Category Archives: Interests

Iranian Election Protests – women all over the world should be proud.

It has been hard to follow the Iran protests via twitter – because there is so much noise.  As usual, Wikipedia provides an excellent summary of events / timeline.

But one important part of the story that has not been widely covered is the leading role played by Iranian women. 

Here is what one student wrote in a letter to the Jerusalem Post:

Girls are extremely active in all these rallies (a little less in night riots where patches of young men are more visible). They courageously charge anti-riot police, chant slogans in front of them, lead the crowd, etc., but they are equally beaten too.

And here is what Roger Cohen of the New York Times has to say about the topic:

I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!” 

Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square. Cries of “Death to the dictator!” and “We want liberty!” accompanied her.

Women of Iran, if any suffragettes are watching, you must be making them proud!

Watching Barack Obama play identity politics in a supposedly post-racial, post gender world kind of makes me sick.  But seeing the bravery of women in Iran, now that is the kind of feminism that I can believe in.

Get Smarter – The Atlantic

I like this article which appeared The Atlantic It updates the reader on the new technologies that will enhance our brains – starting with various drugs that target specific brain functions, all the way to the point at which we will be able to “upload” our brains onto computers.

Outlandish? That’s what I thought untill I read Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near”.  Also worth checking out is his Blog/Website –

I was unwilling to take ritalin at the time that it was prescribed for my ADD.  Now I find myself curious about modafinil.

Zurich – City of your Dreams

How interesting that Tyler Brule just wrote an article about Zurich for the FT.

Actually though, this article gives London a backhanded compliment, and Zurich a backhanded slap.  Here is what he writes:

As for London, my home, it didn’t make the top 25 for many of the same reasons New York was omitted. So why am I still here? I can’t argue with the findings of the Monocle survey. Indeed, I once considered Zürich my dream city, with its speedy trains connecting me to skiing and Milan, its wonderful lake and bathing clubs, its pretty hillsides and solid Swiss apartments. Yet, when I eventually tried living there, I lasted less than a year. No matter how much the city had to offer, I couldn’t stand my narrow-minded neighbours. Zürich might have been a liveable city then but it wasn’t a welcoming one.

As I have said to my friends – I am really interested to find out what I am saying about Zurich in a couple of years.