Sunday, October 01, 2006

A Blog to Vote For

Haitham is a great blogger who covers different issues in Middle East. He has been Middle East editor in Global Voices. I really enjoyed to collaborate with him. I learned a lot from him too.His blog is candidate on BOBs competition.I invite you to vote for him and read his great blog.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Door to Iranian dialogue creaks open

Khatami's Speech in Harvard

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Letter to America

Ganji has published an article in Washington Post where he invites USA and Iran to direct talk.

I think it is great to see such a proposition.We should not forget during Iran Gate, these two countries have been engaged in direct talk. USA wanted hostages in Lebanon and Iran bought weapons.If you read USA Congress report on Iran GAte you realise things could move further between two countries but.....

Monday, September 25, 2006

Imagining Ourselves/ Submit your Photos

What defines your generation of women? For the past few years, our team has been in touch with hundreds of thousands of young women around the world, asking them this very question.Read More

A Wallace Interview in 1974, guess with who?

His interview with Ahmdinejad was not that good but what is about this one. Click Here, History is waiting for u.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Washington Post: A Virtual Dialogue Between Iran-US

Washington Post:Proximity talks" is the phrase diplomats sometimes use to describe the process of indirect signaling and negotiation that takes place when two parties aren't actually talking. That's what has been happening over the past few weeks with the United States and Iran, and it has been an intriguing -- if somewhat opaque -- process for journalists like me to watch. Where is this non-negotiation leading? That's anybody's guess. But I can at least suggest some useful background reading, as we take our seats for the main event. And I'm looking forward to suggestions from Iranian bloggers about how to understand what's happening....

Join the dialogue and read comments.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Uncovering Iran

BBC takes a fascinating look at life for Iranian Jewish Community

Global Voices wins $10,000 Knight-Batten Innovations Award

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Global Voices Online, a web site about how news affects daily life and conversations in more than 130 countries, is this year's $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

The site uses skilled multilingual editors to find and publish thoughtful or entertaining bloggers who discuss what people are talking about in a given country. Blogs are organized by country and by topics. Global Voices Online also uses podcasts to inform readers and start conversations.

"It's an extraordinary site that allows for both editorial gatekeeping and wide access to news and information from underreported parts of the world," said the panel of judges.

The judges also credited the project and its corps of bloggers with helping to elevate standards in the blogosphere. Global Voices is sponsored by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Oil Giant Total wants no Sanctions against Iran

According to Le Monde, Total does its lobbying to persuade French government not to back any sanctions against Iran.

Total followed same starategy in Saddam's Iraq.

The NewYork Times & Ahmadinejad

American Thinker:....Another aspect of Ahmadinejad’s leadership style that appeals to the New York Times is his economic populism. The article quotes Ahmadinejad as saying that “parliament and government should fight against wealthy officials,” who “should not have influence over senior officials” and who “should not impose their demands on the needs of the poor people.” As for the poor people, Ahmadinejad “promises to improve the lives of the poor” by forcing banks to lower interest rates, offering inexpensive housing loans, promoting “development projects” throughout the country, and trying to inject oil revenue into the economy.

Naser Zarafshan won a scholarship in Sweden

Human right activist, writer and lawyer won a scholarship in Sweden. He can go to Sweden for a year now.This prize is given to him for his suffering as a writer and so on.

Zarafshan is a great human right activist who had been jailed for his ideas. Zarafshan recently called Fakhravar, so proclaimed student leader( NeoCons darling)a very suspicious case. He also mentioned he created a lot of trouble for political prisoners in Iran and had never sent to prison for political activities.

Dutch Money for Regime Change in Iran, this time is in Euro!

According NRC HandelsBlad:Jennifer Windsor, director of Freedom House in the US has confirmed that
it received EUR 630.000 this year from the Dutch ministry of Foreign
Affairs. The Dutch money is meant to be used to set up a web platform
www.goozarorg for members of the Iranian opposition. The newspaper notes
that Freedom House absolutely opposes religious dictatorships such as that
in Iran. NRC also notes that an Iranian satellite channel was declared
illegal in Holland last year on the ground that it was disseminating
hatred. NRC refers to the Financial Times as a source for describing
Freedom House as one of the organisations receiving funding from the US
State Department for clandestine operations in Iran (it also refers to its
past support for the invasion of Iraq). Asked for a reaction, the
Netherlands ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Kees Jan Ouwerkerk
stated that recipients of Foreign Ministry aid could not be identified.
NRC also described an offical Nl program of EUR 15 million supporting a
training program for Iranian journalists, a radio station directing
transmissions at Iran and the World Press photo organisation.

The timing of this leak is interesting: on the same (front) page NRC
described the sensitive state of negotiations between the EU and Iran,
under the header: "Solana positive about nuclear consultations with Iran."

Hizbollah & Unlicensed Rally

I just read that in Global Voices:

"Hizbullah is holding an unlicensed rally on Friday, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of their supporters celebrating their “divine victory” over Israel. The Lebanese Interior Ministry, which normally issues permits for such mass gatherings, has not even been approached or asked for permission. Security for this rally will be handled by Hizbullah, the militia that many still insist is not a state within a state, Abu Kais report."