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Fariba Amini @FaribaAmini

Writer and journalist who specializes in human rights issues. Her work on successful Iranian Americans in the U.S. was published by the U.S. State Department.

The General: The Story of General Peled (Abu Salaam)

And I weep to make myself known  To a returning cloud.  I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood  So that I could break the rule.  I learnt all the words and broke them up  To make a single word: Homeland.....          --Mahmoud Darwish   Mattityahu or Matti Peled was born in Haifa in 1923 and became a high-ranking Israeli general.  He f ... Continue reading »

Those Were the People I Knew

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."      -Charles Dickens       We always tend to write about and often glorify important and well-known people, but I decided this time to write about a few people I grew up with who were not famous and yet left a mark on me.  They were close to my heart. ... Continue reading »

The Brothers - Two Men who Shaped America’s Foreign Policy

The famous painting by Mexican painter Diego Rivera: "Glorious Victory."   “For us there are two kinds of people in the world, there are those who are Christians and support free enterprise, and then there are the others.”  -John Foster Dulles   “If I die tomorrow, it will be because a foreigner has armed a Congolese.” -Patrice Lumumba      Many p ... Continue reading »

There Is An OPTION : Overcoming Autism with Love

On the train back from Wassaick to Penn station, I was thinking to myself what did I learn in the last 5 days at this workshop? I learned the basics. It seems simple enough, but these are the guidelines and ideas we tend to overlook: To embrace life and all the goodness we have instead of the negatives.      I was reluctant, even pessimistic, and I ... Continue reading »

From Sarajevo to Tehran and Back

Interview with Hajrudin Somun There he was, a charming man with deep blue eyes, a kind face and a smile. His name is Hajrudin Somun, which means "the best religion,” is pronounced Hayrudin in Bosniac, Khairuddin in Arabic, Khairoldeen in Persian, and Hayrettin in Turkish.      The son of an Imam, he calls his name appropriate for a good leftist!    ... Continue reading »

A Man’s Legacy after Sixty Years: Mossadegh Lives in our Hearts and Minds

August 19, 1953, exactly sixty years ago, the Iranian nation witnessed the toppling of their elected government led by Mohammad Mossadegh. It was done through a series of covert operations and a joint military coup by the U.S. and the British.  Mossadegh had angered the British by nationalizing the Iranian oil industry and evicting most of the pers ... Continue reading »

Interview with Dr. Ervand Abrahamian: “The Coup”

“Our own unofficial efforts to undermine him are making good progress. If we agree to discuss and compromise with him, the effort will strengthen him. They [the Americans] are wrong and do not have the experience and the psychological insight.”        -Professor Ann Lambton, advisor to the British government and historian of Iran     “We always sus ... Continue reading »

Interview with Rashid Khalidi: “Brokers of Deceit”

 “There is no such thing as the Palestinian people.”     - Golda Meir     Rashid Ismail Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.     The editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, Khalidi is also the author of a nu ... Continue reading »