June 29, 2009

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June 28, 2009

Not over yet

The protests in Iran have subsided because of regime violence. Despite that, some people are willing to take the risk of demonstrating. Here is footage of the latest protest from Raye man kojast? Where is my vote?.

Posted by Charles Chuman at 10:46 AM | Permalink | 2 Comments »

June 27, 2009

Iran’s abuse of technology

Graham in the comment box below mentioned a useful article on Iran's use of high-end AMD chips for missile research. The presence of western high-tech in Iran is sadly not a new development. In late 2007 it emerged that Amir Kabir University in Tehran had built a super computer using sanctioned AMD Opteron chips. Computerworld had a great story on this.

There is a world of difference between AMD, on the one hand, and Nokia and Siemens, on the other. The Iranians purchased AMD products illicitly. Nokia and Siemens directly and knowingly did business in Iran, aided a country that they knew was a serial human rights violator. More on Nokia and Siemens here.

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June 26, 2009

They only know the languages of menace and violence

The foreign ministers of the G-8, meeting in Italy, have something to say about the atrocities in Iran. The Italian foreign minister said: "We will adopt a particularly tough and clear position." The Iranian ambassador in Japan, Seyed Abbas Araghchi, warned them not to saying it would be "their biggest mistake." He also said that there is "no legal problem" with what Iranian police have been doing, such as this (thanks to Raye man kojast? Where is my vote?). The key footage begins 56 seconds in.

Posted by Charles Chuman at 12:26 PM | Permalink | 1 Comment »

More on Nokia and Siemens

Eli Lake had a great story in The Washington Times about Nokia and Siemens in Iran. If you have a 401k (or equivalent) or own mutual funds, then you probably own Nokia and Siemens. For example, Vanguard Global Equity Fund (ticker: VHGEX) has holdings in Nokia and Siemens. If you own this, then you own Nokia and Siemens. Nokia investor relations can be contacted through this page and Siemens Investor Relations is here.

Posted by Charles Chuman at 11:41 AM | Permalink | 1 Comment »

An important campaign

The American Islamic Congress is a serious human rights organization. Headed by Zainab al-Suwaij, they have run a series of important campaigns. Their latest is against Nokia, which has been assisting Iranian regime repression.

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June 25, 2009

More on Roger Cohen

There have been some very interesting comments on Roger Cohen. His support for ordinary, decent Iranians is welcome. What is interesting is how he covered Iran previously, which is separate from the question of why he covered it that way (a question that too easily becomes ad hominem).

Here is the example of when he covered Ayatollah Khamenei

Posted by Charles Chuman at 7:37 PM | Permalink | 6 Comments »

June 24, 2009

Theocratic crowd control

Hat tip: Rayeman kojast? (Where is my vote?)

Posted by Charles Chuman at 3:03 PM | Permalink | 7 Comments »

Ouch!

Emanuele Ottolenghi simply and effectively takes apart a newly minted friend of Iranian democracy.

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