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Keyword: farsi

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  • LINGUISTICS: Early Date for the Birth of Indo-European Languages

    11/28/2003 10:24:23 AM PST · by Lessismore · 36 replies · 3,431+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-11-28 | Michael Balter
    Ever since British jurist Sir William Jones noted in 1786 that there are marked similarities between diverse languages such as Greek, Sanskrit, and Celtic, linguists have assumed that most of the languages of Europe and the Indian subcontinent derive from a single ancient tongue. But researchers have fiercely debated just when and where this mother tongue was first spoken. Now a bold new study asserts that the common root of the 144 so-called Indo-European languages, which also include English and all the Germanic, Slavic, and Romance languages, is very ancient indeed. In this week's issue of Nature, evolutionary biologist Russell...
  • US starts Farsi Twitter account aimed at Iranians

    02/13/2011 4:35:04 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 13, 2011 | AP
    The U.S. State Department began sending Twitter messages in Farsi on Sunday in the hopes of reaching social media users in Iran. On the Twitter account, USA darFarsi, the department told Iranians, "We want to join in your conversation." The second and third tweets were more pointed. The State Department accused Iran's government of illegalizing dissent while praising Egyptian protesters for the same activities. The U.S. then called on Iran "to allow people to enjoy same universal rights to peacefully assemble, demonstrate as in Cairo."
  • Gen. Casey, Rep. Wilson and the Jackson Five

    03/01/2010 9:31:27 PM PST · by sinanju · 4 replies · 376+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 1st, 2010 | Chet Nagle
    "...The conspirators were in the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group’s MOS 09L program (“Lima Nine”), E Company, 187th Ordnance Battalion. Lima Nine was started because of the Army’s desperate lack of linguists speaking Pashto, Dari or Arabic. To attract such recruits, military intelligence promises foreigners that if they join the Army as a translator they will get U.S. citizenship and a top security clearance. Candidates from Afghanistan and Iraq, including the Jackson Five, speak such poor English the Army puts them in Lima Nine and gives them English lessons, so they will have some hope of passing basic training. Clayton...
  • Report: Iran disrupting satellite transmissions

    02/12/2010 12:03:25 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 5 replies · 446+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 12, 2010 | JPost.com Staff
    Several international networks have said that Iran is disrupting their Farsi-language satellite transmissions, Israel Radio reported Friday. BBC Radio, The Voice of America and the German network Deutsche Welle defined the interference as electronic disturbances from Iran.
  • Protesters taunt Basij militia in Iran (w/Video)

    12/28/2009 5:13:59 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 15 replies · 540+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 28 December 2009 | No Byline
    Amateur footage shot in Tehran shows protesters cornering members of the Basij militia and taunting them. They can also be heard telling the militia to chant and denounce the Supreme Leader before they let them go. (snort) >B-)
  • Raw, Stunning Footage Of Iran Protesters Saving Prisoners From Getting Hanged

    12/28/2009 7:13:25 AM PST · by FromLori · 33 replies · 2,107+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/28/09 | Joe Weisenthal
    Discretion advised When you see footage such as this, with anti-regime Iranian protesters losing any concern about their own safety, it's hard to imagine the current leadership hanging on. Here, via Gateway Pundit, is brutal footage of protesters saving two men who were being hanged. Caution definitely advised. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart. video at site
  • Stand by Me -- Jon Bon Jovi Sings in Farsi

    07/01/2009 10:35:43 AM PDT · by StilettoRaksha · 19 replies · 858+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 24, 2009 | Andy Madadian, Jon Bon Jovi, & Richie Samora
    On June 24, Iranian Superstar Andy Madadian went into an LA recording studio with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and American record producers Don Was and John Shanks to record a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran. This version of the old Ben E. King classic is not for sale - it was not meant to be on the Billboard charts or even manufactured as a CD.....it's intended to be downloaded and shared by the Iranian people...to give voice to the sentiment that all people of the world stand together....the handwritten Farsi sign in the video...
  • A Kind of Courage That’s Hard to Translate

    09/01/2008 6:42:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 296+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 1, 2008 | CARA BUCKLEY
    The military translator from Queens sat beside his mother in a wheelchair in a hospital room on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Thursday. His right leg was encased in a black boot, affixed with Velcro straps from his swollen toes to his knee. What was left of his left leg, which had been amputated at the knee, was wrapped in a snug elastic rubber stocking on which the word “stump” had been scrawled. The man’s name is Syed Shah and he was grievously wounded in July in a bomb attack on a military convoy in Afghanistan, where he had been...
  • The Translator Scandal Ripens

    05/05/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 32 replies · 358+ views
    New English Review ^ | May 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    For over a year, we have been waging a relentless, nearly solitary battle in apprising the Congress and the American public about a billion dollar boondoggle and scandal: the lack of credible Arabic translators for our national security and intelligence agencies. As a result hundreds have been killed in Iraq from infiltration of our military and civilian intelligence agencies by agents of Islamist terrorists. Our FBI and CIA have been infiltrated by Muslim linguists who have successfully evaded polygraph tests and been able to pass on vital information to terror groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah. Tens of...
  • Iranian immigrants want Farsi-language Oklahoma driver's license testing

    04/02/2008 1:53:37 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 610+ views
    tulsaworld ^ | 04/01/08 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The federal government is investigating whether the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the civil rights of Iranian immigrants by refusing to provide them with driver's license tests in their native Farsi language. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the investigation in March after a complaint filed on behalf of two Iranian nationals living in Bartlesville accused the state agency of unlawful discrimination based on their national origin, according to a letter from the NHTSA to Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward. Public safety officials said Tuesday that offering state driver's license tests in Farsi could force...
  • Arab Racism, Arabism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc.

    02/15/2007 1:53:52 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1,171+ views
    Arab Racism, Arabism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc. Arab Racism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc. On Blacks, Africans * Kurds * Berbers * Israelis * Jews * Afghanis * Iranians, Farsi * Pakistanis * English * Asians * Europeans * Marsh Arabs * Nubians * Al Akhdam * Iraqi Arabs vs Ahwazi Arabs * by "palestinians" (on others) General Arabism Equals Racismhttp://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=24912 FrontPageMagazine.com October 13, 2006 ThereÂ’s an expression, "The pot calling the kettle black." It refers to someone claiming a sin in others that is at least as prevalent - if not...
  • Islamic Republic of Iran's Persecution of Minorities

    10/20/2006 8:00:13 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 818+ views
    Islamic Republic of Iran's Persecution of Minorities The Persecution of Christians in Iran http://www.jubileecampaign.co.uk/world/ira1.htm Religious minorities in Iran: Information from Answers.com - http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521770734 The Case of the Bahá'í Minority in Iran http://www.bahai.org/article-1-8-3-7.html Escalating persecution in Iran - http://www.bahai.org.au/scripts/WebObjects.exe/BNO.woa/wa/pages?page=28/64/EscalatingpersecutioninIran1 Middle East Minorities Unite! by Joseph ... Iran ’s Islamic republic has created serious problems for the large communities of non-Persian minorities, including the Azeri’s and the Baluchis and is ... http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=24209 Iran Christian Persecution Profile http://www.cswusa.com/Countries/Iran.htm Ahwazi: WS on the Case of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran, These persons, all members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority were ... According to reports, demonstrators...
  • The Fine Art of Hiding What You Mean to Say - Iranian 101: A Lesson for Americans

    08/07/2006 10:12:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,145+ views
    The Pernicious NY Times ^ | August 6, 2006 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN
    TEHRAN IT is certainly unfair to accuse all Iranians of being liars. The label is judgmental and reeks of stereotype. The more appropriate way to phrase the Iranian view toward honesty, the way many Iranians themselves describe it, is to say that being direct and telling the truth are not prized principles in Iran. Often, just the opposite is true. People are expected to give false praise and insincere promise. They are expected to tell you what you want to hear to avoid conflict, or to offer hope when there is none. There is a social principle in Iran called...
  • Academic Amen Corner

    06/20/2006 8:01:26 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 7 replies · 410+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A widely-publicized attack on supporters of Israel by two leading academics commits a fair number of inaccuracies not the least of which is their characterization of controversies surrounding the Israel Lobby as they manifest themselves on American campuses. “In September 2002, for example, Martin Kramer and Daniel Pipes, two passionately pro-Israel neoconservatives, established a website (Campus Watch) that posted dossiers on suspect academics and encouraged students to report comments or behavior that might be considered hostile to Israel,” John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote in a recent report which also appeared in abbreviated form in the London Review of Books....
  • A Daughter of the Islamic Revolution Discovers Christ -INPERSON INTERVIEW

    04/04/2006 1:47:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 464+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 4, 2006 | JOANNA BOGLE
    Aghi Clovis was a teenager in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.Only nominally religious, she was invited by an enthusiastic teacher to join religion classes after school. She became a devout Muslim. She could not have imagined herself as a Catholic. Now, she and her husband, Greg, run an apostolate selling Catholic books and tapes.Aghi, who lives in London, spoke with Register correspondent Joanna Bogle about her conversion. The Islamic Revolution banished the Shah and the Royal Family and instituted a new fundamentalist regime under the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in the 1970s — and you were living through that?Yes —...
  • Britain to Urge Europe to Help Iranians Win More Freedom

    03/12/2006 7:42:42 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 424+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2006
    Britain to Urge Europe to Help Iranians Win More Freedom March 12, 2006 Reuters /Madeline Chambers LONDON -- Britain will call on Monday for an expansion of global broadcasting in Iran and more material in Farsi published on the Internet in an effort to support Iranians' aspirations for greater freedom. At a time when Iran is locked in a dispute with the international community over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Jack Straw will say in a speech, extracts of which were obtained by Reuters, that the Islamic state is heading in the wrong direction. He will urge world organisations to...
  • Iran demands halt to broadcasts from West; Dubai complies

    02/06/2006 4:58:07 PM PST · by Jack_1 · 17 replies · 515+ views
    ABU DHABI — Iran has forced the United Arab Emirates of Dubai to halt live Persian-language television broadcasts. Western diplomatic sources said the broadcasts contained Western programming and discussed democracy. They said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his advisers regarded these broadcasts as part of a U.S.-led effort to foment unrest in Iran. Iran also pressured Holland to end support for the Persian-language broadcasts. The sources said Teheran awarded several major projects to the Netherlands in wake of its decision to withdraw support for the broadcasts.
  • Hindi is Bush’s new secret weapon (Americans find Hindi critical to security needs)

    01/07/2006 12:19:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 115 replies · 2,205+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 6, 2006 | S Rajagopalan
    American children will now learn Hindi -- and for a good reason. The Bush administration thinks that learning Hindi and a few other foreign languages is a "critical need" for the US's national security and prosperity. President George W. Bush on Thursday unveiled a $ 114 million plan, called the "National Security Language Initiative". Apart from Hindi, the languages being courted are Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Farsi. "This programme is a part of a strategic goal, and that is to protect this country," Bush told a conference of more than 120 US university presidents. A request is to be sent...
  • Bush Kicks Off National Foreign Language Initiative

    01/05/2006 4:34:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 78 replies · 1,242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2006 – President Bush today kicked off a new national program designed to increase the number of Americans fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindu, Farsi, and other critical-need languages. "We're going to teach our kids how to speak important languages. We'll welcome teachers here to help teach our kids how to speak languages," Bush said in introducing his National Security Language Initiative at the State Department. Bush addressed university presidents here attending an international educator's conference that's co-sponsored by the State and Education departments. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, and Defense Secretary Donald...
  • Orgainsed Islamic Terror

    08/07/2005 12:46:33 AM PDT · by Khashayar · 4 replies · 786+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Aug 6, 2005 | Dawood Cohan
    Al Muhajiroun (Khavarej) is referred to a clandestine group of four who cooperated to assassinate four leaders at promptly the same time: Imam Ali who was a religious leader (the fourth Suni's Khalif and the first Shiite's Imam), Moavieh who was the leader of the land, Amro Aas who was a canning politician and a senior advisor to Moavieh, and - Of the four only one, namely Ibn Moljam, successfully carried out his assassination by wounding Imam Ali with a poisonous sword, during the Imam's pray. Imam Ali died of his wound on the third night, the 21st, of Ramadan....
  • Iran tightens control over Internet

    07/22/2005 8:56:38 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 273+ views
    Foster's Online & AP ^ | July 22, 2005
    Friday, July 22, 2005 Iran tightens control over Internet By The Associated Press Iran tightens Net control NEW YORK (AP) — The Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet, increasingly blocking content in its national language of Farsi and restricting what citizens can publish through Web journals, Western researchers say. Iran shows a sophistication in filtering seen only in China and a few other countries, adapting its techniques as use of the Internet evolves, said John Palfrey, a Harvard University researcher who studied censorship in Iran for the OpenNet Initiative. Before, the targets were mostly static English Web...
  • 11 days in Iran - An American recalls her journey to Iran

    07/03/2005 5:50:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 20 replies · 1,235+ views
    swarthmore.edu ^ | March 2005 | Donna Jo Napoli
    I recently returned from eleven days in Iran. Before I went, friends told me I was crazy to go. They said I'd meet a lot of anti-American hostility. I'd be in danger, even. I met zero hostility. I don't want this article to become a list of what Iran isn't. That reminds me too much of my first interests in the country. I write fiction books for children and young adults. In 1999, I decided to write the tale of Beauty and the Beast from the lion's point of view. My searching through older versions of the story led to...
  • History Of Persian Or Paarsi Language

    05/29/2005 11:34:32 AM PDT · by blam · 67 replies · 1,682+ views
    Iranian Journal ^ | 5-24-2005 | Fariborz Rahnamoon
    HISTORY OF PERSIAN OR PAARSI LANGUAGE May 24, 2005 Fariborz Rahnamoon ORIGIN Paarsi or Persian was the language of the Paarsa people who ruled Iran between 550 - 330 BCE. It belongs to what scholars call the Indo-Iranian group of languages. It became the language of the Persian Empire and was widely spoken in the ancient days ranging from the borders of India in the east, Russian in the north, the southern shores of the Persian Gulf to Egypt and the Mediterranean in the west. Over the centuries Paarsi has changed to its modern form and today Persian is spoken...
  • 23 Killed, Prisoners Freed In Iraqi Raid

    02/14/2004 1:43:22 PM PST · by Latest Samurai · 10 replies · 109+ views
    AP ^ | Miriam Fam
    23 Killed, Prisoners Freed in Iraqi Raid Feb 14, 2:55 PM (ET) By MARIAM FAM FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Guerrillas overwhelmed an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad on Saturday, meeting little resistance as they went room to room shooting police in a bold, well-organized assault that killed 23 people and freed dozens of prisoners, officials said. The fierce daylight attack in Fallujah raised questions whether Iraqi police and defense forces are ready to battle insurgents as the U.S. military pulls back from the fight in advance of the November U.S. presidential election. Police in the Fallujah station complained they...
  • What Is the English Name of Iran's Language?

    12/13/2003 12:37:23 PM PST · by freedom44 · 32 replies · 553+ views
    Payvand ^ | 12/13/03 | Pejman Akbarzadeh
    If you notice the title of dictionaries that have been written by several great Persian scholars (eg. Prof. Moein, Prof. Aryanpour, Prof. Baateni, etc.) The title of all of them is "English-Persian Dictionary" not "English-Farsi Dictionary". Meanwhile the official institution "Farhangestan" (the Academy of Persian language and literature, in Tehran) in an announcement has rejected the use of the word 'Farsi' instead of 'Persian' in English. (I have attached it). According to Dr. Hossein Sameie (visiting linguistics professor of Emory University in Atlanta), "PERSIAN, alongside the name of a language, may be used, as an adjective, for the other aspects...
  • I Speak Persian

    06/02/2003 10:26:30 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 33 replies · 502+ views
    Iranian ^ | 5/31/00 | Iranian
    I have been wondering for years why Iranians and now Americans too refer to our language as "Farsi" using an Iranian word instead of its English translation which is Persian ["Eenjoori beneveeseem?"]. When speaking English, we say Germans speak German (not Deutsch), French speak French (not Francais) and Spanish speak Spanish (not Espagnol). Then we have Persians speaking Farsi. I cannot understand how the Iranian word Farsi crept into English, when they still call pesteh: pistachio; karvan: caravan; padjamak: pyjama. When speaking English we use the English translation or equivalents, when speaking Persian we shall use the word Farsi. Several...