Thursday, June 18, 2009

Spirit In The Dark: Allah o Akbar!

"Tell me sister, how do you feel?
Tell me my brother, how do you feel?
Move on with the spirit, the spirit
in the dark..."

- Spirit In The Dark
Aretha Franklin
Anyone who has spent time in Iran shouldn't be surprised with the heroism and tact the demonstrators are displaying. They're young, savvy and cunning. They're also determined not to stand idly by while their country is ravaged by corruption and savage brutality. They love Iran too much for that. Many are also under 30, too young to remember the 1979 revolution and the subsequent terror that followed.

Yuko took these photos last summer when we visited Iran. The one above is of the Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, and below is from the ancient Persian site of Persepolis, near Shiraz. It's the mythological bird called the Homa - whoever it landed on became king of the empire. As of today, it's still up in the air...

This remarkable video comes via Nico Pitney at Huffington Post - a stirring reminder of what the dark conceals and what it can inspire...

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