So it is Friday again. Thank God? I dunno, it really makes no difference to me. It is almost spring though and that makes me very happy.
Here is a postcard from Iran.
Today, President Obama wished the Iranian people a Happy New Year.
March 19, 2009 C-SPAN
President Obama released a special video message for all those celebrating Nowruz. Translated ” New Day,” Nowruz marks the arrival of spring and the beginning of the New Year for millions in Iran and other communities around the world. This year, the President wanted to send a special message to the people and government of Iran on Nowruz, acknowledging the strain in our relations over the last few decades. “But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together,” he says.
After committing his administration to a future of honest and respectful diplomacy, he continues on to address Iran’s leaders directly: “You, too, have a choice. The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.”
Happy Nowruz everyone! Nowruz 2568 (1388) began on: ?? ?????? ????? – ????? ??? ??
More on Iranian and US relations. Long video warning, almost 45 minutes. But very interesting, so please take the time.
March 18, 2008
The heat is rising and it is time to take a fresh look at our enemy, Iran. Is Iran the new Iraq in U.S. foreign policy? Are the people of Iran anti-U.S. or only the current regime? And, is there an effective difference? An American journalist, an Iranian journalist and a Professor of Iranian culture, politics and history demystify Iran in this expert panel on the so-called “Axis of Evil” member. This panel, which took place at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, features Link TV’s Jamal Dajani, producer of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, and the weekly Mosaic Intelligence Report.
Barbara Slavin – Diplomatic Reporter, USA Today; Author, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies
Abbas Milani – Director of Iranian Studies, Hoover Institute at Stanford University
Jamal Dajani – Director and Producer Middle Eastern Programming, Link Tv — Moderator
Category: News & Politics
Persia is very unique and could be our friends again.