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The Orwellian Newspeak of Press TV
August 19, 2009, 00:12
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In the Name of My Father:

     American conservative, Dr. Adrian Krieg of, reminds us in his The New American Newspeak Dictionary, that governments, especially totalitarian ones, employ language in a way designed to deceive and to obfuscate the truth for both those governed by the nation-state, and the larger community of nations to which the nation-state allegedly belongs.

     No better example of deceptive language by government and state-owned media can be produced than Press TV’s story, entitled “Tehran to Compensate Post-Vote Victims,” posted on August 18th.

     The rigged character of the June 12th elections, the Mullahs’ control of Iranian State Media, and the violent suppression of legitimate dissent from the electoral fraud perpetrated by the Islamic Republic, are all a matter of public record.  Damage to the global reputation of the IRI regime in Tehran has reached such proportions that the “compensation” program announced August 18th by Press TV became necessary as a desperate attempt to reclaim international opinion catastrophically lost by the Mullahs since the June 12th farce and its bitter aftermath.

     Yet any analysis of the statements of Tehran governor, Hossein Tala, underscores the hopeless character of the political position of the Mullahs and the doomed character of the reign of Mr. Ahmadinejad.

     Mr. Tala, in describing the “compensation” program offered to victims of the events of the last 2 months, maintains a straight face in attaching the caveats of Newspeak to the Mullahs’ latest PR outreach in a way surprising even to George Orwell and Dr. Adrian Krieg.

     Here is the bottom line.  The Mullahs want the international community and the Iranian people to focus upon Mr. Tala’s statement that, “Following the Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s order to compensate those families who have fallen victim to the post-election incidents, the government is ready to pay indemnities to individuals who have suffered damages.”

     But the caveats of Newspeak delegitimize any credibility from the “Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s order.”  They are as follows:

1.  Only those who have not committed “provocative” acts are eligible.  [The Mullahs, in the interest of Theocratic Newspeak, will define what constitutes “provocative” acts.]

2.  Victims within Tehran Province should provide the Tehran Governor’s Office [Mr. Tala’s office] with “evidences” to prove damages inflicted in post-election unrest.

3.  The Tehran Governor’s Office will “investigate” the “credibility” of the applicants’ claims, before awarding any indemnities.

     I believe Dr. Adrian Krieg would agree with my assessment that in the final days of its historical existence, a totalitarian government reaches the point where its Newspeak deceives only its perpetrators, not its intended targets and victims.  Hossein Tala’s babblings of August 18th for Press TV confirm that the Mullahs’, Mr. Ahmadinejad, and their doctrine of velayat-e-faqeh, have reached this point-of-no-return. 

     They are finished.  Only the final date of death for the Death Certificate, and the signature of the Certifying Physician, remain to be determined. 

     The Day of Redemption for the Iranian people and Nation draw near.  We are ready and waiting.

Payendeh Iran,

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan and Janbakhtegan


Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan to All Iranians: Do You Know Where Your Rials are Tonight?

In the Name of My Father:

     The August 6th Wall Street Journal story by Margaret Coker and Roshanak Taghavi may provide clues regarding my own August 1st post  about $18.5 billion/U. S. conveniently departing Iran for Turkey via truck transport.

     Coker and Taghavi state that, “Iranian economists are predicting double-digit currency depreciation by year-end, amid expectations that already high levels of capital flight will increase over fears about Iran’s economic direction.”

     It gets worse.  Tehran’s limited access to international credit markets are a direct result of anti-IRI sanctions.  And Ahmadinejad’s economic program since 2005 has, as the Wall Street Journal reminds us, consisted of lavish spending and “subsidized loan programs to government insiders” [translation:  crooked Mullahs].  The 50 Iranian-run money exchange dealers inside the Islamic Republic, the wider Middle East, and Europe,  say the Mullahs are selling $180 to $250 million daily to keep the exchange rate of rial to dollar within the central bank’s parameter of 9,700 to 9,900.  That amount of money exceeds daily oil revenues for Iran at present market prices for oil.

     Outlook according to Coker and Taghavi:  the fall of the rial by another 15% by December, and further drops in central bank coffers–an ominous sign given the 25% drop in reserves in the last year.

     My own outlook:  rial depreciation, further drops in central bank coffers, and ongoing increases in political violence followed by further repressive measures taken by the IRI regime against the Iranian people, will have only one measurable, guaranteed outcome.

     The overthrow of the regime.

     Indigenous and expatriate Iranians arise.  The hour of your redemption draws near.  A great, final conflict is coming.

     And freedom will win.

Payendeh Iran,

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan and Janbakhtegan

Barack “Jimmy” Obama and His Pal Ahmadinejad


In the Name of My Father:

     President Barack “Jimmy” Obama is probably the first black politician from Cook County, Chicago to remind anyone of white Georgia peanut farmer and ex-American President Jimmy Carter.  What do they have in common?

     Answer:  their appeasement of Islamic theocracy and mutual contribution to the tragedy of Iran in the last 30 years.

     Carter was the David Rockefeller/Trilateral Commission choice for the American Presidency in 1976.  By 1980, the damage was done, both to Iran’s future in the 3 decades that would follow, as well as to America’s short-term international prestige and economic stability.  In the fall of 1980, the American people exercised both common sense and electoral prerogative, and sent Mr. Carter back to Plains and the peanut farm.

     But the effects of the Carter Presidency on Iran would reverberate to the present time.  We now know that Mr. Carter’s Ball-Brzezinski Commission on Iran was working hand-in-glove with British Petroleum (BP) to destroy Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s reign, given the latter’s refusal to hand Iranian petroleum rights and reserves over to BP at bargain-basement rates.  The rest is history. 

     The relationship between Khomeini and the British MI6, along with the Ball-Brzezinski cabal, may never be completely aired to the public.  But the results are self-evident, in the form of an Iran-Iraq war that inflicted 2 million casualties on both sides, and the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran’s (IRI) police state, which continues its murderous activities and wholesale assault on human rights to the present moment.

     Barack “Jimmy” Obama professes to be in favor of human rights on an international scale.  Yet through his press secretary, Mr. Gibbs, Mahmoud Ahmadinjejad was described as the “elected” leader of Iran, despite massive evidence of voter fraud in the June 12th election, and wholesale acts of criminality on the part of the Basij and the police.

     Not to worry, however.  Jimmy Obama can make a U-Turn almost as quickly as his Georgia cracker predecessor of 30 years ago.  The UK Times Online  reports today that the White House is now backpedaling fast from Mr. Gibbs assertion of just yesterday.  As thousands of Iranian riot police were beating back demonstrators during Mr. Ahmadinejad’s “inauguration,” Mr. Gibbs now says that, “Whether any election was fair. . . we’ll let [the Iranian people] decide about that.”

     Jimmy Obama and his press secretary may want to take a look at the thousands of demonstrators in the streets of Iranian cities, protesting the charade of free elections and demanding the end of mass incarcerations, torture, suppression of a free press, and the killings of dissidents. It is clear what the Iranian people think of the “fairness” of these “elections.”

     And in what may be a repeat of past American history, let us hope that the people of the United States send the latest “Jimmy” back to Plains–or is it Cook County, Chicago?

     And for a pathetic replay of Mr. Gibbs’s press conference performance of yesterday, click here.

Payendeh Iran,

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan and Janbakhtegan

Dr. Manouchehr Ganji to PM Erdogan: Come Clean on the $18.5 Billion U. S. transferred to Turkey from Iran


Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan 

In the Name of My Father:

Dr. Manouchehr Ganji’s letter of July 31st to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chronicles a most interesting event on the Iran/Turkish border, involving the Turkish customs authorities.

It seems that on October 7th, 2008, trucks containing $18.5 billion dollars/U. S., in one hundred dollar bills and 20 tons of gold, were delivered to the Ankara Customs Office.  The largesse was in transit from Iran through Turkey to a destination yet publicly unknown. 

Turkish independent television station Kanal D quotes Turkish lawyer Senol Ozel as stating that the $18.5 billion is legally owned by an Iranian named Esmael Saffarian-Nessab. Ozel describes his client as a “respected Iranian businessman [who] has transferred the money to Turkey through legal means.” 

Obvious questions abound.  Who really is Esmael Saffarian-Nessab?  Who is he working for?  Whose money is really being transited out of Iran?  For what final destination?  And what do Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Turkish attorney Senol Ozel really know about all of this?  How many players are there, really, in the transfer of $18 billion U. S. across the Iranian-Turkish border?

One thing is sure.  Dr. Ganji is fundamentally correct in his analysis that Mr. Esmael Saffarian-Nessab is not The Lone Ranger in this matter, just as Senol Ozel is not a convincing Tonto on Turkish television.  They are only minor middle men and liaisons in a deal with draconian implications.  We need the full story.  Now.

One other obvious implication of this faux pas.  Someone has decided that the Islamic Republic regime in Iran is no longer a place to keep one’s money.  Is the roof about to collapse?j

Mr. Rafsanjani and the Gnomes of Zurich won’t be talking, for sure.  But perhaps Dr. Manouchehr Ganji’s valiant public demand of accountability from Turkish PM Erdogan will have international intelligence agencies, world banks, and the Iranian people asking all of the right questions.

$18 billion U. S. leaving Iran in the dead of night.  The Mullah regime’s days are numbered.  The atomic clock is ticking.

See Mihanam Iran’s video here.  The text of the Ganji letter to Erdogan follows, below my signature.

Payendeh Iran,

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan and Janbakhtegan

 Washington, D.C., 31 July 2009
His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
Since three days ago a TV report  from Turkey circulating on the Internet, which is attached herewith, divulged a few months old story of confiscation by Turkey – at the Iran/Turkey  border Customs Office – trucks entering Turkey from Iran for unknown destination, containing 18.5 billion US dollars, in hundred dollar bills and 20 tons of gold. The report stated that the bill of lading showed that the money and the gold belonged to an Iranian by the name of Esmael Safarian-Nassab. Later, reports quoted a Turkish Lawyer by the name of Senol Ozel on the Turkish independent “Kanal D” TV Channel stating that his client Esmael Safarian-Nasab is a “respected Iranian businessman and has transferred the money to Turkey through legal means”.
The Turkish TV report contained a statement by Ozel stating:”The container-load of US dollars and gold bullion was delivered to Ankara Customs Office on October 7, 2008.”
That TV report now circulating on the Internet, of which I attach a copy for your second time viewing, shows the unbelievable stock of hundred dollar bills being counted by Turkish officials and placed on the storage holding racks. It also shows you Mr. Prime Minister addressing a Turkish Official gathering and stating that “this is an indicator of the Turkish Government’s success in attracting foreign capital”.
Now, since the story has fully and internationally surfaced, all kinds of disinformation, coming from Tehran, have begun to circulate. One states that your Government has fully denied the verifiability of the whole story ! Another states that Mr. Safarian-Nasab has asked for all the money and gold to be returned to Iran and yet another refers to the whole thing as nothing but a fabrication !
Excellency, I am sure during all this time you have wondered and asked yourself, how and where could an individual have stored all this money and gold throughout these years? I am sure you have wondered also as to whether this huge wealth in fact belonged to the Iranian people. Time will tell. But until that time on behalf of tens of millions of my compatriots, I respectfully urge you Mr. Prime Minister not to let that money and gold get out of Turkey. It is apparent that it belongs to the people of Iran and one day Turkey must return it to them. I heard today the denial statement by a Minister in your Government. With such documented media coverage, obviously neither you nor anyone else of sound mind would believe such denials.
Please accept Mr. Prime Minister the assurances of my highest considerations.       
Professor Manouchehr Ganji