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Decriminalization Bill to reduce cases by one million: Official
Iran deals with around six million new legal cases per annum that would be reduced by one million, in case the parliament passes the Decriminalization Bill, announced the vice-president of Iran’s Judicial System.
In a program on national broadcaster, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mosaddeq stated that numerous cases entering the legal system have to do with driving offenses, adding, “A one-fifth reduction in the number of our total cases will provide our colleagues in the judicial system with more time to spend on more pressing cases,” IRIB News reported.
Under the new judicial administration, judges more frequently issue alternative sentences instead of jail time, and urged religious scholars as well as university professors to collaborate with the judicial system in compilation of a comprehensive criminal policy.
“We have to remove the potential for crime in our own society, and this does not concern the judicial system alone,” he said.
Tehran-Batman rally to develop Iran-Turkey relations
In a joint meeting on June 22 in Tehran, Iranian and Turkish officials emphasized on developing relations through joint programs, including family and cultural rallies between select cities in Iran and Batman in southeastern Turkey.
Referring to the various cultural, historical and social commonalities between Iran and Turkey, Mohammad Hossein Sufi, chairman and CEO of Iran’s Tourism and Automobile Association, presented options for development of joint cooperation, including recreational, tourism and family rallies as well as rallies of artists and athletes, according to the Public Relations Office of Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
Sufi also suggested that a joint committee should be established between Tourism and Automobile Association and Batman Governorate to expedite cooperation, planning, and scheduling agreed-upon programs.
In the meeting, Batman Governor Qader Kelij expressed his satisfaction with his visit to Iran, which was aimed at developing relations and strengthening joint cooperation, especially in the field of automobile activities and holding joint rallies.
“As an official representative of the Turkish government, I promise to create necessary facilities on the path toward friendship with Iran, which is more valuable and important to us than anything else,” Kelij said.
Thus spoke the artist:
You have to engage in the act of creation with love
Although ceramic art could be traced back to the dawn of civilization, studio pottery is somehow a new trend. Its popularity has, conceivably, something to do with the fact that our contemporary lives drive us to seek out ways to destress and get in touch with our primal senses.
“This art offers me peace and love, and that’s my main motivation,” said Mona Jivad, the 31-year-old ceramic artist, who, giving up on her main field of studies, set out to do pottery four years ago.
Working at her own workshop, she creates a wide range of artefacts, both decorative and functional.
“Touching the clay sets me in a good mood. I also enjoy working with colors, and the variety of end products cheers me up,” she said.
Mona reveals that working with clay is “very peaceful” for her, as if the soil understands her love and translates it into the beauty of the final product.
“We are all made out of clay, after all, and we’re bound to it,” she said, in a reference to the word of God in Quran 23:12, “And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay.”
The belief, in turn, has been echoed in the Iranian literature through the ages, perhaps most notably immortalized in a line by Rumi, the 13th century poet, that goes, “The dew of love turned the clod of man into clay.”
“You have to engage in the act of creation with love, that’s true, but still you should not get attached to them. Until the last moment, you don’t know how they will turn out,” she said, and went on dolefully, “Sometimes they don’t turn out fine at all.”
For Mona, the whole world gets reduced to her workshop and the whole spectrum of time to the very moment that she’s focused on her creation as soon as she starts working.
“I take my ideas mostly from nature, for they usually give out good vibes,” she said, adding introspectively, “Sometimes an incident, a childhood memory, or even a sentence inspires me.”
Coming up with ideas and giving them a material form, however, is not a total walk in the park for her.
“Some works take a lot of time and effort to be completed, wearing me down, not to mention the fact that some pieces are ruined in the process,” she said.
Mona would like to expand her shop one day in order to be able to employ more women, who are the sole breadwinner of their households.
“I want to be of some sort of help to them, to teach them and put them to work.”
A page from history:
The First Congress of Iranian Writers
On June 25, 1946, at 6:30 in the afternoon, the first Congress of Iranian Writers convened in the wooded garden of Culture House in Darband, north of Tehran. To this day, it remains the single, most notable literary event of this magnitude in Iran’s history.
Five years after Reza Shah’s abdication, Iranian intellectuals were finding their foothold in the political sphere of the time. Using what little freedom they had, they embarked on fighting censorship and advocating for their rights as a guild.
The congress was the brainchild of the Council of Cultural Relations between Iran and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, headed by Sadeq Khan Mostashar al-Dowleh. The council invited 78 notable writers, poets and intellectuals of the day to the congress, out of which only a handful could not participate due to illness or travel.
The literary-artistic event was indeed the first time that writers and poets with different opinions and political agendas sat together to discuss their views on literature. This critical yet sincere debate is still unparalleled in Iran’s history of art, even after 76 years.
The congress went on till July 3, attended by distinguished figures like Abbas Eqbal Ashtiani, Ali-Asghar Hekmat, Sadeq Chubak, Sadeq Hedayat, Nima Yooshij, Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, and Parviz Natel-Khanlari among others.
In addition to the writers and poets, a great number of journalists and prominent political figures attended the sessions as guest audience, as evident by the presence of then Prime Minister of Iran Ahmad Qavam and USSR Ambassador Ivan Sadchikov.
Mostashar al-Dowleh opened the congress, nominating nine figures including Mohammad-Taqi Bahr, Hekmat, and Hedayat for members of the board of directors. He then invited Iran’s poet laureate Bahar to the podium.
“Our young literary congress was inaugurated by an old patriot,” he said, adding, “And the symbol of literary taste and talent, Mr. Hekmat will soon deliver his sophisticated lecture on the conditions of Iranian poetry in the last 50 years.”
The above is an excerpt of a report by Omid Iranmehr, first published by tarikhirani.ir in 2012.
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