“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, August 02, 2013

The real Iran, not the caricature portrayed by US and Israeli politicians


  1. If you love it so much? Why not move there?

    Or at least send your kids or grandkids to live and learn there?

  2. 51% of all Iranians are not Perisans.

    Most of the "people" of Iran hate it's government.

    Not a great place to be a B'hai.

    1. Nor Jewish, nor Christian, nor Sunni, nor American from Pennsylvania or Arizona or Anywhere USA, nor western, nor female, nor gay.

      Other than that it's a great place to be.....just what you want to be!

    2. .

      And there hasn't been a Rosicrucian there in over 25,000 years.

      Just saying.


  3. - North America, Europe, and Asia: •Iran's New President Calls Israel a "Wound on the Body of the Islamic World" that "Should Be Removed"

    Iran's new president Hasan Rowhani said Friday, "The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed," Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported. (AP-Washington Post)

    See also Iranians Stage Anti-Israel Rallies on International Quds Day
    Iranians are holding massive anti-Israel rallies on the last Friday of Ramadan. International Quds Day was started by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in 1979 as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. Demonstrators voice the Iranian nation's readiness to remove the cancerous tumor from the face of the world. (Fars-Iran)

    •Iran's "Jerusalem Day": Behind the Rallies and Rhetoric - Siavash Ardalan
    The slogans chanted during the rallies organized on Jerusalem Day are primarily "Death to Israel." Jerusalem Day rallies are a must for Iranian politicians. Any politician who hopes to establish their credentials has to be seen and heard delivering a tirade against Israel. It confirms their identification with what has become an unshakable tenet of Iran's foreign policy.

    Apart from annual rallies in some Western and Asian capitals, usually organized and financed by Iran, the ritual never took root among Muslims at large. (BBC)

    See also Iran Foreign Ministry Urges Nation to Condemn Peace Talks on Quds Day
    The Iranian Foreign Ministry Thursday called on the Iranian nation to condemn U.S. attempts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the Quds Day rallies on Friday. (Fars-Iran)

    See also Days of Zionists Numbered - Syed Zafar Mehdi
    Last year on Quds Day, Iranians waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans like "Death to Israel and America," "Israel your days are numbered," "Zionism must go" and "From the river to the sea Palestine will be free." Iranian President Ahmadinejad called Israel an "insult to humanity" and said the "Zionist black stain" will soon be washed off. (Press TV-Iran)

    1. I am sure the usual Iranian apologists will be decrying your "zionist" pig attitudes.

  4. The persecution of Bahá'ís is the religious persecution of Bahá'ís in various countries, especially in Iran,[1] where the Bahá'í Faith originated and the location of one of the largest Bahá'í populations in the world. The origins of persecution stem from a variety of Bahá'í teachings inconsistent with traditional Islamic belief, including the finality of Muhammad's prophethood, and places Bahá'ís outside the Islamic faith.[2][3] Thus Bahá'ís are seen as apostates from Islam, and, according to some, must choose between repentance and death.[3]
    Bahá'ís as well as the United Nations, Amnesty International, the European Union, the United States and peer-reviewed academic literature have stated that the members of the Bahá'í community in Iran have been subjected to unwarranted arrests, false imprisonment, beatings, torture, unjustified executions, confiscation and destruction of property owned by individuals and the Bahá'í community, denial of employment, denial of government benefits, denial of civil rights and liberties, and denial of access to higher education.[1]

  5. Bahá’í World Centre

    The Bahá’í World Centre, the spiritual and administrative heart of the Bahá’í community, is located in the twin cities of ‘Akká and Haifa in northern Israel. It comprises the Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, other holy sites of the Bahá'í Faith in the area, and the buildings on the slope of Mt. Carmel. These structures include the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the International Teaching Centre’s building, the Centre for the Study of the Texts, and the International Bahá’í Archives, all of which are set in extensive gardens.