It has been quite a few weeks--and that's putting it mildly. Although a bit early, I wanted to share some Month-End #RandomThoughts. As I "go dark", I implore all to please #WearAMask, Practice Social Distancing and to please Vote:
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
It was quite distressing to see the burnt lands as the burning continues even today.
As I was out & about for the month, I got a chance to do a virtual audition for 25-Word or Less--It was fun to participate in it. But beyond the "fun stuff", one k ey projects I worked on was watching the Movie Nasrin depicting the life of the valiant Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner Nasrin Soutodeh and released thoughts during my social Media engagements and made it a point of talking about it with friends--as I commend the team at the Boston Globe for having showcased it as it did:
As I close out my Mid-Month Thoughts, I'm listening to an interview on Iran-E-Farda. I am in awe at the courage of the young man speaking with a one year old daugther on how he's speaking out against the tyranny of the Islamic Republic--I salute him for his courage--I am just in awe. How Iran has such beautiful people as Iran has been held hostage by evil.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
I had been working away on projects and commitments at the Daily Outsider over the ensuing days. I decided to dedicate this special #RandomThoughts to an Iranian Icon: Mohammad Reza Shajarian who passed away--a legend in every which way.
Ostaad Shajarian was one of Iran's Modern Icons and was laid to rest in his birthplace of Mashhad in line with his wishes to be laid to rest next to the great Ferdowsi. He was beloved by all. In the aftermath of the 2009 Green Movement, he stepped up to be with the people and was banned by a Regime whose officials was stepping over themselves to extend condolences on his passing. It was so irritating to be witness to--I noted this in a response as a simple ordinary face in a tweet to Rouhani's Deputy.
As news of his death spread throughout Tehran, the people came out in front of the hospital and began by shouting slogans like "Death to Dictator". Iranian officials deployed security forces to deal with the people as the people also sang his iconic songs as a tribute to him. They were so nervous that they slowed down the internet out and about Tehran as reported by NetBlocks late yesterday:
He was a larger than life figure and they could not do anything more than to just simply ban him. Although Cancer took him, he will live in. Iranians are grieving--but as Sadeq Sabah of Iran International Noted, it is a life to celebrate as I close out with the following thoughts in Farsi:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
It has been a very challenging few weeks on all fronts. Yesterday I had the pleasure to release the image of the courageous Alexy Navalny, the leading Russian Opposition Figure, who was poisoned and was allowed to go to Germany for treatment and is now talking. But, I was stunned as I saw how the Iranian Regime murdered (and yes I am prepared to say murdered) the Champion Wrestler Navid Afkari Saturday. I had joined the Twitter Campaign to help save his life but to no avail. But, as the Actress and Human Rights Campaigner Nazanin Boniadi noted, we cried--now we have to organize.
In light of Navid's cold-blooded murder by the regime, I decided during this brief foray for my mid-month notation to share a few of the discourse I captured. The first below is from the Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian--he released a tweet earlier on efforts he had undertaken to help save Navid Afkhari's life--and in the Tweet below warns the Cyber Warriors of the Iranian Regime that if they think he and other campaigners will stop just because they've started some BS nonsense--they're sadly mistaken--and this is as pro-regime newspaper tried to justify his murder by calling for revenge--Mr. Mahmoudian was part of a team trying to entice the family to forgive--and he's been at the forefront of exposing the crimes of the regime since the Green Movement of 2009:
— Salome Seyednia (@SalomeSeyednia) September 3, 202
This is as the regime in Iran has told Iranians that they do not matter as they have forced children to go back to school and now they have forced people to sign a waiver like the one below--as Iran is expecting a third wave of the deadly COVID-19 virus:
It is not easy to be hopeful--but there is no choice, is there?
Friday, September 4, 2020
While out & about on the Grid, I ran across a clip from the Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo. She was part of an all-star cast that starred in the Film Rosewater that depicted the horrific story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Journalist who was arrested and tortured by the Iranian Regime. Ms. Aghdashloo was so right when she noted how what happened to Maziar is ever so relevant right now as the Iranian Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner Nasrin Soutodeh continues her hunger strike. When on Twitter, I made it a point of thanking the President for lending his twitter voice in support of Navid Afkhari, The Iranian Champion Wrestler sentenced to death--the Social Media Campaign for his reprieve has been trending when I last checked it and I was proud to be a contributor.
It was also quite a disturbing night as I saw reporting by the Atlantic of disparaging remarks by President Trump in regards to the fallen--denied by the President and his staff as this made the Twitter Rounds:
This is as I saw Dr. Atlas, the new advisor to Donald Trump peddling horrific ideas on COVID-19 and he has the President's ear when he saw him on Fox News .
As I close out these #RandomThoughts, the two things below resonated:
Friday, August 28, 2020
September is before us. It has been a very challenging Month in some respects as I have worked away on commitments at the Daily Outsider, a critical Graduate Project and new initiatives which I look forward to sharing thoughts in a few weeks--as I continue to assess existing initiatives. I look forward to sharing some updated guidance over the ensuing few weeks.
As I look forward to the new working month, I hereby remember all who agitate for freedom and democracy around the World as I close things out with this clip courtesy the team at Tavana capturing the aspirations of 80 Million Iranians and by extension all who wish to be free from terror and to live in peace:
Onward to September as I implore all to #WearAMaskSaveALife and to please #StaySafe.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
It is the beauty of music that sustains my sense of hope in spite of the challenging times as I implore all to #WearAMaskSavea|LIfe.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
|A Tribute to Atena Daemi|
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
When our young children and future grandchildren revisit history, they will be utterly shocked that the wealthiest country in the world somehow managed to politicize wearing masks during the deadliest pandemic that their parents and grandparents witnessed.— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 30, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
heartbreaking ...let's do all we can @khansarinia to be supportive of the quest for justice for @ps752justice ...@JZarif @Rouhani_ir ...shame on you and your masters.... https://t.co/YCEHGwNOY6— Mike Pouraryan (@mikepouraryan) June 22, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
This is my 700th Notation here in my Virtual Corner--and what a journey it has been!!
It was a good day as the US Supreme Court came down on the sign of the LGBTQ community and the Neo-Conservative establishment went crazy. The opinion was written by Justice Gorsuch--I noted that he might be our generations' David Sutter--I wonder if I will be proven right or not in spite of the circumstances that got him to the US Supreme Court. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the Elections. I helped finished a Notation for the Daily Outsider that is now available in the Perspective Platform.
I have also been out & about in the Community as I was witness to opening up. States are opening up--and we here in California have begun to open up. The cases, though, are continuing to increase which is alarming. It is upon each of us in our own way to be responsible--but I could not believe my ears and eyes as I saw Rouhani attacking the United States as COVID19 has ravaged Iran and as Iran is agitating to get Arms Shipments resumed--as all the neighbors are arming up.
We are opening up--and it has been great to be witness to a sense of normalcy returning. I was on alert as a member of the Guard as I also tried to manage some of the other commitment . As I am writing this, I am listening to Iran E Farda on the plight of Human Rights in Iran. Kamran Assa, who lost his Brother during the 2009 Green Movement, was a guest and his anguish was heartbreaking to be witness to. His humility was humbling as he said how simple a man he was and yet his anguish was profound--and how his level of knowledge and understanding was profound.
I have also been working on monitoring the case of Nazanin Zargari-Radcliffe and the campaign to agitate for the victims of Ukrainian Flight 752 as I look forward to seeing their conference tomorrow:
It is not easy to be upbeat as I have been witness to so much distress and challenges over the past number of weeks. But, there is no choice but to be upbeat. I decided to again be upbeat on this milestone I've achieved here as I am proud of the vibrancy of our Community-epitomized by this from my archives of 2018:
It was a busy time over Social Media Too as I passed another milestone of over 74,000 Tweets in my personal Tweets and over 33,000 Tweets for the Daily Outsider. I had to deal with Twitter as it suspended the Daily Outsider and my appeal succeeded.
As my engagements continued, I captured the three tweets below that to me captured was also a sense of hope for the future:
On a brief prowl 4 the night..as I embrace these beautiful thoughts by the great & Talented @NazaninBoniadi on underscoring a commitment to Justice, righteousness...as I was so moved as I read this by Prof @milaniabbas : https://t.co/IWzAQTJ9rU https://t.co/93KEPpVAAD— Mike Pouraryan (@mikepouraryan) June 10, 2020
When one sees such stories (and I was so bummed to have missed the live interview earlier...but looking forward to catching it..) because I know that #WeShallOvercome ..they did..we can't do no less...as I took comfort in this as well-wishing all a fab Wed from @LagunaNiguelCty pic.twitter.com/lTW6GeSWNt— Mike Pouraryan (@mikepouraryan) June 10, 2020
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