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Carlos Alberto Montaner

Madrid, Spain

Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain. Close.

Carlos Alberto Montaner

Madrid, Spain

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Oppose the Ruling Clique

We're probably looking at a gigantic electoral fraud committed in Iran, but that's not the core of the problem.

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bwana3 Author Profile Page:


June 21, 2009

Good morning and Happy Father's Day to all fathers and those who up with them put!

Today, I have a brief but serious subject.

There has been much discussion about how much President Obama should speak out in favor of the protestors (and hopefully revolutionaries) in Iran. Recently, on the anniversary of the Chinese crackdown in Tiananmen Square, there was nary a whimper from the world about Chinese repression.

About a week ago, I read a story about an American company seeking an injunction against use of its protected software code in computers shipped to China. Apparently, the Chinese government has issued an edict that as of certain date, all computers are to be equipped with a filter that allows certain web sites to be blocked and some say, may allow tracking of what people are doing. The US company complains that its software codes have "mysteriously" appeared in the system being prepared for compliance with this edict.

It goes without saying that shutting down the Internet, cell phone networks, telephone systems and TV and radio broadcasts is inimical to our notions of freedom.

In the past the US broadcast via Radio Free Europe and the VOA.

Now, it's time to enter the modern age.

I think one of the best policy initiatives the United States could implement is to use our Satellites to provide free Internet access for all Iranian and Chinese people to counter government shut downs. Whether this should be expanded to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and be 24/7/365 are issues to be determined.

The United States should also provide access to a free cell phone network allowing calls and text messages by Iranian and Chinese citizens whenever their governments shut down local networks.

We should also provide free relay broadcasts of TV and radio news and information broadcasts under these conditions.

This is a heck of a lot cheaper than military force or economic sanctions, would frustrate the piss out of the Chinese and Iranian governments, and demonstrate the power of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Just another thought swirling in my little Bwana head.


templars9 Author Profile Page:

I cannot think of anyone who has a clearer view of world issues. Mr. Montaner should be an adviser to the President. Heck, I would vote for him if he could run. Guess he is not a native born American. Our loss. R.

ordak100 Author Profile Page:

So when 80% turn out to vote, it is a fraud? With ore than 22500 ballot boxes and 500,000 observers nominated by candidates plus 250000 administrators of elections?

I think you ought to ease on watching CNN and BBC that are still stuck in the 1953 coup mentality and fast-forward to the 21st century. Alternatively, you might well be a subscriber to the Saudi and Egyptian systems, eh? Democracy is a process, not a project......

yeolds Author Profile Page:

This character is missing some salient points: Iran is a sovereign nation which was either abused by a puppet of USA, the Shah, or being hassled by the USA for abiout 56 years.

Some reliable reports indicate that the election was probably valid, with minor frauds here and there, as happens in any large election. Others, the cheerleaders of the losing side claim fraud. No definite data has been submutted to indicate that this is a valid judgement. As the election is exclusively a sovereign matter, it is of no rational concern to the USA, to Mr. Montaner, to any other parties and all parties have to live with the choice of the Irani people, however that choice has manifested itself.

We do recall that the Bush authorized funds to undermine Irani Sovereignity, and it appears that Mr. Obama has not cancelled this appropriation. This whole nonsense by the USA/UK press resembles the activity of the USA/UK government with respect to MR. Chavez, or any other natioal leader who does not kneel in front of such western demands.
When the 16 USA and the Russian spy services agree that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons, when Russia has approx 3000 nuclear engineers construction people in IRan, one should put more weight on these opinions than that of the neocon-Israel propaganda.

With respect to Mr. Obama's speech in Cairo, he talked a nice line, but the recent actions of his administration, the present Congress and DoD belied the new thinking.

As the Irani leadership has often stated they want to see actions not words. If no actions to reflect on Mr. Oabam's speech, then there is no possibility of peaceful progress.

Uncle Sam can not afford another war beside the present ones in Iraq, Afganistan, Somalia and Pakistan. Israel can not have any bombing raid on Iran except with the overt/covert consent of the USA.

Errors in any attack on Iran might put the whole world into depression if OPEC's ability to provide 40 % of the world's oil production is endangered. Two big fires in two ports would be fatal. So no War.

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