Thursday, October 27, 2005
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments to wipe Israel off the map are drawing outrage in Europe and North America while undoubtedly persuading fence-sitters that we really should worry about whether Iran gets nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, a council chaired by Ahmadinejad is re-affirming the country's stance against nihilism and secularism in film. Directors interviews by RFE-RL say there's nothing new, but with a hard-line government in power, will be see stricter interpretations of this ban? Iran has a vibrant film industry even under censorship, and I would hate to see it get choked off.