Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran
In its April 9, 2018 issue, The New Yorker writes that a few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Jared Kushner sat down to decide how to reshape the Middle East. During the campaign, Trump had promised a sweeping transformation of the region. Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior aide and ideologist at the time, told me recently, “Our plan was to annihilate the physical caliphate of isis in Iraq and Syria—not attrition, annihilation— to roll back the Persians, and force the Gulf states to stop funding radical Islam.”
Beheshtipour: Iran's hands are not tied on JCPOA
A nuclear expert in Iran has commented on US demands to amend the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 by saying: “Historically, the US was opposed to uranium enrichment by Iran under George W Bush. But, at a later date, it realized that this was not a viable policy. Thus, it seems the US will review its demands again.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran
On Sunday 10 December 2017, Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, writes in the New YorK Times: On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a solid foundation.”
Physician: Bring the dead back to life!
Recent reports in the media talk of new research findings on death, which show that when the heart stops beating, the brain continues to work; thus, when a person is pronounced dead following a cardiac arrest, they are still able to hear the voices around them and witness their own death so to speak. The research is spearheaded by Iranian-British physician, Dr Sam Parnia.
Sale of Achaemenid rock relief stopped in NY
The Director General of the Legal Dept at the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran said: “The auction of an Achaemenid rock relief which had been taken without permission from Persepolis before the 1979 Revolution was stopped in New York yesterday.”
25 former FMs support JCPOA
On 18 October 2017, the New York Times writes that in the latest indication of support, a group of 25 former foreign ministers said Wednesday in a letter to congressional leaders that the agreement was in the best interests of the United States.
The high price US will pay
On Monday 18 September, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour conducted an exclusive interview with President Rouhani who is attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
Beloved Don't Let Me Be Discouraged
Beloved Don't Let Me Be Discouraged
Artists: Keyhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider
Album: Silent city
Genre: World music
(Persia digest)- The above album consists of 4 pieces, totaling 53 minutes. The main track of the album entitled Silent City is approximately 30 minutes long. The idea originally took shape when Harvard University commissioned Kayhan Kalhor to write a piece for a music appreciation class. Kalhor and members of the Brooklyn Rider string quartet collaborated to release the album they named Silent City.
The collection received positive reviews from critiques in all. Christoph Rezai called it a successful experience in fusing eastern and western music; the New York Times said it had gone beyond the music charter of the Middle East, and Allmusic said the complexity of Kalhor’s melody combined with the Brooklyn Rider music is enchanting. Silent City was in 18th place on Billboard’s Top Classical Albums Chart, and Songlines Magazine named it best instrumental music for 2008.
This music has been performed live in cities such as London, New York, Virginia, Chicago, and Minneapolis, accompanied by the Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s playing.
Kayhan Kalhor: Kamancheh
Colin Jacobsen: Violin
Johnny Gandelsman: Violin
Nicholas Cords: Viola
Eric Jacobsen: Cello
Jeffrey Beecher: Bass
Mark Suther: Percussion
Siamak Aghaei: Santur & Tonbak