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Posted in Iran by homeyra on August 14, 2008

The Star Students Of The Islamic Republic: Forget Harvard—one of the world’s best undergraduate colleges is in Iran. Although I was aware of some of these facts, I am still surprised.

Author and academic Fatemeh Keshavarz finally update her blog: Windows on Iran with a “focus on the positive news because the negative gets enough publicity here in the US.”

Naj is translating Simine Daneshvar‘ letters to her husband Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, – both proeminent Iranian cultural figures – during her 9 months trip to Stanford University in 1952. “The letters are important as the reflect the views of one of the pioneering Iranian female academics encountering the post-war America. They are also important because they give a sense of general political mood of the US intellectuals about Iran in years prior to the 1953-coup.”
Eisenhower’s role in 1953 (Simin’s letters: Stanford Village 1951-52) and here

Dr. Kaveh Farrokh, of Ossetian and Azari descent btw, Response to Spiegel Magazine’s Attack on the Legacy of Cyrus the Great

The truth behind Spiegel’s article by Cyrus Kar

Save Persepolis Artifacts!

Iran from a different angle: Some of the intellectual currents in Iran

Beyond Persia: Mohsen Namjoo US tour

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Pedestrian back in Tehran


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  1. Pedestrian said, on August 15, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Did you read NG’s article Homeyra?

    I read it when it came out ….. I liked the fact that the writer had been through Iran – not just Tehran and Shiraz. He’d done his homework.

    But the National Geographic has always had a very orientalist approach/tone towards the third world. I have seen this when I used to read my grandfather’s issues from the 60s and 70s … and I think it was there now.

    It’s not one specific word I can pinpoint, but just a general tone I didn’t really like.

    Then again, maybe it is too much too expect a mere observer to describe us with “love & passion” 😉

  2. Pedestrian said, on August 15, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Sorry to the writer … She’s a she!

  3. homeyra said, on August 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Honestly … Nope! Not in the mood to read it, just good to know that the article is there.
    I browsed the article and must say nothing caught my eye – saving it for another day.
    The first generation of archeologists or experts – most of them spies btw! – were somehow more attractive, maybe because they were pioneers.

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