We are having lunch in a restaurant in Teheran when a stranger walks up to us. The man introduces himself and says, "I'd like to pay your lunch." We laugh, look at each other puzzled, and politely decline the proposal. But the man, clearly offended, responds saying, "It's just been new year, I'd like to welcome you." Surprised we accept his offer and the man walks back to his table, where he and his wife are eating. Not long after they leave the restaurant.Read More
With approximately 8% of the population being addicted, Iran’s drug problem is described as one of the “worst in the world”. Each year, 130,000 new people become addicted to drugs in Iran, a country with 70 million inhabitants.
Not surprisingly as Iran lies directly in the path of the world’s largest flow of heroin. An estimated 140 metric tons of opium leaves Afghanistan every year into Iran and only 23 percent if it is seized each year. Further more, high unemployment figures due to poor economic reform policies and international sanctions cause desperation among the population and drive the drug use.Read More
Isfahan’s famous Zayandeh Roud river has dried up as a result of the dam upriver where the water is used for domestic and industrial purposes.
The critical water shortage Iran suffers from is the result of decades of bad planning and climate change. Farmers in the once fertile land around Isfahan need to look for other ways to support their family. In the mean time, the riverbanks in the cities and parks continue to be kept green.Read More
The brick walls that form the perimeter of the former US embassy in Teheran feature a number of anti-American murals commissioned by the government. You will find murals “Down with USA”, a gun with the stars and stripes, the skull of the Statue of Liberty and one portraying imam Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini. After the fall of the embassy in November 1979, Revolutionary Guard used it as a training center, and continue to maintain the complex. The site has a bookstore and a museum but both are closed to foreigners and the general Iranian public.Read More