Id Est Iran

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FREE KIAN June 23, 2007

Filed under: Iran,Iranian,Journalism,Media,Middle East,Politics,Tehran — Tara @ 9:32 pm



By Aryeh Neier

To the Editors:

On May 11, a few days after the detention in Tehran of Haleh Esfandiari, another Iranian-American scholar, Kian Tajbakhsh, was also detained. On May 29, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence charged both with endangering Iranian national security and espionage. The charges have no merit. Dr. Tajbakhsh is an urban planning and urban policy expert who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1993 and taught at the New School in New York from 1994 to 2001. He has been a consultant for the Open Society Institute in Iran for the past three years, focusing on public health —particularly, treatment for Iran’s vast number of users of injected drugs—humanitarian assistance, and urban planning. Dr. Tajbakhsh has also served as a consultant for a Dutch urban planning group, for the World Bank, and for several Iranian government organizations. We know little about Dr. Tajbakhsh’s treatment in detention. As I write, nearly three weeks after his arrest, he has not seen a lawyer or family members. Though he may make one-minute phone calls to his wife, what they say is obviously monitored and she is understandably reluctant to repeat what he says as the only thread that keeps them in contact could be cut easily. In seeking the release of Dr. Tajbakhsh, the Open Society Institute is eager to see that his case does not heighten tensions between Iran and the West. That would undermine Dr. Tajbakhsh’s efforts to promote a peaceful resolution of differences by his engagement in scholarly and humanitarian projects that involve collaboration between Iranians and Westerners.

Aryeh Neier President

Open Society Institute

New York City


Ahmadinejad’s Dream May 12, 2007

Filed under: Art,Comic,Film,Humor,Iran,Politics,Video,War — Tara @ 6:00 pm

Funny animation clip on You Tube:


Photo Essay April 27, 2007

Filed under: Art,Iran,Islam,Journalism,Media,Photography,Politics,Tehran — Tara @ 4:10 pm
The Imam as an Idol ……. and they say sculpture is blasphemy??
“Walls of Martyrdom”: Tehran’s Propaganda Murals
By Fotini Christia

A Nation of Nose Jobs, Not Nuclear War

Filed under: Iran,Iranian,Journalism,Media,Politics,Tehran,War — Tara @ 3:31 pm

Peter Hitchens is the first American journalist to go into Iran since the hostage crisis. What he discovered surprised him – and should make everyone think again about their views on Iran.


Cartoonbox: Prelude April 19, 2007

Filed under: Bush,Cartoons,Comic,Humor,Iran,Politics,War — Tara @ 8:18 pm





Iran’s Quiet Revolution

Filed under: Iran,Media,Politics,Tehran — Tara @ 7:10 pm

Stellar article on Walrus magazine by Deborah Campbell.   Snappy & highly readable.


Finding Nabavi

Filed under: Books,Comic,Humor,Iran,Politics,Underground — Tara @ 6:51 pm

alefnoun.jpgSpeaking of satirical “noon”s, for a year now I’ve been trying to read Ebrahim Nabavi’s Alef Noon, titled to pun on the spelled-out version of the prez initals  … finally ordered it from  (the persion version of amazon) and crossing my fingers customs will wave me by …  I will post any good excerpts here next month.