The US Government shut down about 24 hours ago, for the first time in about 5 years. What makes it particular? Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a meeting with Donald Trump on Jan 11th where a bipartisan agreement on immigration, previously agreed upon during a phone call between Dick Durbin and … Continue reading Politics of Division
The sixth day of #IranProtests comes to complete a round where all the players have had their moves. People, Parliament, Hassan Rouhani’s government, the Judiciary, some political activists, some foreign leaders and finally The Supreme Leader. Not surprisingly, the Supreme Leader, addressing a limited audience of martyrs’ families, laid the blame on the enemies of … Continue reading Enemies of the Nation
Fourth day of the what has been sweeping cities across Iran, named across the social media as #IranProtests has gone by. I concluded my yesterday note insisting that Rouhani & co. must speak up; which they did. Moreover, the government was not the only speaker of the day: By noon today it was formally announced … Continue reading Whose Turn Next?
The third day of the unrest in Iran was striking. Here are some reasons why: With the state-called rally on the streets, a major offensive with face-to-face clashes and a stronger presence of plain-clothes forces looked more promising. It did happen. Tehran finally rose up. The nation's capital, as expected, faced turmoil around the University: … Continue reading Game of Silence
Starting yesterday in Mashad, typically known as one of the most religious cities in the country, and spread widely today to many cities across the nation; a series of protests have taken place which remain to be controversial. The controversies include primarily how it was all organized when; the calls to the first demonstrations were … Continue reading Protestors Back on the Streets of Iran
In late May 2017 an annual conference was held in Budapest which bore a rampant title: “Making Families Great Again.” Although lack of words beginning with vowels did not allow its holders to spread it the way the MAGA holder has been doing, the conference was disseminated enough to be addressed by a prominent figure … Continue reading Dark Ages (1)-On Steve King and Viktor Orban
آلیستر هورن در «سقوط پاریس» مینویسد: «چهرهی پاریس برای چند سال به شکل حیرتآوری تغییر کرد. نیمی از نقاشان خانهها، نیمی از لولهکشان، نیمی از بنایان و کاشیکاران و نیمی از کفاشان و طباخان غیب شده بودند. حدود بیست سال طول کشید تا نسل جدیدی از پیشهوران در پاریس به وجود آیند.» روزنامهی فیگارو نوشته بود: «پاریس … Continue reading سقوط پاریس