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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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Ostad Shahid Dr Majid Shahriari

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Dr. Majid Shahriari was a colleague of another professor, Massoud A. Mohammadi, who was killed, on 01/12/2010, in the same fashion. Each of the attacks appear to have targeted academics and have been taking place in the same manner.
"A motorbike rider has forged the cars of both these professors, around 7:45 local time, attached a bomb to them, and ran away" reporters in Tehran said.
It's unclear if the blast was carried out by foreign governments who are actively seeking to undermine Iran's nuclear programme. Many in Iran believe that the Western powers have a hand in the attacks.
The reported attacks came a day after the top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen in an interview to CNN said that the USA was weighing military options in the face of Tehran's announcement it had an atomic power plant up and running.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said that he does not believe that Iran's nuclear plant is for civilian use "for a second."
"In a criminal terrorist act, the agents of the Zionist regime (referring to the Israeli Mossad) attacked two prominent university professors who were on their way to work," Iran's state television's website reported.
According to initial investigation in both cases pairs on motorcycles conjugated to the cars of the two scientists in the rush hour of the morning almost simultaneously. The second rider attached a magnetic explosive device to the doors of the cars where the driver was seating. The explosive devices were detonated with some sort of delay few seconds later after the motorcycles drew away off the scene. Before drawing away the second rider on each motorcycle shot few shots toward the head of the scientists leaving them with almost no chance to survive.
The Iranian authorities later admitted that the magnetic explosive devices, also known as sticky bombs and used often in Iraq by pro-Iranian militias, were from Iranian manufacture.
Dr. Fereydoon Abbasi was appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Sunday 02/13/2011, to the Head of the Iranian Agency for Atomic Energy - IAAE and one of the president's deputies.

Professor Majid Shahriari (ca. 1970 - November 29, 2010), was a quantum physicist who worked with the Iranian Atomic Energy Commission. He specialised in neutron transport, a phenomenon that lies at the heart of nuclear chain reactions in bombs and reactors. According to The Guardian he "had no known links to banned nuclear work". According to Al Jazeera he was a quantum physicist and was not a political figure at all" and he "was not involved in Iran's nuclear programme".
Some media reports said he taught at the Supreme National Defense University, which is run by the Iranian Army. Shahriari published dozens of esoteric conference reports and peer-reviewed articles on nuclear research.
On November 29, 2010, unidentified assailants riding motorcycles launched separate bomb attacks, killing Shahriari and injuring nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi, a professor at Shahid Beheshti University where Shahriari also taught. Dr. Abbasi's wife was also hurt. The killers had attached bombs to the professors' cars and detonated them from a distance.
Iranian officials have variously blamed Israel and the United States for assassinating Shahriari. Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, was quoted as saying Western nations "exercise terrorism to liquidate Iran's nuclear scientists."

Tehrani Mourners

'Mossad behind Iran scientist's murder'

The First Asian Caravan .....

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The First Asian Caravan in Solidarity With Gaza

AsiatoGaza is a movement that intends to break the illegal siege of Gaza in a peaceful manner.
17 Asian countries joined the caravan from India and traverse through 6 Asian countries before it sails to break the siege of Gaza in December 2010.
AsiatoGaza consists of non governmental organizations as well as people from various Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait, UAE and various religions like Muslims, Christian, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists. In coordination with other activists all over the world, AsiatoGaza has arranged a caravan from India to Gaza with the participation of several Asian countries. This caravan will start in first week of December 2010 from India through Pakistan, Iran to Turkey and from Turkey toward Gaza.
Press TV Reporting ....

Asian to Gaza Movement


If American Knew . . .

It is Apartheid

Ethical Cleansing

Images of Gaza

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

Eye On Israel

Closed Zone

I am Israel

Who is Who in Palestine

Electronic Intifada
Alternative News
Al Haq
Friends of Al Aqsa
Stop The Wall
Jews Against Zionism

Freedom for Palestine - One World

Not Happy, Why?

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I took this image from Mr Shahidi. a knicker seller in Tehran Bazar. I am not sure how a Muslim woman with all of tight tradition can dare to approach this man and ask for particular item, with different sizes, forms, colors and etc. ...

Amir Hossein Annari

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Annar or pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between five and eight meters tall. The pomegranate is mostly native to the Iranian Plateau and the Himalayas in north Pakistan and Northern India. It has been cultivated in the Caucasus since ancient times, and today, is widely cultivated throughout Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, China, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the drier parts of southeast Asia, the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe, and tropical Africa. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769, pomegranate is now cultivated in parts of California and Arizona for juice production.
The pomegranate is a very ancient fruit, mentioned in the Homeric Hymns and the Book of Exodus. Yet, it has still to reach mainstream prominence in the commercial markets of North America and the Western Hemisphere.
Nutrients and phytochemicals
Pomegranate sepals and drying stamens after fertilization and petal fallPomegranate aril juice provides about 16% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, and is a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium and polyphenols, such as tannins and flavonoids.
Pomegranates are listed as high-fiber in some charts of nutritional value. That fiber, however, is entirely contained in the edible seeds which also supply unsaturated oils. People who choose to discard the seeds forfeit nutritional benefits conveyed by the seed fiber, oils and micronutrients.
The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the hydrolyzable tannins called ellagitannins formed when ellagic acid binds with a carbohydrate. Punicalagins are tannins with free-radical scavenging properties in laboratory experiments and with potential human effects. Punicalagins are absorbed into the human body and may have dietary value as antioxidants, but conclusive proof of efficacy in humans has not yet been shown. During intestinal metabolism by bacteria, ellagitannins and punicalagins are converted to urolithins which have unknown biological activity in vivo.
Other phytochemicals include polyphenolic catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins, such as prodelphinidins, delphinidin, cyanidin, and pelargonidin. The ORAC (antioxidant capacity) of pomegranate juice was measured at 2,860 units per 100 grams.
Many food and dietary supplement makers use pomegranate phenolic extracts as ingredients in their products instead of the juice. One of these extracts is ellagic acid, which may become bioavailable only after parent molecule punicalagins are metabolized. However, ingested ellagic acid from pomegranate juice does not accumulate in the blood in significant quantities and is rapidly excreted. Accordingly, ellagic acid from pomegranate juice does not appear to be biologically important in vivo.

Tomaj, a Bache Pooldar

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I met Tomaj in a very wealthy area of Tehran in his own expensive Toyota 4runner four wheel drive car. He and his friend, Ali Reza just returned back from snow boarding.
The price of this car is around 3,000,000,000 Rial (= 6000 X 500,000 Rials)

Begging Girl

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Begging Girl

Raw Kaleh

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Kalleh Pacheh

Kalleh Pacheh or the sheep’s head and hooves soup is probably the most traditional of Iranian breakfast dishes.
Kalleh Pacheh can be prepared using various recipes.

1 clean lamb’s head, 6 clean lamb’s hooves,
2 large whole onions, 4 cloves garlic,
1 cinnamon stick,
4 bay leaves,
1 tbsp turmeric, and
ample amounts of salt and pepper.

Method of preparation:
In a large pot, soak head and hooves in cold water over night. Drain from the soaking water and cover in clean water. Bring to the boil and then change the water. In the fresh water add all ingredients with head and hooves, and bring to boil. Simmer for 8 hours to become tender, and then serve with fresh bread and lime juice.

There are many restaurants in various cities in Iran where customers go and eat Kalleh Pacheh every morning. Its popularity is under threat, however, from the spread of fast food and from the medical doctors warning about the dish’s high cholesterol. Some people drink a cup of strong tea (in Persian: Chai-e Por Rang) after eating Kalleh Pacheh to neutralize the detrimental effects of high cholesterol. Research works suggest that drinking black tea may reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Diseases.

Kale Pache, A Delicious Iranian Food

A Badge From Past

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I found this badge in one of the antique shops in Manoochehri in front of British Embassy in Tehran.

Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million, including approximately 150,000 in Scotland and Ireland, over a quarter of a million under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England and just under two million in the United States.
The fraternity is administratively organised into independent Grand Lodges or sometimes Orients, each of which governs its own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. The various Grand Lodges recognise each other, or not, based upon adherence to landmarks (a Grand Lodge will usually deem other Grand Lodges who share common landmarks to be regular, and those that do not to be "irregular" or "clandestine").
There are also appendant bodies, which are organisations related to the main branch of Freemasonry, but with their own independent administration.
Freemasonry uses the metaphors of operative stonemasons' tools and implements, against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple, to convey what has been described by both Masons and critics as "a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols"

Masonic Symbolism & Its Meanings

An Introduction to the history of Freemasonary in Iran