Does no journalist at Press TV question or get to question the journalistic ethics of taking a person condemned to death and inviting them to incriminate themselves in a crime for which they have already been convicted?
The Sakineh confession broadcast on Saturday is the new episode of the strange "reality" show that the Iranian regime has staged around her case. For those of you who would like to get to the bottom of this situation, I have some advice: stick to the basics.
Photos of Sakineh in her home circulated yesterday, giving some of us a premature sensation of relief. But anyone with knowledge of legal procedures will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
We are now nearing the moment when, from little arrangements to great back-downs, from cultural concessions to totalitarian power grabs, the United Nations institution itself will be ready for the scrap heap.
And so Iran is backing down. The Islamic Republic does it in its own way, tortuously, but it is backing down -- a fact made evident this morning in two announcements by officials from Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For those following the idiotic allegations that Sharia is creeping into American society and wonder who speaks for Islam, I think the answer is obvious. Western extremists are now the new hijackers of Islam.
Upholding human rights is not "meddling" in another country's internal affairs. It is a universal responsibility, especially when the Iranian people have been demanding it themselves, sacrificing their freedom and their lives for it.