Tag Archives: Persia

Everyone’s Friend: Oman in the Spotlight

Oman has brokered the release of Sarah Shourd, the US female hiker arrested and detained in Iran last year. She flew from Iran into Muscat yesterday, where she is undergoing medical tests. Omani officials have kept quiet about the details … Continue reading

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Umm Qasr, Iraq’s Only Deep Water Port

Iraq has a tiny, and economically insignificant, coastline, a piece of land called the Al Faw Peninsula. This small corner of land touches the Persian Gulf, but is sandwiched between Iran and Kuwait. The only way to import directly into … Continue reading

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Political Schizophrenia in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is perhaps one of the most notorious so-called “unity governments” in Africa formed in the wake of controversial and disputed elections, by which the former ruling party and the opposition party share power. The practical operation of this type … Continue reading

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Be Like Reagan

Be Like Reagan, says Kaplan. More specifically: Iran is the new Eastern Europe during the last phase of the Cold War. Like Poland during the heady days of Solidarity in the early 1980s, the protestors in the streets of Iranian … Continue reading

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Eye of a Potential Storm

[Fabled to be founded by Alexander the Great, the Tajik city of Khojand is a mishmash of Soviet and Islamic ideas. Dorzhiev reports from the front. (See his earlier post here) – YH] Could the clash of civilizations be resolved … Continue reading

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You don’t need cotton to make cotton candy

[And now a travel dispatch from the front lines of the Fergana Valley from guest blogger code-name: Dorzhiev (seems suspicious) - YH] Chugging up the Syr Daryo at night we look ahead to see swirls of smoke dancing amidst beams … Continue reading

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Iranian Paranoia On Display

* Iranian envoy: CIA involved in Neda’s shooting? – Iran’s ambassador to Mexico has said that the death of online martyr Neda is “suspicious” and says that the US CIA may have been behind the killing. He said that the … Continue reading

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It’s not easy being green

Internet funny man Ze Frank recently got a mainstream gig at Time. His latest video talks about what it means to go green during the #iranelection. Check it out: Also, I leave you with this amusing comic from John Cole … Continue reading

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The rural view of #iranelection

In my last post on the Iranian elections I asked: [W]hat is going on in the countryside? Because it is those people that got Ahmadinejad elected in the first place. Are they rioting? @Mutantfroginc linked to this article by Eric … Continue reading

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Dynamic timeline of Iran protests

Iran Protests on Dipity. This via shloky on Twitter. I have been following it closely for the past couple of days. There is lots going on under the #iranelection hashtag. I am glad Twitter rescheduled its maintenance so as not … Continue reading

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