Monday, December 31

Happy 2008 to All



The Old one is almost gone, and the New one is fast approaching. A year older but a year wiser should we hope to have become, now that we are approaching the New one.
katayoun

Friday, December 28

A poet's version of Genesis



IN THE BEGINNING


In the beginning was the three-pointed star,
One smile of light across the empty face;
One bough of bone across the rooting air,
The substance forked that marrowed the first sun;
And, burning ciphers on the round of space,
Heaven and hell mixed as they spun.

In the beginning was the pale signature,
Three-syllabled and starry as the smile;
And after came the imprints on the water,
Stamp of the minted face upon the moon;
The blood that touched the crosstree and the grail
Touched the first cloud and left a sign.

In the beginning was the mounting fire,
That set alight the weathers from a spark,
A three-eyed, red-eyed spark, blunt as a flower;
Life rose and spouted from the rolling seas,
Burst in the roots, pumped from the earth and rock
The secret oils that drive the grass.

In the beginning was the word, the word
That from the solid bases of the light
Abstracted all the letters of the void;
And from the cloudy bases of the breath
The word flowed up, translating to the heart
First characters of birth and death.

In the beginning was the secret brain,
The brain was celled and soldered in the thought
Before the pitch was forking to a sun;
Before the veins were shaking in their sieve,
Blood shot and scattered to the winds of light
The ribbed original of love.

(The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas: 1934-1952)

Thursday, December 27

The Assassination



Benazir Bhutto is no longer a “candidate”, no longer a woman with “modern” ideas, no longer a mother with hopes and dreams. The assassin is on his way to “Paradise” (Behesht, Jannat); only to realize that there is no such a thing as that!

In a “country” armed with 2000+Maddrassa finding an “assassin/ideologue” to combat the “enemy” on behalf of you is not a challenging task. All you need to do is to “point out the enemy”, then proceed to select the most loyal ideologues and tell them that the Key to Heaven’s gate is inside their dynamite-padded-vast. Then line them up and keep them on their toes. When the time is right, when the “buck” is in your tiny little pocket, then you send them out, one by one, to heaven.

Whether I agreed with the kind of “political” ideas the Late Mrs. Bhutto held so dear to her heart or not, or the way she went about her business, is not the matter of concern here, the important issue is the continuous bloodshed in the streets of Pakistan, a country armed not only with ideologues but Nuclear Weapon too. Perhaps it is only fair to say that the Western Intelligence Agency, just as it was expected of them, had failed to foresee the “assassination”!

But, let us hope, in the spirit of Free that any Nation under the thumb of fascists and ideologues, stand united to fight for Freedom till the wretched Evil is destroyed.



katayoun

Tuesday, December 18

"I want your own books to find you"




"...when you read a book, you are at least half of the totality of that experience; the reader makes something fresh of whatever it is he (she) reads. a book is renewed every time it finds a perceptive reader, and no book is the same to every reader...reading is not a substitute for life, because it is indivisible from life. Indeed, it is a reflection of the spirit of the reader, and I am truly convinced that we who are committed readers may appear to choose our books, but in an equally true sense our books choose us. By an agency that is not coincidence, but something much more powerful that Jungians call synchronicity, we find, and are found by, the books we need to enlarge and complete us. Reading is not escape, something done at random; it is directed unerringly toward the inner target. It is truly a turning inward. it is exploration, extension, and reflection of one's innermost self". (Roberston William Davies: The Merry Heart)


katayoun

Thus says the Philosopher...

"To be Happy means to be self-sufficient".

Aristotle



katayoun

Saturday, December 15

Emancipation and its costs...



What does it mean to emancipate oneself from all that is prohibiting, restricting, invasive, offensive, degrading, belittling and maddening is not an easy issue to address, and accordingly does not pertain to pleasantries, especially in the case of those who stand against God’s Trustees, the omniscient-omnipotent-omnipresent crowd of righteous devotees, who are ready to slaughter you for the sake of sacredness, with the hope of elevating themselves beyond and entering into Haven above.

Nobody has ever claimed that emancipation was an easy, painless process, for it is not. In fact, emancipation is a deep, painful, at times even rather confusing, long process that may even cause one’s most precious thing, life. But with an end so glorious, so rewarding, so accommodating to human’s nature, it cannot be ignored that emancipation is a process that starts from within and moves without, and therefore it takes an extraordinary courage and effort to understand a cause, to observe its effects, however degrading they may be, and to declare oneself free of all that is irrational, immovable and unjust. And that's why emancipation is worth all its costs!
katayoun

Thursday, December 13

Another Murder...

I have heard these slogans: Islam is "friendly". Islam is the "religion of peace". Islam is all that you need to have. But what we have seen, so far, stand against the slogans, and I wonder why?!
A Sixteen year old teenager, a "Muslim" girl, of Pakistani descent, is murdered by men who claim to be devote Muslims. And I ask, Where is friendliness in Islam, when dealing with one's daughter, one's sister, with one's own blood? If this religion is peaceful, why killing is praised and practiced? How many innocent lives have to be sacrificed before we decide that Islam is not all that all may need.

katayoun

Wednesday, December 12

Yet another simple note

I despise expressions such as “open Democracy”, or “free-thinking for the world”, and to be honest with you, the moment they are uttered by those “Opposition” who call themselves “the reformists”, I go absolutely mad. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against “democracy” per se; it is just not my cup of tea when it is brewed by an ex-hardliner, whose heart still beats to the tune of the Islamic Revolution.


katayoun

Saturday, December 8

A novelist's conversation with her father

Iran, for some of us, is not a land, it is home.
Read what Farideh Goldin, "A Jewish Iranian" has to say about her conversation with her late father.


katayoun

Wednesday, December 5

Power, flower, hurt and smell!


They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces,
And husband nature’s ruches from expense;
They are the lords owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

Sonnet 94, William Shakespeare

katayoun



Saturday, December 1

A letter from Iran...

A frined has sent me an email from Iran, and just to let you know how things are functioning over there, I am quoting a few lines from it. Hope you think twice, before you decide to declare your indifference to what is happening there.

"I am trying to be as well as I can be, considering the f####d-up nature of this country!!! I'm sure you know what I mean. You should not envy me, in fact, no one should, 'cause things have been so out-of-control. Anyways, this place is not in a good shape at all, quite messy in every regard. You guys should be glad you are not here and, if I were you, I'd forget about this place altogether--it's totally headed in the wrong direction. There are things I'd like to say but can't on dirty lines like the one I'm using. Telephones too are not clean, so if you ever decide to call me, please exercise total discretion"

That's all for now

katayoun

No Title for This One


The word is spoken, oh dear. Finally, Rafsanjani-who recently join the infamous club of Khamanei-Ahmadinejad-Sepah-in a historical Friday sermon, broke the news to the world. Yes, the Mullahs have set their minds that the Islamic Republic should achieve its fullest “Technological Potential”. And he asserted that if "the West let us do what we’d like to do, we" can soon reach an agreement with them. But, "if they stubbornly demand from us" full cooperation in the matter of “technological advancement” (meaning the enrichment of Uranium, or whatever else they think they are doing), then the matter becomes "more complicated to seek any resolution" for.
So, in reality, the West has only one obvious choice to make, and that’s, according to Rafsanjani’s confession about the last twenty-five-years of Islamic investments in the process and progress of building nuclear facilities, running them and launching Uranium Enrichment for the sole peaceful purpose of maintaining the Republic’s right of achieving its dream. You don’t need me to tell you about that “dream”, do you?!

And amazingly, all of these displays of Lordly manner of spending people’s money, Iranians’ money on achieving the Republic’s dreams of arming itself with dangerous weapons and material about handling which the leaders of the Republic know not a damn thing, are paid out of the nation’s pocket. If Pakistan, which is run by Islamic Military and Islam, can have Nuclear Bomb(s), why shouldn’t Islamic Republic, and perhaps later on Afghanistan, or even Iraq, again.

Whoever argued against the profitability of another War in the Middle East?
katayoun

Thursday, November 29

"We shall Build more Mosques," said the "It" president



It is totally absurd to talk or write about someone like Ahmadinejad, but in this surreal world of absurdity, uncertainty, fakery and cynicism, it is inevitable to do otherwise. Anyhow, I am not here to nag, only to shed a dim light, if I can, on some dark corners of the labyrinth of political rules-and-moves in the Islamic Republic.

For a president, Ahmadinejad is a talkative guy. He talks constantly, be it about Islam, or something that is related to it, and he never seems to have gotten enough of hearing his own voice. He cracks some odd jokes too, just to remind his audience that if it was not for his Calling, he would have been a stand-up comic in one of those vaudeville shows. Unfortunately for us, the Iranians, he is the ninth-president-of-the-Islamic-Republic.

As a president, he is a Basiji at heart, and as such character, he is inclined to worship the Spiritual Leaders of the regime, the late Khomeini, and the present Khamanei. As a devout Shia Ahmadinejad believes in the greatness of the places of worship, and as a true follower of the Revolutionary-preachers-Imams he is well aware of the importance of Islam in his success as an ideologue-president. So, it is only natural if he should assume that it is only by the way of worship and blind-devotion that a nation can seek redemption.

Now, having said that, recently in a meeting with the representatives of the Imams of the Masjeds in Tehran, the “It” president has asserted that they should build more Mosques, and encourage people to attend not only services, and Mass-Friday-Prayers, but also seek social services and family counseling as well. Because according to his own “research”, when the most vulnerable individuals need help, a Mosque is the only place they need to go to.
katayoun



Wednesday, November 28

Peace must go on








Annapolis or Washington, it really doesn’t matter where the representatives of Israel greeted a few Arab and Muslim leaders with a warm handshake, but it should matter why. I mean, as it is obvious, from the Islamic Regime’s point of view, the conference was a fist thrown at the uncontrollable Ahmadinejad and his Mafia in Tehran, because as far as the Western-Powerful-World is concerned, there is a problem with the way the Sepah and Basij are handling the affair in the Middle East.
From my point of view, the Conference had to be what it was, nevertheless the most interested thing is that my point of view, of course, does not really matter, but Ahmadinejad’s should, because he is the president whose political power has been stretched out to the level unmatched to that of his abilities to handle it. And that simply means a big danger, which is approaching Iran.

Any how, Ms. Livni, while in Washington, was interested to meet with only a few “representatives from the Arab and Muslim” realm, however, it is important to note that Ms. Livni simply did not want to meet with those Arab and Muslim leaders who are already on friendly-term with Israel. No, Ms. Livni had taken the pain of making a friendly gesture of peace and negotiation by meeting with the leaders who “do not have ties with Israel”. In the world of serious politics, you have to shake hand and a warm “shake-hand” you shall receive. That’s the message right there.

On the other hand, Israel’s Prime Minister, Mr. Ehud Olmert, as JPost has it, “sufficed with pleasantries” when meeting with a few Arab representatives, after delivering his “speech Tuesday in Annapolis”. And of course, we should not fail to note the powerful presence of Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey, as the Muslim states who participated in the conference. We do not know why Iraq’s representatives did not appear to be in that crowd, as we don’t know why Afghanistan was absent. Nevertheless, the peace must go on, and they hope, that was a loud and clear message to the Islamic Republic of Iran; the Show Down has just begun.
katayoun

Monday, November 26

Sunday, November 25

The Virus



As many of you have noticed, one of my obsessions with subject matters of political value is with the trial of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I read about the Revolution from different sources, be it biased or not, I follow any link that connects the dots in a very astonishingly naïve but workable manner, and the more I learn about the precedents of such “movement” (as some Islamists like to put it) the more am convinced that such “movement” had been planned way before some of us were even born. I am not talking about the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in a sense of a contemporary movement of kind that brought nothing but disaster, degradation to human dignity, and remorseless display of authoritative violence. No, I am thinking about the “movement” as a carefully-designed-plan that which was implemented by proxies not unknown to the public’s eyes.

The plan included many countries; the spread of Islamofascism in its outmost-natural-primitive-barbaric state as a way to make the region under the spell of the Fanatics who would in return help the “Imperialists” or the fancy “Capitalists” achieve their goal. Only recently it has been argued that such deal-making cannot be reliable and viable all at once.


As you know, Iran is not the only country that has been bugged down by the infectious virus of Islamofascism. No, in the Middle East, countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan—all Non-Arab countries—and Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt (though in North Africa, it is counted amongst the most powerful Moslem-Arab countries) are infected with the vicious virus of Islamofascism. And when I say infected countries, I don’t simply imply that all the nations of the region have been touched by such epidemic. No, in the case of my own country, Iran, the history has it that Iranians have been fighting against the invasive virus for many centuries and are yet to fall down or reduce to null.

To be continued…
katayoun

Thursday, November 22

No Title for this One!


The rise of religious-fanaticism in the Middle East has started to convince me that religiosity is the result of a cultivated ignorance, and has absolutely no connection to the conception of God, whatsoever.
In Pakistan the political situation is as such as we really don’t know who is fighting whom. In Lebanon, the extremists are ready to receive their desired-signal to start the “firework” again. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is “gaining” popularity, “peacefully”, of course! And In Iran, the political situation is so uncertain that it is not a wonder if the spectators seem to be very anxious and ready to watch a big show. Khatami in Mashhad?! Well that was an immense success for the Regime's Lobbyists in Washington; a Democratic green light to the Liberal-Reformists in Iran! But, again, Ahmadinejad is a little out of whack and if he is excited out of his wits, then we have a serious problem. The Syrians and Palestinians, especially the Fatah Party are thinking about the whole transition and are hoping to win the game for their own benefit, and who is to blame them?

I’d say, what a wonderful web of connection amongst all who are striving for more power in that region, wouldn’t you agree?



katayoun

Wednesday, November 21

The Wisdom of Life (3)


"Of the ten things that annoy us, nine would not be able to do so if we understood them thoroughly in their causes, and therefore knew their necessity and true nature...For, what bridle and bit are to an unmanageable horse, the intellect is for the will in man." Arthur Schopenhauer





katayoun

Sunday, November 18

Where to find God


A poem by a Canadian poet, Bliss Carman (1861-1929)


Vestigia


I took a day to search for God,
And found Him not. But as I trod
By rocky ledge, through woods untamed,
Just where one scarlet lily flamed,
I saw His footprint in the sod
.


Then suddenly all unaware,
Far off in the deep shadows, where
A solitary hermit thrush
San through the holy twilight hush—
I heard His voice upon the air.

And even as I marveled how
God gives us Heaven here and now,
In a stir of wind that hardly shook
The poplar leaves beside the brook—
His hand was light upon my brow
.

At last with evening as I turned
Homeward, and thought what I had learned
All al that there was still to probe—
I caught the glory of His robe
Where the last fires of sunset burned.

Back to the world with quickening start
I looked and longed for any part
In making saving Beauty be…
And from that kindling ecstasy
I knew God dwelt within my heart
.

katayoun

Friday, November 16

The "It" president and his diplomatic letters!



Without a doubt Ahmadinejad likes to write letters, especially to his counterparts in the West. Once he started with the U.S. president, since then he has been unable to stop his pen from running on the white sheets of non-recyclable papers imported from China.
According to Le Monde, the “it” president of the Islamic Republic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has troubled himself once more to be the idiot with pen, and had sent an “acrimonious and threatening letter” to his French counterpart, Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of the French Republic. If history is to judge a man by his action, I think Ahmadinejad will be in a big sliding mud heading towards the very bottom of the pit.
As Le Monde has learnt, the letter had been written in a peculiar spirit of stupidity and shallow egoism, and contains a few sentences that are not considered “diplomatically appropriate”. My philosophy is that if someone wants to be the ass on a display, they should, by all means, do all that they could in order to achieve that status. But, if a “politician”, a president of a country likes to be the ass, then we have a serious problem, and we cannot simply say, “Let the man be who he wants to be”.



katayoun

Thursday, November 15

some of us say, "Long Live the Walrus"...

Sometimes a picture says it all, especially when that picture is the cover of a magazine. Imagine an issue of a famous magazine, let’s say the New Yorker, or the Harper’s without the appropriate illustration or image of someone controversial, or caricature of a political goon or an idiot with an overpowered ego which projects nothing but downright malice. You see where I’m going?

Now, when you see a peculiar image of the head of the Commonwealth, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, HM Elizabeth II, a living queen who looks so dead and content on the cover page of the December issue of the Walrus magazine, you think twice before you actually start to think. My only advice to you, which is really a matter of sharing a personal experience, is to think “outside the big box”.

Unlike her namesake, Queen Elizabeth the first-- the virgin of the Tudors-- HM Elizabeth II is not a dead queen, neither is she a virgin, even in the game of politics. A queen with a dead look on her face shutting her eyes to all that is around. The Royal House of Windsor shall survive another 100 years, without the slightest hindrance. Prince Charles is already a great friend of the King of Saudi Arabia, a godfather to the King of Jordan, a great supporter of Khatami in Iran, and great confidant to the Aga Khan. He also likes Americans and French. And Prince William is the most admired King in waiting and making. So the future looks just as bright as to bring happiness to a long-reigning queen, who looks so dead on the cover page of a magazine.
katayoun

Tuesday, November 13

When a Mullah is scared...



Apparently Rafsanjani is worried sick. He can sense that a great danger is lurking at the corner, and is threatening the very foundation of the system he had worked really hard to establish. He is upset too, for he cannot stop the crazy-ideologues—the ever loyal victims of Mullahs’ teaching-- who are running the affair of the Islamic Republic. For the sake of his anger, which is not something that he can easily contain since his very own being depends upon the solidity of such foundation, he has taken refuge to Koran and discovered that in that “marvelous divine-poetry” there can be find verses that teach “brotherhood, and unity”.

Friday, November 9

The Sick Rose





William Blake (1757-1827) is not an ordinary poet; he is a visionary, a sage, and a great soother of mind, and spirit. Enjoy this poem, on the D-day.


The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick:
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
katayoun

Thursday, November 8

Iran is not another "Arab Country"

If the Mullahs’ ambitious in “developing Nuclear Weapons” seemed, only for a brief moment, to have the potential of promising a great success, Mr. Sarkozy’s trip to the U.S., his meeting with the American Jewish Committee and his obtaining the “Light Unto the Nations Award”, made it an uncertain and intangible affair, especially when they heard the French President’s view on Palestine. We all heard Mr. Sarkozy’s speech that was made at the United Nations General Assembly this fall, and we also know that the same Mr. Sarkozy beside discussing his unease about “the growth of “fundamentalism and terrorism”, had expressed that, “Arab countries, including Iran [sic], have a right to civilian nuclear power”. If and only if the French President knew that Iran has never been another Arab Country! I am sure that Monsieur Sarkozy, the honorable resident of Palais de l'Élysée, could have afforded to have consulted a historian, or an expert in area called the Middle East, to learn that Iran is not, and has never been, another “Arab country”.
Whatever the "outcome" of the French President’s trip to the U.S.may be, we can assume that it is an already-made-decision, a kind of a prepared plan that would go along unless, a nation under a religious tyranny of the Mullahs decide that a military strike against any regime for establishing democracy is as funny and delusional as waiting for the Twelfth Imam to appear and bring Peace with his Sword!
katayoun

Wednesday, November 7

What a World?!

My friend, Winnie, is a heck of a witty lady with a great enthusiam for life, laughter, and love. What you will read is sent by her.


EVEN GOD ENJOYS A GOOD LAUGH!!!


There are three good arguments that Jesus was black:
1. He called everyone brother
2. He liked gospel
3. He didn't get a fair trial

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
1. He went into His father's business
2. He lived at home until He was thirty three
3. He was sure His Mother was a virgin and His Mother was sure He was God

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with His hands
2. He had wine with His meals
3. He used olive oil

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Californian:
1. He never cut His hair
2. He walked around bare foot all the time
3. He started a new religion

But then there were three equally goo arguments that Jesus was Irish:
1. He never got married
2. He was always telling stories
3. He loved green pastures

But now the most compelling argument that Jesus SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WOMAN:
1. He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was virtually no food
2. He tried to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get it
3. And even when He was dead, he had to get up because there was still work to do

Katayoun

Monday, November 5

Egoism is not what Egotism is!

Robertson Davies and the distinction between an egoist and an egotist.

"An egoist is a self-absorbed creature, delighted with himself and ready to tell the world about his enthralling love affair. But an egoist...is a much more serious being, who makes himself, his instincts, yearnings, and tastes the touchstone of every experience. The world, truly, is his creation. Outwardly he may be courteous, modest, and charming but beneath the velvet is the steel; if anything comes along that will not yield to the steel, the steel will retreat from it and ignore its existence. the egotist is all surface; underneath is a pulpy mess and a lot of self-doubt. But the egoist may be yielding and even deferential in things he doesn't consider important; in anything that touches his core he is remorseless"(The Deptford Trilogy: World of Wonders).

PS: I am back!

katayoun

Monday, October 22

The Time Has Come...

It is time to take precise action(s) against the invasive regime that has occupied Iran for nearly three decades. Please, Read the Petition and if you felt that it spoke for You, then Sign it.

چو ایران نباشد تن من مباد
بدین بوم و بر زنده یک تن مباد
katayoun

Sunday, October 21

The October issue of the National Geographic


For those who do care about the Well-Being of the Planet, the October issue of the National Geographic—the official journal of the National Geographic Society-- is an excellent read. With an image of a “Poster: CHANGING CLIMATE”; a yellow corn that can be seen as our “Growing Fuel”, the Front-Page-Cover carries a certain message of Hope, the Rise of social awareness, the benefit of Alternative approaches and the Positive Attitude in Saving our much-damaged Environment from further irreparable destruction.


In this issue you will “learn” about the difference between a “hybrid” and a “subcompact diesel automobile”, read about the latest breakthroughs in dealing with “the Carbon Crisis” and “Biofuels”, and as you go further, you’ll learn about the latest scientific research on “Infectious Animals”, and their role in spreading “zoonotic diseases" to humans which can result in “pandemics”. And to make your journey through the pages of this magazine an adventurous one, for sure; you will be “entertained” by the tale of the Pirates of Malacca.

Stay healthy, happy and postive, while taking care of this world.


katayoun

What you see is...


Have you heard the latest News? I am sure you have. The news is that Larijani “the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council” has resigned. And “the good news”is that the President of the Islamic Republic is finally relieved to have had accepted Larijani’s long-awaited resignation. And the funny news is that the parliamentarians did not know about the resignation until Mr. Elham, the Spokesperson for Ahmadinejad’s administration informed them. Giving the fact that Larijani is “one of the two representatives of Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader of the Revolution”, and also being “the top negotiator” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, such resignation reveals many truths about the internal conflict inside the power-house in Iran.

When Ahmadinejad became “the sixth president of the Islamic Republic” most people took him as a joke. Some, including myself, at times, have called him names such an “imbecile,” or have described him as “a crazy ideologue,” or “the puppet of the Supreme Leader,” or an “underdog,” or “a simple-minded person with a simple-minded approach” to local politics, never mind running an ancient country! Unfortunately, so far, he has proven to be an “imbecile”. I said unfortunate for “us”, because this “imbecile” is running my country, Iran!

A simple-minded person is “not able to understand how complicated things are”, and therefore cannot be qualified to run a government that which run the affairs of the state, protect the rights of its people, defend the sovereignty of its nation over its natural resources and treasures, seas and ground borders, and so on and so forth. Ahmadinejad may be an imbecile, and I am sure he is, because of his silly, ideologolically- constructed slogans and speeches, and that’s why he is an ideologue, but having known that fact about him does not relief us from knowing that he is in power in Iran and has disregarded all nation’s right to exist with his ambitious plan of running the show with his paramilitary support. May be he thinks of this situation as a Coup d’etat, or may be I am wrong! But all I think is this that even “a simple minded person, with a simple-minded” approach has been capable of seizing an “opportunity,” and create a “situation” under which one may even dare to disregard his Excellency the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Regime!

WHAT ARE WE, THE IRANIANS, WAITING FOR?
katayoun

Saturday, October 13

Self-Reliance







Selected from Self-Reliance (1832-1840)

As a philosopher and transcendentalist-thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) believes that, “The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose helps…if therefore a man claims to know and speak of God and carries you backward to the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country, in another world, believe him not…”

And as a Free man himself, Emerson believes that, “It is only as a man puts off all foreign support and stands alone that I see him to be strong and to prevail…he who knows that power is inborn, that he is weak because he has looked for good out of him and elsewhere, and, so perceiving, throws himself hesitatingly on his thought, instantly rights himself, stands in the erect position, commands his limbs, works miracles; just as a man who stands on his feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head…Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”

katayoun

Saturday, October 6

A Voice



There is a voice in my head, which is too loud to ignore, too strong to my ears, an intolerable position of kind, that which has became an absolute nuisance to my consciousness.

The agitating creature who lives in mind, every now and then shouts out loud: “I don’t fit in with my own-Iranian-Community, just as I don’t feed in with my Canadian-community, Where the Fuck Should I Stand?”, and I, who is far beyond being in control of that “inquiring mind”, am left with no option but to find something to shut the voice up! And to be honset with you, I have to admit that I am quite helpless in that regard; “there is no point in shutting it up, one has to find an answer of kind,” that’s my-rational-response to that agitating voice’s inquiring. And I go along with that voice, because it is mine.




katayoun

Thursday, October 4

What RoxieAmerica thinks

It takes great courage, along with organization to push back against repressive leaders. It is hard to watch people accept poor conditions in Iran -- but they do so in America too. Most of the nation opposes the Iraq war, yet the Iraq war continues. The gap between rich and poor grows, but nothing it done to reverse the trend. Medical care costs have risen out of control, but nothing has been done to address the rising costs that leaving more Americans without health insurance.
Iranians have tried previously and paid a price for opposing the religious dictators. It would help if they had more international support. It would help if they could unite into one voice. So many talk, so few act... It is no easy task.

Wednesday, October 3

There is No Title!



It’s been a long way to come this way, but, finally, I have come to believe that “we,” (and intentionally not in capital) the so called “Iranians,” in general, don’t give two-hoots about what is going to happen to Iran, or else we should have started our own “national protest against” the invaders, the Vali-e Faquih and his entourage of Mullahs, and their special army of dumb, stupid, imbeciles(the Sepah-e Pasdaran, also known as the Revolutionary Guard) “men of means and power”.

We don’t care, because we rather wait for a miracle of kind to save us from our misery; be it a transcendental work of magic or the interference of international powers, one of these two would work for most of “us”. And, “we”, simply, don’t like to think. It is either against our “religion” or “tradition” or it may simply be a very useless act to think, because “what’s the point. The situation is far more dangerous and ruined than a simple thinking can do for us”, has become our “natural respond”.

I can see how you are reacting to the above statements, and having said all of that, I need to conclude that that “we” in lower-case, should some day be “We” in upper-case, if and when “we” decide to think for ourselves, and make decision for ourselves and be dependent only on ourselves. Or other wise, “we” may as well get “smaller” and “smaller” because of our own national helplessness which has brought “us” to this state of national sedation.
“We,” the Iranians, have no option but to think, and think without any interference of rubbish, superstitious, and judge for ourselves if what “we” have now, at this very moment in Iran, is what “we” truly deserve to suffer from, and if that’s the case, why?

Think about the recent uprising in Burma. It is sometimes a blessing to be able to learn from other nations’ plight and triumphant events, as it is the only way we learn how to rely on ourselves to solve our own Nation’s Problem(s).

katayoun


Tuesday, October 2

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Twoshorties

The Voice of the Devil




The voice of the Devil

All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors:

1. That Man has two real existing principles; Viz: a Body & a Soul.
2. That Energy, called Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, called Good, is alone from the Soul.
3. That God will torment Men in Eternity for following his Energies.
But the following Contraries to these are True:
1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
2. Energy is the only life, and is from the Body; and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.
3. Energy is Eternal Delight.


William Blake

Thursday, September 27

Paradise is located...


Who knows what will happen? Perhaps the Mullahs are thinking about their long-delayed retirement in Central and South America, the Behesht. Nonetheless, who would have taught that the infamous Paradise, Behesht, is located somewhere in between Central and South America? Oil, Sugar, Coffee, and Beauties on the beach and jungle; what else can a man want in Paradise?

The Mullahs in Iran have just learnt that there are hidden treasures in Central and South America, without realizing that the Missionaries had discovered them way before any other men could have done so.

Bolivia is another South American country which has been stamped as part of ‘the new map of paradise’ and the Republic of Mullahs in Iran has expressed its desire to “strengthen its ties” with that land. First it was Venezuela, and then came Nicaragua, and just a few days ago at the UN meeting it was Brazil that defended the right of the Islamic Regime of Iran to pursue its Nuclear Dream, and now it is Boliiiiiviiiiia!

katayoun

Monday, September 24

The Wisdom of Life (2)

"Other people's heads are a wretched place to be the home of a man's true happiness".




Posted by katayoun

Saturday, September 22

Work, Hope and Poetry!



My first encounter with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was with The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, then I came to see his “vision in a dream”, the Kubla Khan. And from there and little by little I began to appreciate the greatness of Coleridge’s imagination, his literary skill, and his philosophy of life all combined and integrated into a very distinguished body of works of literature of the Romantic Period (1785-1830). Here is Coleridge’s famous short poem:


“Work without Hope”(ca. 1825-1828)


All Nature sees at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths
[1]blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye amaranths! Bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll;
And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
Work without hope draws nectar in sieve,
And hope without an object cannot live
.




[1] Mythical flowers that bloom perpetually.


posted by katayoun

Tuesday, September 18

To My Fellow-Iranian-Freedom Seekers:





Freedom is not a pre-packaged product that you purchase in black market, behind your own backyard. Freedom starts from within and gradually works its way outward, and then spread its wings over, and it thrives on acknowledgement, self-reliance, and willingness to sustain it. Freedom is a process, not a complete product, and therefore cannot be given to, or bestowed upon a nation. Or at least that's what I think!
katayoun

Wednesday, September 12

Living life, no matter what!



Life without its challenges is not worth our living It.

Tuesday, September 11

How Soon Hath Time



One of the most intelligent and enlightened-seventeenth-century Englishman of Literary talent is John Milton (1606-1674). And of course, in order to understand this man of pen, you need to get your hands on Paradise Lost, or at least indulge in Lycidas, but till then, listen to the echo of Milton’s mind—when he was a twenty-year-old-poet-- in How Soon Hath Time.


How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stol’n on his wing my three and twenteith year!
My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom show’th.
Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth,
That I to manhood am arriv’d s near,
And inward ripeness doth much less appear,
That some more timely-happy spirits endu’th.
Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow,
It shall be still in strictest measure ev’n
To that same lot, however mean or high,
Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heav’n;
All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great task-Master’s eye.
Katayoun

Monday, September 10

A Process...



Those of you who are running a blog, either professional or unprofessional, with a particular focus on Arts, Political Issues and Sociological outlooks, Literary tendencies, or other fields of interests would agree with me that establishing a “readership” for a blog is a long process that requires active participation from both the author(s) and the viewers of that page.

As a page evolves, a particular kind of relationship, gradually, emerges between the author(s) and the readers. Whether you agree or disagree with the content of a post does not effect the relationship between you, the reader, and the author(s) of that blog; the moment you become the-regular-viewer of a blog, you have begun a relationship that has a meaning, a purpose, and that will have an effect on the course of the development of the blog. Having said all of that, which was basically a very brief sentencing of an opinion about the emergence of a relationship that comes with a solid “readership”, I now would like to salute Babak for his valued contrition to this blog, and would leave you with his comment on the previous post
.


Babak said...

It is time to demand from ourselves and every Iranian to organize jointly the most democratic entity aboard in drafting a new constitution for a liberal democracy that can assure freedoms for all. No dictatorship of any kind. We are sick of every kind of dictatorships whether being workers, faith lovers, king lovers, and so forth. And, it must be addressed blatantly that only Iran is the nation’s interest. Only under liberal democracy, every group can coexist.

Aboard assures leaders safety and freedom of speech. Technology can get Iranians from Iran to participate interactively. Freedom lovers from every country can assist this aspiration to reality.

Long Live Iran. Long live liberty.


Sunday, September 9

Legacy

Our future generations will be left with a legacy of dictatorship, destruction and hatred for our fellow being, our country, and our world, if we don’t act now. Perhaps to some of you, the kind of “opinion” is “Too Romantic and Idealistic”, but to people like myself, it is a dream not-far-fetched, to save Iran from a dark future.


The Wide-Wide-Wide-World is no longer Wide, merely as big as a Village and it is getting smaller by the minute, and in that process many boundaries are pushed, and many else are collapsed. In this rush we need to hear the beat of the time in our heart, and grove to that tune, to that rhythm and rhyme, only to test our skills, to pave the path that leads to freedom, and to prove that we can Do it, we need to have a Collective Will that which will depend on our own Knowledge. The Enlightened self will do it, and perhaps by then we can leave a Legacy that is worth the Keeping
.

Thursday, September 6

These Questions and...


  • Does it really matter who heads the powerful cleric body, the Assembly of Experts in Iran?
  • Do you find a “reformist” preferable to a “hard-liner”?
  • Do you think that the Revolutionary Guard’s new ‘Commander-in-chief is any better than his predecessor?
  • Do you think that there is a "difference" between Khamenei, Rafsanjani, Khatami, or Ahmadinejad?

katayoun

Monday, September 3

"Fire and Ice", by Robert Lee Frost

This week’s poem is by Robert Lee Frost. To know this giant literary figure of Modern American Poetry, it is recommended to start with this:

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice
.

katayoun

Friday, August 31

Dear Viewers, What Do You Think?




Our Friend, Paul, has sent us the "Quotation" and I felt quite selfish to read it myself and not to share it with you.








> A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you", he said on National Television.




> "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia: one the Australian law and another Islamic law that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option", Costello said.




> Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off. Basically people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want, to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off", he said.




> Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.




> Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."




> "However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia."


"However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand."


"This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle."




> "This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom"




> "We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society ... Learn the language!"




> "Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."




> "We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."




> "If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like "A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.




> "This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, > 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'."




> "If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted".






PS: We Hear You!






katayoun

Thursday, August 30

We Shall Remember...









We stand united with parents, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives of the innocent victims of the Islamic Regime in Iran.



Twoshorties

Sunday, August 26

A Dialogue



“A Dialogue between the Soul and Body”
by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Soul:

O who shall, from this Dungeon, raise
A Soul enslav’d so many wayes?
With bolts of Bones, that fetter’d stands
In Feet; and manacled in Hands.
Here blinded with an Eye; and there
Deaf with the drumming of an Ear.
A Soul hung up, as ‘twere, in Chains
Of Nerves, and Arteries, and Veins.
Tortur’d, besides each other part,
In a vain Head, and double Heart.


Body:

O who shall me deliver whole,
From bonds of this Tyrannic Soul?
Which, stretcht upright, impales me so,
That mine own Precipice I go;
And warms and moves this needless Frame;
(A Fever could but do the same.)
And, wanting where its spight to try,
Has made me live to let me dye.
A Body that could never rest,Since this ill Spirit it possest.


Soul:

What Magik could me thus confine
Within anothers Grief to pine?
Where whatsoever it complain,
I feel, that cannot feel, the pain,
And all my Care its self employes,
That to preserve, which me destroyes:
Constrain’d not only to indure
Diseases, but, whats worse, the Cure:
And ready oft the Port to gain,Am Shipwrackt into Health again.


Body:

But Physick yet could never reach
The Maladies Thou me dost teach;
Whom first the Cramp of Hope does Tear:
And then the Palsie Shakes of Fear.
The Pestilence of Love does heat:
Or Hatred’s hidden Ulcer eat.
Joy’s cheerful Madness does perplex:
Or Sorrow’s other Madness vex.
Which Knowledge forces me to know;
And Memory will not foregoe.
What but a Soul cold have the wit
To build me up for Sin so fit?
So Architects do square and hew
Green Trees that in the Forest grew.


Katayoun

Friday, August 24

Thinking

"Thinking is superficial or profound, empty or meaningful, irresponsible or compelling, playful or serious." Martin Heidegger

Bita


Wednesday, August 22

Another "Private Talk"



Perhaps it is only a “private-talk” and that’s all, one may even insist to believe, upon hearing about “President” Ahmadinejad’s recent trip to the “Republic of Azerbaijan”. But then, when the Islamic Republic of Iran sends its special envoy, President Ahmadinejad to “the Republic of Azerbaijan” for a heart-to-heart discussion with his counterpart, one can only expect another unimaginable consequence of such a tête-à-tête.

Mr. President, the X-Basiji, Ahmadinejad, the emissary of the Leader and his allies entered the Presidential Palace in Baku, the “capital” of the Republic and was, cordially, received by his gracious host, Mr. Ilham Aliyev. About this trip, we only hear that the two presidents once inside the Palace, together listened to each other’s national anthem, and then proceeded on with the introduction of their team-for-talk, and then went about their business. And of course, they had enjoyed a state-dinner too!

Who knows what would be the outcome of such a private talk, but traditionally and historically whenever the Mullahs negotiated on behalf of Iran, the result had been disastrous. The recorded history has it that whenever they play their Islamic drum, only years later we hear its ear-crushing sound!


katayoun

Monday, August 20

You want education?


My dear viewers,


If you think that you are destined to join the Hawza, please do come to Windsor, Canada and become a member of the institute that which forges "clergymen (ulama) who provide proper religious education and guidance to the Muslim community of North America".


By the way, while in Windsor you may get lucky and meet a devotee of Hezbollah too!


katayoun

Saturday, August 18

"...some vengeful god..."


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


Hap

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: ‘Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting
!’


Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I
Had willed and meted me the tears I shed
.


But not so. How arrives it joy lines slain,
And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?
-Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,
And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan…
These purblind Doomsters had as readily strown
Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain
.


katayoun

Thursday, August 16

This is what some of us think

Babak is on of our viewers who expresses his thoughts, feelings and rationale, and we would like you to read what he has to say. Babak's sentiments are shared by many of us who are concerned about the future of Iran.

And here is what Babak said...
You are great. Truth must be uttered. The free world should have recognized the Islamic Republic of Iran as a terrorist state from early years of 1979-1980. Its constitution clearly had portrayed a foreign religion-fascist, and despotic theocracy system that experienced Europeans were very much familiar with its undoubtedly ensuing catastrophic outcome not just to Iranian people but also to the value of humanity and international laws. A disaster for all free and democratic seekers! In Free world, free people closed their eyes to Iranians wishing for democracy and freedom. Mass massacres of Iranians by savage Islamists on early years of their establishment went unanswered by the free world. The Islamists’ death squads went rampant in free world in eliminating Iranians’ oppositions. Again, the free world was silent.
In 1989, another mass murder of intellectuals and opposition took place. Once more, the free world kept quite. Today, the same type elimination by this “religion” is taking place. The free world for a piece of pie from the Iranian’s wealth has pumped air into lungs of these tyrannical clans of Islam cult.Today more than ever, the international communities need to rally and support Iranians against this brutal cult of Islam. Iranians have been a great nation in participating for betterment of our global community in every facet of life for more than 3000 years. The Islamists started with genocide of Iranians from the first day of its inception and it is continuing to date. How long more, we ought to suffer before the entire world to wake up to our predicament in getting us free from the repression of this death and dark black cult. How long more, the free world wants to be numb to our sufferings.

A long and horrid battle with...



The power in the Islamic Republic of Iran is structured around the themes of internal-conflict, in the shape of political-power-struggle, group conformity, and the making of allegiance when it is most necessary.

The regime, since its establishment, has been dealing with internal-conflict, for that keeps the national restlessness at bay, and keeps the Western World a bit at ease. However, the pandemonium will break out when the individual need of the citizens for Freedom becomes externalized and forms itself into a national-need for Freedom, prosperity, and peace. Iran can, and shall be an example of a fight against the invasive and infesting ideology of Islam, in the Middle East. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, in the Middle East, is a collective Plight, and it needs international support, more than it needs military actions
.

Iran has come a long way; and it has survived many ups and downs, and yet, she stands on her own feet, although her knees are shaken, but she has tried to maintain her balance. The Islamic Revolution with its heavy weight of Islamic rules and imposed constraints has tried to push her over the edge, and she is hanging from a thin threat, yet she is fighting to survive, and she shall win this battle too. This battle with Islam, which has been a long and horrid one, which has occupied Iran’s history for almost 1200 years, is going to come to an end, and Iran shall triumph. And in this battle, Iran needs her neighbours, her friends, and the whole world behind her.


katayoun

Tuesday, August 14

The Scholar


A few days ago, a friend advised me to “ease off for awhile and write about other things”. And I thought about what he told me, and thought it twice over, before I wrote this post. I am absolutely aware and appreciative of the fact that the piece of advice which was given to me was well-meant, but I am also aware of the “time” that we are living through, and would like to have a “voice” to shout out loud and “express my disgust” at what I have encountered. So, I have to “ignore” the precious advice and get on with what I have in mind.

The “Imam Khomeini Institute for Education and Research” (qabas) is a heck of an Institution with a row of absentee scholars, who are trained in “various fields,” and have developed themselves in “various disciplines of the humanities so that they can explore Islamic perspective on the relevant topics”.


To name a few scholars who had been “trained in various fields” and then sent off abroad, to the Western World, where they stayed and received post-graduate degrees from credential “Western” Institutes, I start with the men, the-dazzling-starts-in-the-sky-of-the-Islamic-Republic-of-Iran, those who obtained their Ph.D. degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Washington, and Huston:


Mohammad Javad Zareaan : “Islamic Values and Their Reflection in the Iranian Elementary Textbook: Islamization in post.Rv Iran”(!)

Mahmood Namazee: (Ph.D. in progress)

Mohammad Fanaeei Ashkouree: “Secondary Intelligible”

Sayed Mohammad Reza Hejazee: “the Place of God’s Love; a comparative study of Islam and Christianity” (!!). Now works for the “Islamic Centre of Washington”.

Abdol Hassan Haghanee: The Cultural Attaché of the Islamic Republic who is involved in Iranian School in Ottawa.

Mohammad Nasser Saghay-e Bee Ria: “Moral Education in Islamic School in U.S. also works at the Islamic Institute in Texas.

Sayed Mohammad Kazem Mesbah Mossavi
: “A Critical Analysis of Dougals J. Halls Contextual Theology”. He runs the Islamic Centre of Imam Ali, in Toronto, Canada.

The list continues on. And I only have one question: Do you think that Khomeini’s institute is capable of training “scholars” suitable to teach your kids?


katayoun

Sunday, August 12

An Author's Profession of Faith



Thomas Paine (1737-1809)


“I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.
But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall…declare the things I do not believe and my reasons for not believing them...All national institutions of churches…appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” (The Age of Reason, chp.1)



Katayoun