Thursday, July 31, 2003
Oh my Lord !
Whatever I've got, is your divine gift to me ;
I've nothing by myself ...
TEST YOUR WRITING SKILL
There's an interesting site named One Word
.You have 60 seconds to just write about a random word you're given.Don't think;Just write.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
MAN OF THE ROADS
Won his 5th Consecutive Tour de France.Now his record equals with 4 other cyclists that have won it 5 times.If he manages to win his sixth trophy,he'll join the history forever."I'll return next year and not to finish second," he warned.
Sally Jenkins,Washingtonpost correspondent
: " "Why do you do it?" I asked him once. "What's the pleasure in riding a bike up a mountain for six hours?"
"I don't understand the question," he said.
"Well, there has to be some pleasure in it," I said. "I mean, your back hurts, your neck hurts, your butt hurts. What's the payoff?"
"I still don't understand the question."
I went away baffled -- and convinced that unless I could get him to talk to me on the subject, I'd never understand him. After a couple of days of thought, I realized I'd been asking the entirely wrong question.
"You don't do it for the pleasure," I said. "You do it for the pain."
"That's exactly right," he said.
The full story
: " Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has cancelled a visit to Belgium due to the EU's decision to put pressure on Iran's nuclear programme and human right abuses, the Iranian press reported Thursday.
More intense economic relations can be achieved only if progress is reached in the four areas of concern, namely human rights, terrorism, non-proliferation and the Middle East peace process,a joint EU statement announced earlier in the week.
EU foreign ministers expressed concern Tuesday regarding Iran's nuclear programme, threatening to review relations with the country unless it came into line with UN regulations and co-operated fully with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency.
There is strong international pressure for Iran to sign up to the NPT Protocol, allowing for spontaneous International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of nuclear sites in order to assure the UN that atomic weapons are not being developed.
Khatami was due to receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Liege, no official confirmation of the cancellation of Khatami's visit has yet been received by the university.
IS THERE ANY ANALOGY OUT THERE?!
Canada.com : " Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham made the offer in a diplomatic note to the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa. He was responding to Iran's attempts Thursday to draw a parallel between Zahra Kazemi's death in custody in Iran on July 10 and the fatal July 14 shooting by a Port Moody police officer of Keyvan Tabesh, an Iranian youth who was allegedly wielding a machete.
Though he rejected the analogy, Mr. Graham told reporters he would use the homicide inquiry and a planned coroner's inquest into Mr. Tabesh's death in B.C. to show Iran how democratic societies conduct such investigations. He urged Iran to follow its lead by giving Canadian officials access to an equally transparent investigation into how Ms. Kazemi died from a fractured skull.
"They raised the case of Mr. Tabesh," Mr. Graham said.
"They said the circumstances were an analogy. I'm saying if there is an analogy, then I expect the analogy to take place."
"And I expect us to have the reciprocal rights and privileges in Iran. In that case, for example, we would expect the same form of open, transparent investigation into the death of Mrs. Kazemi to take place with the opportunity of our officials to be present and represented as we will offer them the same representation in our society."
Graham's remarks came one day after an Iranian foreign ministry official accused police of a criminal action in the July 14 killing of Burnaby teenager Keyvan Tabesh in the Vancouver suburb of Port Moody, B.C.
Police said Tabesh, 18, ran at police with a machete and the officer had to fire in self-defence.
Tabesh was an Iranian citizen with landed immigrant status who had lived in Canada for about two years.
Hamid Reza Asefi [spokesman of Iranian foreign ministery] called the attack unjustifiable and a "scandalous crime" that frightens Iranians living in Canada. [ ! ]
On Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi demanded a thorough investigation into the shooting death.
"The Canadian government has failed in its diplomatic responsibility to report this case to the Islamic Republic of Iran quickly," Kharrazi said in remarks carried by state-run Tehran TV. [ !! ]
Friday, July 25, 2003
IRANIAN PUNK DRUMMER !
Did you know that the drummer of a famous English punk music band named "Anti NoWhere League
",was an Iranian guy called PJ
Anti-Nowhere League were, by contrast, cartoon hooligans, comic relief from the Sid Vicious clones and skinhead riots that brought U.K. punk to a disheartening, early '80s low.From the very beginning (1980) the Anti-Nowhere League tried to be the nastiest, smelliest, ugliest, most brutish punk band of all time - and managed quit nice! Animal (Nick Culmer - vocals), Magoo (Chris Exall - guitar), Winston (bass) and P.J. (drums)
were old friends who didn't have much band experience, but that did stop them. Their career did start promising: they did get arrested at playing their first gig!
By the autumn of 1981 they had secured a deal with WXYZ Records and were touring as support to the Damned. Their first single, released in January 1982,was a riotous disemboweling cover of a genteel sad buskers' fave, '70s folk hit, "Streets of London", by singer-songwriter Ralph McTell.However,the band became the toast of British lager lads with the single's b-side,"So What",that was to really attract attention with it's nasty lyrics about drugs, beastily, VD, etc.The London police were not so pleased with the B-side, "So What", a feast of sexuality, scatologicallly explicit, pub-bully boasts.Police authorities raided WXYZ's office In February 12th, 1982,confiscated and seized 10,000 copies of of the single,then destroyed them under the Obscene Publications Act and forbade the label, WXYZ, from pressing anymore. This did give ANL much publicity and helped them to get some minor hits.
Between '88 and '91,Metallica
covered and recorded "So What" with speed and sleaze intact and later on released it in "Garage Inc." Album in 1998 (CD 2),originally available on the B-Side of the "Sad But True" single and as a bonus track on the Japanese release of Metallica.
Listen to a 1-minute snippet : Real Player
| Windows Media
Lyrics : Prohibited here due to its explicit context
Thursday, July 24, 2003
MY FRIEND OF GERMANY
,the most famous German magazine,has offered an article, titled "Weblogs create liberty" ,about iranian english bloggers and has quoted from my writings too.
Thanks Barbara Schaeder for preparing this article and linking to me . Check out the traslation version of the article
GOOGLE UNDER THE POWER OF AN IRANIAN
: " Omid Kordestani, Google's senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, is fast turning the privately held company into a maniacally profitable outfit. Kordestani's efforts have transformed the world's top search destination into online advertising's hottest property — scoring over 100,000 advertisers in just 18 months. Revenues from paid searches could fetch Google $1 billion by year's end, analysts estimate.
When Kordestani, 40, joined Google from Netscape four years ago, search engines were a hard sell. But he avoided pushy pop-ups and intrusive banners, and began to sell paid listings. It's a simple yet effective method, perfected by rival Overture.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER !
Hey pals ! After a 9-day of vanishing in the air due to painting and being in a mess,I'm right now back with a pale-pink-painted room ! By the way,sorry for the gap then.
Monday, July 14, 2003
THE LONG HOT SUMMER
The weather is so much hot in Tehran these days.I sweat a lot ,and often can't sleep nights comfortably.I can't remember previous years to be hot to this extent.The humidity makes the condition worse.Tomorrow dog days will start and it seems that real hell is on the way to come !
Saturday, July 12, 2003
BYE BYE MY DARLING
: " Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who is facing growing public dissatisfaction over his failure to fulfill promises of democratic reforms, has offered to resign if people want him to go.
It was the first time that Iran's formerly popular, elected president has publicly offered to resign.
"We are not masters of people but servants of this nation. If this nation says we don't want you, we will go," President Khatami was quoted as saying by the government-owned daily, Iran.
SIGN PETITION : "FREE CENSORED WEBLOGS"
As you may have already found out recently and more than before, extreme censorship of internet media and numerous filters have been installed by ISPs and the Telecommunication Organization of the Iranian government to ban several Persian sites.
Lately such filtering has cast its doomed shadow over weblogs; consequently, free access to data has considerably decreased and this involves unreasonable banning of personal sites and weblogs in Persianblog and Blogspot
(as a part of Google
Apparently, filtering weblogs is a kind of test to evaluate the level of public objection to such censorship, so that such limitations can later be applied to other Iranian sites. Meanwhile officials in charge do not shoulder the responsibility or by the ridiculous excuse of generally labeling all censored sites as 'immoral' they try to justify their action and some just express their useless regrets.
Hence we, the users, online writers and activists in technology fields and IT implore all of you to condemn the restriction of weblogs and declare your objection
so that your silence will not be considered as your indifference towards this clear impediment of rights.
Please note that this is a strictly professional objection to the confinement of freedom and has no political aspect whatsoever.
Thank you all for your voice, which we hope would be heard this time.
Friday, July 11, 2003
Did you know that Madonna has sung ( better saying,read) a song,named Bittersweet, which the original lyrics is by Rumi ? ( I am sorry that our greatest poet's real nick name is not that much known in the abroad : Molavi) You can find this beautfiul, sensual and mysterious poem read by Madonna on 'A Gift Of Love- Music Inspired by love poems of Rumi' compilation album.
Besides Madonna you can hear Deepak Chopra,Demi Moore,Goldie Hawn and other celebrities reading the poems of 13th century poet Rumi.That'll be interesting for you of course if you know Rumi.
In my hallucination
I saw my beloved's flower garden
In my vertigo, in my dizziness
In my drunken haze
Whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel
I saw myself as the source of existence
I was there in the beginning
And I was the spirit of love
Now I am sober
There is only the hangover
And the memory of love
And only the sorrow
I yearn for happiness
I ask for help
I want mercy
And my love says:
Look at me and hear me
Because I am here
Just for that
I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you
Oh sweet bitterness
I will soothe you and heal you
I will bring you roses
I, too, have been covered with thorns
Download & Listen to a 30-second snippet : Real Media
: " ...so the anniversary of Tir 18 [July 9th] is over, But things somehow didn't happen as it was expected, actually there were kinds of battles in some of streets but when I compare the crowd & braveness of people in protests of some weeks ago with this one I believe that unfortunately it was an unsuccessful demonstration & people didn't support students very well. "
This was something I had written about it which was titled "protests go astray
" ,on June 15th.
Thursday, July 10, 2003
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Roger Federer won the most important tournament of tennis world : Wimbledon.He is the first swiss player ever won it.While holding up the winners trophy,he burst with tears
.Congratulations Roger !
His interview after winning
I follow the Wimbledon news every year.However,this year Wimbledon had no meaning for me without my love,Pete Sampras,the most glorious tennis player in the history of Wimbledon who won it 7 times.Every time that Pete holded that golden luxurious trophy,I filled with pride and joy.Apparantly he was injured this year and couldn't take part in.I hope he can win the 8th ,next year.
WHO'S AFRAID OF MICHAEL LEDEEN ?
Michael Ledeen : " I have always said that no American has standing to tell the Iranian people what form of government they should have, or who should lead them. That is their decision to make.
Nonblogger Ali : Ok so far...
- : " I am one of the few people who has been fighting for several years now for their right to make that decision, as I fought for the Russians, the Poles, the Latvians, the Philippinos, the Bosnians, the South Africans, the Congolese, etc. Read my books instead of the often uninformed attacks. I want democratic revolution in Iran, and everywhere else that people are oppressed by tyrants.
With whatever influence I have--and I don't think it's been much (maybe you know better than I)--I have been arguing as hard as I can against those in my own government who wanted to make a deal with the Islamic Republic. I don't want "stability," I want revolution and freedom, and I think most Iranians want that too.
- : Mr Ledeen ! I wanna know : Do you guarantee that if there comes another government being (supported by your country),democracy will be achieved?Democratic principles are in a way which can lead to democratic changes without any riots or unrests in any regime.It'll come true out of legal rights of people such as legal protests and elections.We,the iranian,should train ourselves to obey the principles rather than getting bored soon and look for a sudden change which is revolution.
- : " I was indeed told that half a million people demonstrated in Tehran, when the Economist said it was only a few thousand. I reported that. It may have been wrong, time will tell.
- : I'm glad that you've got the courage and bravery to confess that you've made mistake.Refer to this post of mine
.At that time,when criticizing one of your articles,I asserted that you should revise on the source which provides you the intelligence about iran.Exaggeration is not expected.Instead,frankness is needed.
Finally,i should express my gratefulness from Mr.Ledeen
for starting a dialogue with the iranian.This can result in good results for the both sides.
Tuesday, July 08, 2003
THAT BLOODIED T-SHIRT
Ahmad Batebi,who's still in jail for rising that co-called bloodied T-shirt in July 9th 1999 which became the cover of THE ECONOMIST
and is accused of acting against the national interests,describes the event : " The students got angry after one of the girls had been shooted,and moved towards the outside of the dorm.I showed a bloodied T-shirt of one of the students,and said don't go outside,cuz it's dangerous and this is the result of getting outside of the dorm.I was trying to prevent them from getting out.Right at that time a photograph was taken from me and I couldn't realize who was responsible for it ."
"In the original photograph he has a forehead band on which is written in Arabic : "There's no god but God" but they've omitted it ",adds his father,"As well,he's got a bracelet which belongs to Red Cross,for he had passed the first-aid course and that day he was aiding the injured along with the group,without knowing that the injured person was of which party and with what tendancy. "
Authorities of Tehran University
have installed a small hand-written note on the main entry gate announcing that the university and all its related faculties will be closed from July 9th. till July 14th. !
TO SUPPORT IS TO KNOW MORE
: " I'd like to call for a huge brainstrom on "How can a non-Iranian person know more about iran". Please provide a list of five things that you think would be useful for someone in order to find helpful information about Iranian culture, people, society etc. (Inspired by McGill Report)
It may include particular films, books, articles, websites, weblogs, pictures, paintings, songs, etc.
You can participate and list them all in comments section for Hoder's this post
I cannot help cryin' right now.I'm not in a mood to write anything,except this one :
Dear Laleh and ladan,your dream came true.Now you're two free and separate souls flyin' in the sky,hugin' each other and kissin' each other.The pain is over.Although it's a great pity and grief for us,there is one important note and that is you're both still with each other and have each other.That's it.
: " The deaths of Ladan and Laleh Bijani sent a wave of grief and shock across their homeland Tuesday.Some Iranians pulled off the road upon hearing the news. Many cried out in shock. Others -- at work, at restaurants, in their homes -- simply wept.
Before the operation, Ladan -- who was named for a Persian rose that grows in rocky places -- beamed confidence. "If God wants us to live the rest of our lives as two separate, independent individuals, we will," she said.Her sister's name, Laleh, means tulip in Persian.
: " "We shared a house for 27 years and I feel a great emptiness," said Alireza Safaian, who adopted twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani, as children.A doctor himself, Safaian wept as he spoke to Reuters at his home in southwestern Tehran of his grief...Safaian said his wife needed medication to calm her down when she was told that first Ladan then Laleh was dead....Playing videos of the twins as young girls, with one riding a bicycle and one running alongside, he said: "When I adopted them, nobody wanted them, not even their real parents.I adopted them while they were not in good health and they were so skinny and weak. I am missing them so much.I wish they were here, even with the situation they had."
The full story
Monday, July 07, 2003
ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY
Tomorrow is the July 9th,the anniversary of massacre of innocent students in 1999,and Tehran is changing its appearance.Yesterday I heard that some bookshops had been closed and their windows had been covered with old newspapers due to the day.Conservative people,specially students,of course those who're still in tehran and not leaved here yet,try to go outside of their house less than other days.The government has formally announced that will not give the permission to any demonstration,but the students' association has established something for tomorrow.I think the police patrols will get more and there may be some prohibitions in the downtown,near our university(Tehran University).
But I should mention a note again : We should change ourselves gradually.We should solve some problems among ourselves.We should define some key words for ourselves again.We should practice the democracy.We should learn the game principles.Politics is like a game.A party is in power until it serves the people.As soon as it deviates from its main road,people will vote to the other party,and out of this coming and going,the country will improve.This is not a thing that can happen in a short period of time.It will last years and years,but this does not mean that we should put aside tolerating and say : " Ok,too much time spent for this.Let's look for a faster change!"Do you guarrantee that if there is a revolution and another rulers take the power,things will go ok and the dictatorship will be kicked in ass?Turning back in time is not something worthy.We should catch up with the other countries all over the world.Don't you think the time is up for revolution and the fuckin' things related to it?We're not looking for riots,but there must be protests and critics in order to correct the government,of course if the government pay attention to it,and this is a long-period procedure,up to the time that government learns to consider people's notes and on the other hand people learn that rather than riot,they can pull down the government by their vote and cultural ways.Although I confess that some of our problems refer to our dark history which is full of dictatorship and totalitarism,but one nation can be changed only by itself,and no one else.Correct international pressure can help us in this way,and this is different with interfering.
HARRY POTTER GETS IN AGAIN !
If you're one of harry potter's fans,and accidentally ( !! ) have not bought "Harry potter and the order of the phoenix",then just click on the book,open it,download it and enjoy it.(pdf
To my brother,who loves Harry potter,and this picture is on the wall of his room.
Sunday, July 06, 2003
IRANIAN BRAND NEW AUTOMOBILE !
reports from international vehicle fair in Tehran : " Apparantly it's become a vogue inIran Khodro
[ the main iranian vehicle manufacturer] every year to design a sport car (body) and show it to the people in the fair and after that nothing!!!They showed a coupe Samand
,which means stallion, is claimed to be the first made-in-Iran car] last year,too and then it got revealed that it had been only for the show and they don't have the intention to manufacture it ! So it's same for this super-luxurious brand new one. "
© photo : Arash
SHORT STORY !
Once upon a time,George W.Bush was surfing in the Iraq site,seeking for WMD ( weapons of mass destruction ) until he came across a hyperlink, got happy and quickly clicked on the link: "click here,right beyond this yellow-rose bush,to find WMD !
A BRIDGE OVER JULY,9TH.
drawn by Mana Neiestani
: " After that catastrophe on tir 18 1378 [July 9th,1999] in which the sacred value of university and its students breaks each year few people want to make every body specially students forget about that events.
Not having patients and analysis from few governmental offices and doing some violence by some violence wanteds made that protest to a great catastrophe and unforgettable event.
In future months, not only nobody healed the pains of the miserable students but also they put them in trial as a convicted people, which increase their pain much more.
From that, time up to now each year the student’s wants to say their swallowed complaints as a calm protest march but each time they are afraid of the violence makers.
Last year some groups of people gathered in so many where’s to show their respect to that catastrophe but some uninformed people come and harm those people by threatening and some violence....
We must observe that this threatening atmosphere this year stats so sooner than before.
Many believed that the violence lovers for weakening the capacity of the students for holding the anniversary of the tir 18th [July 9th] catastrophe sooner from time they started by making a great deal of hand made atmospheres to involve them in so much violations which results so many frights, arresting, beatings,….
Arresting multithousand students in less than ten days, attacking to the campus of the Allameh Tabatabiee University, beating by so many known people etc all shows this need of pressure group.
Confronting of the internal reformist forces, strike of pro student mps, the letter of 166 mps to president about this problem … all shows that if people can’t say their words then something wrong can happen.
Janko Roettgers,who's right now one of my nice German friends,has written an article in
about Iranian webloggers who write in English from inside of Iran.In his article,he's quoted from my blog and linked to me,too.Read out the traslation version of the article
Ich danke Ihnen vielmals Janko ! ( Thank you very much indeed Janko ! )
Saturday, July 05, 2003
SOOTHING LIGHT AT THE END OF TUNNEL
Laleh & Ladan Bijani
are 29-year-old iranian twins who're conjoined from their head.A while ago,they managed to go to Raffles hospital
in Singapore with the hope for their wish to be separated from each other.Today'll be their Given surgery they've been waiting for.It seems that the best doctors around the world have gathered there.The surgery may last for 4 days,and looks to be one of the most difficult ones in the world.Dr. Keith Goh,their doctor,has announced that he's optimistic about the result.All of us in iran are in a kind of anxiety and hopefulness mood.All of us ask from God the wish that Ladan ( left ) said in their press conference :" I hope there will be a day that I can hug my sister and kiss her,instead of watching her in the mirror." We hope so,and ask you to pray for them,too.From now on,Singapore will be the heart of the world.May God keep both of them alive,safe and healthy.
Read out a letter from them
just before their surgery.
P.S. : ASSOCIATED PRESS report about them
Friday, July 04, 2003
ZORRO : MY CHILDHOOD HERO
Out of the night, when the full moon is bright,
comes a horseman known as Zorro.
This bold renegade carves a Z with his blade,
a Z that stands for Zorro.
Zorro, the fox so cunning and free.
Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.
Zorro . . . Zorro . . . Zorro . . .
These lyrics are recalled even today by fans of the Disney Zorro television series
that aired from 1957 - 1959. It was a regular Thursday night event in many homes, with channels tuned to ABC at 7:30. More than forty years later, Zorro still makes the sign of the Z on the Disney channel. However, today, the masked hero rears on his black stallion in the colorized version rather than it's original black and white.
The series starred the tall, dark and handsome Guy Williams as Diego/Zorro. His brilliant smile, natural athleticism and fencing ability made him an instant hit in the choice role. Playing opposite Williams as his nemesis, Captain Monastario, was Britt Lomond, a championship fencer and experienced actor. The cast was rounded out by Henry Calvin as Sergeant Garcia and Gene Sheldon as Zorro's aid, the mute Bernardo.
Nonblogger Ali in his childhood !
: " Secretary of State Colin Powell backed away from intervention in Iranian politics on Wednesday, saying Washington should stay away from what he called a "family fight" between reformists and conservatives....Powell told the Washington radio station WMAL: "The best thing we can do right now is not get in the middle of this family fight too deeply."
"Remember that the president of Iran is freely elected. President Khatami was elected by his people, not in an American kind of election but an election that essentially tapped into the desires of the people," he added.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
DREAM UNTIL YOUR DREAM COME TRUE
David Beckham joined Real Madrid from Manchester United.
Former Real great Alfredo di Stefano handed Beckham his shirt -- adorned with the number 23 made famous in sport by American basketball legend Michael Jordan( There had been rumors that Beckham would wear a No. 77. He wore No. 7 with Manchester.Real Madrid striker Raul has worn No. 7 for years.)-- at a glitzy presentation ceremony beamed live across the world.
The 28-year-old Beckham, who flew into Madrid on Tuesday to seal his $40.40 million transfer from Manchester United, impressed the assembled media with a few words of Spanish.
"Gracias," Beckham began, immediately earning a round of applause.
"Senor di Stefano and Senor Perez ... I've always loved football. Of course I love my family and I have a wonderful life but football is everything for me and joining Real Madrid is a dream come true.
"Gracias and hala Madrid (Come on Madrid)."
"I haven't come here to be a great star," Beckham told Real Madrid TV. "I'm here to be part of a teamfull of great players, who are stars but above all are excellent players."
He then showed off his more polished footballing skills with a series of tricks in front of hundreds of fans at the club's training ground.
THE FULL STORY ...
David's first interview
after joining Real with realmadrid.com