Monthly Archives: May 2013

No Trouble

As expected, former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and highly controversial Esfandiar Rahimi Mashaie have been barred from running for president by the Iranian Guardian Council. According to presstv, among almost 700 registered candidates, only (or rather after all) eight … Continue reading

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Elections in Iran

Four years on, Iranians need to elect a new president. More than ever, the world is either watching or just ignoring the more than complicated proceedings. That controversial figures former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favorite Esfandiar Rahim … Continue reading

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Al-Nakba

While western mainstream media may celebrate the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel these days, this is usually also associated with al-Nakba, the catastrophe of the Palestinian people. Forceful expulsion and expropriation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians then … Continue reading

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Moers Festival

Great opportunity. Since I am in Germany, unintentionally and somewhat enervated, I might have a chance to visit once more one of the major Jazz festivals in the world. I was a regular concertgoer there in the late 1970s and … Continue reading

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