Observing Iran – inside out

Nation of Exiles – Documentary about the Green Movement in Iran
April 29, 2011, 12:58 am
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Nation of Exiles from Percival Mosaedi on Vimeo.

Mehdi Karroubi – Iranian of the year (2010)
February 26, 2011, 4:16 am
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Dariush – The voice of a nation
October 17, 2010, 4:30 pm
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Hey Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!
July 30, 2010, 2:28 pm
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A touching poem by a brave lioness
March 19, 2010, 2:34 pm
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The Class is Empty without Your Presence
By: Hila Sedighi

In this rainy autumn,
The sky is about to burst
into tears
as if a cloud
is kneeling to cry for the past fiery summer.

The spirit of school ,the smells of the alphabet
The screech of ringing bell.
Our unsanctioned laughter and our slight joys
were met with constant rage and accusations.
These were our youth days!
It is autumn and the school re-opens.
I am filled with moments and memories in this classroom where you are no more.
you are not in the class , instead perished flowers at your desk.
It is autumn and I am so full of rain
It is autumn and I am so full of rain
I am imprisoned by my own rage.
What a beautiful tomorrow we dreamed of
It is all lost and in vain now.
What great times and what dreams of transition
searching for light.
Me and you!
We were the generation that was not allowed to fly.
Me and you!
We were the generation that could not fly!
Enslaved in the claws hawk .That hawk which killed you in front of my eyes ,whit its sharp claws.
It brought all of our dreams to ruin.
and separated our hands of friendship.
You drank the poison of death,
and left me suddenly.
I swear to the tears that roll down a mother’s face
to our eternal thoughts
to each drop of blood of love
to the burning imprisoned hearts
My heart shattered in a hundred pieces that fell to the ground
The sorrow cut my heart into a hundred pieces.
Tell me
Tell me are you happy in your new place.
Are you free in the other world? (after death)
Do you still remember our younger years?
Do you still love your country?
Tell me, are there no perverts where you are?
Is the fate of cedars and greens indebted to axes?
is there any one to steal your fine thoughts over there?
is there any rape to your respect over there?
Tell me is there any news from unknown graves?
Do you hear the woes of the mothers?
Oh my classmate, recite my poem, wistfully
again it s autumn and sky is full of our woes is about to burst into tears
I am left with an empty chair where you used to sit
I am left with an empty chair where you used to sit
And the perished flowers on your desk.

A documentary of the summers election in Iran

I wanted to share a documentary video in YouTube with you. The video is 52 min long, and has clips of the demonstrations, speeches from the opposition leadership and the regime in well-kept order. If you have a fast broadband or 3G internet connection, it’s worth the hour. And please try to share it with others you think might be interested.

Seeing some of these footage, awakes the memories of  summer of 2009…

Iran in the 70’s
March 7, 2010, 11:50 am
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A friend of mine whose a 27-year-old Iranian, was surprised to see some footage from Tehran before the revolution. I thought most of the young generation was familiar with Iran before the revolution.

This is a clip on a middle class family on a trip to northern Iran, at the beaches of the Caspian Sea. Of course this doesn’t represent how Iran was in the 70’s, but it’s nice to see the old relaxed environment of Iran. I enjoyed the clip as I came across it in Iranian.com 🙂 A Nostalgic trip

Season of Change
February 21, 2010, 2:05 pm
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Many people in my surrounding is impatient for change. Stop right there and think for a second, what is change? Is change something that happens in an instant moment, or is change a process that takes time? Well it’s both!

Something started a long time back, some would say in 1906 consitutional revolution, or in the 1979 islamic revolution. Or with the victory of Mohammad Khatami’s presidential election in 1997.

Change is taking place and we are in the middle of the process. Things will never go back to the way it was, the ones that try to turn back the clock, is going a dead-end road. The group that will be most determined, will shape this change. It’s kind of obvious that protestors of 11 February who was handed free meals to show up or the police that are paid to beat up demonstrators are not the ones with the iron will.

The only ones that have shown hard-core evidence is the green movement, that no matter what the price is have turned out to show that they are going to be a force to be reckon with.

22 Bahman was a success for the green movement and a Phyros victory for the regime. Yes, they controlled the day. But to what cost, they militarized Tehran. Instead provincial cities raised up and the movement spread. The green movement is moving out to the provinces and spreading among the dissatisfied masses of the rural country.

Never doubt and never show weakness. Keep up the faith and spirit!

Pioneers of the revolution – aftermath of 13 Aban
November 10, 2009, 10:34 pm
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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.Edward Abbey

This is a youtube video with Dr Mohsen Mirdamadi’s speech in farsi: what happened to the ideals of the revolution?

4th of November or 13 Aban took place and you all witnessed what happened through the modern technology that connects us to the streets of Iran. The response was hard and violent by the security forces, but on the other hand the slogans was much harder from the demonstrators as well. The movement is entering a stage of uncertainty, the non-violent nature of the green movement can shift to a violent civil disobedience movement. If the regime continues to crack down violently time after time, the risks increases for a bloody confrontation soon.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.John F. Kennedy

The united green movement could divide into two groups, one that continue the slogans of reform and peaceful change and another which will strive for a full revolution with violence if it has to. The regime are showing or creating a perception that it is here to fight for its survival and will not leave without a battle to its last man. The protest is growing into somehow a culture for fighting for the motherland, like Emam Hussein against Omar or Persian resistance towards the arabs. People are embracing the sacrifice and seeing it as a historical just struggle.

Tens of Thousands of Iranians have been assaulted by basij and security forces, thousands have been arrested and abused, hundreds have lost their lifes…During these last 30 years almost every Iranian have been somehow effected by the violent nature of this regime. The frustration and deep anger that exist within millions could be a dangerous element to further provoke, I think the regime leadership is underestimating the force that could be unleashed.


We must never violate principles. We must never initiate violence. And we should never harm the innocent. But at some point, unless governments back off, we have to stop being nice.Claire Wolfe, Media Bypass, May 1998

13 Aban was a show of strength once again by the green movement. It is said it was less protestors but much more widespread, true. It was staged on a Wednesday in the middle of the day, most people are working and have a hard time leaving their workplaces to join a anti government demonstration. By the evening it had turned so violent it was hard for ordinary protestors to join the masses.

Next will be Students day as well as the month of Moharram that ends up with Ashoorah…we are entering a circle of events that is seasonal and symbolic.

will write more, have some good inside content to share within a week.

Bella Ciao
September 18, 2009, 4:11 pm
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Today is an symbolic day and I wanted to publish this video to remember this day