Iranian Art – Afarin Rahmanifar http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:07:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/afarin-rahmanifar-icon-150x150.png Iranian Art – Afarin Rahmanifar http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/ 32 32 “A clear victory and already tired of winning? – An interview with Anatoly Karpov http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/a-clear-victory-and-already-tired-of-winning-an-interview-with-anatoly-karpov/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:48:34 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/a-clear-victory-and-already-tired-of-winning-an-interview-with-anatoly-karpov/

Anatoly Karpov, born in Zlatoust in 1951, was the greatest Soviet chess talent in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was supposed to bring the world title to the USSR in a match against Bobby Fischer. But as Fischer refused to defend his title in 1975, Karpov became world champion without a title match.

However, in the following years, Karpov confirmed his role as the best player in the world with a unique series of tournament victories. In 1978 and 1981 he had two hard-fought and tense world championship matches against Viktor Kortschnoi. Karpov won the first narrowly and the second sharply.

Karpov’s five world championship matches against Garry Kasparov between 1984 and 1990 turned into an epic duel between two chess giants. In 1993, Karpov became FIDE World Champion again after Kasparov broke with the World Chess Federation.

Karpov is one of the world champions represented in the ChessBase World Champion NFT series. In an interview, he talks about NFTs, his famous match against Kortschnoi given in the NFT series, the 2021 World Championship match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi, and Carlsen alluding to his reluctance to defend the title.

Master Class Vol.6: Anatoly Karpov

On this DVD, a team of experts take a close look at the secrets of Karpov’s games. In over 7 hours of video, the authors examine four key aspects of Karpov’s superb play.

Question: You are an avid stamp collector, but what do you think of NFTs and collecting NFTs?

Karpov: These NFTs are a new topic, a new topic for the world and a new topic for collectors. I know you can use NFTs to sell digital artwork, stamps, and other interesting historical documents. This could therefore be a step towards the future

Question: What can you tell us about the game given in your NFT?

Karpov: The NFT cover associated with me shows a Sicilian Dragon replica that was played in a pivotal match of my match against Viktor Kortschnoi in 1974. It was the final of the Candidates matches, which effectively became the match. of the world championship because Fischer then refused to defend his title. And according to the rules of the International Chess Federation, the winner of the Candidates Final was declared World Champion because the World Champion did not show up for the match.

It is quite logical. After all, the winner of Candidates matches, beating other top players of his time in matches, has proven himself to be the strongest of all possible challengers and, without counting the world champion, the player the strongest in the world.

The game with Kortschnoi is an example of high tactical art in chess. I should mention that I had the idea of ​​consolidating the knight on c3 with Nde2 during the preparation for the match, and I showed this idea to Efim Geller, who was a great expert on the Dragon variation. We decided the idea deserved attention, but I didn’t know if Kortschnoi would play the Dragon or not. Although one of his seconds, Genna Sosonko, was a fan of this version of the Sicilian, we thought the chances of a Dragon appearing on the board were pretty slim. That Kortschnoi was playing the strong Dragon Variation right from the start of the match really surprised me.

And it should be mentioned that Kortschnoi immediately deviated from my home analysis after my novelty Rd3, and I had to find the remaining moves on the board. It was particularly satisfying that this beautiful match moment was crowned with a beautiful combination.

Question: Did you follow the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi? What’s your opinion ?

Karpov: A few remarks on the last World Championship match: Of course, it’s good that the number of matches is now higher than before, but I still think that 14 matches is not enough. I always played games of 24 games or more, and all the games went all the way. Only once was I able to win a match early, in 1981, in my second world championship match against Kortschnoi. But 14 games is not enough, because this format offers no room for risk. Today, everything has become a bit flat.

At the start of the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi match, Nepomniachtchi was the one pushing, and I think he had a decent advantage. I don’t mean he should have won, but he had a decent advantage in game one, game two and game five. Two of those games ended in quick draws. In the opener, Carlsen had some compensation, but that should be enough for a draw at most.

White had a lot of chances, but Nepomniachtchi played very badly, very unlucky in the middle game and almost lost. So: he even had the chance to lose, which is surprising after reaching such a good position.

And if he had played c4 at the right time in the fifth game, his advantage would have been very unpleasant. Maybe White doesn’t win straight, but he has very uncomfortable pressure and defending such positions is quite difficult.

In game six, in which he had Black, it looked like he was very close to a win. Now there are many people who say that the computer shows that there was no direct win, but what the computer shows is one thing, but a practical game is completely different… under the pressure of the clock things are not so simple.

I think the reason for the tragic turn of the game was psychological and mental, when Nepomniachtchi realized he had missed too many chances. And as they say in football, if you don’t use your chances to score, your opponent will score.

It was crucial that Nepomniachtchi didn’t score in the sixth game. After that, he was just a shadow of himself. The following matches were not at world championship level. Carlsen sensed his opponent’s weakness and exploited it vigorously. He won, not spectacularly, but very convincingly. And in general, winning four games out of six is ​​very rare. In fact, I don’t remember anyone winning four out of six games in post-war World Championship matches. There were very sharp title fights, for example Botvinnik against Smyslov, where you had four wins in six matches, but both players won.

Question: What do you think of Carlsen’s hint that he might not defend the title?

Karpov: Carlsen proved he was the strongest player in the world and deserved the title. But as far as his hints go, maybe he’s bored. However, it cannot be said that he beat Caruana or Karjakin convincingly. There were also questions in his match against Anand. If he had beaten all three of them as clearly as he won against Nepomniachtchi, I would understand Carlsen. But is he already tired of winning after clearly winning a match? This surprises me a bit, but first you have to figure out exactly what he means with his hints.

Because the young Iranian player is already so strong, he is the most interesting opponent for Carlsen. But to play against Carlsen, the Iranian grandmaster first had to win the Candidates Tournament. This is how it works.

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Art exhibit at Heartland Community College showcases oppressed lives of women in Iran http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/art-exhibit-at-heartland-community-college-showcases-oppressed-lives-of-women-in-iran/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:22:12 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/art-exhibit-at-heartland-community-college-showcases-oppressed-lives-of-women-in-iran/

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Heartland Community College (HCC) presents an exhibition featuring photographs by 50 Iranian artists expressing the lives of women in Iran.

Being a Woman: Reflections by Iranian Artists is an installation of dozens of photographs and digital art curated by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh, exhibition coordinator at Heartland Community College, at the Joe McCauley Gallery on HCC’s normal campus. This is her first collection and the first of its kind at the HCC.

“You are never enough in my country as a woman,” said Hamzeh, who was born and raised in Iran. She came to the United States four years ago to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

Hamzeh said she wanted to shine a light on the sanctioned oppression of women in Iran. She said they are treated like second-class citizens by the government.

“Domestic violence is tolerated up to femicide, and it is not acceptable. There is no way for women to get help because the law is against them,” she said.

Hamzeh said women in Iran are constantly in survival mode.

“A lot of women in Iran think it’s like that everywhere,” she said. “You fight to stay alive to survive and you don’t know what’s happening to you until you leave the situation.”

All photos were sent digitally and reproduced locally due to Iranian regime censorship.

“It’s another layer of not being safe. Being a woman is a problem in itself, but being an artist is not highly valued either… This is one of the reasons why I left my country,” Hamzeh said.

Hamzeh said two artists pulled out at the last moment to cover their photos. She said it sent a message of her own.

“I think it’s going to show how fear can change people’s interactions. They decided to censor themselves, and I think that’s how authority can strike deep fear into people’s minds,” she said.

Carol Hahn, associate dean of liberal arts and social sciences at Heartland Community College, said the exhibit was eye-opening, especially as a woman herself.

“Reflecting on what these women are up against kind of helped me reflect on where I am and where we come from,” she said.

Hahn hopes that the students will also make this association.

“So when the students come in, it shows them what the experiences of these women are, but they can also make connections between these women’s ideas and their own ideas,” she said.

Hamzeh said she wanted to draw attention to violence and human rights abuses against women in Iran. She said that some people know the Iranian government, but not the Iranian people.

“I want more people to know about our situation. Hopefully with enough conversations in the future the laws will change,” she said.

A reception will be held on Monday, February 7 at 4 p.m. at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

The gallery is located in Room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) on the HCC Normal Campus.

The exhibition continues until March 4.

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Visiting art teachers exhibit recent work at Hopkins Hall http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/visiting-art-teachers-exhibit-recent-work-at-hopkins-hall/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:44:56 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/visiting-art-teachers-exhibit-recent-work-at-hopkins-hall/

Photos by Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher Stackhouse are on display as part of the ‘Recent Work’ exhibition at Hopkins Hall Gallery. The exhibit will be on view until Thursday. Credit: Phoebe Helms | Lantern Reporter

An exhibition entitled “Recent Works” presents multimedia pieces by visiting art teachers at the Hopkins Hall Gallery.

Located at 128 N. Oval Mall, the gallery serves as a venue for Ohio State students and faculty members to exhibit their work in various exhibits, as well as participate in design, research, and Creation. The “Recent workthe exhibition features Dionne Lee, Illya Mousavijad and Christopher Stackhouse. Lee, a post-MA fine arts lecturer and visual artist from Oakland, California, said there is a connection between her art, nature and history.

“Much of my work explores my relationship to nature and the outdoors and reflects on how our relationships with spaces have been formed through ancestral traumas and historical systems such as segregation,” Lee said.

One of the main pieces Lee presented to Hopkins was a short video segment titled “Castings,” which depicts a stick — Y-shaped, moving across the floor — as a divination tool, she said.

“So you charge this stick to tell you where the water is, so I was drawn to this symbol as a casting tool or a navigational tool,” Lee said.

Mousavijad, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art and Technology with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, said he was presenting two plays related to his Iranian heritage.

Mousavijad’s first piece contrasts a poem about the pain of friendship, written by Iranian Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri, and an animation of the Iranian flag and the American flag fluttering directly against each other in the wind. Mousavijad said he used the poem to describe “precious pain” between two countries that once had friendlier relations.

“I took that a bit out of context and tied it to the relationship between Iran and the United States, which is quite extreme,” Mousavijad said.

His second piece, “A Night at the Pottery Shop”, once again opposes poetry to a new artistic medium: a voice recording. The recording relays a conversation between Mousavijad and a Jordanian friend whose immigration status expires as they discuss the ideas of Middle Eastern poets Elyas Alavi and Omar Khayyam.

“We understand the temporality of life and also the nonsense of the kind of class and race identity boundaries that we have in life,” Mousavijad said. “When we die, we all merge into the same ground.”

Stackhouse, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art, has a background in art that has taken him from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and San Francisco to New York. He said his time in New York directly influenced his work featured in the exhibit.

“These are images that were on a set of four film canisters that I shot in 2014 and 2015, and they were all shot in my apartment in Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said. “And on those rolls, there were pictures of my kids and pictures of the city of different things. I took all kinds of pictures, but all 35 [millimeter] movies and all at different exposure speeds.

Light plays an important role in the pieces he chose for his Hopkins Hall show, Stackhouse said.

“If you focus on what photography is, which literally means ‘light writing,’ that’s kind of what it is,” Stackhouse said. “It’s about capturing very private, meditative moments where the light just becomes a part of that.”

The exhibition “Recent works” is to be discovered until Thursday. Those interested can register online to see the exhibition on the Espace Arts Urbains website. Time slots are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Exhibition of paintings by Iranian children to celebrate the Beijing Winter Olympics http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/exhibition-of-paintings-by-iranian-children-to-celebrate-the-beijing-winter-olympics/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 14:45:19 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/exhibition-of-paintings-by-iranian-children-to-celebrate-the-beijing-winter-olympics/

TEHRAN – Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon) will celebrate the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by holding a painting exhibition.

Paintings created by Kanoon members on the themes of sports, winter sports and the Olympics will be exhibited at the showcase titled “Flying Dreams Iranian Children’s Painting Exhibition”.

The exhibition which will open Tuesday at the Shahid Mohammad Taha Gallery in Kanoon will be organized under the slogan “Together for a common future”.

“The exhibition aims to cement the friendly relations between the Iranian and Chinese peoples and make Iranian children better aware of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics,” Kanoon said in a press release issued on Sunday.

The exhibition, which will run until Feb. 19, will be organized with contributions from the Iran-China Friendship Association and the Chinese Embassy in Tehran.

Children participating in the exhibition will be honored at the opening ceremony, which will be attended by Chinese diplomats and Iranian cultural officials.

Iran and China plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year. However, parts of the plans have already been implemented since 2021.

An ongoing exhibition of Persian paintings at the Shanghai Art Collection Museum is among the plans.

The exhibition titled “Persian Treasures – Iranian Miniatures Exhibition” features a rich collection on loan from Malek National Library and Museum and Reza Abbasi Museum, two major Tehran-based art centers that maintain rich collections of Persian paintings.

A number of works have also been loaned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Isfahan and the Chehel Sotun Palace Museum in Isfahan.

The exhibition, which will run until February 27, is organized with the contribution of the Consulate General of Iran in Shanghai and the Bordbar Collection in Isfahan.

Earlier in August 2021, the Powerlong Art Center in Shanghai also held an exhibition of traditional and modern Persian artworks to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Iran and China.

Photo: A poster for the Iranian children’s painting exhibition Flying Dreams.

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Art Industry News: Smoking has a “sexy, ethereal ’80s revival” among the cool art crowd, apparently + other stories http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/art-industry-news-smoking-has-a-sexy-ethereal-80s-revival-among-the-cool-art-crowd-apparently-other-stories/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:38:57 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/art-industry-news-smoking-has-a-sexy-ethereal-80s-revival-among-the-cool-art-crowd-apparently-other-stories/

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, January 14.

NEED TO READ

Jailed arts worker returned to UK – Aras Amiri, a British Council worker arrested in March 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran, has finally returned home. Tasked with facilitating “greater appreciation of Iranian culture in the UK”, Amari was detained alongside other Iranians with British connections on charges of espionage. After spending more than three years in prison, she was acquitted by Iran’s Supreme Court in August. She returned to Britain this week after the travel ban associated with her initial detention was lifted. (New York Times)

Prince Charles is launching yet another art project – After launching a series of portraits he commissioned of Holocaust survivors, Prince Charles will feature his own art as part of a fundraising initiative for his educational charity, the Prince’s Foundation. The exhibition of 79 watercolor landscape paintings, the largest showcase of his work, opens at the Garrison Chapel at Chelsea Barracks in London at a time when the royal family is in the news for a very different reason: his brother Andrew has just been stripped of his military affiliations and royal titles amid an ongoing sexual assault case. Painting “refreshes parts of the soul that other pursuits cannot reach,” Prince Charles said. The exhibition will continue until February 14. (CNN)

Cool Art Kids smokes now I guess? – The stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic has led some to turn to cigarettes; sales increased in 2020 for the first time in two decades. A recent scene outside the Clearing Gallery in Brooklyn saw young people in their twenties adopt the habit. “Smoking is back,” said Isabel Rower, a 24-year-old sculptor. Kat Frey, a 25-year-old writer based in Brooklyn, said: “We’re seeing a very sexy, ethereal revival of the 1980s, and smoking is part of it. Lots of people I know post pictures doing it. I do it. It is sure that it has its moment. (NYT)

The Nirvana Baby alum drops a costume on the album cover – Spencer Elden has filed another lawsuit against Nirvana over the use of her image on her album cover It does not matter after his initial lawsuit was dismissed. The new lawsuit, which names Nirvana, Universal Music Group and photographer Kirk Weddle as defendants, seeks $150,000 in damages for “injuries suffered by Spencer Elden in the ten years prior to the filing of this action” and “the continued commercial sexual exploitation of him. .” (twirl)

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Independent Announces 2022 Exhibitors – A total of 61 galleries will participate in the next edition of the independent New York art fair, which will be held at Spring Studios in Lower Manhattan from May 5-8. Sixteen galleries will exhibit for the first time, including Miami-based Nina Johnson, Los Angeles-based Kristine Kite, and Kasim, Essex Street and Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York. (ART news)

International dealers register for Gallery Weekend Beijing – Western galleries, including Sadie Coles HQ, Sprüth Magers, Almine Rech and Timothy Taylor, will join the upcoming Gallery Weekend Beijing for the first time. The event will run from May 27 to June 5, with the first two days being VIP preview days. Other galleries in the visitors’ section include Pilar Corrias from London, Edouard Malingue from Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Balice Hertling from Paris. (Press release)

Ramat Gan closes in on feud – The Israeli art museum in Ramat Gan, located near Tel Aviv, has closed after the 50 artists on display there called for their art to be removed in protest at the museum’s decision to remove a painting by David Reeb following a request from the mayor of the city. (The painting was said to be offensive to ultra-Orthodox people.) Although the museum sought to negotiate with the artists, they refused to cooperate unless Reeb’s work was restored. All events around the exhibition are now canceled. (Israel time)

FOR ART

See Giles Walker’s monster sculpture – “Monster began with the idea of ​​constructing a piece that played out the insecurities and pain of a nation in the midst of a common nervous breakdown,” artist Giles Walker said of his ambitious installation, which opened Thursday at Left Bank Leeds (playing). until January 29). The artist began creating the artwork – which includes high-heeled shoes, lampshades and strollers – a year before the pandemic hit. (evening standard)

Artist Giles Walker with his ‘Monster’ installation which opened on the Left Bank in Leeds. Picture date: Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

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When I first posed this question to Mr. Kumarasamy, he suggested that it was some kind of game. I objected to this, since a lot of people think they can’t afford. its list price of around $ 75,000, but can run it at $ 50,000 with this discount on merit assistance. How can that play out on the system, I asked, when it doesn’t give them any idea up front as to whether they could get that $ 25,000?

Finally, he came. “What is not good for the student is not good for any of us,” he said. But he also quickly pointed out the zero-sum nature of an early decision; if you bail out on an acceptance, you’ve taken the place of someone else – maybe someone even more needy than you – who wished they could come in early in senior year of high school and accept the offer of financial aid from the school.

“There is a difference between behavior that occurs in rare cases and behavior that we want to encourage,” Northeastern spokesperson Michael Armini said by email.

I would like to encourage this behavior a little more than Northeastern, and I would like the college counselors in high schools to do that too.

It would be so much easier if none of these scans were needed, but the first decisions will be with us for a while because the colleges love it so much. When registrars (as they are now often called themselves) admit a large portion of a class at a point in the process where students feel pressured to go if they enter, it gives schools great control over the precise types of students in a given class – and how much income they will generate.

So as long as we’re stuck with a very flawed system, schools should say what percentage of students get merit aid in the first decision cycle, if they have one, and also offer merit aid. All schools should also indicate what percentage of the overall class receives merit support and explain how they define the term.

They should say that the advance ruling is not binding and they should pledge not to punish prospective high school applicants where former applicants have turned away from an early ruling acceptance. They should also clarify if they have a problem with people turning down an early ruling offer because they haven’t received enough merit assistance.

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Iran allegedly smuggled weapons into Yemen (report) http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/iran-allegedly-smuggled-weapons-into-yemen-report/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 06:05:05 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/iran-allegedly-smuggled-weapons-into-yemen-report/

DUBAI: Tehran’s proxies have stepped up their activities on the battlefields of the Middle East in recent weeks. In Iraq, Syria and Yemen, forces loyal to the Iranian regime have been busy stepping up attacks against US and Saudi targets.

One of the sparks of this escalation could be the second anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general that sparked much of the chaos that still ravages the region. But some analysts believe the main reason is the Iran-US nuclear talks that have resumed in Vienna.

As the talks progress, albeit laboriously, Iranian officials are increasingly optimistic, believing they are on the verge of salvaging a deal that would ease crippling US sanctions against its financial institutions and political bodies. .

A knowledgeable source told Arab News that the nuts and bolts of a new deal between Washington and Tehran are now mostly in place.

One remaining obstacle is Iran’s demand that the next US president not withdraw from any new deal. It is not yet clear whether the United States could honor such a commitment. In 2018, US President Donald Trump scorned and abandoned the “one-sided deal”. Iran has responded by ceasing cooperation with international inspectors who monitor its nuclear infrastructure and stepping up its enrichment efforts.

Current President Joe Biden has spent much of his first foreign policy term on restoring the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. It has earned stigma from regional allies as its officials persist in talks with Iranian hardliners.

Entifadh Qanbar, a former Iraqi spokesman, said: “The Iranians like to bend the guns in negotiations. Robert Malley appears to be bent on appeasing the Iranians and, sadly, has the upper hand in the Biden administration when it comes to negotiations. The Biden administration is faring weak, especially in light of the chaos in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal. “

Dr Ras Zimmt, expert on Iran at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, said: “Looking at the recent attacks on Syria and Iraq, one of the main reasons for this happened, I think, is the second anniversary of the murder. scored by Qassem Soleimani. He said this suspended negotiations on the Iranian side.

Washington’s response to attacks on US forces falls far short of Trump’s reaction as Iranian-backed rioters approached the US embassy in Baghdad two years ago when he sanctioned the assassination by Soleimani.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (right), accompanied by head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami, addresses the media during a visit to the Bushehr nuclear power plant, southeast of Tehran. (Photo by the Iranian presidency / AFP)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke on the anniversary of Soleimani’s death during a ceremony in a large prayer hall in Tehran. The president has vowed revenge on Donald Trump, calling him the main “aggressor and murderer”.

The Iranian general and his ally Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was also killed in the drone strike in January 2020, were masters of the art of wielding powerful proxy forces in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen and also to bomb the United States in concessions with rocket fire of low intensity – but with high political impact.

General Hossein Salami (center), head of the Iranian Quds force, attended military exercises dubbed Payambar-e-Azadm held in three provinces last December. (Photo SEPAH NEWS via AFP)

On Wednesday, a pro-Iranian armed militia called Gassem Al-Jabarayn claimed responsibility for the drone and rocket attacks in Iraq, which left no casualties. The group posted online that it pledged to maintain its attacks until there was a full US withdrawal from Iraq. The group is said to be a cover for one of Iran’s main proxies, whose influence in Iraq remains extensive as the central government continues to struggle to assert control.

Analysts in the region say the frequency of attacks in Iraq and Syria tends to increase each time an important political decision draws near. Few such decisions have had more consequences than re-engaging with Iran – an actor that the GCC and the rest of the Middle East are wary of.

Doing so could be the biggest bet of Biden’s presidency, potentially destabilizing basic security agreements with key US allies, who remain opposed to such a move without strict restrictions to prevent even covert nuclear weapons-building efforts. .

However, other commentators have played down the impact of the attacks on the Vienna talks.

Mohanad Hage Ali, director of communications and member of the Carnegie Middle East Center, said: “These attacks are directed to serve an internal (Iranian) objective and have little military significance given the absence of serious casualties. They are more useful in justifying the absence of retaliation for major attacks against Iranian forces and their militias.

“I see them as ineffective in pushing for a change in Vienna in relation to the real progress of Iran’s nuclear program. “

Rasha Al-Aqeedi, an Iraqi activist and ideology researcher, said: “The recent attacks are unlikely to result in any concessions given their marginal impact on US personnel and facilities.

Iraqi troops inspect an unfired Katyusha rocket in a rocket attack on a military base housing US forces near Baghdad International Airport on January 5, 2022. (Iraqi Media Security Cell / Document via REUTERS)

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby blamed the combined attacks on hostility to Washington’s continued presence in Iraq and the anniversary of Soleimani’s death.

Whether rocket fire improves Iran’s hand is open to contention. However, even the perception that Iran aims to create of being able to bombard itself in a better negotiating position acts as a boost to the country’s negotiators, who have long touted the virtues of “strategic patience” in the face of crisis. vagaries of US policy.

As the latest round of talks resumed, the United States’ special envoy to Iran was in Saudi Arabia this week for talks with senior officials. The Gulf countries remain skeptical about Iran, although they embarked on a series of regional intelligence talks last year.

At the heart of Saudi concerns, Iran has refused to use the Vienna talks to discuss its ballistic missile program or its interventions in a region still reeling from decades of war and insurgency – largely led by Iran.

“If the United States does not maintain a firm hand, the region will sink further,” said a senior Iraqi official, “Now is not the time for the weak of heart. “

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A group of filmmakers, actors, curators and scientists chosen for juries at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/a-group-of-filmmakers-actors-curators-and-scientists-chosen-for-juries-at-the-2022-sundance-film-festival/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 17:17:59 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/a-group-of-filmmakers-actors-curators-and-scientists-chosen-for-juries-at-the-2022-sundance-film-festival/

They will watch from home during the festival online only.

(Sundance Institute) The 21 members of the seven juries of the Sundance Film Festival 2022. Top row (left to right): Chelsea Barnard, Marielle Heller and Payman Maadi (US Dramatic contest jurors), Garrett Bradley, Joan Churchill and Peter Nicks (US Documentary competition) and Andrew Haigh (World Cinema Dramatic competition). Middle row: Mohamed Hefzy and La Frances Hui (World Cinema Dramatic competition), Emilie Bujès, Patrick Gaspard and Dawn Porter (World Cinema Documentary competition), Joey Soloway (Next), Penelope Bartlett (short films competition). Bottom row: Keith Jerome Everson and Blackhorse Lowe (short film competition), and Dr Heather Berlin, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Dr Mandë Holford, Shawn Snyder and Tenoch Huerta (Alfred P. Sloan Prize jury).

They may be working from home, but 21 actors, filmmakers and other professionals have signed up to serve as jurors for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival online-only.

The Sundance Institute, the nonprofit arts group that hosts the festival each year, announced its jury roll on Friday – two days after announcing it was canceling its in-person screenings and events in Utah due to the increase in COVID-19 cases both statewide and nationwide.

Sixteen of these people will decide which films will win in six jury categories, among the films screened online from January 20. 29 and 30.

The five-member jury of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, awarded to a film that depicts science or technology, made their choice in advance. The institute announced in December that “After Yang,” a sci-fi drama by director / writer / editor Kogonada, would receive the Sloan Prize.

Here are the members of the juries:

American Drama Competition • Chelsea barnard, producer (“C’mon, C’mon”, “Booksmart”) and former chairman of the film for Annapurna Pictures; Marielle Heller, screenwriter / director (“A beautiful day in the neighborhood”, “Can you ever forgive me?”); and Payman Maadi, Iranian-American actor, who starred in Oscar-winning “A Separation”.

US Documentary Competition • Garret bradley, documentary filmmaker (“Time”) and the first black American woman to win the Sundance Jury Director’s Award; Jeanne Churchill, pioneer of experiential documentaries; and Pierre Nicks, cinematographer / director known for his trilogy of systems films in Oakland, Calif. – “The Waiting Room”, “The Force” and “Homeroom”.

World Cinema Drama Competition • Andrew Haigh, British director (“Lean on Pete,” “45 Years”); Mohamed hefzy, Egyptian screenwriter and producer (“Luxor”, “Sheikh Jackson”); and La Frances Hui, film curator for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Documentary competition on cinemas around the world • Emilie Bujès, artistic director of Visions Du Réel, Nyon International Film Festival in Switzerland; Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and Ambassador of President Barack Obama to South Africa; and Dawn Bearer, documentary maker who directed “John Lewis: Good Trouble”, “The Way I See It” and other films.

Following • Joey soloway – the creator of “Transparent” and “I Love Dick” and the 2013 Sundance Achievement Award winner for “Afternoon Delight” – is the sole juror in this category.

Short Film Program Competition • Penelope Bartlett, director of programming for Criterion Channel; Kevin Jerome Everson, who has made more than 200 films; and Blackhorse lowe, a Navajo Nation filmmaker, recently directed episodes of the FX series “Reservation Dogs”.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award • Dr Heather Berlin, neuroscientist, clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York; Dr Mandë Holford, associate professor at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, expert in venoms and poisonous animals, and co-founder of learning game company Killer Snails; Tenoch Huerta, Mexican actor / writer / producer who has appeared in “Narcos: Mexico”, “The Forever Purge” and other films; Lydia Dean Pilcher, writer / director / producer, most recently directing “A Call to Spy” and “Radium Girls”; and Shawn snyder, a filmmaker whose 2018 debut film “To Dust” won Best New Director and Best Narrative Audience at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Read the latest articles on Baluch embroidery, children of West Balochistan, and more. http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/read-the-latest-articles-on-baluch-embroidery-children-of-west-balochistan-and-more/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 13:41:34 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/read-the-latest-articles-on-baluch-embroidery-children-of-west-balochistan-and-more/

05 Jan 2022

Braanz: Read the latest articles on Baluch embroidery, children of West Balochistan, etc.


As part of the Braanz project, UNPO is coordinating with Baloch and Farsi-speaking writers to contribute to a authentic multilingual Iranian publication. This December editing the editors posted stories and articles in 3 languages. It includes both informative articles and traditional Baloch tales translated into English and Farsi.

The Noble Dispossessed addresses the issue of child poverty and the limited opportunities in West Balochistan society for children to develop. Through the story of Shirdel, a Baloch boy, the article presents the daily hardships that a child in West Balochistan can face due to cultural and economic hardships.

Society: A Stitch in Time examines how Baloch craftswomen maintain the embroidery business despite challenges such as low wages and the need to support large families. The designs used in Baluch embroidery are inspired by pottery art dating back nearly 11,000, and artisans maintain this tradition to this day.

The first part of Iran’s Mother Tongue Murder and Development Destruction is an opinion piece about the mistakes the Iranian regime has caused in suppressing the mother tongues of non-Farsi communities in childhood development. It shows the difficulties of having to switch from the mother tongue to Farsi when entering school, and traces the errors in economic development that have led the Iranian economy to stagnate.



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Two years later, flight 752 crash inspires healing game http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/two-years-later-flight-752-crash-inspires-healing-game/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:26:00 +0000 http://afarin-rahmanifar.com/two-years-later-flight-752-crash-inspires-healing-game/

Majid Tafreshi was in rehearsal when he learned of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in Tehran, killing 176 people.

The Iranian-Canadian actor and playwright has done what artists often do in times of conflict and sought to channel his grief into inspiration and healing.

On Saturday January 8, the second anniversary of the crash, Tafreshi and director / co-producer Sarah Marchand make their debut Love at 752, a scenic reading of the first play inspired by the tragic event.

“We always ask ourselves what is the function of storytelling? And I think for Majid and I, when this event happened two years ago, we both found healing through art and we hope that those who are still grieving today can find collective collective healing through this storytelling event, ”said Marchand.

At least seven of the victims lived on the North Shore, where two-thirds of all Iranian immigrants to British Columbia make their home.

Although it is based on real events, Tafreshi chose to use an abstract and surreal narrative. The main character, an aspiring musician played by Tafreshi, wakes up on the day of the accident to find a beautiful woman in her bed – the personification of death.

“He begins to question her to find the truth and its truth. It’s not really obvious and he’s struggling with this puzzle, which gets bigger and bigger over time, ”Tafreshi said. “What we are telling in this story is more about the love, the humanity and the truth of life, which everyone deserves to have.”

Although the subject is serious, Love at 752 is a dramatic comedy and Tafreshi has stated that he expects audiences to have fun.

The geopolitical ramifications of the crash cannot be avoided. The official explanation of the Iranian government was that the plane was accidentally shot down by members of the Revolutionary Guards who mistook it for a hostile attacking plane. The Canadian government does not accept this conclusion, nor do most Canadians of Iranian descent or the characters in Tafreshi and Marchand’s play.

“In the script, it’s not accidental. The victim character asks if it was an accident? And death says, ‘No’, ”he said.

To help in the quest for the truth, the couple are donating 20% ​​of proceeds from Saturday’s performance to PS752 Justice, a nonprofit that advocates for victims’ rights.

And the show will be followed by a panel discussion for members of the public to decompress and share how the tragedy and the reading on stage touched them.

Tafreshi said he knew family members of some of the victims would be present, all of whom were supportive of the effort.

“It’s easy for people to forget about it and move on,” said Marchand. “But the people who are so directly linked to this event are still very much in mourning. We want to honor the fact that grief is an ongoing process. And we haven’t forgotten and hope to keep their memories alive throughout history. “

Currently, the show is selling tickets for an in-person presence as per public health guidelines, but they also plan to record the reading of the scene and make it viewable online after the fact. Later in 2021, they are planning a larger production on stage. Tickets are by donation, with a minimum of $ 15. Tickets are available at kaymeek.com.

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