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Meymand Village

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

The village of Meymand in Iran’s Kerman province is said to be continuously inhabited for the last 3000 years, with a history of habitation stretching back to prehistory. The village has a unique architecture of natural and man-made caves used by locals for housing. The area around the village is of anthropological significance due to the discovery of carvings made by ancient peoples on the cave walls of depicting local fauna.

The current population is around 150, and consists of a people who have a semi-nomadic lifestyle, spending their winters in the village itself.


Zbigniew Brzezinski: US or Israeli war on Iran ‘would be a disaster’ and Eurasia’s importance for global power

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Zbigniew Brzezinski has been influential in US foreign policy since his role as US president Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor. He continues to maintain formal and informal influence to this day. He is also well known as the Author of the book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives, in which he famously stated that “America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.” In the videos included in this post, he speaks regarding the geostrategic importance of Eurasia in (US) global dominance.

Excerpts from the above video:

“If the conflict spreads, we’re going to be alone… The Russians aren’t going to be with us, the Europeans aren’t going to be with us…”

“The Chinese are getting more involved in the Iranian economy because they need energy.”

“Don’t trifle with the silly notion ‘we’ll just bomb them and the problem is solved.’ It’s a false analogy.

The Real News interview with Brzezinski also includes the following on the war in Afghanistan. Highly recommended viewing.

Malek Korshid: A classic Iranian tale put to animation

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment


Ali Akbar Sadeghi’s Malek Khorshid (from 1975) is based on one of the tales from the very famous Iranian epic of kings, Shahnameh. “Ali Akbar Sadeghi… is best known for pioneering a style that mixed traditional Persian coffeehouse painting and the surreal.” (from Ubu Web where you can also read the transcript of an interview)

The epic of the Shahnameh is written by the renowned Hakim Abol Qasem Ferdowsi Tusi. You can read the epic, in English, at the Iran Chamber Society.

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Video of Kiarostami’s ‘Two Solutions for One Problem’

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment
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The Seasons: Films by Artavazd Ashoti Peleshian

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

From Bidoun Magazine, Art and Culture from the Middle East:

Born in Leninakan, Armenia in 1938, Artavazd Ashoti Peleshian is an influential director of poetic film-essays. His films utilize a cinematic method developed by Peleshian called “distance montage” to capture everyday life in a manner which transcends documentary. Sergei Parajanov has called him “one of the few authentic geniuses in the world of cinema.”

You can view eight of Peleshian’s films at Ubu Web.

Seasons (1975)


Excerpt from Ubu Web:

Seasons (Vremana Goda, 1975) is perhaps the most famous of all Peleshian films and just its opening shot would show why – A man, clutching a sheep in his hand, trapped raging stream, trying to get to the shore along with the animal. Setting the tone of film and, to an extent, to the director’s whole filmography, Seasons‘ first shot effectively underlines the irony that forms the basis of the relationship between humans and nature. Seasons, as the title suggests, deals with the change of seasons.

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Iran’s paramilitary, the Basij: from inception, to war, and public unrest

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The Basij is Iran’s volunteer paramilitary under the command of the country’s parallel military force, the Revolutionary Guard (aka Sepah). They were founded in 1979, under Ayatollah Khomeini, and gained increased prominence during the long Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, during which they defended the country against an Iraqi invasion of the southwest (where lie the bulk of the oil and gas fields). More recently, the Basij has become associated as one of the key coercive forces used by the government to put down opposition following the contested presidential election of June 12 which saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad retain his post as president.

The paramilitary’s unpopularity among opposition demonstrators is evident in the following video showing people bringing down a billboard.

Here you can view an archival film from the Iran-Iraq war, which saw the Revolutionary Guard/Sepah and the Basij rise to prominence due to their success in defending the country against attack.

A small group of Basiji present what it is they believe is the role of their group, which they claim serves against tyranny and support religion.

In the early period of unrest against the contested June 12, 2009 presidential election, hundreds of thousands of people came to the streets to protest against the election result. On June 15, 2009, the Basij gained further notoriety among the popular opposition following the shooting and death of at least on protester at Azadi Square.


The late Ayatollah Montazeri, who died in December, was seen to be one of the most vocal supporters of the popular opposition and is widely quoted because of this. He was among the most senior Ayatollahs and a source of emulation for many people, he was also one of the founders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a heavy hand in the 1979 revolution. In the following video, he speaks of the Basij, stating that they must serve good, not evil, and that beating people is who might not agree with you is no way to behave. This video is in Farsi.

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Iran’s Majlis and political videos

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Iran’s new Judiciary chief introduction ceremony — New chief vows tough action on demonstrators. Video in Farsi.

Torabi’s speech in the Iranian Majlis/Parlament for Ashura. In Farsi.

Iran MPs defend green movement in the Majlis (Parliament)

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