Archiv für den Tag 29. Juli 2012

US, Iranian Militaries‘ Growing Focus on the Persian Gulf

by PAUL MUTTER

Iran touts deterrent capability as America devotes new assets to waterway.

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Paul Mutter is a graduate student at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and a fellow at Truthout, an independent online magazine.

Like the 150 MPs in the Majles who just voted for a bill to close the Strait of Hormuz and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander who dismissed U.S. aircraft carriers in the region as „scrap metal,“ aFlash graphic (see below) distributed by a Hezbollah website this week boldly proclaims Iran’s ability to fight a decisive battle in the Persian Gulf. The graphic’s images of Iranian missiles (which fly into the aircraft carrier in the animated version) contrast with what the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence judged in 2005: that „Iran can briefly close the Strait of Hormuz, relying on a layered strategy using predominately naval, air, and some ground forces,“ but that it would have neither the capacity to maintain an offensive against U.S. military assets in the Gulf nor to continue fighting for an extended period of time without assuming major economic and military losses. Indeed, the Iranian military is now downplaying the bombast, as the United States is making a new show of force in the region ahead of a large U.S.-Israeli defense exercise set for October. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Turkish Talk Show Host Creates Polygamy Stir

By Dorian Jones, VOA

ISTANBUL – In Turkey, a well-known women’s talk show host has provoked ire among some Turks by offering a friend as a second wife to her husband. The overture thrust polygamy into the national spotlight.

„You have no shame! You are defending adultery,“ a woman shouted at Sibel Uresin, an Islamic media personality, during a televised discussion program. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

How Iran Censors Foreign Films

By Golnaz Esfandiari , RFE/RL


A film scene censored by Iran’s state television

We have reported extensively about censorship in Iran’s state-controlled television, including censorship of foreign movies.

Iranian journalist Reza Valizadeh, who worked for some four years as a reporter, presenter, and producer with Iran’s radio and television, explained in a 2010 interview with “Persian Letters” how foreign movies and documentaries are altered on state TV to make them appropriate and Islamic in the eyes of Iranian decision makers. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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