Warning: This video is unbelievably graphic and horrific.
Neda Soltani was shot dead on Saturday, while protesting with her father music teacher in Tehran. Her death is not being reported by the state-controlled media inside the country. She was the same age as me.
I just enjoyed this quite a bit:
Back in the heady days of 2006, the BNP were gratified to receive some publicity in the form of a media furore. It was thanks to a Labour MP named Margaret Hodge, pictured above, and it went a little something like this:
The LFF has chosen well for its opening night. Ahead of the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in New York tonight, Frost/Nixon, the tale of a president undone in a television interview, has its world premiere in London tonight.
Surely you know the story? The 37th president of the United States was involved in some bad stuff called Watergate (let’s ignore the wars and other things for now) in 1972. After this came to light, Richard Milhous Nixon (Frank Langella) duly resigned in 1974 and went a bit quiet in Florida until 1977. Then, cheesy light-entertainment TV personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) asks for an interview, and is granted one, for the easy money and questions. Frost’s researchers find some good evidence for him to annihilate Nixon with. Nixon confesses to wrongdoing on TV. Frost goes on to greater things, Nixon gets to be remembered for that “I’m not a crook,” line, and through the naming of Milhouse van Houten in The Simpsons.
This dude spent 8 years in the same POW camp as McCain. He’s written an excellent article here. Off you pop then.
On the opening day, about 10,000 people demonstrated, calling for an end to the US-led Iraq war.
One group splintered off and became confrontational and sometimes violent.
Some protestors smashed the windows of retail and bank buildings while others challenged police by blocking roads and damaged five police cars, local newspapers reported, quoting officials. Dozens were pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed.
Best way to get the point across? Probably not.