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Persian Architect

Architecture. Art. Literature

Monday, May 29, 2006

The caricature

The compound where I live in consists of 100 villas which are positioned around an artificial lake . There are about 40 to 50 different nationalities which accordingly, have different religions and languages. During the time that I have been living here, never once have I seen a residence to disrespect others for having a different nationality or for that matter a different kind of personal life. Sitting in front of the window, one can see and visually experience all kinds of different colors and contrasts harmoniously and peacefully co-exist.

We Iranians, regardless of our ethnic backgrounds, have somehow managed to live together for thousands of years in a larger compound we call Iran. So I ask myself, why is it that a single caricature is able to provoke the feelings of so many?
When I saw the caricature I was not offended (I am half Azari), on the contrary I found it rather funny. It does not matter if I was offended or not, for seemingly many have taken offence, but is it because of the caricature itself or the problem lies elsewhere?

There are many views such as exploitation of minorities by unknown enemies or the government having a hand in the recent situation. The mistreating of the minorities in Iran is an undeniable fact, but on the other hand has the majority itself been treated any differently than the minorities?
I believe the caricature was the gateway or an opening for many to express their feelings of anger and mistreatment and to ask for their rightful place in the Iranian society.
One thing which I truly feel is missing in the Iranian socity is a shared Iranian identity, which needs to be explored by our intellectuals. Finally, I believe that the beauty of Iran lies in its vast and colorful cultural background which takes inspiration from its different ethnical groups.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The right

"Truth is something which blossoms only in individual freedom, in the total freedom of your being."

The campaigners in defense of women's right to enter stadiums in Iran have invited Iranians to join them. Their meeting point is at the 2nd field in Azadi stadium.
If you can't be there please help spread the news.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A trip to....

My observations of Tehran from a recent visit:

  • Social etiquette has reached almost "0" level.
  • No more political babbling in the taxis.
  • Some sort of lame laziness has taken over the city.
  • People seemed moodier than ever, I don't know if it was the weather or.... .
  • A lot of young people with strange shapes and forms wondering in the streets. Although there is nothing wrong with wondering in streets or how our young generation wishes to express itself, but I just couldn't help thinking that they deserve much better than to just wonder around aimlessly all the time.

  • Tehran's new airport is a modern building, but that is half of the story. What makes a space modern are the people inside it. So I let you workout the rest by yourself.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

To enlighten or ...

1. Throughout the Iranian contemporary history many Iranian intellectuals have struggled to shed light when there was dark and to enlighten the minds where the forces of traditionalism and backwardness had nested for centuries. The road to enlightenment and modernism has indeed been a slippery one. So many, since Sadegh Hedayat have paid dearly for their thoughts.

Most recently, Ramin Jahanbegloo who is a teacher, a philosopher and an advocate of modern thinking has been arrested in Iran.
Here you can get more information and updates.

2. Modernism: The quality of being current or of the present.
I would be grateful if my dear readers could find the time to comment and tell me what they think of the term Modernism and how it effects their daily lives and their way of thinking.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Vay mosibata...!

Bahrain from space

Yesterday in a news conference in Tehran the Amir of Qatar wished the Iranian football team success and also wished peace for the region (Persian) Arabian Gulf. Meanwhile the Iranian president reminds his counterpart that when the Amir went to school the mentioned region was used to be called the Persian Gulf, but Ahmadinejad was faced by the Amir's immediate rebuttal: "Those times they were wrong."
Let me remind the dear reader that those words are being mentioned in the presence of an Iranian president, the representative of the Iranian people and their interests; and worse of all in our own capital city, Tehran!.

By no means I want to blame the Amir of Qatar or his country. (They have every right to lookout for their national interests.)
I know that I would be considered naive to ask if we have any foreign strategic plans to insure our national interests in the region, but would it be inconsiderate of me to ask what has happened to our rightful national authority in the region?
How have we reached such an estate, where a leader of a foreign country (whomever he or she might be) dares not only to mention but also manipulate the rights and the history of more than 68 million Iranians right in their own home. vay mosibata, vay..... .