20 December 2011
Sometimes you are forced to use words that you truly do not believe in, like “hero”. I have always been against creating heroes or praising them. To me, a hero is someone who is an idol or a role model that possesses no flaws. But each human being has flaws that makes him or her disqualified to be a hero; the same goes for all heroes that we read in stories, since we really do not know much about their real (personal) lives. Yet, sometimes you feel obligated to use these words even though you are against it. Because once in a while you find people that, even with their faults, cannot be disqualified from being called a hero, just like sister Shiva. Shiva’s decency and conscientiousness is vast. The extent of her love attracts the youngest and the oldest and the oppressed. She has not been made a hero for nothing. What makes her a hero is the path of her life and her actions. Shiva is a different kind of hero from what you usually read in books. She is not unreachable and doesn’t only exist in the fantasy world of books. She is here, always close by.…
I have never taken Amirabbas Fakhravar seriously enough to even think about him. Years ago, when I was in Iran, I wrote a statement and clarified my position toward him. (Link) But now things have in fact changed, in a way that I realize that it’s crucial t to examine his background, once and for all, in order to inform public opinion. With a simple search on the internet, one can clearly see that during the past few years, in an attempt to discredit and tarnish the image of recognizable members of the opposition, that proves Fakhravar has been one of the main news sources . Link - Doc , Link - Doc , Link - Doc , Link - Doc and ... Destructive statements and contradictory actions, as well as audio and video files released by Abbas Fakhravar have been used time and again, by the Iranian regime, as a part of their schemes to damage and vilify. Therefore, the first question that crosses ones mind is: who is Amirabbas Fakhravar? Has he also played the same role in the past? What is his record and background and what specifically, is he doing right now in this part of the world? To understand this, we must refer to some of his own statements and…
A few months ago, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Iranian president, candidly discussed Iran’s negotiating style with America. This was the first time the former president discussed this topic with Iranian newspapers, making the interview both historic and unique. His revelations are critical to understanding Iranian intentions today and recent diplomatic complexities. Rafsanjani blamed the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameinei, for severing Iran’s relationship with America during the eight year Iran-Iraq war: “Despite America’s offensive attitude during the war, there were signs that they were willing to compromise on some of their positions and work towards effecting change,” he said. “We replied harshly to any sign of diplomacy, because we were under ourleader’s orders. However, he was not successful. Certainly, if we showed more willingness to work on our diplomatic relationship with America, they would have welcomed it. Perhaps if we dealt with Americans the way we deal with the Europeans, we would have fewer problems.” Some Iranian political analysts believe figures like Rafsanjani are taking advantage of the Supreme Leader’s current weakness. Khamenei is being blamed for Iran’s major mistakes over the past three decades, such as cutting ties with America. Khamenei was also roundly criticized by many inside…