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5 July 2005
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At least cartoonists are happy to see Ahmadinejad the president

An unwritten law had long prevented Iranian cartoonists from drawing caricatures of the clerics, including Iranian presidents so far.

But Ahmadinejad, who is the first non-cleric president of Iran after over twenty years, is the best thing that could happen to Iranian cartoonists.

Now, Gol Agha, the best-known satire magazine, founded by "Kiumars Saberi ":http://www.payvand.com/news/04/may/1005.html during the first term of Rafsanjani in early 90s, has Ahmadinejad on its cover.

Under Rafsanjani, because he was a cleric, Gol Agha always drew Hassan Habibi, his deputy as a substitute for Rafsanjani himself.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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