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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Pursuit of Pleasure

Rudi Matthee's book, The Pursiut of Pleasure,talks about drugs , wine , coffee and tea in Iranian history from 1500-1900. It is an excellent book.In BBC persian there was an introduction to book by Khalgi.In coming weeks there will be an interview with Rudy Matthee on WashingtonPrism.org.
Do you know that during Safavid period,Iranian used to eat Taryak/Opium before going to work!

Friday, November 18, 2005

We Are Iran

I just got "We are Iran" book.Sofar I just heard negative comments about book in BBC Persian and on some weblogs such as Khabgard.As soon as I read I will make a complete roundup of different reviews & comments.

Friday, November 11, 2005

"Guarantees" of access to nuclear fuel

Cyrus Safdari:Guarantees" of the ability to purchase sufficient fuel for nuclear power programs would not be worth the paper they're written on. First of all, it would only be natural for the powerful states to seek to use such an arrangement this as lever in their own favor. Second, Article 4 the NPT itself was supposed to be a similiar "guarantee" -- and look how easily that's being undermined by the political influence and pressure of the US in the case of Iran, and how analysts are claiming that Article 4 doesn't actually mean what it plainly says...

No country would willingly allow its most fundamental interest -- its energy security -- to be held hostage to outside powers. That too is only natural.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Iran starts to lose faith in its hardline President

Independent:iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is facing a crisis of public confidence after his nominee for oil minister was forced to withdraw in the face of accusations of corruption.

The storm over the appointment, the most important and lucrative in Iran's cabinet, is the latest in a series of controversies to engulf the President. His political inexperience, unorthodox beliefs and trust in untested religious conservatives is causing widespread concern in Iran.

Sadeq Mahsouli was the third name the President has put forward for the oil ministry job since taking power in August. Like the others, he was forced to back down by the parliament, which now routinely challenges the President ­ despite hailing from his own political camp.

Several MPs told the Iranian media that lack of experience was the least of Mr Mahsouli's worries. One lawmaker, Ali Asgari, told the official Irna news agency that parliament wanted to question the nominee on how he had amassed a fortune to become a "billionaire general".

Baztab is back!

I just read that Baztab, news site, is back to live again. It is conservative but has good news to tell.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Poor Iranian Become ShareHolder!

Iranian goverment has decided to distribute companies' shares among the poor Iranian.
First goverment will identify the target group then shares will go to families.Iranian stock market has been the worst performant in the world this year.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

A New Magazine about International Studies

Intenationa Studies Journal has a website in 3 languages.The title of this journal is “International Studies Journal” (ISJ). This journal is published quarterly in both English and Persian. It is distributed in Iran and overseas. The journal is principally a mechanism to make some debates on international matters and to create dialogue between international academia and Iranian professors on fundamental issues in international studies.