Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now has a blog, according to various reports. Good heavens, there's even an RSS feed. At first, I thought this might be more Greg Gutfeld mischief -- we have him to thank for Al Zarqawi's Mom's Blog. But no. They're saying this is the real deal.
In the Iranian president's first entry, he reminisces about his childhood in poverty, and asks readers if they think the US and Israel want to start World War Three. Reuters reports that the man...
whose speeches are riddled with anti-U.S. rhetoric, also described how he was angered by American meddling in Iran even when he was at elementary school. (...) But he admitted his opening blog [post], which runs to more than 2,300 words in the English version, was too long. 'From now onwards, I will try to make it simpler and shorter,' he wrote.Link (Thanks, Cyrus Farivar)
Reader comment: Wagner James Au says, "Worth remembering during the yucks:"
TEHRAN, Iran, Aug. 13, 2006 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Sayeed Habibi considers himself a marked man. The reason: his Internet blog that challenges some of the policies of Iran's theocracy. He predicts that someday _ perhaps soon _ he'll be taken to prison and his site will be shut down. "And another voice will be silenced," said Habibi, a 34-year-old postgraduate and an unofficial elder statesman for student-led activist movements. "I fully expect to see the inside of a jail cell."Link
He's not alone. Iranian authorities are stepping up arrests and pressure on popular bloggers as part of a wider Internet clampdown launched after hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president last year, ending years of freewheeling Web access that once made Iran among the most vibrant online locales in the Middle East.
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