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Iranian-born Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan is a blogger, journalist, and internet activist. Since 2001, he has been based out of Toronto, Canada, running his award-winning weblog, Editor: Myself, which has been among the most influential blogs in the Persian language. Close.

Hossein Derakhshan

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Iranian-born Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan is a blogger, journalist, and internet activist. more »

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Ahmadinejad's Old-School Appeal

I have finally realized what it was that the entire Iranian nation revolted in order to achieve and how valuable this subjectivity is to empower the world of the marginalized, the poor and the oppressed.

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JoeT:

The persians woke up on the cusp of the 21st century and realized that the world had significantly progressed since the bronze age, where they have been sulking ever since Alexander defeated Darius at Issus. Great strides have been made in technolgy, human rights, and philosophy, (in short civilization) none of which the persians have contributed anything. Mr. Derekhshan is nothing more than the latest in a long list of apologists for a demented egocentric culture that cannot stand the fact that simply being 3000 years old does not make you a world leader. These justifications for willful ignorance and national meglomania are pathetic and really have no place in a rational discourse of current world history.

Tom Miller:

Robert,

If you would kindly re-read Mr. Derakhshan's post, you will find that he says clearly the following:

"Like many Iranians who have lived in the West for the past 7-8 years, the rise of Ahmadinejad (and also traveling to other parts of the Middle East) has incited a radical change in the way I see myself, relate to Iran, and view the world."

Do you consider Canada the West or Iran? Do you honestly believe that Mr. Derakhshan is living the everyday experience of an Iranian citizen who has to endure an oppressive regime or is he traveling the globe making a living from "contributions"? He may be sincere in searching under every nook and cranny (Morrissey concerts) for a defense for the current dictatorship but the reality I see is that he is talking about something he is privileged to not have to experience.

It's your choice to be naive if you wish but I did re-read what I said and unless I see facts that say otherwise, I will stand by my statement.

Thanks

Jeff:

Another valid criticism of Mr. Derakhshah's piece is that it misrepresents the effectiveness of the economy and level of prosperity of the people of Iran. In fact, unemployment is high, and drug abuse is out of control. These are not characteristics of a thriving people, and they can't be blamed on the U.S. and the West. Iran is potentially a country that could provide a high standard of living for its people- but freedom and economic prosperity have been thwarted by a severely repressive regime that isolates its people from the rest of the world and condemns them to relative poverty and unhappiness.

Rocco Celentano:

I'm afraid Mr. Derakhshah's thoughts are much too "pie in the sky" for Iran. Let's look at the facts:
1. Ahmadinejad doesn't really rule the country, he rules at the behest of Supreme Ruler Khamenei and his religous leadership. If Ahmadinejad does something they do not like he will be barred from reelection like former President Rafsanjani.
2. The Islamic Republic of Iran has often been extremly repressive and illiberal. There are plenty of examples of this.
Yes, Iran is far from the "axis of evil" described from George Bush. It is more nuanced than just simply describing it as "monolithic totalitarian state"; but when the chips are down the hard line religous establishment calls the shots, not the millions of moderate and activists types that Mr.Derakhshah describes. And in the end, that is why the rest of the world worries...

Nitin:

I guess I should applaud the Post for letting even this idiot voice his opinion. Maybe I'll pose as a Klan member and ask the Post to give me a blog.

mamad:

that is very good ha! an iranian ,unfortunatly,journalist talk about a terrorist regime and we should say wow ! that is freedom somebody is challenging all free values in the world and can be seen .!!!! for these journalists the money of regime is the most important value.

mohamad:

mr hossein i just can say shame on you .as iranian i feel sorry for myself and millions in iran that you dependent journalist talk about poilitic and such a terrorist rejiem .

Giani:

Could not say it better .. Derakhshan sees it absolutely right .. Ahmadinejad rejuvenated the
revolution .. Rafsanjani and his group, including
ex president Khatami, they lead Iran to Shah's path .. this was not the intention of Iranian people and not intention of 1979 general revolt by "ALL", rich and poor .. replacing shah's crony-capitalism with Mullah crony-capitalism was not the intention of revolt ..

West was finding accomodation and feeling comfortable with the Rafsanjani (western moderate) faction .. things were reverting to the "old good days" ..

Should this have continued, an "encore", uprising , was not far ahead .. meaning Mullah would be overthrown "bloodily" .. and that was in nobody's interest .. not even in the west's interest ..

Ahmadinejat and the new non-cleric generation came in, similar to Putin taking over from "Yeltsin"..


Rafsanjani can be compaired to Russia's "Yeltsin"

Ahmadinejat is " PUTIN "


psyched : Giani

Abolghassem Abraham Sadegh:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I believed so much in “independence, freedom and justice” being the end result of the 1979 uprising that I gladly joined the press division of Imam Khomeini’s Welcoming Committee.

Unfortunately, within a few years I came to realize that none of those ideals can be achieved under a theocracy that has proven to be an absolute dictatorship. A society in which one can not believe in what it wants, say what it believes in, read what it wants to read, listen to what it wants to listen to, and even wear what it wants to wear is nothing but Hell on earth.

Under the present regime, Persia (A name that should have never been changed) is going through its darkest period in its long history.

Abolghassem Abraham Sadegh

Fallon, Nevada

ACunningham:

Robert,

Thank you for your comment. I am aware of the fact that this writer lives in Canada. However, I have checked with a number of Iranian colleagues (academic historians) and they attest that they have seen him at various conferences, seminars and lecture circles in the US where he receiveS full funding for his 'contributions' as an authority on contemporary Iranian culture and politics.

Having said that, you should read my comment again before judging whether in makes 'ANY' sense!!!


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Robert:

To Tom Miller and ACUNNINGHAM, this writer does not live in the US. I'm not sure if your posts make any sense.

I think this guy lives in Iran and Canada, or at least holds citizenship in these two countries.

But I do think a valid point was made here in protesting to the Post, that all of their Iranian contributors have ties/allegiance to the current regime in Iran. How about substituting for one of them with a Moderate Secular Democrat?

Afterall, this moderate segment does represent the majority of the persians in Iran and around the world.

Please don't mistake this for bringing in a Mujahedeen-e Khalq or whatever they go by these days. Those guys are real scary!

Terrance Savitsky:

I believe the Iranian people to be inherently open to other cultures, experimental in their choices and highly adaptive to change. So it is not surprising to me that this culture produces both world-leading scholarship and art and also an opposing insular, controlling and confrontational system in it's current governing structure. It is as if the lack of a strict controlling code will see Iranians and Iran drift back towards the inherent openness that has characterized Persian society for over a thousand years. I interpret the rise of Ahmadinejad as driven by Iranian poor to whom he promised a better life. His current waning relates to his lack of delivery in this regard. So, of course, he and other conservatives will return to the more messianic posture of exporting revolution in order to keep in check the natural cultural forces that would otherwise eventually push them aside.

ACunningham:

Hoder, The field of Middle Eastern Studies is POPULATED with self-serving creeps like you. That is why OUR country, The United States of America, is in such a MESS in that region of the world!


It is ignorant weirdos like you -- who have made it to the West leaving behind your families in the hands of those Iranian Fascists -- & who keep feeding our Intelligence professionals MIXED messages while milking us for money and influence.


Now, get your e-business somewhere else and write about... Britney & Lindsay. These are serious matters which should not be left in the hands of FOOLS like you.


p.s. Quoting Foucault does NOT make you an intellectual.

Tom Miller:

Mr. Derakhshan,

How pleasant for you that you haven't had to endure life in Iran under the Islamic dictatorship where even governmental consideration to permit a rock concert is applauded as the paramont example of human rights and freedom. :)

Mr. Ahmedinajad was never an outsider. As you undoubtably know only insiders are even permitted to run for office in this dictatorship. Nobody else would be permitted by the Council that reviews the "appropriateness" of all candidates.

So, Mr. Ahmedinajad represents the "core" values of the revolution? Do these include:
1. Stating publicly that Israel should be erased off of the map while defending Iran's "right" to go nuclear
2. Sponsoring a comic review of the Holocaust that embarrassed even western leftists who fell over the edge years ago
3. Denying the existence of gays in Iran - too funny to discuss seriously :)
4. Proclaiming that an aura surrounded him as world leaders froze listening to his speech at the U.N. a few years back (doctored video? yeah right :) )
5. Doling out millions to Hezbollah and Hamas to pursue Iranian hegemony in the Mid-East while average Iranian citizens wait in gas lines and experience price increases in food and necessities not seen in years

But wait, there is a justification for all of this inconvenient ignorance and intolerance you acknowledge in Ahmedinejad and Iranian society. Of course it was the West who made the revolution petty, unjust, intolerant, and a playground for the Morality Police. But even so, Morrissey may actually be allowed to perform - wow what a revolution. :)

So good for you that you can live outside of the fury and madness of the revolution you extol. I'm glad I don't have to tolerate the revolution either and I hope a real revolution will come for the Iranian people one day that will bring true freedom and justice.

I believe that long-term and successful revolutions are not in ".. the form of revolt that is the most novel and the most insane" nor do they aspire "...to become a gigantic powder keg, at the level of hundreds of millions of men." It's revealing that you consider these statements as praise.

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Michael O.:

I just wonder: is being a stooge of the Mullah regime a prerequisite for Iranians to get on the Post Global panel?

Between Kayhan Barzegar, Ali Ettefagh, and now this Derakhshan fellow, there's not one who is not singing the praise of the regime and recycling the tired old tropes about "American hegemony" and "Western intervention". And, needless to say, if everything is not quite perfect in Iran, that too is the fault of someone on the outside, the "Big Powers", whoever they are.

Iran is a nation of great potential and one day that potential may be realized. But as long as its intellectuals take pride in their doomsday-cult deranged leaders and regard them as champions of "independence, freedom and justice", that is not going to happen.

nallcando:

I wish American Citizens would wake up and realize that War is not the answer in the middle east. One need only to look as far as Iraq and Afghanistan to see this is true or look back threw history, France, Germany, Britain, and the US, none of these countries have seceded. What we need to do is something much more radical than war. We as Americans could start off something so wonderful, that it could wipe out all of the negative publicity, that George Bush has brought down on our Country. If we could send peace
ambassadors from a list of Nobel Peace prize winners. Women and men of peace brokering the destruction of Nuclear Weapons, starting with America and extending to Iran, Korea, Russia, and
what ever countries have them.
What could it hurt to try! Look at what we could gain.

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