Category Archives: Persia Land

The Expatriate

An Iranian man talks about the country he left and how much he misses her, adding:

No, I am not a terrorist nor a wife beater,
I don’t live in a tent in a desert

I speak Farsi, not Arabic
Iran is pronounced “EERAUN” and not “I – ran” (it’s not track & field)

News flash: Iran and Iraq are two different countries ,
Middle east is a region and NOT a continent,
And camels are not our way of transportation.

Iranian women are just as outspoken (if not more) and liberal as the
European women,

Iran is the first country to have red white and green for a flag,
A beautiful country ran by the wrong people
But still the best part of Middle East

I couldn’t have said it better…

For some other interesting info and pictures about Iran, visit his website.

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‘Exotic Persian Women’

The phrase above puts a smirk on the face of many Iranian women when pronounced by the white man. They think their beauty is being complimented and compared to some unique quality (i.e. ‘exotic’). Not many would notice the derogating tone in the voice of the while man, the bouts of testosterone in his blood driving his laryngeal muscles, shaking his vocal cords. Many miss the fact that ‘exotic’ is a quality of nothing of greater worth than a stupid little object to be used, misused, abused.

Many of them congratulate themselves for being promoted to the honor of being disopsable objects for the white man. They hear voices from the Western hemisphere telling them they would be set free from the the patriarchial bounds of their society. They know nothing of the implications: the agressiveness, the deceit, the emptiness, the insincerity…Some go as far as writing Reading Lolita in Tehran to support the cause that would strip them of their last layer of decency and lead the demise of what truly made them unique.

Yet, some have their eyes wide open; they tell us a different story. We should listen to them.

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Miles for Peace

A group of Iranian NGOs have decided to organize a tour in which Iranian cyclists will ride around Europe and North America to “convey Iranian people’s message of peace, friendship and solidarity to the rest of the world.”
The message they would like to communicate is,

We Iranians are peace-loving people;; we aspire for a genuine and sustainable peace, for our own nation as well as all other members of the great family of humankind. We view such peace as the divine essence of humanity.

The peaceful and humanitarian nature of the Iranian people is well reflected by a poem of our great 13th century national poet; Saadi, which is carved on the main entrance of the United Nation Organization:

Of one essence is the human race
Thusly has creation put the base

One limb impacted is sufficient
For all others to feel the mace

We Iranians, love all other nations. It was one of our ancient kings Cyrus (who lived more than 2500 years ago) who set the example, motto and criterion as to how to treat strangers in war and in peace.

We Iranians wish to be a constructive member of the international community. we believe that :

* Humanity is an indivisible entity
* The world is home to all humans
* No man and no nation are needless of other men and other nations
* No nation is superior or inferior to any other nation.

We Iranians desire to contribute to the enrichment of culture and science and to the sustainability of peace for our nation as well as all others.

We believe that every success in every field by any individual in any part of the world belongs to the human community as a whole. In the same way, we believe that any form of aggression and moral transgression anywhere in the world, brings shame and disgrace to all humans and has a devastating impact on the entire body of human society. That is why each one of us has to take responsibility vis-à-vis all world events. We hope that governments across the world respect and uphold this universal longing of man for peace.

Please support their cause by signing this petition.

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Child Labor and the Wonders of Persian Blogsphere

Kouroush Ziabari, a 16-year old teenager from the city of Rasht in Iran, has been blogging in English for a while. In most of his posts he talks about his observations about the society in which he lives, showing what it’s like for a witty teenager to experience life in Iran. He touches on issues that we often don’t get much exposure to here. He has a post about child labor in Iran, an important issue that not too many people talk about. Make sure you read his blog.

(Thank Martin!)

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The Blogging Mullah

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a Mullah educated in Qom seminaries, and the Chief Secretary of the ex-President Mr. Khatami’s office, has been blogging in Persian and English for quite a while now. In spite of his being a Mullah, his open-mindedness and moderate view of Islam is representative of the the kind of ideas that have found a place even in the most religious circles in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and prevailing during Mr. Khatami’s time as president. Is a recent post he complains about the black-and-white picture that is promoted in the Iranian society, asking for tolerance and respect with regards to other people:

Some people when come across ladies who do not have complete Hejab or a young man who is fashionable behave in a way as if they wereall corrupt people and are not following moral virtues without knowing what family background they are coming from. Many of them might have a very honest life and good behavior. Unfortunately many Iranians have such illogical and unrealistic attitude. On the other hand, there are many people who frown and sometimes insult when they see a clergyman or a person with religious appearance in the street without knowing what personal, scientific and political features he has. This is a social disease. Our country has been damaged a lot for having the dichotomy of black- while look. Can the next generation under the influence of global communications act like the other parts of the world and have a grey look to society?

Seems like Mr. Abtahi is giving some people too much credit!

Check out his blog in English.

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Big News: Iran is full of ethnic minorities!

Alright, I’m sick of big shots like this one, learning with much surprise that Iran is full of ethnic minorities. Iran has always been like that. The embrace of different cultures, languages and religions within the unity of Iran goes back thousands of
years. Iran cannot be broken up on the basis of its ethnic and religious diversity.

Many different nationalities are increasingly resentful of Persian cultural imperialism

WRONG! There is no such thing as “Persian cultural imperialism.” Iran is not the kind of Imperial force some Western nations have been trying to be. Sure, Persian is the official language, and minorities are sometimes upset, but aren’t minorities upset all over the world, anyway? Isn’t the melting pot the U.S. is supposed to be forcing the majority Anglo-saxon culture and language on all the minorities it contains? Just because a country has ethnic minorities doesn’t mean it can’t have integrity. Iraq is really a special case: it was unnaturally put together by the Europeans in early 20th century.

As Hamid Dabashi argues in his new book, Iran: A People Interrupted, Iranians have historically undergone major religious and political changes, but have firmly protected their land. Efforts to break up the country are simply in vain, many have tried it before including the Ottomans, the Russians, the British and Saddam Hussein. Even though the British had a little bit of success after hundreds of years of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, on the whole none of these efforts could disintegrate Iran. This is just another shot in the dark by the Right Wings in the West who have no clue about Middle Eastern history and geopolitics.

(Source: Eyeranian)

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Happy No-Rooz!

No-Rooz literally means ‘new day’ and is the start of the Persian new year. Persians and other Iranians have celebrated No-Rooz for thousands of years as their most important and happiest event of the year.

No-Rooz is the day of the equinox, the beginning of the spring and the day that nature undergoes a revolution for the better.

Iranians pray on this day that their lives will change for the better in harmony with the nature.

Let’s hope the new year will be one in which people would overcome their ignorance and prejudices and move towards peace, prosperity and happiness.

Here’s my No-Rooz gift for you. 🙂

Happy No-Rooz!

PS. The New Year starts at 8:07:26 PM EST this year. For more about No-Rooz you may read this.

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