U.S. military spending rose 4.6% in 2018 to reach $649 billion, making it by far the world’s biggest investor in death. Continue reading Iran is not the problem
Iran may be the key to peace in the Middle East
Is that why Trump and Netanyahu are gunning for it? Continue reading Iran may be the key to peace in the Middle East
The White House’s distorting mirror
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.” Continue reading The White House’s distorting mirror
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”
The oldest dated carpet in the world was woven around 1540 by Maqsud Kashani, about whom nothing is known except for his own description as a “servant of the court”. Continue reading “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”
Pulling the rug out from under your average carpet-buyer
The Sickle-Leaf Carpet, woven in Persia in the mid-17th century, has sold at auction for the astonishing sum of $33,765,000. Previously, a blue leaf-patterned 17th century rug from Iran held the world record, selling for $9.6 million at Christie’s in London in 2010. Continue reading Pulling the rug out from under your average carpet-buyer
Let’s end the deception over Iran!
The media became “weapons of mass deception” in the war on terror. That’s the opinion of Danny Schechter, executive editor of Mediachannel.org, who hung the label on U.S. media for its uncritical repetition of government sources of information leading up to the disastrous war on Iraq. Now it’s Iran’s turn. Continue reading Let’s end the deception over Iran!