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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Canadian Charged In Iran - Update

Following the detention of Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, a Canadian citizen, the Iranian regime has now moved to charge him officially with very silly accusations.

His charges are espionage for foreign parties and having relations with foreigners, including having illegal links with monarchists and those groups which are trying to overthrow the mullahs.

He was believed to be taken to hospital and being tortured in the notorious Evin prison.

This completely reminds me of 2003 arrest of another Canadian journalist, Ms. Kazemi who was brutally tortured, raped and killed in the prison.

We must make sure that such tragedy does not happen again. I hope Canadian government under the leadership of PM Harper ensures Ramin's freedom and well-being.

I have utmost faith in Harper's government and I am sure they are working hard to solve this.

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What was the Doctor doing there? Doesn't everyone know that you dont' jump into that snake pit?

I think we should consider a trade ...

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo for Peter Mansbridge, Keith
Bogus, Neil McDonald and one or two others from the CBC.

Posted by: Duke | 2006-05-07 9:11:49 AM

"I hope Canadian government under the leadership of PM Harper ensures Ramin's freedom and well-being.

"I have utmost faith in Harper's government and I am sure they are working hard to solve this."

Talk about politicizing the story! Some seriously bad shit is happening to Dr. Jahanbegloo and, of course, we all want to hear that he has been released and is fine. But why do you need to insert partisan politics into the middle of this? Are you that pathological that you have to use every opportunity to say "Yeah Harper! Yeah CPC! Boo everyone else!"

Leave the campaign at the door on this one, if you have any human decency. The man's life might be at risk here. He is not a pawn in Canadian partisan political wars. Don't try to make him one.

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-05-07 12:57:29 PM

Its hardly partisan to express confidence in the gov't. of Canada to save this guy's life.

Pretty lame, Mark. Leave the 'partisan politics' for later.

Posted by: lwestin | 2006-05-07 3:10:32 PM

Hey Mark! This isn't a news report, it's an editorial. Expressing feelings and opinions are part of editorials.

This is a real test for Harper and I hope he's up to it.

In the meantime, take a cold shower or something.

Posted by: Chester | 2006-05-07 3:51:50 PM

The CPCs will cave on this, just as the Liberals did - not because they are bad people but because Canada is helpless in the face of barbarism by a strong economic and military power half a world away. If the Mullahs want to kill Jahanbegloo, they will kill him. If they want to let him go, they will let him go. We can (and should) send the Iranian ambassador home because of this, and seize any assets that they have in this country, but the Iranians won't give a f**k.

Posted by: Zog | 2006-05-07 5:49:33 PM


We all saw what happened to other Canadians during the leadership of Libs.

Zahra Kazemi died in the hands of savages in Iran and PM Martin gov't didnt do any thing at all, yet his ambassador to Tehran praised the sham elections of Iran and so on.

PM Harper is a tough guy and knows how to handle a rogue state like Iran better than the lame Libs.

Yes, Boo everyone else (big time) and Yeah Harper, Yeah CPC! Bravo Harper!

Any thing wrong with it?

Posted by: Winston | 2006-05-07 5:56:36 PM

So far Harper has presented himself as the great white hope for Canada. He has done a hell of lot right so far.

Getting tough on crime and folling through with his other promises.

All we EVER got from the libs is a load of bullshit.
This is a refreshing change and I would like to add my Yea Harper to noise.

Posted by: Duke | 2006-05-07 6:39:35 PM

The Liberal leader can shut his mouth about this entire case, considering how cowardly and ineffective he handled the Kazemi case. It was a disgrace for Canada.
Bill Graham: ex-"Minister of Strong Words"

Mckay's got his work cut out for him. I doubt he will treat this like the last guy did.

Posted by: Knight of Good Mr. Iron Man | 2006-05-07 8:05:47 PM

Jahanbegloo is a Canadian name? Hmm must be French-Canadian.

Posted by: Proud Redneck | 2006-05-07 9:14:39 PM

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo is of the Iranian (Persian) origin. He is a Canadian citizen though

Posted by: Winston | 2006-05-07 9:35:54 PM

Do you ever get the juvenile urge, like I do, of grabbing a mullah's headwrap, yanking real hard and watching him spin?

What does this mean? What does this say about me?

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-08 8:23:14 AM

Set you free, it is a natural reaction to seeing somebody in a clown suit.

I wonder how Iranians or Arabs would react if a plane load from Calgary disgorged a large group wearing stetsons into their sandboxes?

Posted by: Speller | 2006-05-08 8:40:05 AM


Stetsons are not enough. That make it all hat and no cattle.

As the lyrics to one of my favourite Ramones songs goes:

Beat up the brat
Beat up the brat
Beat up the brat
With a baseball bat

Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, oh

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-08 9:04:14 AM

Hate to quibble, but that's Beat ON the brat. Joey is very disappointed in you.

Posted by: truewest | 2006-05-08 9:57:20 AM

Grandstanding Jack Layton is suddenly a foreign policy expert and, only a few years behind the Bush administration, the NDP are all up in arms over Darfur(well they'll yap anyhow).

Well, why doesn't Grandstanding Jack take his bicycle and big mouth to Iran? The Iranians are sure to let him go once they see that Jack-o is a real swell guy with 'good (media)intentions'. The Mullahs are just Liberals in wolves clothing after all - aren't they?

Posted by: infidel | 2006-05-08 5:32:41 PM

Stetsons are not enough. That make it all hat and no cattle.
Posted by: Set you free

You may be right there, Set you free, but in Calgary stetsons are a cultural label.

You don't really think everyone who wears a turbin has camels do you?

Not everyone who wears baseball caps plays ball.

Speaking to the topic, Iran can not be influenced by the Canadian government, but if Peter McKay sets an example and the statement is carried through to the G8 summit, it might color the western diplomatic stance on Iran.

Then again, France always puts the US down for executing capital criminals but France gives a pass to Iran when Iran executes teenage boys for drinking beer.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-05-08 5:34:35 PM

Nice comments freaks--what is this the shotdumb-retard blog? "Set you free", I believe you belong in a cage of some sort along with some from of primate to keep you company.

Posted by: Brandon | 2006-05-09 4:33:59 PM


"Set you Free" is already living in a cage. It's called "Canada", and is the kind of place you always wanted to go to, until you're here. Then you spend the rest of your days trying in vain to get out, to escape the terminally dangerous healthcare system, and the endless taxation.

And he has at least one primate for company. Some dude by the name of "Brandon".

Posted by: bcf | 2006-05-09 5:47:00 PM

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