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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 02:12 PM
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8. To be fair, there's a huge difference between Afghanistan and Iran.
Iran is a modern country with a modern communications infrastructure, where cell phone cameras, Internet access, and blogging are just as common as anywhere in the western world. Iran also permits foreign media to maintain offices in its major cities, so long as they aren't actively reporting against the government. Afghanistan, in contrast, is a bombed out shell of a nation where only a handful of people have Internet access, cellphones are nonexistent, and home computers are unheard of. It's also a nation where press access is highly limited by terrain, infrastructure, war, and government restrictions.

So, yeah, there's a difference.
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  -Funny how CNN can get smuggled video of protests out of Iran but can't get any from Afghanistan NNN0LHI  Jan-08-10 08:33 AM   #0 
  - the media has played us for fools since 911.  spanone   Jan-08-10 08:42 AM   #1 
  - The media has played us for fools since,  bluescribbler   Jan-08-10 08:49 AM   #3 
     - Yeah, I remember those days...  KansDem   Jan-08-10 02:03 PM   #6 
  - Or Honduras which is in the EXACT same sitution as Iran.  Joanne98   Jan-08-10 08:47 AM   #2 
  - Iranian protests serve US geopolitical interests (so they think); Afghan protests don't.  StarfarerBill   Jan-08-10 08:53 AM   #4 
  - If the protests turn really nationalist, I could see the US doing on a 180 on it  anonymous171   Jan-08-10 02:13 PM   #9 
     - That would depend on whether the nationalists would want to do business with our corporations.  StarfarerBill   Jan-08-10 02:36 PM   #13 
  - I saw Obama's effigy burning in Afghanistan on English Al Jazeera. nt  thereismore   Jan-08-10 01:58 PM   #5 
  - Or from Honduras.  EFerrari   Jan-08-10 02:10 PM   #7 
  - To be fair, there's a huge difference between Afghanistan and Iran.  Xithras   Jan-08-10 02:12 PM   #8 
  - This.  Brickbat   Jan-08-10 02:15 PM   #10 
  - There are cell phones in Afghanistan. At least there were in 2005.  Flaneur   Jan-08-10 03:29 PM   #16 
  - Hell yeah some protesters are better than others.  Artie Bucco   Jan-08-10 02:15 PM   #11 
  - Not to defend the media or imbalanced coverage, but Iran is a modern country with thousands of video  HughMoran   Jan-08-10 02:17 PM   #12 
     - But our country isn't occupying Iran like we USA is occupying Afghanistan  NNN0LHI   Jan-08-10 02:46 PM   #14 
        - The Iranians aren't protesting children blown up by the Taliban then blaming the U.S.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Jan-08-10 02:47 PM   #15 
 

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