Recommending the “tahdig” as an Iranian delicacy worth trying to the readers, Sam Sifton writes in the New York Times What to Cook This Week about Samin Nosrat who, as a child, loved tahdig, which is what Iranians call the crisp and golden crust at the bottom of a pot of Persian rice.
A small coffee shop with seven tables and walls covered in children’s warm, colorful paintings, a large organ in a corner played by the delicate hands of a boy and a singalong - I am happy and free and grateful - a few girls and boys in their blue and white uniforms serving the customers while accompanying the organ player with the sing-song, moving to the music, and smiling at you with faces looking alike as if they will never grow up… a few shaky hands behind the counter making coffee and serving chocolate cake. This is Downtism Café in the middle of Tehran which is run by girls and boys with down syndrome and autism.
Asghar Farhadi’s premiere of “Everybody knows” opening the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has coincided with the news of the US withdrawing from the JCPOA nuclear agreement on 8 May, a step Farhadi regards as placing more pressure on the people of Iran rather than its government.
Sadegh Zibakalam who has been given the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award 2018, has dedicated it to Abbas Amir-Entezam. Zibakalam, who had been interviewed by the Deutsche Welle some time ago, was given the 2018 Freedom of Speech Award for his efforts in Iran.
May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This day has always been coupled with marches and workers’ protests in Iran. The Workers' House in Tehran saw the gathering of large numbers of laborers from various vocations today to protest not receiving a license to stage protests and claim their rights, such as insurance and incomes not matching the rising costs of living.
The illustrated book of the “Persian Gulf”, which is currently published in 10 languages, has been translated into 40 other languages. This is the first book which has been translated into 50 languages.
Earth Day 2018 has announced its slogan for this year to be end plastic pollution. According to the Iranian Department of Environment Portal (PAM), 22 April has been named as Earth Day, and this year’s global slogan is to end plastic pollution. PAM slogan is “No to plastic bags”.
Following a letter written to President Rouhani by MPs representing Isfahan, a second letter has been delivered to him by Yazd MPs regarding water shortages and difficulties faced in this southern province of Iran by the salt desert.
Directorate General of the Department of Environment in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province announced the presence of the crested duck for the first time in the Borujen’s Gandoman International Wetland.
Color is a defining factor in design and the choice of clothing. The global fashion industry goes to lengthy measures every year to select a particular color for men, women, and children’s fashion, not necessarily in tune with the culture, climate, and individuality of those who wear it worldwide. This year, however, the organizers of the 7th Fajr Fashion Festival in Tehran have announced in an innovative move that the color of the year will be olive green here – a color close to parts of nature and climatic conditions of Iran.
Rizali Khajavi, known as the devoted farmer to most of us, has been hospitalized for kidney failure.
Azbar-Ali Hajavi, nicknamed Rizali Khajavi, has been in our school books for decades now. He came to be known as the devoted farmer in our elementary literature books throughout Iran.
Jabbar Baghcheban is known as the father of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Iran. He is the founder of the first school for the deaf in Iran, which he established in the city of Tabriz and called it “Baghche-ye Atfal” [The children’s garden], and thus became known as “Bagcheban” [gardener]. He passed away in 1966.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
A university professor in the UK believes: “Iran must have closer ties with Europe for its economic development. But its security can be provided mostly by China and Russia. This requires a little subtlety in the ‘Neither East, Nor West’ slogan.”
Australian cultural attaché and second in rank, Hamish Leslie Reisen, has said that Australians are not very familiar with Iran and its tourist attractions, adding: “Planning cultural programs is one of the best incentives for Australians to travel to Iran; because, the image they have of Iran is impacted by the global news coverage. Good news from Iran will surely attract their attention, especially about cultural links between the two countries.”