Latest update from Iran by Pamela, Atlas Shrugs:
Day 135 Iran Revolution: Violent Protests Against Dictators in Iran on Anniversary of US Hostage Crisis UPDATE: protestors had a direct message for America’s president too: “You’re Either With Us or With Them”
From the Spittoon
Fareena Alam presenting on Press TV
Iran is a brutal theocratic dictatorship thatÂ executes minors,Â stones adulterous women to death, persecutesÂ religious andÂ ethnic minorities andÂ murders andÂ imprisons non-violent protestors for calling for free and fair elections.
It is also not exactly supportive of the UK’s struggle against Islamist extremism. The Iranian government is widely believed to haveÂ supplied Iraqi insurgents with many of the roadside bombs that killed British soldiers in Iraq, Iran’s leaders have alsoÂ called for the extrajudicial murder of a British novelist and funded London-based radical Islamist outfits such as the comically misnamedÂ Islamic Human Rights Commission.
One would think, therefore, that the British government would regard employees of the Iranian government as being less than ideal partners for the UK domestic ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ programme.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
One of the UK government’s flagship counter-extremism programmes is the Radical Middle Way (RMW) which was established withÂ Â£460,000 of government money in 2005 by former members of Q-News magazine, namely Fuad Nahdi, Abdul Rehman Malik and Malik’s wife Fareena Alam.
Fareena Alam first shot to fame two days after the 9-11 when she told a former US ambassador in a now-notorious edition of BBC Question Time that the US had deserved for the attacks because of its support for Israel, which sheÂ described as a ‘terrorist’ state.
Of the resulting media furore, she laterÂ said that ‘I think I got picked on in the papers because I had tanned skin, I’m a Muslim, a woman and I was wearing a headscarf’ andÂ that ‘If it was untimely, it was the BBC’s fault for running it two days after the attack’.
Despite this, Alam became one of the RMW’s most main public faces. She also chaired a number of the group’s public events, includingÂ one event in April 2008 that included Fuad Nahdi’s wife, Humera Khan, and Catherine Heseltine from MPACUK, an organisation which has been widely described asÂ Anti-Semitic.
In around mid-2008, however, Alam joined Press TV, the Iranian government-run and â€“funded propaganda station, as a reporter. She immediately began producing a stream of blatantly one-sided TV pieces that parroted the Iranian government’s line.
For instance, in one story nominally about the Iraqi president’s visit to London, Alam concluded that “Maliki’s visit to London occurred on the day that British troops started to finally withdraw from Iraq after six years. Most Iraqis will be glad to see the back of them and if they return in business suits instead of jackboots, their welcome will be far from certain.”
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