Some of you may be wondering why my pace of publishing has slowed of late. The main reason is that Ben Doherty of Electronic Intifada and I were diligently pursuing the story of Iran180, that wild and wacky faux human rights group that smeared Iran using floats in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sodomized by a nuclear missile. After writing my first post here, Ben and I really started digging. I interviewed many of the principals who founded, funded, supported or participated in Iran180 events including a number who are prominent in the Iranian-American community and American Jewish community.
The result is my new piece at Antiwar.com, Israel Lobby Creates Anti-Iran Astroturf Group. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that just as few of the Jewish leaders who helped create the group, or the Iranian-Americans who spoke at its events were particularly bothered by either by its blatantly homophobic, racist street theater propaganda–so few publications were interested in publishing this. Thanks to Antiwar.com for having the courage of their convictions.
The worst of Iran180’s videos are linked in the article. But just to give you a sense of how disgusting they are I’m featuring one above.
Moving to a different subject, I’ve also decided to switch WordPress themes. Though I truly loved the last one, especially its slide show which allowed me to feature beautiful works of art and politics, I wanted to see if switching to a more technically advanced theme would improve my Google ranking and make the blog accessible to more people.
The new theme costs money. Further, I spent many hours doing research for this new story and Antiwar didn’t pay for it. So if you’re inclined to help with a donation please do. Also, I urge you to promote and circulate my work as intensely as you can. Please introduce as many friends as you can to it to help build the audience.