Iranian Music – Afarin Rahmanifar Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:54:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iranian Music – Afarin Rahmanifar 32 32 6 Mind-Blowing, Underrated Movies That Represent Animation At Its Best Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000

Animation is an incredibly versatile practice, with some of the highest-grossing films being animated classics that are now forever entwined in pop culture. It’s a genre that everyone has seen at least once in their life; ranging from family-favorite wholesome classics by major studios like disney Where Dream works to grittier, grown-up masterpieces that help explore complex ideas, but are also sadly seen by some as less important and intended only for children.

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Although anime-inspired movies can be swept so easily into favor of their live counterparts, animation is an art form that continues to thrive. This list will include some of the most dazzling animated films of all time that deserve more love.


wolf walkers (2020)

Set in 1650s Ireland during the growing rule and influence of England and the final days of the country’s native wolf population, the Irish product wolf walkers is a beautiful, Celtic-inspired film that takes you on a mystical journey through luminous splashes of beauty and vibrant color. The film follows the friendship between an English-born daughter of a wolf hunter, Robyn, and Irish-born Mebh, who has the ability to shapeshift into a wolf when she sleeps and how outside forces and conflict interfere with each other to threaten both. Their families.

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Realized by Tom Moore and Ross Stewart and produced by Cartoon Saloon, the film is the third by Moore ‘Irish Trilogy’ which includes other stunning animated films such as Kels’ secret and The Song of the Sea, which also explore Irish mythology and help bring the country’s rich history to life. The voice cast showcases the talents of many actors, including Sean Beanin an incredible performance by Robyn’s father, Bill, as well as music by DAWN it helps to add to the esoteric and magical feel that the film embodies. wolf walkersis a must watch film if you haven’t already and will make you fall even more in love with the beauty of Ireland’s forests, mythology, history and humor.

Persepolis (2007)

Originally a graphic novel created by an Iranian Marjane Satrapi documenting his childhood and life under the Iranian revolution and the subsequent rise of the regime of Islamic fundamentalism in his country, Persepolis is a black and white animated film that depicts Iran’s recent history through a striking and distinctly comedic art style. The film also explores the immigrant experience, shown when Marjane is moved to Austria for safety by her parents, then struggles to disconnect from her homeland while living halfway around the world in a country that views her as a foreigner. . Related: Best Indie Animated Movies Of All Time

The film takes full inspiration from its graphic novel lineage and adapts its animation style directly from its printed representation. It remains monochromatic like in the novel and highlights the character’s facial expressions and dialogue over colorful visuals. Persepolisis a beautiful and serious account of Satrapi’s youth and growth into adulthood through the unique lens of Iranian identity and history, using animation to tell this story in an exceptional way.

perfect blue (1997)

Legendary animator and author Satoshi Kon is known for so many brilliant works including Paprika, godfathers of Tokyo, and Millennial Actressall of which deserve their own place in this list, but if we can only narrow it down to one of his films, that place absolutely goes to his 1997 feature debut, perfect blue, a psychological thriller that blends the fabric of reality and illusion and leaves each viewer questioning their own lives. The story centers on an aspiring actress and former pop idol, Mima Kirigoe, as her relationship with her own identity takes a nosedive when her public persona literally tries to outrun her existence.

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This film is essential not only in the world of animation and anime, but also inspired directors of live action films such as Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan and you can see perfect bluethe influence of in their own films. The film is so poignant due to Kon’s ever-relevant critique of fame and celebrity culture, as well as reimagining the horror figure of a look-alike to new and terrifying heights. perfect bluehelped show how animation can be used effectively in horror to create truly terrifying moments and helped pave the way for other animation work to explore dark themes and stories in new, creative and energizing ways. You might question your own identity for days after watching, but perfect blueis a film that takes you on a high-speed journey that will stay with you.

Spirit: Cimarron Stallion (2002)

As any traditional artist will tell you: horses are really difficult to draw, let alone animate, as their incredibly specific bodies, heads, and movements require such a level of precision that only the most skilled professional can replicate. That is why Spirit: Cimarron Stallion deserves a spot on this list because every animated sequence featuring horses (which makes up about 99% of the movie) is so smooth and beautiful and it’s all directed by the legendary animator, James Baxter. First published in 2002 by dream animation, the film had to compete with cinematic giants such as Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and by Sam Raimi Spider Manso it unfortunately did not receive all the appreciation it deserved at the time.

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The film’s cast includes Matt Damon as Spirit’s internal monologue, a departure from other animal-driven films that feature them talking directly, which helps to add a strong sense of realism and understanding of Spirit’s determination to reunite with his family. The film also deals with issues of the time, including Native American wars and the reality of colonialism in indigenous communities, featuring a young Lakota as the film’s second protagonist to provide audiences with a different perspective that is not usually explored. in the western genre. The beauty and grandeur of the American West is showcased perfectly here, and everyone from the toughest horsewoman to the indifferent observer can’t help but fall in love with this pony photo.

When the wind blows (1982)

With regard to the grim portrayals of nuclear fallout in the media, by Jimmy Murakima 1982 disaster animated film When the wind blows takes the cake to be the most heartbreaking. Based on the work of Raymond Briggs, known for classic children’s Christmas animation The Snowman, the film follows an elderly couple living in the idyllic English countryside who fall victim to a nuclear war beyond their control. The couple, named Hilda and Jim Bloggs and based on Briggs’ own parents, think it is possible to survive the threat of nuclear war since they also survived World War II, but as the film goes on, it is clear that they will meet a serious fate.

The film does not shy away from showing the real effects of the nuclear explosion and radiation, depicting the real consequences and human cost of using nuclear energy. The art style also incorporates live action, traditional hand-drawn animation, and stop-motion, giving it an unsettling and incredibly distinct feel. First published amid Cold War and Soviet-Afghan War fears, When the wind blowsis yet another all too apt warning of the devastation wrought by nuclear weapons.

The last unicorn (1982)

As mentioned earlier, horses are difficult to draw and unicorns look just as difficult. Also released in 1982 and featuring the legendary actress mia farrow in the titular role, The last unicorn is a fantasy adventure family animation that dared to think about what would happen if a beautiful unicorn in a magical world had an existential crisis. The film is absolutely dazzling, as any unicorn movie should be, and features incredible character designs, from the unicorn itself to the mighty red bull, not to mention a whole host of terrifying creatures like the Nightmarish Harpy.

According to the book of Peter S. Beagle, which had a very turbulent relationship with the film, it’s a bittersweet story about the tragedy of immortality and the loss of one’s identity, told through a luminous and ethereal tale of dark magic and high fantasy. The unicorn is given incredible depth, and her desperate quest to find other members of her species is fraught with complex emotions that she struggles to comprehend. The film has a very unique portrayal of unicorns that is different from how unicorns are typically portrayed in popular media. This unicorn is a little more apathetic and a bit rougher than other unicorns you might be used to, but that’s part of its charm. It’s a timeless and poignant tale, filled with gorgeous visuals to keep you entertained throughout its run.

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Kazakh president visits Iran amid nuclear challenges Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:15:05 +0000

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Brussels’ support for his embattled country’s bid to join the European Union as a “historic” achievement.

The European Commission has recommended that Ukraine and Moldova gain EU candidate status, a move that marks the start of what is likely to be a long journey towards full EU integration.

The recommendation, announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on June 17, will be discussed by leaders of the bloc of 27 at a summit next week in Brussels. The launch of accession negotiations requires the unanimous approval of all member countries.

The European body’s unprecedented move comes as Kyiv wages a devastating war against Russia, which on February 24 launched an unprovoked invasion of its neighbor that has killed tens of thousands of people and caused massive material destruction. .

Even though joining the EU could still take years, Zelenskiy, in his nightly video speech, called the decision a “historic achievement” and said it would “certainly bring our victory closer” against Russia.

“Ukrainian institutions maintain their resilience even under war conditions. Ukrainian democratic habits have not lost their power even now,” Zelenskiy said late June 17.

Announcing the decision, Von der Leyen hailed Ukrainians’ attachment to European values ​​and their sacrifices in the war against the unprovoked invasion of Russia.

“We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live the European dream with us,” von der Leyen told a press conference in Brussels.

In a largely symbolic move, Zelenskiy also announced that Ukraine would abolish visa-free entry for Russians from next month.

“According to a decision planned by the Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine will introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens from July 1, 2022,” he said.

In Chisinau, Moldovan President Maia Sandu also greeted the announcement by the European Commission, pledging that the Moldovans will “work hard” to achieve permanent membership of the EU.

“The recommendation is based on the understanding that our country would put more effort into key areas such as justice reform, anti-corruption, public administration and human rights,” Sandu said. .

“This is an important moment for the future of the Republic of Moldova, and this is the hope that our citizens need,” she said on Telegram, adding that “we know the process will be difficult. , but we are determined to follow this path”. .”

The commission said another candidate that submitted for membership this spring, Georgia, would only receive candidate status once it met certain conditions.

“He is expected to gain candidate status once a number of priorities have been addressed,” the commission said in a statement.

A man in Tbilisi attends a rally in support of Geogia’s bid for EU membership on June 16.

“To succeed, the country must now unite politically, to chart a clear path towards structural reform and the European Union – a path that concretely defines the necessary reforms, involves civil society and enjoys broad political support” , he added. von der Leyen said at the press conference.

Reacting to the announcement, the Kremlin said it was closely following Ukraine’s efforts to become a member of the EU.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the issue “requires our increased attention, as we are all aware of the intensification of discussions in Europe about strengthening the defense component of the EU.”

“There are various transformations that we are watching most carefully,” he said in a phone briefing with reporters.

Brussels’ groundbreaking decision was widely expected after it was recommended by the leaders of the EU’s three biggest economies during a June 16 visit to the Ukrainian capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said after a meeting with Zelenskiy that they were in favor of Ukraine being given “immediate” candidate status.

The visit was fraught with symbols of EU support for Zelenskiy, who called on the European Union to offer his country membership through a shortened procedure that would amount to a ‘powerful response’ to the unprovoked invasion of Russia.

Zelenskiy presented Ukraine’s application for EU membership shortly after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, followed immediately by Moldova and Georgia.

With reporting by Rikard Jozwiak of RFE/RL, Reuters, AP and AFP
I am more than my niqab Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:09:43 +0000

First episode of the Disney+ show Ms. Marvel is an exciting display of culture and faith.

Some viewers criticized the series for not being relatable enough or too niche (read: Pakistani and Muslim), but it still has a huge following as it’s currently the highest-rated Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series, with reviews. users online surpassing all other MCU movie too. It even exceeds Black Pantheraccording to a recent Forbes report.

Scroll through the gallery below to see scenes from ‘Ms. Wonder’

The show shares the experiences of Muslim teenage superhero Kamala Khan in New Jersey, USA, played by Pakistani-Canadian actress Iman Vellani. This is exactly what makes the show so unique, diverse and highly regarded by this Pakistani-American writer.

By the end of the first episode, I was in awe of how the writers had woven cultural references into the script – from passages and prayers from the Quran to Urdu dialogue and music.

Then the credits rolled and I was completely won over with a punch Urdu rap track Rozi by Pakistani rapper known as Eva B.

She is one of many Muslim women who make their voices heard despite their veiled faces. Saudi niqab-wearing influencer Amy Roko, for example, also raps, and recent years have seen a rise in niqab designers seeking to rectify stereotypes about face veils on social media.

But Eva laments the fact that the media coverage resulting from the appearance of her song on Ms. Marvel mostly focused on her niqab.

“For no reason these people are giving the niqab all the hype. They think girls in niqabi don’t do anything. But I’m as normal as any other ordinary girl here. There’s no need for hype, I really don’t like it,” says 23-year-old Eva. The National.

“Nobody is forcing me to wear it. It’s my own decision. It’s good that I can go out without being recognized.

Rozi was produced with Los Angeles-based songwriter and vocalist Gingger Shankar. It was first created in 2019 and then reproduced for Mrs. Marvel.

“Gingger texted and said the Ms. Marvel the team was asking for our lead Rozi for their first episode, so we did it again,” says Eva, who wrote and rapped the lyrics about courage and confidence in the face of adversity.

“Whatever problems I have or problems I’m facing, I write them down in my lyrics – I empty my heart into my lyrics,” Eva says.

She started rapping at age 15, quoting Eminem’s hits You lose and Love the way you lie like some of his inspirations. She records the lyrics in both Urdu and Balochi, an Iranian language spoken by those from the ethnic region of Balochistan.

Speaking Urdu from her neighborhood in Lyari, a densely populated part of Karachi, she says she noticed a spike in her fame after collaborating on a Coke Studio Pakistan song that aired on Pakistani television in January.

Track, Kana Yaari, features her rapping in Balochi’s voice and sporting a bright orange outfit and matching niqab in the video. “After Coke Studio, the world got to know me. Lyari’s girl who raps,” she says.

Still, she remained largely under the radar when she stepped out in public.

She keeps her face veiled in public, in photos and in performances, practicing purdah – the wearing of a burka or abaya with a face covering.

“My brother told me to wear it while rapping so no one would recognize me,” she explains. “I usually wear it, it’s our culture here at Lyari, it’s just my life, I don’t leave the house without my burqa.”

Some ultra-conservative critics in Pakistan have questioned Eva for using her voice publicly.

“A lot of people commented and said a girl’s voice should have purdah too, blah blah blah,” Eva says. “It is not possible to please everyone.

She advises fellow South Asians, who might struggle to balance societal norms with their own passions, to simply follow their dreams and stifle criticism.

“The world will keep talking, no matter who you are,” she says. “If you don’t do anything, they say, ‘She doesn’t do anything,’ and if you do something, they say, ‘She does too much.’

“Don’t listen to him. If someone says you have to be a tailor, but you want to be a model, focus on becoming a model, not a tailor. Whatever makes you happy, do it.”

Her words reflect the theme behind her Rozi Lyrics, as well as the rewarding messages conveyed in the first two episodes of Mrs. Marvel.

Unfortunately, Eva still hasn’t had a chance to start watching the series. due to streaming limitations with Disney+, though the first two episodes are set to debut in cinemas in Pakistan this Thursday.

Meanwhile, many Marvel fans in the United Arab Emirates, where Disney+ recently launched, continue to wait for the platform to fix some of its streaming issues so they too can witness the debut of the Marvel’s first Muslim superhero – as well as the incredible feat of this humble rapper from Karachi.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Iman Vellani and her co-stars at ‘Ms. Marvel premiere

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Multicultural festival brings food, dance and community to London Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:53:23 +0000

After two long years of pandemic restrictions, the London Multicultural Festival made its grand return to Covent Garden Market on Sunday.

Hundreds of Londoners were on hand to enjoy a variety of food, entertainment and produce from countries and cultures around the world.

“It’s a lot bigger than we thought, and the community really stepped up to help us plan with so much energy, people were hungry to have something like this again,” Jack said. Malkin, President of the London Multicultural Community Association (LMCA).

Due to the changing nature of the restrictions, LMCA had to scramble to organize the event in the space of approximately two months. Here is an overview of the sellers who jumped at the chance to participate.

Sharing traditions

Kylie Petahtegoose (left), Mary Capton (center) and Amber White (right) formed “Three Sisters Beadwork” to reconnect with their Indigenous culture. (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

What started as a way to reconnect with their Indigenous roots through beading has blossomed into a lifelong bond of sisterhood for Mary Capton, Amber White and Kylie Petahtegoose.

Together they are known as the “Three Sisters Beadwork”, each of them from different First Nations communities of Six Nations, Mi’kmaq and Atikameksheng.

“We are chosen sisters and our name reflects corn, beans and squash, which are the three main food groups for many First Nations groups, and their method of planting is very intertwined, which aligns with our values” , Capton said. .

The trio want to share their culture with others, while educating them on the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation.

“Our pieces are unique and reflect who we are. We use a wide variety of traditional methods and materials. It’s really nice to have our own voice in our work, which is also part of the storytelling,” Blanc said. .

A taste of culture

Cornelie Mbaya and her friends present their Congolese delights (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

Cornelie Mbaya brought a taste of her native Congolese cuisine to the festival. It was her first year participating and she admitted to being very nervous. But seeing all the customers take an interest in the food she cooked, she was proud to represent her culture.

“It was great for us Congo Canadians to be here and introduce our food to others,” she said.

She said the best sellers at her stand were BBQ chicken and traditional “beignets” which are a type of donut in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Agnibh Bhattacharaya showcases traditional mud mirror jewelry, commonly worn in western India (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

Agnibh Bhattacharaya’s booth was filled with mud mirror jewelry, which he said is common in western parts of India, such as Gujarat. Since he had no mud, he improvised with clay.

“We molded clay into different shapes for the earrings, then we attached mirrors together, then we crafted designs on the clay itself,” he said.

Bhattacharaya really enjoyed his first time attending the festival and is happy to see how many people showed interest in his culture and traditional jewelry.

Celebrate different cultures

George Tzortzis and Michelle Wertsch brought their newborn to enjoy the festival. (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

Londoners who attended the festival were delighted to see the diversity on display in their own city.

George Tzortzis and Michelle Wertsch brought their newborn to the event. What caught their attention was the music and the lively atmosphere.

“We are a family of different cultures and our little baby is half German, half Greek and so we like to celebrate that,” Tzortzis said.

They were happy to be outside and see a large crowd after the event was shut down for two years.

Mariam Rezaei took part in an Iranian folk dance which she says is a celebration of happiness and togetherness. She and her family were delighted to see the large number of people present at the festival.

Banafsheh Khavaran, left, and Homeira Ahar, right wore their traditional Iranian clothes to represent their culture at the festival. (Isha Bhargava/CBC)

Piping live! to celebrate a return to in-person events with a packed festival Sat, 11 Jun 2022 08:26:23 +0000

Piping live! will return this summer with a calendar of in-person and virtual events from Saturday August 6 to Sunday August 14, 2022. The world’s largest festival dedicated to the art of bagpipes, will celebrate its return to the full in-person program for the first time since 2019, providing a mixed showcase of in-person concerts and online events, so local and international audiences can enjoy the range of world-class performances.

Now in its 19th year, the festival attracts over 30,000 attendees to Glasgow each year. Piping live! has put together an eclectic and varied program, including world-class performances, musical sessions, recitals, talks, competitions, book launches, workshops and much more.

Finlay MacDonald, Artistic Director of Piping Live!, said:We are excited to return to our full program of in-person events for 2022. We look forward to welcoming back pipers and drummers from around the world with a slate of new events and favorite festival venues. We are also very pleased to be able to offer live streaming of so many events, as we know there are still many who cannot make it to Glasgow for this amazing week of music.

The flagship event of Piping Live! will take place at the Old Fruitmarket with multi-award winning Celtic folk band Rura, alongside hugely talented multi-instrumentalist Ross Ainslie and winner of the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Brìghde Chaimbeul.

Rura began their journey as a group 12 years ago as one of the “emerging talent” groups at Piping Live!’s Street Café. Since then they have toured the world and this summer the band will headline the festival that launched their career more than a decade ago.

Piping live! prides itself on being at the center of the international bagpipe community and regularly extends a hand of musical friendship to artists and audiences around the world. Liana Sharifian, Iran’s very first professional piper and daughter of the legendary Mohsen Sharifian, will perform alongside her father as well as Habib Meftah. There will also be artists from Estonia – Est Pipes – Uilleann Piper Leonard Barry, and the Hungarian duo Balázs Istvánfi & András Németh will perform their tradition-based contemporary modal music on bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy.

The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge, Piping Live!’s signature evening of solo piping, will make a welcome return this year. The competition will pit five of the world’s top pipers against each other as they take the stage to perform a medley of their favorite songs. Annually a sellout hit, performances this year will come from Callum Beaumont, Finlay Johnston, Sarah Muir, Angus MacColl and Matt MacIsaac.

The International Quartet Competition will feature six of the world’s top freshman pipe quartets, including the Simon Fraser University band and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia. Each of the six bands from around the world will send four of their best pipers to compete in this one-on-one challenge.

There will be a performance by Allan MacDonald, alongside his hand-picked band of Iain MacFarlane, Finlay MacDonald and Ali Hutton with a guest appearance by bagpiper uilleann Leonard Barry. Tonight’s entertainment, titled We’re a Case the Bunch of Us, will see Allan MacDonald perform music from his The First Hundred and The Second Hundred collections. It will be a double-header concert, featuring a performance by Biera, the up-and-coming girl group that brings together roaring Scottish tunes with mind-blowing songs in Gaelic, Scottish and English.

A special performance will be given by the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBS) to celebrate its 20th anniversary at Glasgow Town Halls. The band will present 10 new compositions that were written as part of their Emerging Composers project. The bespoke “Project Band” will feature the 10 young composers themselves as well as pipers and drummers from NYPBS alongside a host of top traditional musicians.

The nine-day festival will feature several bagpipe competitions, including the much-loved Silver Chanter, which will return to Skye. The Pioneer Piping Event, now in its 56th year, is the annual invitational Piobaireachd competition which was established by Dame Flora MacLeod, 28th Chief of MacLeod, in 1967 with the aim of encouraging more top pipers level to participate in the Skye Gathering. The prestigious competition moved under the management of the National Piping Center in 2018, but will now make a welcome return to Skye’s Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in August.

The Masters Solo Pipe Competition will be held at the National Pipe Center. This prestigious competition is the qualifying event for the Glenfiddich Bagpipe Competition and will see the best soloists from around the world compete in Piobaireachd and Light Music.

Piping live! continues to host an eclectic mix of world-class performances and the opening night will be no exception as the festival presents for the first time a performance for a avant-garde “Ceol Nua” or New Music evening featuring Blarvuster des USA and Skye’s Malin Makes Music.

The last day of Piping Live! will feature 2 events, with entertainment starting in the afternoon with the internationally acclaimed Gordon Duncan Memorial Competition. This unique event continues to celebrate Gordon’s ties to Scotland, Ireland and Brittany. A Scottish, Irish and Breton piper and in-person first-time international piper will each play Scottish, Irish and Breton music ensembles and the overall winner will be the best player of all three musical styles.

The closing concert will see none other than the legendary piper Fred Morrison Trio take the stage at the National Piping Center, alongside his trio. Paddy Keenan, one of the founding members of Bothy Band, will close the 19th festival alongside Fred in unforgettable style.

Daytime events, which will take place primarily in the festival’s iconic Street Café on McPhater Street, will include the ‘Emerging Talent’ stage where daily performances will be presented by emerging traditional music groups including GLASTUR, the Ross Miller Trio, Falasgair and Fionnlagh with Gillie O’Flaherty and Eoghainn Beaton.

The Pipe Idol final will see four solo players aged 21 and under compete after winning their heats earlier in the week. The coveted prize is a set of Reel Pipes by Fred Morrison.

Pipe bands from around the world will perform on Buchanan Street from noon each day of the festival, including performers from Canada, the United States and Argentina.

Virtual audiences around the world will be able to enjoy approximately 40 hours of live content, all included in a single Livestream Festival Pass. Content that will be included in this online festival pass will include The Silver Chanter, The Masters Solo Piping Competition, The Allan MacDonald – We’re a Case the Bunch of Us Concert, the Lowland & Borders Pipers’ Society Showcase, The Pipe Idol Final, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Competition and the closing concert with Fred Morrison and Paddy Keenan. Several daytime events and the Learn at Live! Workshops will also be streamed.

Bailie Annette Christie, President of Glasgow Life, said: “Anyone who attended Piping Live! in the past or who knows what it’s like to be in Glasgow in August when the city comes alive to the sound of bagpipes, will be looking forward to this year’s festival. Piping live! is a truly international festival, attracting artists and audiences from all over the world to Glasgow, with the majority of attendees coming from out of town, boosting Glasgow’s tourism economy. Performances, concerts and events provide unmissable experiences of being part of a live audience enjoying some of the best musicians in the world. If you love live music, you’ll love Piping Live!”.

Paul Bush OBE, Events Director of VisitScotland, said: “EventScotland is delighted to support Piping Live!, a key part of Scotland’s annual events portfolio. Events play a key role in our communities and this year’s program offers a wonderful opportunity for the public to connect, enjoy and share memorable moments through a range of performances, competitions, recitals and workshops, whether in person or online.“.

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Upcoming local and regional events Thu, 09 Jun 2022 22:44:45 +0000

The Creative Collective’s new art exhibition “Aspire & Enlighten”

The Creative Collective presents “Aspire & Enlighten”, the latest show from the group of up-and-coming local artists who have become an exciting new addition to the San Diego art and gallery scene.

The reception of the artists will take place on Saturday June 11, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a live raffle and participatory works. The Collective hosts new shows each month and opens the second Saturday of each month. The exhibition highlights works of art in honor of parents, teachers and caregivers, and all the people who share their love every day.

The gallery is located at Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, and open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-5pm or by appointment. Visit

The San Diego County Fair is open until July 4

The San Diego County Fair will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from June 8 through July 4. In addition to the usual rides, the fair will also include competitive exhibitions. The summer concert series includes artists such as Jason Derulo, Shaggy, Los Tigres Del Norte, Goo Goo Dolls and Gabriel Iglesias. The original theme planned for 2020, Heroes Unite, will be resurrected this year as Heroes Reunite. There will also be an exhibition that will pay homage to the stories of the ‘Heroes Next Door’. Visit

Nature Discovery Series presents ‘Live Local Reptiles’

The next Nature Discovery Series presentation at Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve will be “Live Local Reptiles” by Jeff Nordland on Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m. Tell your friends and neighbors and bring the grandkids. Jeff is great with the kids and even lets them touch some of the sweetest snakes and lizards. Participants will meet in the lodge area near the upper parking lot of Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve. Visit

SD County Assessor, Taxpayer Advocate Jordan Marks will speak at the DM-SB Optimist Club Zoom meeting

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club recently announced that San Diego County Taxpayer Advocate Jordan Marks will be the guest speaker at the club’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Interested parties can join the Zoom meeting by contacting Don LaVigne at or 760-419-9078 for the Zoom link to the meeting. This meeting is open to the public.

In his position, Marks assists taxpayers with office navigation issues and has resolved over 1,000 taxpayer cases since joining the office in 2017. Through his work, taxpayers in San Diego have received record property tax savings in 2021, exceeding $250 million.

Marks will discuss Proposition 13, new rules passed by voters with Proposition 19, including tax savings benefits for seniors and new family transfer rules. He will also discuss how homeowners and disabled veterans can save on their property taxes today. Marks will also answer any related questions you want to ask without giving your home address.

Optimist International is one of the largest service club organizations in the world with over 60,000 adult and youth members in over 2,700 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Africa, Europe , in Asia and all over the world. To learn more about Optimist International, visit

North Shore Rep Presents “The Outgoing Tide”

Fiercely proud and battling the torments of an aging mind and an uncertain future, a man hatches a plan but his family has other ideas at the West Coast premiere of ‘The Outgoing Tide’, now at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Moving deftly between the present and the past, playwright Bruce Graham weaves a highly relatable story sprinkled with surprising humor and powerful emotions. This touching family drama asks thought-provoking questions about personal choice and what it really means to love someone.

The outgoing tide runs from June 8 to July 3. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information. The North Coast Repertory Theater is located at 987 LomasSanta Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Del Mar Summer Solstice Event

The Del Mar Village Association, Uncle Ed’s Damn Good Vodka, and Monarch Ocean Pub will present the popular Summer Solstice event on Thursday, June 16, 5-8 p.m., at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Summer Solstice features local restaurant flavors and craft cocktails. , wine and beer from nationally recognized brands, music and more. For tickets and more information, visit Powerhouse Park is located at 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar.

North Coast Women’s Connection ‘Sweet Summertime’ Luncheon

All are invited to attend the North Coast Women’s Connection Spring Luncheon with guest speaker Barbara Whitman discussing “What it Takes to be Good Enough”. Program: Patrick Desmond, Cal Pacific Orchid Farm, Encinitas, “Learn About Orchid Care and Arrangements.” The event will take place on Tuesday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe County Club. RSVP by June 10. Invite your friends to this heartfelt and inspiring event. Register at

“Remembering Olympia” to the representative of the North Coast

“Remembering Olympia” will be played Monday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at North Coast Repertory at Solana Beach. “Remembering Olympia” is a tribute and celebration of the life and career of the late actress Olympia Dukakis created in her loving memory by her brother Apollo. Consisting of a one-act play chronicling their turbulent but close relationship, the evening also salutes his films, stage work, family and friends through a montage of film clips and photos. The brother and sister will be played by Kandis Chappell and Apollo Dukakis. The evening ends with a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or at the box office: (858) 481-1055. The North Coast Repertory Theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Next Del Mar Toastmasters Meeting ‘Travel Adventures’ Theme

Del Mar Toastmasters invites community members to an in-person “Travel Adventures” meeting on Friday, June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. Peters Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 334 14th St. , Del Mar. Each meeting offers two informative and entertaining talks. Then there is a tabletop topic session where willing participants briefly answer impromptu questions on the theme. Are you interested in getting a better job, a promotion, or just having fun and improving your communication skills? Del Mar Toastmasters have been laughing and learning for 35 years! For more details, visit or contact

Switchfoot Bro Am returns to Encinitas

The Switchfoot Bro Am returns live and in person Saturday, June 18 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Moonlight Beach, Encinitas. At Beach Fest, join more than 17,000 attendees of all ages in an empowering community movement of giving through a day of surfing, food, entertainment and live music. Founded by the band Switchfoot in 2005, the event gives back to the hometown that supported them as surfers and musicians and rallies the community to help kids who might need a helping hand. This year’s grantees include A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Monarch School, and Save the Music Foundation. Visit

Passport to Performance Art in Persian Calligraphy

Encinitas Friends of the Arts, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, presents Passport to Persian Calligraphy Performance Art on Saturday, June 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas. Attendees will be transformed by musical performances by famous Iranian musicians based in San Diego and Orange County, conceptual traditional dance by the talented Kosar Abbasi, and masterful word paintings of Persian poet Rumi by the Los Angeles-based artist Mohtadi Mirak on the body of the canvas. , bringing the inner character of the subject to life. Light refreshments and Persian sweets will be served during the intermission.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $45 and Encinitas Friends of the Arts members are $40. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds from the event go to public art and arts education in Encinitas. Visit

Tuesday night comic

Tuesday Night Comics returns to the North Coast Repertory Theater on June 28 at 7:30 p.m. Host Mark Christopher Lawrence taps into his long list of talented comedian friends and shares the North Coast rep stage with them. The show is comprised of talent from across the country with late night TV credits as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and more. The lineup also includes: Tony Calabrese, headliner; James Hancock, feature film; Brendan Jay, part one; Ash Foster, musical act. The North Coast Repertory Theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Box office: (858) 481-1055

Exhibition and reception “Great Spaces”

Join local artists for the opening reception of “Great Outdoors” presented by Escondido Arts Partnership. Exhibition dates: June 10-July 1, 2022. Opening June 11, 4-6 p.m.

Awards announced by juror Pat Kelly at 5:30 p.m.

The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery is located at 262 East Grand Ave., Escondido. 760-480-4101,,

‘Tehran’ gets the adrenaline pumping for a show worth watching » J-Wire Tue, 07 Jun 2022 19:27:59 +0000

June 7, 2022 by Alan Zeitlin

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Being a Mossad agent in Iran is not a job for the faint hearted. Viewers feel such intensity watching “Tehran” on Apple TV+, a show that will keep them hooked.

Glenn Close and Niv Sultan as Marjan and Tamar in “Tehran” on Apple TV+. Credit: Courtesy of Apple TV+

In Season 1, Israeli actress Niv Sultan proved as Tamar Rabinyan – a young Jewish woman born in Iran but raised in Israel – that she was able to hack into almost any computer system, shoot n anyone and happily risk his life for Israel.

In the Season 2 premiere episode, she must save the life of an Israeli pilot, Barak, who is to be taken from Evin prison in the Tehran neighborhood of the same name to a hospital where they can hopefully , get him out of the country. .

Tamara enters the hot water. She hopes to go to Canada with Milad (Shervin Alanabi), a man she could really take care of. But there is work to be done. She has to make sure the drug dealers don’t get her in trouble; to do this, she uses her seductive charms to impress a man who can lead her to a general and powerful figure that Israel wants to have assassinated. He is given a weapon to use which will be untraceable, but as usual there are complications.

The New York Times correctly points out that the show contains elements of Fox’s hit “24” with Sultan looking like an Israeli Jack Bauer and the FX spy show “The Americans”, which features Russian spies posing as Americans.

Tamar sees people who helped her and who she cared about being executed by hanging and knows that if she takes a wrong step, she will share that fate.

Tamar’s nemesis Faraz Kamali (Shaun Toub), head of investigations for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is out for revenge after he shot him last season when a double agent ruined Israel’s plan to attack an Iranian nuclear reactor. The Israeli pilots were saved, although the operation was a failure. Faraz has a wife in need of care, and although initially suspicious, he allows Marjan Montazeri – a top therapist, played surprisingly well by Glenn Close – to help his wife, Naahid. Since he is not portrayed as just a cardboard villain, Toub can show texture, as well as difficulty juggling his ego and loyalty.

Close’s acting is fantastic and her character knows how to screw people up with deliciously evil threats. And so she can be forgiven for not being able to pronounce the Hebrew sound “Ch” because she refers to the pilot’s last name as “Haim” instead of “Chaim”. (The dialogue is in Hebrew, Persian and English.)

Sultan, once again, is magnetic whenever he’s on screen – someone who has no problem getting rid of unsuspecting foes. Faraz has a protege, Ali (played by the strong Arash Marandi), who proves to be extremely skilled. Faraz makes a startling confession to Ali and a bizarre request. Sila Ommi is impressive as Naahid, a wife who understands that she’s usually second fiddle to her husband’s obligation to his government work, but she’d still like to make soft music with him.

Niv Sultan as Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan, undercover and waiting to get her moved to “Tehran” on Apple TV+. Credit: Courtesy of Apple TV+

“One of the best non-superhero female action characters”

The episodes are tension-filled and unpredictable, though at times audiences will feel that Tamar (like Jack Bauer) is overly arrogant and defies the rules of superiors, seeming to get out of any situation, no matter how precarious. Darius Homayoun is perfect as Peyman, the handsome son of an important leader who plays tennis and thinks he’s found a woman worth dating. There’s a scary moment when it looks like Tamar has stolen her phone, and her charming smile of desire turns into a suspicious look. Sia Alipour shows fine acting skills as Vahid, a man who thinks his looks, his fancy cars and a free gym membership offer should get him any woman. He has no qualms about planting drugs on an innocent person.

The sixth episode has an epic look between Tamar and Faraz, when Faraz gets an offer he’s not sure he can refuse.

Sultan’s strength, Close’s cunning and Toub’s tenacity pump up the adrenaline-filled show and make viewers wonder whether or not their own loyalties would lie in their lives, those of their family members or the protection of their lives. country. One cannot help but think of the real danger that exists for Israel in a region where so many actors want its disappearance, namely Iran. Yet there is hope on the horizon for a more peaceful future.

At the International Emmy Awards ceremony in November, “Tehran” received the award for Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first-ever Israeli show to win the award.

“Tehran” offers one of the best female non-superhero action characters in quite some time. The writing is rich, and if some moments are slightly reminiscent of “Fauda”, it could be because head writer Moshe Zonder also wrote for this hit series. And since there are no real bullets here, “Tehran” is a terrific ride, worth jumping on.

Season 3 has yet to be announced, so take the time to binge and catch up.

]]> Palestinian farmers sound the alarm over foot-and-mouth outbreak Sun, 05 Jun 2022 20:47:07 +0000

KHARTOUM: Noureddine Jaber, a musician endowed with a unique half-guitar half-drum instrument, gives voice to the long marginalized Eastern communities of Sudan through a new album.
Originally from the city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea, Jaber belongs to the Beja people, a group of nomadic herders and herders with unique languages, culture, food and music.
They have borne the brunt of disenfranchisement, especially under President Omar Bashir who was ousted in 2019.
But the title of his debut album, which will be released later in June, conveys a different message: “Beja Power”.
During Bashir’s three decades of rule, non-Arab groups complained that his government allowed Arab culture to dominate, giving little representation to the country’s many ethnic minorities.
Also known as ‘Noori’, Jaber grew up devouring the rich heritage of distinct melodies of the Beja people whose roots go back millennia.
Although he first formed his group in 2006, it was only in recent months that he was able to record his first album, at the age of 47.
“Beja music is the window to the struggles of its people,” said Jaber, who called his six-member band “Dorpa,” which means “the mountain band” in Bedawit, a Beja language.
“The Beja have long been marginalized and we try to convey their voice through music.”
Although their region is a maritime trade hub known for its lush fertile fields and rich gold mines, it is also one of the poorest regions in Sudan, itself one of the most poor of the world.
At a studio in Omdurman, the capital’s twin city Khartoum, Jaber leads his band during rehearsals, producing a smooth, tapping sound somewhat akin to jazz.
“Let’s play ‘Saagama’,” Jaber told his bandmates: a bassist, saxophonist, rhythm guitarist, bongo player and conga drummer.
In his hand he holds his “tambo guitar”, an instrument he made from a guitar neck and his father’s vintage tamboura, a type of lyre played in East Africa.
Jaber’s invention is engraved with small seashells and a map of Africa.
“Saagama”, which means migration in Bedawit, is one of the most evocative tracks on the album, inspired by the ancient melodies of eastern Sudan.
Unlike him, the rest of the group hails from different parts of the ethnically diverse Sudan.
They say it took them years to learn the scales and keys of Beja music, traditionally played on drums and tamboura.
“I have never been to eastern Sudan. I only learned music from Noori,” said conga player Mohamed Abdelazim.
“The way they play drums in the east is different, very distinct. It has its own very particular rhythm.
According to Jaber, the under-representation of the Beja in Sudanese culture partly explains why many do not recognize their music.
Under Bashir, he said, “the rule was that Arab culture prevailed while other African ethnicities faded”.
Beja musicians regularly faced restrictions, with authorities often interrupting their performances.
“It could be for anything, lack of permits or because the audience was mixed groups” of men and women together, unlike those of the Arab performers, Jaber said.
Abdelhalim Adam, the band’s bassist, is from the Folani ethnic group in the Darfur region, at the other end of the country in western Sudan.
For him, joining the group was particularly meaningful.
“The struggle of the Beja is similar to that of our tribes in North Darfur,” Adam said. “They are also marginalized.”
Darfur has been wracked by civil war that began in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Bashir’s Arab-dominated government, which freed Janjawid militia accused of atrocities.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions have since been displaced.
The Beja also rebelled against Bashir’s government for over a decade. Eastern communities later joined nationwide calls for his ouster during protests that began in 2018.
A glimmer of hope has shone after the overthrow of Bashir and the installation of a fragile transition to civilian rule that is committed to ending marginalization in Sudan.

Reza Pahlavi: The unity of the Iranian popular forces is more important than the unity of the opposition Sat, 04 Jun 2022 05:21:42 +0000

Reza Pahlavi, former Crown Prince of Iran, delivered a speech to the Iranian people from Washington DC on June 3.

The biggest alternative to the Islamic Republic is the Iranian people who continue their protests despite the Iranian regime’s oppressive measures and internet shutdown, Pahlavi said at the press conference attended by journalists and political activists.

Asking the military and armed forces to stand with the Iranian people, he stressed that Iranians abroad should be a voice for the Iranian people.

They should caption videos from Iran in the language of the countries they reside in and ask politicians in their countries to support the Iranian people’s protests, Pahlavi added.

Pahlavi’s message was broadcast live from social media as well as Persian-language media based abroad. He also answered questions from reporters.

Camelia Entekhabifard, editor-in-chief of Independent Persian, was among the attendees and asked, “As you know, in rallies and demonstrations, many groups talk about you and the Pahlavi dynasty. Given the popularity and influence you have among the people, why haven’t you been able to form a cohesive organization of anti-regime political opponents? You talked about effective strategies within the country. Please tell us what effective international strategies do you suggest for other countries and the world to recognize the Iranian people’s protest movement for the overthrow of the regime? Finally, what is your forecast of Iranian conditions for the coming year? »

“I believe that the most useful thing I can do with my credibility and with the trust my fellow Iranians have in me is to support their demands, give them a voice and build their strength,” Pahlavi replied.

“I don’t pretend to be a political leader and give them a plan. I tried for years to bring more coordination to the opposition. However, the opposition was different in the past than it is today. My definition of the opposition then is also different from my definition today. As I said before, today the real opposition is the people inside Iran.

“The previous factionalization of the opposition is not the main concern of the Iranian people,” Pahlavi noted.

“Thus, more important than the opposition is the unity of national and popular forces. The opposition that has failed to unite so far is of no use to the Iranian people. An opposition is useful when it knows that, for future political competition, it must first create common ground for a political system and popular sovereignty; a rule of law under which they could compete politically.

“If everyone does what they want and follows their own demands in a totalitarian way, it will never go anywhere. It will not be constructive or helpful, but will lead to sabotage.

Speaking of today’s altered conditions, Pahlavi said, “Most of the people who will help run the country politically and administratively are currently in Iran. Many of them are even inside the system. Their heart is not with the system and they don’t believe in it ideologically. But they have come to the conclusion that diet is not the answer. Yesterday’s reformers no longer seek to reform the system; they must be able to join the secular democratic forces.

Continuing his response to Independent Persian, Pahlavi spoke of the need for “national solidarity and national reconciliation”.

“Those who seek a better future should not be separated from each other. We shouldn’t let people be left behind,” he urged.

“But those who have been complicit with this regime and have participated in the crimes of the regime, whether politically or militarily, must be held accountable before the Iranian people,” demanded the former heir to the Iranian throne.

To achieve a better future, past events must not be a “base of enmity and opposition”, Pahlavi said.

“The concern of young people who lose their lives on the streets does not focus on the decades-old differences of this or that political current. It’s not their bread and butter. It will not be an answer for them or a solution for their future.

“I won’t waste a second of my time with people who are still part of the problem,” Pahlavi said. “I will devote all my time to those who want to be part of the solution. Even those who were revolutionaries yesterday. Everyone has the right to change their mind. This is part of the fundamental principles of freedom and human rights.

Pahlavi continued, “The freedom we seek today will be achieved if we seek the full potential of the Iranian people. There can be no other basis for this than unity and collaboration.

“A win-win scenario would be to align the majority of society with this vision. A society will never be one hundred percent united. It didn’t happen anywhere. But I believe that what is happening in Iran today and the demands of the Iranian people are the voice of a majority; So I don’t see why this solution wouldn’t work.

According to Pahlavi, the only people who oppose the majority Iranian people’s demands for change are those “who seek to keep power to themselves the bitter end” and “their numbers are dwindling more and more”.

He said that society itself has recognized “that the regime is afraid” and that is why despite the oppression and killings, people today are less afraid compared to the movements of 2017 and 2019. He said said that this was due to “the struggle carried out every day by the Iranian people; a fight in which we all have a role.

Pahlavi said he had tried to play his own role in all previous years: “I have always been a voice for my fellow Iranians. Giving advice and suggestions for joint work; By having relations with all the political and civic currents of the country.

“Most importantly, I tried to do more listening to people than talking to them. Everything I said was based on my understanding of the demands of my fellow Iranians, especially the younger generation. The future generation will inherit the country.

“I tried to keep that torch burning for 40 years. We should pass it on to the next generation so that they are not homeless, aimless and without a future. Iran will one day be ruled by this youth. They must know that they are not alone and hope that the future is theirs; the cost they bear will not be in vain.

]]> A woman who represented a nation Tue, 31 May 2022 05:48:45 +0000

“It’s not just about the power of women. It is about the power of human beings. If you believe in yourself, that means you can.

These are the words of Zar Amr Ebrahimi during his press conference on Sunday evening after winning the Best Actress award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Speaking to reporters, Zar held back tears as he spoke of his suffering. Shaking her head, she tearfully said, “They wanted to erase me and thought I might kill myself.”

Zar’s efforts are the efforts of millions of dismayed Iranians, struggling for success as they have been scattered around the world for the past forty plus years; as they were pushed to elimination and margins. The tears of this young woman were those of all Iranians caused by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its authorities who for decades have done so much to this nation and submitted even their daily life and basic entertainment to their government poisonous sectarian. .

Iran, this incomparable land – this land of poetry, art, literature, wealth, glory and beauty – has been led to such terrible conditions due to the incompetence of its rulers.

The story of Zar is that of Iran; a true story of an Iranian whose nation has been so restricted by the mullahs and government leaders that today dissidents have little option but flight from the country, suicide, isolation or despair.

For the past forty years, schools have spread lies, deceptions and curiosity about the privacy of others. In society, they promoted deception as a means of earning a living or gaining social status. Ethical poetry and the teachings of Iranian tradition have been eliminated from school textbooks. Instead, they have been replaced by social desperation, polygamy, child marriage, superstition and nonsense.

The history of this land shows that morality and religion have long been part of the life of its inhabitants. Zoroaster, the world’s first prophet announcing monotheism, came from the lands of Iran. Iranian teachings are filled with kindness, good thoughts, honesty and righteousness.

What the dominant regime in Iran teaches and promotes is division, bigotry, ignorance, obscurity and pessimism towards others. When such an attitude has the opportunity to prevail in any country, disaster ensues. Other religions also have extremist groups which, if given the opportunity to wield absolute power, would create catastrophic conditions like Iran.

In people-centered democracies, religion is a private matter and extremist religious forms are also respected as long as they do not threaten the safety and freedom of others in society. For example, there are fundamentalist Mormon sects that believe in polygamy (unlike mainstream Mormons who have denounced it), some traditionalist ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects, or Shia supporting the Velayat Faqih.

In the United States, evangelical Christian groups lack executive power and have at times clashed with the government and armed forces. But in the Middle East, home of religion and center of religious developments, things are different.

What explains the progress of the counties in our region – other than major policies and the management of human resources and affairs – is the rejection of extremism and fundamentalist Islamic groups.

We remember not so long ago, about 50 years ago, when Iran was a progressive country and a pioneer in bringing about reforms and changes that had made our country and our people a model for the region. In the areas of education, religious freedom, women’s suffrage, women’s presence in government and social centers, training of scientific cadres, major economic planning, infrastructure development and management resources, Iran was ahead of the countries in the region.

The Iranian revolution and the coming to power of a religious Velayat Faqih Shia government was due to the demagoguery of religious politicians and the Tudeh communist party. The collective memory of many of the 30 million Iranians who lived in 1979 remembers how some people managed to blow up the country’s problems to provoke public emotion and bring people down in the dark. street.

If there had been the Internet back then, and the mass media and satellite like we have now, things could have been clarified, there would have been easy access to information and no revolution would have took place in Iran.

The Iranian revolution has also affected the conditions for change and reform in the countries of the region. To put it better, it set them back. But they quickly learned and followed the changes needed to follow the unfinished path of the late Shah of Iran in reform and development.

The changes and reforms that are taking place in Saudi Arabia today are, in my opinion, a continuation of the path started by the Shah of Iran for his people and his country. Cutting short the reach of religious extremists from Saudi power and personal life has been the biggest change and the crown prince’s efforts to bring equal rights to men and women have paved the way for development and all-out participation.

Apart from fundamental reforms, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman suggested to the country’s consultative assembly a change of the national anthem and the elimination of the sword from the country’s flag. He believes that this symbol still gives an extremist and fundamentalist image of his country. Supported by awakened and enlightened youth and society, he carried out a fundamental reform. I believe that any reform or change in the Middle East, which is a hotbed of fundamentalism and the rise of fundamentalist and extremist groups, will be effective and useful for the neighboring countries. Saudi Arabia is today a source of inspiration for the countries of the region.

Zar Amir Ebrahimi showed the world that Iran is still Iran; a beautiful Iran with cinema, art, poetry, literature, religion, dance, music and a capable and knowledgeable people; an Iran that has been repressed for forty years but whose people still have the same qualities. She showed the Iranian people and many others driven from their homeland that the current government, and the obscurantism it promotes, will not be able to block a person’s development.

The success of Zar was, for us, more than the recognition of an artist. By speaking of the “power of the human being”, she goes beyond gender divisions and shows the depth of her gaze.

I don’t want to get into clichés and exaggerations. I sincerely want to tell Zar that she was all of us. She represented all Iranians who for the past forty plus years have been driven to death, despair and despair. She showed that it is possible to escape this anti-human regime and make your way to success.

A single person represented us, our Iranianness; she pointed to the wounded pride of millions of people to believe in ourselves more.

Zar, we thank you for representing us so well.