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Posts Tagged ‘Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Needs Some PR Assistance

Vladimir Putin‘s recent New York Times op-ed on Syria may have prompted some serious ethical debates, but it also led to a chorus of “Me too! Me too!” among other politicians looking to distribute their own foreign policy statements. Unfortunately for these followers, they now serve as case studies demonstrating why Putin pays top dollar for Ketchum‘s PR services.

The new, supposedly moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani placed an op-ed in The Washington Post urging the United States to pursue “constructive engagement” with his country while condemning the chemical weapons attacks that Iran supposedly helped happen—and he did it without PR assistance. His foreign minister also posted a Rosh Hashanah message earlier this month with the apparent goal of appeasing the Jewish community that predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad worked so hard to alienate by denying that the Holocaust ever happened.

This is progress, right? Not really.

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PR Fail: Iran Sends a Monkey Into Space, Brings a Different Monkey Back to Earth

Iran’s space program is kind of like North Korea’s search for mythical horse-like creatures: Officials say it’s moving along, and you don’t really believe them, but you’re still a little concerned because what if unicorns are real? How much of the world have we all been missing?

Today we’d like to offer some advice to all despotic, murderous dictators: If you want to be the news, you need to get the news right the first time.

Iran’s oppressive Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (think “I’m a dinner jacket”) regime managed to score a bit of media attention last week by proclaiming that it had launched a monkey into space. This was a major event for a country with very few friends that desperately wants to demonstrate its own power to the rest of the world. Over the weekend, the administration’s PR wing triumphantly announced the safe return of said monkey to Earth.

Welcome to the 20th century, Iran!

But wait: the Times of London observes that the two photos provided by Iran’s media relations people most definitely do not depict the same monkey. The little fella on the right has a mole that really gives it away, but come on.

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State Department Tweets in Farsi, Follows Fake Ahmadinejad

The State Department began a Farsi language Twitter feed this weekend, in what looks like an attempt to inspire Iranians to follow the cues of the Egyptian people after the successful removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

USA darFarsi has Tweeted three times so far, first to encourage Iranians to join the conversation, then to accuse their government of hypocrisy in their support of the uprising in Egypt.

The feed follows a few journalists, embassy people, and Alec Ross, the ubergeek interdisciplinary Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In a nod to those steeped in social media culture, it also follows a fake feed for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–which includes Tweets with words like “dickweed” and repeated mentions of Satan.