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New Iranian Movement Think Tank تانک فکری جنبش نوین ایران

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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تانک فکری جنبش نوین ایران

New Iranian Movement Think Tank

با سپاس از: محمد آزاد

9 فروردین 1389

 

باسپاس از آقای محمد آزاد که با استفاده از کاریکاتور بن هین، طرحهای زیر را در جهت پیشبرد اهداف جنبش نوین ایران برای موسسه علمی شیرین ویرایش کرده اند. این کاریکاتورها،  اثر اندیشه و قلم آزاد به قدرتمندی تانک و گلوله دانسته و با عنوان های مناسبی آنها را متبلور ساخته است. عناوینی چون:

تانک فکری جنبش نوین ایران،

اندیشه های آزاد برای ایرانی آزاد،

افکار آزاد برای ایرانی آزاد،

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New Iranian Movement Think Tank,

Free Minds for a Free Iran!

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که شما با توجه به سلیقه، گرایش و زبان خود میتوانید طرحی را انتخاب کرده و آنرا مورد استفاده قرار دهید.

 

توجه:

اگر عناوین بهتری برای این کاریکاتورها در نظر دارید سپاسگزار میشویم اگر به ما خبر دهید (با کامت گذاشتن در همین جا  و یا ایمیل زدن به shirin.info@gmail.com) تا طرح را بر اساس آن ویرایش کرده و به این مجموعه اضافه کنیم.

A Report: MehrAngiz Kar Talk at MIT about “Women and Presidential Elections in Iran”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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MehrAngiz Kar Talk at MIT about

“Women and Presidential Elections in Iran”

(a brief Report)

by: Mohammad Behnood

May 17, 2009

Ms. Mehrangiz Kar, the prominent Iranian attorney and human/women rights expert/activist, gave an enlightening talk on May 17, 2009 at MIT under the title of:

“Women and 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran”

Her talk was part of the closing event for the

“Festival of Acclaimed Persian Movies for a

Better Understanding of Iranian Women”

(In recognition of Iranian Women Struggle for

Justice, Equality, and Freedom

during the  past 3 decades)

A total of 5 highly rated movies screened during this festival, every Sunday, from April 12, to May 17, 2009. These movie screenings and its closing event were all sponsored by

MIT Iranian Cultural Group

which had also organized another event at MIT in January 2009 called:

“A Brief Study of Iran through 5 Acclaimed Movies at MIT”

 (A journey into some aspects of

Iranian history, society and culture

during past 5 decades).

 

The May-17 event attracted over 100 people despite being held on the Sunday, a day before MIT final exams start. The audience was consisted of men/women, Iranian/foreigner, students/faculty, and many community leaders from inside and outside MIT present. It had an exceptional number of audience comparing to similar events in recent years. For example, multiple times more people attended this event, even in comparison to other well-organized and widely advertised MIT talks such as:

                        US-Iran Relations (by MIT CIS Star Forum on May 5, 2009).

This was yet another indication that the community not only is interested in but also values quality events, as MIT authorities did by announcing it on the home page of MIT web site as the top campus events on May 17, 2009.

 

The May-17 event started promptly at 5pm and formally ended as scheduled at 8pm but many stayed until 9pm to exchange ideas with the speakers and others during the reception.

 

Screening of Video Clips: “History of Women Movements in Iran”

In the first part of the program, the following set of 5 informative short video clips about the history of women rights movements in Iran were shown:

Iranian Women in Power (10 min.)

State versus Iranian Filmmakers (15 min.)

BBC March 2007 Night News report on Women’s Day in Iran (10 min.)

Ahmadinejad’s Words Before 2005-Election (1 min.)

Ahmadinejad’s Deeds After 2005-Election (2 min.)

Women Right’s in Iran - part 1 of 7 (10 min.)

 

Introduction by Dr. Taalebinezhaad

Dr. Ali Taalebinezhad, the founder and director of Shirin Science Center (an Influential Iranian NGO), gave his brief introduction on:

Iranian Government vs. Independent Civil Organizations

He explained how Ahmadinejad regime systematically started closing down all the independent civil organizations in Iran as soon as he got to power in 2005. He continued his talk by giving some details about the illegal and brutal tactics that Ahmadinejad regime used for closing Shirin Science Center which had over 100+ volunteered staff and 1,500+ members, just because it was independently promoting the advancement of Science, Technology, and Culture among the young generation in Iran and was giving equal opportunities to women and men at all levels. You can learn more about the detailed story at:

How and Why Ahmadinejad  Regime Closed Shirin Science Center?

 

Dr. Taalebinezhaad concluded his remarks by emphasizing the importance of not self-censoring and instead being socially responsible, especially when it comes to dealing with a regime like Ahmadinejad. He ended his talk by the following statement:

 

President Obama in his 2009 message to Iranian people for Norouz (Iranian New year), used the first line from the famous poem by Sa’di (legendary Iranian Poet) as the hallmark of his speech which translates to:

The children of Adam are limbs to each other,

having been created from one essence.

This line simply states the base but the most important part of that poem, namely its concluding lines were missing from Obama’s message, where it says:

When the calamity of time afflicts one limb,

the other limbs cannot remain at rest.

If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,

you are not worthy of being called  a human.”

 

Talk by Ms. Mehangiz Kar

Ms. Mehrangiz Kar who is currently the visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School could communicate in English but decided to give her 1-hour talk in Persian in order to avoid simplifying the legal codes and arguments. Instead Ms. Azadeh Pourzand who is doing her graduate studies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government professionally presented the live English translation for the talk. Ms. Kar used her social and legal insights and experience to draw a clear picture of the human and woman rights violations in Iran with an emphasis on the role of women in the upcoming June-12 presidential election. The following is a list of her articles which give the details about some of the issues she covered in her talk at MIT:

Election Hyper Energy (May 8, 2009)

Iranian Women and the Tenth Presidential Election (May 4, 2009)

Women and the Tenth Administration (Apr. 19, 2009)

Discrimination against Women under Iranian Law (Dec. 11, 2008)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dec. 20, 2008)

I Am Attracted by the Candidates’ Speeches (BBC, May 26, 2009)

 

For more information about Mehrangiz Kar other articles, books and especially her intriguing and detailed biography, please visit her website at:

http://www.mehrangizkar.net/english

 

Q/A Session and Appreciation Certificate

Mehrangiz Kar talk was followed by a 30-minute open question and answer session. At the end, she was presented with an MIT writing gift set and a framed Appreciation Certificate by Ms. Anahita Maghami and Dr. Ali Taalebinezhaad on behalf of MIT Iranian Cultural Group. You can find an image of Ms. Kar’s Appreciation Certificate at:

MIT Iranian Cultural Group Appreciation Certificate for Mehrangiz Kar.

 

Reception

This event officially ended around 8pm but many stayed to about 9pm to talk to the speakers and other audience during the reception.

 

More Info:

MIT Iranian Cultural Group events page on Kodoom.com

 

اطلاعات بیشتر:

سخنرانی مهرانگیز کار در ام.آی.تی.: “زنان و انتخابات ریاست جمهوری ایران”

صفحه رویدادهای گروه فرهنگی ایرانی دانشگاه  ام.آی.تی. درKodoom.com  

Chinese Opium Wars and American Cigarettes Boom in Iran

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

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In late years of Shah regime or maybe early years after his fall, I watched a Western made movie on Iranian TV which I have not forgotten its plot after two decades. I recall it had a part about “Chinese Opium Wars” when British were distributing free opium in Hong Kong harbor in order to destroy that nation among other things. I do not recall the movie title but it was made before 1985. It had a comedy-drama theme where someone with Chinese root and western education was trying to empower those demoralized people who were living in a corrupt society. (Please let us know if you know what movie that was.) 

Aside from that nostalgic movie, the historical documents show that in1839 Lin Zexu, a Chinese scholar and official during the Qing Dynasty pleaded with Queen Victoria of Britain to stop the opium traffic to China, and warned: “Your Majesty has not before been thus officially notified, and you may plead ignorance of the severity of our laws. But I now give my assurance that we mean to cut this harmful drug forever”. To ensure its immoral materialistic interests, British went to war with China and imposed many unjust treaties on that weak empire. Following the British, France , the USA, minor European states, and even Russia forced their own favorite treaties to the addicted and demoralized nation of China for decades to come. To find out more about “Chinese Opium Wars” see the following sources:

Articles:

Opium Wars and Unequal Treaties 

WikiPedia Encyclopedia on “The Opium Wars

Movies:

The Opium War (Yapian Zhanzheng)“, Chinese, 1997 

Tai Pan” directed by Daryl Duke in 1986 

Books:

The Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another  by W. Travis Hanes, 1860.

Last night, I was reading a BBC report about American 2005 export to Iran which in brief was saying that: “In 2005, at least half of about 100 million dollar American export to Iran has been cigaretts which makes Iran the third largest exporter of the American cigaretts in the world!”. This a very sad and and shocking news by itself but would enraging if you know the following facts:

- The smoking rate has decreased by about %20 in the US while it has been increasing in the Iran.

- Iranian government officially imports many brands of American Cigarettes including Winston and Kent. These cigarettes are exclusively packed for Iran and bear the official seal of Iran. 

- The price a pack of say Winston cigarette in Iran is about 1/4 of its price in US.

- Teenagers can easily buy cigarettes in Iran from any corner including the street sellers. In the US, on the contrary, cigarettes are only sold by authorized shops and are under lock. The minimum age for buying cigarettes in the US  is currently 18 which is in the process being raised to 21 soon. These regulations are strongly enforced in the US and violators are severely prosecuted.

- These days smoking is considered something very bad by the society at large. Furthermore, it is against the law to smoke in public places including restaurants and the law is fully observed and enforced in the US.

- The warnings labels regarding the dangers of smoking is more pronounced on cigarette packages in the US than in Iran.

Smoking is the first stage of drug abuse and addiction. It has become much more expensive and difficult for a teenager to smoke in the US and as a result the smoking rate in general and especially among youth is steadily decreasing.

 In summary, it is mind boggling to know that in this time and age, the authorities in Iran are getting international rankings for spending the financial reserves of  the nation for importing for such serious health hazards and addicting materials from the US while the Chinese empire went to war with British to avoid dumping of their free opium on their people.

Let me know end this story on a high note by giving a personal story. My father has been smoking since he was 10 years old but he decided to quit over a year ago when he was 84 years old and he has been smoke-free since then. It is admirable act which shows if there is a will there will be a way. Congratulations Dad. You have done a great job and we are all proud of you!

Smoking was forbidden on Shirin Science Center premises since it was established about 7 years ago. Two years ago, a group of Shirin Science Center members started an initiative in Fasa which resulted in banning smoking in taxis which was very common before then. Last year, when I entered a car to take me from Fasa to Shiraz, I bluntly asked a smoking passenger to extinguish his cigarette. He did it immediately and apologized for it. Smoking is unwise to say the least. So if you come across a smoking person take a firm stand at least for your own health. They might not like it now but sometime they will be greatful for what you have done for them. 

If you come across any of the Iranian representatives, remind them that the 10-20 percent increase in the price of cigarrettes in coming year is rediculous considering the the international experience. Tell them that you expect them to show their sincerity by immediately increasing the price of cigarettes many folds and use all of the revenu for establishing centers to advance science, technology, art, and culture among the young generation.

By: Dr. Ali Taalebinezhaad

March 2007