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Friday, May 9, 2008

The Real Side Of Iran ....!

In recent years, the media has damaged Iran’s image so badly that when people hear the name of Iran, they only picture black chadors, terrorism, and ayatollahs. These stereotypes are being constructed to make it easier for governments to attack Iran with public approval. That is why i wish to play a small but essential role in breaking down these negative stereotypes.

What do you know about the real Iran?

Here it is ....

1.Abbas Kiarostami

An internationally acclaimed film director who has received some 100 awards has been a member of the jury at numerous festivals, most notably the president of the Cannes Film Festival.

2.Abdol-Hossein Sardari

Iran’s charge d’affaires in Paris who issued Iranian passports to many non-Iranian Jews, and saved the lives of hundred of Jews from the Nazis.

3.Abu-Rayhan Biruni (973 – 1048)

Contributed greatly to the fields of mathematics, philosophy, medicine, and Science.

4.Ali Daei

The first male soccer player who scored 100 goals in international play.

5.Andre Agassi

The former World No. 1 Professional tennis player.

6.Anoushe Ansari

The world's first female space tourist.

7.Avicenna(980 – 1037)

Persian physician, philosopher, and scientist. His “The Canon of Medicine” was a standard medical text in many European universities for five centuries.

8.Camila Batmanghelidjh

The founder of the children's charity Kids Company, which serves in excess of 20,000 children a year.The winner of the UK's Women of the Year 2006 award.

9.Christiane Amanpour

The chief international correspondent for CNN.

10.Cyrus the Great Cylinder(539BC)

The first charter of Human Rights.Abolished forced labour, prohibited oppression and terror, and guaranteed freedom of settlement and religion.

11.Farabi(870 – 950)



12.Farshid Moussavi
World leader in Architectural Engineering.


13.Fariborz Sahba

Designer of the “Lotus Temple” which, in 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it the most visited building in the world.

14.Farzad Nazem

Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Yahoo! Inc.

15.Firouz Naderi

The Associate Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

16.Freddie Mercury

The lead singer of Queen.

17.Hossein Amanat

The architect of Azadi Tower, the symbol of Tehran.

18.Lily Afshar

Regarded as one of the world’s best female classical guitarists.

19.Marjane Satrapi

Graphic novelist, illustrator and children’s book author.

20.Mina Bissell

A possible candidate for a Nobel prize for her 30 years of scientific effort which has become increasingly influential in the field of cancer biology and cancer therapeutics.

21.Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Miss World Canada 2003.

22.Omar Khayyam(1048 – 1131)

Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher and astronomer.
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23.Omid Djalili

The only Iranian Comedian in the world, which is “technically three more than Germany!”

24.Omid Kordestani

The Senior Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Field Operations of Google.

25.Parisa Khosravi

Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, International News Gathering, CNN.

26.Pierre Omidyar

The founder/chairman of the eBay auction site.

27.Ramona Amiri

Miss World Canada 2005.

28.Razi(865 – 925)

Celebrated chemist, physicist and philosopher, discoverer of medical applications for alcohol.

29.Reza Badiyi

Director of episodes of Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, The Six million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, Police Squad! Dr.Quinn, Medicine Woman, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nikita and Sliders.

30.Rumi(1207 – 1273)

Persian poet.His followers, the Whirling Dervishes, believe in performing their worship in the form of dance and music.

31.Saadi(1184 – 1283)

One of his poems is used to grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York: “The children of Humanity are each other’s limbs
That share an origin in their creator
When one limb passes its days in pain
The other limbs cannot remain easy.
You who feel no pain at the suffering of others
It is not fitting you be called human.”

32.Samira Makhmalbaf

At age 27, she is considered to be one of the best directors of contemporary world cinema.

33.Shahrdad Rohani

Best known for arranging and conducting the ‘Yanni Live at the Acropolis’ concert, the most widely viewed program ever shown on Public Television in the United States, and the second best-selling music video of all time

34.Shirin Ebadi

2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

35.Shohreh Aghdashloo


2003 Academy Award Nomination.

36.Shiraz Wine

Australia's most popular red wine stems from Shiraz – the city of flowers, wine and poetry in Iran – in the heart of an ancient winemaking region where the process of wine making possibly originated 7000 years ago.

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