Monday, May 31, 2004

Last night, an old college roommate i haven't heard from in years, angela davis, and morrissey all make an appearance in the same dream.

i'm staring at a dirty aquarium and morrissey, who in my dream looks something like Ira Glass is pressing against my back. i yell for my college roommate as angela looks on, and later, the ira glass looking morrissey walks me home, going on and on about a book he has written. i'm not feeling very happy, and i wake up in a bad mood.

hmm, well, let me change the topic, i know, listening to people's dreams is boring...

Why haven't any iranian blogs in english written about the iranian journalist who was bitten by a representative of the iranian judiciary?

When i saw this picture of the bite-mark, i remembered my friend telling me about a parody Hadi Khorsandi did of the old iranian national anthem. He changed the former anthem, ey iran ey marz-e por gohar (roughly: oh iran oh land that is full of gems) to ey iran ey marz-e por kotak (roughly: oh iran oh land that is full of beatings).

funny, but also depressing, right?

in all honesty, i haven't read the full details on the bitten and beaten journalist, which is why i was hoping some english speaking blogger would take it up. the accounts i've seen in persian so far are from the usual suspect "opposition", and i am in no mood for their hyperbole. you'd think man-bites-man would be dramatic enough as is, but no, our beeroone marz mobarezan have to amplify the drama ten-fold, no matter what the original story.

sorry, i'm sounding like a real jerk this morning. i told you i woke up in a mood...I'll stop now.

Monday, May 24, 2004

A thinking student of mine (imagine that, a student who thinks!), said in class the other day: "information is just static in the brain".

she meant: it is not enough to know that, what matters is what you do with the information. we were speaking specifically about political and social change, and i thought she was right on.

so there you have it, lots of static in my brain. what to do before it becomes just white noise, dulling my senses instead of sharpening them?


ok, enough self-indulgence, how about more static?

as much as i loathe him, chalabi's so-called fall from grace didn't really sit well with me.

the conspiracy theory wheels started turning, so i ignored myself, and tried not to think too much about it.

then came the rumors that Chalabi was a secret spy for Iran, which, believe it or not, i sort of bought in the heat of the moment.

in practically every other post, i make some mention of how crafty i think the IRI is, and so when i heard these rumors, i thought "damn it, the IRI has really out-done itself this time, getting its public enemy number 1, the Great Satan, to take out its public enemy number one junior, the spawn of great satan (aka saddam hossein)."

i heard someone say that if the rumors prove true, then iran has managed to orchestrate one of the greatest intelligence coups of all time.

what a dilemma for anti-IRI ultra-nationalists: in their deepest darkest secret moments, they might find themselves blushing with pride at the IR's brilliant plot for overthrowing the most blood-thirsty enemy the iranians have seen in the last 100 years.

but you know, it is rather convenient isn't it, to place the ultimate blame squarely on iran's shoulders?

it is the bush administration who are really the crafty ones here: not only do they somehow exonerate themselves for the bogus intelligence on which they made a case for moving against iraq, they also manage to further lay the groundwork for attacking iran. in other words, instead of a retreat from war, we are egged on to prepare for more of it. time to get the "Nuke Iran" and "let's kick the Shi'ite out of Iran" posters out of the garage, where they had been sitting since the 1980 hostage crisis.

oh yea, one more thing, a conservative U.S. publication is claiming that Jordan gave the tip off on Chalabi's dealings with Iran.

i mean, really, am i supposed to keep my conspiratorial thinking under control with a mix like this?

but anyway, for an admittedly wittier take on all of this--Chalabi, Iran, and yes, even jordan--check out what Ra'ed wrote today.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

I wont bother linking to those disgusting torture pictures, you all have seen them already I am sure and have had the range of emotions I suppose are typical of any decent person.

Was it the neo-fascist Silvio Berlusconi or was it that other Italian, the journalist Oriana Fallaci (whose submerged ethnocentrism has come into its full racist bloom in the last few years), who were publicly raving and ranting post-9/11 about the moral superiority of the West?

I don't remember, it is quite likely that it was both of them.

In any case, I was reminded of such arrogant proclamations when I viewed those photos, but I hold no illusions that even such stark evidence will shake people out of their sanctimony. Instead, it will be either ignored or dismissed as an aberration, as the exception, as the work of the few bad apples.

Almost half a century ago, Aime Cesaire opened his classic work "Discourse on Colonialism" with these words:

A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization.

A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization.

A civilization that uses it principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization.

And long before the devastating U.S. interventions in Chile, Vietnam, Panama, Laos, Cambodia, Granada, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq (to name a few), Cesaire wrote in this same work:

To go further, I make no secret of my opinion that at the present time the barbarism of Western Europe has reached an incredibly high level, being only surpassed--far surpassed, it is true--by the barbarism of the United States.

I have nothing more to add for now.