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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Deaths mount in Iran train blast  

Are we cursed?
Earthquake, airplane crash, train blast, misery, poverty, corruption, dictatorship, etc, etc., what else is there to come? Haven’t we had enough?




Sunday, February 01, 2004

Paulo Coelho pays tribute to Shirin Ebadi in Oslo 

The Brazilian author has written a message to be read at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Paulo Coelho has been invited by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to this year’s ceremony, which will take place in Oslo, Norway, on December 11th.

The author will not only participate at the ceremony, but has also written a speech honouring Shirin Ebadi, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize 2003.

The speech will be read by Michael Douglas during the Peace Prize Concert, and his message will be broadcast to millions of viewers in more that 100 countries. With this contribution, Paulo Coelho will go down in history as the first writer to take part at the Peace Prize Concert.


Coelho’s bonds with Iran

Western authors do not often visit Iran, one of the countries that have not signed the International Copyright Convention. However, when Paulo Coelho visited Tehran in 2000, he was warmly welcome by thousands of readers, and this motivated him to promote Iranian authors and their literature abroad through the Paulo Coelho Institute in Brazil.

In Iran his books have sold more than 2 million copies, and worldwide this Brazilian author counts on 47 million books sold.



To Shirin Ebadi Winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize

As the Persian poet Rumi once said:
Life is just as if a king had sent you to the country to carry out a specific task. You go and perform a hundred other tasks, but if you neglect the particular task you were asked to carry out, it is as though you had done nothing at all. A man comes into this world to perform a specific task, that is his purpose; if he does not do it, he will have done nothing.

To the one.
To the one who understood her task and her purpose.
To the one who looked at the road ahead and understood that it was a difficult journey.
To the one
who did not make light of those difficulties, but, on the contrary, made them manifest and visible.
To the one
who makes the lonely feel they are not alone,
who satisfies those who hunger and thirst for justice,
who makes the oppressor feel as bad as the oppressed.
To the one who always keeps her door open, her ears listening, her hands working, her feet walking.

To the one
who embodies the verses of another Persian poet, Hafiz, when he says: Not even seven thousand years of joy are worth seven days of sadness.

To the one who is here tonight,
may she be one with all of us,
may her example multiply,
may she still have difficult days ahead, so that she can do whatever she needs to do, so that the next generation will not have to strive for what has already been accomplished.

And may she walk slowly,
because her pace is the pace of change,
And change, real change, always takes time.


Paulo Coelho



Saturday, January 24, 2004

Persian-Texan Bloggers. 

Come on boys (and girls)! I acn't believe that there are only 3 persians blogging from Texas. Me, her, and him. There should be more.
Come out. Drop me an email.

Flu is coming! 

We are so dead! I am so afraid that we are on the verge of another flu pandemic.
It's not a joke. Flu has been attacking our society from centuries ago and has caused more damage than all human-initiated wars. Take your flu shot,... and pray!


In 1918 Spanish flu killed 20-40 million people worldwide.

Friday, January 16, 2004

SHAH RAFT! 

SHAH Raft (Shah left) was the headline of all newspapers in Iran 25 years ago printed in the boldest and largest fonts ever seen in Iranian newspapers.

Any they never lived happily ever after.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Dude, where are my shoes? Kafsh-hayam koo?... 

Boy, all these pseudo-reformists are "hitting on their head" that "their bread and water" is going "to be cut"! God knows how they let people down. Apparently, the only real men between this bunch of coward PMs were two or three ladies (my hat off to them)!
Somebody should teach them how to dress up at least to keep from embarrassing us in the eyes of the world.

And while they are fighting for their high salaries and forgetting all about the miseries of Bam people (already forgotten), US congressmen and Houston's Mayor are trying to help the people of Bam.
Shame on us, for not helping each other and fighting over everything!

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.... 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
This is a most famous inscription on the historic Farley Post Office building in New York City, a US national historic landmark. It's become kind of a motto for US Postal Service.
However, few people know that was the Persian postal system that inspired this famous statement of Herodotus. Under Cyrus the Great (500 B.C.) the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers, and the sentence describes the fidelity with which their work was done.

Would we see another Cyrus or Reza Shah? Ever?

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

It's too late, chap, too late.... 

Khatamai, Iran's reformist president has escalated his battle with hardline clerics by threatening the resignation of his entire administration.

There was a time that Khatami could bring millions of hopeful youth to the street with just a few words. But he didn't use his power. He betrayed people's trust and hope.
Nobody will even care anymore if he resigns or not. People will simply say "another Mullah" left. The intellectual religious scholar has become "another Mullah" (i.e. az khodeshoon-e!).
Religous democracy (mardomsalar i e dini) is the prototype of contradiction in terms!
Goodbye Islamic government!

Two Elections, Both Farce! 

It's unbelivable how different God's creatures may be!


Conservative ex-MP Mohammad Mohammadi-Far (C) fights with reformist MPs during a sit-in. The future of reforms in Iran was hanging in the balance as embattled reformists loyal to the president fought a dramatic bid by conservatives to wrest absolute power over the Islamic republic.


The future governor of Flordia? Mary Carey at Ice in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Monday, January 12, 2004

Downtown, Houston, Texas 



Why US 59? 

I've been wondering what could symbolize the life in US? When I think of Russia, railroads (their basic infrastructure) and snow come to my mind. I would describe Tehran by TAXIs! Human interaction in Tehran taxis is unique.
Your morning ride in the taxi provides you with all news, conspiracy theories, and gossips you may ever imagine! I never saw anything like that ever again anywhere else.

I would define US by highways. Americans are in love with their cars. Driving is at the very core of American life. Nobody goes to long trips with car the way Americans do. And highways are most essential in this. Life would have looked different in US if it wasn't for the very extensive network of highways.
And I love US59 highway! I ride it every night. It passes right through Houston, my lovely city, past Transco, past Galleria, right up to Darband Chelokababi!



Shohreh Aghdashloo, coming a long way from Sooteh-Delan. 

Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo won the title for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'House of Sand and Fog' from the New York Film Critics Circle (Jan. 2004).

Ain't she sweet? She appeared as a classic Iranian Mom. The closest thing to an angel: Classy, nice, sacrificing herself for her family, carrying the world on her shoulders, caring, caring, and caring...
I hope she gets the Oscar. Not only because she did a good job of acting (which she did!), but also because we, Iranians, need some pride. I am sick and tired (and broken) of seeing the name of Iran associated with misery and darkness. It takes really some time for people to see the real face of Iranians. It's sad to see that people get surprised (after knowing you for a while) to realize that Iranians ARE civilized, educated, secular, and peace-loving. It's like a discovery to them. While it should be a fact.

Life is beautifiul! 

Life is beautifiul!
Here is my favorite place in Houston.
Do you like a cup of coffee?



A good place to have coffee is Houston's flagship Starbucks at Westheimer across Galleria. Open 24/7!

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