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December 22, 2006

Iranian Euro


Iran is to shift its foreign currency reserves from dollar to euro and use the euro for oil deals in response to US-led pressure on its economy.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:16 PM | Politics 2006 |

December 01, 2006

Rogue Elements


Periodic Table of the 'Rogue Elements' and Isotopes including Putinium!

The British probe into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko is focusing on rogue elements in the Russian government, The Guardian reported today. Police were last night closing in on a group of men who entered the U.K. among a large crowd of Muscovite football fans. The group of five or more arrived shortly before Litvinenko fell ill and attended the CSKA Moscow match against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on 1st of November.

Oops, I was there and probably sitting next to some radioactive 'Rogue Elements'!
>> View the photo I took on the night

Posted by mehrdad at 01:35 PM | Football | Politics 2006 |

November 08, 2006



Saddam verdict didn't give Bush the big swing he was hoping for!

>> Darth Vader in Iraq

Posted by mehrdad at 01:34 PM | Politics 2006 |

October 09, 2006

Nuke Bang-ill


The new Coat of Arms of North Korea!

The "Dear Leader", Kim Jong-il (read Nuke Bang-ill) went ahead and conducted its first ever nuclear test this morning.

>> BBC: North Korea claims nuclear test
>> The Guardian: Nuclear test sparks international condemnation

Posted by mehrdad at 11:28 AM | Politics 2006 |

September 27, 2006

Uncovering Iran

BBC Radio 4 is uncovering Iran!

Iranian actor & comedian Omid Djalili looks at the long tradition of satire in Iran, which is today being continued by young comedians like himself in Britain and America.

>> Listen to: From Tehran with Laughter (30 min)

Posted by mehrdad at 10:26 AM | Politics 2006 |

Hands off Iran


Dedicated to Soul Bean Caf?

Posted by mehrdad at 09:59 AM | Politics 2006 |

September 14, 2006



Life is like a bowl of hummus:
You can't get hummus without smashing some chickpeas!

>> Watch tongue-in-cheek Jon Stewart with Aasif Mandvi here

Posted by mehrdad at 03:38 PM | Politics 2006 |

September 07, 2006

Khalkhali & Kissinger

Sadegh Khalkhali & Henry Kissinger.
Move the cursor over the image!

In an interview with Germany's Die Welt newspaper, former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger has said that it is possible to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Kissinger said that the US should hold constructive talks with Iran and that there are several ways to defuse Iran's nuclear impasse but the best option is to pursue negotiations.

>> The interview in Die Welt - German
>> The interview in Persian

Posted by mehrdad at 05:51 PM | Look-alikes | Politics 2006 |

August 25, 2006

From Damascus to Beirut

" Because of the closure of Beirut airport and the destruction of Lebanon's highway system by Israeli bombardment, I returned to Beirut from Damascus by bus on Friday, 18 August, 2006, traveling along Lebanon's byways. The slow journey took us through beautiful villages and small towns that most passengers would not have visited otherwise. Perhaps we need a calamity to remind us of what is often sacrificed in high-speed development".

>> Photo essay: Clear picture of the destruction & Lebanese people's resilience

Posted by mehrdad at 11:07 AM | Politics 2006 |

July 21, 2006

July 18, 2006



"Superman returns but not to the skies of Beirut,
people head for cover as they hear guns shoot.
America stands by as the Middle East goes insane.
Is it a bird? Course not, it?s an Israeli warplane."
Soul Bean Caf?

These sites are following events in Lebanon and collecting news and reports.
>> Lebanese bloggers group blog
>> Global Voices Online

Posted by mehrdad at 01:13 PM | Politics 2006 |

June 08, 2006

June 05, 2006

Shirin Ebadi in London

>> Signed, sealed & delivered!
>> Read about it here

Posted by mehrdad at 01:35 PM | Politics 2006 |

May 31, 2006

Don't Attack Iran


Hands off the pomegranate!

Don't Attack Iran: Public meeting
Friday 2nd June 2006 6.30pm

Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London WC1 (opposite Euston Station)
Speakers: Human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi, Tony Benn, Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition), Jeremy Corbyn MP (CND), Zibir-Mir Hosseini & Elaheh Rostami-Povey (London Middle Eastern Institute, SOAS).

See you there!

Posted by mehrdad at 11:27 AM | Politics 2006 |

May 24, 2006

Dr Jahanbegloo and Dr Who


Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo & Christopher Eccleston as Dr. Who

Some observers fear a new round of crackdowns on intellectuals is taking place in Iran. They point to Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo who has been held in a Tehran prison for more than three weeks.

Iranian intellectuals who are active both in Iran and abroad are like Dr. Who! They are time-travelling adventurers who explore time and space fighting for justice. I really hope Dr. Jahanbegloo could get back from the 14th to 21st century this time.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:17 PM | Look-alikes | Politics 2006 |

May 23, 2006

The New Statue of Liberty


They fight dirty!

Posted by mehrdad at 04:29 PM | Politics 2006 |

May 09, 2006

Ministerial Briefs


This week John Prescott was stripped of his departmental briefs.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:42 AM | Politics 2006 | Puns |

April 16, 2006

Neocons Turn Up Heat for War in Iran

Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war!
? Donald Rumsfeld

Major right-wing publications in US are calling on President Bush to urgently plan for military strikes against Iran in the wake of its announcement this week that it has successfully enriched uranium to a purity necessary to fuel nuclear reactors. >>

Posted by mehrdad at 07:38 PM | Politics 2006 |

March 30, 2006

March 28, 2006

Get Involved

Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) is an independent campaign organisation with the purpose of opposing sanctions, foreign state interference and military intervention in Iran.
>> Get involved and spread the word

Posted by mehrdad at 12:15 PM | Politics 2006 |

March 15, 2006

Mess O'Potamia

From the great Mesopotamia to Mess O'Potamia!

Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US postwar Iraq strategy was "an unbelievable mess".

Posted by mehrdad at 06:10 PM | Politics 2006 |

Snow in Iran

David Mohammad Yaghoobi wrote : " "So what have you been learning about this nuclear mess?" I inquired, thrilled at being able to get an off-the-record response from such exposed people. "Well it's crap, isn't it" replies Snow barely allowing me to finish."


Posted by mehrdad at 05:45 PM | Politics 2006 |

March 13, 2006

McKosher and McHalal

McDonald's changes its brand to suit kosher appetites. McDonald's iconic "golden arches" are being trumped by the blue and white of Israel's flag after the hamburger chain bowed to pressure from Tel Aviv's chief rabbi to distinguish its kosher restaurants and save religious Jews from accidentally chomping on a cheeseburger.

After McKosher here is my proposed McHalal.
It says Halal in Arabic script.


>> Read the story here.

Posted by mehrdad at 08:26 PM | Politics 2006 |

March 10, 2006

45 Minutes

According to the Guardian, a senior British Foreign Office official said that while it could take Iran several years to build a serviceable nuclear weapon, it might gain the technical know-how within months. "By the end of the year is a ... realistic period," said the official. "It would be really damaging to regional security if Iran even acquired the technology to enable it to develop a nuclear weapon."
This reminds me of the 45 minute claim about Iraq!

Posted by mehrdad at 05:35 PM | Politics 2006 |

March 02, 2006

Channel 4 News

Jon Snow and the Channel 4 News team will be broadcasting, blogging and podcasting from Iran starting 6 March 2006.
>> Channel 4 News from Iran
>> News from Iran Blog

Posted by mehrdad at 01:50 PM | Politics 2006 |

January 20, 2006