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Abdolkarim Soroush and “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Abdolkarim Soroush and his role in the

“Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” of Iran

(Closer of Iranian Universities for 3+ Years)

 

by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

May 5, 2009

As students, we have all felt the sorrow of being late to a university class. Now imagine the loss imposed to over a million of students who were prevented from going to their universities for over 3 years! This is not a hypothesis but a sad fact which happened under the title of “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran by the recommendation of a council consisted of a handful of individuals selected by Khomeini about a year after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

This “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” which was spear-headed by its theoretician Hosein Haj Faraj Dabbagh (who has nicked-named himself as Abdolkarim Soroush) wanted to “Islamize” the Iranian universities but resulted in severely damaging the scientific foundation of the universities due to the departure/purge of the majority of high ranking university professors/instructors, aside from the waste of time of 1,000,000+ students for over 3 years.

It is a few years that Abdolkarim Soroush has been lingering in the US under the title of a “Islamic Theoretician and/or Rumi expert” and pretending to be a philosopher of high moral characters as he did during the time he was heading the “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” in Iran.  Considering that he is repeating one of his talks at UMass Boston today (May 5, 2009), I hope that the attending students feel the responsibility of asking him and he having the social/moral obligation to respond to a practical/earthy unanswered question, namely:

“Dr. Soroush,

What was your role in the

 ‘Supreme Cultural Revolution Council in Iran’

and was the effect of your council decisions

on university students and professors?”

 

I was a senior student at “Sharif University of Technology” when universities reopened. Until this day, I vividly remember the shivering feeling I got when I realized the fact that almost all of the top and hardworking professors at my university had left/purged and I had to go to 4 different universities to complete my required courses for graduation.

The other major change was that all the university students had to take a new course called “Islamic Cultures” which I passed with the top grade by reading its text book (by Motahhari) the night before the exam. And yes, the guards at the university gate would not allow the male students who wearing short-sleeved shirts to enter the university grounds (for women, not wearing Islamic hejab was against the law already)!

The adverse consequences of “Chine’s Cultural Revolution” were known to many students in Iran, even on those days, but likes of Mr. Soroush were enjoying their power seats so much so to use the history lessons for the interests of the people. You can judge him for yourself if you attend his talk but based on what I have heard from him before, he is acting like a dissident living on Mars without addressing and/or paying any attention to real and practical problems that Iranian people are facing every day.

 More Info:

Iranian Cultural Revolution of 1980-1987 (WikiPedia)

Chinese Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 (WikiPedia)

TechnoArt Bike at Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

TechnoArt bike, pink TechnoArt Bike, AI Lab frame TechnoArt bike, Yellow

Have you ever wished if there was an easy way for converting your ideas and designs to real objects by taking advantage of the latest technologies? The TechnoArt Bike is a high-tech effort, with a touch of art, by Dr. Ali Taalebinezhaad as a proof-of-concept of his patented process for realizing even complex designs.

His work was featured in the Science & Innovation section of Boston Globe Newspaper on April 16, 2007.  The TechnoArt Bike will be showcased at the grand finally event of Cambridge Science Festival on Science & Technolgy:

Saturday, April 28, 2007
12pm-5pm 
MIT Stata Center
(32 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139).

The TechnoArt Bike is designed in a CAD system and then automatically cut out of polycarbonate transparent sheets (Lexan) by a waterjet machine which uses CAD files as input. (At MIT dxf file from CAD is used by Omax for creating cutting path file for water-Jet.) These cut-out pieces are designed to easily lock into each other without any bolts and  nuts.

The TechnoArt Bike looks like a glass-made art sculpture in the first glance but it is indeed a fully functional bike which is built using very advanced manufacturing processes. It is packed with many electro-mechanical devices from magnet-induced lights to electronic radio and many thing else in between. This unique design will be on public display for the first time and only for one afternoon as a part of the upcoming Science Festival in Cambridge on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at MIT Stata Center. Young, old, techie, and non-techies can enjoy and benefit from this special exhibit.

Ordinary people would not need to spend a fortune to a manufacturer or be a machinist guru to build their own dream designs. Such innovative processes allow them to make their dreams come true easily. The same way that word processor and weblogs changed the world of typing and publication as we knew it,  our invotive production process can revolutionarize design productions for common people.  

Full Bike, Front View Bike Front Fork Bike rack, top view Bike Rear Frame

You can see more detailed pictures of the TechnoArt Bike at TechnoArt Photo Gallery.

Origin of the Eunuchs Operating System!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
Ron is not a typical American; he adores Iran, Iranians and has studied Middle Eastern cultures; besides, he has a great sense of humor. This is the chapter one of his recent work called:“The World According to Ron” .
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Origin of the Eunuchs Operating System!

The ancient Middle East played an important role in the early development of the modern computer. Centuries ago, kings would employ the services of a certain type of men, called eunuchs, to guard their harem, or wives, from intruders. These eunuchs mingled freely among the kings wives and were free to cavort carnally with them. The king would have no fear of his eunuchs impregnating any of his wives and eliminating any possibility of producing an illegal heir to the throne. These eunuchs, of course, were castrated.

Some of them were such good singers with a mellow high voice the king would ask them to sing for him. They eventually became known in the musical world as Castratos. Later, Vienna would learn of these men with a beautiful voice and began using the idea of Castratos by having young boys castrated before reaching puberty. This procedure kept the boys’ voices artificially high, even as they grew past the age when their voices would normally lower. They became known as the world famous Vienna Boys Sausages that sang extremely well.

So, it is told, the ancient kings of Babylon unwittingly began using the Eunuchs Operating System in their palace. The rest of us have to use a similar but problematic Microsoft software family. Microsoft, nothing but the best helps keep your hardware from running smoothly.

Raha and TechnoArt bike

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Hi my name is Raha. This is a picture of a bike that my dad made out of plexiglass. It’s equiped with a radio, lights and everyhting in between. You can even ride it!

me and my bike