Ahmadinejad in America

A simple heaping of humility would have helped him to dispel any notions of being diabolical

27-Sep-2007 (13 comments)
As an Iranian-American who observes Iranian politics with equal parts curiosity and concern, I am at once amazed and astonished by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s most recent display of tactlessness at Columbia University, especially given his oftentimes eloquent if not ebullient nature. Unable to posit straight answers to questions like “Do you seek the destruction of Israel?” and “Are you supporting terrorism in Iraq ?” he appeared ostensibly opposed to directly answer anything controversial. Consequently, and contrary to his somewhat emboldened image at home, he made himself look clumsy, weak and dare I say feeble.>>>


Brutal denial

Ahmadinejad shows political Islam at its best

27-Sep-2007 (11 comments)
The presence of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at University of Columbia reminded me of the act of another extremist figure, the well-known Imam Suhayb Salam in the Netherlands. On 31th of July I was invited to a Dutch TV-program called Bimbos & Burqas, this title refers to the post-modern hedonistic Paris-Hilton-culture (Bimbo) on one hand and the orthodox-religious be-afraid-for-the-hell culture (Burqa) on the other hand. One of the Burqa members was the Orthodox Imam Suhayb Salam, who had brought along his wife who was wearing a Burqa, looking like a human-penguin in studio 52 of Hilversum television station. >>>


Love me or hate me

Should I be proud of having inspired a hate-club?

27-Sep-2007 (34 comments)
I have developed such a HATE-CLUB (as opposed to fan-club) for myself I don't know I should be proud of it or not. It is indeed an achievement though, you must acknowledge, to make so many virtual haters who would even be ready to fill up a petition, complete it with virtual signatures with different IP's to throw me out of Iranian.com. I still don't know whether to be proud of this achievement or not. Believe me that I did not have the least idea that my writings would lead to this. I was surprised. Then I could choose among stopping the writing, changing my attitude, or continue on. I have chosen to continue on>>>



Students had nothing to protest against Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University?

26-Sep-2007 (26 comments)
The Iranian students of Columbia University, who should be the youthful leaders of a resistence and opposition movement against the Ahmadinejad regime, are not planning a big protest nor a demonstration like that which preceded the fall of the Shah when he visited Washington DC in the late seventies. No acts of civil disobedience are in the plans nor enactments of the stoning of young women nor the hanging of homosexuals by our bright Iranian students of Columbia University. No, instead they have decided to treat the Ahmadinejad visit to their University like an “Introduction to Middle-Eastern History” ... Might as well organize a group therapy session where the students express their ‘feelings’ about the controversial president. >>>


Mighty Bollinger

Columbia University President makes himself a tool to Bush

26-Sep-2007 (18 comments)
Let me start by saying that Dr. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, made several valid points in his address before Ahmadinejad’s speech. I also commend him in the tone that he used to challenge Ahmadinejad. Politicians should not receive a free pass because they’re guests, invited speakers, or politicians. On the contrary, they should be subjected to harsh criticism when they deserve it. And so, let’s analyze Dr. Bollinger’s speech starting with his tone. Would Dr. Lee Bollinger have the courage to confront George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, or any other world leader with the same tone? >>>


I was there

President Ahmadinejad starts and I lean back on my chair, listening to the well-practiced speech

26-Sep-2007 (37 comments)
NEW YORK -- It's the day after President Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia University… I’ve had a hard time going to sleep last night. I was just at the United Nations General Assembly meeting. President Ahmadinejad was the 6th speaker of the afternoon session. He followed the president of Argentina who contributed a good part of his speech condemning Iran on the famous Argentinian terrorist case, asking the international community to adress this issue and handle it differently! He used the phrase "la República Islámica de Irán" many times towards the end of his speech, just a few minutes before president Ahmadinjead was about to start. I start feeling a bit self-conscious...>>>


Five hundred years of arrogation

We are yet to quit our addiction to the blame game

25-Sep-2007 (11 comments)
On September 25, 1507, a six-ship, 400-man strong Portuguese force under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque appeared off the island of Hormuz. In what transpired in the next three days they overcame the town’s thirty thousand fighting men, demanded and received an annual tribute of fifteen thousand gold Xeraphins, and placed the governor of Hormuz under the protection of King Manual I of Portugal (see a brief history here). In no time, shockwaves of this incidence reached the court of Shah Ismail I (ruled 1501-1524 AD), the young founder of Safavid dynasty (1501 – 1722 AD). The rise of new expansionist powers in Europe, and their far-reaching ambitions, was deeply felt. >>>


Father & son

Excerpt from a biography on Ahmadinejad

24-Sep-2007 (34 comments)
“MY DAD WAS an ironmonger,” said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Tehran Radio’s studio 4, during a preelection interview. “He worked very hard so I could go to the University of Science and Technology and study civil engineering. But in 1993 Father passed away due to an accident.” A year later Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, helped lower his father’s coffin into the grave. Ahmad Ahmadinejad died in 2006 from heart complications, not in an accident in 1993 as his son had claimed in 2005. No one is quite sure why Ahmadinejad told such a palpable lie so publicly. Perhaps he thought he could shield his family from the public spotlight. Or perhaps he was trying to hide something. >>>


بیماری خود شیفتگی

"جذابیت" های آقای رییس جمهور

24-Sep-2007 (2 comments)
جذابیت در معنای زیبایی و خوش تیپی در نظرهای گونه گون متفاوت است . برای نمونه برخی از مردان و زنان حزب الهی آقای احمدی نژاد را مردی جذاب , یعنی زیبا و خوش تیپ, می پندارند. چنین تفاوت نگاهی را در خانواده و جامعه, بسیاری از ما شاهد بوده ایم . برای نمونه آخوندها و شبه آخوند ها زنانی را جذاب می پندارند , می پسندند و دوست می دارند, که ویژگی ها ی ظاهری این زنان از نظر بسیارانی دیگر جذابیت تلقی نمی شود. در نگاه حزب الله زیبایی و جذابیت , و مظاهر آن ها گونه ای دیگر اند.>>>


وجه المقابلهً رژيم ايران با آمريکا

چه تله اي آمريکا براي رژيم پادگاني ايران مي تواند تدارک ديده باشد؟

23-Sep-2007 (6 comments)
اگر تندروهاي حاکم در کاخ سفيد و اسرائيل بدنبال حملهً نظامي به ايران هستند، تندروهاي حاکم بر تهران بهانه ها را يکي بعد از ديگري مي تراشند. بدرستي حکومت پادگاني ولي فقيه هيچ راهي جز سر شاخ شدن با مردم ايران، و قدرت هاي منطقه اي و بين المللي ندارد. بنظر مي رسد تنها روزنه اي که براي رژيم اخيراً باز شده همان انتخاب هاشمي رفسنجاني به رياست مجلس خبرگان رهبري، در عين حفظ سمت رياست مجمع تشخيص مصلحت نظام باشد. اکنون رژيم ايران عملاً تحت مسئوليت مشترک خامنه اي و رفسنجاني است و هردوي آنها در قبال سرنوشت کشور و مردم ايران مسئولند.>>>


زايشگاه يا آسايشگاه؟

جدال بر سر مالکيت جبههء ملی

23-Sep-2007 (2 comments)
فکر می کنم کوششی در کار است که اگر «تشکيلات تهران» تصميم به ارسال پيام به «کنگره» ی در آستانهء تشکيل جبههء ملی در اروپا داشته و بصورتی تلويحی وجود آن را برسميت بشناسد، از قبل ـ با تراشيدن يک «عنصر نفوذی» که همهء خرابکاری ها و انحراف ها زير سر اوست ـ اقدام مزبور خنثی شده و از اعتبار بيافتد.>>>


The cost of war

International Peace Day

21-Sep-2007 (4 comments)
Today, September 21st is the International Day of Peace. This day was first inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982 and the goal of International Day of Peace was to "devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways. It should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.">>>


The clash of idiots

Iranians run Iran. So Iranians can threaten to switch it off.

21-Sep-2007 (33 comments)
But we in the Iranian Opposition, or for that matter, every Iranian with at least five years education, is not really surprised to see how the Seyyeds are sitting in the driving seat of one of the oldest nations of the world, and do not really know what to do. But they are only there because the people of Iran do not have any faith in civil disobedience. The Seyyed rulers know that as long as the people of Iran do not confront them with the idea of a General Strike, they can put Iran in harms way.>>>


Someone stop this train!

Ebrahim Nabavi on the threat of War

21-Sep-2007 (34 comments)
It has been six months that we, Iranians, are approaching a fall in the train of fate. Meanwhile people who have the power to intervene are in different conditions: Ahmadinejad: He welcomes a war. If a war begins he hopes that the world would come to his rescue and USA would be trapped in the quagmire of Iran. USA would be defeated and he and his friends would be war heroes. They could move against his rivals and get rid of all opposing factions and social groups. They would rule Iran comfortably without fear of domestic opposition.>>>


برخورد دشمنانه

انعکاس سیاسی کنفرانس اخیر زنان در واشنگتن

کنفرانس امسال چندین ویژیگی داشت که برخی از آنها را مطرح می کنم. شرکت وسیع نسل دوم ،شرکت قابل ملاحظه مردان که بیش از سی درصد جمعیت در کنفرانس بوند ، امسال برخلاف سال گذشته کنفرانس از نخبه گرایی برحضر بود بدین خاطرتمام سخنرانان انتخابی در کنفرانس جدید بودن به غیر از یک نفر از سخنرانان که قبلاً در بنیاد سخنرانی کرده بود. آن چیزی در کنفرانسهای بنیاد معمول شده بود تعدادی از سخنرانان مثل دور قمری هر دو و سه سال یکبار دعوت می شدند تا نظرات تکراری خود را با یک مقداری کمک و زیاد مطرح کنند و از طرفی تعدادی از دوستان هم عادت کردن که یک نوع بحث را بشنوند.>>>