Luna Shad's romantic entry into the music scene

26-Nov-2009 (19 comments)


Pomegranate Planet

Pomegranate Planet

Photo essay: Festival with 200 varieties of wild and cultivated pomegranates

by Persis Karim
17-Nov-2009 (15 comments)



Pomegranate Planet

Festival with 200 varieties of wild and cultivated pomegranates

This is the time of year when the days grow shorter and darker. It's also the time that my son Niko and I love because it is the season of pomegranates and persimmons. We had the pleasure of partaking in our pomegranate pleasure at the annual Wolfskill Experimental Orchard's fall pomegranate and persimmon tasting day -- which my son has dubbed the "Pomegranate Festival." This year, in addition to going to the actual festival, I volunteered the day before at the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository where more than 200 varieties of wild and cultivated pomegranates (largely from Western and Central Asia) are grown, studied, and preserved>>>




A photographic review of the movie, “Letters from America”

by Nazy Kaviani
13-Nov-2009 (14 comments)



Wasteful Sport

Wasteful Sport

Photo essay: 2010 Winter Olympics Torch relay in Victoria, Canada

by Azadeh Azad
09-Nov-2009 (6 comments)



Olympic blunder

2010 Winter Olympics Torch relay in Victoria

The Olympic Flame that was lit in Olympia, Greece, on October 22, 2009, finally arrived in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), on October 30th, where and when the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its 106-day, 45,000-kilometre cross-Canada journey. The cross-country journey will be completed at Vancouver’s BC Place on February 12, 2010, as it lights the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Here, I'd like to balance all the Olympic hoopla in the media by relating some of the Cassandra facts exposed (with sources) by the Olympic Resistance Network groups>>>


On the way

Iranian people seek democratic change and the democratic world can help

09-Nov-2009 (one comment)
The Green Movement has demonstrated that the desire for democracy is very strong in today’s Iran. This is the main characteristic of the GM: a national and peaceful democratic movement. It encompasses a wide range of political tendencies as well as various strains of the civil society, from women and students movements to teachers, lawyers, workers, business people, arts and culture personalities and human rights activists. Indeed, the GM highlights a culture change in Iran. Never in Iran has such a peaceful and well-disciplined large group of people taken into the streets in their millions calling for democracy and basic human rights>>>


Little Pumpkins

Little Pumpkins

Photo essay: Annual YABOO! parade

by kfravon
30-Oct-2009 (11 comments)



Flowing from his bones

Fared is allowing the music in his bones to flow out in a language he knows how to communicate in

20-Oct-2009 (4 comments)
On Saturday, September 26th, I wandered into San Francisco’s gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts ten minutes late like any good Iranian. This was one time I regret coming even one minute late. Before my butt hit the red velour seat, my jaw fell down as I finally heard something I’ve been hunting for for years: the Iranian Jeff Buckley and his motley band of strings and drums that spanned the Old and New worlds with creativity, melancholy, and good ‘ol Iranian silliness. At intermission, while Fared was flocked by newfound fans to sign his CD>>>


Good New - Bad News

Instead of finding ways to help the movement, fossils try to claim it

08-Oct-2009 (2 comments)
First the Good News: We – The Iranian Immigrants of all ages - just made a great showing in New York, of representing our much oppressed countrymen inside Iran. I was there for both days and certainly saw enough to know the majority of Iranians will build on their cumulative showing and will do even better in the future. I am certain of that – especially now that I see so many of our youth, breaking the old taboos and getting involved in politics relating to Iran.>>>


Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove

Photo essay: My sister's house is up for rent

by Jahanshah Javid



Akmed Strikes Back

Must you use a most unimaginative derogatory name such as 'Akmed' to refer to all of us?

06-Oct-2009 (4 comments)
I was getting on a flight to start my vacation. When I approached my seat, a nice Texan lady in the seat next to mine started eyeing me with a bit of suspicion. "What's wrong with you?... Your hair is all... dark and ethnic. Your eyes are so... not blue... so demonic. You look so... unlike us. Oh my god! I'm scared." Before I could react she began screaming frantically: "Marshal! Air marshal!" A mean-looking large man and a tiny one trying to look mean by chewing a toothpick jumped out of their seats, pulled out their Tasers, approached and assumed shooting postures. "Don't move, scumbag," yelled the large one>>>



The Three Iranian Sopranos

04-Oct-2009 (7 comments)
Since they were children in Iran, the sisters Shirin and Nasrin Asgari dreamt of becoming opera singers. They spent their playtime pretending be Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Later they made friends with Kamelia Dara, who had also been training to sing since early childhood, and practiced together. Yet hard work and ambition could only take the aspiring artists so far. They quickly realized they needed better training than they could find in Iran. Opera is rooted in Europe; you can’t perfect it in Tehran any more than you can perfect the Persian radif of music in Vienna. So the three came to Austria on tourist visas, hoping they could pass the auditions to be admitted as students>>>


Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

Photo essay: Three Iranian Sopranos, Lily Afshar and Fared Shafinury's Tehranosaurus in one unforgettable night

by bayramali
01-Oct-2009 (17 comments)



Tea with Tahmoures

Tea with Tahmoures

Photo essay: Passionate about upcoming Shams Ensemble tour

by Nazy Kaviani
26-Sep-2009 (one comment)