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North Korean-Educated Ex-Commander Picked For Iranian Ministerial Post

Communications and information technology ministerial nominee Mohammad Hasan Nami (file photo)
Communications and information technology ministerial nominee Mohammad Hasan Nami (file photo)
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Iran's lame-duck president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has tapped a doctoral graduate of North Korea's most elite university and the purported architect of a "national intranet" to head the Communications and Information Technology Ministry.

AP quoted the official Iranian IRNA news agency as reporting that Mohammad Hasan Nami was "likely to pass" a vote of confidence in a parliament that has become increasingly hostile to Ahmadinejad as his second and final term nears its end.

Says AP:

Nami holds a doctorate degree in state management from Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea. He is also a former deputy defense minister and Iran’s ex-deputy Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Army.

IRNA’s Monday report says Nami is fluent in English and is the man behind an Iranian national intranet project.

The intranet project is instrumental to Tehran's continuing efforts to limit Iranians' access to the World Wide Web and other outside sources of information. Iranian authorities justify the intranet project as aimed at protecting the country's mostly Shi'ite population from "un-Islamic" Internet content. They have already unveiled a video-sharing site, called Mehr, to draw Iranians away from Google's massive YouTube site. (You can find lots of soccer, nature, and old movies and kids' programs there, in addition to religiously inspired sermons and state-approved music videos.)

The list of notable Kim Il Sung University alumni, in addition to current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his wife, "Comrade Ri Sol Ju," and his father, the late Kim Jong Il, includes mostly just North Korean illuminati.

Nami's doctoral work in Pyongyang could spell trouble for Iranians, who are already subjected to some of the heaviest Internet filtering anywhere in the world.

Even Tehran hasn't yet resorted to threatening its citizenry with "war crimes" charges for the unauthorized use of mobile telephones.

-- Andy Heil
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by: Muslim from: Earth
February 26, 2013 15:27
A great misrepresentation of reality by the headline, he just got his PhD there, its not that he got all his degrees there, plus, so what? the US regime killed at least twice as many people as the regime in North Korea, yet the media praises the US degree, Saudi princess, all of whom are corrupt and despotic got their degrees in the West.
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by: saucymugwump from: USA
February 28, 2013 02:59
"the US regime killed at least twice as many people as the regime in North Korea"

North Korea started the Korean War which killed as many as 3.75 million people including civilians. 1-2 million people died of starvation during the 1990s. And North Korea executes people for trivial reasons. So North Korea is responsible for probably 6+ million deaths.

The Muslim Earthling claims that the USA has killed 12+ million people, a claim which is truly laughable, but it does give us a great insight into the Islamic mind.

by: Jack from: US
February 26, 2013 16:41
Just another NATO stooge.
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by: saucymugwump from: USA
February 28, 2013 03:03
Jack, spawn of Russian soldier and Chechen wench, wrote "Just another NATO stooge."

Why don't you return to mother Russia if you hate the USA so much?
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by: Solidus from: Kabul
February 28, 2013 20:44
saucymuwump, I am an American and I have been at NATO headquarters in Kabul for a long time now. NATO works 5 hours a day while the US does most of the fighting and taking most of the casualties. Trust me, NATO isn't doing any favors for our Armed Forces.
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by: saucymugwump from: USA
March 01, 2013 15:56
Solidus wrote "NATO works 5 hours a day while the US does most of the fighting and taking most of the casualties"

It is good to hear from an insider.

My response was not so much pro-NATO as it was anti-Jack. He is a Russian national who lives in LA and hates everything American. If I hated Russia, I sure would not move there.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 27, 2013 17:19
This Iranian official is a smart guy: instead of wasting time getting expensive and useless education in some bankrupt country like the US, he invested time and effort into getting an education in the DPRK - and here we go: he made a career!!!

by: Nvd from: Iran
February 27, 2013 21:12
very good decision...why only members of IRGC could become minister? now a member of Iran's Army also granted this chance.

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