Friday, November 13, 2009

Well, call me a terrorist

The LA Times reports (as do AFP  and the New York Times) on the federal government's seizure of the assets of the Alavi Foundation, which they refer to as a front for the government of Iran and accuse of various perfidious activities.  Somehow though I get the sense that this is harassment and pressuring of Iran in re the nuclear issue more than anything else.

But in the interests of full disclosure, I've sent about $12 a year to the Alavi Foundation.  Every year, they offer beautiful calendars, in exchange for a small donation.  The calendars feature gorgeous pictures of artworks, mosques, and historical sites in Iran, as well as parallel daily calendars that show how the Western and Muslim lunar calendars align.  They also list important dates in the Muslim calendar: Ramadan, Eid, birthdays of Muhammad as well as various Shii imams.  I've found the calendars to be useful teaching tools, both for the historical information and for the pictures.  I've even given one to a graduate assistant as a gift. 

Really scary terrorist stuff.

Guess I better prepare an action plan for when the big black SUV with Federal government license plates pulls up.

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