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(Happy Norooz) !نوروز مبارک

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

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نوروز مبارک!

تحویل سال 1387:  پنج شنبه، 1 فروردین

 ساعت: 9:18:19 صبح

تدوین: علی طالبی نژاد

بهاران خجسته باد!

با تبریک نوروز و آرزوی سالی خوب،

نماهنگ های زیر تقدیمتان میگردد:

نماهنگ “کودکانه” با صدای فرهاد (سایت آینه)

نماهنگ “نوروز” (سایت ایران-کلیپ)

بهاران خجسته باد! (یوتیوب)

نوروز یک جشن ملی است، جشن ملی را همه می شناسند که چیست. نوروز هر ساله برپا می شود و هر ساله از آن سخن می رود. بسیار گفته اند و بسیار شنیده اید پس به تکرار نیازی نیست؟ چرا هست. مگر نوروز را خود مکرر نمی کنید؟ پس سخن از نوروز را نیز مکرر بشنوید. در علم و و ادب تکرار ملال آور است و بیهوده «عقل» تکرار را نمی پسندد: اما «احساس» تکرار را دوست دارد، طبیعت تکرار را دوست دارد، جامعه به تکرار نیازمند است و طبیعت را از تکرار ساخته اند: جامعه با تکرار نیرومند می شود، احساس با تکرار جان می گیرد و نوروز داستان زیبایی است که در آن طبیعت، احساس، و جامعه هر سه دست اندرکارند. نوروز که قرن های دراز است بر همه جشن های جهان فخر می فروشد، از آن رو هست که این قرارداد مصنوعی اجتماعی و یا بک جشن تحمیلی سیاسی نیست. جشن جهان است و روز شادمانی زمین و آسمان و آفتاب و جشن شکفتن ها و شور زادن ها و سرشار از هیجان هر «آغاز».

 جشن های دیگران غالباً انسان را از کارگاه ها، مزرعه ها، دشت و صحرا، کوچه و بازار، باغها و کشتزارها، در میان اتاق ها و زیر سقف ها و پشت درهای بسته جمع می کند: کافه ها، کاباره ها، زیر زمین ها، سالن ها، خانه ها … در فضایی گرم از نفت، روشن از چراغ، لرزان از دود، زیبا از رنگ و آراسته از گل های کاغذی، مقوایی، مومی، بوی کندر و عطر و … اما نوروز دست مردم را می گیرد و از زیر سقف ها و درهای بسته فضاهای خفه لای دیوارهای بلند و نزدیک شهرها و خانه ها، به دامن آزاد و بیکرانه طبیعت می کشاند: گرم از بهار، روشن از آفتاب لرزان از هیجان آفرینش و آفریدن، زیبا از هنرمندی باد و باران، آراسته با شکوفه، جوانه، سبزه و معطر از بوی باران، بوی پونه، بوی خاک، شاخه های شسته، باران خورده پاک و …  نوروز تجدید خاطره بزرگی  است: خاطره خویشاوندی انسان با طبیعت.

هر سال آن فرزند فراموشکار که، سرگرم کارهای مصنوعی و ساخته های پیچیده خود، مادر خویش را از یاد می برد، با یادآوری وسوسه آمیز نوروز به دامن وی باز می گردد و با او، این بازگشت و تجدید دیدار را جشن می گیرد. فرزند در دامن مادر، خود را باز می یابد و مادر، در کنار فرزند و چهره اش از شادی می شکفد اشک شوق می بارد فریادهای شادی می کشد، جوان می شود، حیات دوباره می گیرد. با دیدار یوسفش بینا و بیدار می شود. تمدن مصنوعی ما هر چه پیچیده تر و سنگین تر می گردد، نیاز به بازگشت و باز شناخت طبیعت را در انسان حیاتی تر می کند و بدین گونه است که نوروز بر خلاف سنت ها که پیر می شوند فرسوده و گاه بیهوده رو به توانایی می رود و در هر حال آینده ای جوان تر و درخشان تر دارد، چه نوروز را ه سومی است که جنگ دیرینه ای را که از روزگار لائوتسه و کنفوسیوس تا زمان روسو و ولتر درگیر است به آشتی می کشاند.

 نوروز تنها فرصتی برای آسایش، تفریح و خوشگذرانی نیست: نیاز ضروری جامعه، خوراک حیاتی یک ملت نیز هست. دنیایی که بر تغییر، تحول، گسیختن، زایل شدن، در هم ریختن و از دست رفتن بنا شده است، جایی که در آن آنچه ثابت است و همواره لایتغیر و همیشه پایدار، تنها تغییر است و ناپایداری، چه چیز می تواند ملتی را، جامعه ای را، در برابر ارابه بی رحم زمان – که بر همه چیز می گذرد و له می کند و می رود هر پایه ای را می شکند و هر شیرازه ای را می گسلد – از زوال مصون دارد؟ هیچ ملتی یا یک نسل و دو نسل شکل نمی گیرد: ملت، مجموعه پیوسته نسل های متوالی بسیار است، اما زمان این تیع بیرحم، پیوند نسل ها را قطع می کند، میان ما و گذشتگانمان، آنها که روح جامعه ما و ملت ما را ساخته اند، دره هولناک تاریخ حفر شده است قرن های تهی ما را از آنان جدا ساخته اند : تنها سنت ها هستند که پنهان از چشم جلاد زمان، ما را از این دره هولناک گذر می دهند و با گذشتگانمان و با گذشته هایمان آشنا می سازند. در چهره مقدس این سنت هاست که ما حضور آنان را در زمان خویش، کنارخویش و در  «خود خویش» احساس می کنیم حضور خود را در میان آنان می بینیم و جشن نوروز یکی از استوارترین و زیباترین سنت هاست.

در آن هنگام که مراسم نوروز را به پا می داریم، گویی خود را در همه نورزهایی که هر ساله در این سرزمین بر پا می کرده اند، حاضر می یابیم و در این حال صحنه های تاریک و روشن و صفحات سیاه و سفید تاریخ ملت کهن ما در برابر دیدگانمان ورق می خورد، رژه می رود. ایمان به اینکه نوروز را ملت ما هر ساله در این سرزمین بر پا می داشته است، این اندیشه های پر هیجان را در مغز مان بیدار می کند که: آری هر ساله حتی همان سالی که اسکندر چهره این خاک را به خون ملت ما رنگین کرده بود، در کنار شعله های مهیبی که از تخت جمشید زبانه می کشید همانجا همان وقت، مردم مصیبت زده ما نوروز را جدی تر و با ایمان سرخ رنگ، خیمه بر افراشته بودند و مهلب خراسان را پیاپی قتل عام می کرد، در آرامش غمگین شهرهای مجروح و در کنار آتشکده های سرد و خاموش نوروز را گرم و پر شور جشن می گرفتند. تاریخ از مردی در سیستان خبر می دهد که در آن هنگام که عرب سراسر این سرزمین را در زیر شمشیر خلیفه جاهلی آرام کرده بود از قتل عام شهرها و ویرانی خانه ها و آوارگی سپاهیان می گفت و مردم را می گریاند و سپس چنگ خویش را بر می گرفت و می گفت: ” اباتیمار : اندکی شادی باید ” نوروز در این سال ها و در همه سال های همانندش شادی یی این چنین بوده است عیاشی و  «بی خودی»  نبوده است. اعلام ماندن و ادامه داشتن و بودن این ملت بوده و نشانه پیوند با گذشته ای که زمان و حوادث ویران کننده زمان همواره در گسستن آن می کوشیده است. نوروز همه وقت عزیز بوده است؛ در چشم مغان در چشم موبدان، در چشم مسلمانان و در چشم شیعیان مسلمان. …………..

 و ما در این لحظه در این نخستین لحظات آغاز آفرینش نخستین روز خلقت، روز اورمزد، آتش اهورایی نوروز را باز بر می افروزیم و درعمق وجدان خویش، به پایمردی خیال، از صحراهای سیاه و مرگ زده قرون تهی می گذریم و در همه نوروزهایی که در زیر آسمان پاک و آفتاب روشن سرزمین ما بر پا می شده است با همه زنان و مردانی که خون آنان در رگ هایمان می دود و روح آنان در دل هایمان می زند شرکت می کنیم و بدین گونه، بودن خویش، را به عنوان یک ملت در تند باد ریشه برانداز زمان ها و آشوب گسیختن ها و دگرگون شدن ها خلود می بخشیم و در هجوم این قرن دشمنکامی که ما را با خود بیگانه ساخته و خالی از خوی برده رام و طعمه زدوده از شخصیت این غرب غارتگر کرده است، در این میعاد گاهی که همه نسل های تاریخ و اساطیر ملت ما حضور دارند با آنان پیمان وفا می بندیم امانت عشق را از آنان به ودیعه می گیریم که هرگز نمیریم و دوام راستین خویش را به نام ملتی که در این صحرای عظیم بشری ریشه، در عمق فرهنگی سرشار از غنی و قداست و جلال دارد و بر پایه اصالت خویش در رهگذر تاریخ ایستاده است بر صحیفه عالم ثبت کنیم .

این بخشی از نوشته زیبای دکتر علی شریعتی در مورد نوروز بود که متن کامل آنرا میتوانید در پیوند زیر بخوانید:

متن کامل نوشته دکتر علی شریعتی در مورد نوروز (سایت آفتاب)

در مسابقات نوروزی شیرین شرکت کنید!

مسابقه علمی-فرهنگی 4 شیرین: “لحظه تحویل سال چیست؟” (جایزه: دوربین دیجیتال)

مسابقه هنری-فرهنگی 5 شیرین: “سبزه نوروزی” (جایزه: MP3/WMA پلیر)

خبرهای نوروزی:

بنا به گزارش خبرنامه امیرکبیر، مادران ۸ نفر از دانشجویان در بند، احسان منصوری، احمد قصابان، مجید توکلی، صباح نصری، هدایت غزالی، سعید فیض الله زاده، ابولفضل جهاندار و سعید درخشندی،  در آستانه سال نو سفره هفت سین خود را مقابل زندان اوین پهن کردند. متن کامل خبر این حرکت قابل تقدیر را میتوانید در پیوند زیر بخوانید:

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خانواده دانشجویان در بند سفره هفت سین خود را مقابل زندان اوین پهن می کنند. (خبرنامه امیرکبیر)

هر ساله در آستانه نوروز، شخصیت های مختلف جهانی، در جشن های نوروزی شرکت کرده و یا آنرا تبریک میگویند که امسال محسوستر شده و از سفره هفت سین گوگل گرفته تا … :

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سفره هفت سین کاخ ریاست جمهوری آمریکا به مناسبت نوروز (کاخ سفید)

متن مصاحبه اختصاصی جورج بوش با “تلویزیون صدای آمریکا” به مناسبت نوروز (صدای آمریکا)

ویدئو 1 مصاحبه اختصاصی جورج بوش با “تلویزیون صدای آمریکا” به مناسبت نوروز (یوتیوب)

ویدئو 2 مصاحبه اختصاصی جورج بوش با “تلویزیون صدای آمریکا” به مناسبت نوروز (یوتیوب)

پیام رسمی ننسی پلسی (رئیس مجلس آمریکا)  به مناسبت نوروز (بی بی سی)

پیام تبریک و شرکت نخست وزیر آنتاریو(کانادا) در مراسم جشن نوروز

تقویمهای سال جدید ایرانی (مجانی):

تقویم سال 1387(برای چاپ)

تقویم ایرانی - میلادی (برای رایانه)

برنامه تبدیل تاریخ ایرانی- میلادی

اطلاعات بیشتر در مورد نوروز:

نوروز (ویکی پدیا)

معرفی کتاب: نوروز و فلسفه هفت سین (موسسه علمی شیرین)

هفت سین (ویکی پدیا)

دقیق ترین تقویم جهان، هدیه خیام به ایرانیان (بی بی سی)

نماهنگ های نوروزی (پرژین کاردز)

Norooz, the Iranian (Persian) New Year (by Dr. David Rahni)

چهارشنبه سوری مبارک! (موسسه علمی شیرین)

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Happy Norooz!

 (Persian New Year)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

(UTC/GMT: 5:48:19 am)

In harmony with rebirth of nature, the Persian New Year Celebration, or Norooz, always begins on the first day of spring, March 20th of each year. Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and Rebirth. About 3000 years ago Persian’s major religion was Zoroastrianism, named in honor of its founder Zoroaster, and arguably the world’s first monotheistic religion. Zoroastrians had a festival called “Farvardgan” which lasted ten days, and took place at the end of the solar year. It appears that this was a festival of sorrow and mourning, signifying the end of life while the festival of Norooz, at the beginning of spring signified rebirth, and was a time of great joy and celebration. Norooz was officially acknowledged and named “Norooz” by mythical Persian emperor, Shah Jamshid, from Achaemenid Dynasty (500 BC). Ashaemenied created the first major empire in the region and built Persepolis complex (Takhte Jamshid) in the city of Shiraz. Norooz in Persian means “New Day” and brings hope, peace and prosperity to the world and has been celebrated among people regardless of ethnic background, political views or religion in many countries around the globe such as Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Georgia, Iraq, Tajikistan, Syria ,Armenia and India. Some of the activities during Norooz are spring cleaning, buying new cloths, painting eggs, family reunion, giving presents, visiting neighbors, friends and celebrating by having a picnic on the 13th day of spring.

 

More Info:

 Norooz Customs (Iraj Bashiri)

Norooz (Wikipedia)

Norooz, the Iranian (Persian) New Year (by Dr. David Rahni)

ChaharShanbe Souri (Massome Price)

Haftsin Table at the White House (White House)

George Bush’s Nowrooz Message and Interview with VOA

Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulates Persian New Year to Iranian-Americans

 

 

Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime is a criminal enterprise!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime is a criminal enterprise!

(The shocking videos from Ashura events in Tehran testify.)

by:

Ali Talebinejad

Dec. 30, 2009

The corrupted regime of Khamenei-Ahmadinejad, instead of using the revenues from oil, gas and other natural resources of Iran for elevating the economy and security standard of Iranian people, has been abusing the national financial resources for creating artificial crises inside and outside Iran. In this process, those criminals, without any care to the short-term and long-term interests of Iranian people,  have been worsening the state of science, technology, culture and economy in the country and pushing it further in a backward direction.

The following video clips (No. 1 to 4) which were recorded by the people on the streets of Tehran on Ashura day (Dec. 27, 2009) are yet another proof that this regime is a criminal enterprise. This is because the regime has been wasting the lives and energy of a nation just to stay in power and abuse its resources. Viewing of these shocking video clips can awaken the conscience of any decent human being and oblige him/her not to stop trying as much as he/she can to shorten the life this criminal regime.

 

1. The military forces of Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime, in an organized manner, brutally attack the peaceful protesters who are marching near ValiAsr intersection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqdX2lc0C4Q

 

2. Military van of Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime charges through the crowd in ValiAsr square and after over running a protester, goes back and forth and runs over that lifeless body which had fallen on the street.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAaPnAQDHhU

 

3. A protester bleeds to death.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ke9dpyx3yA

 

4. The head of Tehran police (Pasdar Radan) delivers fabricated lies about those killed during Ashura protests.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOxPK0RG0M

 

The rest of these videos (No. 5 to 8) show the bravery, sacrifice, and dignity of freedom-seeking Iranians who despite all the crimes afflicted on them by the regime and its paid agents, freeing the oppressive police forces who had been trapped and just moments earlier have been beating people up with clubs and opening fire on them. The maturity and high moral grounds of those merciful people is admirable!

5. A group of angry protesters surrounding a company of repressive police motorcyclists while some of them are firing guns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7SQC4OfduA

 

6. The oppressive police forces have dropped their motorcycles from the fear of people and tumbling over each other in a corner to protect themselves from assumed retaliation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB88GD77cas

 

7. Angry protesters set fire on tens of motorcycles of the trapped repressive police force.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ-x_vJyGvs

 

8. The repressive police force taking off their uniforms from fear while getting protection from the people who are also helping them to flee the scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP_to2-9gng

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  

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)

Boston Marathon and Women Rights in Iran

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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by: Ali Talebinejad
April 16, 2007

Despite the heavy rain and wind storm, Boston witnessed its 111th Marathon today, Monday, April 16, 2007 and the 1st man and woman runners were:
Robert Cheruiyot, 2:14:13            Lidiya Grigoryeva, 2:29:18
and for the wheelchair:
Masazumi Soejima 1:29:16           Wakako Tsuchida, 1:53:30.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. Approximately 500,000 spectators line the 42.2-Km (26.2-mile) course annually. Women and men started the race together today and were officially running shoulder to shoulder but it was not the case even 35 years ago!

Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run the full Boston Marathon in 1966. Gibb, who did not run with an official race number during any of the three years (1966-68) that she was the first female finisher, hid in the bushes near the start until the race began. In 1967, Katherine Switzer did not clearly identify herself as a female on the race application and was issued a bib number. B.A.A. officials tried unsuccessfully to physically remove Switzer from the race once she was identified as a woman entrant. At the time of Switzer’s run, the Amateur Athletics Union (A.AU.) had yet to formally accept participation of women in long distance running. When the A.A.U. permitted its sanctioned marathons (including Boston) to allow women entry in the fall of 1971, Nina Kuscsik’s 1972 B.A.A. victory the following spring made her the first official champion. Eight women started that race and all eight finished.

In some countries like Iran, women still do not have the same rights as men do and are especially restricted when it comes to many sports. For example women do not feel comfortable biking in streets even with what is considered Islamic outfits and will be harassed and intimidated by officials even if they decide to do so. We hope that authorities in countries such as Iran get enough lessons from history and do not reinvent it so especially women are not discriminated against any longer.

For more information about Boston Marathon see: http://www.bostonmarathon.org/BostonMarathon/

Festival of Acclaimed Persian Movies for a Better Understanding of Iranian Women

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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Festival of Acclaimed Movies for a

Better Understanding of Iranian Women

(In recognition of Iranian Women Struggle for

Justice, Equality, and Freedom

during  past 3 decades)

 

Organized by:

MIT Persian Cultural Group

Free Admission!

SUNDAYs

(Apr. 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17, 2009)

5pm sharp!

MIT Room 4-237 (Building 4, 2nd floor)

 

All movies are in Persian with English subtitles!

 

 

Dayereh” (The Circle)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Director/Year:

Jafar Panahi/2000

Subject:

A detailed and realistic portray of the life women who are abandoned by the society.

It shows the underlying reasons for their misfortunes and commonalities of social challenges with ordinary people.

Trailer:

http://videodetective.com/titledetails.aspx?PublishedID=451608

Review:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Circle_(film)

 

 

Zendan Zanan” (Women’s Prison)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Director/Year:

Manijeh Hekmat/2002

Subject:

The movie depicts some aspects if Iran prisons and the life of women prisoners which spans for 17 years but the story goes beyond that to cover many other related social problems.

Review:

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117918888.html

 

 

Vakonesh Panjom” (Fifth Reaction)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Director/Year:

Tahmineh Milani/2003

Subject:

Everyday concerns of urban women, their entrapment in the loop of unfair laws and cultural restrictions and their efforts for progress.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeoAgRXl46U

Review:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386843

 

 

Do Zan” (Two Women)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Director/Year:

Tahmineh Milani/1999

Subject:

A clear depiction of how some traditions prevent women from realizing their full potential while their common civil rights are violated without any governmental concerns.

Review:

 

 

Roozi Ke Zan Shodam” (The Day I became a Women)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Director/Year:

Marziyeh Meshkini/1999

Subject:

The natural desire of women as a human being for becoming

inquisitive, determined, and independent.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVZSdynHa_Q

Review:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_I_Became_a_Woman

 

 

“TBD”

(A Tentative Time slot for a Concluding Movie and/or Talk on the main topic)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please send your suggestions for this tentative movie and/or speaker to:

taalebi@mit.edu

For more information and updated flyer of this event, please visit/download:

http://shirin-center.org/download/iranianWomenMovieFestivalApr12May17MIT2009.pdf

Planet Earth Documentary Fiasco regarding “Persian Gulf”

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

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Planet Earth Documentary Fiasco regarding “Persian Gulf”

written by: Franz Mobayyen

Jan. 25, 2009

I was watching Planet Earth, a documentary series on Discovery Channel, last night at 8:30 pm EST (Jan. 4, 2009), when strangely enough, they used the wrong name for “Persian Gulf” during their segment about the Bahrain desert!  It is so unfortunate that in this amazing documentary they made such an outrageous mistake. I have a hard time believing that it was only an Innocent mistake! So I would like to ask any concerned Iranian to please email Discovery Channel and inform them about their mistake.

The name of the author of the Planet Earth is Alastair Fothergill, a British writer. I searched online to find his email to contact him but I couldn’t find his email. If you find his email, please leave as comment on this post.

Instructions for filing a complain with Discovery Channel

1. Click on this link http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations

2. Select “Network/Program Related” for “Question Regarding”

3. On the 2nd page, choose “Discovery Channel HD” for “Network”

4. On the 3rd page, choose “Planet Earth” for “Program/Show”

5. On the 4th page select “Primetime 6:00 pm- 2:00 am” for “Program Time”.

6. Type in your EFFECTIVE comment.

7. SUBMIT!

It is so easy, please DON’T postpone it!

Please raise the public awareness regarding this issue

by

forwarding the following link (URL of this post) to your mailing list:

http://shirin.mit.edu/blog/?p=923

Thank you.

More Info:

Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf)

Materialistic Life & Consumption Economy

Monday, December 17th, 2007

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Materialistic Life & Consumption Economy

By: Ali Taalebinezhaad

Dec. 17, 2007

We have heard many clichés about “Consumption Culture”, “Environment”, “Consuming Society”, “Renewable Energy”, “Capitalism & Consumption”, … There is a good video presentation by Annie Leopard which simply and without hypes gives us a very clear picture of the high price that the whole world is paying for the consequences of consumption-centered societies.

This presentation discusses the problems that traditionally developed countries and especially United States have been causing, however the other developing countries such as China have also started to contribute to it considerably. We strongly suggest you to watch this 20-minute video presentation at:

The Story of Stuff (by Annie Leonard, 20-minute video)

Then if you are moved and want to counter those crucial problems, you can read about the top 10 things you can do to positively affect those destructive trends at:

Top ten things you can do to counter the adverse effects of consumption-culture

How to counter the negativity of “300” Movie?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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How to counter the negativity of “300” Movie?

(an open letter to MIT PSA Officers)

by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

Oct. 25, 2007

 

Dear MIT Persian Students Association Officers;

 

The movie “300” has been recently released on DVD and LSC will probably screen it at MIT. Anybody with little knowledge of history knows that this movie has flown in the face of many historical facts and in its path has badly damaged and demeaned the Persian culture and heritage.

 

The American baby-boomers such as Frank Miller (writer of “300” movie) got their ancient Persian history lessons from the 1962 movie by Rudolph Maté’s called The 300 Spartans and the new generation of Americans are getting their history lessons about Persian history and culture from the recent “300” movie. Some might fool themselves by saying that: “This is just a fictional movie based on a stupid comic book!” but numerous evidence show that it is not the case at all. For more detailed information in this regard, you can read the following article:

Review of Frank Miller’s “300” comic book

Cyrus Kar has nicely summarized these facts by saying:

“History is no longer written by the victors, it is written by filmmakers!”

 

We are all very busy advancing our interests but hopefully our moral and social responsibility should dictate us to do something about such importnat issues now otherwise for years we all have to pay the very high price of being subjected to the stigma of the wrong impressions gained by viewers of such movies. Please keep in mind that if we do not collectively address it now, we will not have the necessary means/time to individually resolve it in future even if we want to do so.

 

A Brief History of Ancient Persia

Before we can preach to others, we need to know some basic facts about our history. For those of us who might not know or remember the ancient Persian history and its towering figures such as Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes, one can learn a lot quickly by:

1. Reading the few pages here:

History of Ancient Persia (تاریخ ایران باستان from Shirin Blog),

2. Watching this informative 10-minute video:

In search of Cyrus the Great (from Spenta Productions),

3. Reading this interesting 2-page article:

The truth behind “300” (by Cyrus Kar),

4. And finally watching these two 45-minute videos:

Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization (by Dr. Farzin Rezaeian)

and

Persepolis Recreated (by Dr. Farzin Rezaeian).

 

A history lesson!

We might have heard this beautiful saying that:

“If you don’t stand for something, you might fall for anything!”

and wondered what it really means in every day life?

Here is a relevant story:

An Iranian-born woman called Azam Ali accepts to be the lead singer for “300” movie in order to “advance her career”. After getting all the financial and career benefits of her free choice at the expense of badly damaging her birth place heritage, she first tries very hard to justify her action. But when she is pressed by BBC interviewer regarding the consequences of her action on Iranian people, she says “I am sorry!”

That seems to be too little, too late, considering that fact the “300” movie scripts has been the exact adaptation of the “300” book which has been even publicly available for years and could be read in an hour or so! You can hear the full interview here:

BBC Interview with Azam Ali

 

What PSA can do at MIT? (Suggestions!)

Considering that introducing the true Persian culture and history to MIT community cannot be done effectively by individuals, Persian Students Association can play its declared role by mobilizing the MIT Persian community for achieving this important goal effectively at the following events:

 

1. PSA 2007 Halloween Party at MIT:

You are sponsoring this event which will attract many Americans students from all over Boston area. These are very likely students whose last impressions about Persians are what they can remember from the “300” movie and probably what they have heard about Ahmadinejad! As the sponsor of this event which uses “Persian” in its title name, you can easily tell them what “Persian” really were by playing the 10-minute video of In search of Cyrus the Great for them. Shirin Science Center has obtained a high resolution version of this video and the permission for its public screening which I can provide you with if you are interested.

(PS: Now that you have joined forces with Iranian Association of Boston and decided to offer alcoholic beverages at this event, you might want not to open your bar before playing the movie to avoid facing drunk audience.)

 

2. MIT LSC screening of “300”:

PSA should make the necessary arrangements so the above 10-minute video be shown before the screening of “300” movie at MIT. Even if LSC does not accept to show this video for free, I am sure that MIT Persian community can afford and will gladly pay the LSC fee for this important cause.

 

3. MIT IAP 2008:

Considering the non-existing or dismal presence of PSA in IAP 2007, it is very important that PSA comes up with a comprehensive plan to take advantage of IAP 2008 for introducing the MIT community to the real Persian culture and history very soon so it can be submitted on time to IAP scheduling office well before it starts.

 

More Information:

Watching the “300” movie!

If you do not want to be part of the statistics of “300” movie viewers which might indeed embolden the producer of such movies in future, you should vote by your feet! Namely by:

- Not watching this movie in a theater,

- Not watching this movie in college formal screenings such as MIT LSC,

- Not buying its DVD’s,

- Not renting its DVD’s from stores such as Block Buster,

- Not buying the “300” book.

This is because sale figure is the only language that Hollywood understands in such cases.

 

However if despite the low ranking of this movie you are still urged to see it for yourself, you can check it out for free from one of your local city libraries, including the Cambridge Public Libraries.

 

Last Stand of the 300 (History Channel DVD):

If you are interested in the more realistic story of Persian-Greek wars, including the saga of Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, you can check out the

90-minute DVD from History Channel called “Last Stand of the 300”

from your local library. Please ask your library to get this DVD if they do not have it so other interested people can use it in future as a better alternative to “300″ movie!

 

The Spartans (PBS DVD):

And finally if you want to know what Spartans really were and what became of them, you can watch the

3-hour DVD from PBS called “The Spartans”.

 

Looking forward to seeing some actions from PersianSA in support of Persian culture, history and heritage in this regards which can be easity achieved by devoting a fraction of your resources to this crucial cause.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ali Taalebinezhaad

taalebi@mit.edu

Oct. 25, 2007

The Evolution of Western Philosophy

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

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The Evolution of Western Philosophy

Thanks to: Raha Talebinejad

Sep.12, 2007

Socrates (470 BC–399 BC), the ancient Greek philosopher, says:

To be is to do!

And Plato (428/427 BC–348/347 BC), another ancient Greek philosopher, says:

To do is to be!

which is also repeated by the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 –1980).

However, it was Frank Sinatra, the American 20th century philosopher (sorry, I meant singer!), who tops them all by saying:

Do be do be do!

If you don’t believe it listen to the end of Sinatra’s famous song called:

Strangers in the night

(For other video songs of Frank Sinatra see the links at the end.)

And here are some other relevant quotes:

To be or not to be. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.) Rene Descartes

I am. God

God is dead! Nietzsche

Nietzsche is dead! God

Reference:

What’s the Big To-Do?

Selected Video Songs of Frank Sinatra:

May way

Fly me to the moon

New York

It was a very good year

I have got you under my skin

Autumn Leaves

About Raha:

(Raha Talebinejad is a member of Shirin Science Center and an FBI girl.)