Iran Names 1979 U.S. Embassy Hostage-Taker Its UN Envoy

Kambiz Foroohar Bloomberg 3/30/2014

Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member […]

‘Loud Groans’ Heard in Academy Awards Media Room When Michelle Obama Announced As Surprise Presenter

Debra Heine InstaBlog 25 Feb 2013

In response to Finke: Michelle at Oscars ‘unnecessary and inappropriate’:

According to Clear Channel’s Steven Gregory on Twitter:


When Michelle Obama was introduced by Jack Nicholson most of the reporters in the media room groaned….loudly

— stevengregory (@stevengregory) February 25, 2013

Obama fatigue – it’s not just […]

Canadian Diplomat Who Sheltered Americans in 1979 Iran Dies

“It would have been nice if the story was told correctly because basically, if the Canadians weren’t there to help, who knows what would have happened to those Americans.”


Erica Ritz The Blaze 1/5/2013

This Jan. 27, 1981 photo shows John Sheardown in Ottawa, Ontario. (Photo: AP)

John Sheardown, a […]

Thirty-two years ago today...

Luis Gonzalez Babalú Blog 11/4/2012

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And to understand what this is all about you’ll have to read the article at Babalú Blog!

Update: Former Iranian Hostage: Obama Showing Same Ambivalent Foreign Policy as Jimmy Carter (Video)


The Egyptian Hostage Crisis: 1979 Revisited?

Joel B. Pollak Big Peace 2/20/2012

In the midst of Egypt’s supposed transition to democracy, nineteen Americans will face trial for promoting democracy. They are being prevented from leaving Egypt, and 14 of them are described by Egyptian authorities as “fugitives.”

A more accurate term would be “hostages,” and though the U.S. government is warning […]

11 February 1979

11 February 2011

Protesters in Tehran, 1979

On this day in 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran to a greeting by several million Iranians after the Shah of Iran left for exile in mid-January 1979.

Via Wikipedia:

The revolution was populist, nationalist and later Shi’a Islamic. It was in part a conservative […]