Iranian students hold a poster of Lebanese Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, left, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, center, and American Malcolm X, left, as they listen to the speech of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega. AP PHOTO/HASAN SARBAKHSHIAN
Photos You Never Saw
By Paul Lee, The Michigan Citizen
On June 10, 2007, a stringer for the Associated Press (AP) shot a series of photographs during a speech by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at Tehran University in the Islamic Republic of Iran that few people in this nation ever saw — but should have.
Although they were made available through the AP’s worldwide news service, most U. S. and Western news publications and Web sites ignored them.
This is curious because the photos reveal something unknown to most Westerners — namely, that the Iranian government and students strongly identify with and celebrate revolutionaries from the Americas, which they have done since the overthrow of U. S.-backed dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979.