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July 31, 2003

Press freedom


Reporters Without Borders is an association officially recognised as serving the public interest. It has a news website devoted to press freedom and also a persian site.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:21 PM | Politics 2003 |


Nation Master is a site that transforms national statistics into interesting facts and graphs.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:44 PM | Technology |

Geography Quiz

Did you know the Middle East? Test your knowledge by playing this drag and drop game.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:10 PM | Quiz |

July 30, 2003



The picture on the left is the winning entry for Mazda Family Photo Contest in 1988. The one on the right is a photo of my brother with his Peykan (Hillman Hunter) which was taken the same year.

Wish him a happy birthday!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:32 PM | Look-alikes | Paykan |

July 28, 2003



This is an old picture of Pahlavan Razaz with one of his students, Bagher Miveh-chian.

Zoor-Khaneh is a gymnasium for traditional Iranian martial arts (varzesh-e pahlavani).
Zoor-khaneh website has a nice flash intro and Pahlavani website has interesting content.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:43 PM | Journal 2003 |

July 26, 2003


Trade unions around the world have launched a boycott of Coca-Cola products, alleging that the company's locally owned bottlers in Colombia used illegal paramilitary groups to threaten and kill its workers.

Posted by mehrdad at 08:32 PM | Politics 2003 |

July 23, 2003

Asylum Day - BBC1

As part of BBC One's Asylum Day, "You The Judge" programme gives people the chance to have their say about Britain's asylum policy. Shappi Khorsandi is going to be one of the judges. They will be stating the case of four refugees and will discuss who should stay or go then there is a public vote. "You The Judge" will be broadcast tonight at 20:00 BST on BBC One. It will also be available live and on demand from BBC website.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:47 AM | Journal 2003 |

July 19, 2003

A shining speech


Here's Johnny or is it Tony?

Posted by mehrdad at 10:18 AM | Look-alikes |

July 18, 2003

Deputy Comic Minister

The Iranian deputy interior minister suggested that a "hard object" caused the death of Zahra Kazemi - an Iranian/Canadian photojournalist - and added, "We still don't know whether it was the object that hit her head or her head hit the object. We suggest further investigations."

Posted by mehrdad at 10:38 PM | Politics 2003 |

July 16, 2003

Netscape No More

Having paid $4.2 billion for Netscape in 1998 and after years of trying the browser market, AOL has decided to quit the browser market. Click here for details.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:54 PM | Technology |

Future looks bleak for Iraq's environment

To overcome Iraqi forces, US troops fired thousands of shells tipped with depleted uranium. Concern is now mounting over use of depleted uranium and its effects on the health of soldiers and civilians. New Scientist magazine considers the evidence.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:09 PM | Politics 2003 |

July 14, 2003

Ebi Road


Haj Ebrahim Road in Tehran.
(After Abbey Road by The Beatles.)

Posted by mehrdad at 06:32 PM | Music |

July 11, 2003

Wacky Web!

According to Brian Livingston, WWW stands for Wacky Web Week and my site is among the Internet’s greatest bits! Thanks, but is this site only about Iranian politics? Well I hope not. I just like writing about things that are current and I know a bit about.


Posted by mehrdad at 09:12 PM | Journal 2003 |


I have just read another worrying news. According to Persianblog -an Iranian hosting provider- the Iranian government has just stopped the activity of all Persian blogs on their servers. This could be the start of a new wave of censorship.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:05 AM | Politics 2003 |

July 09, 2003

Thanks for reading

Deer Aamerikan ferends velkom to my saayt!
(I just wrote it with an Iranian accent, "dear American friends welcome to my site" in case you didn't understand). I noticed the number of American visitors has increased thanks to links from Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Sullivan, Samizdata.net and hopefully a few more that I don't know of yet. I really appreciate you reading this blog and seeing the perspective from a British/Iranian angle. I am a cheerful cynic, so don't take it too seriously. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:36 PM | Journal 2003 |

July 08, 2003

Iranian twins die in surgery

It was very sad to hear that Ladan and Laleh Bijani died today at the end of a 50-hour operation to separate them. The 29-year-old sisters were well-known in Iran for their courage and academic success.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:32 PM | Journal 2003 |

Dr Strangelove


Posted by mehrdad at 05:14 PM | Films | Politics 2003 |



Has anyone noticed the remarkable similarity between Dr Strangelove and Donald H. Rumsfeld?

Posted by mehrdad at 05:08 PM | Look-alikes |

July 07, 2003

Interactive Guides

I really like the interactive guides on The Guardian website. The guides need Macromedia Flash Player to work. Recent guides include:

Posted by mehrdad at 10:01 PM | Journal 2003 |

July 05, 2003

Bush on Iranian note


George Bush would be very happy to be on Iranian note! He is working on it anyway.

Posted by mehrdad at 08:26 AM | Politics 2003 |

July 04, 2003

Sean Connery on Iranian note


Posted by mehrdad at 11:22 PM | Look-alikes |



Has anyone noticed the similarity between the Islamic Republic of Iran's sign and the Onion's logo? (The Onion? is America's award-winning satirical publication).

Posted by mehrdad at 09:24 AM | Look-alikes |

July 02, 2003

Heart attack

My old school mate Ahmad called last Sunday and told me that he is recovering from a heart attack. He has just turned 39. I was shocked and saddened by the news. He was taken to hospital suffering from severe chest pain and the heart attack actually happened in the hospital. Apparently his heart stopped and he was given resuscitation.

Awful things happen but it looks like they particularly happen to my unlucky Iranian generation. In his case he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, lost his younger brother in the war and hasn’t heard of his older brother for many years. He told me many horrendous stories of the war. Now he lives in exile alone.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:00 PM | Journal 2003 |