Doostane Farsi Zabane Man

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In Uncategorized on September 29, 2010 at 4:08 am

An interesting article on why the U.S. won’t talk to Iran (written by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh and Karla Hansen).


News and a movie

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm


In Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I don’t know why I’ve been writing on so many quotes lately, but that’s the way it is, I guess.

“A vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains”

-Simon & Garfunkel, “Sound of Silence”

I have this dream that someday everything will be “right” in the world. I know it’s crazy, but it’s the way I think. Even though I know it’s impossible, or at least highly improbable, I still dream of it and hope for that day.

Are We Waiting on the World to Change?

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

“They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change”

-John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change”

Someday, my generation is going to be in power. I wonder what life will be like when that happens. Will the world be any more peaceful and will we be more understanding of others? Or will everything be the same as it is now? There’s a Ben Folds song called “The Ascent of Stan” in which he sing “Once you wanted revolution/Now you’re the institution/How’s it feel to be the man?/It’s no fun to be the man.” Maybe my generation, which I feel is change-oriented, will be exactly like the current generation of leaders. Maybe by the time we’ve grown up, we won’t be change-oriented anymore.That would be a catastrophe, a sin against the human race.

I don’t believe that my generation stands for nothing. We might be seen that way, but we stand up and voice our opinions often. We’re not paid attention to frequently, but that doesn’t mean we don’t stand for anything. We do have the means to “rise above and beat it.” There’s no giving up. We can change the world if we try.

Margaret Mead

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

We applied for fiscal sponsorship today with a group called FJC. Let’s hope it goes well!

Theodor Hertzl

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

“If you will it, it’s no dream.” -Theodor Hertzl

Theodor Herzl and I have very different thoughts on some subjects, but we have very similar thoughts on others (or, I have very similar thoughts as he did at this point in his life). He believed that the way to rid the world of anti-Semitism was to educate people and show them that Jews are just like everyone else. I believe that the way to rid the world of fear of and discrimination against Middle Easterners is by educating people and showing them that people from the Middle East are just like us. In fact, there is no “us,” because we are all the same in many, many ways.

Herzl believed in something with all his mind, heart, and soul, as do I. What we believe in may be different, but he was and we are committed to making something somewhat revolutionary happen. If you want something that seems impossible badly enough, it becomes possible.

If you want to have cities, you’ve got to build roads

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Remember-“If you want to have cities, you have to build roads.” Maybe what we’re doing here seems small, but at least we’re doing something. That more than most can say. Keep caring about this cause, because, someday and some way, we will be successful.

Secretary of Board of Directors

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

We found a secretary yesterday, so our Board of Directors is now complete. This is great because there were a couple of things we couldn’t do without a full Board, such as apply for fiscal sponsorship. Speaking of which, our applications are almost complete. There are just a few final touches that we need to put on them, and then we can send them off. I also discovered last night that my college, Hampshire College, gives away grants for projects focused on culture, brain, and development, so I’m working on writing the proposal for that as well.


In Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 at 4:49 am

“To create a condition where exchange of values are communicated among Iranian children and those in the United States or Britain is of immense sociological, cultural and thus historical significance that will set a milestone in modern human relationship. The gravity of its subsequent influences will be attracted by much wider proponents. This project is the epitome of universal beauty; it is incredible.”
-Ali Rahmani, translator, on Doostane Farsi Zabane Man

The West’s Lack of Understanding and Iran’s Unity

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hooman Majd, author of the books The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollah’s Democracy, wrote an article for Foreign Policy on September 1st, 2010. His main points, as I see it, are that the West just does not understand the politics of Iran and that attacks on Iran bring it closer together rather than force it apart. “Iran-watchers in the West may be please to find Tehran’s political leadership so seemingly willing to oblige the primary intention of the latest international sanctions — namely, to sow discord among Iranian elites,” he begins. He goes on to talk about the public feuds between President Ahmadinejad and others, which led to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ending the fights in August by insisting that politicians work together to better Iran instead of tear it apart.

“To some, Khamenei’s plea may have seemed a sign of desperation,” says Majd. “But that’s little more than wishful thinking dressed up as political analysis.”

While Western politicians may think that the sanctions are working, Iran is pulling itself together and unifying itself. “…[H]istory has shown that outside threats tend to create unity rather than divisions among Tehran’s leadership….”

Why is this so? I don’t know, and I don’t know that I ever will.

If you’d like to read the Majd’s article you can find it here: