Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy places ZARATHUSHTRA number one (#1) in the chronology of philosophers.
Sent by: Dr. Doostkhah
Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy places ZARATHUSHTRA
number one (#1) in the chronology of philosophers.
Madrid to host first Iranology
Scholars from several Spanish universities are due to deliver speech and hold talks on the assigned subjects including Iranian literature, philosophy, history, politics, law and art.
Women in Iranian current society, Iran's economy, Iran-Spain cultural and political ties, Iran's foreign policy, prospect of the philosophy in Iranian literature, science in Islamic Republic, Ibn Sina's philosophy, history of ancient Iran, history of Iranian art in Safavid era are among the subjects to be discussed by the experts.
Asian House Director General Ion de La Riba, Iranian
Ambassador to Spain Morteza Alviri and Ambassador to Vatican Javad
Faridzadeh are among the participants of congress.
I thought you may enjoy a good laugh.
Sent by : Shahrokh
Wants UAE, Iran to Settle Islands Row
Iran's self-styled rapping aristocrat
By Frances Harrison
Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh uses rap music mixed with Persian classical poetry in order to criticise poverty, unemployment, and the chi-chi women of Tehran wearing too much make-up under their chiffon headscarves.
If the style is radical, the message is deeply conservative.
"I am criticising the nouveaux riches who have no taste," says Shahkar.
"If a guy is driving a BMW without having the culture that goes with driving a BMW, he is still a village man, but he just has more money than before."
"The problem is in Iranian society, social classes are all mixed up and not as clear cut as before the revolution," says Shahkar.
One of Shahkar's lyrics goes: "She spends all day in the hairdresser, out partying till midnight, puts on loads of make-up, eats pizza and more than anything else she cares about her lipstick and lip liner."
Anyone who can whistle thinks he's Beethoven these days
Lyric by Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh
Men are criticised for spending hours in front of the mirror fixing their hair gel and then cruising around in sports cars. The satire seems to work well.
"The same young people listen to my music and
they all laugh and think I am making fun of someone else - not them,"
Sent by: Talieh Shahrokhi
A 77 year old illiterate Iranian woman who lives in
a village in the
Pari Saberi, the well-known Iranian drama director
is the first Iranian female artist who won the badge of knight of
the French literature and art. She will receive her award on October,
13, 2004. Abbas Kiarostami, Mohammad Ali Sepanlu, Reza Seyed Husseini
received the same prize before Saberi.
Tehran to Host
Int'l Cultural Heritage Film Festival
Following the establishment of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, it was decided to change the festival from a national event into an international one, said Mohammad Afarideh, managing director of the Center for Promotion of Documentary and Experimental Films.
Doc-makers from various countries are welcome to participate in the festival, which focuses on cultural heritage and tourism issues.
He noted that a selection of the films of the upcoming festival will be screened on the Tourism Day. Afarideh mentioned natural attractions and cultural heritage as the main factors to be taken into consideration in production of such short documentaries.
Fresh Bid to Register Sultanyeh as Heritage Site
Local officials in Zanjan province discussed ways to protect the area surrounding Sultanyeh Dome.The adobe dome is one of the most unique historical sites in Iran, dating back to the Ilkhanian dynasty. Its dossier has been compiled and sent by Iran to UNESCO to be reviewed for the 2005 session of the World Heritage Committee.
Settlement Discovered in Isfahan, Iran
"While demarking the boundaries of the Dar Castle in Naein just a few weeks ago, archeologists stumbled upon an Achaemenid settlement," said Mohsen Javery, an archeologist in Isfahan.
Covering an area of 2.5 to 3 sq hectares, the dwelling is littered with Achaemenid potteries, making experts hopeful they would discover new points about the lifestyle of people living in that era.
The Achaemenid Dynasty was a dynasty in the ancient Persian Empire, including Cyrus II the Great, Darius I and Xerxes I. At the height of their power, the Achaemenid rulers of Persia ruled over territories roughly encompassing some parts of Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Central Asia, Caucasia and the Asian portion of Turkey.
At different times, the Achaemenids also ruled Egypt, although the Egyptians twice regained their independence from Persia. After the practice of Manetho, Egyptian historians refer to the period in Egypt when the Achaemenid dynasty ruled as the Twenty-seventh (525 - 404 BC) and Thirty-first Dynasties (343- 332 BC).
The last Achaemenid king was Darius III (336 BC -
330 BC), who was defeated by Alexander III of Macedon. After the Macedonian
conquest, the Persian Empire was annexed by Alexander.
Behind Every Man Is A Smart
Iranian archaeologists believe they have discovered part of throne of Darius
"Four archaeologists of the team found a piece of lapis lazuli during their excavations in water canals passing under the treasury in southeastern Persepolis last year," said Alireza Askari, adding, "The studies on the piece of stone over the past year led the archaeologists to surmise that the stone had probably been a part of a leg of the throne of Darius."
According to historical sources, the upper parts of the throne of Darius were been made of gold, silver, and ivory and its legs were made of lapis lazuli, Askari said.
The throne had been transferred to the treasury after Xerxes I, the son of Darius, was crowned king. In addition, the figures carved on the stone are similar to the relief works in different parts of Persepolis, he stated.
Archaeologists have speculated that the piece of stone fell into the canals after Persepolis was destroyed and looted by Alexander the Great.
Persepolis was established by Darius I in the late
6th century B.C. Its ruins lie 56 kilometers northeast of Shiraz.
Darius transferred the capital of the Achaemenid dynasty to Persepolis
from Pasargadae, where Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian
Empire, had ruled.
Book Signing in Helsinki - Finland
Sent by: Susan Moeens
At the invitation of her publisher, Her Majesty Shahbanou
Farah Pahlavi, paid a short visit to Helsinki (December 8-10) for
the promotion of her recently published book in Finnish. The President
of the publishing house of Werner Soderstrom Osakyhtio, Mr. Jorma
Kaimio, welcomed Her Majesty at a reception given in her honor. The
media and the academic world were well represented at this gathering.
Among the many distinguished guests was professor Broms who had studied
Persian literature at Tehran University and has translated Hafez and
a number of other Persian literary works.
I'M A PERSIAN. MY LAND IS IRAN.....
No, I am not a terrorist nor a wife beater,
Iranian immigrant donates
$6 million to B.C. hospital
Vancouver real estate developer Djavad Mowafaghian's gift is the largest individual donation in the history of the B.C. Children's Hospital. The money will be used to expand the children's cancer clinic.
"I've got enough for one house and my children. The rest, I want to put [aside] for education and health," said the 77-year-old man on Wednesday.
Mowafaghian, who toured the hospital last year after telling officials he wanted to make a sizable donation, said he was struck by the crowded conditions he saw at the hospital.
"It broke my heart to see the crowded, rundown conditions the children had to endure while undergoing painful and difficult treatments," he read from a statement.
Hospital officials say the clinic, which is used by as many as 60 patients on a daily basis, will be more than doubled in size.
Mowafaghian, who was a general contractor in Iran during the rule of the Shah, left the country following Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution.
Written by CBC News Online staff
Did You Know????
Sent by: Talieh Shahrokh
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men!
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
All polar bears are left handed.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.