Mehdi Ghadyanloo (b. 1981) is an Iranian artist known for his utopian and philosophical paintings that interrogate universal human precepts such as fear, hope and loss. Through the portrayal of minimal heterotopic environments, surreal architectural arrangements, and the repeated use of symbolic elements such as stairs, balloons and aeroplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence.
Ghadyanloo has always lived in Iran and grew up on a farm during the Iran-Iraq war. The uncertain experiences of war and sanctions had a lasting effect on his psyche. Through his works Ghadyanloo subconsciously encapsulates and expresses a sense of suspension for an entire generation living in Iran. Although at times somber, Ghadyanloo’s work conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in gloomy times.
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Detroit: Emergency rally to stop U.S. against Syria, April 7, 2017.
The Trump administration and their imperialist allies are demanding NATO take “unilateral action” in Syria including removing Assad. This would put the US in direct conflict with Russian forces and Iran. We cannot allow Syria to become another Libya or Iraq. Join us in saying ‘no’ to NATO’s destruction of Syria and imperialism in the Middle East.
The ACLU took Trump’s administration to court Saturday night and, after an hour of arguments, the judge granted a stay that IMMEDIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROHIBITS CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FROM BARRING OR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT AMERICAN AIRPORTS.
THIS STAY IS TEMPORARY AND ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE CURRENTLY DETAINED OR ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICAN AIRPORTS. IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FUTURE CASES. It will be further deliberated.
Protect and defend yourselves. Be prepared.
IF YOU ARE A PERMANENT RESIDENT FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN :
NEVER SURRENDER YOUR GREENCARD OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PAPERS.
NEVER SIGN FORM 1-407. It is literally a form used to abandon your permanent legal resident status in the United States.
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
Regardless if you just arrived or if you have been here a while, REMEMBER
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. NEVER SURRENDER ANY LEGAL OR PAPERWORK THAT PROVE YOUR LEGAL REFUGEE STATUS (I’m unfamiliar with any exact form names, so use discretion and do research). GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT AND NATURALIZED CITIZEN FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
You are not in any imminent threat as refugees or legal residents are BUT
RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.
REPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED IT.
ORDER A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP IF YOU WERE NATURALIZED THROUGH YOUR PARENTS.
All these forms take time and money, so please do them ASAP. Certificates of naturalization and citizenship may take up to a year to be received SO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT AS IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP (about a 3 week wait to be received).
Good luck to everyone. He will not divide us. We will resist.
*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer or immigration professional. I am only a university student majoring in political science. My word is not the law. Please seek LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL help.
The great Union buster. Creator of trickle down economics which strangled the middle class, the working class, and the poor. Voodoo economics, he knew nothing about the presidency except to smile for the camera.
Illegally sold weapons to Iran while they were fighting Iraq to the death. Used the profits to fund the Contras, a Central American revolutionary group he supported. Marine Lt Colonel Oliver North was left to take the fall and was punished for lying to Congress to protect Reagan.
Straits of Hormuz. December 6, 1987. The Singapore-registered tanker “Norman Atlantic” sits ablaze after being attacked by an Iranian gunboat. The 86,129 ton tanker was carrying a cargo of naphtha liquid gas from Kuwait. All 22 crewmen left the ship and no injuries were reported.
Monument in Tehran commemorating Jewish soldiers who died defending Iran during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988)
During the Iran-Iraq war Saddam Hussein had the Iraqi government publish a book titled “Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, & Flies”. Being both Persian & Jewish, Iranian Jews were especially hated by Saddam.
“I lived through the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War, and a couple of years later, we left. It was dangerous, the government was despotic, and people were getting thrown into jail for no reason.
My dad was actually abroad at the time. He called my mom one day and said, ‘In two weeks we have to leave.’
We packed everything and fled in the middle of the night. I didn’t tell even my friends; we only told our closest family. I still haven’t been back so that was a final goodbye.
My sisters were in their late teens and early 20s and leaving was more difficult for them because they had more established friendships. I was excited because I was 12, and didn’t understand what it would mean to get transplanted. So, as a result, it hit me the hardest.
We came to California and it was a new environment, new language, new culture. It was extremely hard.
The first three months were the worst, and I was adamant about going back because I just couldn’t take it. Every day I was fighting with my parents, ‘I want to go back! I can’t stand it here!’
But they couldn’t see that happening, and rightfully so. It wasn’t a realistic option because we probably would’ve been killed.
They were also insistent on me going to school because they wanted me to integrate. It was the right approach, but it was so hard.
What made it even worse was that we arrived in California a week after the start of school. Let’s say we arrived on Thursday, and Monday I was at school.
It was a very traumatic experience. It probably would’ve been easier if I had a few months to decompress before I started a new life. I didn’t, and I resented that. My sisters were college age, so it took them several months before they got into some sort of program and continued with their education. I never had that. I never had a chance to soak it all in and acclimatize myself by walking the streets. As soon as I came here, I had to go to school.
That experience stayed with me. Now every time I move, I always like to have a little bit of padding before I start a new chapter—just to settle in a little bit.
Even when I moved to Cambridge, I arrived two weeks before I started my job just to get a feel for the place.”