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Iranian Facebook & YouTube: open for business 18, March 2009

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Iranian authorities have released their blocks on Facebook and YouTube. This is quite a move forwards for the repressive regime in Tehran. Is this some kind of concession of sorts towards Obama’s recent more gentile rhetoric? Is this finally the vanguard of new media-savvy technology being embraced by the regime, after admitting defeat a la King Canute? It seems not. In an excellent article for Radio Free Europe, Golnaz Esfandiari suggests that it is in fact the Iranian authorities taking advantage of these media with one eye firmly on the upcoming June elections. In short, it is a way to contribute to roping in the youth vote. Time will tell…after a facebook status update has told us, that is.

Hat tip: Andrew Bishop. Much obliged.

Bush finally admits the truth 18, March 2009

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Former President Bush just can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth. Bushisms have become something of a phenomenon thanks to the fabulously ineloquent Texan. Now that he has left the Oval Office, I suppose that there’s no reason to assume that he will not come out with some more crackers…and so it proves.

W Bush about the memoirs he is planning:

I’m going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there’s an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened.