Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Safari in English, Mosafer in Persian, travelers on a musical quest

Poster for the film The Traveler
Beach Boys album cover

Musicians on a California Safari
rush to find destiny's
strong waves
by the Pacific. 

“Mosafer,مسافر” - a gift from Ali Hatef and Marjan Vayghan for Nowruz 2017 - THE TRAVELER

This film's two characters develop their caring but reserved relationship around the sunny landmarks of Persian Los Angeles while encountering their own truths with glimpses into the mirror of each other's lives. When things get too deep, they stop for tea. As the story winds down, they share the joy of selecting pomegranates from a backyard tree.  
Marjan Vayghan announced on her blog this gift for Nowruz, posted to the Ali Hatefmusic channel with English sub-titles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBrgW9HAOSQ

Saturday, December 30, 2017




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy New Year (in Hebrew) نوروز‎‎

The artist http://www.arsluminis.com/nowruz-piruz/ XERXES asks for credit if you use the graphic.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Maz Jobrani's census commerical

See Maz Jobrani's interview on the humorous commercial he made with Iranican.
why he says Iranians always put “zero” on forms: Maz Jobrani Explains Iranican's Census 2010 PSA .

Iranican Census 2010 PSA with Maz Jobrani - Zero

نوروز‎‎ New Year!

No Ruz? Yes. We have Ruz.

This is a contest to see how many ways you can find New Year spellings in on-line articles.
The first is in Persian:  نوروز‎‎ The rest will be in other alphabetic characters. Transliteration differences for the holiday come from differences in pronunciation, which vary by region, per wikipedia.

Let's start with American English:
NOROOZ San Francisco
Nowruz wikipedia, White House
Norouz in a comment to a New York Times article

Maz Jobrani comedy at the White House Nowruz 2016 with First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts an Event to Mark Nowruz (official transcript)
White House greetings over the years

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Purim 2013 - a song in English for Mr Ahmadinejad from Ari Lesser

This song goes out to Ahmadinejad
The Jews don't fear you, we fear God

The youtube has the text so that it gives some decent practice at following the English words as Ari Lesser chants the saga of Esther and Mordecai in Shushan, along with some advice for Iran's leaders.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sept, 1957: Nehavand Jewish population 1/30

Exclusive … Letter From Teheran Southwestern Jewish Press, September 20, 1957  by Ernest Michel, West Coast Rep. of the U.J.A. [Scroll down to find this article from page 4.]
TEHERAN, August, 1957 — Yizchak Sadeh is about 28 years old, has a dark complexion and looks more like an Iranian than a Jew [sic].  He is a Hebrew school teacher in the community of Nehavand, which is some 300 kilometers from Teheran.
Yaz Dion is accompanying Mr. Sadeh on a very important mission to the office of the American Joint Distribution Committee in Tehran.
I am sitting in the office of Mr. Maurice Lipian, Deputy Director for the JDC, or more popularly known as the “Joint,” when the two men enter.
They have come all the way from their community of Nehavand to discuss what is for them a very vital problem.  Nehavand has a population of some 30,000 of whom approximately 1000 are Jews. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Inviting Iran's Mr. Rahimi to the next meeting of JACS

JACS: Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and ...www.jacsweb.org/Cached - Similar "Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically-dependent-persons, and Significant-others" offers writings about Judaism and recovery. Includes a list of groups.Meetingswww.jacsweb.org/directory.phpListed below are autonomous Jewish Recovery Meetings, as ...

in Farsi via http://translate.google.com/#enfa http://www.jacsweb.org/about.html
Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment; تشویق و کمک به از الکلی یهودی، از نظر شیمیایی وابسته به افراد و خانواده های آنان، دوستان و همکاران برای کشف بازیابی در یک محیط یهودی پرورش؛

(New York Times) Iran’s Vice President Rahimi Makes Anti-Semitic Speech By THOMAS ERDBRINK The speech by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”
June 26, 2012, Tuesday

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Persepolis Pictures presents "I am Neda"

http://persepolispictures.com/Home_Page.html From first time Director Nicole Kian Sadighi who has written and produced this award winning movie "I Am Neda" the true story of Neda Agha Soltan who fearlessly pursued the cause of freedom in defiance of tyranny and oppression. June 2009 ....

718 views (2:07) Trailer In Persian , with English subtitles
Published on May 9, 2012 by This is the award winning movie, 'I Am Neda' a film by Nicole Kian Sadighi, now a finalist at the Cannes Film Festivals American Pavilion, 2012.

2012 June 29 interview http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/29/%e2%80%9ci-am-neda%e2%80%9d/ with Ms Sadighi .

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Where in LA do more people speak Farsi? Who speaks Pranglish?

UCLA's Languages of Los Angeles Project maps out pockets of Farsi speakers in Irvine and West LA/Beverly Hills.

Tehrangeles is real enough for you to search via google.

While at SDSU, Dr. Atefeh Oliai, PhD wrote an article at SDSU and in a Summer 2008 issue of San Diego's Peyk magazine. The articles mention Pranglish, which she characterizes as an ad hoc mixture of Persian and English.

Monday, January 18, 2010

People around the world comment on American Jews discussing Iran

Google search at the link below and add propaganda campaign
to see that many people around the world begrudge others the right to do such things as
learn how to sign up for twitter; get an address list for local congressional reps; discuss letter-writing etiquette.

Actually only 58 links and not 1250 showed up when I started paging through them.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

American Jews seek to understand the relationship between the States of Israel and Iran and to express their thoughts

Interested people met on 17 January 2010 at the Israel Advocacy Training Institute- Spotlight Iran to learn how to express their opinions.

There was a workshop where participants learned how to sign up for twitter accounts so they could tweet their congressional representatives.

There was another workshop where participants learned which Protestant denominations have bishops, so they would know who in a particular chruch hierarchy to write to to express their opinions.

All participants received the addresses of the Congressional Offices for the 8 Maryland Representatives and two senators; for the three Virginia representatives and two senators; and for the lone Washington, DC Representative so that they could mail their written opinions.

All participants received an excerpt from the New York Times (23 May 2004), written by its Letter Editor, Thomas Feyer, with his feedback to all readers on how he selects letters to be published (or not.)

For $18, they could have at least invited someone representing Iran to provide some input !

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dry Bones, "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

Yaakov Kirschen in Israel draws the situation in Iran with this 06 November 2009 Dry Bones cartoon, which says
To destroy the hopes and dreams of the Jewish people, Ahmadinejad needs missles and nukes.
But to destroy the hopes and dreams of the Iranian people, all he needs are brutal thugs, corrupt courts,
... and the readiness of the free world
to look the other way!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sept 23rd UN protest at the Federal Building in Westwood (LA)

Iranian Jewish activist Manucher Afari wearing a sign protesting Ahmadinejad, "There was no Holocaust. Iran has no gays. We don't want nukes....Trust Me." From the Los Angeles Jewish Journal's Iranian American Jews home page by Karmel Melamed (5 Oct 2009)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

More practice reading web-site written in Farsi

Kenisa Etefag in Persian and translated into English -- an ode to the Iraqi Jewish community in Iran. (thanks to a blog devoted to Jews of Iran and Jewish refugees in the MENA region)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Views on the June Election from Iranian News Sources

Mizannews (via google's translate) Iranian intelligence services repudiate members who report that unrest is domestic (without foreign intervention).
(thanks to twitter)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

25 July global day of action in response to June Elections

UCLA flyer, videos: Reza Aslan "Iran - you are not alone," revolutionary hack-tivists are with you; more

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Views on the June Election from the land of the free and the brave

jewish zionist group uses caricature of Iranian president to promote Israel as a choice destination. youtube (2:15) via http://tehranbureau.com/madman-ad-man/
Ahmadinejad Promotes Free Israel Trips for U.S. College Students By Marsha B. Cohen (6 Sept 2009)

google search shows US State Dept. "very disturbed" that iran to have murder fugitive for defense minister (4 sept 09)

23 July 2009 US Senate unanimously adopts Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) Act, introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Robert Casey (D-PA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. This act gives $30M worth of recognition to the notion that blocking access to websites and blocking SMS text message exchange over cellular phone networks is akin to jamming radio signals. It also requires "a report by the President on non-Iranian companies, including corporations with U.S. subsidiaries, that have aided the Iranian government's Internet censorship efforts, including by providing deep packet inspection technology." http://bit.ly/geidH gxlated to Farsi

July 20, 2009 Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's House floor speech on Iran's continued unrest : [Your regime] is doomed by your own hands; misogynistic murderers; Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 25th Global Day of Action

July 25th Global Day of Action -- rally for the people of Iran worldwide schedule of times and places; GOALS; video invitations: Hadi Ghaemi, united4iran (1:19) ; Maz Jobrani's Message of Support (1:09)

Firuzeh Mahmoudi, an Iranian-American mother and environmental scientist from Berkeley, California, drew together friends to organize the Global Day of Action. In the Bay Area, this included Iranian Americans serving in local government: San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Brisbane Mayor Sepi Richardson.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Views from the land of Abraham

Iran's new defense minister is wanted by Interpol for planning the 1994 AMIA murder of 85 per jpost. http://tinyurl.com/lxb96c

An arguably humorous promotion: Israel's satellite company Yes promotes the last episode of its Danny Hollywood TV series by pleading with an impersonated Iranian President Ahmadinejad not to attack until after the show. (youtube, 0:54) Haaretz, 12 June 2008 (9 Sivan 5768)

Manhigut Yehudit favors regime change as it is "on the side of those who fight for liberty, wherever they are" even if there is no short term benefit to the state of Israel.

President Obama's rapport affects IDF preparations.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Daily compendia of updates on June Election

Green brief by nite owl is a daily update culled from tweets from Iran and other news sources. It includes links to proxy servers and set-up information written in English, Farsi,
7 Sept meet & greet in NY
23 July
orchestrated black-outs as nonviolent civil disobedience "Reports emerged indicating that Iranian TV did not even display the correct time as a means of confusing people who wanted to synchronize their overuse of electricity. " (21 July)
19 July ; 18 July ; 14 July ; 12 July ; Saturday, July 11 ; 9 July / 18 Tir ; 4 and 5 July ; 3 July ; Green Brief #16 ; #11;

In English on Sea of Green web radio
le dossier vert(en francais) 4 and 5 July
auf Deutsch

The Daily Dish ; NIAC ;

Fintan Dunne compiled videos from youtube: 9 July


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ی من کجاست ؟ Where Is My Vote ? on Facebook

ی من کجاست ؟ Where Is My Vote ?

Washington, DC
Iranian-American Youth in Washington, DC for 18th of Tir/9 July rally

Practice reading blogs from Iran in Persian and in gtranslate English

Another wiki claim: Israel and Iran have highest % of internet-niks in the ME . By many means, bloggers can by-pass internet censorship.

Whether or not it's verifiable, this claim via wikipedia's Iran blogging page piques my interest:
"Iran is the third largest country of bloggers." From its directory of blogs, you can find English language blogs written by Iranians living in Iran and elsewhere.



http://rahrovaneraheakbar-m2.blogspot.com/ سارا




Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Responses outside of Iran to June 2009 Elections: Rally, Demonstration, Vigil, March, Protest, "solidarieta con"

Caution: Consider googling an entry you wish to attend to research who is sponsoring the gathering. Be aware that even in free speech areas a permit may be required. Anyone interested enough in your presence should be wise enough to answer your queries. See also article via NIAC on

Where to find scheduled gatherings: July 25th Global Day of Action events from Amsterdam to Zurich , http://protests.sharearchy.com/ , http://docs.google.com/View?id=dgdt5wfz_3kgdw9gfc , http://iran.whyweprotest.net/world-wide-protest-planning/ , http://www.erosdiscordia.com/

Facebook groups demonstrations, Stand with the Demonstrators , SUPPORT PROTESTS AND PEOPLE OF IRAN!!!, 100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran
41 cities via Facebook group Where is my Vote Retrieved 17 June. email contacts (unverified): standgreenwithiran AT gmail.com, listed on Facebook

Other cities: http://whereismyvote09.blogspot.com/ feeds site in Farsi

July 02 Thursday's List
missed entering these
June 29 Monday's List
June 28 Sunday's List
June 27 Saturday's List
June 26 Friday’s Worldwide Iran Protest List is a more updated list than mine (but hey, I'm trying to alphabetize)

from twitter's Stephanie and Facebook and my meanderings on-line
========= some updated 2 July

INNSBRUCK protest: Thurs, 6/25, 16:30-19:30, Landhausplatz

MELBOURNE vigil: Sun, 6/28, 16:30-18:30, City Square, Swanston St. & Collins St. ; silent march: Thurs, 6/25, 10am, Flinders Street Railway Station (clock end)
SYDNEY candlelight vigil: Sun, 6/28, 5pm, Sydney Opera House ; Iran protest: Sun, June 28, 4pm, Sydney Town Hall steps

LONDON protest: Friday June 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 16 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT (parallel to Kensington Road, not far from the Royal Albert Hall). (google search) (twitter link listing of persecuted Iranian minorities is disconcertingly incomplete --mkg)

BANGLADESH - DHAKA Wed, 6/24, 5:30pm, National Museum Gate, Shabagh, Dhaka

BURNABY, BC protest: Wed, 6/24, noon- 2p, Freedom Square, SFU (Burnaby campus), 8888 University Drive
CALGARY protest, Friday June 26th at 7pm, City Hall (unver. link)
LONDON, (ON) protest: Fri, June 26, noon-3p, London City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue

OTTAWA protest, Sunday, June 28th, 11am ; Friday June 26, Noon-2pm, Iranian Embassy, 245 Metcalfe St.
TORONTO protest: Friday, June 26, 6pm, Mel Lastman Sq. (N. York subway station), (unverified link); march.Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm Location: Gole Sorkh (6184 Yonge Street) to Mel Lastman Square (and back)
VANCOUVER, BC protest: Thurs, 6/25, 21:30-22:00; vigil: Wed, 6/24, 9:30pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (north side), W. Georgia & Howe St.
Windsor (June 22 and photos)

HELSINKI, FINLAND protest: Thurs, 6/25, 15:00, Parliament (eduskunta)

PARIS, FRANCE protest: Sun, 6/28, 16:00-19:00, Ambassade d'Iran, Place d'Iéna Paris 16ème
Paris : Marche de Solidarité avec l’Iran, dimanche 28 juin 2PM to 5PM 14:00-17:00, Place de la Bastille vers Nation ; (21 June, 33 MB photos )

GERMANY - Deutschland
BERLIN vigil: Sun, 6/28, 18:30-00:00, Berliner Dom Berliner Museumsinsel, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße
BOCHUM, : Freitag 26. Juni, 17.00-19.00, Iran Demo, Dr.-Ruhr-Platz
KOLN, GERMANY protest Thurs 6/25, 21:30 Köln Domplatz
HAMBURG candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 21:00, Jungfernstieg, Binnenalster

TEL-AVIV Iran demo: Sat 6/27, 7:55-22:00, Rabin Sq. on Facebook נפגשים במוצאי שבת 27 ליוני בכיכר רבין we will meet after shabbat --mkg

MILAN / MILANO Protest / "solidarieta con": Friday June 26, 6-8pm, Piazza Diaz Facebook via Google
ROME / ROMA Candlelight vigil: Friday June 26, 7-11pm, Piazza Barberini "in silenzio con le nostre candele" google postings

LISBON / LISBOA Iran vigil: Sun 6/28, 20:30-24:00, Praça Luis de Camões
LISBON / LISBOA Irão Velas Vigil: Dom. 28/6, 20:30-24:00, Praça Luis de Camões

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Iran demo: Sunday night June 28th, 17:00 @ Rådhuspladsen
København, Danmark Iran demo: søndag aften den 28 juni, 17:00 @ Rådhuspladsen
MALMOE rally: Sun, 6/28, 17:00, Stortorget
STOCKHOLM Iran demo: Sunday, June 28, 15:00-18:00, Sergels Torg
SUNDSVALL protest: Friday 26 June 2009, 17:00, Torget

SWITZERLAND - ZURICH protest: Wed, 6/24, 18:30, Helvetiaplatz

ISTANBUL Iran rally per eros demonstration per twitter : 6/28, 6-8p, Konsulgari Iran, Sultanahmet; Taksim Meydani


Atlanta protest Sunday July 5th at 4-7PM ; rally Sun 6/28, @ CNN Center, 4-7pm, bring green balloon! FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 6:30 pm, Lenox Square Mall (Corner of Peachtree & Lenox)
Austin (17 June)
BATON ROUGE, LA protest Sun 6/28, 2-4pm, Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St ; Wed, June 24, 8-9p, LSU, Speech Alley- In front of student union building

BOSTON protest, Sun 5 July, 11AM-1PM, Copley Square, Boston, MA
Boston (20 June, 16 June)

CHICAGO: Iranian Solidarity Rally Thur July 2, Noon @ Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams
Chicago, IL candlelight vigil Wed June 24, 8:30PM: Candle light vigil at Water Tower Square in (Michigan and Pearson) (16 June)

College Station, TX TEXAS A&M protest: Friday, June 26, 8:30-9p

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO protest: Fri, 6/26, 5pm-7pm, Acacia Park (look for Lion, Sun, & Sword), Nevada & Tejon

DAVIS (CA) Iran protest vigil: Thurs 7/2, 8-10pm, Central Park (4th & C Streets)

DENVER, CO demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 7pm-9pm, Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Ave.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL rally per eros or march per twitter: 6/28, 5-7:30p, Yankee Clipper Hotel, 1140 Seabreeze

HOUSTON, TX rally: 6/28, 8-8:50pm, Water Wall (Galleria), 2800 Post Oak Blvd. Thurs, 6/25, 11am, 1333 West Loop S # 1300

INDIANAPOLIS protest: Wed, 6/24, 8:30-10p, White River St. Pk., Celebration Plaza, 801 W Wash. St, no flags
Irvine CA (19 June and photos)

KNOXVILLE, TN rally: Thurs, 6/25, 5pm-10pm, Market Square

Houston (19 June)
Lansing, MI (original link 6PM 23 June )

LAS VEGAS, NV candellight vigil Thurs 7/2, 7:30-10:30p, Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara

LOS ANGELES, CA in the Valley protest (Wed, 6/24) 6pm-10pm, Ventura Boulevard & Sepulveda Boulevard

LOS ANGELES, CA in Westwood : Iran protest: Sun 6/28, 2pm , & 11:00am - 6:00pm
Support People of Iran in their cause for democracy and freedom and abolishment of theocracy in Iran. Rally starts at 11:00 am with a march to British and French consulates at 2:00 pm. Please wear white, the color of Ancient Iran and a color in Iranian flag. (via Facebook)
LA protest NIGHTLY: vigil: Sun, 6/28, 7pm-10pm via twitter,
THERE can't really be three rallies--My bet is on the 2PM ==mkg
Friday, June 26 and continuing, 7p, Thurs, 6/25, (6/24), 7pm-10:30pm, Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd & Veteran Los Angeles (14 June)

MILWAUKEE, WI demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 7pm-9pm, City Hall, Water St. & Wells St.

MONTCLAIR, NJ protest: Wed 6/24, 8-10:15p, Church St. Stage, S. Fullerton, wear green, brng candles/posters
MINNEAPOLIS, MN vigil: Wed, 6/24, 9pm, Peavey Plaza, Nicollet & 11th, **NIGHTLY

NEW YORK, NY protest in Lower Manhattan: Wed, 6/24, 7pm-10pm, Union Square, 14th St.
New York, NY in Manhattan Thurs, 6/25, 10am-10pm, United Nations, 140 East 45th Street

OAHU, HI gathering/vigil: Sun, 6/28, 8pm-9pm, Kahala Mall (Starbucks) **Wear green

ORLANDO, FL candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 7:30pm-9pm, Lake Eola (Downtown)

Pittsburgh, PA Sun June 28, 3PM, Schenley Drive in Oakland, near Hillman Library (23 June)

Portland, Oregon (7 PM 23 June) Rally to support "FREE IRAN" 7pm in Pioneer Square (downtown PDX)
Sacramento, CA solidarity rally: Wed, 6/24, 6-8pm, Intersection of Sunrise Blvd & Greenback Ln.
Salt Lake City ( 17? June)
San Francisco, CA (23 June)
SAN DIEGO, CA rally: (no flags) Thursday, 7/2; Wed, 6/24; (17 June 09) 7:30pm, Federal Building (Downtown), Broadway & 880 Front St.,
NOTE: Craigslist links usually are wiped clean in a week Retrieved on 16 June.

SAN JOSE Iran hunger strike: 7/2, 4p – 7/4, 12p, City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St
SAN JOSE, CA vigil: Friday June 26, 7:30pm candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 7:30pm, Stevens Creek & Winchester (Santana Row)

SEATTLE, WA demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 6pm, Bellevue Way & NE 4th St. (Bellevue, WA)

STATE COLLEGE, PA candlelight vigil: Fri, 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Old Main patio, Penn State Campus

Tampa, FL Candlelight vigil: Friday June 26, 7:30-9pm, Bayshore Blvd (23 June)

TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA Wed, 6/24, 11:30am-1:30pm, Hennepin County Government Center Plaza . per Stephanie on twitter, : no flags/slogans/pictures in support of any one group/person that may offend

Washington, DC (College Park) http://bit.ly/aDPQj July 2nd 2009 6:30 pm-8:30 pm University of MD Teach-in to be moderated by Persian studies director.

Washington, DC Thurs 7/2, 9:15PM, Dupont Circle, candlelight vigil in memory of Neda and other fallen freedom fighters; no signs, no slogans, no flags. from Facebook:
Per our legal permit from the National Park Service, please adhere to these terms (6/25)
Washington, DC protest: CANCELLED Sun 6/28, 11am-5pm, Fri, 6/26, 7pm-10pm, Thurs, 6/25, 6pm, Iran Interests Section, 2209 Wisconsin Ave NW 2007 googlemap
23 June
, 21 June , 15 and 17 June, 14 June

WILLOW GLEN, CA protest: Wed, 6/24, 6-10p, In front of Willow Glen Elementary, Lincoln &
Minnesota, downtown

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Artists respond to June 2009 Elections in Iran

I am appreciating whenever my family or anyone's family can be together!

Poetess Sholeh Wolpé, an Iranian-American in LA, wrote I Am Neda. (from TehranBureau)

From Canada, We are Neda, sung in English, French, and with Farsi and Spanish titles. Original song by .... Music: Serge Laporte Estelle EsseLyrics: Martin MelhuishArranged and produced by Serge Laporte; Chanson originale / Musique: Serge Laporte Estelle Esse Paroles: Huguette Drouin Arrangée et produit par Serge Laporte

San Francisco's City Hall hosted sculptress Paula Slater of Hidden Valley Lake, CA as she unveiled a life-size clay portrait bust of the late Miss Neda Agha-Soltan during the 25 July 2009 Global Day of Action. A bronze cast is planned.

UCLA's Bruin Plaza 25 July 2009 Global Day of Action hosted Amnesty International's Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Levantine Cultural Center advisor and author Reza Aslan, international vocalist Sussan Deyhim, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani, vocalists Mamak Khadem and Ziba Shirazi et al.

The City of Florence, Italy went green at the Piazzale Michelangelo, replacing the usual lighting.

Green graphic designer berahimi makes whereismyvote posters available for the world to use.

KavehAhangar1388 17 June 2009 power of love performance art distributing green where is my vote signs in Holland (4:28) ; ideas from http://www.supportdemocracy.../

Simin Behbahani, 82, recites two poems inspired by recent events -- one dedicated to the people of Iran and another to Neda--by phone for NPR. The embedded youtube pulls up English subtitles.

Cartoonists quote Ahmadinejad on election fraud ; putting the democracy genie back into the lamp; cartoonist مانا نیستانی Mana Neyestani draws us in--hatches protest; acceptance speech; cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar colors and connects the dots; cartoonist John Cole sings Twitter's praises; Daily Pilot City Editor Paul Anderson's take on media; Jack Ohman in Oregon neda needs your attention; index on caulleys corner ; afraid of computer mouse; Artist Rana in Washington, DC draws;

New York-based Iranian-American musicians, artists, and filmmakers unite to keep the struggle for freedom alive, singing the green blues: Freedom, Glory, Be Our Names with lyrics and downloadable MP3: ... let us dance or the hand of fate will become a fist

24 June “STAND BY ME” MP3 Andy Madadian sings STAND BY ME for the people of Iran with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, recorded by American record producers Don Was and John Shanks.

June 27, 2009 Siavash Shams : Video: I am Neda with free MP3

Tehran Girl by Samavayo! Shahin Najafi - Tarafe Ma http://www.samavayo.com/

Wyclef Jean: Emergency Concert for the People of Iran

MTV's Mams Taylor produced and wrote “United For Neda” , which brings together Dariush, Satar and Morteza and you with a free download.

Here's a Canadian political singer with something he must have written over the weekend: Neda (You Will Not Defeat The People) sepehpro has added Perisan subtitles to Johnny's song for Neda !

Joan Baez sends the People of Iran her prayers, love, and support on 06/19/09, and sings "We Shall Overcome" (with some lyrics in Farsi) for the Iranian people: youtube 2009 , posted by diamondsandrustpro

Blogger credits Iranian Gov't with Photoshop Expertise! Photographer Mohammad.kheirkhah credits Kayhan News with Photoshop Expertise! (I can't access the original photograph links.)

Hadip's montage of folks in 30 cities rallying in support of the people of Iran.

"Axis of Evil" comedian Maz Jobrani becomes the Mort Sahl of Iranian Americans in a posted email and on his homepage now.

It never ceases to amuse me when the old der Strumer joke continues:
Israel fends off accusation from conspiracy monger .

According to Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator in his nightly Green Brief #15 (July 01) "7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly said today that there was as much truth to electoral fraud in Iran as there was for the Holocaust."
Looking for the source of the quote (Farsi / English gxlate) by date
This is a هولوکاست web-site just for Mr. Ahmadinejad in Farsi on Holocaust Denial.

Monday, June 15, 2009

May 1989 Tiannamen or Nov 1989 Berlin

Associated Press diagram of government division of power in Iran

News from Iran with English Keyword Embassy or Embassies

Washington, DC NIAC policy conference (17 June AM)

Diaspora organizations in the US: http://iranian.com/ NIAC

Lists of tweeters from Iran (7 as retrieved on 16 June). Guide to reliable tweeting. Guide to unreliable tweeters.

election unrest blog from US Council
According to NIAC, this is Mir Hossein Mousavi's Facebook page میر حسین موسوی

http://twitter.com/StopAhmadi asks for more proxy servers used by tweeters to be emailed rather than posted

This is supposed to be from English speakers in Iran



1:52 PM ET -- Mousavi speaks at the rally

http://twitter.com/alirezashaRT @naseemfaqihi translation of @Mirriaam tweeter from Tehran: "everything until now has been good, about 1 mil people"about 4 hours ago from web

16 June speech "either way"
White House's transcript of Obama's Iran remarks youtube search
Low band-width comments from politico

Reuters: What Would Reagan Do?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

More on Hamadan's tomb of Esther and Mordecai

Excerpt from Purim in the land where it began: Persian-born Jews of San Diego talk about their special holiday
San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage
, March 21, 1997
By Donald H. Harrison

Esther and Mordechai are believed to be buried in a tomb in the Iranian city of Hamadan, which is located between Teheran and Iran's western border with Iraq.

Lyda Cohen, wife of the obstetrician, remembers having gone from her home in Teheran to visit the tomb. One had to bow low to go inside its entrance, assuring that a pilgrim entered with an attitude of respect.
She recalled that pilgrims would pray while walking around two large, ornately carved trunks, before they would back out of the tomb. By backing out, the pilgrims avoided showing disrespect to the great personages buried inside.

The burial sites of Mordechai and Esther were said to be in the cellar below, in the exact locations where the two trunks were placed on the floor above, she recalled.

Breskin said pilgrims would fast the day before Purim--the way Esther had fasted before she persuaded King Ahashuerus to save the Jews -- so as to give their petitions and prayers inside the tomb more merit.
Architect Yassi Gabbay, who renovated the tomb 20 years ago before moving to Beverly Hills, said pilgrims used to light candles in an antechamber before entering the main room of the tomb, but said that custom was halted as a result of a fire. Candles were especially dangerous in the main room, he added, because of the pilgrims' custom of draping the ornately carved trunks with cloths as a remembrance of their visit.

"Sometimes there would be so many fabrics left by people," that the fire danger was particularly high, he said.

The architect, who since has won awards from the City of Beverly Hills for his design of an office building at 9025 Wilshire Blvd., and an Oriental Rug Showroom at 8725 Wilshire Blvd., said before the tomb was refurbished it was hidden from view by an apartment building.

He said the Jewish community of Hamadan purchased that apartment building and razed it to clear the way for a courtyard and a synagogue to be added to the tomb complex.

The tomb itself dates back only to the 16th or 17th century, he said, built over the deep pit in which the original burials are believed to have occurred.

Although the small Jewish community of Hamadan has mostly emigrated since the takeover of the Iranian government by Islamic fundamentalists, Gabbay and Cohen both reported that they have been informed that the tomb remains well cared for by the Islamic Revolutionary authorities.
Asked how it happened that Esther's and Mordechai's` tomb should be in Hamadan, rather than in Persepolis, which was the ancient capital of Persia (Iran), Joshua Cohen explained that after King Ahashuerus died, there arose a king who knew not Esther.

Hamadan, which has far cooler temperatures than the desert city of Persepolis, was the summer capital of Persia, so Esther and Mordechai removed themselves from the palace to an exile in the summer resort, where they spent their final years, according to the folklore.

Hamadan literally means "place of knowledge," and people from Hamadan are praised or teased about how smart they are supposed to be,

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Axis of Evil comedians

Maz Jobrani at the Irvine Improv .

"Maz recently sold a TV show to CBS based on his life in the U.S. as an Iranian-American. He is also preparing to shoot a film titled "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero" - a cross between a Middle Eastern "Pink Panther" and "Bend it Like Beckham."

Weds 8/13/2008 at 8:30 PM; $17.

"There is a Two Item minimum per guest in the showroom. Any combination of Food or Beverages satisfies the minimum as does Dinner." Then, more rules on the web-site, which don't display.

What Maz said about the photo: This was me in May at the airport in Sharm El Sheykh, Egypt traveling with a broken foot. You will note that the wheel chair is rather small. I was told that the ancient Egyptians were a small people and this wheelchair is actually an artifact remaining from the days of the Pharaohs. They only wheel this chair out for special guests, such as yours truly. (Although I did see them wheeling a sleeping infant in one later on. He seemed to fit better than me. Must've been a VVIP.)

Aug. 13th - Irvine Improv - Me doing a 1 hour set with my friends K-von Moezzi and Kirk Fox doing some time at the top.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cinema at home

Mont. County, MD libraries:

call number:DVD 791.4372 PER ID:36098116496722 Persepolis (Motion picture)Rigault, Xavier.
animated like a graphic novel; French with sub-titles

These Persian language videos are available through the San Diego public library:
English sub-titles:

call number:VC PER 791.4372/IJARIHNISHINHA ID:31336065342652 Ijarihnishinha [videorecording] = the Lodgers / produced and directed by Dariush Mehrjui. Mihrjūʼī, Dāriyūsh.

call number:DVD PER 791.4372/DUNYA ID:31336076301275 Dūnyā [videorecording] = Donya / written and directed by Manūchihr Maṣiri, Producer Ali Akbar Mazinan.̄ Maṣiri, Manūchihr.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The story of Esther (working copy)

Persian satrapies
Picture by Marco Prins and Jona Lendering (http://www.livius.org/). With permission granted by the authors to download, copy, re-format and redistribute the pictures for use on computers, computer networks or as a printed publication, provided that no fees are charged for their distribution

(492 – 449 BC) Series of wars between Greek states and Persia, particularly two invasions of Greece by Persia (490, 480 – 479). http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/a/a3/300px-Persian_empire_490bc.gif

larger: http://www.peymanmeli.org/Images/IranMapEmpire1.jpg
This is Iran (Persia) map up to the end of Sassanid era

http://www.bangitout.com/uploads/15megillahesther.jpg (illuminated megillah)

Satrap (Persian: ساتراپ) was the name given to the governors of the provinces of ancient Median and Persian empires, including the Achaemenid Empire and in several of their heirs, such as the Sassanid Empire and the Hellenistic empires.

persian word وَ شتی آ
According to the Midrash, Vashti was the great-granddaughter of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, the granddaughter of King Amel-Marduk and the daughter of King Belshazzar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordecai The Talmud says Mordecai prophesied in the second year of Darius.
Those arguing in favour of an historical reading of Esther, most commonly identify Ahasuerus with Artaxerxes II (ruled 405 - 359 B.C.E.) although in the past it was often assumed that he was Xerxes I (ruled 486 - 465 B.C.E.).
Jewish tradition relates that Esther was the mother of a King Darius and so some try to identify Ahasuerus with Artaxerxes I and Esther with Kosmartydene.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1h73h4L44a4/R9BbVfzxUsI/AAAAAAAAAFA/9mCaNe9LYgU/s1600-h/esther+&+mordechai.jpg tomb of esther and mordecai

in Hamadan: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.farsinet.com/hamadan/images/esthertomb_s.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.farsinet.com/hamadan/esther.html&h=152&w=106&sz=3&hl=en&start=17&tbnid=YYxkkvXvkYxgfM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=67&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtomb%2Bof%2Besther%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26suggon%3D0%26sa%3DG

http://www.payvand.com/news/07/mar/1199.html movie to be produced about Esther and Xerxes

"shirini haman" a European treat http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/hamantashen.jpg

purim spiel:

I. hands, feet, clothes refuse to appear at the banquet; then the crown herself

II. bye, dohiye man. kalimat ghalbi.

here's take this cell phone. The palace is in the network; it will be easier to get in touch."

III. befamarid through door; ampule de coca cola; batman to the rescue via cell phone

IV. Ester alerts A. kitaab khube ; mard hafan

V. H gets his way. esme u chieh? mmmm A drunk and book falls open

Sarshar 2002 Esther's Children at SDSU library

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rosh Hashanah Seder (draft) New Year

from http://jewish-holiday.com/estheriran.html
from Esther’s Children ©2002 by Houman Sarchar, published by The Jewish Publication Society
see web-site
Photo caption: TEHRAN’S MAHALLEH Photo by Antoine Sevruguin, c. 1880-1900. Mahalleh, meaning “quarter, district or neighborhood,” is the word widely used in Persian to refer to any given part of a city or town based on demographic (e.g. the jeweler’s district). The mahalleh-ye juhudha (the Jewish district) was called simply mahalleh by the Jews. In the area known as ‘Sar-e chal, the more wealthy Jews would buy a home at the end of one of the cul-de-sacs in the tight and narrow maze of alleys to gain more protection from the mobs during the periodic raids and lootings.



Apple and honey; Chives (or leeks); Zucchini; Kidney beans or black-eyed peas; Beef tongue (traditionally, meat from a sheep’s head); Meringue; Beetroot; Dates; Pomegranate.

The point, Gould says, is to have a food that represents airiness when the prayer is recited: “May it be Your will…that our sins be as light as lungs.”

While the symbolism of some of the foods may be obvious - apples and honey for a sweet year; pomegranate and beans for profusion - others are included because of word associations between their names in Hebrew or Aramaic, and their related prayers. For example, in Hebrew the date is called tamar. The blessing said over the date at the seder, using the word yitammoo, asks that evildoers be done away with. The root of yitammoo is tam, directly taken from tamar.The blessings over chives and beets make the same request, also based on wordplay. Zucchini symbolizes a public recognition of good deeds and a “ripping up” of bad. (“Kra” in Hebrew means zucchini, but is also the root for “read” and “rip.”) Meat from the head of a cow or sheep represents intelligence or scholarly pursuits.

from: http://www.jewishledger.com/articles/2006/09/21/news/news08.prt

Said and Rosa Rastegar, Dr. Houman Sarshar, and Diana and Barry Gould at the Goulds' home in Stamford. Dr. Sarshar, author of "Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews," spoke at a recent event called, ìA Celebration of Persian Jewish Culture,î sponsored by the Persian Jewish community of Stamford and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan & Darien. Photo by Norm Ostroff

“The most important factor about the Jewish High Holidays in Iran is that the Jewish holidays most fully celebrated are the ones that coincide with Persian holidays,” writes Dr. Houman Sarshar, author of “Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews,” director of publications at The Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History, and a psychotherapist in New York City.Since Rosh Hashanah coincides with an ancient Persian festival (Mehregan), it is celebrated grandly by Persian Jews.

By doing many of the same things during the Jewish holiday as Muslims do during coinciding Muslim holidays, Sarshar writes, “Iranian Jews get to be Jewish and Iranian at the same time.”

She lists the ritual foods that adorn her seder table every Rosh Hashanah, blessed in this order:

Apple and honey

Chives (or leeks)

Kidney beans or

black-eyed peas

Beef tongue (traditionally, meat from a sheep’s head)





at sdsu


in English and farsi, 4 volumes



in la center for iranian jewish oral history since 1995
Center for Iranian Jewish Oral HistoryTel: (310) 472-3012 Fax: (310) 472-3043 Web Site:



Adhami's parents came from Tehran to Los Angeles as students in the 1960s. But her interest in Iranian Jewish culture, she said, grew with the arrival of thousands of refugees fleeing the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Newcomers would come to her parents for guidance in navigating American life. "I was hearing the stories over and over," Adhami said in a recent telephone interview. "And it was always the same themes -- everybody's pain and loss."
Nazarian may have been unable to take her wedding photos with her out of Iran, but she retains recollections of life there.
In addition to her strong memories of Passover, Nazarian remembers a different kind of seder. She wrote and translated from Farsi, the Persian language, the text of a Rosh Hashanah seder, a singularly Iranian Jewish custom.
In addition to apples and honey (for a sweet year), seven symbolic foods -- pomegranates, dates, beets, zucchini, black-eyed peas and the head or tongue of a cow or sheep -- are blessed and eaten, each representing an aspect of health and good fortune.
Nazarian was inspired to create the English-language seder guide for the children of Iranian immigrants raised in America.
"If they cannot read and write Hebrew or Persian," said Nazarian, "they're not going to have a seder. This is our tradition. We have to keep all the holidays."


Sunday, June 8, 2008

I'm counting on you! sefr to hezaar (o - 1000)

Numbers from 0 to 19; 20 - 100; to 1,000,000 ; to 1 milliard (1B)

http://modernpersian.com/part_23.htm -- lengthy explanation in English of numbers, fractions, etc. using Farsi script and transliteration for Colloquial and Literary

Mathematician Reza Yahaghi writes a brief transliteration for the numbers 1 to 1,000,000+.

Notes to follow

Nazanim's Someday

Persian Jewish: five options of religious music in LA

From Dr. Atefeh:




Where is Farsi spoken in Asia?

Here's is one area (need more images of others):

An image of the region published by NASA's GSFC
"The region displayed in this black and white, red band (Band 5) mosaic includes nearly all of Pakistan, part of eastern Iran and a bit of southern Afghanistan, and a smaller segment of India, extending over about 2,100 km (1,305 mi) from west to east. " Primary Author: Nicholas M. Short, Sr.

Need flags of the world for Bukharan, Tajiki, Afghani flags.

Songs for learning the alif baa

in Arabic from another of my blogs

Numerals are the symbols used to count the numbers--did I get that distinction right?

In Arabic, these numbers are referred to as "Indian numbers" (أرقام هندية arqām hindiyyah).

Friday, June 6, 2008

Calendars, dates, days of the week, times of the day

Last updated 29 June 2009

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=246 Tehran weather and time

Convert dates between the Gregorian calendar and

the Iranian calendar and the Islamic calendar

the Jewish (Hebrew or Babylonian) calendar

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!" "Get me to the church on time!" (Musical lyrics that hinge on knowing when.)

Transliteration Codes (for Dr. Atefeh's class)

Transliteration codes for Persian 101/102, Summer 2008 intensive Persian at LARC/SDSU (text + music)

In this course, as long transliteration is needed the following codes will be used:
Deep aa as in “car” : alef in آب is presented by aa ( double a): aab
Short a as alef in “dad” is presented by a (single “a” fathe or zebra in Persian): دَر dar
The letter خ with kh as خانه khaaneh , with gh as قند ghand ,
To represent the represent the o sound as in go (zammeh or pish in Persian ) we use the o : گل flower: gol
The e sound as the initial sound in "elbow" is represented by e ( kasreh or zir in Persian) : khaane خانِه
The letter ژ as in Dr. Zhivago is presented by zh. or in the word ژاله or zhaale
The sound i as the English word “in” is presented by i: Iran ایران
The sound y as in the English word “ youth” is represented by y : یک yek ( one)
The sound oo as in soon is presented by و as in بو ( smell) : Boo. In case this sound occurs at the start of a word is represented by او as in اوشون ( a place next to Tehran) :ooshoon
The diphthong or glide is represented by y as as in آمریکایی aamrikaayee/
میل meyl = desire ( as in the word “fail”)
دولَت = dowlat as in the English work “row”

To help your remember the grammar constructs of :
1) possession which is presented by phonetic sign, we will used é : naané man : my bread = نان ِ من
2) verb to be which is presented by the letter “h” ه in Persian we will use eh as:
این آبه in aabeh
حالت چطوره؟ haalet chetowreh?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Persian Diaspora

Last updated 30 July 2009.

Publications in English: Payvand , tehranbureau

From June 26 – September 5, 2009 at NY's Chelsea Art Museum,
Influences of Homeland and Diasporaon the Artistic Language of 56 Contemporary Iranian Artists, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath was reviewed by TEHRAN BUREAU's LEILA DARABI in New York 28 June 2009, "Iran Inside Out." There is a companion exhibit and a weekly film series.

"Established in 1989, the Persian Cultural Center (PCC), better known to the community as "Kanoon", is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national organization, with no-political or religious affiliation. PCC is based in San Diego and was created to celebrate, share and promote the very rich cultural abundance of its many ethnic groups and their history."

According to its web-site, San Diego's PCC encompasses the Iranian School of San Diego, the Persian Cultural Dance Academy, and the charity of the Iranian Foundation. Here is a humorous immigration skit from four ISSD students, shared via youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SII4tZS7tE

The Association of Iranian Americans, North County (San Diego)
انجمن ایرانیان شمال سندیاگو
had its first event on July 19th in Encinitas in 2008.

The Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County, is just north of San Diego (social, business, and cultural).

Iranian.com, is a website for the expatriate Iranian community, mostly Iranian-Americans (lots of ads)

In Israel, Yad vaShem posts pages in Persian about the 1940's Shoah شوا .