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نوروزتان مبارک !Happy Nowrooz ! نوروزبايراموز مبارك

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16 مارس, 2014

By Abbas Djavadi and Bruce Pannier – Nowrooz is the new year holiday in Iran, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India and among the Kurds. The word itself literally means “new day” in Persian, and the festival marks the beginning of the solar year and new year on the Iranian calendar, as well… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

In Turkey, Tear Gas Instead Of Dialogue

By Abbas Djavadi – It started all too typically, with a rather minor event. Last week, a few thousand people protested against plans to allow construction of a shopping mall in a park near Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. An unexpectedly harsh crackdown by police armed with tear gas provoked tens of thousands more to pour into… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

From Azerbaijan To India, Spring Festival Norouz Begins

By Abbas Djavadi, Bruce Pannier Across much of the non-Arab Muslim world, people are celebrating Norouz, the festival that marks the arrival of spring and the beginning of the new year. The pre-Islamic holiday with roots in the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia — perhaps the world’s first monotheistic faith — is observed in Iran,… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Threatening Ethnic Conflicts in Iraq, Turkey, Iran

(Reprinted from June 25, 2009. Not much has changed meanwhile that would prove the general approach of this analysis wrong. Maybe on the contrary: the US troops› withdrawal seems even to have strongly confirmed concerns of a disintegration or at least internal ethnic conflict in Iraq threatening to spread to neighboring Turkey and Iran). By… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Now Reading: «The Obamas» by Jodi Kantor

«Die Obamas» is the title of the German version of «The Obamas,» by Jodi Kantor, that was published  January 10 simultaneously in English (Little, Brown & Co.) and German (Droemer). That’s what I have started to read now. The Introduction and the first part, «The Arrival» (in the White House) were both informative and exciting… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Now Reading: Die Konkubinenwirtschaft

Now reading: Die Konkubinenwirtschaft: Warum westliche Unternehmen in China scheitern und die Chinesen an die Weltspitze stürmen. by Frank Sieren; published by Hanser (Germany). Costs around $20.25 at Amazon. Fascinating stories on how some German businessmen failed or succeeded in China… Yes, Chinese economy and trade has been and is still improving with dramatic pace…… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

پاسداری شده: My Own Family Tree

هیچ چکیده‌ای موجود نمی‌باشد زیرا‌این یک نوشتهٔ پاسداری شده است.

«The Beginning of the Post-Islamist Era»

Interview with Abbas Djavadi May 29. 2011, interviewed by Erik Siegl, HBF Prague, for the German Heinrich Boell-Stiftung Mr. Djavadi, a lot has been said about the importance of new media for the “Arab Spring”. However, these are “only” tools for people to mobilise themselves. What were the factors that in your view emboldened people… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Azeri Turkish, My Mother’s Language

By Abbas Djavadi — February 21 is the International Mother Language Day and, again, I think about my own mother language, Azeri Turkish. Half of the world’s 6,700 languages are in danger of disappearing before the century ends. «A language is endangered when its speakers cease to use it, use it in fewer and fewer… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Reading Persian Classics In Iran

By Abbas Djavadi — «Do you have the original edition of this book?» It’s a question many Iranian booksellers are confronted with as customers seek out some prominent Persian classics. From the 14th-century satirical poet Obeyd Zakani to Forugh Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most famous 20th-century female poets, hundreds of writers, poets, historians, and thinkers… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

The Beginning Of Post-Islamism

By Abbas Djavadi — People around the world have been making comparisons between the situations in their countries and those in the Arab lands in revolt. Will Saudi Arabia follow the path of Egypt? Is Azerbaijan like Tunisia? Such comparisons are often misleading, but we can’t help doing it and sometimes such exercises can produce… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

A Turkish Role Model For Iran

By Abbas Djavadi — «It’s so pleasant here in Turkey,» says Kaveh, a 40-year-old Iranian from Tehran who’s visiting Istanbul, just as he has many times over the last 20 years. «You feel free leaving Iran for a week or two.» I asked Kaveh if he’d noticed any changes over the last eight years since… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

After Green Movement, Iran’s Conservative Factions Turn On Each Other

By Abbas Djavadi — Last year’s crackdown on Iran’s opposition Green Movement united the various factions of the country’s ruling establishment. Recently, however, there are signs of conflict among these competing groups, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to be having trouble balancing among them while simultaneously favoring President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s «militaristic-messianic» faction. Just… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Iranian Small Business Squeezed By Ahmadinejad’s Policies

By Abbas Djavadi — Even as the latest UN, U.S., and European Union sanctions against Iran create new hardships for the country’s economy, most Iranians outside the government seem to place the blame for the situation on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s uncompromising policies. At the same time, officials are trying mightily to ignore or downplay the… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Iran’s Ethnic Azeris And The Language Question

By Abbas Djavadi — Call it discrimination or even chauvinism: Millions of Iran’s ethnic Azeris have no right of education in their mother tongue. But, surprisingly, it appears the majority of them don’t care much about this inequality. Over the last two months, I have interviewed more than 80 people, mostly from Tabriz, Ardabil, Khoy,… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

The Middle East Is Watching Iran’s Nuclear Program

By Abbas Djavadi — Will Iran’s uranium-enrichment work, which has provoked much alarm that Tehran could be seeking to build nuclear weapons, trigger a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East? So far, the answer is no. Since 2005, more than a dozen countries in the region have announced new or renewed interest in building nuclear… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

A Trial In Tehran: Their Only ‘Crime’ — Their Faith

By Abbas Djavadi — Of the hundreds of political prisoners in Iranian jails, there is one group, probably the only one, who have been tried and imprisoned not for attending demonstrations and not for writing and speaking publicly against the government, but simply for being members of a persecuted faith: the Baha’is. On April 12,… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

With Disappearing Subsidies, Iran’s Annual Inflation Rises To 50%

By Abbas Djavadi, Arash Hassan Nia — A recent pronouncement by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears to have settled a long-standing row between President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s government and parliament on how to reduce and gradually eliminate government subsidies of basic goods and services. From gasoline and electricity to sugar and flour, total annual… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Fundamentalist Calls To Ignore Norouz Go Unheard In Iran, Afghanistan

By Abbas Djavadi — Maryam had invited her two daughters and their husbands and grandchildren for Norouz, the New Year’s feast, to her home in western Tehran when I called her on Saturday. It was after 9:02 p.m. when «tahvil,» the change from the old to the new year, 1389 after Iranian calendar, was celebrated… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

Whoever Is «Waging War Against God» In Iran

By Abbas Djavadi — How did Mohammad Amin Valian, a 20-year-old student from Damghan, land in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps› (IRGC) infamous Special Detention Center No. 209 of Tehran’s Evin Prison? Valian comes from a religious family and is a member of his university’s reformist Islamic Students› Association. In late December, on the Ashura… ادامهٔ مطلب ›

After Elections, Iran Remains A Major Player In Iraq

By Abbas Djavadi – On March 7, millions of Iraqis «made their mark» and participated in the country’s second, generally fair and democratic post-Saddam Hussein parliamentary elections — an event that is exemplary for Iraq’s Arab and Iranian neighbors. Among the good news was that election coalitions this time around were far more ethnically and… ادامهٔ مطلب ›