I'm a bit upset that Hillary supports the assault on Syria..
She does favor taking action in Syria, she’s been vocal about that for a long time and likely would have done things Obama was reluctant to do (& I do agree with some criticisms on Obama’s foreign policy decisions on Syria), but I don’t think she wants to go to war in Syria or will take military action that would lead to war with Syria.
First off, if Hillary was president, I don’t think this would have happened, at least not this early in her presidency and not provoked by US. Trump coddles with Putin, wants to go to war with Iran, and a few days ago his Secretary of State and UN Ambassador publicly said that US don’t care anymore about taking out Assad or assisting Syrians to do so, and before that trump includes Syrian refugees in his ban. It’s not a huge leap to say that those actions and statements emboldened Assad to launch not just any attack, but a chemical attack, to his people. And NOW trump bombs Syria and he lets Russia know before hand but not people in our state department and our allies.
Hillary put in the same situation wouldn’t have taken the same actions in the same way Trump did. I’ve no doubt she would have taken action in and maybe even take out air fields like she said today, but the process and timing wouldn’t be the same. She def wouldn’t have done it in her first 100 days. She would at least go to UN and Congress first. She would talk to our allies. She would think about not just a single military action but what are the consequences of that both in short and long term. She would study intelligence carefully and not just go with her emotions. She wouldnt make dumb statements on our foreign policy that has led us to this, and she wouldn’t have ban Syrian refugees then use Syrian children as props as an excuse to go to war.
A compelling documentary about two techno DJs trying to do their business in a land where every kind of electronic music is illegal. We watch Arash and Anoosh organizing parties, printing their covers and selling their CDs. What sounds like normal music business is a difficult and dangerous challenge in the Iran. Scenes at the “moral department” in Teheran makes you laugh and choke at the same time. This culture is so different from our western values and understandings of moral that it’s sometimes hard to believe. But the documentary is most of the time very authentic (I say most of the time because some dialogues seemed a bit scripted) mainly because of the vibrant and rough cut, of course driven by techno beats, and the camera style which is, due to the circumstances, often smartphone footage or even worse quality. This changes when the duo travels to Zurich where they get the chance to play at Lethargy, part of the biggest european techno festival Streetparade. After we watched them having rough times in their home it feels like a release for the audience as well to see them in the middle of this giant party. It is really special for them to play in front of a lot of people, open air, in the city. The change of camera style visualizes the culture change. Funny thing is - they already miss Iran. After five days in Zurich they need to decide whether to go back to Iran or to destroy their documents and try to stay in Europe (at least this is what a lawyer back in Iran advised). As I mentioned it’s an interesting and deep inside in a totally other culture than ours, so much is illegal but on the other hand there is always a way to make it possible somehow. You can’t make a party in your house because your neighbours will surely call the police and they will surely arrest you. So you rent a bus, invite all of your friends, bribe some policemen and party in the desert. The perspective you get is - of course - biased and shows only one side. But nevertheless it’s an interesting inside and only one of thousand examples of the difficult life in Iran.
@ask-iran has always inspired me to art. And honestly, I’ve always wanted to draw Iran, because she’s gorgeous af and such a great representation of Iran, but I felt my skills were never good enough to represent what is the fire of my inspiration..but..TODAY I SAID TOO BAD AND DID SO ANYWAYS
Photographic work coming out of Iran isn’t necessarily a rarity. But the vast majority of the work is either focused on political photo ops or, when it tries to go beyond that, depictions of anti-Western sentiments (billboards) or just street scenes filled with veiled women or men drinking tea and smoking hookahs. Francesca Manolino’s work is different, though. It is quiet, intimate and poetic. She traveled to Iran and went beyond the usual things we see. In Sight spoke to Manolino to find out how she did this.
Manolino said she was inspired to go to Iran some 10 years ago after seeing the movie “Persepolis.” In college, she studied anthropology, and Farsi calligraphy began to fascinate her. Later, when she was studying for a master’s degree in photography, she became enraptured by the work of the Iranian visual artist, Shirin Neshat. Fast-forward to last year when Manolino began following some Iranian photographers on Instagram.
My mom is from Mazandaran (a province in northern Iran) and my dad is swiss; we are living in Switzerland.
I was born here, I grew up here, I’ve never known another home and growing up I had always thought of myself as swiss (well, that changed a bit lately, but anyway). The only difference between me and my white friends was the way I looked and my ~foreign~ name.
So naturally it bothered me that it always had to be me who was asked where I was from, or what language I spoke and where my parents were from. It confused me. Could I not be as swiss as my friends, just because I’m overall darker? I already was more of a shy kid, but always being singled out for being ~different~ made me really self conscious. When I started Elementary School, I had already stopped speaking persian and over the years I almost completely unlearned it.
Though by now I am kinda pale-ish (but still not white passing lol), I tan quickly and as a child I spent a lot of time outside, so I had pretty dark skin. Which I didn’t like back then. My other concerns were mostly how hairy I was compared to others. Having very thick hair with a tendency to fluff out, I liked to wear it short during summer so I didn’t get to hot. But combine that with thick eyebrows and my older brother’s clothes I wore (what, they were spacey!), and I often got asked wether I was a girl or a boy, which made me even more insecure, because all my friends just naturally looked ‘girly’ with their long hair and thin eyebrows and light skin.
I still sometimes feel bad because of my ‘middle-eastern’ nose, although it’s actually kinda small? It’s just the hook that throws me off. But I’ve made my peace with it, on good days I even love this hook.
Being asked multiple times in stores if I work here; from age 14 onwards.
Butchered spellings/pronouncing of my name with people not even trying to get it right, like, it’s not that hard. My name already is spelled as phonetically as possible.
‘O.M.G. you don’t even have an accent!!!!1!’
‘Say smth in your language!!!’
‘Oh so you speak arabic?’ please don’t
'Doesn’t your religion say (insert idiotic thing)??’ Um, my religion? I’m (technically) christian?
Culture and Identity
Growing up in Switzerland, I am well acquainted with our customs here. But since most of my maternal relatives live in Iran and my mom and I aren’t really close, I’ve been distanced from her culture. I’m still in the process of finding my identity but I’m pretty sure I won’t identify as swiss anymore, or at least only as half-swiss. I’m relearning persian and I’m informing myself about my mother’s culture -my culture- and I’m also hoping to go to Iran one day soon. I never really was accepted as swiss, I guess I was kind of the only one who thought of myself as swiss, because everyone else, including my own parents (my mom hoping I’d show more interest in her culture and my dad often being asked where I was from or even if I was his child) had always seen me as a foreigner to some degree. But that doesn’t really bother me anymore. Maybe I’ve really never been swiss, but being persian is more than okay with me now.
I am however very grateful that the fact that I’m not straight (at least I don’t think I am? I’m kinda undecided) is not and will probably never be a problem, as many of my friends aren’t either and my parents are pretty accepting.
My mom and I not getting along all too well sometimes makes reconnecting to persian (and mazandarani) culture hard. I learned the arabic/persian script by myself and I’m doing most of my research alone too. The few times my mother’s relatives come to visit were fun, but the communication was kinda hard with my very limited persian skills. I do enjoy family get-togethers though; my relatives are mostly nice and fun, the food is amazing and i love hearing persian spoken around me; it reminds me of my early childhood, when my brother, my cousins and I used to all sleep together in my room on the floor when they visited.
But I don’t want to deny my swiss family either; which is the main reasons I’m not sure whether I still kinda want to identify as swiss or not. I spent a lot of time with my paternal grandparents, and though I think they weren’t all too happy at first when their son (my dad) married a foreigner (my mom), they do love having me and my brother around. They also helped me feel better about myself through my childhood, with my grandma always telling me how pretty my dark eyes were, and how lucky I was to have naturally curly hair and stuff. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel sad that I never really got to meet my maternal grandparents.
Persian food definitively beats swiss food. I literally can’t live without rice and ghormeh sabzi. Also the sweets, oh my god. Every time my mom’s relatives come to visit I go up one clothing size and it’s so worth it.
What I’d like to see more of:
Real, diverse and most importantly, positive representation of ME people!
ME LGBT+ people! Yes, we exist!
ME representation in children’s media!! This is so important!!!
What I’d like to never ever ever see again:
Fantasy-Villains that are very obviously inspired by Middle Eastern cultures, or rather, by stereotypes about those cultures.
Using ME people as barbaric idiots who all die at the hands of the ’“’”“heroic”“’”’ whites in movies.
Illegal immigrant jokes
White people making fun of the misogyny in ME countries when it’s literally just as bad in their own.
ME people being racist towards other POC. Like… why. Esp all this anti-blackness is so sad. Can’t we just collectively decide to dislike the west, instead of each other?
What do you think of the current situation with Qatar? Do you think their alliance with Iran proved a factor into the current crisis?
I wouldn’t say qatar and iran have an “alliance” because up until this point qatar has always been a huge ally to Saudi Arabia and because Qatar and Iran have different stances in Syria (Iran pro assad and Qatar pro al nusra and pro overthrow of assad)
Iran and turkey have already prepared to send aid to Qatar despite turkey and Iran also not really being “allies”
I’m really not sure how this is going to turn out because it’s a huge mess of who is allies with who but I don’t think Iran is going to rush and welcome Qatar with open arms also since Qatar backed Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war
I’m just as curious as to how this is going to turn out as anyone else and I’m hoping for the best but it’s hard to tell cuz of how messy and entangled everything is
But I will say that Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, etc., all cutting ties with Qatar for backing terrorists is so completely funny considering all those countries are notorious ISIS supporters lmao
have u ever gotten shit for being muslim in modern day america??
totally! i’ve more so gotten shit for being iranian in modern day america esp since cleveland (where i live) has a huge jewish community! my boyfriend was raised jewish and most of my friends are jewish so i’m always surprised when i meet new people and they’re like “oh we can’t be friends bc you’re iranian that’s so awkward.” it’s always such a shock that some people want to set those boundaries. it’s always an entry point for discussion and we usually end up getting over that bump regardless of who it is i’m talking to but ive had these interactions with a lot of people regardless of religion! we as americans are taught to believe that anyone not allied with or in direct trade agreements w the US is the enemy and that all people from that country are anti-american. also it’s always interesting when ppl say “oh don’t you get scared to go back to Iran” when i tell them that i go back every year. people are so convinced that terrorist groups are like bred in Iran which is not true not one terrorist (relatively of course) has come out of iran. i enjoy talking about my culture and religion and i like debunking stuff for a lot of unexposed people but i definitely get shit for both religion and ethnicity. always fun
TvInsider: Bones Boss Teases Five Major Developments Ahead This Season
Things got a little misty on Bones’ spring premiere Thursday night as Booth (David Boreanaz), Brennan (Emily Deschanel), and company were once again forced to face the grim reality of Sweets’ death. That painful reminder sets a lot in motion, emotionally, for the remainder of the season: “Everything we dealt with in the first half of the year comes to roost,” executive producer Stephen Nathan says. Nathan laid out some of what’s to come in what they call “Season 10.2.0.”
Booth’s gambling addiction will rear its head again
Booth will go undercover in a poker ring to try and solve the murder of one of its regulars. His cockiness where his disease is concerned (“He thinks he’s got it all figured out,” Nathan says) leads to a nasty relapse. “The gambling problem is something we’ve known for 10 years, and we’ve never really explored it,” adds Nathan. “It seemed to be the proper time.”
Booth, Cam (Tamara Taylor), and Arastoo (Pej Vahdat) will be going to Iran
In Episode 19, Arastoo risks his life by going back to his native Iran to help his dying brother, who’s a little healthier than expected when Arastoo arrives. “Then, he’s about to come home, and he doesn’t quite make it,” Nathan hints. Cam, realizing she can’t live without Arastoo, heads over with Booth to rescue him.
Angela (Michaela Conlin) may not be long for the Jeffersonian team
“Angela’s always been a part-time person there, and has always wanted to get on with her life as an artist,” says Nathan. “She doesn’t necessarily want to be around dead bodies all the time, and we’ll be confronting that.”
Hodgins’ (T.J. Thyne) missing fortune will be accounted for
“Accounted for” doesn’t necessarily mean he will be back in the black, but the dangling thread of the now-dead Pelant’s theft of Hodgins’ billions will be wrapped up by season’s end.
Brennan’s father Max (Ryan O'Neal) still has a few secrets left
After 10 years, one would think there wouldn’t be any more skeletons left to unearth in Max’s life. One would be wrong, according to Nathan, and he means that literally: “There’s grave robbing involved.”