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Saturday, September 27, 2003
 
COMING BACK TO TEHRAN!





During the recent holidays,I had been to Isfahan with my brother.As I had visited the touristic places before,I spent my time strolling with my friends and trying to enjoy !! I also discovered some interesting places to go next time .





By the way,did you know that the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah mosque (above) is the best and the most complete dome in the world?And did you know that the architecture of the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral of Florence has been influenced greatly from this iranian masterpiece?







Saturday, September 13, 2003
 
9/11:THE MOST TRAGIC MOMENT OF THE NEW ERA





After 2 years+3 days(cuz of my delay),again in the anniversary,we pray : May God Keep their souls in peace forever...


Thursday, September 11, 2003
 
LONELY NIGHTS





Since you're gone
There is an empty space
Since you're gone
The world is not the same

I go back to the places we've been
It feels like you're still there
I live all those moments again
Wishing you were here

Since you're gone
There is a lonely heart
Since you're gone
Nothin' is like it was

There are memories all over the place
Bringin' it back all so clear
Remember all of those days
Wishing you were here

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do
Yes I do

Since you're gone
There is a heart that bleeds
Since you're gone
I'm not the man I used to be

I follow you steps in the snow
The traces disappear
We know what we've lost when it's gone
I'm wishing you were here

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do
Yes I do

I go back to the places we've been
It feels like you're still there
I live all those moments again
Wishing you were here

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do

All those lonely nights,
lonely nights (x4)
I gotta fight for you, yes I do


Download : Lonely Nights by Scorpions

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Tuesday, September 09, 2003
 
THE BURNT GENERATION




Washington Post has recently presented an article about Iranian youngsters named "Iranian Youths Seeking to Escape : Bleak Prospects Lead Some Toward Border, Others to Drugs",by Afshin Molavi.I mention some parts that seemed of paramount importance:

To much of the outside world, the anger and frustration that young Iranians feel toward their government is embodied by the dramatic student protests that periodically grab headlines. But in this country of 67 million people -- more than two-thirds of whom are under 30 and more than half under 21 .
Frustrated by bleak job prospects, restricted freedoms and a stagnant economy, thousands of young Iranians try to emigrate illegally each year. In addition, more than 200,000 of Iran's most educated professionals left the country legally last year, according to government statistics, plucked by companies and governments in Canada, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Eastern Europe and the United States -- one of the highest rates of brain drain in the world.
"We call ourselves the burnt generation," Hamid said. "We were burned by our parents' revolution and burned by a system that has given us nothing but troubles."
Sociologists and psychiatrists say the fabric of Iranian society is under substantial stresses. Parents spend less time with their children because fathers often must hold two jobs to make ends meet.
Iranian authorities estimate that nearly 1 million jobs need to be created each year to keep up with the country's youthful population. In each of the last three years, an average of 400,000 jobs -- at most -- have been created, economists estimate.
Though Iranian officials often speak about "a social crisis" besetting youth, few venture into specifics.
Iranian youths, most of whom supported Khatami's reform program and were captivated by the charismatic cleric who called for greater democracy and freedom, have been largely frustrated by the reformists' inability to deliver on their promises.
In interviews on college campuses, at movie theaters and in parks where young people congregate, they expressed frustration with the reformists, growing fear of conservative reprisals against dissenters and a widespread desire to leave the country. They also embraced the ideas underpinning secular democracy, exhibited a growing anti-clericalism and an increasing sense that political involvement poses too many dangers.
Others like Jalal, a 16-year-old playing a video game at a cultural center here, do their best to ignore politics. "I don't have time for such things," he said. "Of course I want more freedom, but what can I do?"
Besides, he said, he has a plan: "I will study medicine in Iran, work for two years, then go to Canada and join my older brother."

 
TEHRAN UNIVERSITY AT THE TOP !





In September/October 2003 Issue of Motherjones magazine,10th annual roundup of the top 10 activist campuses are introduced,and University of Tehran's Number One!
Not to dis American students, but their Iranian counterparts earn our top spot for unflinching dissent in a nation where speaking out can lead to imprisonment, or worse. Outraged that reformist history professor Hashem Aghajari was sentenced to death for questioning why clerics alone should have the power to interpret the Koran, students from Tehran University began a month-long protest in November.



After two weeks, the Leader was moved to demand a Supreme Court review of Aghajari's case. (His sentence was eventually commuted to 74 lashes and eight years in prison.) But the protest still grew to 10,000 students, until riot police violently dispersed the longest opposition demonstration since the 1979 revolution. Come spring, emboldened students were calling for the resignation of President Mohammad Khatami,and facing retribution from paramilitary vigilantes.



Last June, student protests against potential tuition hikes broadened into public demonstrations on issues of national discontent, the most serious unrest since the 1999 student protests that rocked the country and left at least five people dead and hundreds in jail.
A severe crackdown that included the detention of about 4,000 people, severe beatings and the jailing of pro-democracy student leaders sent a chill across Iran. A daily barrage of government propaganda describing the protesters as "American mercenaries" and "anti-Islamic hooligans," combined with threats of further crackdowns and the successful jamming of opposition satellite television programs beamed from Los Angeles, slowed the momentum for future protests.


Monday, September 01, 2003
 
CAVATINA





Between 1966 and 1987, versatile British composer Stanley Myers scored over 60 American and British feature films .His best-known theme is that of The Deer Hunter (1978) .



Myers also penned the acclaimed "Cavatina" for John Williams.(guitarist)




John Williams performs Cavatina with Classical guitar : Download

 
HARD TARGET





Washington Times : " Israel has ready a plan to bomb Iran's Bushehr nuclear-power plant should the Persian Gulf coast facility, now under construction, begin producing weapons-grade material, an insider tells us.
This source says Israel has mapped out a route its jet fighters would take to destroy what is designed to be a two-reactor plant. A successful strike would ensure that the radical Tehran regime does not develop nuclear weapons. Iran has tested 600-mile-range ballistic missiles that can reach Israel and carry nuclear, biological or chemical warheads.
"

Check Guardian's flash report about Iran's nuclear installations

 

 
   
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