South Azarbaijan

OUR DAY WILL COME. We wish to see an Azarbaijan based on internationally accepted democratic principles. An Azarbaijan free from persian chauvinism, discrimination, inequality and sectarianism.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Ethnicities in Iran and the population of the Turks
Turks who live inside the geographical territory called Iran always underwent social and national pressures by official Tehran for their being considered minority not withstanding of being majority among the population who live there.
Turks of Iran are even deprived of the right for minorities and ethnicities shown in the constitution of the country. Analytical Information Centre of SANLM managed to get statistic information about the population of Iran which was always concealed by the state .
According to the information given bellow Turks are the majority among today 's population of Iran:
1. Azerbaijani turks: 29.000 000, 41, 42% of the population of the country.
2. Qashgay turks: 2.000 000, 2.85% of the population of the country.
3. Turkmans: 3.000 000, 4.28% of he population of the country.
4. Persians and ethnic groups: 22.000 000, 31.42% of the population of the country.
5. Kurds: 7.500 000, 10.71% of the population of the country.
6. Arabs: 3.500 000, 5.00% of the population of the country.
7. Beluches: 2.400 000, 3.42% of the population of the country.
8. Jewish, Sourany, Zardousht and armenians: 600. 000, 0.85% of the population of the country.

Explanation (1):
The number of the turkish speaking citizens being 34.000 000 altogether according to the data given above is 48.57% of the population of Iran.

Explanation (2):
Talish, Gilac, Tat, Bakhtiyari, Lor etc. belong to Persians.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Khurshid Banu Natevan (1830-1897)
Daughter of the last Karabakh khan - Mehdi Kulu-khan (khan - a feudal title of the Azeri rulers in XVIII c.), Natevan was one of the best lyrical poet-women of Azerbaijan, advanced and bright person of her time. Humanism, kindness, friendship and love were the main themes of her poems-kazels.
Natevan was also a talented artist and virtuous philanthropist. Aiming at developing the poetry, she established and sponsored several literary societies in Shusha. One of them called «Majlisi Uns» became especially popular and concentrated major poetic-intellectual forces of Karabakh of that time.
Natevan was also the first person to build a water-pipe to Shusha, thus relieving Shusha people from many troubles.
Natevan did a lot for the prosperity of her native town and country. Her bright memory will always be preserved in the hearts of her grateful people.

Protect Muslim Cleric Hojjatoleslam Ezimi Qedimi in Iran
Hojjatoleslam Ezimi Qedimi is an ethnic Azeri Muslim cleric who was reportedly arrested on August 5 in Tabriz. Ethnic Azeris are the largest minority group in Iran, and although they are generally well-integrated into society, growing calls for greater freedom of expression have in recent years been dealt with harshly by the Iranian authorities. Amnesty International is concerned that Hojjatoleslam Ezimi Qedimi may be held solely on account of his ethnic and cultural identity, and that he may now be at risk of torture or ill treatment.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Turkish Author Attila Ilhan Passes Away
ISTANBUL - Prominent Turkish author and poet Attila Ilhan, who passed away last night in Istanbul at the age of 80, served Turkish literature more than 50 years.
Ilhan was born in Menemen town of western city of Izmir in 1925.
He stayed in prison for 2 months for his letters about Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet in 1941. He attended school again in Istanbul Isik College in 1944.
Ilhan won a prize with his poem ''Cebbaroglu Mehemmed'' while he was studying third and last grade in college. He published his first poem book 'Duvar' (The Wall) in 1948.
In 1949, while he was in Istanbul University Law Faculty, he went to Paris to support 'operation to rescue Nazim Hikmet'. He left the university in senior year when he became journalist. In 1953, he wrote critics on cinema in Vatan newspaper.
He moved to Ankara when he became adviser to Bilgi Publishing House in 1973.
He lived in Ankara until 1981 and then he moved to Istanbul. He worked at Milliyet, Gunes and Meydan newspapers as well as Gelisim Press.
Ilhan worked at Cumhuriyet newspaper as a columnist since 1996.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The policy of South Azarbaijan National Movement

30 million turkish people of South Azarbaijan outnumber Persian people and form approximately half of the Iranian population. In spite of that turkish people in South Azarbaijan are deprived from all national basic rights which are confirmed in International Laws and human right conventions. Education in their mother tongue is forbidden .Azarbaijanis are banned from developing their music,literature,civil institutions,etc.

In order to reach its chauvinistic purposes the regime in Iran divides the territories of South Azarbaijan into different smaller parts and joins them with other non Turkish provincial areas . The government terrorizes and prosecutes turkish people and activists of South Azarbaijan who want to defend their national basic rights.

Due to these pressures and deliberate economic-cultural problems and shortcomings which have caused a wide range of unemployment among different classes, hundreds of thousands of Azarbaijanis have been forced to emigrate to different parts of Iran or the world.

The main purpose of the South Azarbaijan National Movement is to gain national and personal rights of the turkish people of South Azarbaijan. we are trying to draw the world's governments and human right organizations' attention to the cause of the Turks in Iran. We won't give up this struggle until we reach our goals .

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I am the Wolf

I am the Wolf.
I am many things
Teacher, Friend, Lover, Healer
Mother, Father
Son and Daughter.
And yet you fear me.
Despise me.
Kill me.
Are you not those things?
Are you not a Wolf as well?

by ~White Wolf
Adopted from

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Deal reached on EU-Turkey talks
The Turkish government has accepted the terms set by the European Union for membership negotiations to begin.

Monday, October 03, 2005


AGE : 6
On the first of Mehr (the opening of schools ) this little hero expresses his right objection against the education in an imposed language, persian . he was answered by beating and swearing of his chauvinist teacher.
mehran cried out the request of hundreds of thousands of Azarbaijani students forced to study not in their mother tongue but an unfamiliar , imposed farsi language.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Friday, September 30, 2005

What is south Azarbaijan ?
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The evil empire

Persia's kings are history's great villains. Does the British Museum's show do them justice? By Jonathan Jones

Thursday September 8, 2005
The Guardian

The title of this exhibition is a bit misleading. Forgotten Empire, the British Museum calls its spectacular resurrection of ancient Persia. Yet the Persians are as notorious in their way as Darth Vader, the Sheriff of Nottingham, General Custer, or any other embodiment of evil empire you care to mention. They are history's original villains.
In its day, which lasted from the middle of the 500s BC until the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, the Persian empire ruled a vast portion of the then-known world from the Nile to the Indus. It connected the Mediterranean with modern Afghanistan. Rich beyond dreams, powerful beyond dispute, the great kings ruled from their mighty palaces at Susa and Persepolis, tolerating the religions and cultures of subject peoples and harvesting the creativity of near eastern civilisation that had already, before they came along, invented writing and urban life. It should have been enough to earn them historical immortality.

Yet, of course, the leader whose name resonates down the ages is Alexander the Great. The Persian kings, from their lofty thrones, perceived the turbulent islands on the western fringe of the empire as a marginal irritant, and yet the Greeks were their nemesis. For the Persians had the misfortune to be the others, the enemies - in short, the Orientals - against whom the first European civilisation defined itself.
The Middle East invented writing, but ancient Greece invented history. Herodotus, "the father of history", takes as his epic theme the struggle of the Greek city states against the vast Persian empire - and sees it as a war of liberation. The idea of democracy was born in the fight against Persian despotism: that is how Herodotus tells it. The Persian king Xerxes is the supreme overlord of all baddies, turning his eye on the plucky little Greek cities who, unexpectedly, fight back. Now you remember the Persians: the guys with the strange beards whom the Athenians beat at Marathon. Until Marathon, says Herodotus, "no Greek could even hear the word Persian without terror". In finding the courage to fight Persia, the Greeks discovered their own identity as citizens.
All western political theory is implicitly defined against the ghost of Persia - from condemnations of "tyrants" in the Atlantic republican tradition to Marx's caricature of "oriental despotism". In winning their nationhood, the Greeks consigned the Persians to a miserable place in the world's memory.
The most vivid portrait of a Persian ruler isn't even in this exhibition. It appears in a mosaic found in Pompeii, now in the Naples Archaeological Museum, based on a lost painting of Alexander the Great in battle. Through a tangle of horses, men and spears, Alexander charges. Darius stands helpless in his chariot, his face startled and appalled, like a frightened rabbit. So much for Persia!
This is how history is made - by writers and artists recycling stories and images down the centuries. This mosaic decorated the House of the Faun in Pompeii centuries after the fall of Darius; millennia after that, the victories of Alexander are still box office.
It takes Neil MacGregor's idealistic British Museum to put the Persian point of view. Everything about Forgotten Empire is calculated to turn history on its head. This is archaeology meeting world politics. The very existence of the exhibition is a diplomatic coup: in case you hadn't noticed, Persia is now Iran. The loans from Tehran that have made Forgotten Empire possible were negotiated before the recent change of government and had to be renegotiated at the last minute.
This is the kind of exhibition I expect of the British Museum. Here at last is the enlightening encounter with another culture that, in the Bloomsbury museum's years of decline, was replaced by crap like an Agatha Christie show. At the same time, it's laudably different from a Royal Academy blockbuster: less swank, more thought. I can promise you will not only be delighted by gold daggers and chariots but leave with a sense of Persian history. It's first rate.
So why was I disappointed? I was left flat - not by the superb show but by the Persian empire itself. The British Museum wants us to believe Persia was traduced by the Greeks. It wants to show us an alternative Persia from the evil empire vilified by Hellenic historians. Yet everything confirms this Greek "myth" of a supremely rich, powerful, bureaucratically faceless empire. The real difference between the Greek version and the version we get here is that the Greeks made the Persians glamorous in their villainy.
The Persian kings, their wives, ministers, soldiers and myriad subjects are a void at the heart of this exhibition. They don't emerge, in their own art, as individuals, only as warriors in profile, with the same neat beards. In Herodotus, the Persian ruler Darius, when he was told of Athenian support for rebels in Asia Minor, called for his bow, took an arrow, shot it into the air and cried: "Grant, O God, that I might punish the Athenians!" Compare that with the real voice of a Persian king, on a clay tablet telling of the construction of the palace at Susa: "Saith Darius the King: Ahuramazda, the greatest of the gods - he created me; he made me king; he bestowed upon me this kingdom, great, possessed of good horses, possessed of good men ..." The Greek fantasy of a monarch convulsed with anger, demanding his bow, is so much more dramatic, more human.
The same contrast between Greeks and Persians is unavoidable when you contemplate the most imposing monuments here. Unfortunately, they appear in a 19th-century collection of plastercasts; the reliefs that survive on the ruins of the palace at Persepolis are inaccessible, unless you fancy a trip to Iran. I find it hard to enjoy reproductions. Nevertheless, some judgments are possible. The celebrated frieze of various peoples paying tribute is imposing. But the figures have a static quality. No one runs, nothing overlaps. Even the wonderful carving of two immense lions, or the black stone mastiff from Tehran - an original - succeed through mass rather than movement.
If you wanted to claim, as a newspaper did this week, that Persia was "the greatest of all ancient civilisations" you'd be better off picking a venue other than the British Museum. Just a walk from the show are the Elgin Marbles - the frieze of the Parthenon created after the Athenian acropolis was razed by the Persians. The Greek masterpiece is full of motion and emotion, from horses barely reined in, to a heifer being led to sacrifice.
Where's the passion in Persian art? Its very beauty - and it is beautiful - lies in its strange stillness; you see this most in the painted brick profiles of palace guards. Yet this praise has to be qualified. This kind of glazed brick decoration isn't original to the Persian empire; they got it from Babylon - to be precise, from the neo-Babylonian kingdom that they subdued. This isn't about east versus west. With our idiocy being what it is, the British Museum runs a risk of confusing us into equating Persia with the near-eastern origins of civilisation. The Persian empire followed, and conquered, the Assyrians and neo-Babylonians - and was about two millennia after Ur. All these cultures were greater than Persia's, as a quick tour of the British Museum will indicate.
The Persian empire was admirably curious about the cultures it absorbed: in Egypt the Persian kings paid homage to Egyptian gods. It assimilated the cultural heritage of the entire eastern Mediterranean world, including that of Greece; a wonderful silver and bronze amphora handle in the shape of an ibex rests on a mask of a Greek satyr. But all this openness has an emptiness at its heart. No one is even quite sure what the Persians believed - how strange, in an ancient world so full of gods, from Osiris to Zeus to Jehovah, that only a single case is filled with religious offerings. Were they just boring bureaucrats?
Yet we do get a glimpse of what they loved. They liked to live it up. The most startling things here are gold and silver drinking vessels in the shape of horns - just a taste of the opulent lifestyle of the Persian court. That, too, becomes a little offputting as you admire one gold bracelet too many.
It sounds as if I'm kicking against this exhibition. I suppose I am, yet it is archaeology at its most impressive. You might even say it is archaeology versus history. The Greeks wrote history. The Persians are recovered here through archaeology - the study of objects retrieved from the sand. Yet history wins. The Persian empire visible in its surviving artefacts turns out to be as grandiose, luxurious and remotely despotic as Herodotus said it was.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Stop depriving the identity of the children of Iran!

To: President Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue,
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Iran

Copy : Kofi Annan
Secretary-General of United Nations

Stop depriving the identity of the children of Iran!

Autumn has arrived in Iran, and according to the tradition, millions of happy and excited children set out to their classrooms for the first time. First day at school is a day many children through out the whole world dream about and anxiously look forward to.

Now they, like so many before them, will get to learn to read and write, and to meet new comrades. But what quite half of the schoolchildren in Iran don’t know is that what’s waiting them in their classrooms is far darker than they can ever imagine. Soon they will learn that education in their mother tongue not only is forbidden, but that it’s also associated with great shame and punishment.

Iran is a multicultural country with several large ethnic groups represented, among them Azerbaijani-Turks, Persians, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen and Baluchis. Over half of the country’s population is of non-Persian origin; despite this the only official language of the country is Persian. In paragraph 15 and 19 in Iran’s constitution it is elucidated that use of mother tongue in education is permitted, yet the only language learned and used in the school system is Persian.

Like the rest of the world, Iran is today a country in change. We all know that the school period is a crucial milestone in every human beings life and that the first years in school have a great importance for the development of an individual. It is therefore important to remind the Iranian government of taking care of its cultural diversity and richness, instead of trying to eliminate it. Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkmen and Baluchi schoolchildren in Iran need all the help they can get to be able to study in their mother tongue, to be able to be proud over themselves and their origin.