a new suit fund drive and buy him a suit made just for him?
#2 The Secret Behind Ahmadinejad's Cheap Suits01-28-2013, 03:57 PM
Ahmadinejad, by virtue of his university degree (and Iranians at the time understood very well that a Tehran university degree said a whole lot more about the student than a degree from a U.S. college, unless that college was Ivy League), was destined to break out into at least the working middle class, but he understood early that the Islamic Revolution was as much a social revolution as it was political, and he cultivated his working-class image along with his piety to good effect as he slowly worked his way up through the ranks of the Islamic government. His style, the bad suits, the cheap Windbreaker, the shoddy shoes, and the unstylish haircut, a style he proudly maintains well into his presidency, is a signal to the working class that he is still one of them. Many Iranians may aspire to wear European designers, and often do, but Abmadinejad, president of the republic, knows his clothes send a message directly to those neighborhoods he most counts on for support--neighborhoods where the Basij [or Revolutionary Guard recruits] are recruited, neighborhoods where there still are knife fights and the laats roam the streets if they’re not persuaded to join the Basij, and neighborhoods where you can still buy your suit, if you really need one, from the kot-shalvaiy.
That last word is a reference to the traveling tailor-salesman with his donkey cart who made himself available to make men's suits.
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