Monday, July 09, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rorty's Death in the Iranian Media

Rorty died a few days ago. I read the news about his death on the first page of the newspapers in Iran. I found it sad that for American media the news about Paris Hilton imprisonment is more of a news than the death of one of America's most prominent philosophers. I talked about this to an American friend. She reminded me that Rorty's death was not actually “important news“ that much, hence not worthy of being in the newspapers' first pages. She found that odd that the Iranian media consider such a thing worthy of the first page (not that she thinks Paris Hilton should be on the first page, but she thinks neither one are really important news of the day.)

I don't really know how important Rorty was for Americans, but his last interview in The Progressive shows how important he was for the Iranian secular leftist movment.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Marjaneh Satrapi's Persepolis

I loved the book when it came out a few years ago. Now I cannot wait for the movie. The two trailer that are online are very promising. It seems the movie depicts my generation's childhood in a way no regular movie can capture.

The only thing about Marjaneh Satrapi that bothers me is her nationalism. Persepolis is a very bad name for the story. and the fact that she has changed her last name to "Satrapi" (a reference to Achaemenid satraps) says something about a meaningless pride for an ancient imperalist state that I cannot understand.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sending People to Paradise, by Force

After 28 years, Iranian people are finally showing some signs of resistance. The 'morality' assaults that have tried sending Iranians forcefully to paradise have accomplished nothing other than sending the Islamic regime to hell.

- More news about the recent attackes on "bad hijab" women here.
- Veiling (Hijab) and segregation of sexes in Iran.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

"Moral" Enforcment in Iran

Just to give you a glimpse of how the "moral" life is practiced in a religious country, and how a religious government preserves the family values and ethics in a society:

The girl in the video is arrested for her inappropriate Hijab and "western-intoxicated" makeup. Those in the street who are witness to this and who are opposed to these values don't dare to say anything because they can be arrested too. Others share the same values and enjoy seeing them being enforced on the population.

I thought I should share this video with you so you can imagine how it can be if the religious right could run the "Christian Nation" the way the want to. They probably don't arrest people for their Hijab, but I am sure there are many other Christian "moral values" that can be enforced on the population in a similar way.

Monday, May 07, 2007

How "nations" are invented

This article on BBC says a lot about how "nations" are invented based on an imaginary past. They are invented regardless of human beings' real experience of life, and regardless of their real history.