Passing Notes: Iran, Health, Perception Politics

Here is why the Iranian national elections is the most important since the US’s in November.

The chief contender is Mousavi, a former 1979 revolutionary himself and prime minister during Iran’s war against Iraq. According to The Washington Post however, “most Iranians say that Mousavi, like many of the founders of the Islamic republic, has changed. They say the dogmatic hothead who wanted to spread the Islamic revolution around the world has become a pragmatic politician who firmly believes in Islamic governance, but also has called for greater freedoms and civil-rights protections.” His platform stresses Iran’s need to get sanctions lifted, to become part of the global economy, and to end its international isolation. Interestingly, he goes out of his way to condemn Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust. Tellingly, he often campaigns with his wife and younger people, the main targets of his campaign. On a side note, Mousavi’s wife has threatened to sue Ahmadinejad if he did not apologize for disparaging her during the recent televised debate between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi.

Read more here.

Mir Hossein Mousavi vs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Why do they remind me of Jacob and his nemesis in LOST?
Mir Hossein Mousavi vs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Why do they remind me of Jacob and his nemesis in LOST?

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This is simply classy leadership. As part of his initiative to push for a broader health care agenda, President Barack Obama begins by setting an example of himself and his family.

President Barack Obama eats his vegetables and exercises every day — and he really wants you to do the same.

From the White House garden to his picks for top health jobs, Obama is telling America’s McDonald’s-loving, couch-dwelling, doctor-phobic populace that things are about to change.

Don’t be fooled by the presidential burger runs. Obama and Congress are moving across several fronts to give government a central role in making America healthier — raising expectations among public health experts of a new era of activism unlike any before.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23559.html

The Politico article misses the whole point though. It’s not about being a nanny state or not. That point is moot. You’re a democracy. There is no fascist agenda to impose healthier living, but a president who leads by a powerful example.

Mmm... healthy. Makes me crave for a Steakhouse Whopper. With cheese.
Mmm... healthy. Makes me crave for a Steakhouse Whopper. With cheese.

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I am always amused by how the Palace explains away their sagging popularity in surveys as a matter of perception. GMA is still loved; in some quarters perhaps. People see what they want to see. But her regime has faced rebuke for quite some time now. It is no surprise that she has placed her bets with her allies in the House, in so doing gambling our democracy — her legitimacy — away. The Anti-ConAss rally last night should remind them that their sagging popularity is not a matter of perception. It is a political reality. They continue to deny it, they continue to prove themselves out of touch, and they will lose power.

Sharing awesome pics of last nights rally taken by fellow BK-crew member, Bikoy.
Sharing awesome pics of last night's rally taken by fellow BK-crew member, Bikoy. Click the image to view the full gallery.
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