Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How Would You Bet?

If I had to bet on who won the presidential election a year ago in Iran, I would bet on Ahmadinejad. Am I a supporter of him? Obviously not but with the lack of hard evidence, that is a full investigation of the electoral process, my wager is my summary of what happened a year ago.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Westoxication" a National Illusion

Gharbzadegi is a coined phrase popularized in Iran by Jalal Al-e Ahmad referring to a perceived “national” problem of intoxication or stricken by the Western values – Westoxication. Al-e Ahmad a renowned writer in his book, Gharbzadegi, has diagnosed Westoxication as the national disease. “We have not been able to preserve our cultural-historical character in the confrontation with the machine and its inevitable assault. We have disintegrated.” For him the “machine and its inevitable assault” is the summation of the Western influence. His thesis was stringing together a set of half truth geo-political and historical events, which as a leading intellectual is only indicative of the shallowness of the knowledge among the learned at the time.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Defense of the “Iranian Revolution”?

Is there anything left from that revolution worth defending?  The February 1979 insurrection toppled the regime of Mohammad Reza Shah.   Since that time many, particularly on the left, are struggling to digest that event and its aftermath.  The advocates in general see a continuation of the revolution through the rivalry between the Islamic Republic and the west, especially in its animosity toward the United States.  You can hear the “anti-imperialist” propaganda from the leaders of the Islamic Republic everyday and it is this subterfuge that hides all their failures and keeps them in power.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Leftist Fragmentation

A few days ago I received an e-mail from a friend which contained a chain of discussion between himself and one of his political associates.  At some point in our past the three of us were part of the same organization espousing Trotsky’s variation of Marxists views.   Their discussion was very heated where the subject of discussion was lost among the personal attack on each other – a typical leftist exchange.  A couple of decades earlier both of them were united in their opposition to me.  I have noted my memories of that discussion in another web site (this link).  I am not trying to revive the old disputes, but this e-mail brought to my attention the continuation of the fragmentation of our old organization.  As a matter of fact, this fragmentation was not only our problem but the problem of the entire spectrum of leftists.  They continuously fragmented.