While not being an outright example of a clash of civilizations in the Huntingtonian sense, elements of cultural misunderstanding and fears about the system-challenging tendencies of Iran do aﬀect Western perceptions and inﬂuence Western behavior toward Iran. Furthermore, these kinds of reciprocal identity-based fears and projections of the other side’s presumed malevolent intentions tend to be mutually reinforcing. The risk is that they eventually become self-fulﬁlling prophecies.
Iran and the West - Regional Interests and Global Controversies
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posted by klue
on May 23, 2011 -
Fascinated by the Orient
An exhibition of the letters, photographs and maps bequeathed to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences by the great explorer, archaeologist, geographer
Sir Marc Aurel Stein
. Journeyer in the footsteps of Alexander
of Central Asia
and West China
, surveyor of the antiquities of India
; after a long life of journeying through and studying central Asia, Aurel Stein found his final rest in Kabul
. He is also remembered for rediscovering the oldest dated printed book still in existence, a copy of the Diamond Sutra
in the caves at Mogao
. That the latter and many thousands of other manuscripts collected by Stein now reside in the British Library
is of course, like his other 'treasure hunting'
, not without controversy
posted by Abiezer
on Jan 4, 2010 -
In 2009, a remarkably gifted politician, confronting a remarkably difficult set of challenges
, will have to learn to say "No we can't"
, Guantánamo will prove a moral minefield
, economic recovery will be invisible to the naked eye
, governments must prepare for the day they stop financial guarantees
, we will judge our commitment to sustainability
, scientists should research the causes of religion
, we will all be potential online paparazzi
, English will have more words than any other language
(but it's meaningless), Afghanistan will see a surge of Western (read: American) troops
, Iran will continue its nuclear quest
while diplomacy lies in shambles
, the sea floor is the new frontier
, we should rethink aging
, (non-)voters will continue to thwart the European project
-- but cheap travel will continue to buoy it
-- though it has some unfinished business to attend to
, and a Nordic defence bond will blossom
.The Economist: The World in 2009
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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Nov 27, 2008 -
is a global, on-line community designed to promote professional development of Afghani and Iranian women.
posted by hoder
on Mar 10, 2004 -
Chef says bin Laden fled to Iran.
"Osama had three offers of escape," he tells the Christian Science Monitor. "One from Iraq, one from Iran, and another from some mafia types.... We received a lot of Iranian currency, and the commanders distributed it to the soldiers," he says, adding that he received 700,000 rials ($1,400) for his own personal use." He also says that bin Laden prefers quail for dinner.
posted by thescoop
on Feb 6, 2002 -
MSNBC reporting 5 Americans arrested in Afghanistan near Iran border and that they are part of a special ops team.
posted by slowlightning
on Sep 29, 2001 -
So have you heard the one about the Golden Persian Princess Mummy?
Discovered in October by Pakistani police during a murder investigation of an antiquities smuggler, this story has only gotten weirder. Said to be 2,600-years-old, the body of a young woman has been preserved using the Egyptian
mummification process but bears cuneiform inscriptions in Old Persian: "I, daughter of Xerxes, the great king, I am Ruduamna". Since its discovery, the governments of Iran and Afghanistan have each claimed ownership of the mummy and all three countries are now engaged in a bitter war of claim and counter-claim. Now some experts are starting to say that the whole thing looks like it's just an elaborate hoax
posted by lagado
on Dec 26, 2000 -