Volume VIII, Number 43
Ghadre havmvatanaan-e khoobemaan raa bedanim taa dochaar-e taoonhaa nashavim
Separation of state and church in Shahnameh?
Sent by: Shahrokh
Culture of Iran
This is a replica of a Bas-Relief found in Pasargade, the capital city of Persia founded by Cyrus . It depicts Cyrus the Great (580-529 BC)-in a Babylonian Costume, Jewish helmet, with two wings and a short Persian beard.
Cyrus was the first Achaemenian Emperor of Persia , who issued a decree on his aims and policies, later hailed as his charter of the rights of nations. Inscribed on a clay cylinder, this is the first known declaration of Human Rights, and is now kept at the British Museum . A replica of the cylinder is also at the United Nations in New York . The so-called Cyrus cylinder was issued by Cyrus in Babylon (550 BC).
The Bas-relief symbolizes Multiculturalism and celebrates the peaceful coexistence of peoples from different backgrounds and cultures in one land. The statue was unveiled by Mary Dimech, Multicultural Programme Manager, Australia Council for the Arts. The International College Spain and the Australia Council for the Arts assisted by providing major sponsorship contributions.
For more information on Bicentennial Park visit the Bicentennial Park Page.
The first big achievement of Iranian couple who have started their exploration tour around the world with motor cycle, was finding the forgotten inscription of Xerxes, the Achaemenid Emperor, in heights of Van Lake in Turkey.
By: Diodorus, Translated by M.M. Austen
It was the wealthiest city under the sun and the private houses had been filled for a long time with riches of every kind. The Macedonians rushed into it, killing all the men and plundering the houses, which were numerous and full of furniture and precious objects of every kind. Here much silver was carried off and no little gold, and many expensive dresses, embroidered with purple or with gold, fell as prizes to the victors.
Sorood-e Ey Iran reached 60
period between the time of the Shah (deposed February, 1979) until the adoption of the national anthem of the Islamic Republic. Despite political opposition, it found its way into the heart and soul of the people. The lyrics were written by Hossein Gol-e-Golab in 1946, the music was composed by Ruhollah Khaleghi, and it was first performed by Gholam Hossein Banan. Gol-e-Golab was inspired to write the song by patriotism. He has been quoted to have said: "In 1944, the footsteps of the invading armies in the streets were enough to rattle any patriot and inspired me to write this anthem". www.IranDokht.com
Claude Monet - Enjoy!
By: Marcello Di Cintio
Di Cintio prepares for his journey into the heart of Iran
with the utmost diligence. He takes lessons in Farsi, researches Persian
poetry and sharpens his wrestling skills by returning to the mat after
a gap of some years. Knowing that there is a special relationship
between heroic poetry and the various styles of traditional Persian
wrestling, he sets out to discover how Iranians reconcile creativity
Harvard Oral History
Prince Hamid Kadjar was the grandson of Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar (reigned 1907-9), nephew of Ahmad Shah (reigned 1909-25), and son of Crown Prince Mohammad Hassan Mirza (1909-25) and Mohtaram al-Saltaneh Razzaghi, the second of five wives married to the Crown Prince. He was born in Tabriz on April 23, 1918.
By: Shirin Tabibzadeh
On the occasion of the massacre of 1988 - some of you asked for this to be posted again, here you go:
It is Mahmood khan's birthday. He wakes up on this humid August morning, startled by birdsong echoing across the garden outside and, for a long time, stares in confused remembrance of a past long gone at the swelling orange sun burning the faded floral wallpaper across from his bed.
Translated by : Shirin Tabibzadeh & Melinda Barnhardt
In my brief night, ah
the wind has a rendezvous with the leaves of the trees
In my brief night, there is dread of ruin
Do you hear the blowing of the darkness?
I look, with doubt, upon this happiness
I am addicted to my despair
Do you hear the blowing of the darkness?
Milani's 'World Peace' at UN
One of a collection of films made by filmmakers from across the globe on the theme of World Peace, the 1.5-minute film portrays 140 Iranian children wearing traditional clothes, singing a special song with the message of world peace.
The film was shot at the ancient site of Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia, founded by Darius the Great in the sixth century B.C.
Other filmmakers from Italy, France, India, Egypt, and seven other countries have made films with the same message at other historical sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India.
The Iranian director, Tahmineh Milani, was born in 1960 in Tabriz, Iran. She has so far bagged quite a few awards, including one for Best Screenplay at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 2001.
She was also nominated for a Golden Pyramid at the Cairo International Film Festival the same year.
Events in the Bay Area, California
Omar Khayam - An artistic event in LA last month. Hope you have not missed this absolutely breathtaking event if you live in LA.
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam was the choreographer. Just look at his site to have a glimpse of his works. Absolutely great!
Paris based Nakissa Art Company and Persian Cultural Foundation are proud to present the award winning and internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam. Shahrokh is coming from Paris to San Francisco Bay Area for this presentation for the first time. The event is for a one night exclusive presentation
" Dance Variations on Persian Themes" On September 9th, 2007 at 7:00 PM, at the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills.
A diverse scale of shapes and movements full of emotion and sensibility, inspired by Persian themes, will be danced to highly complex and exciting rhythms. The Variations include live poetry and dance by Karine Gonzalez (famous Flamenco dancer from Spain ) and Sahar Dehghan-Hojat (principal dancer of Ballet Afsaneh).
Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45. A limited number of $25.00 tickets will be offered to students for $20.00 with Valid, ID.
Please call 650 571-9344 Or: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Babak & Pedram Falsafi
Antonio Vivaldi's most celebrated work " The Four Seasons"
November 4th, 7:00 P.M.
Le petit Trianon Theatre
72 North 5th Street
Jose, CA 95112
The Tarschool Music Institute Presents
Persian Traditional and Reginal Music of Iran By the Neydavood Ensemble
Ashkan Ghafouri: Tar, Amir Shahsavar: Ney, Amir Etemadzadeh: Tombak & Daf, Aryan Rahmanian: Vocals
September 2o, 2007 Music Department of Laney College , Okland CA-Neydavood Ensemble
History and Role of the Violin in Traditional Persian Music
renowned Iranian composer, violinist and improviser,
A special program featuring interactive discussions & live demonstrations
7PM - 9PM, Sunday September 9th, 2007
Havana room, Graduate Community Center (GCC), Stanford University
Address: 750 Escondido Road , Stanford , CA 94305
Admission is free of charge.
Not intended for children of 10 years of age or younger.
© Shirin Tabibzadeh, Cupertino, 2000 -2005
Human rights reporting rightly concentrate on violations that take place within the country and bring to the public attention those abuses where the victim's physical safety has been imperilled or is in immediate danger. Nevertheless we should not forget that there is a form of violation that does not physically touch the victims
us back into the universe
As Iranian human rights activists we are fighting to restore to our nation those rights that are universal and inalienable. These rights are founded on the incontrovertible truth that all human beings are born free and equal. The constitution of the Islamic Republic is incompatible with this omnipresent reality. It is riddled with inconsistencies and discrimination. It stands contrary to all those hard won liberties secured by human beings throughout the ages
The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.
Intentionally or unintentionally, the position by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Iranian nuclear issue met the two chief objectives of the Islamic Republic. These are: buying time while Tehran continues to enrich uranium and block the UN Security Council on additional sanctions on the country, by moving the "file" from the Security Council in New York to the IAEA in Vienna.
In a nondescript room, two blocks from the American Capitol building, a group of Bush administration staffers is gathered to consider the gravest threat their government has faced this century: the testing of a nuclear weapon by Iran.
A new survey reveals that 92 percent of the subjects of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's totalitarian government do not believe their nation's role is positive, and two-thirds would support a "Velvet Revolution" to remove him from power.