Posts tagged "Iran"

Painting a State of Suspension

by Narges Bajoghli “The Chronicle of Her Innocence” by Bahar Behbahani at NYU Abu Dhabi 19 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003 September 29, 2011 – January 27, 2012 “I, and only I, am responsible for what I recall and see, not individuals in the past who could not have known what effect they might have on...

Apostasy in Any Other Country

Abby Ohlheiser: Something we're keeping an eye on: Christian Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who faces death for the crime of apostasy, could face execution any time after Wednesday should he refuse to renounce his faith a fourth time. It's an interesting case with a bit more to say than the familiar narrative of persecuted Christianity, partially...

Good Islam=Clergy, Bad Islam=Crystals

Amy Levin: A controversial religious tradition in Iran you wouldn’t expect to hear about is brewing in the news: occultism–or at least some relative version of it. The narrative arguably begins in medias res, when one of Ayatollah Ali Khameni’s aides accused allies of president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of engaging in “occult practices.” The aide...

No Headscarves, No Iranian Team
in 2012 Olympics

Kathryn Montalbano: After the debate following last year's decision by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, soccer continues its role in global religio-political contention. Warned in April 2010 that the football "monarchy" would prohibit any religious garb incorporated into...

Not Another Iran

One storyline that’s making the rounds in the wake of ongoing protests in Egypt is that an applicable comparison can be made to Iran’s “green revolution” of 1979.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali has an op-ed in today’s New York Times titled, “Get Ready for the Muslim Brotherhood” that states as much, warning the U.S. that it...

The God Bomb

The overwhelming importance of Seymour Hersh's latest jawdropping report in The New Yorker lies, of course, in the fact that we have apparently reached a point where real power in Washington is interested in using nuclear weapons, soon.

Daily Links 10 November 2004

Let It Boil Bob Jones U. has a glorious message for Bush, lest he be tempted to the “paganism” of bipartisanship: “You owe the liberals nothing.” Culture warriors reporting for duty! Or, as theRev. Bob Jones, III – a Stones fan, it seems — puts it, “let it boil.” Drink Me Breaking news: Houston Chronicle op-ed reveals a previously...

Pictures of Heaven

Iranian photographer Hengameh Golestan’s name means, literally, “spectacular rose garden,” a fact she notes in a feature for the Irish webmagazine Nth Position not to boast, but to point to the sad irony of the village of Mahabad, the name of which means “The place to go.” Golestan’s photographs of the Iranian Kurdish residents of the town suggest otherwise. Overwhelmed...

Somebody’s Watching You

When Iranian artists Neda Razavipour and Shahab Fotuhi proposed an installation in a downtown Tehran apartment building, the government’s Office of Beautification told them “The condition of permanence must be taken into account.” As in, for art to be good, it must last. That’s a surprising position in a theocratic state in which human fallibility and impermanence is enshrined...