Religion and Politics in Iran

I’m not an expert in these matters but I think I know enough to say that religion and politics don’t mix well in Iran. Cooperation between the two is an illusion, an illusion the people of that country realize is getting them no where fast. Iran was on its way to becoming a democracy (sort of) during the Shah’s US backed reign. Of course the Shah-Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi-had his problems with the religious right because of his White Revolution (visit White Revolution in Wikipedia-very interesting) that, among other things, extended suffrage to women, modernized the nation and recognized the sovereignty of Israel, a no-no for any Muslim nation.Modernization in Iran was seen by Shi’a clergy as secularization and they began withdrawing support for the Shah. In 1979 a revolution occurred that brought to power the Ayatollah Khomeini and his rule by the Supreme Jurist. Many Iranian citizens were opposed to the return of theocracy but knew better than to complain. Religious zealots remember, have ways of bringing the wrath of God to bear when needed to bring about unquestioned compliance, or so those zealots say. I became acquainted with an Iranian family that was able to escape the Ayatollah’s Supreme Jurist rule in 1982. A well-to-do family, the result of education and hard work, eventually made their way to the US where we met. The patriarch and his wife were in their seventies, both were ill, and they were broke. The Supreme Jurist wouldn’t allow them to leave Iran to seek medical assistance with any thing but the cloths on their backs. The familie’s home, jobs, and retirement fund were lost, never to be retrieved. The good news is that Americans-many were Iranian themselves-helped this family get what they needed and the bad news, of course, is they could never return to their beloved Iran.A product of the 70′s revolution in Iran was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now into his second term as Iran’s blowhard president. Strange indeed how Ahmadinejad began his ascent because of a cleric’s government take over in 1979, a puppet groomed by theocracy to lead a country back into the dark ages and now theocracy and Ahmadinejad are both suffering a significant loss of respect and power.Jon Meacham, in a Newsweek editorial, wrote; “In an imperfect world there will never be a complete end to theocracy any more than there will be a complete end to tyranny. Power will ebb and flow, regimes come and go. But in the main, history’s path leads to more liberty, not less.”Riots are raging throughout the Middle-East and as many know already Ahmadinejad is on his way out eventually. Rule by the Supreme Jurist is sure to be marginalized as well and the result, we hope, will be more liberty, not less. However, the not-less part is contingent upon reining in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps the most powerful and secretive organization in the region, their goal; eradication of all non-fundamental Islamic believers. There is much to be done to bring about liberty in those Muslim states and I am afraid it will get worse before it gets better. And in the meantime the Iranian Islamic radicals near their quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.

Beauty – Is It Physical Appearances or Self-Esteem?

Beauty is a universal concept that is hard to define, but is understood by all. In many societies, physical beauty is seen to have acceptable norms though some of these norms differ between cultures. We may have a hard time to explain when we are asked what is beautiful to us. However, if we were to point out a beautiful woman in a group, men and women do it easily and naturally. As the saying goes, when it comes to great beauty, we will know it when we see it.Not everyone admires beauty the same way though. Beauty is a subjective experience. It involves the individual’s feeling of attraction and emotional well-being. We often here the saying; “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. However, as society imposes its general expectation on women’s beauty, beauty evolves into a common expectation and a standard comparison between women.So what is a “standard” definition of beauty then? My best guess is, if we were to talk about women, it is the physical qualities that she possesses. It is the ability of the woman to give out intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the viewer’s senses. The admirer’s positive feeling of pleasure or goodness is usually derived from the woman’s body shape, clothes that she wears or how attractive her facial features are, amongst others.However, beauty can also be about the woman’s personality. It is about having compassion for and helping others, a shoulder to cry on, respecting others, respecting herself, project kindness to human and animals alike, loving others and of course, loving herself. This is described as inner beauty which comes about from having the right dose of self-confidence and a healthy self-esteem.While this is not usually the first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about beauty, inner beauty plays just as an important role in how beautiful a person appears to be. Maybe more so than outer beauty does.Inner beauty is not something that unattractive people say to our self to feel better. Inner beauty can be just as, if not more captivating as the external appearance can be.Inner beauty may be described as something that is experienced through a person’s character rather than by appearances. It is the real beauty of a person that goes far beyond just physical appearances.It is a woman’s inner belief that they are attractive that makes them more appealing to others. The glow of confidence and physical attractiveness comes from within her. Some of the most fancied personalities are not really physically attractive but their glowing confidence and self-belief makes them attractive to every member of the opposite gender.First impressions do not always depend on our physique or our facial features. We need to believe that it comes from within our self. That is where our true beauty lies. When we start a conversation, people will initially assess us; as pleasant or not-so-pleasant. As the conversation goes on, people will start to pick up the nice qualities and traits emanating from us, and people will then start to find us more and more beautiful or charming.When we love, appreciate and feel good about our self, we would feel more confident about facing and interacting with others. Outer beauty attracts glances while inner beauty makes someone stay. This is the secret to a healthy self-esteem.Naturally, we will notice a person’s physical appearance first. However, when a woman have bright eyes that flicker, a smile that warms the heart, a radiant glow that surrounds her when she walks into a room; she has obviously harnessed her inner beauty.The best part of inner beauty is the fact that unlike our outward appearance, inner beauty does not wrinkle, gray or diminish with age. It will only radiates stronger as we cultivate it.Only then will you see yourself as a truly beautiful woman.

Women’s Clothing – The New Trends

Since ancient times, each and every human being living on earth had craved for some of the most essential things for survival. These things include food, clothes and house. Food is widely abundant in the nature and one could easily procure and eat it for a living.Clothes are a part of human imagination and its vastness as they include a good brain to be developed from the raw materials assigned to them and so are the houses. Making a house from the pieces of wood, mud and leaves is definitely a task to behold. But we have been greatly successful in achieving all the basic amenities in a very easy and fruitful way.But as we all know, with changing times comes a definite change in trends. So, as expected the field of clothing was very well hit by this wave of change. Firstly, people thought of it as a way of protecting their body from the environment and hiding it.But as the times changed, so did the mentality. People started to design clothes with various changes for each and every occasion. Now, clothes are also being made to be able to distinguish between a man and a woman, a boy or a girl.Women’s Clothing Trends-Starting humans tend to use leaves and tree barks as clothes to wrap around themselves for their protection. But now clothing for both men and women is a trend apart. Women’s clothing has shown its diversity with the times.Be it a top, jeans, skirts, shorts, sarees, gowns and many more, there stands a vast list of clothing items to be used by them. Today, they have a full right to be wearing any of the above mentioned clothes on any particular day without any restrictions.Today, if we take a deep look at the clothing companies, they surely have a great profit from the women outfits due to the tendency of women’s to be having more and more well suited clothes in their wardrobe.Different Clothes For Women-In all the parts of the world, there stands to be occasions where women’s still have to adorn the traditional outfits as marked by the religion. Each country has its own rules and set of barriers, but despite this in some of the countries, each and every individual has full right to dress according to his/her wish.Clothing for women has also been changed with the changing occasions. Be it festivals, mourning, marriage, birthday celebration and many more, each of them mark a change in women’s clothing. Also, women’s clothes tend to change with their reputation.Business women’s tend to be more of formally dressed rather than being in a casual attire. This difference in the clothing at different times and occasions is a continuous effort worth admiring for the women’s and society. The clothing for women are easily available on internet with many sites selling every kind of dresses, jumpsuits, tops, bottoms, outerwear and latest fashion pieces from designers.