Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tabriz: A Blogger in Danger

Tabriznews:Ahmad Saraji
is an Iranian bloggers who was arrested & held in a prison in Tabriz. According to Radio Azadegan he was beaten up and his life is in real danger.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Mr.Behi,Iranian Blogger:If you want sanctions, I am not with you

Mr.Behi:The recent decision by the IAEA (UN nuclear watch dog) has unleashed a clear fear and also another set of empty statements inside and from the Iranian diplomacy. Iran has opened it's economy to Europe, India and China with the illusion that they may go against any rough decision in IAEA or UN and that failed in a very ridiculous way. I do not know much about politics but even to me it is not clear what the Iranian policy is up to:

If they wanted nuclear technology and wanted to enrich, what did they accept something more than NPT in the first place?
If they want a peaceful technology really, why they are now warning the world that they will get out of the NPT?
I grew up under war and sanctions, I do not want to see Iran under sanction again. This government cares about it's ideology first and then the people. That is insane. Who said that we should cut relations with US and pay this huge price. This is enough.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ideology & Iranian Diplomacy

There are many who still believe that Iranian diplomacy is led by ideology. Frederic Tellier,who was a diplomat in Iran, in his interview for WashingtonPrism.org says Ideology is a leading force in iranian diplomacy.According to Tellier even nuclear question has nothing to do with nationalism but pure islamic ideology. For him nationalist slogan is to attract iranian nation and Third world countries.Tellier recently published L'heure de L'Iran (Iran's Hour)in France. In his book he talks about internal dynamic forces in Islamic State.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Perspolis in 3D!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Drugs & Iran:Opiates of the Iranian People

Washington Post:By Karl Vick
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, September 23, 2005; A01

TEHRAN -- If he could afford it, Ali Nariman would drink beer, he says. But like most Iranians, he is poor, and so takes his solace in the form of a small gray ball of opium.

Swallowed whole for maximum absorption, the ball takes only half an hour to deliver the warm, surging relief that inhabitants of the Persian plateau have long associated with advanced age. For centuries in Iran, opium was regarded as a privilege of the elderly, a largely medicinal comfort for the pains and worries accumulated over a lifetime of work.

Nariman is 18. And like hundreds of thousands of Iranians turning to harder narcotics at younger ages, he regards drugs as the only alternative to work.

"We should have jobs," Nariman said, standing in the vast cemetery on the southern edge of Tehran. In a routine played out every Thursday, the day families traditionally visit the cemetery devoted mostly to war dead, young addicts sweep in afterward to scavenge the cookies and dates left on the graves.

"I sometimes find work," Nariman said, "collecting stale bread in town."

According to the U.N. World Drug Report for 2005, Iran has the highest proportion of opiate addicts in the world -- 2.8 percent of the population over age 15. Only two other countries -- Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan -- pass the 2 percent mark. With a population of about 70 million and some government agencies putting the number of regular users close to 4 million, Iran has no real competition as world leader in per capita addiction to opiates, including heroin.

When an earthquake leveled the city of Bam in 2003, among the emergency supplies rushed to the scene were doses of methadone, a synthetic drug used to treat heroin and morphine addicts, for the 20 percent or more of the population believed to be addicted. So many Iranians rely on opiates that an influential government analyst suggests the state itself should consider cultivating poppies.

"Yes," said Azarakhsh Mokri, director of the Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies: "A strategic reserve of narcotics."

Discount Prices

But if the utility of narcotics has roots in Iran's ancient culture, and the discount prices (about $5 for a gram of heroin, 50 percent pure) stem from proximity to the poppy fields of neighboring Afghanistan, experts, addicts and government officials agree that addiction has lately emerged as a corrosive new symptom of the country's economic failure, a marker for despair.

"You haven't got a job. You haven't got a family. You haven't got entertainment," said Amir Mohammadi, who at 30 has been an addict for 10 years. "For a few hours, you forget everything."

Heroin, a powerful derivative of opium, is taking hold among young people whose path to addiction typically stems from disappointment in the job market. A government poll shows almost 80 percent of Iranians detect a direct link between unemployment and drug addiction. Iran's government regularly fails to produce the 1 million jobs needed each year to accommodate the new workers entering the labor force from a baby boom still coming of age.

"We haven't reached the peak," said Roberto Arbitrio, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Tehran. "Unfortunately, there's room for increase."

After Iran's theocratic government came to power in 1979, it displayed zero tolerance for drugs, filling the prisons with addicts. "We paid a high price for it," said Ali Hashemi, head of the cabinet-level Drug Control Headquarters.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Where is Ganji????

Nobody knows where is Ganji? Akbar Ganji, jailed journalist,broke his hunger strike after more than 70 days about one month ago. He had been promised to be released but
he was send to jail from hospital.His wife, friends and lawyers can not meet him!
The worst is media indifference to his situation.After he broke hunger strike he lost spotlight in iranian media!

Iranian Bloggers and Collective Blogging: From a Democratic Exercise to Defend Freedom of Speech

Global Voices Online:
Iranian bloggers in last six months have started a new experience: Collective Blogging. Six months ago several bloggers from different places with diverse point of views came together and launched KHABARCHIN in Farsi. Khabarchin whose creators called it Weblog Shahr’s (shahr is City in Persian) news agency was a platform for several bloggers to collaborate together for first time.The objectives of this collective blogging were to inform people about useful links, blogs and news, to show that people with diverse opinions can create a common platform, to prove that Iranian can do a collective activity together. Khabarchin lived just six months and its members prefered to put an end to this experience. In final message Khabarchin founders say that it was a fruitful democratic experience and they prefer to stop their activity at this moment that blog is still popular. By looking at blog’s archive we see a real short news covering all kind of subjects from political prisoners and censorship to cultural events and music. One of Khabarchin’s active members was Majid Zohari who is a very active blogger in Canada.

Another collective blogging’s experience is PenLog creation. Penlog is association of Iranian blogwriters who has about 200 members/bloggers. Their main goal are to defend Iranian bloggers, to fight censorship, to promote freedom of speech on internet and to provide technical support for its members. Penlog organises discussions on Paltalk about different subjects such as censorship and methods to survive it. On Penlog we can read about arrested bloggers , Reporters without borders’ director’s interview in Persian,…. Blog is in Persian and English.

Khabarchin’s six month experience is an important experience to do collective activities. Penlog can become little by little a virtual institution to defend bloggers. On March 2005 Penlog protested arrest of blogger Omid Parvar. May be it becomes a voice for voiceless bloggers in future.

New Book For Bloggers:Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents

Global Voices Online:The Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents is not for any of those purposes. It is the first truly useful book I’ve seen aimed at the kinds of bloggers featured here at Global Voices every day: People who have views and information that they want to share with the world beyond their own national borders. They are often people whose perspectives are not well represented in their own country’s media, and certainly not well reported by the international media. Sometimes they are political dissidents, but usually not. Mainly, they are just ordinary citizens with a passion to communicate with the world - and no easier way to do so than by writing, podcasting, and posting pictures on their own blogs.

The Handbook for Bloggers is for people who want to be serious participants in the emergent online global conversation: How to set up a quality, credible blog. How to get it noticed. And.. if you’re in a country where there government might not like what you’re saying, how to avoid getting in trouble when you by-pass the information gatekeepers and talk directly to the world.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Axe of Evil becomes Center of Evil?

President Bush beloved concept is changing nature:Axe of Evil: Iraq, North Korea and Iran. Iraq is out of game, North Korea follows "right path" and gets a package of advantages. The remaining member is poor Iran whose leaders are moving forward sanctions.Axe of Evil without two members is not an axe anymore but a center:
Iran is becoming a center of Evil not only in US eyes but Europe and whole world.
The way that Mr.Ahmadinejad negotiates it reminds me Iran's market rather than a diplomatic negotiation. I really wish Iranian leaders wake up and at least don't lead
country to more disater.

History Repeats Itself and Iran Makes same Mistakes!

In 1982 Iran refused Arab countries peace proposal. Arab countries offered Iran Billions of Dollars as a damage for Iraq's invasion. Iran refused package and continued war in order to restore a Shi'ite State in Iraq. In other words export its revolution. War went on for 6 more years and finally Ayatholah Khomeyni accepted peace with its neighbour.Iranian nation paid the costs of war by their lifes (hundereds of thousands dead)and their collapsing economy.Of course Arab countries did not pay Iran even one cent!In recent years many Iranian leaders accepted Iran followed wrong path to continue the war and they wished that they had accepted petro dollars.There is no doubt that war helped Iranian State to rule with iron fist in country.
Now at 2005 Europe offered a very generous package to Iran to stop uranium enrichement. Iran has refused package and now is heading towards sanctions and worse.
I think history repeats itself and Iranian population will pay again for ignorance of its leaders.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Condoleezza Rice: Countries like Iran threaten the effectiveness of the global [nuclear] non-proliferation regime

BBC News:The US secretary of state urged Iran to abandon "forever" nuclear weapons ambitions in her speech.

"Countries like Iran threaten the effectiveness of the global [nuclear] non-proliferation regime," Condoleezza Rice said in her maiden speech to the assembly, and she added that the UN Security Council should be ready to intervene if necessary.

She also called for a "lasting revolution of reform" at the UN and supported expanding the Security Council to include Japan.

And she argued that countries with poor human rights should not be allowed to sit on UN committees judging other nations' records.

The three European countries who have been negotiating with Tehran on the nuclear issue - the UK, France and Germany - will be watching Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech closely, the BBC's Pam O'Toole reports.

Iran's offer of nuclear know-how to Islamic countries alarms UN

Independent:There was little celebration at the close of the United Nations summit last night as world leaders returned to their capitals with a set of drastically diluted commitments for reform and combating poverty. And many left more concerned than ever about the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Diplomats in New York agreed the refusal by Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment programme, in spite of repeated appeals from Britain, France and Germany, was the dominant theme among prime ministers and presidents. Talks between EU foreign ministers and Iran's President and the Foreign Minister here did not go well, sources confirmed. The mood darkened significantly when the new Iranian leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was reported to have said after talks with his Turkish counterpart that Iran was "ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need".

Thursday, September 15, 2005

US Briefing on Iran's Nuclear Activity

ABC NEWS:In a presentation for International Atomic Energy Agency officials and the 35 countries on its governing board, U.S. Energy Department officials detail evidence claiming to show that Iran remains committed to developing a nuclear weapon and is deceiving the international community, ABC News has learned.

ABC News has obtained a copy of the 43-slide PowerPoint computer presentation, which was delivered to IAEA Board members in the run-up to its meeting Monday, when Iran's nuclear program will be the subject of debate.

Ahmadinejad in UN

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Persia's kings are history's great villains. Does the British Museum's show do them justice? By Jonathan Jones

Guardian:The title of this exhibition is a bit misleading. Forgotten Empire, the British Museum calls its spectacular resurrection of ancient Persia. Yet the Persians are as notorious in their way as Darth Vader, the Sheriff of Nottingham, General Custer, or any other embodiment of evil empire you care to mention. They are history's original villains.
In its day, which lasted from the middle of the 500s BC until the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, the Persian empire ruled a vast portion of the then-known world from the Nile to the Indus. It connected the Mediterranean with modern Afghanistan. Rich beyond dreams, powerful beyond dispute, the great kings ruled from their mighty palaces at Susa and Persepolis, tolerating the religions and cultures of subject peoples and harvesting the creativity of near eastern civilisation that had already, before they came along, invented writing and urban life. It should have been enough to earn them historical immortality....
So why was I disappointed? I was left flat - not by the superb show but by the Persian empire itself. The British Museum wants us to believe Persia was traduced by the Greeks. It wants to show us an alternative Persia from the evil empire vilified by Hellenic historians. Yet everything confirms this Greek "myth" of a supremely rich, powerful, bureaucratically faceless empire. The real difference between the Greek version and the version we get here is that the Greeks made the Persians glamorous in their villainy.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Is Ganji not à la Mode anymore?

A couple of weeks ago Ganji broke his hunger strike after 70 days. He had been promised, according to his wife, to be released.Ganji was send back from hospital to prison again. Iranian media in exile followed Ganji's news everyday.But now nobody talks about him!His wife says she can not meet him in prison anymore.Lawyers say they have no news of Ganji.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Prison Days: A Jailed Journalist Talks about Dark Days

Hanif Mazroyi on his Blog shares about his experience in prison.He talks about his 45 days in a(1.5m * 2m)cell,his first day in prison and several other journalists and book sellers who were arrested almost at the same time.Most of these people were involved with reformist sites and newspapers.Some were accused of selling "illegal" books.WELCOME TO 1984,Iranian Version.Jailed journalist is now free and writes on his weblog.This story happened one year ago.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Fred Halliday: Iranian Leaders Have Always Miscalculated!

WashingtonPrism:Fred Halliday, Professor in London School of Economic, in an interview with Washinton prism said if we look at Iranian history we see Iranian leaders always miscalculated
when they faced important events. Reza Shah didn't consider Soviet's invasion,Mosadegh was overconfident in people's support,Mohamad Reza talked about "Great Civilisation",Second Japan without understanding social mutation in country, Ayatholah Khomeyni in 1982 thought he could conquer Iraq.He continued for
6 years more war.Finally RafighDost and others convinced him to accept peace.At these
days it seems Ahmadinejad follows same path.In year 2005 Iran can not impose its rules to the world.Iran has no friends in the world except Syria which is as isolated
as Iran.

Iranian Literature World & Blogging

There are more and more Iranian writers and poets who become DieHard bloggers.We discover more and more their creations on their blogs.Moniro RavaniPour, a famous Iranian writer,
is writing her first story on her blog. Abbas Marofi,Germany based writer,regulary writes short stories and poems in his blog.
Yadola Royai,France based Iranian poet,is another one who writes time to time his poems on his blog.

People are Ready to Die for Their Dogs & Cats

2theadvocate.com: NEW ORLEANS -- David Woodsum poked his head out the attic window of his flooded house on Gladiolus Street on Tuesday and yelled at the men sitting in the flat bottom boat.
"I'm not leaving," Woodsum said. "I won't leave my two cats."

Pets appeared to be the No. 1 reason many of the estimated 10,000 residents still holed up in their flooded homes are refusing to leave.

"I don't know why the government won't let us take these people's pets out," said Steve Miller of Dutchtown, a volunteer who navigated his flat bottom boat down the flooded streets trying to persuade residents to leave.

"But FEMA has told us we cannot take the pets. They told that we could not take one cat or dog in our boats," Miller said. "It's a stupid rule. More people are going to die because of that."

Americans and Europeans Uncertain about Iran

TransatlanticTrends:In recent months The United States and EU have sought to coordinate policies concerning that Iran may develop nuclear weapons.At present there appears to be no consensus in the USA or Europe on available policy options. European show more preference on diplomatic pressure over economic incenitives or economic sanctions while Americans are equally divided at about 25% for each options. Only a small minority( 5%) in both sides support military action.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Iran seen as at least 5 years from bomb

Herald Tribune:LONDON A leading British research institute said Tuesday that Iran was at least five years away from producing sufficient material for "a single nuclear weapon" - but only if Tehran chose to ignore international reaction and "throw caution to the wind."
The International Institute for Strategic Studies said its conclusions were based on a variety of public sources of information, including visits to Iranian nuclear sites arranged by the Iranian authorities. "Nevertheless," the institute's director, John Chipman, told reporters, "there remains a good deal that cannot be known for certain from the outside

FarsNews: 6500 Iranian Companies in United Arab Emirates!

Can We Tolerate Cannibalism in the name of Multicultural society?

Cannibalism is a part of some tribes in Africa.Thousands of people who belong to these tribes live in Europe.In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur 7 Spet.Edition,Leonard Miano, an African writer living in Paris, says CANNIBALISM IS BACK IN MANY PLACES IN AFRICA SPECIALLY AFTER CIVIL WARS.Kenya South Africa Nigeria
Liberia are among these countries. She says even some african immigrants do this prctice in UK!! She adds We must strongly emphasise on UNIVERSAL VALUES & RIGHTS and
reject all these practices in name of Universal human rights. There is no place for
multicultralism if it fails basic human rights values.

In Canada goverment talks about possibility of creating islamic courts in Canada!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

No Clear End to Iran Nuclear Crisis

BBC NEWS:Two reports on Iran's nuclear activities - one last week from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and the second on Tuesday from respected London-based think-tank the International Institute for Strategic Studies, raise questions over Iran's nuclear programme and where diplomatic efforts to contain it go from here.
This is a slow-burning diplomatic crisis.

Certainly there will be punctuation marks of tension along the way - one could be coming up in a little under two weeks' time - when the IAEA board meets again with every chance that the US and EU participants will push for Iran to be reported to the UN Security Council.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Ganji was sent back to Prison

News Source: Isna & Gooya:
Ganji,jailed journalist,who broke his hunger strike after 70 days was sent back to prison from hospital.He had stopped his hunger strike with this hope to get released.
He has been in prison for almost 6 years.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Bloglogue will be launched soon!

Bloglogue is a place where bloggers & non bloggers from different countries communicate and exchange ideas about one or several topics.Probably a first Bloglogue section will be launched on Globalvoices where American bloggers & Iranian bloggers(or non bolggers) share their ideas about hot topics: Iran nuclear crisis, Democracy in US and so on. If you know American bloggers who are interested about Iran please let me know: faridpouya@gmail.com.

A reformist Editor was arrested

News source: Kayhan & Gooya
In Guilan,a northern province, a local journal editor was arrested.He was accused being a spy for foreign countries and acting against Islamic Republic.This journal
had considered Ahmadinejad's victory illegitimate.A couple of weeks ago Kurdistan's media had become a target and a few journalits got arrested.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Iranian bloggers want to save Iran's heritage

About 8 months ago Guardian journal published " Dam is threat to Iranian Heritage".In this article iranian learned that "More than 100 of Iran's potentially most important but least examined archaeological sites, including fringes of Pasargadae, the city built by King Cyrus the Great, will be flooded in the next two years according to the UN, which appealed yesterday to international scientists to try to record what they can.
The flooding of the eight-mile Tang-e-Bolaghi gorge because of the construction of a dam will destroy ancient Persia's imperial road which ran from Persepolis to Pasargadae". Iranian webloggers have started to use their madia presence to moblize people in Iran & World.LogoMahi's title is"Pasargadae Under Water".Izadbanou
another blogger says nobody has right to deprive us from our history.Izadbanou has given a link to a petition aginst dam project.Already more than 4000 signed that. Bloggers again before any Iranian site journal or Iranian political group started to moblize people.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Western Art in Iran: Warhol, Pollock,Picasso...

Yahoo TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has put on display for the first time what art experts say is the most important collection of modern Western art outside Europe and the United States.
Spanning the 1870s to the late 1980s and boasting works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, the "Modern Art Movement" exhibition contains some paintings not shown since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

"This is the first time we have ever displayed the collection together," Alireza Samiazar, director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, told Reuters.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

A New Magazine: American interest

American interest was born! contents
The American Interest | Volume 1, Number 1 (Autumn 2005)

Defining the American Interest
Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Eliot Cohen & Josef Joffe

Symposium: The Sources of American Conduct
A panoramic analysis of Bush Administration policies. Short articles by Francis Fukuyama, Josef Joffe, Anne Applebaum, Eliot Cohen, Glenn C. Loury, James Q. Wilson, Peter Berger, Ruth Wedgwood and Walter Russell Mead are anchored by a spirited critique of the Administration's perception of the historical moment:

The Dilemma of the Last Sovereign
by Zbigniew Brzezinski

A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice
The Secretary of State gets beneath the headlines to address the theory and practice of American statecraft.

Weblogger finds back freedom

According to Ilna and gooya,an iranian blogger,Mohamad Reza Abdolahi,after spent six
months in prison finds back his freedom.He had been accused acting against national security and Leader.

BBC: Photographer of the year 2005 Round 2

BBC NEWS:Alla Yelseyeva

Cheetah in Iran!

BBC:Wild life in Iran! I could never imagine that!Great!