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Interesting article about the Iranian Jewish community

26 Nov

I am often asked about the Jewish community in Iran. I have also written a number of blog posts about them.

According to a new article by the Associated Press, life under President Rouhani has improved for Iran’s Jewish community which according to a 2006 census numbered 9252 souls.

It is safe to assume that this number has decreased over to years, due to ageing and more importantly, continued immigration mainly to the U.S.

Click to read the article: Iran’s Jews find greater acceptance under Rohani

لایحه جدید دولت نتانیاهو: یهودی بودن اسرائیل علیه دموکراسی بودن اسرائیل

25 Nov netan-small
کابینه ١٥ نفره دولت بنجامین نتانیاهو ٢ روز پیش لایحه ای جنجال آمیز را تصویب کرد.
 اگر این لایحه در مجلس اسرائیل (کنست) تصویب شود, در مواقعی که بین چهره و شخصیت یهودی کشور اسرائیل با قوانین دموکراسی اختلافاتی به وجود اید , یهودی بودن اسرائیل ارجح خواهد بود.
در مورد این لایحه و عواقب ان پریروز با بی بی سی فارسی گفتگویی داشتم.

FT Podcast- Battle for #Iraq: the #Iran connection

13 Nov ISIS

What was going on inside the Iraqi government when it was caught off guard by the lightning victory of ISIS in the city of Mosul earlier this year?

When the Iraqi government asked for help, which country was the first country to help them, Iran or the US? Which one of them hesitated, and why? what were the consequences of such hesitation?

Has the experience of the Iraqi government with ISIS increased Iran’s influence and standing between Iraqi Kurds and Shiites?

These questions and more are answered in the latest Financial Times podcast, narrated by its chief Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi.

You can find the podcast here

Was today your birthday? then lucky you as you share it with..

28 Oct ahmadinejad

none other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad himself.

Oh yes, 28th of October is the day when the village of Aradan in Iran’s Semnan province first heard the patter of tiny feet in 1956.  ahmadinejad

And since then, those very same feet have destroyed many things inside Iran.

But, you can’t say Ahmadinejad is not a man of miracles. How can you not believe in miracles when according to the Iranian regime in 2009 he won the presidential elections with votes cast for him in the state of Israel itself. Oh yes, those non-existent ballot boxes in Jerusalem were full of Ahmadinejad votes, thus allowing him to win his non-existent “people’s” victory.

But don’t be sad because you share a birthday with the man . There are people worse off than you. Feel bad for me. I spent so much time researching his life for his biography which I coauthored in 2007 that on couple of occasions I dreamed that I was speaking with him. I distinctly remember that in one dream I was asking him why in 2005 he said he father had died in 1993 when in fact he was alive. His father died in 2006 and not 1993. I can tell you one thing about that experience: at least I will never suffer from narcolepsy.

And we are not the only lucky ones. Today, on his 58th birthday the people of Iran received a brand new newspaper called HOMA (Havadaran-e Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) or supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You can say what you want about the sanctions, from now on with this newspaper no one can complain about the lack of medication for insomnia in Iran.

So to all you birthday boys and birthday gals today, if you can’t beat the Mach-mood (Mahmoud in an Israeli accent) then join him. Put your dancing shoes on and start dancing to this funky video, made in honor of the man who put the MAD in AhMADinjead. Oh yeah…

 

Video: Ruling #Iran – The Life of Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei

21 Oct Ali_Khamenei_(cropped).jpeg

To date, most of what we know about the life of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei comes from Iran’s state media. As useful as it may be, we have to remember that the media in Iran is heavily censored.

As the most powerful man in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei’s background and experiences are important for Iran watchers around the world. After all, it is our experiences which make us who we are today.

The BBC documentary below is one of the few investigative programs which has been made about the life of Ayatollah Khamenei.

In it, members of his family (who now live abroad), his former cell mate and other figures who have met him are interviewed.

This documentary was made in 2011. In my opinion, it is by far one of the most informative documentaries made about the life of the man who has the last word regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

 

Documentary: prostitution in #Iran

19 Oct iran prostitutes

The news about the recent acid attacks against a number of women in my ancestral city of Esfahan in Iran came as a shock, mainly because of its severity.

The regime does crackdown against women. There are arrests and some are even imprisoned. But this kind of violent attack by unknown assailants is foreign to many Iranians. Mention acid attacks against women and most Iranians are likely to tell you that this is far more likely to happen in other countries where extremism is more prevalent among the population. One reason why you are likely to hear such a response is because it is believed that the women were “targeted for not being properly veiled”.

This recent attack should start ringing alarm bells. Whether the government will crackdown hard against such extremism against women is unclear. One member of the Iranian parliament has pointed to Israel as well as other foreign countries as being behind these attacks!!

These attacks are not the only sign which show how life for women in Iran has gotten worst after the 1979 revolution. There are several government imposed discriminations against them, in society and at the work place. This is despite the fact that women form the majority of University graduates in Iran.

Iranian women also suffer because of poverty, much like the rest of society. But because there are fewer opportunities available to them, over the years increasing number have been forced into prostitution. This includes married women, and young girls.

The short documentary below which was made in Iran discusses this phenomenon and interviews a number of prostitutes. They discuss why they chose this profession and what life in Iran is like for women, especially those who do not belong to the upper class.

Iranians, Israelis could live with ‘bad’ nuclear deal

14 Oct kham-netan

The Israeli and Iranian publics can live with what their leaders each consider a “bad” nuclear deal.

My latest article explains:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/iran-israel-nuclear-talks-public.html

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