Iran's president launches web log: www.ahmadinejad.ir


By Sinclere Lee

New York (BNW) —
After watching Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s interview with Mick Wallace on 60 Minutes Sunday, I found him to be well versed, intelligent and humble, and he got a lot more sense than Stupid Bush. I also found it odd that when he tried to speak-up against the oppression of Blacks in this country, 60 Minutes cut him off. So now we know why the world leaders don’t speak to the interest of Black Americans — this country and its mass media won’t let them.

Now that President Ahmadinejad is starting his own blog, I will be the first to read what he has to say and make entries. He announced that he would try to make his blog entries short and informative as he joins a burgeoning international community.

The launch of www.ahmadinejad.ir was reported on state TV, which urged users to send in messages to the president.

President Ahmadinejad's first posting, entitled autobiography, tells of his childhood, Iran's Islamic revolution, and the country's war with Iraq.

The blog includes a poll asking if users think the US and Israel are trying to trigger a new world war.

There is a postform for users to send in questions for the president, and a picture gallery containing a series of images of the blogger himself.

The move by President Ahmadinejad comes amid continuing Internet censorship by the Iranian government.


With hope in God, I intend to wholeheartedly complete my talk in future with allotted 15 minutes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's blog

In a country where the media is strictly controlled, the Internet has become the main forum for dissident voices.

But in its bid to crack down on anti-government bloggers, the government uses one of the most sophisticated Internet censorship systems in the world.

Such restrictions will not pose a problem for the president. However, at the end of his first posting - which runs to more than 2,000 words in English - he promises to try to keep things "shorter and simpler" in future.

"With hope in God, I intend to wholeheartedly complete my talk in future with allotted 15 minutes," he writes.

Nosebleed

President Ahmadinejad's first entry on his blog, which is available in Persian, Arabic, English and French and includes an RSS feed to get future new entries to readers, is dated Friday.

He begins by telling users of his humble origins. "During the era that nobility was a prestige and living in a city was perfection, I was born in a poor family in a remote village of Garmsar - approximately 90 kilometers west of Tehran," he writes.

His father was a "hard-bitten toiler blacksmith" and a "pious man", who had decided to move the family to Tehran when President Ahmadinejad was just a year old.

Describing himself as a "distinguished student", the president tells how he excelled at school, coming 132nd out of more than 400,000 students to take a university entrance test - despite suffering from a nose bleed at the time.

He talks about his admiration and affection for the leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and discusses Iran's war with Iraq, calling former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein an "aggressor" who was "intoxicated with power".

The president also heavily criticizes the US. At one point he describes it as "Great Satan USA" for what he says was its support for the "terrorist groups" which had tried to collapse Iran's Islamic government.

And the blog's current poll asks the question: "Do you think that the US and Israeli intention and goal by attacking Lebanon is pulling the trigger for another world war?"

It is not yet clear how well President Ahmadinejad's blog will be received. User figures already appear high - by 1100 BST on Monday, nearly 12,000 people had taken part in the online vote.

But Keivan Mehrgan, a Tehran-based blogger, told the Associated Press news agency he thought the president's efforts were merely a publicity stunt.

"Ahmadinejad used to have nothing to do with the Internet and even talked against journalists and bloggers before he became president," he was quoted as saying.




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