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Documentary on Iranian Life - Rick Steves

Ask yourself, does it look like these people want war?

A woman student says: "Governments have war with each other because they have benefits. But there is no war between people".

http://youtu.be/D61uriEGsIM
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Related: Rick Steves on Iran: Americans NEED to see this video

Rick Steves was asked by worried local people from the U.N. if there was anything he could do (as a travel writer in the Seattle area) to stop the rush to war and saber rattling and help calm things down. His thought? Get me permission from Iran to enter as an American film crew, and I will produce an hour TV show on Iran. Pub Nov 9, 2009



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Never been to Iran

but here in San Diego we had a large influx of Iranians in the early 80's. I got to know quite a few and they were always very urbane and well-educated (although maybe it was just that the majority of those who could come here had those qualities?). I really don't like the mandatory headcovering and the lack of separation of church and state in Iran but my impression of the people themselves is very positive.

Fantastic!

That's how I feel when I visit other countries...we have a lot more in common. It's just different cultures :) I wonder why the MSM doesn't report on countries like this? lol! Just another thing that makes me so sick of MSM...it's just so deplorable, all the warmongering propaganda!!

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Rick Steves is great

Whenever I travel to other countries I always buy his books or watch his films.

Highly informative guy, and I am jealous of his job description.

Rick Steves

should be an American Ambassador. Sec of State.

Rick Steves

Does a lot for the liberty movement. The more I learn about him the more I like him.

Thank You for posting this video

Rick Steves for President...Thanks Rick for understanding and telling the truth concerning marijuana, personal freedom and your
documentaries that span the globe and give people a face to face with our world neighbors.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

What a lovely video! Thank you for posting.

The people are charming and beautiful.
I could not think of them as the enemy ever!

The following video shows Iran before 1979. It looks like the USA today.

But the modesty today is rather appealing. There is no overt use of sexuality to SELL products. The head scarves can be quite beautiful. The only problem is the loss of free choice. It is the law. But I guess we also have laws forbidding certain things here. No drugs or alcohol or junk food in Iran. They are all healthy and beautiful men and women. No obesity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF47rrHd7wo&feature=fvwrel

This is a great video to send to Neocons.

Most Americans think Iranians are Muslim extremists who hate Americans and are building nukes. It is really sad.

Yes!!

Well said!!!

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To put it short, no people

To put it short, no people want war. No one wants to die. Jim Rogers puts it excellently in his book "A Gift to my Children" where he says in order to understand a people you must go visit them. He traveled all around the world and found everywhere he went, including Iran, the people just wanted to live their lives and provide a for their families. Governments and people who don't have to fight in superpowers are the only people who want war.

Rogers gives this example, when he traveled to Oxford University he saw a plaque with all the names of students who died in World War I. Some fought for England and some fought for Germany. These young men were probably playing soccer together one month at Oxford, then the next month they were killing each other because their governments couldn't get along. This is the sheer insanity we now call patriotism. Blindly following the orders of despots and tyrants only to have parents lose their sons and children lose their fathers. There have been so many wars fought based on lies of governments, so much death for nothing.

I say if you want to fight a war, go on the front lines, no matter the age or gender.

Very nice, blacklab.

In ancient Rome the Senators, Tribunes, and even the Consuls fought and died in the battles. And these battles were fought without gunpowder. They were real hand to hand, father next to son, pee/poo-your-pants, teeth chattering, knee knocking bloodbaths. No buttons, no triggers. Projectiles flew just as far as your body could hurl them.

The plebeians were smarter back then. If their leaders weren't fighting, they weren't either.

Thank you for posting, Colorado Sean

Rick Steves should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize instead of Obummer..

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Iran is not quite as rosy as portrayed, but

I don't imagine people would be willing to say certain things on camera, nor would Steves wish to compromise their safety or security. But I much enjoyed the program. Thanks for the post.

I recommend "Reading Lolita in Tehran."
http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Lolita-Tehran-Memoir-Books/dp/...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_Lolita_in_Tehran

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We need more perspectives

I posted because we are only fed a very narrow view of Iran which portrays the following: the Iranian people wake up & go to bed every day with a taste for American & Israeli blood chanting Down USA & Down Israel.

Because of this we need to impose crippling sanctions and plan for war, perpetual war.

Is Iran perfect? No. Then neither is anywhere else on the planet and it is their culture. Their people must work in their own way for society to evolve. The more we put pressure on them the less likely there will be change. (Fidel Castro can testify to that).

Thank you for the reading recommendation.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Indeed.

There are those who are not satisfied with the repression. That's something the people need to work out. I believe that when there is outside pressure it's counterproductive, serving to galvanize a nation.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I thought it was a very unbiased portrayal.

Thanks, Colorado.

Do you know people who are from there?

I think the Rick Steves program was great. Important for people to see. And I, for one, believe that the people and the government - there and here, too - are not necessarily one and the same. I find it very heartening to see the you-tube videos from the Israeli's to the Iranians and visa versa. I was just saying that people are influenced by being in front of a camera, no less with a stranger doing the filming, and an American at that. I wouldn't know if it's the case there, but when some countries have visitors, they have guides or at least are told things they can or can't film. (I visited behind the Iron Curtain and was advised not to photograph either soldiers or things in rubble - both of which were all over.) What I had in mind, actually, was the university environment. That subject was featured in Reading Lolita in Tehran, the author who is now here.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I agree, Whether it is Israelies, Iranians or other nations' ..

people, most of the people don't want war and fighting, they believe 'we can work it out'. It is the hard headed and hearted 'government officials' that want war.

I would greatly appreciate a post linking the YouTube videos you refer to, they would make a great topic in and of themselves. (I don't think I am alone, either. This type of post would receive plenty of upvotes)

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Yes, I know some Iranians.

Plus I love to travel, read, and follow foreign news. I thought Rick Steves did a great job trying not to be biased. I did read 'Reading Lolita in Tehran'. I have heard that it is extreme. As far as the university, I thought that the facts tell everything. Women are allowed to study and actually have a higher enrollment than men. The show did not hide the young women refusing to touch men and the bizarre segregation. Rick Steves showed the art, which he admits was offensive to him, but I thought it was pretty truthful. I love the lack of traffic regulation and mass refusal to obey. This inadvertently portrays how free the place is. Iranians get more boob and nose jobs than any other people. That says something right there. And the show rightly proclaimed how much Iranians love Americans. They really do. I have done much traveling. Not to Iran yet. But Americans are not so loved these days. As far as the head covers, I like them, although silly rules suck. The fanaticism over head covers there could not be worse than the 38 odd million ridiculous laws observed and respected here.

Yes

We have friends who are Iranian (they prefer "Persian") from Tehran living in Colorado. They were the ones who sent the video. Without going into details they are extremely disturbed by the present atmosphere in the Middle East. Their children are Americans, they love both countries and are proud of both.

BTW - There is a very large Iranian expat community in Los Angeles. Iranians often refer to it as "TehrAngeles".

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

At Azar Nafisi's website, she recommends a short documentary

"Generation Tehran." (Over two-thirds of the country is under 30.) It's on you-tube, at least 24 minutes of it. It won't let me skip to the end to see if that's the whole thing. I'm going to watch it later. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=08c_1223209441

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thanks for posting, ended up

thanks for posting, ended up watching the whole documentary and really thought it was worthwhile.

Thanks! I toured the world with Steve some years ago...

through DVDs from the library of course - don't remember going to Iran. Glad to be back.

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Why are Rick Steves' trips so productive, pleasant and

satisfying? Because he goes to places . . . "to learn, understand and make some friends."

Not to take advantage of the people, exploit their weakness to establish total dominance over them as our imperial government is apt to do.

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morning viewers, who might want to learn how to visit foreign countries . . . to make some friends.