Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I really disappointed in Larry King's show! It was the lamest interview I have ever watched. I hate to see that Ahmadinejad and his likes from mullah-fascists state travel to free world because I am sure they have nothing to do but do more damage to Iranians image in the world with their lies and propagandas.
I couldn't stop him before travel, if I could, trust me I would, but at least I expected something good come out of this travel and in fact my expectation was from interviewers that could ask right questions that Iranians don't have the chance to ask such questions and I am sure CNN and Larry King didn't run out of questions because at least I wrote a question for Larry's program a day before interview!
Ahmadinejad again pretend that he's all for communication and not war, someone could ask why would your government imprison dissidents? Why does your government deprive people's right? If your government has been ready to communicate, so why your government is not signatory of Convention against Torture?! Isn’t it because your government believes in torture more than communication?
A fellow Iranian blogger wrote “while Ahmadinejad was speaking about good life in Iran, I envisioned somewhere else because I haven't witnessed such a big lie”.
Watch the interview for yourself and see what I mean. Someone put it in YouTube in 6 parts, video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4, video 5 and video 6.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Fakhravar on behalf of Confederation of Iranian Students had an speech against Ahmadinejad and Islamic Republic of Iran in front of White House, listen what he said:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The following map was produced in Iran and recently has been released in Qom city. Qom is considered a holy city in Iran and whole Shiite Islam. Following map is about wars after reappearance of Mahdi (according to Shiite, hidden Imam, the twelfth Imam and the ultimate savior of humankind).
Strangely all warships, fighter jets and etc. are around Israel! They say he is gonna take back Israel from Jewish and return to Palestinian. Wait a minute, are we talking about reappearance of hidden Imam or acquiring hidden nuke technology?! well, it's hidden for Ayatollahs who produced following map. By the way this map looks like attack map to Israel and nothing else.
This hidden Imam has crazy ideas though. It seems the ultimate savior is not savior after all, he is gonna bring more war and destruction to the world.
Hat tips heydari blog
Whenever women resist surrendering to moral police; they get beaten up by police on the street! The funny thing is, these women are not criminals, gangsters or anything close to that, just they didn’t cover all their hair or their pants were not long enough. It is all about clothes and Islamic modesty that people are fed up with.
By the way definition of Police is a little different in Iran, they are not on street to serve and protect citizens but they are getting paid to harass and assault citizens. See for yourself:
Two videos from the past about two women who were assaulted by moral police, click here, and here.
Seems Ahmadinejad wouldn't wanna get that he is not welcomed in America and I would say most countries in the world and here we go again, he uses every chance to run to New York! Here is the thing, would you go to your enemy's house while you always bash them at your home?!
Following two videos are related to protest in Manhattan against Ahmadinejad's arrival in New York and stories around it:
Also Some photos from last year protests against Ahmadinejad in New York
I like Australia because it is not safe heaven for terrorists while other western countries like England is playing soft on extremists who actually pose real threat to society at large. Democratic countries should take strong measures to crack down these kinds of extremist acts and stop being shelter for homegrown terrorists. Just take a look at mosques that has a long history record for hate teachings.
While other countries were busy not to charge their homegrown terrorists, Australia charged Muslim terrorists very well.
par Jahanshah Rashidian (23 septembre 2008)
L'alliance d`une partie de l'intelligentsia iranienne avec Khomeiny et la bourgeoisie traditionaliste de bazar entre 1978 et 1983 pour s'opposer au Chah et puis contre les opposants du régime islamique n'était pas planifiée et soutenue par une grande majorité silencieuse d’intellectuels iraniens. Cette alliance fut plutôt exprimée par les tendances gauchistes, mossadéghistes, et plus particulièrement par un spectre des Musulmans politiques.
Bien que cette alliance fût funeste et défaillante mais n'était pas trop pesante sur le résultat final des soulèvements massifs. En réalité les complices ne se comptaient que par plusieurs centaines de milliers, face à quelques millions qui soutenaient farouchement Khomeiny.
En bref, la révolution islamique de 1979 ne fut pas le fait de l’alliance de l'intelligentsia avec Khomeiny, Les islamistes furent jadis assez forts et bien organisés pour achever une telle révolution.
La chute du chah fut inévitable. Même ses alliés occidentaux le savaient et pour en profiter, tout en évitant le pire qui semblait la mainmise de l'URSS sur la révolution, ont aidé les mollahs à remplacer le régime du Chah. Les occidentaux ont espéré que les libéraux, du Front National, seraient finalement les maîtres du pays-ce qui fut un échec.
Pourtant, l'intelligentsia a aidé les mollahs dans la phase initiale d'établir un régime solide au bonheur des mollahs et de leurs alliés nantis traditionalistes du bazar.
L'idée de l'alliance fut de considérer le mouvement islamiste comme un mouvement " progressiste" et " anti-impérialiste" qui défendait les intérêts des opprimés. Cette position fut adoptée par une partie de la confédération des étudiants iraniens (SIS) en Europe ainsi que par le parti Toudeh, pro- Soviétique.
Du fait des aléas politiques, des milliers de membres et de sympathisants intellectuels laïques, avec les Moudjahiddines du peuple, islamistes de gauche à l'époque, ont soutenu la révolution islamique dans la phase initiale. Le parti Toudeh, toujours inféodé aux tous les Big Brothers de Moscou, continua son quasi inconditionnel support jusqu'à ce que le régime se tourne contre eux en 1983.
Cette gauche perplexe qualifie sélectivement le mouvement islamiste de " petite bourgeoisie progressiste ". Fascisme, misogynie, obscurantisme qui sont les traits traditionnels des mollahs en Iran sont complètement ignorés en leur vue. En réalité, la gauche iranienne n'est pas parvenue ni à identifier le caractère politique du mouvement islamiste, ni sa position de classe, et ni à définir ses rapports avec le capital, l'Etat et l'impérialisme d'une analyse marxiste.
Nos laïcs, frustrés et plutôt obsédés par la haine du Chah qu'un changement démocratique de son régime, se sont réduits aux niveaux réactionnaires des mollahs de telle façon qu'ils devenaient hyper mnésique qu'ayatollah Khomeiny n'était qu'un mollah rétrograde, peu éduqué, et farouchement anti-femme. Il fut résolu de tourner la roue de l’Histoire en arrière, 1400 ans en arrière, à l'époque ou les califes encore régnaient sur des communautés islamiques d'après les règles de la charia. Khomeiny avait rêvé depuis longtemps pour une telle société archaïque, umma. Le problème de Khomeiny avec le Chah s’est uniquement résumé au rôle de l’islam dans la société. Khomeiny s'est élevé en 1963 contre les reformes agraires et surtout contre le droit de vote accordé aux femmes par le Chah.
L'illusion à laquelle mène facilement une telle alliance de nos intellectuels fut la construction d'un front commun visant la chute de la dictature du Chah à tout prix sans se rendre compte du pire parce que tous les signaux d’une dictature pire étaient déjà présents.
Monday, September 22, 2008
"If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor."
- Joan Rivers
That's a nice quote for those who believe there is a god and bend over everyday!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Probably you heard that Iranian Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei yesterday in Friday prayer said "it's vain and illogical to say we are friends of Israeli people" then he continued somebody said it which it was wrong.
Supreme Leader's comment comes after one of Iran's vice president in charge of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Organization, Moshai said "Iranians are friends with American and Israeli people" and you can imagine what a chaos happened in parliament between conservatives, reformists and other groups. They were all bashing Moshai. Finally Supreme leader said "Shut up"!
You know what, even Israelis know that Iranian people don't have any problem with them; just it's you, extremists that make problem for Iranian people and Israelis. I am an Iranian, a friend of Israel and I am proud of it and I am sure many Iranians would share same idea.
I recommend Iranian bloggers to be member of Proud Friend of Israel!
Friday, September 19, 2008
There is no doubt that Islamism is the most dangerous ideology in the world nowadays but unfortunately we shouldn't be naive to forget that humankind overcame to fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism. Let's go back to Islamism.
Islamism project has adopted the worst features of fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism and made a new brand that not only threats every individual's basic rights, also it is threatening nations way beyond our imaginations. If we take Denmark for example, editors go through a lot to decide that "is this cartoon/article gonna offend Muslims or not?" we shouldn't second-guess our works for the sake of Islamofacists.
Islam ideology has inhabited totalitarianism in itself and it is not something that we can take apart. We need to stand up sharp and never ever give up on our human rights and specially freedom of expression at any cost. We shouldn't go hide because they feel offended. Fatwas won't work anymore if all of us, slap their barbaric mentalities on their face.
Islamism project eventually will fade away like Nazism and Stalinism because Islamist hasn't built up a legacy of good deeds and intelligent. Execution and persecution was their best course of action when their limited dogmatic mind couldn't afford to see intelligent human wouldn't buy their backwarded radical theory.
Take Ayatollah Khomeini's track record for example, he has executed many dissidents just because they had something to say, something that would bother him to think about and his successors inherited the very same rhetoric fundamental approach.
Khomeini has never ever thought that Salman Rushdie would survive and would talk about him on and on. If Khomeini had a slightest intelligent to think about this possibility, he wouldn't issue such fatwa at the first place, or would he?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
A journalist1 asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "According to your government reports, do you believe that people are living in heaven?"
He replied: If you mean Iran is heaven, yes it is!
His comment is coming while inflation is skyrocketing and prices gone way too much high that people have difficulty to supply basic foods for their families and Ahmadinejad's government just providing false reports about economy.
I guess Ahmadinejad is right, Iran is heaven but only for him, otherwise, he couldn't be president at all.
1 IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) interview with Ahmadinejad
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
After turmoils in parliament over fake Oxford doctorate degree of new Iranian interior minster, Ali Kordan; on August 11, 2008 some Iranian professors started a weblog to exonerate themselves from academic plagiarism which is a common problem in Iranian academic system. Just take students from the top ranking Iranian universities to the end, copy & paste is common knowledge and unfortunately it's not just limited to undergraduate degrees, it's in all level of academic system, even Ph.D. programs.
Can you believe that if I tell you Ph.D. students copy theses and present as their own?! Well, it's not just about students though, professors are main cause of the problem. They don't care about research, they don't check theses, and even they don't check for accuracy of thesis! I wrote a little about sex schools before and I should stress again that for the sake of academic environment, get rid of professors who pass grades for student mistresses.
Professors! if you are sleeping with students, that's between you and her, it's not our business (which it should be against school policy and standards) but when you are giving best scores for your mistresses that's another story. By the way these stories have been happening in well known universities like Sharif and Tehran universities, it's not just a college in small city.
Iranian academic system has had these kinds of problems from a long time ago; it's not new to our academics, I am wondering what motivated bunch of professors to start such a blog?
Hopefully something woke them up!
Monday, September 15, 2008
"A Cry from Iran" is the name of documentary that pictures life of Haik Hovsepian Mehr, an Armenian minister who was murdered in January 1994.
According to Islamic Sharia law, He needed to be killed because he launched an international campaign to free Mehdi Dibaj who was sentenced to death on charges of apostasy. Dibaj was imprisoned for nine years for his conversion to Christianity long time ago, something about 45 years ago. Dibaj's death sentence was not lifted.
Also Haik Hovsepian Mehr didn't sign a declaration stating that he would not allow Muslims or Muslim converts into the church. Churches in Iran should sign a declaration that first and foremost they won't convert any Muslim and second, they won't let any Muslim converts to go into their churches. Although Islamic Iran officials claimed to support religious freedom but reality check proves something else, Islamic Iran have strongly condemned and killed whoever exposed violations of religious freedom and/or converted to other religions.
And finally Mehdi Dibaj who was freed on international outcry for his freedom, abducted and murdered by government agents 6 months after they abducted and murdered Haik Hovsepian Mehr.
Reference: A Cry from Iran
Sunday, September 14, 2008
If you didn't hear about Iranian interior minster, Ali Kordan's fake oxford doctorate degree by now, you didn't miss anything.
It needs a little explanation here though. Well, in Iran high ranking (regime, government) positions require no degree, like supreme leader, deceased Khomeini or current one, Seyyed Ali Khamenei, also all other mullahs and their tribe(s) who run the regime.
Mullahs have some specific schools called Madrasseh (clergy schools) that they have no degree or exam or stuff like that, then their teachers (again mullahs) will find out that their students are ready to go to market or not! Later mullahs found out they need to claim for university degree besides their mullahacy degree (!). So they passed on law in parliament that their mullahacy time will recognize as university degree. Go figure!
Even most of our lawmakers in Iran are bunch of useless and illiterate part of our society but they have control over everything. The guy needed to be part of those corrupted and he wasn't mullah so he bought a fake degree. That's all! I don't think so a fake honorary doctorate of law from Oxford, would hurt government in Iran, or would it?!
That's the story of my country, Iran.
Regarding Dr. Noorial's last article (written in Persian language) on this site, about Mr. Akbar Ganji, I like to bring about another point which seems to me was quite forgotten in his long-winded article. Let us for a while forget about Mr.Ganji's controversial past and his dubious ties with IRI's factions, and forget his role as an official of the IRI during the first bloody decade of 80s, but focus on the point which is missed in the article, which is however a major point. The point is Islam and its role in both political and social life for Iranian new generations, which according to Dr. Noorial's article, happens to be Mr.Ganji's vital concern. Then why, Dr. Noorial, this point (his vital Islam) is absent in your critique on Ganji?
You may know that an increasing majority of people of Iran, who experienced an Islam-based ruling system, is not concerned about one or another personality of the regime, nor invest people hope in an alternative within this regime. By contrast to Mr. Ganji and other IRI's apologists, lobbyists, and some foreign key powers, most Iranians wish to get rid of the whole regime. Most people do not mind which interpretation of Islam is better and reject it entirely as a tool of their long plight. People raise doubts on the legitimacy of any Islam-based ideology, no matter if it is represented by Khomeini line or Montazari's followers like Mr. Ganji. People now went on to finally break a long taboo by rising questions on the authenticity, legitimacy, and mainly, the divinity behind Islam as a religion.
A little, but active, number of Iranians in the West, even those who do not claim being Muslim, supports IRI's survival. This is simply because of their personal, ideological, or political interests which are today better guaranteed within this regime's existence. These pro-IRI entities are not concerned about the real plight of Iranians. For them people like Ganji is an ideal alternative within the system when, say, Ahmadinejad's back is seriously pushed against the wall. Apologists and opportunists along with their alternatives and solutions exist under any totalitarian regime. But it is too late; the regime is more criminal, more corrupt, and more detested than being replaced by one of its outside alternatives.
People are more curious to find out why became Muslim and are forced to be. I do not bring up the past history of Islamic invasion in Iran; leave it for the moment alone. I am also curious like many Iranians about the following alleged properties of Islam: legitimacy, authenticity, and divinity of Islam, and if Islam is a divine phenomenon and if Muhammad is a God's hand-picked prophet or, on the contrary, is a self-appointed prophet?
No honest historian and scholar can deny the fact that Muhammad robbed caravans, looted other tribes, let massacred males while enslaving their women and children. He raped (added to his harem) the women who were captured in such wars. He let kill his opponents and those who refused Islam, he overruled his own "divine" laws so that he could have more wives, more wealth, and more power ... And of course he did all on behalf of Allah.
The venomous hatred, crimes, intolerance for "infidels, non-Muslims, Mulheds, Monafegh…" is quite a legacy of that time which now is reproduced under a barbaric rule of Mullahs in Iran. The question is if Mr. Ganji and his likes can prove that there is another objective, human, moral, and fair visage of Islam. Can he prove that Muhammad was not dedicated to his lust--at the today's level, to his sexual pervert--, was he not committed caravan robbery for which he would cut off the hand of robbers, was he not a war criminal, a mass murderer who did all on behalf of Allah?
In Mr.Ganji's conscious views, can such a religion be a moral pattern for a modern society? Is such a religion really above the vice of primitive people of that clan society from whom originated the creed? Is Mr. Ganji and his likes sure that Allah made a divine compromise with this "Messenger"? I know Mr. Ganji experienced some 6 years of Islamic prison; he is an intellectual with good knowledge for a wide board of subjects. My question is: if after all, his belief in Islam which is an all-out solution is really based on his awareness or rather a DNA-based belief or, worse, a new political agenda?
Dear Dr. Noorial, instead of criticising his view about the lack of an effective opposition abroad, which I agree with him and which is also his wish, please ask him and his likes if he can prove the legitimacy, authenticity, and divinity of Islam before that he proposes rightful solutions within this elixir for any problem.
Friday, September 12, 2008
On September 10, 2008 just one day before September 11, ISNA1 an Iranian New Agency wrote:
"World powers involvment in 9/11 attacks theory intensifies when following written prediction of 9/11 attacks comes to light.
Whole 9/11 drama predicted in a medical reference book "Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease, 5th edition" by Gerald L. Mandell, John E. Bennett, Raphael Dolin; published in 2000 months before 9/11. On page 3235, "Joshua Lederberg" an Israeli has an article about anthrax, biological warfare, also he mentions about attack to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center."Iranian New Agency in this article holds the US and Israelis accountable for 9/11 attacks. By the way it failed to address that Joshua Lederberg was a Nobel Winner who died in Feb 02, 2008.
1 ISNA is an abbreviated for Iranian Student's News Agency. It's government funded institute and serves Islamic Iran regime. In fact, it doesn't belong to students.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today a friend of mine asked "what do you guys watch on TV in Iran?" I smiled and told him, we usually watch mourning shows or something close it, otherwise there is nothing specific on our TV channels. He asked me "what?!!" So I explained what I am talking about.
In Iran which is majority is Shiite and TV is state run, every TV show should comply with strict Islamic rules and calendars. In our Islamic calendar, unfortunately most holidays assigned to mourn for some Imams (Muslim historical persons) which they were dead a long time ago, almost 1200 - 1400 years ago! For some of these Imams people mourn more than one day. Also there are mourning ceremonies for Muhammad prophet and his daughter.
It doesn't finish here though; Ramadan is a mourning month too. All month there are programs that people read Koran, mourning and mourning. There are some other mourning days for Khomeini (deceased supreme leader). We do have some other days that are not official mourning days but TV programs and everywhere look like mourning day.
Hips call these days "Mourning Days". Mourning Days are black in Iran. Let me show you some of our TV shows. Click on these links for sample shows; Imam Ali (needles to say that it doesn't have english subtitle when they play in Iran but here you see), a mourning show, a new generation mourning (in new generation of mournings they pay a little attention to presentation and music). Don't even think this business is just limited to adults, kids are in mourning business too check this one.
I almost forget there is something that called Adhan (call to prayer) that is on TV and radio at least 3 times everyday, click here. Also there are some movies, Iranian and fully censored western movies.
Just sad, nonsense and time wasting TV shows, rarely there is a good show or movie on TV.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's a documentary from Tanaza Eshaghian about herself. She is struggling between two cultures, Iranian and American style. She is trying to defined herself into everyday New York life but her family still value Iranian Jewish traditional culture that they have grown up with, despite the fact that they are living in the US. Well, most adult immigrants won't change their styles specially those who establish a family back home.
Well, her documentary is a paradox between what she says she wants and what she has asked for.
"The film sees the director plunging, headfirst, into a cultural abyss as she attempts to define herself via ethnic identity - and finds herself being torn, sharply, between the Iranian ideal of a fixed, long term union and the distinctly American tendencies to play the field and test the waters before committing." ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide - The New York Times review
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
You know ayatollahs (Muslim clergies) have strict instructions for almost everything, from forbidding (Haraam) music, playing chess, eating pork meat. Also they have suggestions like taking right/left step to bathroom and it's consequences! unbelievable, isn't it?
I am just wondering what set of instructions these ayatollahs/clergies are gonna make up after watching this video?
Hat tips from Exile Calendar (Persian language blog)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This tv ad is running on an Iraqi channel which shows some signs of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Iraq rocket-bombings. Take a look at it, it comes with English subtitle.
Hat tips Haji Washington
Friday, September 5, 2008
Did you know that in past (7th) Iranian parliament 65 members and in current (8th) parliament at least 50 parliament members have two wives?1
Iranian Judiciary proposed some changes through a controversial bill known as "Family Support Bill" to parliament which it would make it easier for rich men to marry second and more wives. In current law, second marriage or more needs first wife consent.
Women rights activists fight back till three days ago, parliament has delayed a vote on the bill. Good luck for women rights activists in their fight with deep-rooted traditional Islamic culture.
I think these activists can't change a lot because they are committed to Islam themselves, so as a Muslim they have a limitation on changes they ask for, specially about traditional Islamic culture.
Polygamy is part of Islamic culture and Muhammad (prophet) was the master Polygamist, so what can we expect from his followers other than polygamy bill?!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Yesterday Muslims in Iran welcomed Ramadan but seems Ramadan brought 50 to 80 percent inflation on different products. So people questioned why is that? Ayatollah Janati who is permanent member of the Guardians Council told people "Be patient with inflation"!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Daily Telegraph based on a report from the newspaper De Telegraaf wrote: The Dutch intelligence service has pulled an agent out of an "ultra-secret operation" spying on Iran's military industry because spymasters in Netherlands believe a United States air attack was imminent.
What is this? Is it a new spy world that reports about an intelligence operation right after operation! Duh?! Kinda reminds me of an episode from Simpsons!
This is a new video that shows Islamic Iran destroys Sunni Mosques in Zabol a city in Sistan and Baluchistan province.
Well, I am not worried about mosques though. I prefer all mosques to get destroy by people themselves. I mean I would love to see people come to this knowledge that these mosques are nothing but useless and somehow dangerous and also burden for their free mind. I am hopeful. But problem for Sunnis in Iran is way more than this.
There is a long run conflict between fundamental Shiites who hold majority and minority Sunnis in Iran. Iranian Shiite regime has done everything to it's power to deprive Sunnis from better economic and life style by all means. If you could just visit Sunni part of country specially in provinces like Sistan and Baluchistan, Turkmen Sahra and Kurdistan you will notice how poor their city are. I mean very poor everything even buildings are crying out loud! These people have problem to access to drinking water. People in Iran usually call these areas "forgotten land" because Shiite regime just keep these areas in the worst possible way.
Iranian regime doesn't miss any chance to prosecute and discriminate Sunni minorities and even to execute them. Recently they executed Yaghoob Mehrnehad who was just an activist criticizing regime over their neglect in the province that he was living, Sistan and Baluchistan. The regime just wanted to shut down his voice.