Welcome

Welcome to The other Iran !

I do not want to deny that the Iranian government is a clerical dictatorship. No, I would even sign this statement, but this fact does not say too much about Iran and Iranians itself. Let’s not forget that in 2009 only in Tehran 2 million Iranians went to the streets to protest peacefully against the regime. The protesters looked modern, they were no bearded militants, and they were peaceful.

By focusing on Iran’s regime, the people of Iran are implicitly dehumanized, which makes it easy to make the case for a military attack on Iran with lots of civilian causalties.

This blog wants to focus on the Iranian people, their lives, their activities, their successes. Most “experts” talking about Iran have never been here, have never had contact to Iranians.

The posts in this blog will be short excerpts of articles on Iran. Each post will include a link to the original site where you can check that I have not made up things. The posts will not contain any comment from me, yet there will be a comment section for each post.

I hope by reading this blog you realize that iranians are like other folks, they like to enjoy their lives, they do sports, create art and are open to other cultures. They are far from brain washed religious maniacs.

Please use the share buttons below the posts, if you find something interesting or surprising on this blog. More people should have a wider horizon when it comes to Iran.

11 thoughts on “Welcome

    • Hi Liz,

      great to hear that you like my blog. I realized that you are a very loyal follower of this blog. Your boyfried is very lucky having someone with so much interest in his culture. I know this because my wife (who is also not an Iranian) is the same. She especially loves the food 😉

      Thank you for the nomination, getting such an award would make me very happy because then I know that I could (with the help of the readers) bring these articles to a big audience and do something for my fellow Iranians that as I feel are very misunderstood.

      Currently the view numbers are not good enough to have chances gaining such a great award, but they are slowly but continiously getting better as more and more readers use the share buttons to share to facebook & co.

      Thank you!
      socialinform

  1. Enjoyed reading your blog. We in the west know nothing about the Iranian people. I say west, as i’m Irish, but i live quite close, as i live in Bulgaria now. It is about time people stopped listening to whatever propaganda our different governments put out for consumption, and realise that people all over the world are the same, with the same hopes and aspirations we all have. Will be happy to follow your blog. Iran has such a rich and diverse culture, there is much to enjoy.
    Dave.

    • Hello Dave,

      I am happy that you are enjoying this blog.
      What you are saying is exactly what I am thinking.
      We are biologically the same. It is just natural that we have the same hopes. Who would not want freedom and happiness.
      As an Iranian I came to Europe several decades ago. I had not once the feeling people here would be so different to the people in Iran.
      When we read or watch news, the idea never even comes to our mind that people in Iran or let’s say North Korea are interested in sports, music, arts or that they like to laugh, sing and dance. Most people’s imagination hardly goes over “ah, yes a bunch of fanatics”. Often I have to read in political forums how people discuss how Iran should be bombed back to stone age.
      We just let ourselves get confused by politics and media, so that we often do not realize how similar we all are.
      That is why I especially like to post travel reports by westerners who go to Iran and see for themselves. Travelling through the world or living in a country different than your birth country (like in your case) opens someones horizons enormously.

      Thank you for encouraging me with your great comment.

  2. I decided to check out your site after you commented on mine, and I’m glad I did.

    Iran has become yet another “dirty word” in the west, wherein people equate it with the worst of the worst, often without even knowing what it’s all about. It’s a shame because the little contact I’ve had with Iran and Iranians has been nothing but good. Thus I’m looking forward to following your blog and seeing Iran the way it was meant to be.

    • Hi Jessica, thank you for your great comment. This is the feedback that motivates me to continue doing research and publishing new articles.

      When I came to Europe years ago, and I started to read the news I was shocked, what bad opinion people had about Iran and Iranians, when most Iranians have actually only interest and admiration for the west. Watching the media it seemed that everyday there is an angry demonstration in Iran, when this is only the case once a year, on the anniversary of the “revolution”. And everyone knows that this demonstrations are organized, people are collected from everywhere given food and presents to do the show, otherwise people in Iran rarely risk their health to demonstrate against something.

      I also realized that a lot of people do not distinct between government and people, they just use the collective term Iran, even though they should know that as in democracies it can be that 49% oppose the current administration, in dictatorships the percentage of unhappy people can be much higher. So generalizing in fact means not understanding what a dictatorship is.

      Also people generalize over country borders, Germany and Netherlands are neighbors, but both the Germans and the Dutch would insist that they are totally different. Same with US Americans and Mexicans. But when it comes to the middle east then Iran, Iraq, … everything is the same for a lot of people.

      If people would not just read again and again the same headlines and would invest some time to do some research on Iran, they would be “shocked” to find out:

      Iran is not only desert and hot:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/winter/
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/nature/

      In Iran women are not fully veiled and they can drive (It is Saudi Arabia, where they re not allowed to drive).
      It is hard for women, and there is a long way until women have the full rights that they deserve, but even now they are extremely successful in all kinds of fields:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/women/
      Before 1979 they could at least dress as they liked:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/sixties-and-seventies/
      I am sure this will be again the case in the near future. The Iranian society is open enough as these not so old pictures show.

      Also Iran is host to the biggest Jewish community in the Middle east outside of Israel:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/jews/
      The reason we never hear in the media about these people is that they actually can live in peace in Iran.

      There are also Iranian Christians, and they are loved (the captain of the Iranian national football team, or famous musicians) and respected:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/christians/

      Foreign tourists have generally a great time in Iran:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/foreigners-in-iran/

      Iranians do NOT hate the US:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/usa/

      And last bit not least Iranians are just regular people, who love art, music, sports, cinema and much more:
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/music/
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/sports/
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/cinema/
      http://theotheriran.com/tag/art/

      As an Iranian who feels misunderstood my only hope are open minded people like you, who do their own research instead of only consuming what they are told to, and the hope that people like you will educate others by sharing their knowledge with them.

  3. “This blog wants to focus on the Iranian people, their lives, their activities, their successes. Most “experts” talking about Iran have never been here, have never had contact to Iranians.” Bravo! I look forward to reading your blog!

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