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Jahanshah Javid

Age: 57 |

Birth City: آبادان |

Joined on October 02, 2012

Joy ride

On Calle Garcilaso.

The First Beauty Queen Of Iran In 1896

PersianUp: French Illustration Magazine published amazing pictures of Ms. Rana, the beauty Queen of Iran in 1896.

She was an opera singer and most famous mannequin of her age. Rana was buried in Torbat Heydariyeh in Khorasan Province in 1947, alone and without anyone being beside her.

See some of the pictures of this beauty queen >>>

Valentino in full moon

This morning. 

Iranian beauty queen enjoys greater freedom after fleeing homeland

Sydney Morning Herald: After fleeing Iran for Auckland, Shirin Heidari still remembers the first time she was out for a walk, without her headscarf, and feeling the breeze in her hair and on her neck.

The freedom was "empowering", she said. "My mum and me, we were lucky … but there’s a lot of other refugees in other parts of the world that aren’t as lucky."

“It was big culture change, when I moved": Shirin Heidari moved to Auckland as a refugee when she was teenager.Credit:Janie Barrett

Having experienced the plights of refugees first-hand, Ms Heidari is hoping to use this year's The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac to help others in need.

Women’s freedoms in Iran, where she lived until 2009, are heavily restricted. She said it’s more difficult for women to work in Iran, particularly for a divorcee, like her mother.

The limited freedom made daily life near impossible. With one-day weekends, no set working hours, poor minimum wages and the added dangers of being female, the then 17-year-old and her mother fled to New Zealand.

She will be running this year's City2Surf, raising money for the UN Refugee Agency, a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, although Ms Heidari said she wasn't much of a runner growing up.

"Because of restrictions over there, I was swimming a lot and playing basketball as well. The swimming pools, of course, were separate for girls and guys," she said.

"I’ve been trying to run, increasing the amount of time I spent running getting ready for the day.”

Now a software engineer in Sydney after studying at the University of Auckland, Ms Heidari was also the winner of the Miss Iran pageant last year.

"They hold the competition outside of Iran, they can’t hold it inside because it doesn’t agree with the country’s Islamic rules and that," she said.

"When I won, I couldn’t believe it for a while - it was amazing … I was not sure how my family were going to react, but then when I told them they were happy for me."

Being so far removed here in Australia, she says it's easy to forget that some women don’t have a voice in other countries – but things are "changing rapidly" in Iran.

"It was a big culture change when I moved," she said. "People have more freedom to live the way they want to live, which is really nice. It’s like a completely different world."

Showing off the kids

By the Inca wall. 

Arash Abizadeh wins top Canadian Philosophical Association book prize

McGill University Reporter: Arash Abizadeh, a professor in the Department of Political Science and associate member of the Department of Philosophy, has been awarded the 2019 Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) Biennial Book Prize his monograph, Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics.

Abizadeh won in the English category. Michel Seymour and Jérome Gosselin-Tapp won in the French category, for their book La nation pluraliste: Repenser la diversité religieuse au Québec

In Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics, Abizadeh uncovers the basic distinction underwriting Hobbes’s ethics: between prudential reasons of the good and reasons of the right, for which we are accountable to others. Hobbes’s distinction marks a watershed in the transition to modern ethics.

In its citation, the CPA jury wrote “this is an outstanding book, one of the best books on early modern philosophy in the past 10 years. It exemplifies how history of philosophy should be done these days, combining mastery of Hobbes’s works and a sophisticated use of the conceptual apparatus of contemporary work on metaethics … No serious scholar of Hobbes and early modern moral philosophy can ignore this book and it should become an instant classic. Contemporary philosophers, especially those working on metaethics, will also benefit.”

The announcement was made on June 2. 

Dressed up for Señor de Qoylluriti

Fiesta del Señor de Qoylluriti will be taking place this weekend. 

Wikipedia: Quyllurit'i or Qoyllur R'iti (Quechua quyllu rit'i, quyllu bright white, rit'i snow, "bright white snow,"[1]) is a syncretic religious festival held annually at the Sinakara Valley in the southern highlands Cusco Region of Peru. Local indigenous people of the Andes know this festival as a native celebration of the stars. In particular they celebrate the reappearance of the Pleiades constellation, known in Quechua as Qullqa, or "storehouse," and associated with the upcoming harvest and New Year >>>

Q’eswachaka Twirlers

Dancers at the Q’eswachaka festival Sunday.

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Defeats Incumbent Prosecutors In Virginia Primary

Huffington Post: Two progressive challengers unseated incumbent Democratic prosecutors in northern Virginia, notching another win for the national movement for a more compassionate criminal justice system.

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, a veteran criminal defense attorney serving as legal director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, defeated Theo Stamos, who presently serves as Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney, or what is usually called a district attorney in other states’ counties.

Having secured the Democratic nomination in a solid blue county just outside Washington, Dehghani-Tafti and Descano virtually assured a victory in the general election.

Their wins “represent the real power that issues like criminal justice reform have among voters across the political spectrum but especially Democrats and more progressive voters,” said Quentin Kidd, dean of social sciences at Christopher Newport University. “It not only pushes criminal justice reform higher up the agenda in Virginia, but I’d also imagine it will encourage similar challenges from progressives in other parts of the state.”

Dehghani-Tafti ran on a platform of significantly reducing incarceration in Arlington by, among other things, ending prosecution of marijuana possession and barring the use of cash bail for nonviolent offenders. She argued that Stamos’ tough and racially lopsided prosecutions of low-level offenses have put Arlington out of step with politically comparable counties. The challenger noted that, notwithstanding declining crime in the county, its jail population is 2.5 times the size of neighboring Fairfax County.

Dehghani-Tafti, whose husband is African American, also spoke about the implications of criminal justice reform for her family.

“When I think about why our justice system needs change, I think about my kids,” Dehghani-Tafti says in a video advertisement as her multiracial children appear on screen. “I want to live in a world where the color of their skin doesn’t affect their odds of an arrest.”

Descano promised a similar slate of reforms, including dramatically reducing the use of cash bail and treating drug use as a public health issue.

Unlike many insurgent candidates, Dehghani-Tafti and Descano boasted major establishment support, including an influential endorsement from former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe, who some observers speculate is considering another run at the governor’s mansion, held a grudge against Stamos and Morrogh for publicly opposing his efforts to restore voting rights to former felons.

The two contenders also did not lack for financial backing. The Justice and Public Safety PAC, which is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, spent over $1 million in support of their two bid >>>


Top of the heap

Soraya on the tumbo vine.