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The media, Kerry, Dean and Iraq

January 30, 2004

 


Although I have been concerned by events in Venezuela I have been following closely what has been happening in the Democratic primary in the US. I must say that from reading the traditional newspapers I got the feeling that Dean was the sure winner, while reading the bloggers I got a completely different picture. In fact, newspapers gave me the impression that Dean was first followed by Clark and then Kerry. Bloggers gave me the impression Kerry was their preference but was far behind. Then Dean lost in Iowa, had his little explosion and seems to be history now.


 


Since I am on the subject, you should read this response by an Iraqi blogger to Dean’s statement:


 


“You can say that it’s great that Saddam is gone and I’m sure that a lot of Iraqis feel it is great that Saddam is gone. But a lot of them gave their lives. And their living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before.”


 


An excerpt:


 


I’m not going to comment about the rightness of the statement with more than saying that only a (blind) man would believe it and only a man blinded by his ambitions would dare to say it, but when you say such words, don’t you mean in other words that the sacrifices made by the American soldiers are all in vain? And that these soldiers are not doing a service to the world, nor to Iraqis and not to America. In fact you are saying that since they didn’t do the world, America or us a favour then they’re only doing a favour to GWB and his administration.

The media, Kerry, Dean and Iraq

January 30, 2004

 


Although I have been concerned by events in Venezuela I have been following closely what has been happening in the Democratic primary in the US. I must say that from reading the traditional newspapers I got the feeling that Dean was the sure winner, while reading the bloggers I got a completely different picture. In fact, newspapers gave me the impression that Dean was first followed by Clark and then Kerry. Bloggers gave me the impression Kerry was their preference but was far behind. Then Dean lost in Iowa, had his little explosion and seems to be history now.


 


Since I am on the subject, you should read this response by an Iraqi blogger to Dean’s statement:


 


“You can say that it’s great that Saddam is gone and I’m sure that a lot of Iraqis feel it is great that Saddam is gone. But a lot of them gave their lives. And their living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before.”


 


An excerpt:


 


I’m not going to comment about the rightness of the statement with more than saying that only a (blind) man would believe it and only a man blinded by his ambitions would dare to say it, but when you say such words, don’t you mean in other words that the sacrifices made by the American soldiers are all in vain? And that these soldiers are not doing a service to the world, nor to Iraqis and not to America. In fact you are saying that since they didn’t do the world, America or us a favour then they’re only doing a favour to GWB and his administration.

A virtual political coup d’etat in Iran

January 11, 2004

 


Unfortunately, there is always someone that is doing worse than us as witnessed by the fact that in Iran 2033 of the 8200 candidates have been barred from participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Hope this is the beginning of the end for those religious fanatics that rule that country.

A virtual political coup d’etat in Iran

January 11, 2004

 


Unfortunately, there is always someone that is doing worse than us as witnessed by the fact that in Iran 2033 of the 8200 candidates have been barred from participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Hope this is the beginning of the end for those religious fanatics that rule that country.

More on Iran

June 18, 2003

Article wonders why there is so little coverage of the protests in Teheran when compared to that of when the Shah was overthrown. The writer suggests (in contrast to Reuters in my post yesterday) that the US Government is trying to ignore it and news agencies don’t want to lose access to the events. Interesting.

More on Iran

June 18, 2003

Article wonders why there is so little coverage of the protests in Teheran when compared to that of when the Shah was overthrown. The writer suggests (in contrast to Reuters in my post yesterday) that the US Government is trying to ignore it and news agencies don’t want to lose access to the events. Interesting.

Salam Pax, interpreter

June 2, 2003

Via Instapundit I learn that while the world was looking for Salam Pax and wondering whether he was real or not, he was acting as an interpreter for Peter Maass’ in Iraq. Moreover, he will now be blogging for the Guardian!. I guess some stories do still have a happy ending! I also enjoy the fact that I always believed Salam had to be for real, which has now been confirmed!

Salam Pax is back

May 8, 2003

Salam Pax is back in his blog if you want to get a look at what it felt to be under the bombs and not over them. I also think his absence proves he was no fake. He provides a description of the whole time he was gone through an e-mail that he sent to Diane.

Blogger Sina Motallebi detained

April 22, 2003

Blogger Sina Motallebi has been detained in Iran for describing everyday life there. His blog is now blank…..Wish I knew how to place the following banner permanently in my home page posted by buzzmachine.


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Other good sites to follow SARS epidemic

April 21, 2003

I found today two more sites to follow the SARS epidemic. At squeak.org there is a plot in semilog scale which clearly shows to me that the growth is not exponential so far. It has three separate graphs for cases worldwide, cases reported by the WHO and cases in the US. A linear plot by Charles Platt is in his site, it is similar to Paul Kedrosky’s plot that I have been using. Paul Kedrosky has added a plot with doubling periods attempting to determine whether the growth is or not exponential. Kedrosky’s plots have the advantage that they update automatically when the WHO site is updated. While the number of deaths is clearly accelerating, the number of cases is only growing linearly. Kedrosky also links to a plot of the 1918 flu epidemic showing what the numbers of deaths was like in that case. It is actually quite starnge that the evolution is still linear, there is obviously something about the way it is transmitted that needs to be understood.

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