Persia

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Never before have I been to a country whereby the preconceptions of it are so far away from reality. There is no war in Iran
"Famous poet." "Yes! People will see any crap he's in." Pause. "Rudi, I mean Rumi, was he white?" "They will if Leo does
Prince loved patterns. We know that because he named his recording studio, Paisley Park, after one of the oldest patterns in history.
22 Democratic and 36 Republican members of Congress spent a full week of the August recess in Israel rather than among the constituents they were elected to serve.
As we celebrate the Vernal Equinox, the Islamic Solar New Year, commonly known in the West as the Persian New Year, controversies abound as to its origin and re-identification.
We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.
Iran is a beautiful and culturally-rich destination, even if most of its treasures are hidden behind a war-torn countryside and tight-gripped regime.
The book is A Short History of the Arab Peoples by Sir John Glubb, copyright 1969. This short volume of 300 pages is an executive summary of a four volume more detailed work by this author on the subject.
The sea once hugged this pass so closely that a few thousand Greeks could hold off 1.7 million Persians, if the ancient historian Herodotus is to be believed, in the 300-foot wide defile where numerical superiority was useless.
Lucky for us, we still have an enlightened blueprint of a social contract to help guide us and sometimes we even pay attention
We Jewish Israelis--and people from the West in general--tend to forget that there are actually human beings living in Iran, with normal desires to lead healthy family lives, not to mention "reformers" who would like to change Iranian policy and society for the better.
Now if only there were about three hundred more 300's. Maybe not in blood and gore but movies with kick-ass women from ancient Persia and Greece. Then, more people would surely get what has so captivated me about Amytis, Cassandane, and Atossa. Um... who, you ask?
Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.
Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.
There are so many delicious facets to this story. I first met Wassef Haroun in Zambia, at the Kafue River Camp, owned by a mutual friend who had invited us for a week-long private safari.
From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?
"Why not?" "Yeah, but I think they say Persian because they don't want people to know they're Iranian." The original Cyrus