The very last straw

News & excerpt from "Sons and other Flammable Objects"

Another in the long line of misunderstandings in their shared history, what caused Xerxes and Darius Adam to vow never to speak again, really began with a misplaced anecdote, specifically an incident that happened many years before in the summer of Xerxes's twelfth year, known always in the Adam household as "the summer when Darius Adam began terrorizing, the neighbors' cats," known privately to Xerxes's future self as "the summer in which I realized something was very wrong with my father, something that would cause us to never have a normal father-son bond-the summer, years later, accidentally triggering the very last straw that would cause us to never communicate again." Ever? "Well, wishful thinking, for starters.">>>


The Story of the Men of Sialk Hills

From my new e-book "Men from Various Civilizations"

The Sialk Hills civilization had many members. One of these was a man who played the tar and loved his profession very much. This man’s house was located on the western side of the hill. To the right of it was the house of a bearded man. And to the left of his house lived a man who shaved his beard. They were not friends, but they always greeted each other when they met on the street. The tar player had a girlfriend who always reminded him that she was a decent girl. The tar player knew that she was a decent girl, too. That is why he had decided to marry her one of these days>>>


Try gratitude

True gratefulness comes from a conscious decision to recognize and acknowledge one’s blessing

03-Dec-2007 (6 comments)
It was disheartening to read Curious Joe’s, "Don’t Immigrate to the US". I have felt sad for him since reading of his regret about immigrating to this country. Like Joe, my mother moved to the United States several years before Iran’s revolution. Perhaps, if there had never been a revolution she would have returned to the country she has always loved first and foremost, but since there was a revolution, we can never know for sure what she might have done. One thing that is for certain is that I have never heard my mother utter a word of regret about her decision to come here, originally as a student, or her decision to remain here and make this country her home>>>


Genesis' days

Translation of Hafez #145

When my beloved takes a goblet,
Even the clerics want to rob it.

Crying, I'm at the feet of her.
She only asks, "What shoes should I wear?"

With a fish's mind I dreamt of the sea
So my love might try catching me.


چرا سکولاريسم بايد نو شود؟

براستی «آزادی» چگونه ممکن خواهد بود اگر ساختمان آن بر شالودهء «سکولاريسم نو» گذاشته نشده باشد؟

02-Dec-2007 (5 comments)
اين روزها من به يکی از آرزوهای مختصرم رسيده و توانسته ام، با براه اندازی يک پايگاه اينترنتی به نام «سکولاريسم نو»، مکانی را در جهان مجازی اينترنت بوجود آورم که بتوان در آن هرآنچه را انديشمندان ما دربارهء سکولاريسم نوشته اند گردآوری کرد، محل رجوعی در اين مورد خاص بوجود آورد و، بر مبنای تراوشات ذهنی آنان که در راه روشنگری جامعهء عقب افتاده ما و يا در راستای افزودن بر تاريکی های انديشگی آن قلم می زنند و سخن می گويند، به بحث و گفتگوئی جدی دربارهء «سکولاريسم» نشست >>>


محمد مختاری در امریکا

"میراث غفلت , ای سرزمین من !"

" چشم مون روشن" را شنیده بودم اما"گوشمون روشن" را اولین بار بود می شنیدم. محمد مختاری اَنسوی خط تلفن بود، حال و احوالی کردیم و بعد ازیاد اَوری خاطراتی دور ، در باره ی سفرش به امریکا و اروپا گپ زدیم. چند باری دیده بودمش ، در دفتر کانون نویسندگان در خیابان مشتاق، در انتشارات توس و خانه ی یکی از رفقای سازمانی. با سازمان جدا شده از سازمان فدائیان اکثریت که به "۱۶اَذری "ها شناخته می شدیم در زمینه های فرهنگی همکاری ای جانبی داشت.>>>


A teddy bear named Mohammad

Is there any relation between the teddy bear and Annapolis?

02-Dec-2007 (7 comments)
Islamists have become good at their own kind of PR. Every once in a while they find something to raise hell over and threaten the world. The charade over Cartoons of Mohammad is still lingering on in the Media, now they have started another bizarre show of offended feelings and indignant masses over a teddy bear called Mohammad in a Sudan’s class room of 7-8 year old kids. The timing of this teddy bear show puzzles me greatly. Is the concurrent teddy bear saga and Annapolis conference merely a coincidence or does the timing tell us something?>>>


We don't need your money

Women's equality campaign gets its backing from the people of Iran

30-Nov-2007 (13 comments)
We pay out of pocket for trips to other cities. We print the booklets with the $5 membership fees. Nobody asks for compensation for the articles on the website. We hold the workshops in the homes of volunteer women. We also get donations and prayers from women who have lost hope and have put their faith in our work. What would we need 15 million euros for? Our workshops don't need video projectors. To cut down on cost, we do not print nor photocopy our notes and displays; they are handwritten with markers. We have bought a few different colors of markers to make the notes more visually appealing.>>>


تئوری همان عمل است

: هر جا به تقسیم‌های دوگانه برخوردید حواستان را جمع کنید، خطر نزدیک است

30-Nov-2007 (14 comments)
برای شروع، پیشنهاد می‌کنم به سبک مارشال مک‌لوهان که می‌گوید «رسانه همان پیام است» بیاییم و این دوگانه‌ها را بشکنیم و ببینم چه اتفاقی می‌افتد: عین همان ذهن است؛ داننده جدا از دانسته نیست؛ محتوا همان فرم است؛ مدرن و سنتی از هم جدا نیستند؛ و باز هم از همه مهم‌تر «تئوری همان عمل است و عمل همان تئوری است.» >>>


The Iran threat

No doubt the perceived threat from Iran will diminish should Tehran yield to Washington

30-Nov-2007 (84 comments)
America and Israel have accused Iran of intending to diversify its program – they allege that Iran is using its civilian program as a cover to build nuclear bombs. This supposition begs the question why Iran would place itself in the spotlight instead of renouncing the energy program for history has shown that having an operating nuclear power reactor is no longer a prerequisite or even a necessary condition of obtaining fissile material which can be used for the development of nuclear materials. South Africa was able to develop five nuclear bombs without having a nuclear energy program. >>>


A chair

Sanctuary of memories

30-Nov-2007 (2 comments)
A chair is not only
Recipient of exhaustion
It is not a decorative ornament
And not only a sitting requirement

A chair is a station for a tryst
A relieve for fatigue
Receive secret or open mission
For exhausted feet to revive and regain


چپ پسامدرن

اصلاحات و عصر جدید پسا مدرن گرایی

30-Nov-2007 (2 comments)
تاریخ چپ گرایی در ایران پس از انقلاب تا پیش از دوم خرداد صحنه نقش آفرینی چپ های سنتی بود. دوم خرداد اولین فرصتی بود که چپ مدرن توانست عملا قدرت را به دست بگیرد. با این حال ۸ سال اصلاحات به دلیل تندروی هایی که خاص چپ مدرن بود شکست خورد و اصلاحات با یک بن بست روبرو شد . بن بستی که تا امروز هم ادامه دارد. ام...>>>


نبرد روستائیان و روشنفکران؟!

رئیس جمهور عملاً چشم امید بر طبقه متوسّط شهری ایران بسته است

29-Nov-2007 (2 comments)
سفرهای استانی رئیس جمهو از منظر های متفاوتی مورد توجّه منتقدین دولت قرار گرفته است. اینکه این سفرها برغم هزینه دار بودن و دور کردن رئیس جمهور از رسیدن به امور مملکت داری، همچنان از آنها دست نکشیده است پرسش درخور تامّلی بوده و ذهن نقاّد را به خود مشغول می کند؟امّا از جنبه ای دیگر نباید از خاطر دور داشت شعار ِ اساسی که منجر به پیروزی وی در انتخابات گذشته بر حریفان شد مسئله مردم گرایی و حمایت از اقشار کم در آمد بود .>>>


Don't immigrate to the US

If you have the choice to immigrate to more civilized countries, do so

29-Nov-2007 (106 comments)
I immigrated to the US well before the so-called “Iranian Revolution of 1979”. I always thought I had one leg up ahead of those Iranians that “had to run away” from the tyranny of the Ayatollahs -- to anywhere, including the US. Being born in Tehran, I watched the flock of Iranians from Khorassan, Ahvaz, Esfehan, Yazd, Kerman and Shiraz to the US - you know – the ones we used to call Daahaati – if you were born and raised in Tehran. I used to shun those Daahaatis immigrating from Iran in the aftermath of post-1979, thinking “what are they doing here”? >>>


Targeting Iran

David Barsamian spoke to Foaad Khosmood about his 2007 trip to Iran and his latest book Targeting Iran.

29-Nov-2007 (10 comments)
No, those are just excuses. I’m talking about the strategic reason which is as I just described it. In order to perpetuate US hegemony over the world and domination and control, any state that says no to Washington is singled out. And a state that is particularly rich in oil and natural gas has even more of an attraction to the United States.>>>