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Today was a great day for My wife and me. We went to “Opening Inaugural Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial. there were a huge people there and we heard nice song like is “Bruce Springsteen” , “James Taylor and Jennifer Nettles” , “Shakira, Stevie Wonder and Usher” , “Bono and The Edge of U2 perform” , “Josh Groban and Heather Headley” , “John Mellencamp” , “Sheryl Crow and will.i.am” , “Garth Brooks” and finally “Beyonce”.
Also, today President-elect Barack Obama gave speech.
this is my new report for Rooz Online :
Government is Exploiting the Crisis
Statement of Tahkim Vahdat Organization on Gaza
The first statement that Daftare Tahkim Vahdat student organization issued a while ago regarding the crisis in Gaza was used by the conservative media in Iran to create an atmosphere that provided the conservatives in the country with the justification to ban a newspaper and the Ministry of Science – which supervises the management and activities of institutions of higher education in Iran – to declare this student group as “illegal’. Two days ago, Tahkim Vahdat issued another statement in which it accused President Ahmadinejad’s administration of exploiting the crises in Gaza.
While mentioning former president Khatami’s administration’s “relatively rational policy” towards Palestine, this statement criticizes the current government’s Middle East policy and writes, “The contradictory, tension-building and counter national security policy that is pursued by the ninth (current) administration, which talks of ‘eliminating Israel’ from the map of the world while at the same time talks of ‘friendship with the people of Israeli’ and defends this policy, has resulted in the loss of Iran’s position in region and has discredited this country’s standing in the international community. The negative consequences of this tension building on Iran’s national interest are obvious and do not require any explanation.”
Tahkim Vahdat is Iran’s largest student organization which has in recent years gradually become critical of Ahmadinejad’s administration’s domestic and foreign policies. In its most recent statement the organization says, “This administrative and its supporters follow exploitative policies that have created greater obstacles, more crackdowns of independent forces and have redirected society from their real problems and domestic crises. Among the measures the administration has embarked on are launching a destructive campaign against Daftare Tahkim, creating problems for a Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms Shirin Ebadi, arresting more than eleven students from Shiraz University, increasing the number of civil and social activist arrests, and the laying of the foundation for even greater crackdown on Islamic student societies and student activists. These have been advanced through the fabrication of news and scenarios by such media as Keyhan, Fars news agency and the state-run television.”
While blatantly criticizing the policies of the ninth administration, the statement further reads, “One can believe the claim of supporting the people of Palestine, as is made by the ideologues, only when they first implement these human rights standards for the Iranian people … . An evaluation of the behavior of the government indicates that its key motivation in this regard is to exploit the Gaza crisis for its own domestic and foreign purposes, while at the same time monopolizing the issue of support for the people of Palestine into its own exclusive domain.”
But the criticism of the student organization is not limited to the current administration. Like its first statement, this one condemns the policies of Israel while at the same time reminding its readers that, “Exploitation of the people of Palestine is one of the most painful aspects of this long crisis. “Governments and political groups who believe that their interests lie in regional unrest have tried to use Palestine as a political card for their own benefit. The best example of this practice was what Saddam Hussein did in this regard. Unfortunately some Palestinian groups too are only interested to attain power, expand their ideology and survive at any cost while disregarding the rights and public interests of Palestinian people, including their legitimate resistance.”
“The wrong strategies of some Palestinian groups in their calculations also impact the outcome of this issue. It is clear that one cannot confront the well-equipped and advanced military might of Israel with hand-made rockets which only destroy the security, peace, and life of Palestinian people and weaken the newly founded Palestinian state. In this state of affairs, the negative and destructive consequences of these actions on the Palestinian people, including the threats that are imposed on them, do not seem to be important to these groups. The disorderly arming of Palestinian groups and factions in recent years, and the exploitation of these groups by certain terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida which lack any responsibility to their impact on the region have resulted in the threat to the life of innocent people in the region,” the statement reads.