Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Barack Obama keeps referring to the "real" leader of Iran without actually naming him:

Foreign Affairs article by Akbar Ganji.

Who happens to be an Iranian journalist which has had his runins with the current regime.

Here is a good snippet:

The Iranian constitution endows the supreme leader with tremendous authority over all major state institutions, and Khamenei, who has held the post since 1989, has found many other ways to further increase his influence. Formally or not, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government all operate under the absolute sovereignty of the supreme leader; Khamenei is the head of state, the commander in chief, and the top ideologue. He also reaches into economic, religious, and cultural affairs through various government councils and organs of repression, such as the Revolutionary Guards, whose commander he himself appoints.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Presidential debate about Afghanistan and drug trafficking...

Here is an AL-Jazeera story about drug trafficking in Afghanistan:

Al Jazeera: This year poppy cultivation has decreased for the first time. Yet, the success is limited to some areas of the country and other areas, such as the south, show no progress. What are the reasons for the success in some areas and the lack of it in others?

Khodaidad: There are lots of difficulties in counter-narcotics issues in Afghanistan, particularly in eradication and law enforcement issues. It is not possible for Afghanistan to solve this drug problem by itself.

General Khodaidad, the minister of counter-narcotics is praised in this article.

But Afghanistan has an uphill battle to climb.

And it is in the US interest to solve this problem, as a lot of money goes to anti-Afghanistan/anti-US forces.

Why not help the Afghanis help themselves?

How does that go??feed a man a fish feed him once, teach him how to fish, feed him for life :)