Wednesday, October 15, 2008

it's been a month...

...And I haven't updated, but I actually have a good excuse. I've been working diligently on finishing my paper, "The Iran War Will Not Take Place: the Intersection of Humanitarianism and Imperialism." I finished it today and submitted it to a conference at Rutgers University titled The Iranian Revolution: Thirty Years. I hope it gets accepted! At about 35 pages, it's certainly the longest paper I've written, and I'm really proud of it. I may post it online in the future.

Enough bragging, let's get down to business. Unfortunately I lost a bunch of good links when my computer crashed, but I still have been keeping busy with nerding out on the Internet, as you can see. Most of these are from a grip of links that Hoda sent me, so props to her. Expect more in the near future.

Iranian Typography Now - pretty bad article full of factual errors, but containing some stunning examples of modern Iranian calligraphy and art. (PingMag)

Hamid Dabashi at the Palestine Center - video of an engaging and interesting lecture from Hamid Dabashi on US-Iranian relations. Also on Youtube in three parts. (KABOBfest)

Iranian strike halts sales tax - that's right, my motherland is home to some of the most militant labor movements in the world. For more on the topic, I highly recommend Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War by Andreas Malm and Shora Esmailian. There's a great interview about the book (also in three parts) online. (Al Jazeera; interview via Middle East Panorama on Resonance)

Iran opens health care clinics in Bolivia - make sure to check out all the links on this short article about an exciting development in Iran's growing ties with Latin America. The Monthly Review's article is especially worth reading. As the U.S. tries to exclude Iran from the American-dominated economic sphere, Iran continues to nurture strong links throughout the world, from Eastern Europe to East Asia, the Middle East to Latin America. (Imperialism and Resistance)

Turning ordinary people into punchlines - excellent critique of Bill Maher's stupid movie "Religulous." Bill Maher is unfunny and a gigantic douchebag. Thanks to my boy Jeff for sending me this one. (Socialist Worker)