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Ignore the chickenhawks pushing for an Iran coup

Ignore the chickenhawks pushing for an Iran coup

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

MUCH has been said and written in recent days about the way the demonstrators in Tehran have been utilising new kinds of 'social media' to challenge the Iranian theocratic regime. Protestors blog, post to Facebook, and most intriguing, coordinate their protests on Twitter, the messaging service.

On Twitter, young Iranians and their supporters post reports and links to photos from demonstrations along with accounts of street fighting and casualties around the country. So will this revolution be twitted?

Perhaps. But in any case, with all the attention focused on Tehran's Twitter Revolutionaries, we shouldn't forget the other impressive group of revolutionaries that has emerged in Washington just as the media started reporting on allegations about a rigged Iranian presidential election and angry protesters were gathering in Teheran.

I'm referring here to the many brave US lawmakers,…

Obama using political wealth for health reform

Business Times - 24 Jun 2009


Obama using political wealth for health reform

The President is intent on getting the healthcare legislation passed by Congress this year

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IT'S beginning to feel as though the American political system is reverting to an election campaign mode. Is President Barack Obama running for re-election?

That was at least the impression of journalists who were covering Mr Obama's announcement on Monday that he was going to use all the weapons in his political arsenal to win the coming fight in Congress and around the country over his plan to reform the nation's ailing healthcare system.

It was clearly one of the major opening shots in what are expected to be long and costly political and legislative battles over health care.

'Yes we can,' Mr Obama told reporters at the White House as he discussed the decision by the drug companies to put a price ceiling on prescription drug coverage for the elderly that is off…