Payvand is one of my favorite sites on all things Iranian. Wiith a good selection of articles, interviews, books, art events etc, it also covers the Iranian diaspora ‘s activities in political, cultural and social fields.
A link to a book review: The devil we know by Robert Baer, a former CIA operative whose character was played by George Clooney in the movie “Syriana,” based on Baer’s book “See No Evil.” He has extensive contacts throughout the Middle East […]
If you’re looking for a clear-headed, rational look at the Middle East, read “The Devil We Know.” It turns conventional “wisdom” on its head. Of the three options Baer outlines for dealing with Iran — Staying in Iraq forever; provoking a “Mad Max” Shia-Sunni civil war; or sit down at the negotiating table with Iran, “treat it like the power it has become, and see what it has to offer” the latter is the only sensible course of action … read more
Update: Robert Baer in NPR
An article: Comprehensive sustainable development as a potential counter-hegemonic strategy: Is Iran’s Strategy Counter-Hegemonic? By Dr. Mehdi S. Shariati, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics/Sociology
Writer’s conclusion (emphasis mine): “Globalization, militarism, colonialism, imperialism, and the structure within which these forms of violence are taking place—contemporary capitalism—have created a tragic human and planetary condition. Measures taken to remedy these problems must delve into the causes. There are tens of millions of land mines around the world (80 countries in Africa and Asia alone) killing and maiming people around the world. The price of food has increased by 83 percent in the past three years. Over 1 billion people live on one dollar a day. One billion suffer from hunger and close to one billion are malnourished. Most surface water on the planet is polluted. Two to three billion have tuberculosis and half of billion have malaria every year mostly in Africa. Worldwide, 700 people die of malaria every hour and respiratory diseases along with the destruction of the environment kill millions. As the advanced countries of the global north march forward, they devour resources much beyond their real needs and pollute the planet. Those who are lagging behind will continue to suffer a worsening condition. This process can be reversed only if the global south reaches a certain level of internal solidarity, values social justice, and practices radical democracy. Blaming others goes only so far and excessive finger pointing will divert the attention from forging alliances toward overcoming hegemony. A healthy future world requires a global strategy for comprehensive sustainable development and all of its prerequisites.” Link to the article
Another book: ANCIENT IRAN: A pictorial history for young readers ages 8 and up, by Massoume Price, a Social Anthropologist and Human Ecologist from London University, Kings and University Colleges. She specializes in ancient Mesopotamian Studies. She currently lives in Canada. Works with a number ofWomen’s organizations and is a free lance writer.