• 14 April 2009
  • Posted By Patrick Disney
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran

60 Minutes: Ahmed Batebi and Torture in Iran


Posted By Patrick Disney

    4 Responses to “60 Minutes: Ahmed Batebi and Torture in Iran”

  1. a reader says:

    stupid, & naive at best. he should tell the Iranian people what was that protest for? what were they looking for ultimately? and why should a student like him, with almost no political wisdom, disturb the psyche of a nation with such a protest? he was part of a group of stupid students (who even I at that time was thinking they are right!) who didn’t know what are they really looking for. I would call their action PARANOID at best. These are the ones,with their sensational actions, that should be responsible for the failure of reform movement in Iran.He better to stay here more so he can understand that the kind of the protest he attended in Iran is not allowable in the U.S as well. FREE!, within few years, if he get out of the group of those Iranian gangs in VOAPERSIAN, and truly tries to assimilate in the U.S with dignity, then he will get the reality of discrimination, and racism, embedded (in the capitalistic system) in his presumably free land. Mujahedins also, at the time they were receiving money from Saddam, claimed they live in a free country!

    It seems, the U.S has again turned to the awesome excuse of modern time, HUMAN RIGHTS!, as its other leverages have simply faded.

    P.S, if he got tortured, why is he that healthy?!

    * at some point, the gov. of Iran is guilty. it should free these young people to release their energy in other areas! so that they would not enter in a field like politics that they are totally blinded.

  2. no comment. says:

    First off, when you start a sentence you should be capitalizing the first letter of the word, secondly there should not be a comma than (&) it does not make sense in your sentence. Last grammar mistake I will point out is that FREE!, (you cannot write that because there is either going to be an exclamation mark or a comma, not both).

    Now to start on my rant on what you wrote, obviously you are an uneducated dimwit who has come on here making a comment that makes no sense grammatically or even argumentatively. You state that they are “Paranoid” that does not make any sense. A person who is paranoid would not start a protest because they would be too fearful of their lives.

    A stupid group of students? Are you really trying to pull that one, sweetie I’m sure if you were somewhat educated you would not be calling them stupid. People who go to school, especially at the University of Tehran need a certain gpa to get in, because of this it is obvious that you may be bitter for not making it in and choose to call these enlightened Iranians stupid.

    Mr.Batebi obviously went to prison and he looks healthy because he has been out for a year now, and has received medical care. I am sure that if you got out of prison and were sick, you too would go to a doctor or physician to get better.

    Lastly, if you knew anything about human rights and the reform movement you would not be making such moronic comments. At least these people attempt to make a change, while you, cowardly reader sit here and watch these documents and harass these people. At least they have the guts to stand up for those Iranians who are being tortured and condescended by their government.

    Please do a bit of research on Ahmad Batebi, the reform movement, and Iran in general to maybe get a somewhat understanding of the situation through your thick head.

  3. a reader says:

    i got educated at Sharif Univ.!, and my last sentence was meant for people like u!

  4. no comment says:

    Maybe Sharif should have taught you how to properly word sentences and use grammar rules. I guess there are some things money can’t buy. Your last sentence does not make much sense either, and by the way what is your political standing, because you are coming off as an anarchist.

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