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

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…

 

#Iran – A Roadtrip

Today was a teaching day for me.

Seminar topic –  Post revolution Iranian foreign policy: history and influencing factors

To simplify what was a long seminar, when it comes to influencing factors, first and foremost there is domestic politics, and then the economy. The same as almost every other country.

So while I was trying to teach how domestic Iranian politics influenced Iran’s foreign policy in Africa during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency, I thought to myself “after this I am going to need a break”.

And when I do get a break, YouTube is my sanctuary.

And thats where I found this beautiful video of a recent 5000 km road trip in Iran. Its made by the Dutch based Beyond Borders Media.

Its absolutely breathtaking. I will be sharing it with my students as well, especially those from Israel. It would be a tragedy for them to judge Iran by its politicians. Not just Iran in fact. You could say that about many countries, yet it holds true when it comes to Iran, more than many others.

You can also watch their photo album here. Very beautiful.