Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Persian Mullahs and Blogging !

It is about less than a month that “Persian youth religious dialogue website” has started to work and due to the scanty experience of its developers and agents, the website has not enough users and visitors yet.
“Asemanian.com” (Means the inhabitants of sky) is being moderated by 12 young Islamic clergies those are professional Internet users and you can find them at yahoo messenger even at the latest hours of night, online chatting with people.
Generally, most of Persian clergies who study the jurisprudence lessons in the traditional religious sciences schools named “Hawza” are strange with high techs and can’t use the international computing networks or don’t know the methods of Internet usage and most of their knowledge is limited to the Islamic laws, canons and ordinances.
Also the ideational structure of these clergies and the particular type of their clothing would made it funny to common people if they use Internet and computer for various purposes, also the sociological aspects of Persian studies show that the exceptions of Iranian people from such religious personalities are bounded to the correct accomplishment of religious and theological precepts and duties in addition with the suitable advertisement for the encouragement of people to their religion and God. And cause that almost all of Islamic clergies and Mullahs would spend their time in mosques and lecturing for the audience about religious issues, so their connection to Internet and chatting with common people seems to be a little wonderful and unnatural.
Likewise, there is a class distinction between the ordinary people and the clergies those are counted as the intellectual layer of society so it is difficult for people to feel free if they want to contact a clergy or theological seminarian and talk about anything or express their idea without any disturbance and worry. Maybe one of the reasons is that they scare to be accused about any sin or fault.
Now it is about 1 year that this old frontiers are being removed and there is a friendly connection between Persian youth society and religious tutors. For example the Persian religious blogging enhancement bureau is working hard to spread the culture of religious blogging by Mullahs and expand their usage amount of technological tools and productions such as computer and Internet.
Also the theological schools made it mandatory for their students to pass the terms of basic computer operating lessons and the ways of managing a weblog!
For example, now the former senior presidential participant, Muhammad Ali Abathi manages one of the most popular and top-visited Persian weblogs.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Do not use Internet! That is forbidden!

It was for the first time that Iranians heard the name of “Regulation of radio and communicative provisions” that presented itself by approving a new sanction that forbids the access to 128 Kbps internet connection for general, personal or household purposes.
By the ratification of newly accomplished law, only governmental organizations and first-degree citizens would be free to use this type of internet using various type connections such as ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) or satellite internet and non-governmental organizations, companies, personal or family corporations and also the newspaper offices would be restricted to use this high speed types of internet.
Officially, it is less than 2 years that this type of Internet is imported to Iran and PAPs (Private Access Providers) are to offer high speed Internets with unbelievable expenditures, cause the monthly account of ADSL connection, costs about 800 dollars for each user and this amount is truly less than monthly incoming and salary of a normal citizen.
Also the Internet Service Providers of Iran are unable to provide the users with the exact 56Kbps dial-up connections and in addition to the high users traffic of regional parts in different cities, the average speed of dial-up and telephony connection via the best types of external 56k modems is an integer between 21,600 kbps to at most 33,600 kbps.
In the other word the availability of multimedia items containing online music, films, fast data transmission or high speed downloads is impossible due to the continuous disconnects, old and worn out structure and fiber noises caused by the cupreous dual cables used in the foundation of these traditional telephone lines. So these troubles, do not allow you to experience a convenient and comfort connection so you must carry all the problems out to yourself and be deprived from the even connections being used in some neighbor countries such as Afghanistan!!
Beside all the problems, you have not to forget the distance dimensions. With regard that there are not more than one ADSL supporter in most of Iran cities and if we remember that the ADSL providers are not able to serve the users that are far from central station to more than 5 kilometers, we can get the result that the situation of high speed internet in Iran, seems to be a real disease rather than a bitter reality!
It is more than 10 years that developed countries are using ADSL and the Wireless technology is replacing very soon but in a few countries such as Iran that claims to be the polarity of technology in middle east, ADSL is like a dream for most of professional users and commercial organizations. So practically the executive process of plans such as E-government, E-Police, E-university and E-commerce is impossible in Iran.
The new registered law is also adding our pains and lets express honestly that the future of information and communication technology in Iran, is likely to be so blurred and dark than it seems…

Monday, October 16, 2006

Back to school again!

the season of schools is started now and the inception of new educational year in Iran, synchronized with the special message of Dr. Ahmadinejad, Iranian president for students and pupils of Persia.I have to add that I am studying at the 3rd year of Mathematic-Physics college and the next year, I must prepare myself to contribute in a scientific competition, named “Conquer” in Iran that yearly there are involving more than 2 million students in it, and less than 200 thousandth of them would be accepted to qualify for universities. This competition is named “National Conquer” and the failed students can test their chance again by waiting one year and contributing again. In the other word, after taking the diploma and finishing the high school, each student has two chances to continue his studies in a university, If the failure resists again, the student have to be employed in one of military services, he is free to choose between intelligence services, air force, earth force, sea force, disciplinary office or margrave special guard. Girl students are exempted from this law in Iran, lets remember that the whole period of serving in military forces will took at least 2 years long if the duty has not to be afflicted in overtime privation because of infracting the orders and directions.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Who is the righ successor?

All we know that the duration of Kufi Anan’s presidency as the United Nations Secretary General will be ended within a few weeks and its about many days that the members of security council, started their deliberations and consultations to choose between the Asian candidates for this 5-year term.
Beside the political and diplomatic situations, UNSG has a continental ration and Asians are the shareholders of this turn.
Now the former Korean republic foreign affairs minister is called as the first chance of being the first Kufi Anan’s successor, after the informal poll among 5 members of Security Council who will make the last decision about the entire post.
62 years old Korean Ban Ki Moon is taking from the Indian Shashi Tharoor lead and going ahead of him. Tharoor was the former vice-president of United Nations Secretary General in communication and public relations who is losing his last chances against the rivals. Although Ashraf Ghani as the former finance minister of Afghanistan owns the third place in the unofficial plebiscites and votes among Security Council members, but he is the most serious opponent of Korean Ban Ki Moon who is being supported by the US congress and American government, especially George W. Bush is protecting him personally and the politician theory-makers believe in his undoubted selection because of the congress pressures and it seems that the main competition would be launched between Korea Republic and recently freed Afghanistan.
But the world press has reported that Korean fellow is irresolute and uncertain about the final votes, talked waveringly about the whole story after his presence in the general symposium of UN, denying the informal prejudges and foresights and waiting for the ending results.
But in the other hand, it is so considered that the explicit supports and defenses from the Korean minister, accomplished by the US president that also results to the unpleased interferences of him, will be a real threat for the health and correctness of UNSG selection’s process because these meddling are also combined with the extra force and intimidation to the SC members in addition with alluring them, and this would take the security council members such as China, Russia, France a and United Kingdom under compelling circumstances because most of their political and economical advantages and benefits is related to the willingness of state.
Not having any retributive past record, being conversant in at least 3 world live languages and gathering the maximum number of token votes are the most important distinctions and concessions of the secretary general. The nominees will be appointed and voted by the general assembly and by the recommendations and encourages of Security Council.
The first United Nations secretary general was Sir Gladwyn Jebb from United Kingdom from 1945 to 1946, but after his suddenly death, Trygve Halvdan Lie from Norway was selected. Lie resigned after seven years of strive and effort and gave his place to Swedish Dag Hammarskjold who Died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (currently Zambia).
Also U Thant was the first Asian Secretary General from 1961 to 1971. He had the opportunity to take the place for his third 5-year term, but gave up due to the personal reasons. After him, the Austrian Kurt Waldheim became in charge with the UN affairs, but Chinese vetoed him for the third 5-year period. Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar was the fifth officer of general secretariat. Finally Kufi Anan was been chosen after Egyptian Boutros Boutros Ghali since 1997 and now it is the time for the Asian men to test their chance!
About 15 countries are hardly trying to specify the Anan’s successor after conducting straw polls. So it is approximately distinguished that Korean Moon is the terminating choice, but there is the question here. Is it clear that he could be even the most appropriate and suitable selection and the right manager needed for the post?