powerful women

28 12 2007

[By Shideh]  Benazir Bhutto’s death has shocked hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and has left many of her supporters in dismay.  Pictures of her funeral on Friday are heartbreaking, seeing people in such grief.  I want to write a post on this weblog in her memory as she was always an icon of hope as a powerful and influential Muslim woman and a role model for many in our region of the world.  My deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan and to her family.  It is truly a great loss for the entire world and for the region.  Here are some pictures of her life and final moments that I found on line:



Image borrowed from: http://www.chicagotribune.com/

There are and have been many women like Bhutto who risk their lives to bring change and to protect their families, children, and countries at large.  One such group that is beginning to gain power is the Iranian “Mothers for Peace,” a group that announced its formation in November as a movement seeking peace and freedom (http://motherspeace.blogfa.com/).  I urge the readers, anyone who cares for peace, to donate to this group of Iranian women who are standing up for their rights and the rights of their country and children with no violence what so ever.  All the power to those who rise to make the changes they want to see, instead of waiting for others to make them.


town carved from rock

21 12 2007

A town famous for its beautiful architecture and energy efficiency.  Interesting video on National Geographic about Kandovan:



picture borrowed from: www.Anvari.org

engineering grad school application

20 12 2007

[By Shawhin]  In the past few weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of getting questions on applying to grad school in the US and particularly Berkeley.  Most questions came from friends we made during our visit to Iran, blog readers, some family, etc.  Since I was sharing a lot of the same information, I thought it would be useful to put an entry here on tehranshake.  My timing is a bit off because most applications we were helping with were due sometime in the past few weeks.  Nevertheless, I’m sure applicants for next year could still benefit from this info – especially given that some advanced planning, in terms of getting familiar with professors, should be done well before the application. Read the rest of this entry »