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Axis of Weevil: Iran Imprisons Freelance Journalist

According to NPR, Iran has imprisoned freelance reporter Roxana Saberi.  Apparently, she was arrested when she tried to buy wine, but that was probably just a pretext.  Iran has arrested several other journalists and researchers in recent years for various reasons, generally on suspicion that they were American spies.  Most of those arrested, like Saberi, held dual Iranian and American citizenship.

I’m not going to overreact and spout drivel about Iran being an existential threat to the United States.  For frack’s sake, we don’t need any help threatening our continued existence.  Even so.  This is Not Cool.  According to the non-profit Committee to Protect Journalists, Iran was, as of December 1, 2008:

the world’s sixth-leading jailer of journalists.

The countries that are worse than Iran?  China, Cuba, Burma, Eritrea and Uzbekistan.  Yes, Iran is in some very savory company there, eh?


Quote of the Day, 2-27-09

“Experience teaches that a strong memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-26-09

“For truth itself does not have the privilege to be employed at any time and in every way; its use, noble as it is, has its circumscriptions and limits.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-25-09

“It is more of a job to interpret the interpretations than to interpret the things, and there are more books about books than about any other subject: we do nothing but write glosses about each other.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-24-09

“A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-23-09

“I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote(s) of the Day, 2-20-09

“I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.”

“I will follow the good side right to the fire, but not into it if I can help it.”

“It (marriage) happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays