Friday, November 06, 2009

Mahmoud Vahidnia, A Very Big Man

A math student in Tehran has done the unthinkable: asked why Iranian citizens can't criticize the clerical leadership in the country.
"I don't know why in this country it's not allowed to make any kind of criticism of you," said the student, wearing a long-sleeved blue polo shirt and appearing calm.

"In the past three to five years that I have been reading newspapers, I have seen no criticism of you, not even by the Assembly of Experts, whose duty is to criticize and supervise the performance of the leader," he said, referring to the clerical body that chooses the country's supreme leader.

Khamenei countered, "We welcome criticism. We never said not to criticize us. ... There's plenty of criticism that I receive," according to accounts in state media and on opposition Web sites

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Hitchens vs. Turek

Well recorded, and while Hitchens hits the same points for the past year now, it's still worth a watch. Turek makes some rather poor arguments, and seems to think that if he simply throws every possible contention at Hitchens he can win the debate. He surely doesn't come out well. Part 1 of 13, so make some coffee or get some scotch and sit back. Hitch comes in in the third part.