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June 03 2018


Jewish Life in Iran

from mideastnrthafricacntrlasia.tumblr.com (via iranian-diaspora):

  1. Iranian Jews attending a ceremony during the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Mashhadiha synagogue in Tehran.

  2. Iranian rabbi Yousef Kohan Hamedani, at the wedding ceremony of Peyman Saketkhu and Sanaz Merivarzadeh at a synagogue in Tehran.

  3. A Jewish Iranian doctor looks at the documents of his Muslim patient at the Jewish community’s Dr Sapir Hospital and Charity Centre in Tehran.

  4. Iranian Jewish pilgrims visit the tomb of Esther and Mordecai in Hamadan, Iran.

  5. Iranian Jewish students carry holy books in a Jewish school.

  6. Iranian Jewish men at daily prayer in a synagogue in Isfahan.

  7. A young Iranian Jew in a synagogue in Kerman.

  8. An Iranian Jewish man gets ready to attend morning prayers. The name of Allah can be seen on the wall to the left.

  9. Torah with Persian translation.

  10. Hediyeh, a young Iranian Jewish girl, prays. An image of Imam Ali, a Muslim saint, can be seen in the background.

July 07 2017






「鳩山・小沢のコンビが対米従属をやめる最後の可能性でした。」田中宇氏インタビュー:岩上安身氏 (晴耕雨読 2015年5月17日)

February 27 2017

  • Anonymous asked:

    Hi! Sorry to bother you, I would just like to ask some things. What are the LGBTQ+ and religion rights in Afghanistan? (I don't think I've seen anything about that here) And are there any groups in Afghanistan that fight for these rights that I can support? Hope you have a great day!

  • salamalaikum answered:

    Hello i am glad you asked!
    Your welcome :-)
    Unfortunately Homosexuality is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, it’s rarely discussed in the media and widely condemned as immoral and un-Islamic. As a result there are no statistics indicating the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the country.
    The legal situation for LGBT people in Afghanistan is not explicitly clear on paper, but law professionals and the gay community are in no doubt that homosexuality is seen as a crime.
    I am very sorry to say that i don’t know any organizations that support the LGBT community in Afghanistan but maybe any of my follower could help?
    Best regards
    Felice Susan

February 18 2017

We make art. We go to museums. We listen to music. We go on dates. We're living, breathing beings with actual lives.
— @dearmrchrist on Twitter
Reposted byRekrut-K Rekrut-K

Iran: this is what we look like (via The Daily Persian)

Reposted byin-god-we-trustseverakMoHodnymartinsonjagger

discrimination in Iran

  • Anonymous asked:

    Does discrimination against Sunni in law or society really exist? If yes how extreme is it?

  • farsizaban answered:

    There are discamintory laws. For example the president of Iran can only be a Usuli Twelver Shia. Same goes for high ranking military commanders and so on. It’s not in law that high ranking military commanders have to be shia, unlike the president, but it’s highly unlikely that a non-shia will become the commander of Iranian military. Hopefully laws like that will be removed.

  • Anonymous asked:

    What about within the society is there any discrimination? Also is it safe for a gulf country citizen to visit?

  • farsizaban answered:

    Not any that I have ever heard of on a person to person level. Government and people are two separate things. If you come to Iran, you will be treated good, no matter where you are from. There are countless articles online about people who have visited and have loved the treatment and the people.

  • Anonymous asked:

    But what about attacking the Saudi embassy? It was done by the people not the government.

  • farsizaban answered:

    That was a rare event, condemned by all. Government arrested the attackers

June 20 2015


facehunter: The General Cemetery [in La Paz, Bolivia] contains over 100,000 funeral ‘niche’ spaces, where coffins or ashes are placed. When families can’t pay the ‘rent’ anymore, the remains are either cremated, put into a mass grave or apparently sold on the black market to medicine students and necrophiles.

May 19 2015


Extremists Flourish in Abe Shinzo’s Japan | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

  • “... reactionaries are now inflicting infinitely more damage on Japan’s reputation than a handful of newspaper articles in the 1990s. It is scandalous that the so-called Net Right of extremists, lurking behind pseudonyms and spewing ill-informed vitriol on the Internet, are eroding democratic freedoms, censoring inconvenient truths and degrading Japan’s image internationally.

    As Martin Fackler of the New York Times recently wrote (10/29/2014), these cyberactivists, ‘have gained an outsize influence with the rise of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government, which shares the goal of ending negative portrayal of Japan’s history, and with the acquiescence of a society too uninterested or scared to speak out.’ Fackler goes on to note several examples around Japan where the Net Right has imposed its agenda through thuggery.

    Japan’s cyber-terrorists sound like religious extremists, threatening ‘divine retribution’ in the form of gas canisters packed with nails. By stopping towns from erecting repentant war memorials, caterwauling on the Internet and scaring employers into firing ‘undesirables’, these vigilantes represent Japan in jackboots. This evokes the 1930s when ultranationalists hounded respected academics such as Tatsukichi Minobe and Tadao Yanaihara from their posts, acts that coincided with a wave of assassinations.”

  • “... Mark Mullins, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Auckland, warns that, ‘Threats from right-wing activists have to be taken seriously. Recall that in 1990 Nagasaki Mayor Motoshima Hitoshi was shot by rightists for expressing his views about the Emperor and war responsibility; and in 2006 Katō Kōichi, a moderate LDP politician, had his house in Yamagata burned down for his criticism of Prime Minister Koizumi’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine.’

    [Sven] Saaler [professor of history at Sophia University] sees a broader pattern: ‘In recent years, pressure by right-wing groups has led to cinemas cancelling movies dealing with sensitive, war-related issues; hotels cancelling the reservations of conference rooms for symposia dealing with such issues; and museums cancelling or revising exhibitions with sensitive contents.’

    Under Abe, [Satoko] Norimatsu [director of the Vancouver-based Peace Philosophy Centre] believes the situation is worsening as, ‘widespread anti-China and anti-Korea sentiments, books of that kind becoming bestsellers, hate demonstrations, assault on history by the nation’s leaders that trickles down to the general public, page-ripping of Anne Frank’s diaries, hiding of Barefoot Gen in school libraries, assault on protest tents in Okinawa and anti-nuclear tents in Tokyo, and public places refusing to rent space to groups that discuss issues like the constitution and anti-nuclear power.’”

  • “Saaler concludes, ‘The situation can be compared to Weimar Germany, where the authorities turned a blind eye to right-wing activities and let right-wing violence go largely unpunished.’ Here we remain far from descending into that Nazi abyss, but government tolerance for intolerance and hooliganism makes a mockery of the rule of law, democratic norms and the Olympic spirit.”

May 04 2015


US cops handcuff ‘combative’ 5-yr-old

“The kid’s parents were then notified that their son was being held at a medical center as he ‘posed a risk to himself, students, school staff, and troopers.’

The boy, however, turned out not to be in need of seeing a psychiatrist as ‘he was just being a boy and threw a tantrum’, a doctor told his mother, Chelsea.

‘An officer told me they had to handcuff his wrists and ankles for their safety,’ Chelsea Ruiz, 25, told the Daily Times. ‘I told him that was ridiculous. How could someone fear for their safety when it comes to a small, 5-year-old child? He said that he understood because he had four children of his own.’

Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder Connor had started in the special needs class at Philadelphia Primary two weeks earlier.”

March 17 2015


The last day of Cafe Prague, Tehran, Iran

farsizaban [Jul. 8 2013]: Cafe Prague was a famous cafe in Tehran that was shut down last winter because the owner refused to install a Police accessible CCTV inside. because based on a new law, every cafe in Iran should have CCTVs installed in place, record everything and give free access to the police and security forces to the recorded data.

March 01 2015


“Parastou embraces her aunt as she says goodbye to her relatives a night before she leaves to Australia on her own, leaving family, friends and relatives behind in Iran. Despite all the financial difficulties Parstou’s family decided to send her off to Australia where she has more opportunities to grow as a person and as an athlete.
In the light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran is now greater than at any point in history. There are no official numbers, but many Iranians have already left or are seeking a way out. Some pursue escape without even considering its consequences.
‘May god be with you my daughter…’ is the story of my own migration through the lives of other Iranian teenage girls who have taken the same path that I took years ago.”

kianahayeri (Feb. 24 2015)

Reposted byRekrut-KschaafSirenensang

February 28 2015


This is what the lives of Iranian women really look like

Written by Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices Online Iran editor; originally appeared at globalvoicesonline.org.
Reposted by02mydafsoup-01 02mydafsoup-01

February 11 2015



  • 世界最大の経済大国であり、多くの富豪が暮らすアメリカの貧困者の数の発表は、常にアメリカ政府にとって不名誉の源となっています。ジョンソン政権が貧困に対する戦いを開始した1960年代から現在まで、アメリカ社会の貧困を撲滅するための数多くの努力が行われてきました。こうした中、公式統計が示しているように、2009年アメリカの貧困者の数は1960年代のレベルに戻り、半世紀の努力がほぼ無駄に終わったことを示しました。

  • 2011年には1600万人のアメリカ人の子どもが政府や福祉機関による食糧支援を受けて生活していました。ユニセフも、2013年、アメリカは先進国の中で二番目に貧困の子どもを多く抱える国だと発表しています。

  • …〔アメリカの資本主義体制においては,社会進化論により〕貧困者などの弱者は死を宣告されています。こうした中、政府は貧困撲滅に向け十分な資金を有してもいなければ、富裕層はその税金を貧困者に当てようともしていません。このため毎年、様々な形でアメリカの富豪の税金の免除率が拡大され、政府は福祉計画のために十分な資金源を確保できずにでいます。

  • アメリカの貧困拡大のこの他の要因は、同国の政府が、国内外の治安・軍事計画に莫大な予算を当てていることです。この15年だけで、アメリカ政府は1兆ドルの資金をアフガニスタンやイラクの戦争に費やしています。もしこの半分の額を財政支援や新たな雇用の創出に投じていたら、数十万人の市民が貧困ライン以下の生活を抜け出していたでしょう。

  • この80年で最大の金融危機が発生するという2007年に、財政管理を誤ったため、アメリカの貧困問題は拡大しました。この危機は大規模な失業と住宅の差し押さえを引き起こした一方で、福祉計画を継続するための政府の財政を失わせました。この2年、政府の財政問題により、失業保険の受給期間が減らされただけでなく、食料クーポンを受けることのできる人も減少しました。

February 07 2015

  • 米・ニューヨークでホームレスの数が6万人を突破 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2015年2月4日)


  • ニューヨークでのホームレスの増加 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2015年2月5日)


January 27 2015


Iranian living room photo essay (via My Persian-Speaking Friends)

Pictures published in a book called ‘Iranian Living Room’ by 15 local photographers give an insight into everyday Iranian life.

January 26 2015


A pastor in Seoul, South Korea has created a “baby box” for people so that people who would otherwise abandon or kill their newborns can leave them somewhere safe instead.

from afternoonsnoozebutton.com (May 30 2013):

The box has a light, a towel lining, and a bell rings as soon as a baby is placed in it so the pastor, his wife, or one of his staff can come and get it right away.

Lee Jong-rak started the box in 2009, and has welcomed all babies, often disabled or the children of single mothers, that have been placed in the box since. The babies are given a loving home, food, and shelter in his orphanage. Currently, an average of 17-18 babies are placed in the box every month.

One mother who had considered poisoning her baby before she heard about the Baby Box left her baby in the box with a letter pinned to his clothing that read:

‘My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision.
My son! I hope you to meet great parents,
And I am very very sorry.
I don’t deserve to say a word.
sorry, sorry, and I love you my son.
Mom loves you more than anything else.
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is.
I used to think about something bad but I guess this box is safer for you.
That’s why I decided to leave you here.
My son, Please forgive me.’

- ‘A single mother’s tearful letter’

Lee Jong-rak is the subject of a documentary called “The Drop Box”, which I haven’t seen - but I can recommend this 13 minute Dateline video. You can find the Facebook page for the BabyBox here.

January 17 2015

While Japan’s official policy on religion suggests freedom of choice, the truth is quite different: those who attend a church are oftentimes ostracized by family and friends. This is especially acute in a group-oriented society like Japan’s, where people make decisions based on the good of the group, not the individual. If someone belongs to a group out of the norm, such as Christianity, he is often cut off from familial attachments. ... religion does not play an active role in the lives of most Japanese. Instead, they practice a cultural-based faith, rooted in rituals passed down from generation to generation.
Japan - FEBC

November 16 2014


September 30 2014


September 28 2014

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