Stories about Iran from November, 2007
Egypt: Syrian/Iranian Alliance
“Interesting interview with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, suggesting Syria would abandon Iran alliance if the regime fell,” notes The Arabist, which links to the interview here.
Iran:Financial Times interviewed an Iranian Journalist
Akbar Montakhabi, blogger and reformist journalist,told Financial Times that he has changed jobs more than 20 times as one reformist publication after another was closed down by the regime.
Annapolis: The View from the Middle East
With leaders and politicians from the Middle East and far afield meeting in Annapolis, US, over brokering a peace deal between Israel and its Arab neighbours, the mood remains somber, skeptical and pessimistic among bloggers from the region.
Iran:Reza Valizadeh,a leading blogger was arrested
According to[Fa] Negarakha and many other bloggers,Reza Valizadeh,journalist and blogger,was arrested today in Tehran.The blogger has been Baznegar site's manager.
Iran:American Soldiers and Children in Iraq
Razeno has published several photos showing American soldiers taking care of children in Iraq. The blogger says Iranian media never show such photos.Razeno adds that war is a very dark story but you can see some human emotions there too.
Iran:Everybody wants to read Gabriel García Márquez
Khabgard writes that after Iranian governmet banned[Fa] “A Memory of My Melancholy Whores”,Gabriel García Márquez's highly acclaimed book,everybody wants to read this book.The blogger adds thousands of Iranians have already downloaded the free version of this book on internet.
Iran:2nd Weblog Competition on Aids
Zendegimosbat[Fa] (means positive life),an organization that fights against Aids in Iran, has invited bloggers to write about Aids.This Thursday, the best ones get an award.
Iran:Can Khatami make any difference?
Razeno says[Fa] that some think that if Mohmmad Khatami,former reformist president,gets reelected in two years,reforms can take off again in country.The blogger has doubt about such a thing.Razeno asks when reformists had all power,they failed to do any structural reforms.
Iran:Graffiti in Iran
PingMag interviewed A1one, the one who started graffiti in Tehran.You can see several photos of graffitis in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad and Chavez: “Love is in the air”
Last week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez made his fourth visit to Tehran in two years to sign more economic agreements with Iran. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Chavez, say they “admire” each other. Ahmadinejad calls Iran a second home for the Venezuelan president, and Chavez offers support to the...
Iran:Students were beaten up in prison
In Allameblog,Ali Tavakoli says[Fa] that his brother, Majid Tavakoli, and Ahmad Ghasabian,two jailed student activists,were beaten up by security agents in prison and were injured seriously.
Bahrain: Losing its identity?
This week in Bahrain we have opinions on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit, a blogger's dilemma about whether to have a female friend, another getting stuck between his wife-to-be and her family, a call for more Islamic bloggers, and a fear that Bahrain won't stay Bahraini for much longer...
Sepideh Saremi,in Pars Arts, wrote about Persepolis movie.Persepolis is a an award winner animated feature based on autobiographical comics by Marjan Satrapi.
Iran:Sohrab Razaghi is free
Sohrab Razaghi,a former professor in university and civil society activist,is out of prison now. Kossof, a leading photo blogger,has published several recent photos of Razaghi.
Kosoof, a leading photo blogger whose photos have been published in international media, has showed nocturnal hallucination in two photos.
Iran: Ahmad Morshedloo's images of people
Thanks to View from Iran,we get information on Ahmad Morshedloo's art and his images of people.
Iran: Arrest and Destruction
The Iranian government has continued its policy of repression against women's rights activists and Sufi Muslims in recent weeks. Maryam Hosseinkhah, a women’s rights activist and journalist was arrested a few days ago, and a Sufi Muslims’ Center was destroyed by security forces about one week ago.
Iran: Gabriel García Márquez's book was banned
“A Memory of My Melancholy Whores”,Gabriel García Márquez's highly acclaimed book,was banned in Iran. Translators were able to get approval of government by changing book's title into “Memories of My Melancholy Sweethearts”.Finally the book was banned.Now thanks to Khabgard,we learn whole book is available on internet.Free.
Iran:No to Circus
Several Iranian Green bloggers,including Mojgan Jamshidi,say[Fa] “no to circus” in Pardisan Natural Park in Tehran.They say that it is shameful to see suffering animals in a natural park.
Iran:Expensive dogs protect Ahmadinejad
Istgah reports[Fa] that the four dogs recently added to Ahmadinejad’s security team have been purchased form Germany for $150,000 each.
Bahrain: Gas Deal with Iran
Iran has signed a multi-billion gas deal with Bahrain. Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has the details here.