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Photos: Protests in Egypt

Protests-Egypt-2011-iOn 25 January 2011 extensive civil unrest and rioting began in Egypt. Despite violence, the situation seemed more controlled chiefly through the moderating effects of the army’s presence on the street.

The protesters appeared to have a clear objective — the removal of Mubarak’s regime.

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Photos: Sarein hot springs, A tourist’s city in northwestern Iran

Sarein-hot-springs-iran-10-iSarein springs is heated by inactive volcano in mount Sabalan, Iran’s second highest mountain. Its water contains sulphur particles and it is believed that it is good for bone and joint pains.

1990’s earthquake caused some of the springs to get colder or hotter.

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Photos: Facebook curly-hair community gather in Tehran's park


MooFerferia (curly-hair in Persian) Facebook community has about 8000 members worldwide,  and for the first time gathered in Tehran’s Nation Park in January 2011 for a few hours before they were asked to leave by park police.

There are still ongoing debates to find out if curly hair cools or heats the brain better than straight hair!

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Photos: Lake Urmia-Iran, the third largest salt water lake on earth

Lake-Urmia-4-iThe lake (in northwestern Iran) is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia, originally a Syriac name meaning city of water.

Lake Urmia has 102 islands, the second largest island, Kaboudi, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan.

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Photos: First Snow in Tehran and Mount Tochal

tehran-snow-14-iMount Tochal is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran.

The mountain has a 12 km long ridgeline. The highest peak, also called Mount Tochal, is at an elevation of 3,964 m (13,005 feet).

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Art Gallery: Passion for Perfection, Islamic art from the Khalili Collections in Amsterdam

Passion-for-Perfection-Islamic-art-000-War-Mask-Anatolia-or-Western-Iran-15th century-iDe Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam will present highlights from one of the world’s most renowned collections of Islamic art.

Passion for Perfection will include some 500 objects from the collection of Professor Nasser D. Khalili. From 11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011, De Nieuwe Kerk will glitter with richly illuminated Qur’ans and manuscripts, paintings, gold, jewels, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, metalwork, and wood carvings.

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Photos: Ali-Reza Pahlavi 1966-2011

Ali-reza-Pahlavi-02-iAlireza Pahlavi, 44, the youngest son of the former Shah of Iran, died Tuesday morning Jan. 4 2011 at his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ali-Reza Pahlavi was born on 28 April 1966. He lived in the U.S. where he received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University, and studied at Harvard University as a Ph.D. student in ancient Iranian studies and philology.
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Photos: New Year 2011 at the Vank Christian Church in Isfahan - Iran

Vank_Cathedral_Armenian_Quarter_Esfahan_Iran-433-iThe Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in Isfahan by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-05.

Church construction is believed to have begun in 1606, and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David.

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Ashoura mud-rubbing Ritual in Bijar, Kurdistan Province of Iran

Ashoura-mud-rubbing-Ritual- Bijar,-Kurdistan-iran-0-iAshoura is a period of intense grief and mourning. The word ashura simply means tenth in Arabic language, the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.

It is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 2, 680 CE).

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2010

3- White flower - Bahman Farzad-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2010. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2010.

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Photos: Iran 1979-2009 by Alfred Yaghobzadeh

Alfred-Yaghobzadeh_7-iAlfred Yaghobzadeh was born in a multicultural family of an Armenian father and Assyrian mother in Teheran, Iran.

In 1979 the Iranian revolution interrupted his university studies in interior design and incited him to begin photography in the streets of Teheran. The turmoil in his country, the raging battles on the Iran-Iraq front were dramatic, cutting-edge events that Alfred covered with the passion, courage, drive, and youthful instinct of a 19-year-old.

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Photos: Tehran's brothel district Shahr-e-No 1975-77 by Kaveh Golestan

Shahre_Tehran-i“I want to show you images that will be like a slap in your face to shatter your security. You can look away, turn off, hide your identity like murderers, but you can not stop the truth. No one can.” Kaveh Golestan (1950 – 2003)

Red Light district of Shahre-No demonstrates the realities of the plight of prostitutes under the Shah’s regime.

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Photos: Tribal schools of Khuzestan Iran


Khuzestan is inhabited by a number of ethnic minorities and peoples: Autochthonous Persians in major cities, Iranian Arabs, the Bakhtiari Lurs, Behbahanis, Mizrahi Jews, Laks, and other Lurs of the north, the Turkic-speaking Qashqai and Afshari tribes, the Khuzis of Shush/Susa, Dezful, Shushtar, Andimeshk and the inhabitants of the coastal regions of the Persian Gulf all make up the population of the province of Khuzestan.

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United Kingdom - Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2011

Edinburgh-Iranian-Festival-2011Jan. 28 – Feb 6 2011

EIF aims to raise awareness of Iranian culture and helps to integrate it with other cultures in Scotland.  There are seven categories (arts, books, comedy, film, food, lectures, and music) with events taking place in venues across Edinburgh.

The festival is being organized by a dedicated team of volunteers.

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Video: Photo Series Inspired by Persian Poetry - PG13

2010-foto-series-Majeed-Beenteha-iPhotos:  Majeed Beenteha
Music:  Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

So strong is the Persian aptitude for versifying everyday expressions that one can encounter poetry in almost every classical work, whether from Persian literature, science, or metaphysics.

In short, the ability to write in verse form was a pre-requisite for any scholar. For example, almost half of Avicenna’s medical writings are in verse.

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Photos: Iranian Women Athletes in Asian Games 2010

Iran-Kabaddi-team-iIranian women represented 25% of Iran’s 373 member national team for the Asian games and these woman Athletes won close to 25% of Iran’s medal count.

Iranian women received medals in Wushu, Shooting, Taekwondo, Kabaddi, Karate, and Rowing.

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