Thursday, December 18, 2008

Iran Unveils New Domestic Auto

Iranian automaker Saipa has unveiled its newly-designed domestically-manufactured 'Miniator' -- planned to hit the markets next year.
At the inauguration of the Miniator production line on Saturday, Saipa CEO Mehrdad Bazrpash said the company plans to manufacture an annual 200,000 units of the car.
Miniator averages 7 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers and puts out 80 horsepower with a displacement of 1500cc, ISNA reported.
Bazrpash said the automaker is already seeking to establish a foothold for the car in markets in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America.
According to Saipa, the retail price of the car would not exceed US $10,000 when it enters the markets in the next year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Interview with Prof. James Russell



Kourosh Ziabari - Nowadays, you hear the name of Iran for the most catastrophic reasons in the global media headlines. Nuclear weapons, terrorism, mass destruction, violation of human rights, abduction of freedom activists etc. Such hostile approach for the coverage of Iran news which has been taking by the corporation media since long times ago would easily sequence to an international pessimism toward the people of Iran, the culture of Iran and the history of Iran. That's why, Iran is somehow interpreted as the most misrepresented, misunderstood country in the world that is being distorted by image despite of its richness of civilization.

Speaking to an American scholar of Persian Culture who has devoted almost 15 years of his lifetime to studying the furthest angels and brinks of Persian culture and Iranian lifestyle is worth reading at least once for it gives a clarified and impartial viewpoint of Iran, what the outgoing President of US calls the "Axis of Evil".

James Russell is a world-distinguished figure, a well-known name for those interested in Persian culture, Persian civilization and Iranian studies. He is a Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and the a former Associate Professor of Ancient Iranian studies at Columbia University while teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem priorly.

At the time being, Professor James Russell of the Harvard University is writing a book on a medieval Armenian collection of tales whose source he believes to be the Buddhist Lotus Sutra, an important scripture written by and for the Silk Road peoples, most of whom spoke Iranian languages.

I conducted an interview with Prof. James Russell with the aim of learning more about the viewpoints of an American university professor about Iran, the misrepresented and misinterpreted country that you can not discover its truths and realities, unless you travel and sense it face-to-face.

In the brief debate, we talked about various topics such as the life of Persian poet Mowlana, the customs and rituals of Iranian people, the history of Persian Gulf and the richness of Persian literature.

I invite you to come with us to walk you through the corridors of 7500 years history of Greater Persia; certainly you would learn more things, knowing not before!


Born in 1991, Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist and writer, the author of book "7+1", which is collection of his interviews with 7 contemporary Iranian authors. He is a contributing writer for websites and magazines of Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, UK and the US. A number of Kourosh's articles and blog posts have been translated into Spanish, German and French languages; moreover he appeared twice in BBC World service programs and PBS Media Shift as well.
He is Persian and lives in Rasht, in Northern Iran. Kourosh was selected as the world's youngest journalist by the Association of Young Journalists and Writers in 2005, He is acquainted with five world languages and is also a web and graphic designer for Persian web portals and magazines. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Postcard from Iran; Persepolis

FPIP - Kourosh Ziabari: John McCain and his "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" lost the presidential election. George W. Bush and his view of Iran as an "evil" nation will soon leave the White House. Barack Obama could open a new chapter in U.S.-Iranian relations by visiting Iran. He wouldn't be alone.

Iran receives more than a million tourists annually, and that number has grown substantially over the last three years. Most of the tourists arriving in Iran are journalists, students, academics, and athletes who come to participate in a special event or for leisure purposes. They come from the Muslim world, from Europe, from the Asia-Pacific region, and even from the Americas. Despite the last three years of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, a number of famous Americans visited Iran. These included Hollywood actor Sean Penn, scholar Richard Nelson Frye, veteran film director Richard Leacock, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in economics Thomas Schelling, and 1993 Nobel Prize winner in physics Joseph Hooton Taylor.

Many visitors expect to arrive in a dry desert country with rural people, everyone wearing black, and all the women covering their faces. Tourists are often startled to find thriving cities with crowded streets, where music plays and people laugh. They are surprised to find a country where so many have access to the Internet.

In this picture, Japanese tourists pose with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Persepolis, the ancient Persian city that dates back to the 6th century BC. Perhaps Persepolis would be a fitting place for President Obama to meet with the Iranian leadership during his first 100 days…

Kouroush Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist, the author of the book "7+1," and a contributing writer for several magazines around the world. He is also a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus.

Keyvan Saket to tour around the globe



Iranian musician Keyvan Saket is slated to hold traditional music concerts in European countries to mark the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

'The New Day' concerts will present pieces composed by Saket and a number of veteran Iranian musicians such as Rouhollah Khaleqi and Alinaqi Vaziri.

Saket, to be accompanied by Mohammad Sadeq Eshaqi (vocalist), Sina Jahanabadi (Kamancheh) and Navid Afqah (Tonbak), will perform pieces inspired by classical and contemporary Persian poets.

The concerts will be held from March 10 to 17, 2009 in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The group will also hold workshops to introduce traditional Persian music to university students in the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Arhus.

Composer, researcher and a master player of Tar and Setar, Keyvan Saket has held numerous national and international concerts.