Kristy Kirkup - June 18th, 2013
The Royal Society of Canada will reconsider its decision to appoint a University of Ottawa professor and former Health Canada employee to chair a wireless research panel due to a potential conflict-of-interest, the Canadian Medical Association Journal says. Read more…
John Robson - June 17th, 2013
If you’re wondering how only 8 of 686 would-be candidates were allowed to run in Iran’s presidential election, it’s very simple. The Guardian Council of the Constitution approves candidates… or doesn’t if they’re not sufficiently keen on wholesome principles like death to Israel and death to the Great Satan and an Iranian nuclear bomb and such like. And where does this GCC come from? Again, very simple. The Supreme Leader chooses six members while the Parliament (whose legislation it can veto and whose candidates it can also veto) chooses six from a list prepared by the head of the Judicial Power who is (but you saw this coming) appointed by the Supreme Leader.
Even if you do get to be President, you don’t run the country. That’s the Supreme Leader, chosen by the Assembly of Experts (directly elected from candidates approved by… itself, and vetted by that darn Guardian Council again). Oh, and the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution can create things that aren’t laws but are binding and can’t be overruled except by the Supreme Leader… who appoints the SCCR personally.
Which raises the vexed question: Even if you could run for president of Iran, or for its parliament, why would you want to? That so many people would vote for a fake moderate anyway (a “pragmatist” according to the New York Times and we all know what that means) suggests most Iranians wish this question had a better answer than it does. But those who rule them for their own benefit without their genuine consent probably don’t care. Certainly this tangled self-perpetuating institutional framework suggests they don’t.
Daniel Proussalidis - June 15th, 2013
So-called moderate Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s presidential election according to the Islamist theocracy’s interior minister, but that doesn’t change Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s view of Iran’s government.
“Of the 686 candidates who tried to register as presidential candidates, only eight were permitted to run,” Baird said in a statement Saturday. “With Iran’s opposition leaders in jail and their supporters having been denied the ability to co-ordinate since June 2009, none of the eight regime-approved candidates represents a real alternative for Iranian voters.”
He also said whoever replaces the holocaust-denying, outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad “will simply be another of Ayatollah Khamenei’s puppets in the tragic and dangerous pantomime that is life for all Iranians.” Read more…
Kristy Kirkup - June 12th, 2013
An Ontario NDP MP is picking up where a Tory private member’s bill left off to call for harsher punishments against those who assault transit drivers. Read more…