On Wednesday 20th of March people from Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikestan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, parts of Turkey and many others will celebrate Nowruz. This celebration is most commonly known as the Persian New Year. It marks the beginning of spring and the start of the year 1392 according to the Iranian Calendar. In connection to Nowruz, there… Continue reading Happy New Year! | Nowruz Mobarak! | نوروز مبارک
I just got back from a lecture given by Norman Finkelstein in the Hague. He was invited there by the Critical Collective. After years I finally was able to attend a lecture by him and see what he has to say in person. He spoke about the Israel/Palestine conflict and tried to explain his view… Continue reading A recap of the Norman Finkelstein lecture in the Hague + an interview he did with Harry Fear
This song is one of my favorite songs ever. The whole performance is great, the guitar solo is amazing. When I was writing my thesis and losing inspiration I used to listen to Bob Marley. I’d just step away from the computer for a while. Refresh and start again with a clear mind. Whenever I… Continue reading Bob Marley & The Wailers – Heathen (live version)
Tonight, 20-12-2012, Persian speaking people all over the world celebrate Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), the longest night of the year. While I was trying to find out when this celebration was going to take place this year, I stumbled upon a lot of sites stating that this is only celebrated in Iran. Let’s get this out-of-the-way… Continue reading Shab-e Yalda || شب یلدا
When I was in Barcelona there was a restaurant/pizzeria close to where I was staying. It’s called Verona, with delicious food and very affordable. It’s perfect when you want to escape the busy centre. You take L7 from Plz de Catalunya and get out at Putxet. Everybody who works there is very friendly. Verona was… Continue reading Spotlight on strangers: Questions with Juan, 51 years old from Barcelona.
I think that the Maya Civilization is really worth studying and we can learn a lot from them. Their mathematical and astronomical system is very interesting. Their art and architecture is just amazing. Once you realize what they were capable of doing 2000 years BC makes us not look as advanced as we think we are.… Continue reading Don’t believe the hype: Three simple things you should know about the Maya Calendar
This is one of the two interviews still left from my trip to Barcelona. It took place right after I interviewed Alberto and it was about time I posted it. There was a sweet old couple sitting nearby and also enjoying the performance of Buenas Costumbres. I went to sit next to them to write… Continue reading Spotlight on strangers: Questions with Santos Antigona from Peru (83 years old living in Barcelona)