What we saw in tonight’s Vice-Presidential debate between incumbent VP Joe Biden and his rival GOP Candidate Paul Ryan was showdown of two politicians strong in their devotions and believers in what their political parties are taking as integral policies. As it was expected this debate was totally different than last week debate between presidential candidates Obama and Romney. I want to be clear and say that my view of this debate is that there was no decisive winner, both candidates did an excellent job in sticking with their believes, campaign promises and earlier presented stands but in some areas Joe Biden score more points than Paul Ryan. Prior to their face-to-face meeting I tweeted and repeated in conversations with my friends that there’s no chance that Paul Ryan can be better than Joe Biden when it comes to foreign politics. Biden sit on US Senate for majority of Ryan’s lifetime and for a long period of time he was chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations which is one of the most influential parliamentary committees in the world when it comes to foreign policy. Continue reading
SURREY – Committee To Protect Journalists, renewed independent and non-governmental organization devoted to promotion press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal, issued recent two important annual reports. According to CPJ’s report on journalist imprisonment in 2011 number of those put behind bars jumped worldwide and Iran is leader, while Pakistan is a worldwide deadliest nation. Continue reading
Unnamed 21-year-old follower of Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who wanted to start music lessons program or school, asked highest state official if music is allowed or acceptable according to Islam. No one expected that Iranian leader will responded on this way, more over no one expected that respond will find his place on the list of the most radical ruling since the 1979 Khomeini Revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said to his follower that even music is allowed or hallal in Islam, music is “not compatible” with high values of Islamic Republic of Iran. According to semi-official media Khamenei said:
“Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic. It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music.”
Clerical religious rulings or fatwa’s are usually followed only by their on followers, and they don’t have any impact on the regional or state levels, but in this case situation is completely different. Ayatollah Khamenei made his rulings, by his own fatwa, the only clerical whom orders will be considered as administrative orders for whole country. In his last month fatwa Khamenei said that his leadership is directly connected to Prophet Mohammad and obligated all Iranians to obey his rulings. His own practice is to not express his own views so often in public, but many analysts are convinced that Khamenei himself was a person behind crackdown of music in a time of 1979 Revolution.
Reformist Ayatollah Mohammad Khatami wins 1997 presidential elections, and loosened some tights connected to music and other pleasures in Iran. But since his successor Mohammad Ahmadinejad took presidential office radical views against music and musical practice in Iran are parts of state policies. Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, led by Ahamadinejad followers, has refused to issue thousands of permissions for distribution of music contents in country. They also refused to permit several hundred requests for concert or public events in a fear that those activities would be used by opposition against Ahmadinejad’s and Khamenei’s administrations.
“They are afraid of my concerts because of those moments before the concert is begun, when the whole hall is in silence and darkness when someone suddenly shouts ‘death to dictator’ and everybody accompanies and they are unable to identify that person”, said Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran’s most prolific and popular classical vocalist.