Tuesday, February 28, 2006

"وای از مشت ستمگر که بکوبیده دهانم"

In a few days, it will be the four month anniversary of the murder of Afghan poet Nadia Anjoman, who died after suffering a severe beating at the hands of her husband.

Nadia will never again be humiliated. She will never again feel the sting of a slap, she will not be spat on, she will not be kicked, pushed, beaten, dragged across the floor. her hair will not be pulled, her nose and mouth will not bleed, her ribs will not be bruised. her body will no longer heal itself during the merciful days without violence, only to be battered again without warning, without provocation, without justification.

In these things, I suppose, there is some small comfort.

Nadia, I have thought about you on many days, but I will especially think about you this week.

Friday, February 24, 2006

After waking up at 4 in the morning, getting stuck behind trains at two consecutive railroad stations, and having to deal with an unusual number of technical difficulties on the show, Raed still managed a great segment on today's democracy now, where he outlined some important points about the recently blown up Askari mosque, the 11th and 12th Shia Imams associated with the mosque, and their significance to the largely Sunni population of Sammara.

(what he didn't mention, however, is my blasphemous theory about the 12th Shia Imam. Oh well, another chance lost for my 15 minutes of fame!)

If you have a slow connection or are otherwise unable to view the segment, you can read the transcript here.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

According to the Iranian Aftab News Agency, it is estimated that every hour, nine fetuses are legally and illegally aborted in Iran.

Instead of weaving more tales about green salt or yellow cake, maybe the neo-cons will have better luck mobilizing their fundamentalist base by convincing them that an attack on Iran could save some 18 million fetuses from being aborted each year!

Two birds with one bomb, so to speak: liberate the middle eastern women from their men, and the middle eastern fetuses from middle eastern women.

South Dakota, this cause has your name written all over it.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Given the above still taken from the film, I guess you could say that Beau Travail aestheticizes the remnants of French colonialism in Djibouti.

But who has time to worry about the French when new armies have bases on your land?

At the time of this writing, ten marines are still missing from the crew of two helicopters that crashed off of the coast of Djibouti.

Ok, war-happy folks, after you have consulted your world maps to locate djibouti, let's hear the justification for why U.S. troops are stationed on the territory of yet another Arab country.

Cartoon of Prophet Bush

Original Cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad

Friday, February 17, 2006

Passion Play

I've never seen a Ta'ziyeh performance, i haven't even seen Abbas Kiarostami's famous staging of it. The above photo, taken for Reuters by freelance photographer Morteza Nikoubazl and found here, is from a performance of the play today in Tehran.

Despite all the barking and threats directed at them, life and art goes on in Iran.