Posts Tagged ‘Iran’


February 2, 2010

– If he has been able to forget me, so I can.

+ you see? you still loves him.

– how you said this?

+ cause you still wanna do the same things that he has been done.

(A dialuge in a Persian movie: Nights On by Farzad Mo’tamen)



November 2, 2009

A week ago, I had been working for a mission with some colleagues. A new colleague joined us, he is a young boy. He has approximately 30 years old and is very ingenious. He graduated in Master of Encryption from one of the top universities in Iran. But throughout our mission I pathos for him a lot, because he has  stutter and is not able to express his intents well. I think he was very struck embarrassment, because of his deficiency.

I don’t know why I should have pathos from him?! sometimes my feelings are out of my control. these times I become very hank myself!

Hafiz, The Great Iranian poet

October 27, 2009
If you remember, previously I  had written a post about Iranian celebrities . I was informed that one of Iranian great poets is Hafez.

Hafiz tomb in Shiraz
Here is a poem of Hafez that has been translated into English:
If a thousand enemies are intent on my demise
With you as my friend, fear won’t arise.
I’m alive with the hope of union with thee
Every moment I fear death, otherwise.
Breath by breath, your scented breeze I must inhale
Moment by moment, from sorrows exhale my cries.
Only dreaming of you, go to sleep my two eyes
Patiently longing for thee, my heart to itself lies.
Don’t pull away your rein when you cut me with your sword
My head is my shield, while my hand your saddle-strap ties.
Where can we see your face just as you are, true and pure?
Each based on his own grasp can realize.
Indigent Hafiz is the apple of people’s eyes
At your door, prostrated, your vision espies.

Sara Khoshjamal

July 28, 2008

Age: 19

Khoshjamal is the Iranian female heroine of the moment after qualifying for Beijing in Taekwondo. In keeping with Iran’s conservative religious rules, Khoshjamal trains and competes wearing a headscarf and a protective helmet and is the first Iranian woman to qualify for the Olympics. Iranian qirls are cheering her on; huge posters of Khoshjamal adorn the Tae kwon do Federation, a popular sport for Iranian females practiced by more than 120,000 girls. Khoshjamal, who in line with traditions is prohibited from training with men, trains in her living room with her older brothers. Last March in Vietnam she beat the world’s No. 1, securing her cherished ticket to China.

Maryam Eslami, from Iran

June 14, 2008
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presented two awards at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions on April 4, 2008, as part of the Organization’s commitment to promoting recognition of inventors worldwide. The award winners were:    
  • Mrs. Maryam Eslami, from Iran, who won the WIPO Award for best invention by a woman for a medical instrument to be used in bone surgery and the treatment of various bone-related ailments.
  • Mr. Wan Tarmeze, from Malaysia, who won the WIPO Award for best invention by a national from a developing country for engineered wood made from the waste biomass of oil palm plantations, so relieving the burden on natural forests as a source of timber.  Mr. Tarmeze’s invention – POPS™ Lumber – was among the many notable innovations at this year’s exhibition which were inspired by environmental and climate change challenges. 
The winners were selected by an international jury of experts designated by the organizers of the Exhibition. This is the twenty-seventh year in which WIPO has presented awards at the Geneva event, which provides an opportunity for inventors and researchers from all over the world to showcase their inventions and to attract business partners for joint ventures or licensing agreements.
WIPO awards highlight the key role of innovation in driving progress and in improving quality of life by paying tribute to inventors and acknowledging their work.  WIPO works with its member states, to ensure that the international patent system rewards inventors for their successful inventions, and for their ingenuity, effort and investment.
The WIPO awards program, and similar schemes that celebrate the achievements of inventors, help to foster a culture in which innovation is encouraged, not only in research laboratories, but in the work place, in class-rooms and in the home. 
Since the launch of the WIPO awards program in 1979, over 1,000 medals have been awarded to inventors, including young inventors, from more than 100 countries. 

A Persian Poem

June 9, 2008


Grand was she

Grand was she
And native of today
She was related to all the open vistas
And how well she understood the tone of water and earth
Her voice
Sounded like the scattered melancholy of reality and her eyelids
Pointed out to us
The direction of the pulse of elements
And her hands
Leafed through
The clear air of benevolence
And caused kindness
To migrate towards us
She resembled her own solitary self
And she interpreted for her mirror
The most affectionate curve of her time
And like rain she was full of freshness of repetition
And like the style of trees
She spread out into healthiness of light
She always called to the wind’s infancy
And she always tied the conversation
To the hasp in water
One night
She performed for us
Love’ green prostration so candidly
That we rubbed the sympathy of earth’s surface
And became refreshed like the accent of a pail of water
And often we saw
With how a large basket
She would set forth to pick grapes of tidings
But alas
She wouldn’t sit in front of the ablution of pigeons
And she went to the bring of naught
And lay down beyond the patience of lights
And she didn’t think at all
How lonely we were
To eat apples

* Translated by

p.s: here you can find translated version of some sohrab’s poems…

Iranian women top on inventor list

May 17, 2008

Iran’s women inventors have received 23 medals at the Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition, coming at the top of the list.

Bagging 12 gold medals, 5 silver and 6 bronze, Iranian women inventors gained the first place among 25 countries participating at the international event.

Mehrnaz Golchinfar, has invented an electricity generator system for Third World countries. Her power station, free of environmental pollution, was selected as the best invention and received the special jury award.

Sonia Saberi’s nano-composite earned her the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award.

Maryam Eslami’s implement for reparation and surgery of osseous diseases in olecranon grabbed the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) Award.

Some of twenty women inventors from Iran competed with participants from 25 other countries across the world at the prestigious festival held in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

An Iranian Girl 19 Years Old Professor

April 30, 2008

WASHINGTON, April 26: Alia Sabur, a 19-year old Iranian , has been declared the world’s youngest professor in history by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Alia broke the 1717 record set by a student of physicist Isaac Newton, Colin Maclaurin.

She has been setting records and making history throughout her young career; starting with reading at 8 months. Her IQ was determined off the charts.

She went from 4th grade to college, earning a BS in Applied Mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University, New York at age 14, the youngest female in American history.

She then earned an MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Alia is the youngest ever to receive fellowships and awards from the US Department of Defence, Nasa and the US National Science Foundation.

She was 18 when she was hired as a professor in the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.

“It’s really a great honour to be in the company of such great scientists,” Alia said.

p.s: Related Links:

World’s youngest professor can’t legally drink

Avoiding high calorie office food

April 21, 2008

Tired of meetings and office get togethers where the only food on offer is cake, Danish, pizza, biscuits and other high fat snacks?

There’s no need to feel unsociable or avoid these gatherings while you are trying to lose weight, if you plan ahead. Keeping nutritious snacks at the office can help you achieve your weight loss goals while everyone around you is letting their guard down.

Here are ideas about what to keep handy:

Water Bottle:

Most offices these days have water coolers where you can get yourself a glass of cool refreshing water whenever you want. The problem is, that sometimes you get so busy that you can go hours without filling your empty glass.

Drinking water is far too important to your overall health and weight loss aspirations to leave to chance and having a decent sized bottle of water at your desk all the time will help insure you’re getting enough.
The other great benefit of using a large bottle instead of glasses or cups of water is that you can easily track how much you’ve consumed during your day. Having plenty of water within your reach at all times will keep you well hydrated and help you avoid the office munchies by keeping your stomach nice and full.


Each couple of days, bring a bag of fresh fruit to the office and store it at your desk. Try to be adventurous; don’t just stick with the common fare of apples and mandarins. Berries, grapes, mangos and kiwi fruit will keep for several days, more if you have access to an office refrigerator, and provide variety to whet your appetite for something other than chocolate biscuits.

If you have a blender, take it to work with you and create a wonderful smoothie or fruit cocktail made with banana, pear, apple, pineapple, strawberries, orange juice and ice. Store it in the office fridge and it will stay good for a whole day or more.

Nutritious Snack or Protein bars:

You can also use these as meal replacements, but be careful to read the labels. Many “nutritional bars” are nothing more than candy bars in deceptive packaging. Stay well away from those with high levels of sugar and fat.


Bring a couple of small ziplocked bags of sliced carrot, celery sticks or your favorite veggies.

Low-fat cottage cheese/low sugar yogurt:

Small containers of these on hand will provide nutritional meal options.


A bag of low-sodium ricecakes tucked away can satisfy a need to eat something crunchy. Just stay away from the ones loaded with flavored sugar coating.


Apparently, this is an age old competitive bodybuilding trick. During pre-contest dieting, some bodybuilders attempt to deflect the temptation to eat blacklisted foods within reach by brushing their teeth. As you can imagine, the last thing they would want to do after brushing with minty toothpaste or gargling with mouthwash would be to eat a piece of chocolate or lollies. Not bad for keeping your breath fresh, too.


Make sure you have a serving or two of utensils at your desk, along with something to cut your food if needed.


If you don’t have a fridge or cooking facilities at work, take an insulated lunch-bag or thermal to work. The lunch-bag will keep your fruit, sandwiches and other nutritional snacks safe and fresh until your ready to eat and a thermal is perfect for taking healthy vegetable soups to work for that perfect winter snack.
The first step to staying on track with your eating program, particularly at work, is planning ahead. You don’t have the power to control what your co-workers bring into the office, but you can help ward off temptation by stocking up on a few items of your own.
Remember, the point is to not make your own desk resemble a supermarket aisle, but to have enough options on hand in order to substitute for the really bad stuff should the need arise.

p.s: The Source

Is There Anything Good About Men?

April 13, 2008

You’re probably thinking that a talk called “Is there anything good about men” will be a short talk! Recent writings have not had much good to say about men. Titles like “Men Are Not Cost Effective” speak for themselves. Maureen Dowd’s book was called “Are Men Necessary?” and although she never gave an explicit answer, anyone reading the book knows her answer was no. Brizendine’s book “The Female Brain” introduces itself by saying, “Men, get ready to experience brain envy.” Imagine a book advertising itself by saying that women will soon be envying the superior male brain!

Nor are these isolated examples. Eagly’s research has compiled mountains of data on the stereotypes people have about men and women, which the researchers summarized as “The WAW effect.” WAW  stands for “Women Are Wonderful.” Both men and women hold much more favorable views of women than of men. Almost everybody likes women better than men. I certainly do.

 My purpose in this talk is not to try to balance this out by praising men, though along the way I will have various positive things to say about both genders. The question of whether there’s anything good about men is only my point of departure. The tentative title of the book I’m writing is “How culture exploits men,” but even that for me is the lead-in to grand questions about how culture shapes action. In that context, what’s good about men means what men are good for, from the perspective of the system.

Hence this is not about the “battle of the sexes,” and in fact I think one unfortunate legacy of feminism has been the idea that men and women are basically enemies. I shall suggest, instead, that most often men and women have been partners, supporting each other rather than exploiting or manipulating each other.

Nor is this about trying to argue that men should be regarded as victims. I detest the whole idea of competing to be victims. And I’m certainly not denying that culture has exploited women. But rather than seeing culture as patriarchy, which is to say a conspiracy by men to exploit women, I think it’s more accurate to understand culture (e.g., a country, a religion) as an abstract system that competes against rival systems — and that uses both men and women, often in different ways, to advance its cause.

Also I think it’s best to avoid value judgments as much as possible. They have made discussion of gender politics very difficult and sensitive, thereby warping the play of ideas. I have no conclusions to present about what’s good or bad or how the world should change. In fact my own theory is built around tradeoffs, so that whenever there is something good it is tied to something else that is bad, and they balance out.

I don’t want to be on anybody’s side. Gender warriors please go home.

Continue Reading Nice Article…

Persian Culture in White House

April 9, 2008

Did you remember I wrote about Haft Sin table in this post? Today I found an amazing picture called: Haft Sin in White House. You know that Iran and United States goverments have’nt any relationship! or this relationship is turbidness! but this job is Admirable 🙂

A traditional Haft Sin table celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is seen set Wednesday, March 19, 2008, in the State Dining Room of the White House. Nowruz is, in Persian and some other cultures, including Kurdish culture, a family-oriented holiday celebrating the New Year and the coming of spring. The Haft Sin table has seven items symbolizing new life, joy, love, beauty and health, sunrise, patience and garlic to ward off evil. White House photo by Chris Greenberg

Iranian Blogosphere Map

April 8, 2008
The map of the Iranian blogosphere produced by John Kelly and Bruce Etling for their paper, “Mapping Iran’s Online Public: Politics and Culture in the Persian Blogosphere.”

5 Days to New Year in Iran

March 15, 2008

Just five days remaining to new year in Iran… Todays I review this year and try to find my weakpoints to improve them.

The new year holidays called Norooz (Norouz) – meaning (New Day).

The people in Iran celebrate New Year on the first day of spring. Most of the people in Iran are Muslims and celebrate their New Year with joy and fervor. Noruz or Nowruz, which is the New Year in Iran, is celebrated on the 21st of March according to the Georgian calendar. One can find in the towns and villages cannons. It is believed that until these cannons are not heard the New Year celebrations cannot begin. The preparations for the New Year in Iran begin few days ahead of the New Year.

 The Picture’s name is Haft-sin Table: made up of seven symbols of life and the interaction of human beings with nature, here is a great article about Haft Sin table.

partying, feasting and enjoying throughout the night of the New Year are essential New Year customs that the people in India follow on New Year.

Food, flowers, Money, and gifts are kept on a special tray in Iran.These gifts called Eydy (In Persian) ,The children on New Year’s Day keep their eyes closed until they are led to the tray. Making New Year resolutions are important New Year customs that the people in Iran regard as essential and close to their heart.

p.s: Here you can find more about iranian new year’s habits with some beautifull pictures: Persian New Year

An Iterview With God

March 13, 2008

I dreamed that I had an iterview with God

“So you would  like to iterview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time”. I said.
God smiled
“My time is eternity.”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“Whay surprises you most aboat human kind?”
God answered…
“That they get boared with childhood, they rush to grow up and then long to be children again.”
“That they lose their health to get money, and they lose their money to restore their health.”
“That by thinking anxiously aboat the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neather present nor future.”
“That they live as if they never die, and die if they had never lived.”

God’s hand took mine and we where silent for a while.
And then I asked…
“As the creator of people, what are some of life’s lessons you want them to learn?”
God replied with a smile…
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. what they con do is let themselves be loved.”
“To learn thet it is not good to compare hemselves to others.”
“To learn that a rich person is not onewho has the most, but is one who needs the least.”
“To learn that it takes only a few seconds to open  profound wounds in person we love, and it takes many years to heal them.”
“To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.”
“To learn that there are persons who love them dearly, but simply do noy know how to express or show their feelings.”
“To learn that two people can look at the same thingand see it differenfly.”
“To learn that it is not always enough that they be fogiven by others, they must forgive themselves.”
“And to learn that I am here

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Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains?

March 10, 2008

The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations. It’s the wellspring of all human feelings, behaviors, experiences as well as the repository of memory and self-awareness. So it’s no surprise that the brain remains a mystery unto itself.

Adding to that mystery is the contention that humans “only” employ 10 percent of their brain. If only regular folk could tap that other 90 percent, they too could become savants who remember π to the twenty-thousandth decimal place or perhaps even have telekinetic powers.

Though an alluring idea, the “10 percent myth” is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Although there’s no definitive culprit to pin the blame on for starting this legend, the notion has been linked to the American psychologist and author William James, who argued in The Energies of Men that “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.” It’s also been associated with to Albert Einstein, who supposedly used it to explain his cosmic towering intellect.

The myth’s durability, Gordon says, stems from people’s conceptions about their own brains: they see their own shortcomings as evidence of the existence of untapped gray matter. This is a false assumption. What is correct, however, is that at certain moments in anyone’s life, such as when we are simply at rest and thinking, we may be using only 10 percent of our brains.

“It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time,” Gordon adds. “Let’s put it this way: the brain represents three percent of the body’s weight and uses 20 percent of the body’s energy.”

The average human brain weighs about three pounds and comprises the hefty cerebrum, which is the largest portion and performs all higher cognitive functions; the cerebellum, responsible for motor functions, such as the coordination of movement and balance; and the brain stem, dedicated to involuntary functions like breathing. The majority of the energy consumed by the brain powers the rapid firing of millions of neurons communicating with each other. Scientists think it is such neuronal firing and connecting that gives rise to all of the brain’s higher functions. The rest of its energy is used for controlling other activities—both unconscious activities, such as heart rate, and conscious ones, such as driving a car.

Although it’s true that at any given moment all of the brain’s regions are not concurrently firing, brain researchers using imaging technology have shown that, like the body’s muscles, most are continually active over a 24-hour period. “Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain,” says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Even in sleep, areas such as the frontal cortex, which controls things like higher level thinking and self-awareness, or the somatosensory areas, which help people sense their surroundings, are active, Henley explains.

Take the simple act of pouring coffee in the morning: In walking toward the coffeepot, reaching for it, pouring the brew into the mug, even leaving extra room for cream, the occipital and parietal lobes, motor sensory and sensory motor cortices, basal ganglia, cerebellum and frontal lobes all activate. A lightning storm of neuronal activity occurs almost across the entire brain in the time span of a few seconds.

“This isn’t to say that if the brain were damaged that you wouldn’t be able to perform daily duties,” Henley continues. “There are people who have injured their brains or had parts of it removed who still live fairly normal lives, but that is because the brain has a way of compensating and making sure that what’s left takes over the activity.”

p.s: Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains? Part 2

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An Iranian Succeed Girl

January 22, 2008

I’m so glad to heard about an Iranian succeed girl.  Dr Gelareh Zadeh is the youngest female brain surgeon in Britain. she born in Shiraz. you can find more about her by reading the continue of this post:

Have brain surgery and be home for tea

Dr Gelareh Zadeh

Patients with brain tumours are to be offered fast-track day surgery for the first time.

The procedure, during which the patient remains awake, is being pioneered by Britain’s youngest female brain surgeon working with a team based at University College Hospital. Dr Gelareh Zadeh, 35, is a specialist in malignant brain tumours and one of the few female brain surgeons in the world.

Her first patient was 52-year-old businesswoman Deborah Calder, who had the operation in July and has since made a full recovery. Dr Zadeh told the Evening Standard today that there has already been interest from other London hospitals in the work of the Brain Metastatic Clinic and the technique is to be adopted by the NHS.

Until now, patients have had to stay in hospital for up to a week after brain tumour surgery to allow them to recover fully from the after-effects of a general anaesthetic. But with day surgery, doctors can use a local anaesthetic which they inject into the patient’s scalp to “freeze” it before making an incision in their skull.

Dr Zadeh said: “The fact the patient can be awake makes them feel a lot better after surgery and it makes it a lot easier for doctors to operate.

“It is also good for cancer patients who cannot tolerate a general anaesthetic. Before, people would have to stay in for at least two days and sometimes up to a week. Deborah chatted to us all during the operation and after observingher and doing a scan we were happy to let her home to her family.”

Mrs Calder, who had cancer in her lungs before it spread to her brain, married her partner of 20 years, 72-year-old Johnny, a few days after having the operation. She said: “When I first found out my cancer had spread to the brain I was really shocked and upset, especially as they couldn’t say what my chances were.

“But they got me into surgery really quickly and Gelareh was almost like a friend to me. She is so caring, a really exceptional and special person. I trusted her totally and the whole team made me feel very safe.”

“It was a bit strange at first when they started putting pins into my head but I knew that if anything went wrong then they would give me a general anaesthetic. By the evening I was at home with my family having a cup of tea. There is no doubt this saved my life. It has given me a whole new lease of life.”

More than half of all adult brain tumours are caused by cancer in other parts of the body spreading.

The aim of the Brain Metastatic Clinic is to identify patients with secondary brain tumours so their treatment can be managed effectively. Day brain surgery is already a standard procedure in other countries.

Did You Know Iran?

January 12, 2008

As an Iranian girl, one of things make me sad is that the people of other nations haven’t good viewpoint about my country Iran. When I chat with them, many people ridicule Iranian because they didn’t become familiar with Iran and our great and peaceful culture and history because of political issues!

Iran is a great country with a deeply culture. We have many scientists, inventers, historians and famous poets like Kharazmi, Abo Ali Sina (Ebn Sina), Moulavi, Hafiz, Saadi, Roodaki, Zakaria Raazi, Attar Neishabouri, Khayyam, Ferdowsi, Jaber ebn Hayyan, Dr Hesabi, Parvin Etesami, and Forough Farrokhzad (these 2 last mentioned are females), and so on (list of iranian scientists and scholars). They were celebrated man of their age. Also many of them have international celebrity till now! The area of Iran is above 1 million kilometers. Iran’s population is about 70 millions. Iran has Caspian Sea in the north and Uremia Lake inside it (in the Azerbaijan province). The Persian Gulf and Hormoz Sea are located in south of Iran. Also Iran has so many resources of natural gas (second rank in world after Russia) and oil and other mineral reserves. The most famous neighbors of Iran are:  Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

You can find more about iran in wikipedia.

In our childish books (in elementary and secondary school) we learned that we must respect to other countries and peoples and their cultures. Seemingly this is not in vogue in other countries especially in modern and developed countries! They always despise people in developing or under developing countries. They usually think these countries are petrified and backward nations!

I’m interested in to know what you learn about other countries in your geographical and historical books, especially about Iran? Please let me know… 

I hate racism. I think everybody should love his/her country and also respect to other nations and shouldn’t belittling their nationalities and mores.  

Related note: I found this nice poem, This poem was nominated poem of 2005. Written by an African kid, amazing thought :

“When I born, I Black, When I grow up, I Black,
When I go in Sun, I Black, When I scared, I Black,
When I sick, I Black, And when I die, I still black…
And you White fellow,
When you born, you pink, When you grow up, you White,
When you go in Sun, you Red, When you cold, you blue,
When you scared, you yellow, When you sick, you Green,
And when you die, you Gray…
And you call me colored???..

The First Snow in Tehran

January 9, 2008

The first snow coming down 🙂 and Tehran is white now. I was in holidays till today. Many of schools and universities have been closed in Iran.

I heard some news said: tomorrow (Thursday) the weather will be colder. Also meteorology organization said: these precipitations are peerless in last 50 years ago!
p.s: here is some pictures of Tehran’s snow in shahrzad weblog.

Roodkhan Castle

December 17, 2007

Ghalehroodkhan is the name of a historical castle, belongs to Saljooghi’s age. It is situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Western South of Fooman in Gilan province. Area of the castle is 2,6 hectares and it is located upward the heights of Roodkhan village. The castle’s wall has a length of 1500 meters and there are five towers inside it.