Afterwords by Jr Rezvani

Jr Rezvani
A newsletter about the history behind today's Iran and Turkey
Created 22 Dec 2019
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  • The Dramatic Capture of Abdullah Öcalan
    09 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    In 1999 Greece’s National Intelligence Agency (EYP) conducted a high-risk operation to transfer Abdullah Öcalan, the fugitive founding leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), from Greece to Kenya...
  • Subtext | Singapore, Israel, and the Iron Dome
    17 May 2021 • 1 min read • 2 1
    Singapore has evolved into one of Israel’s key allies and, has funded the development of some of the IDF’s most advanced weapon systems. Strategic ties and military cooperation between Singapore and I...
  • Text message | The War in Gaza
    14 May 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 3
    All three Israel-Gaza wars (2009, 2012, 2014) ended with a political resolution, both sides agreeing to stop the attacks after international mediation and not through military defeat and that's exactl...
  • Iranian Festivals | Mehregan
    29 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Nowrooz (Spring), Yalda (Winter), Mehregan (Autumn), and Tirgan (Summer) comprise the four ancient Pre-Islamic Iranian festivals heralding the changing of seasons. Mehregan falls on the 196th day of t...
  • Subtext | Persian or English?
    26 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    If it weren't for Charles II's fascination for Persian garments and shoes, men would probably be wearing the modern avatar of this frilly nonsense for formal wear now. On the brighter side, men wouldn...
  • Who are the Iranian People?
    20 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    In a landmark study, a team of international researchers with unrestricted access to local populations and fossilized genetic material in Iran, led by scientists from the University of Cologne (German...
  • Why did the Zoroastrian population turn against the magi (Zoroastrian clergy)?
    06 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Iran wasn’t a monolithic Zoroastrian state when it fell to Arab armies. Iran was a huge multi-religious multi-ethnic empire. While Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion, Christianity, Judaism, and ...
  • Why did Iran embrace Islam?
    05 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 4 1
    Iranians were among the earliest converts to Islam, and our conversion in large numbers began as soon as the Arab armies reached and overran the Persian plateau (a part of western Iran and southern Ir...
  • Why did Iran accept Islam?
    03 Apr 2021 3 0
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