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June 07 2007 Toronto


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Articles from Reza


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Separation Walls in Old Bethlehem

author: Reza : Bethlehem, Palestine
Sunday, October 6th, 2013


Between Poets & Saints in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

author: Reza : Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


Between Kurds, Turks, and Queers in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul

author: Reza : Istanbul, Turkey
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012


Among the Cannons and Buses of Downtown Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


Looking North in Snowy Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Monday, February 20th, 2012


A Stroll in the National Garden of Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Friday, January 20th, 2012


The Coquettish Murals of Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


An Iranian Beach Holiday

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


Beirut from the Sky

author: Reza : Beirut, Lebanon
Monday, November 21st, 2011


Yearning for the South in Tyre

author: Reza : Tyre, Lebanon
Saturday, November 5th, 2011


Wandering Beirut's Armenian Quarters

author: Reza : Beirut, Lebanon
Friday, September 23rd, 2011


Remnants of the French Mandate in Saida

author: Reza : Sidon, Lebanon
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


Tehran from 435 Meters

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Thursday, August 25th, 2011


Patiently Awaiting Beirut's Next Urban Transformation

author: Reza : Beirut, Lebanon
Thursday, April 28th, 2011


Beauty & Jealousy in Tehran's Ancient Quarters

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Watching Pigeons Fly from Above the Citadel of Tripoli

author: Reza : Tripoli, Lebanon
Monday, April 4th, 2011


The Politics of Resistance in Tehran's Graffiti

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Thursday, March 24th, 2011


Yemen's Capital's Urban Agriculture, Souqs, and Drugs

author: Reza : Sana'a, Yemen
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


A Modest Celebration for the 12th Shia Imam

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Sunday, March 13th, 2011


New Park in Old Iran

author: Reza : Yazd, Iran
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


Pre-War or Something Like It

author: Reza : Beirut, Lebanon
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


Cherry Picking in Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


Parked Among the Martyrs

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran
Sunday, February 20th, 2011


 

Separation Walls in Old Bethlehem

author: Reza : Bethlehem, Palestine


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On the right is the Israeli separation wall as it loops around the holy site of Rachel's Tomb in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The wall was built curving into the heart of Bethlehem in order to prevent Palestinians from accessing the holy site in the middle of their city. It's sacred to both Palestinian Christians and Muslims, as well as Jews, but these days Palestinians of all religions are forbidden access. All the shops on the left used to face the site and cater to pilgrims, but have mostly gone out of business since the wall...


Between Poets & Saints in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

author: Reza : Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan


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The Hazrat Ali Shrine in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. Mazar-e Sharif is the fourth largest city in Afghanistan, up north near the border with Uzbekistan. The Hazrat Ali Shrine is believed by many Muslims to be the burial place of Ali ibn Ali Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. In Mazar-e Sharif, as in most of Afghanistan, Persian (or as it is called here, "Dari") is the main language, with Pashto a close second. The famous Persian-language poet Jalal al Din Muhammad Rumi- generally known only as "Rumi" in English- was born here in the 1200's. Although he wrote...


Between Kurds, Turks, and Queers in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul

author: Reza : Istanbul, Turkey


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The view from my new apartment in Tarlabasi, Beyoglu, Istanbul: Although quite close to Istanbul's commercial heart, this neighborhood was largely vacated after the population transfers between Greece and Turkey in the early 20th century and since then has been largely occupied by various migrants from the countryside. In the 1970's (or 80's? I forget) a highway was built alongside it, demolishing a large number of historic dwellings but conforming the area to the citywide transportation reforms. As a result, however, the area was cut off from Taksim, the neighborhood that today comprises the heart of the "success story" of neoliberal,...


Among the Cannons and Buses of Downtown Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran


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The central square of Tehran, Iran was built in 1867 as part of a process of urban reformation initiated under the monarch Nasreddin Shah Qajar. Called Meydan-e Toopkhaneh (Cannon House Square), the Square marked the northern extent of the old, walled city and the entrance to the modern, planned city to be built to the north. The Qajar palace was (and is still) located directly south of the square, while an old neighborhood alongside it was demolished and made into a city park, displacing the area's residents but giving Tehran's Europeanized elite a place to promenade. A block away, meanwhile,...


Looking North in Snowy Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran


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This is a photo that has been floating around the Iranian blogosphere lately. It shows the view looking north from Central Tehran across the Towhid Tunnel and the Navvab Housing Project above it. The housing project was built with a freeway running through the middle of it in the 1990's in order to improve transportation across this megacity of nearly 14 million (and to locate lots of new people near that transportation). Needless to say- as is the case with highway transportation all over the world- it didn't help much, and subway and light rail lines www.urbanrail.net/as/tehr/tehran.htm are being laid across...


A Stroll in the National Garden of Tehran

author: Reza : Tehran, Iran


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Downtown Tehran is an extremely hectic, busy place. As part of the modernization of the city's urban fabric that took place in the early 20th century (a phenomenon that occurred similarly in almost every major Iranian city at the time), a grid of wide, 6 lane roads was laid over the city's old winding alleyways. These roads bisected the old city (the bazaar and its environs) and led outward in a perfect grid fashion. Pictured here is the view from the inside of the National Garden's gated complex, a tranquil scene insulated from the boulevard beyond. The new roads disrupted the...


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from the archives

Light Fantastic


officially most beautiful lighting for the commute here in seattle in over a year

Light Fantastic

from the archives

Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn


A couple enjoys a springtime walk under the cherry blossoms that lap over the sidewalk that skirts the west side of Park Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn

from the archives

The Fire That Never Dies


September 1987 article about the - the people of the longhouse. Supplement to this article.

The Fire That Never Dies