Crude awakening

Oil, mother of all troubles: part 2

30-Sep-2008 (6 comments)
During early 1970's, Arab nations among oil producing countries decided to impose an oil embargo against western nations for their support of Israel in the war against Arabs. This decision came a day after OPEC decided to increase the oil price by 17% for partial matching with the high prices of manufactured goods which were imported from those nations and nullify the effect of unjustified inflation rates in those countries on oil producing nations. In those years, I used to work in NIPC (National Iranian Petrochemical Company) which was a young organization created and operated by Iranian government to enter the nation into this amazing industrial field>>>


The history of a teardrop
30-Sep-2008 (3 comments)
"O, my shy teardrop,
 Do you feel the invisible barbed wires
 Tightening around the visible me?
 Comfort me.
 Come into being.
 Tell  being How harsh it is to breathe without love
 And weep without tears."
I hear a teardrop, a voice From the lips of unamed oceans >>>


نوعی تحقیر ملی

نمایش "جادوگران شهر سیلم" و به خطر افتادن امنیت ملی

30-Sep-2008 (2 comments)
فردای دستگیری آيمی گودمن و زنان چپ فمینیست در آمریکا، ما در فرانسه به علت توفان، نه تلفن داریم و نه اینترنت، سر کار هستم و هنگام تنفس، به سالن استراحت کارمندان می روم و در حالی که سیبی گاز می زنم در سکوت به ایرن نگاه می کنم که مثل همیشه دارد روزنامه لوموند را از اول تا آخر می خواند. ازش می پرسم: "خبرای جالب داری برامون؟" و ایرن داستان "آنا گلدی" را به طور خلاصه برایمان تعریف می کند. سرگذشت آنا گلدی، ساحره ای سرانجام محبوب را در روزنامه لوموند ببینید. آنا گلدی، زنی که روزی به جرم جادوگری محکوم شد و سرش را با گیوتین از تنش جدا کردند حالا پس از دویست و بیست و شش سال پارلمان سوئیس به بیگناهی او رأی می دهد!>>>



Bizarre music video by rock band in Iran

29-Sep-2008 (34 comments)



I don’t mean to run down my favorite country, but...

29-Sep-2008 (3 comments)
I’m glad I don’t live in the times of the Vandals and the Horde, but at least in those days people called a spade a spade. Though I doubt that the spaded ones—the pillaged and the raped—took much consolation in knowing what to call it. These days, in this democratic system of ours, the bosses have to get the victims to consent to being pillaged. Or at least not object too loudly, though lately they seem to care less who squawks or how much. How do they do it? Well for one thing, they don’t call things by their names. The war for hegemony, for instance, is called The War on Terror. Cutting school funding is called No Child Left Behind. The privatization of the national retirement system is called Social Security reform.>>>


Playing dumb?

Iran's president is either terribly uninformed or...

29-Sep-2008 (72 comments)
What the Iranian president doesn't understand is that the West (those who are indeed ruling this world, and definitely the democratic world) are fearful of his regime, the fundamentalist Islamic regime of Iran. The fear is genuine and it is based on precedence. The Iranian regime has not stopped interfering in other countries' affairs to create instability, whether it is in Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon, or more recently in Iraq. The Iranian regime is one of the world's relatively powerful countries openly challenging the democratic world, and desiring to obtain bomb-making nuclear technology. The West is fearful and it is legitimately so. While the same West is not fearful of a nuclear Israel. This is a fact that Iran must understand. >>>


Causes and effects

The WAY of the WORLD: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

28-Sep-2008 (one comment)
From Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault–line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantánamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope within the Beltway and far beyond it, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post-9/11 world>>>


Palin or Biden
28-Sep-2008 (2 comments)
I dazzle the crowd with occasional
Saying your tribe is lacking spirit
And I am a nameless messiah.
When wind blows from East
To West, I am a child at loss,
Neither Palin nor Biden
Reflects what is in my heart >>>


نه سيخ بسوزد، نه کباب

چرا نوانديشان مذهبی از سکولاريسم می گريزند؟

28-Sep-2008 (4 comments)
چگونه می توانيم تلاش نوانديشان مذهبی و اصلاح طلبان سياسی مسلمان را برای طرد و رد فکر سکولاريسم و مبارزه در برابر فکر جدائی مذهب از حکومت توجيه کنيم؟ يعنی، اگر تنها بر منطق صرف تکيه کنيم، بنظر بديهی می آيد که انتظار داشته باشيم مهمترين اصلاح طلبان و نوانديشان را ـ که خواستار آزادی عمل و فکر و تبليغ انديشه های خود هستند ـ در صفوف اول مبارزه برای استقرار سکولاريسم ببينيم. اما چرا چنين نيست؟ چرا آقای عبدالکريم سروش مقاله ها و سخنرانی های متعددش را به ضديت با سکولاريسم اختصاص می دهد؟ چرا وقتی می خواهد سقوط دينداران را به ورطهء دنيا پرستی خاطرنشان کند آنان را دچار سکولاريسم می بيند؟ چرا سکولاريسم را برای جوامع پلوراليستی تجويز می کند اما جامعهء خودمان را جامعه ای ـ در اکثريت عددی اش ـ تک ساحتی می بيند که نيازی به سکولاريسم ندارد؟>>>


Hero for humanity

In Memory of Paul Newman

27-Sep-2008 (3 comments)
Today, I am grieving at the loss of 83 year old legendary actor and social activist Paul Newman, who was also a great humanist and dedicated his life to helping the world's needy, especially the sick children. Although I had met him only once at a fund raiser for his ‘Hole in the Wall’ charity, I felt I knew him rather well, not simply because I am like countless millions of others a devout fan of his movies and always admired his tireless charitable activities, but also because Paul was a dear friend of my brother, Mohsen>>>


Give me Capitalism, or give me Death!

Two great crashes, one surviving United Slaves of America

26-Sep-2008 (9 comments)
First, it was the foreign policy crash of 2001. Yes, that much-milked by Bush 9/11 which instead of serving as wake up call to review and remedy America’s deplorable policies towards the peoples of the Middle East, only provided the Bush administration with a presumed casus belli as well as a raison-d’ètre for both the neocon empire-building and the economic sacking of the nation by an unscrupulous elite. Now, we all know the cost and results of replacing a “call to reason” with a “call to arms.” And now, as if a foreign policy crash hadn’t been enough seven years ago, and as if trying to mend relations with much of the world weren’t a formidable task, here comes the nuclear detonation that precedes America’s economic crash>>>


The Key Ring
26-Sep-2008 (3 comments)
The key chain felt heavy
Though there were only two keys
I looked back
And said
I think I won’t miss this
But I think you will miss me >>>


تفسیر ملوکانه از "آزادی"

"زاویه ی دید" ملوکانه را که ملاحظه فرمودید؟

26-Sep-2008 (5 comments)
" "ان- در" دیدار سلطان صاحبقران از امپراطوری پروس: آمدیم پایین توی اطاق نشستیم. امپراطور هم بعد آمد پایین می نشستیم، بر می خاستیم، حرف می زدیم، صاحب منصب ها همه راه می رفتند، می نشستند، آزادی بود، یکی ایستاده بود کونش را به امپراطور کرده سیگار می کشید، یکی نشسته بود و کونش به امپراطور سیگار می کشید. یکی کونش را به ما کرده بود. هر کدام یک حالت آزادی داشتند..." (روزنامه ی خاطرات ناصرالدین شاه در سفر سوم فرنگ، ص 220) >>>



اینجا دارَک است. و کل جمعیت آن هشتاد و سه نفر است.

26-Sep-2008 (4 comments)
آن سال ها چنین بود که می توانستی پس از اتمام سال چهارم پزشکی، دانشگاه را رها کنی و برای سه سال خدمت با عنوان پزشکیار بروی به دهات دور افتاده و اغلب بد آب و هوا و پس از آن مجددن برگردی دانشگاه و تحصیل را از سال پنجم ادامه بدهی. اگر تعهد چنین خدمتی را می دادی در عوض با گذراندن امتحانی خاص " و نه کنکور " به دانشگاه می رفتی و پس از بازگشت و اتمام بقیه دوره و گذراندن " تِز " و دریافت پایان نامه دکترا، دیگر نیازی به گذراندن چند سال خارج از مرکز نداشتی. "اصلان" با سپردن چنین تعهدی سه سال خدمت بهیاریش را در ده دور افتاده و سرتا پا محروم از همه چیز و در حقیقت فراموش شده " دارَک " از دهات بندر عباس گذراند. از بچگی رفیق بودیم من و او و " کاظم "، در حقیقت سه تفنگ داری بودیم که حتا یک فشنگ هم نداشتیم>>>


Portrait of an Empire

Responding to a dire need of much more in depth study of Sasanian Iran and its history

25-Sep-2008 (6 comments)
Now historians have made attempts at reclaiming the history of ancient Iran and making it a matter for those well exercised in the historical approach to ancient times. I myself have very much tried to engage in the study of ancient Iranian history in dialogue with the historians of Rome, India, Asia and Caucasus, as well as those working on the economic, cultural and social history of the world or those interested in the roots and precedents of Islamic history and late antiquity. It is only in this way that ancient Iranian history can be released from philology and archaeology, and at the same time take advantage of the sources of knowledge brought about by these fields>>>