18 April 2009

Hillary Clinton, Call Your Office

It would be an insult to kangaroos to refer to Iran's legal system narcissistic circus as a kangaroo court. The events of this story are simultaneous sad and hilarious.

An Iranian-American journalist branded a US spy has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors.

Roxana Saberi, 31, who was arrested in January and went on trial this week, denies the charge and plans to go on hunger strike, her father said. Ms Saberi has reported for a number of foreign news organisations including the BBC, NPR radio and Fox News.

The journalist originally faced the less serious accusation of buying alcohol, and later of working as a journalist without a valid press card. Then, in a period of less than two weeks, the charge of spying was introduced, and she was tried by the Revolutionary Court and sentenced. No evidence of espionage was made public.

As usual, the United Nations has no teeth. Obama and Hillary are missing in action. Those who earn a living pointing out how women are second- or third-class citizens are silent. Where are the usual Hollywood crybabies?

All this crap; pirates, rockets, throwing people in jail for no reason, the world is clearly feeling out this Obama fellow.

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