Click to see 25 different images of the types of women you find on the women-only cars on the Tehran Metro. The artist is an Iranian woman, Elham Ataei Azar. She’s from Tabriz and trained as a physicist. Ataei Azar drew them a few years ago but I didn’t see them (or hear of Ataei Azar) until a few days ago, when an Iranian colleague showed me this article. Enjoy.
Iranian Musician Comes Out of Hiding for US, Canada Tour
Picture this: A man dressed in black stands behind a bar. He has yellowish-green skin and red rings around his eyes. And your mission is to kill him.
This is a video game, and the man is Iranian musician Shahin Najafi. The game was made in Iran shortly after a fatwa was put on him last May. Najafi says he knows of the game. In fact, he’s played it.
“It was pretty cool, I got to kill myself. But then I was alive again. So, I enjoyed that.” Najafi says.
He finds it sad that anyone would want him dead so badly they produced a video game about it.
“I feel pretty disappointed that someone sat down – an Iranian person sat down – and made that game. How much hate they have in their heart disappoints me and I do feel sorry for them,” he says.
Najafi has had a series of problems with Iranian authorities. He started his music career singing for various underground bands in Iran. But in 2005 he was arrested for performing concerts that officials claimed were ‘inciting unrest’ and ‘undermining leadership.’ So he fled the country and moved to Germany. There he produced the song that caused the fatwa — a rap about critical issues facing Iran.
Najafi’s rap criticizes everything from international sanctions and empty political slogans, to the irony of nationalists praying on Chinese-made prayer rugs. It was released on YouTube and it’s called ‘Naghi.’
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his hectic pace of media appearances and diplomatic meetings during his visit to New York this week. Cartoon by the LOL Canadian cartoonist, Gary Clement.
The title of this cartoon is “Saliva Battle” and it’s by Chinese cartoonist Luojie. All that saliva reminds me of my family’s pet basset hound Basil who we called “Slobber King”. Of course Basil’s slobber was a lot less potentially lethal than the stuff being spewed by the Israeli and Iranian leaders.