Friday, 19 June 2009

In fear of the people - 6


An illustration in the New York Times earlier this week. On his Drawger blog, artist Edel Rodriguez shows some of the work process behind the image.

Art copyright © Edel Rodriguez 2009.

Today’s updates from The New York TimesThe Guardian, Raye Man Kojast, and Andrew Sullivan, and a press roundup from the SWJ.


UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday: “A proud people wants to decide its own future. We should defend that.”

Background:
Via Global Dashboard, the BBC documentary Iran and the West.
Episode 1, The Man Who Changed the World,
clips onetwothreefourfive, and six.
Episode 2, The Pariah State, 
clips one, two, three, four, five, and six.
Episode 3, Nuclear Confrontation,
clips onetwothreefourfive, and six
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As the regime threatens a more extreme crackdown, Harry’s Place reports on the UK government’s forced deportation to Iran of a convert. This concerns an Iranian accused of apostasy, a ‘crime’ punishable by death in Iran. The UK Government had first attempted to deport him on a commercial flight to Tehran on June 9th, but the pilot refused to take him.

Here is Melvyn Kohn’s account of how he sought help from Brian Iddon, Labour Member of Parliament for Bolton South East:
So he will not be emailing MP Brian Iddon anymore with his desperate pleas. What we thought would be a good move turned out to be a waste of time. Iddon, in emails sent to a colleague, rather than getting the young man released, spent his time speculating on his motives - and went so far as to reply to one reader of this site that the young man was not doing much to help himself. I had to go over the case point by point to undo the damage. Let me reply to Iddon’s nonsense here as well: the man was a genuine Christian and had entered the country legally. Iddon, you had a duty to help him, not ask inane questions. Precious time was wasted. Why were you so unhelpful? You eventually put a caseworker on to it, who did call Harmondsworth, but why stop there? The buck stops way above Harmondsworth. There was no mention of any attempt to contact Phil Woolas - a step other MPs are on record as having taken (John McDonnell for instance, in regards the case posted to this site on 6 June). Your caseworker was asked this quesion earlier this afternoon in an email.

It may well be a rhetorical question. The young man is gone. You are still here. And I hope that soon you too are gone. Thanks for nothing.
Here’s more on Brian Iddon MP and friends.

1 comment:

Roland Dodds said...

An excellent piece by Edel; I especially like seeing the process behind the final product.