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Selling The Mullahs The Means To Repress

Monday, April 13, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Eli Lake has a story in the Washington Times on the sale of surveillance technology to Iran’s dictators. Lake will be on today’s program to discuss the story. Read the whole thing, but here are the closing graphs:

Mohsen Sazegara, a founder of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who became a democracy advocate and was arrested in 2003 for his opposition to the Islamic republic, said there were rumors in Iranian opposition circles that the Germans had sold the state powerful new technology that would make their monitoring efforts more effective.

“My first reaction is, ‘Wow! Why do they do this?’ Don’t they know that this will be used against the people of Iran?” said Mr. Sazegara, who now lives in the United States.

“They facilitate a regime which easily violates human rights in Iran and the privacy of the people of Iran. They have facilitated the regime with a high technology that allows them to monitor every student activist, every women’s rights activist, every labor activist and every ordinary person.”

Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, said 12 women?s rights activists were arrested late last month at a private meeting to celebrate the Persian New Year. He said the raid suggested the state had access to private communications.

“This is an absolute threat to the privacy of all Iranian activists. It puts them in danger of being constantly monitored by the intelligence services, something that we know is already happening,” Mr. Ghaemi said.

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A Long Conversation With Rick Warren

Friday, April 10, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The first hours of my conversation with Rick Warren aired on Tuesday, and the transcript us here and the podcast here.

The balance of the interview will be heard in hours two and three of today’s show, and the transcripts will be posted here and the podcasts here later this evening.

Rick’s new website, The Purpose Driven Connection, is here.

“The Great Buck Howard”

Friday, April 10, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. David Allen White doesn’t go to many movies, much less recommend them. In the nine years that DAW has been a regular guest on my radio show to discuss Shakespeare, Dante, and other “greats” as well as any topic related to faith and the culture, the recently retired professor at the United States Naval Academy has never suggested to the audience that it take in a movie in current release.

Until two weeks ago when he recommended that I and the everyone listening see “The Great Buck Howard,” which my wife and I did tonight.

Thank you, DAW.

“The Great Buck Howard” is a very fine film, and very touching. John Malkovich is, of course, wonderful and Colin Hanks and Emily Blunt are superb as well, and the many cameos are entertaining and surprising.

It is the story, though, that makes the movie –a tale of performing and aging, and the arc of fame in the era of fame. Dr. White is a magnificent performer, as listeners know, and so his enthusiasm for the movie would make perfect sense even if it wasn’t a gem.

But it is, and you should see it this weekend, confident that everyone in the party will be very pleased and eager to discuss it long after the credits roll.

And if you know an actor or any sort of performer, from the smallest classroom to the biggest stage, urge them to see “The Great Buck Howard.”

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