POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 27, 2014 AT 20:30 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 27, 2014 20:30 IST

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, hanged in Iran on Saturday, October 25, on charges of killing a man she said tried to rape her, sent a final message to her mother in April, asking her to make sure her organs would be donated. 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 27, 2014 AT 20:30 IST, Edited At: Oct 27, 2014 20:30 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Oct 10, 2014 AT 20:43 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 10, 2014 20:43 IST

We missed it when it happened exactly a week back, but it was one of those rare, truly poignant, moments that make sport what it is and brings out the best in us.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Oct 10, 2014 AT 20:43 IST, Edited At: Oct 10, 2014 20:43 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Oct 11, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 11, 2013 23:59 IST


What the Dawn Published as: Malala bungee jumping hours after she was allegedly ‘shot.

Yesterday, Pakistani columnist Nadeem Farooq Paracha wrote a satirical column about the Malala conspiracy theories in Pakistan. It was so over the top that many people objected that it was not really funny as it should have been more subtle and deadpan.

Well, they understimated the power of America-hatred.

People on social media wrote tweets about this “revelation” published in Dawn News. OK, that’s just social media. There is no shortage of morons in the world, etc etc. But then Iran’s somewhat sophisticated propaganda site PRESS TV took the bait, with hilarious results.

The original link now takes you to some generic Press TV page. The Iranians were stupid, but not THAT stupid. They took it down. Luckily, we have a screenshot.


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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Oct 11, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Oct 11, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 06, 2009 AT 23:23 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 07, 2009 02:43 IST

Millions of twitter users were left frustrated by one of the oldest tools in the Internet hacker handbook: the Distributed Denial-of-Service attack (commonly shortened to DDoS). As Time reports:

DDoS attacks are surprisingly low tech. Using a network of computers (dubbed zombies) controlled by a single master machine, the hacker tries to overwhelm the a website's servers. It's a brute force approach — the network of hacker-controlled computers flood the server with requests for data until the server overloads and comes crashing down. Graham Cluley, a computer security expert, likened the attack to "15 fat men trying to get through a revolving door at the same time." The attacks do no lasting damage — user data isn't compromised and the site isn't down for long. Once the fat men stop rushing the doors, everything returns to normal.

So is this the worst DDoS attack ever, as some Twitter fans are claiming? No, the DDoS attack on Google earlier this year was probably still the worst attack on record, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in the Computer World. He of course also has a theory as to who may be behind it:

Twitter has become the way for Iranian protesters to keep in touch with each other and let the rest of the world know about how their election was stolen from them. The Iranian opposition had been planning protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inauguration ceremony. A great deal of this planning has been over the Internet on blogs, and, of course, Twitter.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 06, 2009 AT 23:23 IST, Edited At: Aug 07, 2009 02:43 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 15, 2009 AT 22:21 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 16, 2009 00:27 IST

Slavoj Žižek in the LRB:

There are many versions of last month’s events in Tehran. Some see in the protests the culmination of the pro-Western ‘reform movement’, something along the lines of the colour-coded revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia. They support the protests as a secular reaction to the Khomeini revolution, as the first step towards a new liberal-democratic Iran freed from Muslim fundamentalism. They are countered by sceptics who think that Ahmadinejad actually won, that he is the voice of the majority, while Mousavi’s support comes from the middle classes and their gilded youth. Let’s face facts, they say: in Ahmadinejad, Iran has the president it deserves. Then there are those who dismiss Mousavi as a member of the clerical establishment whose differences from Ahmadinejad are merely cosmetic. He too wants to continue with the atomic energy programme, is against recognising Israel, and when he was prime minister in the repressive years of the war with Iraq enjoyed the full support of Khomeini.

Finally, and saddest of all, are the leftist supporters of Ahmadinejad.

Read the full article: here

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 15, 2009 AT 22:21 IST, Edited At: Jul 16, 2009 00:27 IST
     
 
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