Iran

THE GOD QUESTION REVISITED

 

The 7 Commandments for Happiness and Prosperity, by Shari Sharifi Brown (Shari Sharifi Brown, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, 215 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

October 24, 2017 (San Diego) - Shari Sharifi Brown, born and raised in Iran, has written a provocative book on Theology and Religion, The 7 Commandments for Happiness and Prosperity, that on th

e surface, might also appear controversial. It has been an accepted fact that The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Therein lies the rub, seemingly a contradiction to an accepted fact or notion.

LOVE IS BLIND

 

Update:   Hear our interview with Amanda Matti, author of A Foreign Affair, (originally aired on KNSJ radio) by clicking the audio link here.

 

A Foreign Affair, by Amanda Matti (W & B Publishers, Kernersville, NC, 2016, 343 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 1, 2016 (San Diego) - Amanda Matti, an El Cajon (San Diego) resident who served six years in the United States Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has written a riveting true story of romance and war; A Foreign Affair. Matti provides graphic details of her experience in a war that many in this country felt never should have been.

AKRAM: DAUGHTER OF IRAN, A MOTHER'S LOVE FOR HER DAUGHTER

 

Akram, by Akram Arastehjoo (The Scriptory, Stacy Thunes Krieger, Menlo Park, California, 2014, 115 pages).

Screenplay Review by Dennis Moore

January 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Akram Arastehjoo, a descendant of the great Persian Empire, which we now know as Iran, tells her own and personal family story that encapsulates the long and illustrious history of kings and queens, in a screenplay written by Stacy Thunes Krieger, Akram. The author actually derives her name from the Holy Quran; meaning generosity, or “most generous.” This is pointed out by Krieger in this well-written and warm story.  Arastehjoo is unabashed in her pride for everything that is Persian, and rightfully so. It comes across in my interview of the author and throughout the story. I have been made aware that Iran actually converted from the original name of Persia to Iran in 1935, but it did take some getting used to. Many seem to prefer that bygone era of Persia, and all it stood for, including the iconic Darius the Great.

REP. HUNTER BACKS USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF AIR STRIKE IS LAUNCHED AGAINST IRAN

 

East County Rep also calls Middle Easterners liars, draws fire for remarks

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) Updated 8:40 p.m. – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has long been known as a hawk on military matters.   But in an interview on CSPAN’s Washington Journal this week, the former Marine went further, voicing support for use of "tactical nuclear devices" if the U.S. launches an air strike against Iran. He backed use of tactical, or non-strategic nuclear weapons to set Iran's reported effort at developing a nuclear weapon "back a decade, or two or three."

Hunter, whose San Diego region district includes over 80,000 Middle Eastern immigrants, also ignited controversy when he stated,”In the Middle Eastern culture, it is looked upon with very high regard to get the best deal possible, no matter what it takes. That includes lying.”  (View video of full interview.)

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February 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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November 28, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecti all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: AFFLECK IN DANGERLAND (ARGO)

By Brian Lafferty

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

October 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- In the summer of 1993 my family and I went on a road trip through the Midwest.  Among our stops was St. Louis.  As the afternoon began to wind down, we headed for the parking garage.  It started to get overcast.  Shortly after, it started to rain a little bit.  Within seconds it poured like the dickens.  My parents, sisters, and I had to run all the way to the parking garage, but not before we were totally drenched.  We were so sopping wet, we had to change in the parking garage. 

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July 5, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:    
 
 

 

WORLD
  • Al Jazeera: tests suggest Arafat died of radioactive polonium poisoning (USA Today)
  • Mexico’s president-elect may double security spending – aide (Reuters)
  • Iran long range missiles attack ‘mock’enemy  bases (ABC news)
  • Report describes brutal torture centers in Syria (CNN)
U.S.
  • Obama, Romney campaign to square off over energy (The Hill)
  • Congress passes student loan bill (Huffington Post)
  • The bomb buried in Obamacare explodes today – Hallelujah! (Forbes)
  • More state leaders considering opting out of Medicare expansion (Washington Post)
  • Romney campaign enters ‘message mayhem’ on insurance mandate (USA Today)
  • The Nation: Guns blamed for started wildfires in parched west  (North County Times)
  • This summer is ‘what global warming looks like’ (AP/Associated Press)
  • Deadly land hurricane strikes Midwest, Atlantic states  (Accuweather)
  • A health care Judas recounts his conversion  (CNN)
 
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May 22, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
  • Obama spending binge never happened (Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch)
  • GOP Senators push for Medicare cuts (The Hill)
  • Wall Street rebounds, but investors dump Facebook (Reuters)
  • As NATO summit wraps, Romney and Obama trade attacks (USA Today)
  • This terrifying amendment legalizes use of propaganda on the U.S. public (Business Insider)
  • Republican-led House votes to allow military action against Iran (RawStory)
  • CEOs who delivered the most and least bang for the buck (Wall Street Journal)
  • Facebook users file class action over online tracking (RawStory)
  • Romney, Obama in dead heat, new poll finds (Washington Post)
  • Troops face same risk of brain-wasting disease as football players (KPBS)
WORLD
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to toughen Iran sanctions (BBC)
  • Italy earthquake: Monti prepares for state of emergency (BBC)
  • Suicide bomber kills 90 in Yemen (Reuters)
  • Despite end to Afghan war in 2014, U.S. to shoulder burden of funding (Fox News)
  • A look at ‘wind turbines of the deep’ (BBC)
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May 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.     
  • Gouged by the Wind Renewable fuel mandates are raising electricity prices in the states. 
  • Obama makes his case for another term
  • Should Mitt Romney worry about Ron Paul? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • How Ron Paul could mess with Romney at the GOP convention (Bloomberg)
  • Key 9-11 suspects to appear in court (BBC)
  • CIA thwarts new underwear bomb plot by al Qaeda (CBS)
  • U.N.:  U.S. should give back stolen lands to Indian tribes (UK Guardian)
  • U.S. unemployment falls to 8.1 percent, economy adds 115,000 new jobs (RawStory)
  • Wind farms warming Texas (Discovery News)
WORLD
  • Thousands rejoice as Japan shuts off nuclear power (NPR)
  • Socialists celebrate as French vote nears close (Reuters)
  • Socialist Hollande in, Sarkozy out as France elects new president (CNN)
  • Greek’s governing parties lose majority at polls (BBC)
  • Putin returns to presidency in a changed Russia (UT San Diego)
  • Rupert Murdoch declared unfit to lead: The price of half-truths? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Running blind: Chinese activist’s dramatic escape (UT San Diego/AP)
  • Ahmadinejad’s support crumbles in Iran runoff (UT San Diego)
  • The sorry lessons of green power subsidies (Globe and Mail)
  • Antarctic ice melting from below – video (Christian Science Monitor)
 
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February 16, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:    
 
WORLD 
 
  • Israelis: Iran behind Bangkok bombings: coordinated attacks around the world (CNN)
  • Israel warns US Jews: Iran could attack here (ABC)
  • Heightened security in U.S. over Iran threat (ABC) 
 U.S. 
  • Congressional negotiators reach tentative deal on payroll tax, unemployment benefits (Washington Post)
  • Lobbyists sue Obama administration after being booted from boards (The Hill)
  • Obama signs $63B FAA funding bill into law (The Hill)
  • U.S. seeks to mine social media to predict future (UT San Diego)
 
Health   
  • Alzheimer’s brain plaque ‘rapidly cleared’ in mice (BBC)
  • How your cat is making you crazy (Atlantic)
 
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February 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:  

 

 

 
U.S.

General news  

  • Group urges FTC action on Google privacy (USA Today)
  • Dems fight back against GOP in contraception battle (CBS)
  • Forgetting a key lesson of Watergate? (CNN)
  • Child labor for Victoria’s Secret cotton examined by U.S. (Bloomberg Business)
  • U.S. Brigadier General dies in Afghanistan (CNN) 
Presidential election  
  • Santorum sweeps Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado (CNN)
  • Mitt Romney wins overwhelming victory in Nevada caucuses (Washington Post) 
 WORLD  
  • NATO vs. Syria (American Conservative)
  • Syrians storm embassies after uprising's worst violence (Reuters)
  • Activists: Syrian assault leaves 250 dead (NPR)
  • U.N. vote on Syria fails (NPR)
  •  ‘Hezbollah will hit Israel if Syria attacked’ (Jerusaleum Post)
  • Iran vows to hit any country that stages attack (San Diego UT)
  • Thousands stranded by rising floodwaters in Australia (CNN) 
Health  
  • Blind doctor can see again (Jerusalem Post)
 
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January 18, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:  

 

  
 
U.S.
 
          National News 
  • Obama seeks to revamp government, focus on exports (Reuters)
  • Limits on military funeral protests advance (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • USDA says it will close 259 offices to save $150 million (San Diego UT)
  • Tea Party may get rebuffed in tax cut showdown (Reuters)
  • Cantor: US allies have doubts about policies to control Iran (The Hill) 
 
          Presidential Campaign  
  • Huntsman drops out, endorses Romney (CNN)
  • Romney takes some heat over Bain Capital’s actions (Winona Daily News, South Carolina)
  • Judge rejects Republican candidates requests to be on Virginia ballot (Fox News)
  • Mitt Romney’s lies (US News & World Reports)
  • Which presidential candidates have earned the defense industry’s support? (RawStory)
  • CNN Poll: Ron Paul tied with President Obama (CNN) 
 
WORLD 
  • Government says Hezbollah profits from U.S. cocaine market via link to Mexico drug cartel (Propublica) 
  • U.S. warns Iran over military posturing (CBS News)
  • It’s official: S&P announces mass downgrade of Eurozone countries (Business Insider)
  • Iran says nuclear expert killed by bomb attach (NPR)
  • Russian ship stopped with arms bound for Syria (NPR)
  • Shiite and Sunni: what are the differences? (Christian Science Monitor)
     
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • Research provides diabetes hope (BBC)
  • New tuberculosis strain thwarts all antibiotics (NPR)
  • Lights at night not a bright idea (Jerusalem Post)
 
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January 12, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
  
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. 
  • U.S. economy creates 200,000 jobs in December: 6th month of gains in a row as unemployed drops to 8.5% (BBC)
  • South Carolina in spotlight after Romney win in New Hampshire (CNN)
  • Richard Cordray appointment turns “lights on” at consumer bureau (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama recess appointments anger GOP (CNN)
  • President Obama has made far fewer recess appointments than any recent president (ThinkProgress)
  • Tweak in rules to ease a path to green card (New York Times)
  • Families of dead Blackwater contractors settle suits (San Diego Union-Tribune)
     
WORLD 
  • Assad promises victory, Syria accused of war crimes (Reuters)
  • Iran Court sentences American to death (Washington Post)
  • Japan to issue new limits on atomic reactor use (NPR)
  • Wholesale approval of genetically engineered foods: Obama administration disappoints, angers public (Cornucopia)
  • Egypt Islamists win nearly two-thirds of seats (Jerusalem Post)
     
SCIENCE AND HEALTH 
  • Experimental magnetic pulses may help heal a brain after stroke (NPR)
  • New ‘seek and destroy’ method to fight cancer (Jerusalem post)
  • Study: parasitic fly could explain bee die-off (NPR)
 
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BOOK REVIEW: SKY OF RED POPPIES REVEALS THE ENDURING POWER OF FRIENDSHIP AMID A CLASH OF CULTURES



Sky Of Red Poppies, By Zohreh Ghahremani (Turquoise Books, San Diego, CA, 2010, 305 Pages.)

Updated Review with podcast interview of author on "East County Magazine Live!" radio show on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

August 16, 2014 (San Diego)--Zohreh Ghahremani, an artist, writer and gardener residing in the San Diego area, has written a stunning and poetic tale about two girls coming of age in Iran during the 1960s. The theme of the book questions how much can a friendship change your life? Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.

LOCAL GROUPS JOIN VIGIL FOR BAHÁ’Í LEADERS JAILED FOR RELIGIOUS VIEWS IN IRAN; DEFENDANT’S FAMILY TO SPEAK FEB. 7 IN EL CAJON

 

February 4, 2010 (El Cajon)—On February 7, East County Bahá’í members will join supporters around the globe in offering prayers for Baha’i leaders in Iran, known as the “Yaran,” who have been held in prison for nearly two years for their religious beliefs.

 

The gathering will be held at 1:30 pm at the Rancho San Diego Branch Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, in El Cajon. Relatives of Mrs. Kamalabadi, one of the prisoners, will be present for comment. The Baha’i community asks people of all faiths to “join in prayers and show their support for religious freedom.”