I searched in vain in the New York Times… (& Who is standing up for her?)

January 03, 2018

A brave woman risks severe punishment by removing her headscarf on the first day of the recent demonstrations against the Islamic regime in Iran. Yesterday the Iranian government said those arrested during the last six days of protests may face the death penalty.

 

CONTENTS

1. Who is standing up for her?
2. I looked in vain in the New York Times…
3. New York Times: There is “widespread public support” for the regime
4. Roger Cohen admits “Trump is right about Iran”
5. Silence
6. International media reports what Kerry won’t say
7. Rest of media: Protestors shout death to ‘Hezbollah’, ‘Shame on Khamenei’
8. Obama official: Obama made a mistake not to support 2009 Iran demonstrations
9. Fake news about Iranian protestors on CNN and BBC
10. Overturning buses, in 1979
11. Iranian women post photos free of hijab – but only for a few seconds
12. Iranian intelligence operating in the West Bank

 

WHO IS STANDING UP FOR HER?

Egyptian writer Hamed Abdel-Samad writes in relation to the above photo:

For all fake feminists who claim that hijab means empowerment, here is a woman from Iran who took off her hijab to empower herself and other women facing one of the most brutal regimes on earth. Taking off the hijab in Iran is considered to be a crime!

For Barbie-Producer Matell who has chosen a hijab woman as an icon, here is a real icon of freedom!

For Time Magazine which has chosen a Saudi girl as one of the most influential women on earth just because she convinced Apple to introduce a hijab-emoji, here is a real woman with real influence!

For Glamour Magazine which has chosen Linda Sarsour as Woman of the year although she defends Sharia Law, here is a real feminist who defies Sharia Law. Here is a real woman of the century!

More than a 100 years after Clara Zetkin and Rosa Luxemburg, the German authorities were segregating men and women in swimming pools and were making safe zone areas for women during the New Year Celebrations, while this brave woman was standing in the middle of men facing the tanks of Regime of the Islamic Republic!

This brave woman is not only a feminist but also a humanist who stands up for the freedom of a whole nation. Who is standing up for her?

 

I LOOKED IN VAIN IN THE NEW YORK TIMES…

[Notes below by Tom Gross]

For the second consecutive day there was no mention on the front page of the print edition of the International New York Times this morning of the “regime change” protests that have swept at least 52 cities in Iran in recent days.

But then I looked inside the paper and to my further amazement discovered that there is not one mention of Iran in any of the news, opinion, or any other place in the entire print edition of today’s International New York Times.

Iran is the lead story or front page news on pretty much every other major media outlet in the world today, but not in the a paper that boasts on its print edition each day that it contains “All the news that’s fits to print” and is constantly emailing adverts that the New York Times is the place to go to “stay informed” and “learn the truth”.

On the other hand (no surprise here) the lead front-page story of today’s International New York Times was yet another attack on Donald Trump, as was the whole of page 4.

There are anti-Israel stories or headlines in today’s international New York Times under the Trump story on page 1, at the top of page 3 and in the culture pages. No surprise there either.

 

The front covers of the International New York Times today and yesterday.

 

NEW YORK TIMES: THERE IS “WIDESPREAD PUBLIC SUPPORT” FOR THE REGIME

The silence by the New York Times comes after the paper has come under sustained attack from Iranians in recent days for some appalling news coverage in which they say its Tehran correspondent has essentially sided with the regime hardliners in the selectivity of his reporting.

For years, correspondent Thomas Erdbrink has been accused of misrepresenting the true feelings of Iranians in order to reinforce the stereotypes of New York Times readers.

Here is one among many examples by Erdbrink, from November 26, 2017:

NYT headline: Long Divided, Iran Unites Against Trump and Saudis in a Nationalist Fervor

NYT text: “Mr. Trump and the Saudis have helped the government achieve what years of repression could never accomplish: widespread public support [for the regime]”…. they now believe they have something to be proud of, with Iranian-led militias playing a central role in defeating the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq, increasing Iran’s regional influence in the process.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/world/middleeast/iran-nationalism-saudi-arabia-donald-trump.html

Tom Gross comments: There has never been “widespread public support” for the regime – whatever the New York Times might try to convince itself. And, no, it was Kurdish militias that played a central role to help defeat Islamic State. By contrast Iranian militias have been at the forefront of gassing and massacring many tens of thousands of Syrian Sunni men, women and children. And no, most Iranians are not proud of this. Only the regime is proud of this.

 

ROGER COHEN ADMITS “TRUMP IS RIGHT ABOUT IRAN”

A rare exception in the New York Times is Roger Cohen, the paper’s former foreign editor and now a foreign affairs columnist, who for most of the eight years of the two Obama administrations was at the forefront together with Obama officials in justifying the hardline of the murderers and terrorist backers who run Iran.

In an article (which does not appear in today’s international New York Times print edition) but which you can find online, Cohen writes:

“I have a New Year’s confession: I retweeted President Trump with approval, not something I had expected to do, especially on the subject of Iran. But Trump has been right to get behind the brave Iranian protesters calling for political and economic change…

“These are the largest popular protests since the Iranian uprising in 2009 against a fraudulent election. I was in an enormous crowd (estimated in the millions) that marched from Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Square to Azadi (Freedom) Square three days after the vote….

“In Tehran, then, the silence of the Obama White House was deafening… So Trump – even if he understands little or nothing of Iran – is right to speak up in solidarity and tweet that the “wealth of Iran is being looted” by a “brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.” It is. Given where American-Iranian relations stand, there is not much downside to this bluntness…”

 

SILENCE

An exiled Iranian friend writes to me (before the Cohen piece was published):

“We are sick of the New York Times and other western news media criticizing Donald Trump for tweeting support for Iranians. We want more expressions of support from Americans, not less. Where are Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s tweets expressing solidarity with the oppressed people and women of Iran?”

 

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA REPORTS WHAT KERRY WON’T SAY

Tom Gross adds:

Obama’s former Secretary of State John Kerry, on the other hand, has been speaking out, though this has resulted in much derision across the internet.

On Sunday, Kerry tweeted the following about the Iranian protests: “With humility about how little we know about what’s happening inside Iran, this much is clear: it’s an Iranian moment and not anyone else’s.”

Actually if you read sources other than the New York Times and similar media, we know plenty.

 

REST OF MEDIA: PROTESTORS SHOUT DEATH TO ‘HEZBOLLAH’, ‘SHAME ON KHAMENEI’

Kerry only has to look at virtually any international newspaper or media outlet to discover, in the words of the is Al Arabiya headline from December 30:

Protestors in Iranian city of Qom shout death to ‘Hezbollah’, ‘Shame on Khamenei’

Al Arabiya (which, unlike its rival Al Jazeera, is generally reliable) reports:

“Protestors in different Iranian cities carried slogans condemning the interference of Iran in other countries at their own expense, as per slogans such as “get out of Syria and take care of us” and “Not Gaza, or Lebanon, I would give my soul for Iran.”

Iran supports Bashar al-Assad annually with billions and supports Hezbollah with hundreds of millions, arming and funding sectarian militias brought from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon to suppress the Syrian people’s revolution as well as supporting the Houthis in Yemen.”

 

OBAMA OFFICIAL: OBAMA MADE A MISTAKE NOT TO SUPPORT 2009 IRAN DEMONSTRATIONS

Former Obama Middle East advisor Dennis Ross writes in Foreign Policy magazine:

“In 2009, I was serving in the Obama administration as the secretary of state’s special advisor on Iran and was part of the decision-making process. Because we feared lending credence to the regime’s claim that the demonstrations in Iran at the time were being instigated from the outside, we adopted a low-key posture.

“In retrospect, that was a mistake. We should have shined a spotlight on what the regime was doing and mobilized our allies to do the same; we should have done our best to provide news from the outside and to facilitate communication on the inside.”

 

FAKE NEWS ABOUT IRANIAN PROTESTORS ON CNN AND BBC

(I previously posted this on Facebook on December 30, 2017)

Retweeted Imam Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace):

CNN plagiarizes news from Tasnim News, the Iranian Guard’s propaganda site, and makes it seem as though the protest images are against Israel and not the Iranian Government. https://t.co/t5d5TfuK78

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Tom Gross adds: The above link shows how CNN took a photo from a state organized anti-Israel rally and then claimed it was from the anti-government protests this week, which in fact have contained anti-Hamas, anti-Hizbullah and anti-Assad chants, (i.e. three of the closest allies of the Islamic regime) but no chants against Israel.

CNN’s reporting on the Iran situation has improved in the last two days, but yesterday the BBC was using the same Iranian propaganda photo against Israel to suggest these were anti-regime protestors.

This is what some might call fake news.

 

OVERTURNING BUSES, IN 1979

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: “People have the right to criticize the government, but have no right to damage public property and vehicles.”

Above is a photo from the Rouhani-regime orchestrated 1979 Islamic takeover when regime thugs looted and burnt buildings and destroyed vehicles.

 

IRANIAN WOMEN POST PHOTOS FREE OF HIJAB – BUT ONLY FOR A FEW SECONDS

I’m reposting this video to shine a spotlight on the brave anti-Islamic regime women of Iran.

Iranian women risk arrest by the Islamic regime as they remove their hijabs and allow themselves to be photographed before quickly putting them back on again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JSSLe93HwA

 

IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE OPERATING IN THE WEST BANK

Haaretz reports today: The Israel Security Agency said today that it had uncovered an Iranian intelligence operation in the West Bank.

Mohammed Maharmeh, 29, from Hebron, was recruited into Iranian intelligence in 2015 when he visited a relative, Bahar Maharmeh, who lives in South Africa.

Bahar introduced Mohammed several times to Iranian agents, “some of whom came from Tehran to meet him.”

Mohammed was tasked with organizing terror attacks against Israeli targets including recruiting a suicide bomber and a terror cell that would carry out shooting attacks. Mohammed Maharmeh recruited two operatives from Hebron (Nur Maharmeh and Diaa Sarahana, both aged 22) and in return he received $8,000 from Iran.

 

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