(Tehran) “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western and ‘indecent’ music from state-run TV and radio stations.

The ban follows a ruling in October by the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, which he heads, to ban Western songs from the airwaves.

‘Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required,’ a statement from the council said.

Songs by artists such as Eric Clapton and George Michael will be affected.

Songs such as Clapton’s Rush, Michael’s Careless Whisper and The Eagles’ Hotel California are often used as background music on Iranian TV programmes.” More of this insanity here….

We had better get the Iraqi situation stabilized quickly in the coming year… This new Iranian leader is an even larger threat… He is a vocal supporter of anti-western culture and Islamic Fundamentalism and you can bet your camel, he will be supporting any effort that could lead to the collapse of the Iraqi gov’t after we draw down. Prognosis anyone ?