Ahmadinejad starts his own blog (Update: Fake?)

Believe it. Al-Reuters has already written it up.

He was even thoughtful enough to provide an English translation. Click the little American/English flag icon on the right and you’ll see.

There’s an e-mail box where you can send him a message. Annnnnd … comments appear to be enabled.

I trust Hot Air’s readers will use that information judiciously.

Update: The first, er, “post” opens this way:

Oh Almighty God, please, we beg you to send us our Guardian- who You have promised us- soon

Note the poll, too.

Update: Meanwhile:

Iranian authorities are stepping up arrests and pressure on popular bloggers as part of a wider Internet clampdown launched after hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president last year, ending years of freewheeling Web access that once made Iran among the most vibrant online locales in the Middle East…

Thousands of Web sites have been blocked, including anti-regime groups from Iranians abroad and news outlets such as the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Persian Service and the Voice of America. But it remains a spotty assault. Sites such as the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post and California-based regimechangeiran.com remain accessible. (The Associated Press site also was not blocked as of early August.)

Update: No doubt Mike Wallace has already added it to his RSS folder.

Update: Reader Niko K. ran a search of the domain name at Iran’s NIC page and got this:

Domain Name: ahmadinejad.ir
Legal Holder: Mahdi Ahmadi Nejad
Postal address:
Motahari Ave. at Raham St.
Tehran, IR
Phone number: 8440220
Fax number: 8440220
Admin Contact: nic38790h87
Technical Contact: nic38790h87
Domain Name Server1: ns1.nisn.ir
Domain Name Server2: ns2.nisn.ir
Request Date: 10 November 2004
Last Verification: 22 July 2006

Admin Handle: nic38790h87
Name: Mahdi Ahmadi Nejad
Postal address:
Pasteur Sq., Pasteur St., Peresident Office
Phone number: 64451
Fax number:
email: [email protected]

Technical Handle: nic38790h87
Name: Mahdi Ahmadi Nejad
email: [email protected]

Niko notes that he’s using a Gmail address, which seems somehow unlikely, and that Iranians typically translate his name from Farsi to English as “Ahmadi-Nezad” with a “z”. Is the site a fake?

I don’t know what to make of the fact that whoever owns the domain has been squatting on it since November 2004, either. Ahmadinejad was mayor of Tehran at that time; he wasn’t “elected” president until August of last year.

But the real eyebrow-archer is to whom it’s registered. “Mahdi” Ahmadi Nejad? I did a quick Google search — and found that he has, indeed, been referred to in the past in news accounts as “Mahdi.”

Quite a nickname he’s got for himself there.