United Nations General Assembly Recognizes 21 March as International Day of Nowruz: …the text notes the festival’s “affirmation of life in harmony with nature, the awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal and the solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life”.
“FEW Americans have heard of Howard Conklin Baskerville, but most Iranians know his name. A native of Nebraska, Baskerville graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary and moved to Iran as a Presbyterian missionary. He was 23. The year was 1907. Baskerville was an idealist at a time of idealism in Iran… ” read more
“All that is needed is money and a candidate who can be coached to look sincere; political principles and plans for specific action have come to lose most of their importance. The personality of the candidate, the way he is projected by the advertising experts, are the things that really matter.” A. Huxley
Although this interview’s focus is the US of the 60’s, by now much of it sound familiar all over the world. Here is another excerpt.
WALLACE: Mr. Huxley, in your new essays you state that these various “Enemies of Freedom” are pushing us to a real-life “Brave New World,” and you say that it’s awaiting us just around the corner. First of all, can you detail for us, what life in this Brave New World would you fear so much, or what life might be like?
HUXLEY: Well, to start with, I think this kind of dictatorship of the future, I think will be very unlike the dictatorships which we’ve been familiar with in the immediate past. […] Now, I think what is going to happen in the future is that dictators will find, as the old saying goes, that you can do everything with bayonets except sit on them!
But, if you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled, and this they will do partly by drugs as I foresaw in “Brave New World”, partly by these new techniques of propaganda.
They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man and appealing to his subconscious and his deeper emotions, and his physiology even, and so, making him actually love his slavery. I mean, I think, this is the danger that actually people may be, in some ways, happy under the new regime, but that they will be happy in situations where they oughtn’t to be happy.
This is a 2008 documentary by Jean-Michel Vecchiet (author of Andy Warhol: Life and death): “...documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Vecchiet goes back 100 years in history to the wellspring of confrontation between Iran and the western powers. The roots of the tension sink deep into a past rife with revolutions, coups, and intrigues played out in London and Washington, D.C. Careful attention is paid to the points of view of Iranians who were key players during the 100 years of upheaval…”
In an Afghan refugee camp close to Iran – Afghanistan border:
The whole community is busy making sun-dried adobes to build a shelter in anticipation of the American attack.
The school teacher seems to be the only one to realize the uselessness of all these activities.
She explains the 9-11 attacks on WTC to kids who don’t even know what a tower building is.
With an improvised clock she makes them hold a minute of silence for the 9-11 victims.
Who are these young Iranians so often in the headlines in recent months?
In Dream of Silk, director Nahid Rezai returns to her all-girls high school twenty-five years later to explore the lives of young girls in contemporary Tehran. In this candid exploration of their dreams and hopes, the girls are at times shockingly open, often sweet, and occasionally sad as they talk about the future.
You can also see this 7mn Interview with the director who compares her youth during the revolution era with this new generation.
Earlier a friend was enquiring on where to find daily translations of Iranian news. Beside governmental websites and blogs I have already referred to, Enduring America (tag: Iran) and niacInsight have almost daily articles. I am not following any website regularly to have a firm recommendation. Your suggestions are welcomed.
Update: See also Balatarin, an Iranian “digg”. Recently they have added a new page where users can translate headlines.
Opposition body count: Based on a fact-finding committee inquiry, the pro-reformist news website Norooz has published the identity of 72 civilians killed in the aftermath of the elections.
The nomination of a politician who ran the election headquarters during the presidential poll with some disputed academic background as the Minister of Science, research and technology seems rather confrontational toward universities. See also this article.