On Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
In Oliver Stone's eyes, Westerners own the whole world and if you're not one of them, then you're too dumb to tell the difference between your king and some other guy who doesn't even look like him. Even if you do realize the difference, you're still happy to welcome the new guy, because the Persian king was definitely a cruel leader, as oppose to Alexander who was the nicest king ever.
Today's good thoughts will make tomorrow beautiful
Calls for referndum shows opposition weakness
Photo essay: New Zealand
"Mom, you need to start reading in my language"
I was thirteen when my family moved from Tehran, Iran, to Minneapolis. It was 1978. It wasn't an easy move. Our move coincided with the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the hostage taking of Americans for 444 days. I've lived between two cultures for so many years that I really don't know what it means to be in my comfort zone. I don't have one.
The fact that a deserter received only a slap on the wrist is outrageous
One of the reasons for which I, just an Iranian with a green card at the time, joined the ranks of the US Army over 17 years ago was out of pure financial and situational necessity. I was a husband to an unemployed wife with no high school diploma and a father to a three year old daughter, while I held only an associate degree in science for which I couldn't find any job offerings.
What are the criteria for being an Iranian?
As an individual born in Iran, and now residing in the West, at one time or other I have struggled with defining who I was, and at times such definitions seemed irrelevant and at other times would occupy my mind to the extent that I could not concentrate on anything else. Having met many "Iranians" here and recalling many "Iranians" from Iran, I finally decided to pose this question, hoping that someone would answer this question to my satisfaction.
Memories from Shomal
There were two great things about summer and growing up in Tehran: No more Emtehane Fasle Sevvom [third trimester / Final exams] or going to school for a while, AND, going to Shomal [slang for Northern Iran]. Spending three whole months by Daryaye Khazar [the Caspian Sea] was the ultimate treat. The water was delightful, not too cold, not too hot - not too salty not too sweet.
Excerpt from a book on Zarathustra's influence on major world religions
Very little is known about Zarathustra himself, but Kriwaczek follows clues from China to Europe to find traces of the "first" prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It's a personal journey into the history of religion and I enjoyed every step. -- Jahanshah Javid
Do you think we are going to go out with you, knowing that you fuck anything
that so much as moves?
First of all I'm not a writer or anything, but I just had to get all this off my chest. Of course this article doesn't apply to all Iranian guys, but it does to most of them. I am slowly loosing faith in the whole idea of relationships, for a number of reasons. But the one that I find the most disheartening is the misleading act that Iranian men put on the first few "days" in a relationship.
This is his latest album. He has gone back to singing more traditional Koocheh Baazaari style where a man with beautiful voice recites poetry in "sooznaak" or heart wrenching harmony. I love the style. The voice is a bit tired and raspy at this advanced age, but still, very much Aghasi.
Faulty arguments against drug legalization
The whole uproar about drugs in the first place is rather odd. Statistics show that drugs like cocaine kill far less people than the legal alternatives in the United States. In fact, cocaine kills less people than swimming pool accidents. To quote statistics from Dr. Walter Wink, a specialist in the field, "alcohol is associated with 40 percent of all suicide attempts, 40 percent of all traffic deaths, 54 percent of all violent crimes, and 10 percent of all work-related injuries. "
Iran's losing war on drug trafficking could be a subject of discussion
with the U.S.
Dozens of drug enforcement officers are killed when their patrol is ambushed by heavily armed drug traffickers. The officers are captured during the ambush and then executed. I'm not talking about Colombia. Drug-related deaths has been a fairly routine occurrence in eastern Iran on the country's border with Afghanistan where the situation is "close to a war," according to Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Music & Memories
I have been doing a lot of research on men's attraction to breasts
The subject of my fascination has different names in the English language; breasts, boobies, mammary glands, knockers, hooters, racks, etc. This very multiplicity of names illustrates how powerful an effect this external organ of the female anatomy exerts on the psyche of the male. The more important a thing is, the more nouns a language offers to refer to it. You may know that the Arab has many different words to describe his favorite beast of burden, the camel.
... in 10 steps
By identifying the symptoms and source of political backwardness, it is imperative to present a political alternative to the current theocratic regime in Iran. The new political alternative must be distinct and rich in inclusiveness, tolerance, democratic ideas. To bring forth change, we have the alternative of working towards peaceful transition from theocracy to democracy in ten steps:
Leftist radicals not only ruined their own lives, they ruined the life
of a nation
The guerrillas that Maziar Behrooz describes them in such affectionate terms were no other than the forefathers of the present day Al-Qaeda, and other minor terrorist groups. They showed no regards for human lives and in their madness they maimed and murdered hundreds of law abiding and innocent citizens of our homeland. They were not independent, politically or financially, as Behrooz so timidly avoids admitting.
"Sikandar" (Alexander) was called "Gojesteh" or the "accursed" by every right thinking Persian. We will not see any of that in the movie. Oliver Stone did not do the required research before foisting a blood thirsty barbarian on to the unsuspecting sensibilities of the intelligent among us. But guess what - the majority of morons who succeeded in electing their representative, George Bush will pay through their noses to see this flick. -- Noshir Mullafiroze
Breathing with you in a crazy world
The nut who flew out of the cage
Photo essay: Iraj Pezeshkzad at Stanford University
From "Confessions of a Writer"
The writer, sitting behind his desk for hours, tires. He looks at the pile of papers on his desk, throws his pen aside in frustration, and to walks toward his bed. The roaring wind rattles the window panes. He narrows his eyes as he gets up and thinks autumn is not his favorite season.
Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
I simply don't know where to begin. I must admit that the original purpose of my writing a review of Oliver Stone's movie "Alexander" was to point out the film's historical inaccuracies. While these errors were abundant, never did I expect to leave the cinema feeling sorry for the director I was about to critique. Fortunately for Stone, every aspect of this movie is so miserably lousy that one can't but forgive him for his historical slip ups.
At the bar around the corner, where I go to watch basketball -- I don't have a television --, there is an understanding as to the importance of opinions. They are something to have at a place like that, when another day is about to come to an end. Opinions can feel like an awfully good match on the world stage, mixed with alcohol under the bar lights. But the opinionated patrons are going to go back outside to a world not really all that different from how it's ever been. It's the state of night turning dark.
Excerpt from a novel
Zarah's grandmother was beautiful, even in death. Her hennaed hair framed a face that, while matted with mortician's makeup, still managed to look smoother and fresher than a sixty-nine-year-old woman's had a right to be. Zarah wished she had remembered to wear lipstick to the wake, if only as a small tribute to the feminine qualities her grandmother had tried so hard to instill in her.
The dangerous path ahead, but it doesn't have to be this way
Roozbeh Shirazi wrote an excellent article posing the notion that everyone wants change for Iran, but not everyone is on the same page as each other as what those changes entail and these changes will be implemented. And until we decide what we want things won't change in a manner that as smooth as possible. Basically we are like a 5-year-old in a candy store. The mother has told the kid that he can have only one kind of candy and for the first time the kid has to decide what he wants on his own.
It's not the Virgin Mary. It's Empress Farah.
The whole world has been staring at this piece of years-old grilled cheese sandwitch and quietly wondering about the things reasonable person come to believe. The face on the lunch is not the Virgin Mary! At least not the likeness of her that we have been shown for centuries. In fact it looks nothing like her. So, who is she?
Photo essay: Iran
I began sobbing as soon as the boys had tied us up
November 4th marked the 25th anniversary of the hostage crisis in Iran. A quarter-century after reactionary students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and held 52 Americans hostage for more than a year, I am again reminded of my own, all too early introduction, to hate, xenophobia, and violence. You see, on November 4, 1979, while walking home from school in a suburb of North York, with my sister and two female cousins, a group of older boys from the junior high surrounded us and began yelling: You eye-ranian's took them hostage... now we're gonna take you hostage!
Cycling world tour getting closer to the finish line
Maziar captured the heart of many with his beautiful voice in the late 1970s and then vanished from the music scene. The private artist re-emerged in 1979 by singing his most memorable song "Iran Iran " which made everyone feel the message.
Iran will never be what it used to. But Iranians can built a 'better'
After having read quite many articles I always notice one striking similarity or preoccupation among most and that is what I may call an identity struggle. I shall convey my own view of the issue and I do not expect everyone to agree with me, though I would appreciate a fair and pragmatic critical evaluation. I consider myself to be a human being first of all. I am also an Iranian, that means that I was born in Iran. As I grew up in Iran I met Islam, a relatively moderate, or even a very easy-going, type of Islam embraced by my family. My family looked at religion like a personal choice rather than a way of life for a community.
Hope in a referendum signed by 1.7 million people
Bravo South Kurdistan. You ought to be commended for your efforts in this very critical stage to be part of the solution. You have been betrayed over and over by all of the dominant powers in your neighborhood, yet you are hopeful and keep working with them. You have experienced humiliation, discrimination, abuse, murder of your freedom fighters, and bombing of your cities and villages with conventional and even chemical weapons, yet you are willing to go extra miles and hope that your opponents will turn civil and acknowledge your rights at some point.
It's up to the Persian to preserve the dignity of roses
The name, rose garden, brings back a most spectacular vision of Shiraz, in particular the Eram garden on a summer day. I remember walking under the tall cypress trees and how the citrus aroma mixed with the fragrance of roses made me dizzy. Some days, I took my sandwich to a garden near the hospital and enjoyed a break in the serenity of the flowers that surrounded me. Those magnificent gardens now remain a faded photograph in the album of my memories.
Former TV chief launches unofficial campaign for presidency
I guess the Iran presidential election would eventually come down to a dirty fight between former president Akbar Rafsanjani and former head of state radio and TV (IRIB), Ali Larijani. But Larijani, very close advisor to the Supreme Leader, is not very well-known in the West, despite his crucial position among young conservative politicians in Iran. He is known to be one of their greatest strategists who has been leading the gradual but very effective crackdown on the entire reform movement.
I caught the image of this singer for a few seconds and heard him singing a few lines on an Iranian TV. I loved his voice and when I heard the album I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this young man's voice was.
Homosexual weblogs banned in Iran
Friday afternoon, November 5th, 2003. I was late getting to TARANEH's rehearsal, and began shooting the moment I stepped inside the room and saw TARANEH turn a weary eye toward me mixed with happiness, reminding me of our first encounter in Dusseldorf so many years ago. "We have to wait for a friend," TARANEH said to me after we were through and had exited to the hall way of the theater house, added, "we're doing his play - about Bam."
Speaking to the founder of a rare venue to showcase children and
Filmmakers and distributors whose works were about children and youth and had limited options in presenting them globally instantly recognized the festival. Lack of venue to showcase children and youth produced works was another element to attract younger filmmakers to utilize this event, as their preliminary platform for self-expression and professional development. Also, being the only international film festival for children and young adults in Australia generated an enormous interest from the rest of the world. i.e. in its 5th edition, the festival presented 41 countries.
Photo essay: Tehran gravestones
Yasser Arafat's endearingly secular anti-Westernism
Yasser Arafat died and with him the era of secular terrorists or freedom fighters, depending on your politics. For those of us who grew up in the Middle East in the sixties and seventies and for whom the plight of the Palestinians was a sentimental if not an immediately important issue, he was, without a doubt, a hero.
Arafat switched alliances depending on which way the wind blew
I usually would rather not spend time on issues that are not related to Iran. After all, Iran is where I believe should be our focus, not the Palestinian cause. There are four hundred million rich Arabs that could very well defend the Palestinian cause, politically and financially. However, after reading a couple of articles on this Website with praise for Yasser Arafat and his leadership; I felt someone needed to provide some balance to this view.
On Theo 'an Gogh's assassination: interview with Azar Majedi
Theo van Gogh, a film director and journalist, was assassinated in broad daylight in Amsterdam on November 2. He was repeatedly stabbed and his throat slit. They say his assassin has "radical Islamic fundamentalist convictions". There is a debate on whether this is the act of an individual or the political Islamic movement. Why have you said it is political Islam?
Images of Zoroastrians in India
Fueled by a sense of urgency as well as admiration for her community, the screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala spent nearly 25 years documenting the faces, feasts, and faith of her culture. As she writes in the introduction to her new book, Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India -- A Photographic Journey, "This book has its genesis in that childhood desire to hold on tight to what is precious, not allow it to change or disappear. For me photography has always been a form of magic. Photographs freeze time and survive death."
Excerpt from "The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between
Iran and America"
In its day, the Persian Empire was a superpower like nothing the world had ever seen -- with a monotheistic religion, a vast army, a rich civilization, a new and remarkably efficient method of administration, and territory stretching from Egypt to Central Asia. All Iranians know that history well, and it is a source of enormous pride to them. It has given them a widely remarked sense of superiority over all of their neighbors, and, ironically, while Tehran now refers to the United States by the moniker "Global Arrogance," within the Middle East a stereotypical complaint against Iranians is their own arrogant treatment of others.
Grandpa was determined to support his hero. But there was a catch.
The day Grandpa decided to cast his vote in the presidential election pretty much marked the end of Western democracy as we know it. Grandpa, an avid supporter of George W., called several times on Monday, reminding me to pick him up the next day and drive him to the polls. That's right, folks. Grandpa was determined to support his hero.
Prynce Payumy's new single
Several weeks back I met Prynce Payumy (aka Payam Abbasi), who runs his own record label titled "Pohectic Life Records". Upon visiting their site and listening to the tracks I was quite impressed. His label has already put out one album and now, they have released a single.
Kourosh Bahar currently lives and works in New York City. This is his recent work.
Iranian woman arrives in America in 1929
This is the text of a document from 1929 on public display at Ellis Island museum in New York. It records the arrival of Almos Baba Shiman, an Iranian woman to America. Thanks to Ali Tavaf for sending a photo of the displayed document.
Laid-back Iraqis who enjoy indulging in worldly pleasures find they're
becoming a minority, as more and more of their carousing pals defect to religion
It is Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and mourning for the Prophet Mohmamad, during a year where Iraq's troubles have driven more toward faith.These days in Baghdad observant men shun short sleeves for long black shirts and even modern women don modest headscarves in gestures of piety. The muezzins call out prayers late into the night as Iraqis contemplate the spiritual world. But behind discrete brown metal gates along a busy commercial street lies a colorful garden of earthly delights: an underground liquor store.
This memory is not mine, yet it is my birthright. Different strangers have told me the same story over the years upon meeting me. There is no beginning, no course to climax only an instant immersion. At long last, the enemy was at hand, the prize captured and with the pop of a cork, the celebrations begin. It is a crowded room, full of those would-be heroes, bearded by neglect, intellectual bookish types, and honest-to-God mistakenly picked up strangers, all in a row, perhaps somewhere bright, certainly somewhere uncomfortably hot.
New album "Tagh"
"Tagh" is the latest album by Sandy. This band is one of the original musical groups to mix elements of Hip Hop and Rap with their unique brand of Bandari. I am a fan and look forward to seeing more albums by them.
Iran or the U.S.
Recently I spent twenty wonderful days in Iran, my motherland. I saw my family, my aunts and uncles, and all of my cousins. I grew up with these nice people around me and I need to see them every time I go back. I heard about their hardships and daily difficulties of providing for their families. It is not easy, I gathered. When I was asked about how it is in America, my response was always that it is very much like the Iran in the 60's and 70's. If you worked hard, there are opportunities.
i salute Arafat for his love of his land and people
long time ago when i was probably ten or eleven, when i had just begun to actually hear things on TV and pay attention to them, i saw a man in a military uniform with a big smile and a "chapyeh" wrapped on his head. the tv announcer said something to this effect: "Yasser Arafat, rahbar-e terrorist-haaye Felestin..." (Yasser Arafat, leader of terrorists in Palestine) i paused and thought about that word . i asked my mother about who he was and what a terrorist was?
In 1991, I began to paint in gouache over some old letters which were dusting away in the back of old cupboards and forgotten for many years. I used the pattern of the words and tried to bring them to life.
This election has shown that our similarities are much more
profound and well entrenched than we had ever realized
Here you have it folks, little did I know that I have been a closet Bush supporter all along. True, I have a weak spot for Old Europe's Lavazza espresso, I read Robert Fisk ardently, I hold Maureen Dowd in high regards, and hassle my neo-conish friends all the time. So imagine my surprise when I find out that I have been a closet Bush supporter for a long time; perhaps even before I started to smirk and put quotation marks around the word "liberation", and while shaving twice (if not three times) before boarding an airplane.
Zarathushtra's thought compared to "Bad Thoughts, Bad Words, Bad
Persia Lover, in "Bad Thoughts", speaks of the caste system of the Sassanians and states that Zoroastrian priests of that time considered ordinary Iranians to be unclean and "untouchable." With due respect, I do not think that is entirely accurate. But even if we assume, for the sake or argument, that that was so, such practices are totally contradictory to Zarathushtra's teaching that something of God lives in all the living as the fire within.
Perhaps we are angry because we tend to read too much between the lines
After reading an overwhelming article by Persia Lover who sounded as if he knew books and documents to back up his words on Zoroastrianism -- which I knew nothing about -- I wrote the author and thanked him for the information he had provided and voiced out some doubts of my own as to the perfect image of the people. He wrote back and said he's been getting a lot of negative mail and asked if I would please send my letter to the Iranian. Why not? If it was going to help someone, I would do it. Heaven only knows how much anger is out there because the letters have been coming ever since.
For better or for worse, one of the living reminders of our sense of
pride and nationalism comes from the Zoroastrians
The Vietnamese are in their rights to still denounce Americans. Jews are in their rights to still denounce Nazis. And Zoroastrians are in their rights to still denounce Muslims. To not denounce them is the issue. It is an expression of civility and greatness on the part of the harmed. However, if someone makes any criticism of a largely cherished religion (by Zoroastrians and Nationalists alike) then people will get upset, because it seems that there is a mark of disrespect being made on all those that suffered 'neath the heels of cruel Arab tyrants and savage Arab laws. The same dire straits that Iranians endure today.
It was in 2036
I liked girls a lot.
Blue and purple pansies
I finally found the inspiration to write lyrics for a song that I wrote
I look in the mirror
Injaa Tehran ast
The storm of your fantasy,
Blistering in the heat
With my eyes now I can hear!
Countless hours the hands of the clock
Man manam man yek zanam...
We have become
Yaad-e to aaraamesh shabhaa-ye man ast
Weary of words, laden with Love
Selections from "Chahaar Rooyesh"
Selections from "Gharibaaneh: Poems 1982-1994"
Harvest International award for Best Poem
Reside. Resident. Resign. Resilience. Resist. Resist. Resist.
I hate all the anger and hatred in this little world of ours
Blistering in the heat
Welcome o Tehran
If I can't see, I hope
There is wisdom amongst that tribe; how they bend with the wind, wait
for the fuss to pass
It's Mehr, the month of kindness, and so to seek solace like all Fridays, I head for the mule paths of Ahar, just South of the Shemshak slopes. And every year as I grow, I realize the nobility of donkeys, adorned with multi-colored beads, eye lashes long and shy, their ankles trembling under the weight of butane capsules, bricks, or like today, green apples that fall in autumn.
An inside look at an election
While most of you were wringing your hands watching the election results on TV, or out voting, this election I was lucky to be inside the polling station as a Clerk at my precinct. It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot of things about the process. I volunteered to do this.
I was ecstatic when one day he asked me to accompany him to the coffeehouse
As a kid growing up in Iran, I spent most summers in two distinct ways: going to the movies to watch the latest Hollywood or Italian cinema creations and playing with my friends in summer "tajdidi" school. But there was one special summer, when I was sent to stay with my grandparents in Kermanshah, 590 km southwest of Tehran. I loved being near my grandparents for they were both very kind and loved me unconditionally. And unlike my mom, they refused to criticize me for being a tajdidi -- one exam away from failing my grade and staying a year behind.
Many Iranians want change in Iran and so do many policymakers in the US.
That does not mean they want the same thing
Bush has won a second term and continues to pursue his vision of a transformed Middle East, and the sights have now set on Iran. Accused of developing nuclear weapons (charges rendered groundless by IAEA reports and offered ironically by a country currently developing nuclear 'bunker buster' bombs), Iran is now being threatened with a range of punitive measures, among them regime change to no doubt secure the freedom of the Iranian oil reserves and people.
Part 3: Man keh nazadamet
What brings together Me, Jaafar Jeerjeerak e Harroomm zadeh, Naneh PMM and Ashraf khanoom PMM is Noone e Sangak. Like I said before, buying Noone was my responsibility. It was also Jaafar's job to buy the bread for his family. Do you remember Noone e Sangak Forooshi ha?
Name that tune
I escaped a theocracy by a few and ended up in a theocracy by majority
Since I opened my eyes and began to learn where the United States of America were on the bluish globe in our living room, I have associated America with John F. Kennedy. I even drew a card and sent it to the White House for the birth of John Kennedy Jr. when I was only 4. Growing up in a country far from here, I also knew the US through the actions of a young American, Barkley Moore, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in a small town close to the Soviet border in Northern Iran.
Not me: I choose not to be that quiet American that the powers that be
bet on us being
We do what Iranians have been doing since epochs before the creation of chelo kabab: We sit behind our Persian satellites and wait for someone else to do what we should be doing ourselves. We don't take part. We came to America for freedom, but how many of us appreciate our freedoms? Who attends their kid's PTA meetings? Who knows what a presidential voting ballot even looks like? Who honestly cares? I bet Ahmad Batebi would care.
Let's not perpetuate them
The emergence of Iranian American civil right groups is encouraging, and I offer two additional points. First, contrary to what my fellow activists told your reporter, a few million among Iranians are ethnic Arabs. To deny that (or to refer to Kurds, Baluchis, Turks as "Persians", as is commonly done) is to sidestep a hot debate about discrimination within our country of origin and our immigrant community. It also unintentionally concedes ground to Aryan Nation extremists among Persian Iranians.
Indian Billboards and murals >>> photos
It is quite normal in the United States to see huge signs on the highways and rural roads. In India, it is the reverse. It is in the city, where majority of the population move during the day, that you see these billboards. But you do not see just large billboards, you see monstrous boards overshadowing much of the city. If you happen to be standing below, they look quite intimidating.
Americans have opted for a revolution based on faith, as Iranians did
in 1979, and may live to regret it, as Iranians have
'How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?' cried the British mass circulation Daily Mirror referring to the election of George W Bush for a second 4-year term as president of the USA. A similar question has been asked by many young Iranians of their parents' support for the Islamic revolution a quarter century earlier.
The night peace cried in the land of freedom
Iranicons are so desperate, unimaginative, and fixated on the idea of
'changing' Iran that they overlook exactly who their champion is
Something momentous has just happened; the ramifications of the election are larger than any one man and will set the course of world events down a decidedly dangerous path. To me, this election was never about John Kerry or George W. Bush; it was a referendum on the neo-conservative roller coaster that the current administration has put the world on.
Mossadegh's letters to his trusted friend and lawyer
Namehayee Az Ahmad Abad, 1335-1345 (Letters from Ahmad Abad, 1956-1966) compiled and edited by Fariba Amini, is a collection of more than 100 letters written by the beloved Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh to Nosratollah Amini, former mayor of Tehran and Mossadegh's personal attorney.
Interview with a pioneer in the internet personals business
I first met Said (pronounced sa-eed) Amin about six years ago at the Daily Grill in Washington DC. At the time he was close to launching IranianPersonals.com and wanted to collaborate with iranian.com. It wasn't long before I realized that he meant business. He knew what he wanted and he was going to get it. And he did. Today IranianPersonals is by far the most professional and successful site of its kind. And he has expanded to other ethnic markets as well.
Political Islam vs. secularism
The irony of a believer criticising the beliefs is provocative. I am not a Moslem; I am an atheist. However, I have lived Islam; I have firsthand experience of Islam. I was born within a religious conflict: a religious mother and an atheist father. From childhood, I began to see the flaws, the restrictions, the misogyny, the backwardness, the dogma, the superstition, and uncritical nature of Islam vis-à-vis the enlightenment, the freethinking spirit of atheist thinking.
Women in Iran's 7th parliament
The women in the seventh Majlis are against the bill on Iran joining the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which the female reformists in the sixth Majlis had fought for vigorously. So far, the women in the seventh Majlis have exhibited conservative, right wing tendencies setting them apart from their counterparts in the preceding parliament. The CEDAW, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is an international bill of rights for women.
Why are we paying such a high price just because we are girls or women?
Some three months ago I visited a province in the south east of the country and observed the situation of women and children. I witnessed that their rights have been massacred entirely under the shadow of ignorance of those who call themselves Muslims. In this province, 9 out of 10 families have sold their daughters at a value equivalent to $300. I was shocked when I saw the girls 3 and 6 years of age getting married and being sold.
Religious education in Iran and Canada
When the revolution started, my daughter was in a grade school. She had to change the school a couple of times, because her school became boys school. She did not underestand why, as soon as she made some friends and got to know teachers, she had to change school. Before the legal age of 9, she had to wear the maghna-e headscarf, and do her daily prayer on the bare ground in the school. After several years of war between Iran and Iraq, my family and I moved out of Iran, and went to a couple of countries, and finally landed in Canada.
"Kashani architects were the greatest alchemists of history. They
could make gold out of dust"
Back in 1993, when visiting the 7,000-year-old city of Kashan, the chairman of UNESCO remarked: "Kashani architects were the greatest alchemists of history. They could make gold out of dust". And he wasn't the first either to be struck by the beauty of Kashan; 17th century British explorer Thomas Herbert considered Kashan the second most beautiful of Iranian cities, and many Safavi monarchs spent considerable leisure time there. It was from here that the three wise men of the Bible reputedly started their epic journey to Bethlehem.
It's not over by a long shot
For several months, one of my brothers, who is a bit prone to hyperbole, kept insisting that speculation about the election was meaningless, basically because it wasn't going to happen. He was absolutely convinced that the Bush regime would manufacture some excuse to postpone or cancel the election in a bid to stay in power.
A little challenge to the newly created human race
... and the myth goes as such that when God made man out of clay (dirt, sand , mud etc) God blew "his" soul into the man he had just created and therefore "made man in his own image". there are men like that. women too! in modern history we have had a great number of men and women who fit that description, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Tressa, Camille Claudell, Forough Farrokhzad, etc.
We must get up; there are 11 more rounds left and many more Bush blunders
to capitalize upon
Now that the dust has settled and our lame duck President has been re-elected, it is not only vital but essential to reflect over this past election and move forward. A couple of lessons can be learned from this past year that will definitely galvanize the youth and the disenfranchised citizens of the U.S.
We must ask ourselves some fundamental questions
I lost it.Wednesday, my friend asked me how I was doing and I thought to myself that this was one of the bleakest days that I had experienced. My tears for what has happened in the past 24 hours is something that many could have understood and empathized with; others probably would have taken a special delight in viewing that scene.
That's what I fear