…”Event official says celebrated French-Swiss movie maker ‘seems to have succumbed to pressure from pro-Palestinian groups who launched a campaign for people to boycott Jewish state’ “
I was very curious to listen to the preferred clips of my almost nearby Iranian neighbour. Many urls where broken but I managed to find most of them. One further remark: I searched only the music clips an left out the political clips. Well, the music is great, and to my western Mideast ears surprisingly close to blues an jazz music.
…And here is the Music… (Click on the pictures to listen)
Kiosk is a Persian Blues/Rock/Jazz band established by some friends , some years ago in a basement somewhere in Isfahan/Tehran. Kiosk has never been limited by music style, location, or band members. It continues to evolve and experiment by using music and lyrics to express itself and connect to its worldwide audience.
Qlick on the picture to hear the music. Kiosk: “Love for Speed”. A music video from the popular group.
Kiosk, a picture of the group. Here is their site.
..”The source of this music and poems is the immense Iranian culture and history. These pieces of music and lyrics refer to, and find their meanings from Iranian culture which consists of four hundred years of battle between modernity and tradition.
Whenever I’ve wanted to laugh at the contradictions in my society I use the laughter and playfulness of the blues scale and its singing style. I blend it with the Iranian scale and singing style. Then whenever I’ve wanted to cry and express my sadness I direct the Iranian singing style towards blues or find refuge in reciting”.. … see more.
Click on the picture to hear the music. A song that appears to be a classical poem sung by Mohsen Namjoo (A popular jazz musician in Iran among young people). A wonderful song..
Mohsen Namjoo, a picture. Here is his site.
Sufi singer Shahram Nazeri
Shahram Nazeri was born in Kermanshah province in 1949. Like Shajarian, his music career started with the help of his father at childhood. He enjoyed the classes of the Persian music masters such as Abdullah Davami, Abdol Ali Vaziri, Jalal Zolfonoun, Mohammad Reza Shajarian and others, see more here.
Click on the picture to hear the music.
Qlick on the picture to hear the music. A video of Shahram Nazeri singing a song in Kurdish. .
Click on the picture to hear the music. “Nazeri,” A video of Shahram Nazeri singing a song in Kurdish. .
Shahram Nazeri, a picture. I didn’t find a personal site, but here is a site with additional information.
For all the other aspects of the ‘Study Mapping Iran’s Blogosphere’ see here.
Israeli filmmakers and directors remove taboos from the Israel-Arab wars and see them as valuable resources for anti war movies.The successful Beaufort, Oscar nominated movie in the categories of the best foreign movie, and now Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” at the Cannes film festival, explore the road taken by Stanley Kubrick in his anti war film “Path of Glory” or Jean Renoir’s 1938 WWI drama “Grand Illusion“, citing here their more illustrious precursors.
Wehbe, who has forged a successful career across the Middle East, performed for an invited audience in Bahrain April 30 despite all but one of the members of the Islamist-dominated parliament approving a motion urging the government to ban her perf. The pols were protesting about what they deemed her sexually provocative appearances.
The text is quoted from the Israeli “haaretz” newspaper.
…”Lebanese army moves into W. Beirut after Hezbollah takeover 17:38 09/05/2008 Lebanese troops began taking up positions in some Sunni neighborhoods abandoned by the pro-government groups and taken over by Hezbollah and its allies. The army, though, did not intervene in the clashes, which had largely tapered off into sporadic gunfire by early afternoon. Some of the gunfire was celebratory in the air by the militants”… see more
Here are from pictures from the fighting.
I extracted the pictures from the TV news of the Israeli channel 10 at 17.00 today.
The text is quoted from the Israeli “haaretz” newspaper.
…”The clashes are the latest turn in a test of wills between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. The U.S.-backed government has only a slim majority in parliament, and the two sides have been locked in a 17-month power struggle that has kept government at a standstill.
The fight could have implications for the entire Middle East at a time when Sunni-Shi’ite tensions are high. The tensions are fueled in part by the rivalry between predominantly Shiite Iran, which sponsors Hezbollah, and Sunni Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.”…see here
…”Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called Israel a ‘stinking corpse’ which is doomed dissappear, as the state celebrated 60 years of independence. “Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
‘Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation,’ he said.Ahmadinejad added that Israel “has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese” – a reference to the 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite Hezbollah militia”…..Source: haaretz.com
Interestingly, BBC News published in 2000 that “Tehran combats rat plague” I quote, “Tehran authorities are launching a new scheme to rid the Iranian capital of an estimated 25 million rats. Tons of rat poison have been imported for a month-long campaign that residents hope will free the capital of the pests.” see here.
Well in April 2003 Ahmadinejad was appointed mayor of Tehran. Perhaps after his above statement on Israel as a rat, It is now understandable that theTehran population needed Ahmadinejad as a rats expert .
But, again in 2008, the Los Angeles Times/Blogs published: “IRAN: Rats, and the sidewalks of Tehran”… here is a short quote.. “But the sidewalk project destroyed the rat’s nests. And unfortunately, they have migrated to other parts of Tehran. The other day while walking near the University of Tehran, I bumped into dozens of sturdy brown rats braving the crowds and digging through garbage bins.” see here.
Well Tehran residents, why not ask for Ahmadinejads help, is he or is he not an expert on rats?
..Most of the photos contrast sharply with the history books recalling the Vel d’hiver roundup and deportation in July 1942. Where are the snaking lines outside food stores? Where are the witnesses of the occupation? Rare are the photos where a yellow star sewn on coat lapels is seen on passers-by. This unexpected take on “German France” does not leave one indifferent.”…see here.