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I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history. I started taking photos at an early age of my life with a Lubitel, a Russian twin lenses camera. Most of my photos in those days were black and white. It was a very nice camera that my parents gave me when I was 15 years old.

I always loved to see images. I remember that I would spend time in the library for hours and hours looking at the different photos in Life Magazine, National Geographic and other photographic journals and books. Also I always loved nature, and the different patterns made in it. I remember because of my Entomology studies, I would spend hours in the laboratory looking into microscopes at those beautiful and perfect structures that God created in those different tiny flowers, plants, tiny nematods, animals and insects. Then after I finished university in Iran, I left to do on my M.Sc. in California, the Golden State. There I was witness to even more of the beauties that nature held in each different moments of time. I remember I was always walking and trying to absorb all the scenes in my mind and memory as well as recording them on film. I forgot to say that I received another precious gift from my parents. That was a Canon camera with a fixed lense (G-III QL17). Then after I finished my studies, I returned to Iran for work. I consider myself an artist photographer.

At present I have a lovely Minolta Dynax 7, Mamiya 7II with few lenses. I still love and adore nature and all aspects of it. As a result I love macro photography, landscape, architecture (old and new), and many other categories like artistic abstracts, travel, people, fashion, and photo journalism.

In February 2008, I was delighted to be one of the Amateur UK Photographers short-listed in the Sony World Photography Competition 2008.

I have a vast numbers of printed photos, slides and thousands of negatives which all are archived in many folders.

I love to share my observations through my photos with those people who love and appreciate.

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Parallel Sleeping!

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Parallel Sleeping!

Roger Says: Freedom For Palestine

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Roger Lloyd-Pack (born 8 February 1944) is an English actor known for his roles in the TV shows The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses and The Old Guys.
Lloyd-Pack was born in Islington, London, the son of Ulrike Elizabeth (née Pulay), a travel agent, and Charles Lloyd-Pack, who was also an actor. He has been married twice; his first wife was Sheila Ball, and his second is poet and dramatist Jehane Markham. He has one daughter, Emily Lloyd, who is also an actress, and has three sons: Spencer, Hartley and Louis. He currently resides in Kentish Town, North London.
Lloyd-Pack gained A-Levels in English, French and Latin, and is a speaker of French, German and Italian. He supports Tottenham Hotspur. In June 2008 he appeared as a guest on The Politics Show (BBC2), arguing the case for better-integrated public transport—specifically railways. He is an honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. He is also a keen lindy hopper.

Images of Gaza
Gaza's Reality: Palestinian Children areTalking to 'YOU' - "We live in constant fear"

I am Israel
Closed Zone

Map of Israel

Gaza Under Attack – Part 1 – in pictures
Gaza Under Attack – Part 2 – in pictures
? Gaza Under Israeli Attacks

‘Tears of Gaza’ – The Movie
WHO is arming Israel
WESTBANK & JERUSALEM MAP - the settlements
Palestinian Information Center
A free Palestine: Free from the River to the Sea
State of Palestine
Who is Who in Palestine

Lowkey, A Young Political Activist

Frozen or Forgotten Promise?

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Frozen or Forgotten Promise?
Back in January 2009, President Obama signed an agreement promising that the US administration would endeavour to resolve all of the remaining cases of detainees in Guantanamo Bay with a view of closing down the centre entirely “no later than one year from the date of this order”. It is now February 2011, and the reality is a far cry from Obama’s promises that are fast approaching the two year date.

@ President Obama's Promise to Close Gitmo
Gitmo Video - Guantanamo Bay
President Obama's Promised to Close Gitmo by January 22nd, 2010
Obama orders Guantanamo halt
Can Nobel Prize Winner President Obama at least stop the torture?
Eight Years Later and We Are Still Counting
Alledged Murder at Guantánamo's Camp No, Cover-Up by Bush and Obama
His Guantanamo ordeal
A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle
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Guantánamo Bay is a detainment facility of the United States located in Cuba. The facility was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. It is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantánamo of the United States government in Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay. The detainment areas consist of three camps: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray, the last of which has been closed. The facility is often referred to as Guantánamo, or Gitmo, and has the military abbreviation GTMO.
After the Justice Department advised that the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp could be considered outside U.S. legal jurisdiction, the first twenty captives arrived at Guantánamo on January 11, 2002. After the Bush administration asserted that detainees were not entitled to any of the protections of the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld on June 29, 2006, that they were entitled to the minimal protections listed under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. Following this, on July 7, 2006, the Department of Defense issued an internal memo stating that prisoners would in the future be entitled to protection under Common Article 3. The detainees held as of June 2008 have been classified by the United States as "enemy combatants".
On January 22, 2009, the White House announced that President Barack Obama had signed an order to suspend the proceedings of the Guantanamo military commission for 120 days and that the detention facility would be shut down within the year. On January 29, 2009, a military judge at Guantánamo rejected the White House request in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, creating an unexpected challenge for the administration as it reviews how America puts Guantánamo detainees on trial.
On May 20, 2009, the United States Senate passed an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 2346) by a 90-6 vote to block funds needed for the transfer or release of prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. As of February 2011, 172 detainees remain at Guantanamo.
President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum dated December 15, 2009, ordering the preparation of the Thomson Correctional Center, Thomson, Illinois so as to enable the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners there.
The Final Report of the Guantanamo Review Task Force dated January 22, 2010 published the results for the 240 detainees subject to the Review: 36 were the subject of active cases or investigations; 30 detainees from Yemen were designated for 'conditional detention' due to the security environment in Yemen; 126 detainees were approved for transfer; 48 detainees were determined 'too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution'. The Federation of American Scientists published a report entitled 'Enemy Combatant Detainees: Habeas Corpus Challenges in Federal Court'.
On Jan 7, 2011, President Obama signed the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill which contains provisions preventing the transfer of Guantanomo prisoners to the mainland or to other foreign countries, and thus effectively stops the closure of the detention facility. However he strongly objected to the clauses and stated that he would work with Congress to oppose the measures. U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates said during a testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on February 17, 2011: “The prospects for closing Guantanamo as best I can tell are very, very low given very broad opposition to doing that here in the Congress.”
After the United Nations called unsuccessfully for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to be closed, one judge observed 'America's idea of what is torture ... does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations'.

17/02/2011 - Chances of closing Guantanamo jail very low: Gates!!,8599,1976495,00.html

Guantánamo Bay files: Al-Qaida assassin 'worked for MI6' !!

The shock Doctorine

Bonita Banana

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Few days ago, I watched a short documentary film on the community channel about Bonita Ugly Bananas which tells the story of workers on an Ecuadorian banana plantation through the eyes of Scottish artist, Jan Nimmo.

Noboa, the largest banana exporter in Ecuador, is the fourth largest banana company in the world, following the three U.S.-based giants, Dole, Chiquita, and Del Monte. Noboa markets its bananas under the Bonita label. The owner of the Noboa Company is Alvaro Noboa, who ran for President of Ecuador in the October 2002 and 2006 elections and came in second both times.
Noboa's banana operations are completely non-union!! The company has vigorously, and sometimes violently (e.g. in 2002), opposed workers organizing to form unions and gain better wages. Banana workers in Ecuador have called for a boycott of Bonita bananas.
A struggle of banana workers organizing on Noboa plantations in Ecuador in 2002 also led to an international campaign to pressure Ecuador to reform labor law to remove obstacles that block workers from organizing, as documented by Human Rights Watch.
In 2005, Bonita intervened with an independent supplier to secure a satisfactory resolution in a labor struggle, marking a sharp reversal from the company's earlier behavior. However, the company subsequently refused to intervene with suppliers to ensure respect for core worker rights.

How do organophosphates work?
Organophosphates work by inactivating acetylcholinesterase. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme present in human nervous system. Its job is to break down acetylcholine, which is a chemical that carries signals between the nerves and muscle. . Once acetylcholinesterase has been inactivated, acetylcholine builds up in the nerves, and the nerves become over-active. Organophosphate poisoning can occur rapidly or build up over a number of days.

Signs and symptoms of Organophosphate poisoning can be divided into 3 broad categories, including (1) muscarinic effects, (2) nicotinic effects, and (3) CNS effects.

Mnemonic devices used to remember the muscarinic effects of organophosphates are SLUDGE (salivation, lacrimation, urination, diarrhea, GI upset, emesis) and DUMBELS (diaphoresis and diarrhea; urination; miosis; bradycardia, bronchospasm, bronchorrhea; emesis; excess lacrimation; and salivation). Muscarinic effects by organ systems include the following:
Cardiovascular - Bradycardia, hypotension
Respiratory - Rhinorrhea, bronchorrhea, bronchospasm, cough, severe respiratory distress
Gastrointestinal - Hypersalivation, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fecal incontinence
Genitourinary - Incontinence
Ocular - Blurred vision, miosis
Glands - Increased lacrimation, diaphoresis
Nicotinic signs and symptoms include muscle fasciculations, cramping, weakness, and diaphragmatic failure. Autonomic nicotinic effects include hypertension, tachycardia, mydriasis, and pallor.
CNS effects include anxiety, emotional lability, restlessness, confusion, ataxia, tremors, seizures, and coma.

Álvaro Fernando Noboa Pontón (born November 21, 1950 in Guayaquil) is an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. Noboa has been actively involved in politics, running for president unsuccessfully in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2009. In 2007 he was elected national assemblyman.
In 1997 with the 25.1% of the banana business company, he purchased another 25% of the shares, assuming control of the Fruit Shippers Ltd., the holding company for the family business. After that there was a lengthy legal battle with his siblings for the control of the company.. Noboa won the trial. Actually as a business man he controls the Noboa Group of Companies and Noboa Corporation, with more than 110 companies in Ecuador and around the world which include branch offices in United States, Antwerp, Rome, Japan, Argentina and New Zealand.

Toxicity of Organophosphate

the Scotsman

Banana Link

Where the money went .....?

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Forgotten Chechnya!!

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Chechnya, a Russian republic, is a remote, oil-rich area bordering Georgia, whose population is predominantly Muslim. Historically, its residents resisted Russian control. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the territory has been the scene of two wars that caused thousands of deaths and at times embarrassed Russia's military.
Grozny is the capital city of the Chechen Republic, Russia. The city lies on the Sunzha River. According to the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 271,596.
In 2007 Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, anointed Ramzan A. Kadyrov, a former guerrilla who once fought against Russian troops, as the region's president. Mr. Kadyrov succeeded his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, a fervent Kremlin supporter before he was killed by an assassin’s bomb in 2004.
The government in Moscow has ceded effective autonomy to Mr. Kadyrov and he enforces his own mandates that include the imposition of Islamic standards, such as a ban on alcohol and gambling and pressure on women to adopt Islamic dress.
The territories of Dagestan and Chechnya until a decade ago were all part of the Soviet Union, whether they liked it or not. In 1994, Chechnya and Russia fought a war that ended in Chechnya humiliating Russia and bringing about de facto independence. Chechnya, and neighboring Dagestan, are both bitterly poor nations and devoutly Muslim. Much of the drive to be independent of Russia carries with it an Islamic contingent; in Chechnya, the most radical anti-Russians are those who have declared a "jihad" against the powers in Moscow.

wwChechnya, Russia
Chechnya and Dagestan
Second Chechen War
Shamil Basayev
Ummah Welfare Trust

Russian police kill 8 in Dagestan
Russian Special Operations in Dagestan

A Reminder Pose!!

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"no comment"

This POSE could be a reminder that what went wrong to the poor Iraqi prisoners in the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison.

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) Full Video

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)
Trained for Pain: Get your Torture Degree from School of Americas !

Lowkey, A Young Political Activist

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Lowkey Explains the dictionary definition of Terrorism.
Lowkey(born Kareem Dennis, 23 May 1986) is a musician and political activist of English and Iraqi descent. He first became known through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18,before taking a hiatus from the music business. He would return in 2008 with wider music coverage, featured on BBC Radio and appearing at various festivals and concerts including the Electric Proms, Glastonbury, T In The Park and Oxygen in the build up to his first solo album, as well as collaborating with other famous English musicians to form a supergroup.

who is Terrorist?
Long Live Palestine
I am Israel
Closed Zone
Map of Israel
WHO is arming Israel
WESTBANK & JERUSALEM MAP - the settlements
A free Palestine: Free from the River to the Sea
State of Palestine
Who is Who in Palestine