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Moria

A three-story deep underground city dating from the 3rd Century AD has been discovered in Iran, near Nushabad. Unfortunately no pictures yet.
posted by stbalbach on Aug 8, 2004 - 19 comments

Asia: Full of Grace

Asia Grace
posted by euphorb on Jul 21, 2004 - 6 comments

How they censor Tintin comic books in Iran

How they censor Tintin comic books in Iran
posted by hoder on Jul 8, 2004 - 12 comments

Halliburton's busniess dealings in Iran

Halliburton's business dealings in Iran: Waxman’s and Thompson’s complaints revolve around a Halliburton subsidiary called Halliburton Products and Services, which is based in Dubai and registered in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven in the Caribbean. As the Financial Times first reported, the subsidiary opened an office in Tehran in February 2000, when Cheney was still CEO of Halliburton. The subsidiary has sold $40 million worth of oil services in Iran.
Thompson, who is acting on behalf of the city’s pension funds, has asked Halliburton for clarifications about its business dealings in Iran, a country listed by the American government as a sponsor of terrorism and thus subject to stringent U.S. trade sanctions. Thompson claims that Halliburton has been using its subsidiary to circumvent a 1995 executive order barring American companies from doing business with Tehran.
posted by hoder on Jul 7, 2004 - 5 comments

34 New World Heritage Sites

34 new sites have been inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List including the Iranian city of Bam recently devastated by earthquake and a site in North Korea. Some new sites in pictures.
posted by stbalbach on Jul 4, 2004 - 3 comments

handover of what?

Order 17--sovereignty sure, but... The Bush administration has decided to take the unusual step of bestowing on its own troops and personnel immunity from prosecution by Iraqi courts for killing Iraqis or destroying local property after the occupation ends and political power is transferred to an interim Iraqi government, U.S. officials said. (including contractors, btw.) Apparently US immunity was used by Khomeini in Iran as a rallying cry in the 60s. Are Sadr and Sistani listening?
posted by amberglow on Jun 24, 2004 - 32 comments

Iran blocks Movable Type

Iran has censored Movable Type's website The blacklist contains over 800 Persian websites, including many political websites and weblogs, as well as many entertainment websites.
posted by hoder on Jun 22, 2004 - 7 comments

A Temporary Coup

"A Temporary Coup" -- after a brief commercial, read Salon's interview with CIA historian Thomas Powers, who wrote The Trouble with the CIA and The Failure previously for the NYRB, and herein relates a tale of terror and truly Byzantine intrigue.
posted by y2karl on Jun 14, 2004 - 6 comments

Pictures from the First Weblog Festival in Tehran, Iran

Pictures from the First Weblog Festival in Tehran, Iran, in which the deputy of the Ministery of Information Technology wished that every Iranian could have a weblog. While western media has not covered it yet, there are many reports about it in Persian news agencies.
posted by hoder on Jun 11, 2004 - 9 comments

things that make you go hmmm...

The truth, hard as it is to accept, is that Bush is an Iranian agent.
Time to ask where our president's loyalties lie? (taking a page from our Republican friends, of course) And The Logan Act--who does it apply to?
posted by amberglow on Jun 2, 2004 - 30 comments

Iran is not on the verge of revolution

Iran expelled me, but its press restrictions play into the hands of the west's fantasies about Islamism: "Contrary to the fantasies of neo-conservatives, Iran is not on the verge of revolutionand, if it was, the US wouldn't be able to orchestrate it. There is no coherent political opposition or leader able to harness public discontent. A significant number of Iranians are profiting from an economic boom and are not ready to risk their livelihood for democracy protests," writes Dan De Luce, the Guardian's reporter in Tehran who has recently been expelled by the Iranian goverment.
posted by hoder on May 27, 2004 - 4 comments

Blogging Festival in Iran

Blogging Festival in Iran: "Attempting to form a society of the web Persian content providers, this festival tries to improve the quality of the published information by the means of discussing sessions, roundtables and the exhibition. This festival, backed by the PersianBlog team, as the greatest Farsi weblog provider, and the National Youth Organization of Iran, is the first practical attempt for sponsoring the bloggers and internet magazines."
posted by hoder on May 25, 2004 - 2 comments

If that's true, this is a huge scandal.

Was Bush duped into war by Iran? "Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the United States through Chalabi by furnishing...information to provoke the United States into getting rid of Saddam Hussein," said an intelligence source.
posted by CunningLinguist on May 22, 2004 - 56 comments

Iranian vice-president's English blog

Iranian vice-president's blog now has an English section
posted by hoder on Apr 6, 2004 - 7 comments

The revolution will be blogged

Riots in Iran have started, apparently over the recent elections. The revolution, it seems, will be blogged (with pictures). But not televised? Has anyone seen anything on CBSNBCBBCABCFOXESPN about this? If the riots are over the election, why are we hearing from the BBC (and others, presumably) that the election went smoothly? Does anyone have more information about what's happening with these pro-democracy riots? (Via Roger L. Simon).
posted by swerdloff on Mar 14, 2004 - 16 comments

WebWoman

WebWoman is a global, on-line community designed to promote professional development of Afghani and Iranian women.
posted by hoder on Mar 10, 2004 - 1 comment

Images of Iranian actresses say a lot about the social changes

Iranian actress, Hedieh Tehrani, is one of the most popular stars who, unlike the previous actresses, usually portrays a strong and independent women in her works (See more). On the other side is Niki Karimi who once was the hottest actress in the country, showing a rather traditional image of the Iranian women. What is this change of taste telling about the Iranian society? See more stills from Iranian movies.
posted by hoder on Mar 8, 2004 - 7 comments

blogging for freedom

While there are a million blogs about cheese sandwiches and how lame fifth period trig class is, it's always great to hear when blogs actually help give a voice to those that never had one. Iranian women don't have much say in society, but thanks to blogs, they are now finding they have a voice as they're read by thousands around the world. Of course they've still got some net censorship in Iran, but this is a great start.
posted by mathowie on Feb 26, 2004 - 3 comments

Amazing photos from normal life in Iran

Amazing photos from the ordinary normal life in Iran by an Iranian-Norweigian who is paying a visit to his family. See the archives: November, December, January, February
posted by hoder on Feb 26, 2004 - 7 comments

Fatemeh Haghighatjou resigned from the Iranian Parliament yesterday

Fatemeh Haghighatjou resigned from the Iranian Parliament yesterday. Despite being religious, she was one of the bravest MPs who challenged and criticized the hardliners and especially the Supreme Leader, Khamenei. (More pictures form the parliament on the same day: page one, page two, page three, page four, page five) The mobile picture is taken on the last day of her job at the parliament, by Mohammadali Abtahi, a vice-president of Iran--and a blogger. (His photos are much better than his writings, though.)
posted by hoder on Feb 24, 2004 - 5 comments

Don't Vote: Blog

"Don't Vote: Blog" is the message to supporters of reform in Iran, as today's parliamentary elections are marred by mass disqualification of reform candidates by religious authorities and protest resignations by sitting parliamentarians (via Joi Ito.) Check IranFilter for English-language posts and updates. Will this be the blogosphere's finest hour to date?
posted by hairyeyeball on Feb 20, 2004 - 8 comments

cost of living in Tehran

How much is the cost of living in Tehran, Iran? Also look at some other vital statistics about the non-Arab country.
posted by hoder on Feb 18, 2004 - 17 comments

All hail The Ayatollah Of The 21st Century

All Hail The Ayatollah Of The 21st Century Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Iraq is the spiritual leader of the Shi'ia Muslims in Iraq and seems to be a force to be reckoned with as his clout grows. He now has a website and questions can be submitted. We particularly like his views on oral sex:
Question: "I am really sorry that I have to ask this type of Question. But Since I grew up in a western country; I really don't much about our religion. And I can't ask this Question to my parents due to subject matter. Brother my question is, can we have an oral sex before or after the sexual intercourse or can we have oral sex at all? Is it haram? "
Answer: "Oral sex act is permissible with the consent of both husband and wife provided that no liquid gets into the mouth."
posted by turbanhead on Feb 3, 2004 - 37 comments

BBC's Q&A: Iran election crisis

What's the newest political row in Iran about? The refusal by Iran's Guardian Council to approve hundreds of reformist candidates in the parliamentary elections on 20 February has provoked a political crisis.
posted by hoder on Jan 13, 2004 - 5 comments

Crushing of dissent

The Internet is now basically banned and controlled for all but the elite in Cuba. In Iran, an unelected body has eliminated hundreds of reformist candidates from the general elections. That's what stiffling of dissent looks like. Stare it in the face, and ask your politicians and NGOs and friends to raise their voices against it as loud as they did against the war in Iraq. Promote freedom for people just like you around the world in a nonviolent way. (And I'm not talking about writing Bush to ask for Regime Change)
posted by swerdloff on Jan 11, 2004 - 19 comments

Iranian underground music awards

Second Iranian underground music awards participants: They can't publish their records or play in public because of the Islamic government's fear of Rock music. There are hundreds of underground Rock bands in Iran right now. Christian Science Monitor has the story of one of them.
posted by hoder on Jan 10, 2004 - 2 comments

Iran considers moving capital away from Tehran

Iran considers moving capital away from Tehran. Tehran lies on a major seismological fault and experts have long warned that a strong earthquake in the city would be devastating. A professor of geophysics at Tehran university, has warned that if a quake of similar magnitude hit Tehran it would kill more than 700,000 people. Government buildings would be destroyed.
posted by hoder on Jan 5, 2004 - 14 comments

Note to self: Do not build summer home in Iran.

Meteorite hits Northern Iran. Wrath of (insert deity of choice here) continues.
posted by qDot on Jan 3, 2004 - 16 comments

Help Iranian quake survivors

Iran quake death toll hits 50,000. 150,000 survivors are homeless, hungry, and freezing. They really need your immediate help.
  • $110 can provide a tent for a family of five
  • $60 can provide drinking water to 30 people
  • $45 can provide space heaters to three families
  • $25 can provide blankets to a family of five

  • Mercy Corps has raised $188,397 so far, but this is far from enough.
    posted by hoder on Dec 30, 2003 - 39 comments

    20,000 feared dead in Iran quake

    20,000 feared dead in Iran quake. Google News Cluster.
    posted by arnab on Dec 26, 2003 - 63 comments

    Iranian Blogs challenge President

    Iranian bloggers challenge the President in the Summit: It all started from a post on the Geneva Summit's blog, DailySummit, asking Iranians to report on the Net censorship. Then, they asked them to post their questions for the Iranian President, who was going to have a press conference. Then reporters asked the questions from the president: Is the there a blacklist for Iranian websites? Do you read Persian weblogs? How hard is it to connect to the Net in Iran? Later they asked tougher questions from the Minister of Telecommunications: Why don't they public the blacklist? Why Sina Motallebi, the blogger, was arrested? Isn't the summit about how technology benefits democracy and human rights? Blogs can definitely be a big part of the answer.
    posted by hoder on Dec 11, 2003 - 6 comments

    Net censorship in Iran: myth or reality?

    Net censorship in Iran: myth or reality? Over hundred Iranians have the answer on the DailySummit.net, official blog of the World Summit on the Information Society. Would this be enough to embarass the big Iranian delegate in Geneva in front of the world--and the press?
    posted by hoder on Dec 9, 2003 - 22 comments

    Pictures of Iranian bloggers

    Pictures from the Bloggers' stand in the first Web festival of in Tehran, Iran, include some photos of Iranian female bloggers.
    posted by hoder on Nov 30, 2003 - 7 comments

    Iranian vice-president is blogging

    Iranian vice-president is blogging. Mohammad Ali Abtahi is perhaps the only major politician who publishes his personal diary, and his secretly taken photos from official meetings (e.g. the ousted president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze) on his weblog, which is unfortunately only in Persian. (via iranFilter)
    posted by hoder on Nov 24, 2003 - 9 comments

    IEEE bans residents of Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan from publishing

    IEEE bans residents of Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan from publishing "The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) recently imposed a ban on the residents of Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan from publishing and contributing to any IEEE publication or standard." I think this is something that deserves much wider coverage then it has been getting.
    posted by Calebos on Oct 28, 2003 - 25 comments

    Love and Yearning

    Love and Yearning: mystical and moral themes in Persian poetry and painting. (Flash req'd)
    posted by moonbird on Oct 19, 2003 - 7 comments

    Shirin Ebadi wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Shirin Ebadi wins Nobel Peace Prize Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003. Ebadi is Iran's first female judge and a leading figure in the struggle for women's and children's rights in Iran. She is known for representing the interests of persecuted individuals and has braved reprisals for her beliefs.
    posted by dagny on Oct 10, 2003 - 8 comments

    Urgent Action: Iranian woman to be executed for killing a rapist

    Take Action: Iranian woman to be executed for killing a rapist who happened to be the Head of Police Intelligence unit in a southern city of Iran.
    Afsaneh Nouroozi was arrested in 1997 after she killed the in Kish, Southern Iran. She allegedly acted in self-defense in order to protect herself from being raped. Afsaneh Nouroozi is now at imminent risk of execution after the death sentence against her was upheld by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei, is the only authority able to grant clemency at this stage. Amnesty International has more detail.
    posted by hoder on Oct 1, 2003 - 17 comments

    Sick Nick

    "Sick Nick" is a cartoon blog by Nikahang Kowsar, the Iranian cartoonist. He drew a cartoon that could be interpreted as an insult to a top cleric, therefore he was arrested and the paper was closed down. He now lives in Toronto, fearing of going back to Iran.
    posted by hoder on Sep 27, 2003 - 5 comments

    what real censorship looks like

    Further Iranian Oppression. The "government" of Iran has evidently teamed up with Cuba in efforts to further suppress the growing democratic movement in Iran by jamming pro-democracy satellite broadcasts. Two un-elected governments combining forces to make sure that their will is enforced, not that of their citizens.
    posted by jsonic on Jul 12, 2003 - 62 comments

    Iranian Protests

    An Iranian student's account of the recent protests in Tehran and the retaliation by pro-government vigilantes with an attack on a dormitory: "They got shields from the police and entered the dormitory. There were about 600-700 of them — armed with swords, sticks, daggers, iron chains, and tear-gas guns — to 700 of us students, mostly in pajamas. We had run out of stones to resist any longer…". For more first hand accounts see Buzzmachine's list of Iranian bloggers.
    posted by Quinn on Jun 17, 2003 - 46 comments

    for Freedom

    Regime Change Bonanza. Donald Rumsfeld is pushing for Iran to be the next to fall.
    posted by The Jesse Helms on May 30, 2003 - 44 comments

    Dedication

    Abas Amini is knocking on deaths door, after sewing his eyes and mouth shut to bring attention to his request for asylum. He claims if he is sent back to Iran he will be executed for his political past. This guy is hardcore, he is threatening to set himself on fire if anyone tries to force feed him.
    posted by dancu on May 27, 2003 - 18 comments

    Here we go again . . .

    Pentagon officials are pushing for action they believe could destabilize the government of Iran. Why? Intelligence reports suggesting al Qaeda operatives in Iran played a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia. Sound familiar? Time to brush up on Iran's history and change the Q to an N on your No War With Iraq signs?
    posted by Outlawyr on May 25, 2003 - 18 comments

    Bloggers Unite to fight

    Bloggers unite to fight : Writers of web journals are joining forces to help free a blogger detained in Iran. At the same time, weblog are going to have much more political functions, especially in closed societies such as Iran. Their governments are begining to take notice.
    posted by hoder on May 3, 2003 - 8 comments

    Persian, U.S. blogospheres come together

    Persian, Amercian blogospheres come together after an Iranian blogger, Sina Motallebi, was detained by Iranian regime. OJR's Mark Glaser has the story. BTW, sign the "Release Sina" petition if you haven't.
    posted by hoder on May 1, 2003 - 5 comments

    Iranian blogger arrested

    Iranian blogger arrested Sina Motallebi, well-known blogger and journalist was arrested this morning. He is accused of threatening the national security by giving interviews to Persian language radios outside Iran, wrtiting articles both in newspapers and his weblog. His weblog, WebGard (i.e. web surfer), was among the top 5 Persian most popular weblogs while his wife, Farnaz, has her own weblog, mostly writing about their newly-born baby boy, Mani. [via jj]
    posted by dagny on Apr 20, 2003 - 12 comments

    BBC's Iranian cameraman, Kaveh Golestan's last moments by Jim Muir

    BBC's Jim Muir explains how Kaveh Golestan, Pulitzer-winner BBC's Iranian cameraman, was killed last week in Northern Iraq: "But the extent of Kaveh's injuries was far greater than could have been inflicted by two anti-personnel mines. I believe the Iraqis had done what they apparently often do, which is to plant an anti-personnel mine on top of an anti-tank mine so that the one detonates the other." More about Golestan on Google.
    posted by hoder on Apr 5, 2003 - 13 comments

    hrm...

    Meet the new masters. A facinating look at the people behind the Project for a New American Century, many of whom hold high positions in the Bush administration. Regime Change in Iran anyone?
    posted by delmoi on Mar 25, 2003 - 38 comments

    Be mine Ayatollah!

    Something tells me that Iran's rulers don't like Valentine's Day It could be their ban of cards in Tehran. Their distake for western culture. Or the fact that Khomeini put the 'fatwa' on Rushdie on Valentine's Day 1989. All rational indications say that the current Ayatollah has no love for this holiday

    Can a government that has to restrict their people from buying Valentine's Day cards last long before the people rise up to try to remove another oppressor?
    posted by RobbieFal on Feb 13, 2003 - 18 comments

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