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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

MOR on the skids

Iranians are being taken back to the stone ages (well, at least before Kenny G):

"Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western music from Iran's radio and TV stations, reviving one of the harshest cultural decrees from the early days of 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"Songs such as George Michael's "Careless Whisper," Eric Clapton's "Rush" and the Eagles' "Hotel California" have regularly accompanied Iranian broadcasts, as do tunes by saxophonist Kenny G.

"But the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban Western music."

Ahmadinejad needs to realise that banning the Eagles is bound to cause social unrest on a massive scale.

UPDATE: In more positive Iran news, check out this new blog from an Iranian insider.


Blogger Wombat said...

This guy is a lunatic.

he is eithe rso ingenius that he has some plan in mind none of us can fathom, or he is mentally deranged.

What were the Iranians thinking when they voted for him?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Yep, he's certainly got 'vision', if, of course, you're stuck in a different age.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:19:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Banning Kenny G is a step toward enlightenment. Banning Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh however is two steps back. It's called the Ahmadinejad shuffle.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:26:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Imagine the sale fo IPDS being limited to calls to Islamic prayer!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 12:44:00 am  

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