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Politics and Hypocrisy with Afshin Rattansi

Welcome Back “Double Standards,” TV’s Best

by THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN

Award winning producer Afshin Rattansi has returned to the airwaves with his cutting edge poli-tricks and comedy program “Double Standards” after a three month hiatus from Press TV.

Afshin is one of the young lions of alternative reality, resistance media, genuinely speaking truth to power. “Double Standards” as a weekly television program is a labor of love, literally. Run on a shoestring budget, one can only wonder at the dedicated crew that keeps this ship afloat every week, evolving over the past two years into a political comedy news program that puts the likes of Stewart and Colbert to shame.

With everything from “interviews” with world leaders where Afshin asks the questions and sound bites from past speeches provide the “answers” to London’s Soho club comedian David Mulholland’s  “cousin” red neck Bubba Bumblebush (from the town of Black Mud over yonder by Dear Lick?) interviewing those walking the streets of downtown London, “Double Standards” moves at almost too fast a pace and leaves one racing to catch on to the jokes and political sarcasm before the next volley.

With no budget for high powered guests it turned out for the best that “Double Standards” hiatus resumed minus its interview segment and is now a non stop political comedic slug fest, ideal for today’s “twitter culture”, trying to educate in 140 symbols or less?

With Tehran based Press TV censored from the airwaves of Europe those of us in Africa and west Asia can still see it live via Nilesat and Arabsat television channels but for those of you in the United Snakes and Europe you have to check it out at DoubleStandardsTV.com.

As is all to often the case in the penurious lives of those who labor for love, Afshin and posse may have to move on to greener pastures, where, fingers crossed, they may still be able to make us laugh while dissecting deadly serious subjects. Until then don’t forget to check out TV’s best, Double Standards every week.

Thomas C. Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain_at_ yahoo_dot_com.