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I had been working away on projects and commitments at the Daily Outsider over the ensuing days. I decided to dedicate this special #RandomThoughts to an Iranian Icon: Mohammad Reza Shajarian who passed away — a legend in every which way.

Ostaad Shajarian was one of Iran’s Modern Icons and was laid to rest in his birthplace of Mashhad in line with his wishes to be laid to rest next to the great Ferdowsi. He was beloved by all. In the aftermath of the 2009 Green Movement, he stepped up to be with the people and was banned by a Regime whose officials was stepping over themselves to extend condolences on his passing. …


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It has been a very challenging few weeks on all fronts. Yesterday I had the pleasure to release the image of the courageous Alexy Navalny, the leading Russian Opposition Figure, who was poisoned and was allowed to go to Germany for treatment and is now talking. But, I was stunned as I saw how the Iranian Regime murdered (and yes I am prepared to say murdered) the Champion Wrestler Navid Afkari Saturday. I had joined the Twitter Campaign to help save his life but to no avail. …


It has been quite a challenging month being witness to a surge in COVID-19 and the on-going challenges in our World.

I tried to maintain a semblance of order as I was also very very saddened by what has been going on in Iran. Nasrin Soutodeh, The Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner, went on a hunger strike. Earlier, I saw reporting courtesy Ms. Soutodeh’s Husband, Reza Khandan, that their house was raided by security agents and their 20-year old daughter was taken into custody and was released on a heavy bond — according to Mr. Khandan (who himself I believe is on a suspended sentence), not even one woman security agent was in the raiding party. It was clearly designed and ordered at the highest security levels to intimate Ms. Soutodeh to break her hunger strike — this is as she’s also ill as Covid rages on. Here is a picture of Ms. Soutodeh and her daughter when I picked up the reporting early this morning after I initially released my Notations in my Daily Outsider Founders’ Corner:

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What I also found so pathetic was how a Government proposal was floated to sell Oil to ordinary Iranians to help fund government expenses and then they can “sell it back”. What was so pathetic was that it was proposed by the head of Mahan Air — for all who don’t know who Mahan Air is, this is an airline owned and supported by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp that was the primary culprit to bring COVID-19 to Iran during the first phase — while Government officials denied the arrival of the virus and even went as far as say that religious sites had to be open. What was also so infuriating was how Iran was on the prowl tried to “help” Lebanon with Drugs/Supplies (Some 15 Tons according to the President’s Chief of Staff) and yet they complained about the lack of drugs. When I saw reports about 57 Villages in the Province of Sistan and Baluchestan had no running water — I wondered what the priorities of the regime were.

It was also quite a month as Israel and the UAE took steps to establish diplomatic relations. UAE sent forth a probe to Mars. I helped release a Notation for the Daily Outsider as our development work & analysis continues — Daily Outsider will continue its’ work curated its’ Twitter Corner as the live pod will also be available as we scale back on our weekly analysis gearing up for the balance of the year. It is also Democratic Convention Week — the first convention where it is going to be held virtual — and I can’t help but wonder if the “show” will go on in a Post-Covid World. I am hoping to make the rounds of some of the policy roundtables to understand it all.

What I found gratifying was the rays of hope in the midst of the challenging times. I had the pleasure to join Two Boy Scout Eagle Board of Reviews and had the pleasure to be supportive of the St. Timothy’s Catholic Parish Pantry Operations as it served an average of 100 families a week. As I got to listen to the Eagle Scout Candidates and their projects, it elevated my sense of hope on how the future can be bright ever more.

This was also a month to celebrate Heroes and reflect upon their sacrifice:

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The Jacket was Owned by SSG Frank Barnese (1917–1975)-who was a ctive Duty 7 Dec 1941 Hickam Field Hawaii and Spent Word II Pacific Theater,

I remain hopeful as I took comfort in the following:

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Please Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, abide by CDC and WHO Guidelines, WearAMask & Save A Life so that together we can overcome.

Originally published at http://thefounder.thedailyoutsider.com with updated comments here in my Medium Corner


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It has been quite a Week — I decided to be a bit upbeat in spite of all the challenging times we’ve been witness to. As I am writing this, I have been working on some #RandomThoughts on Iran which I hope to release soon — as the work are also continuing @ The Daily Outsider. I joined the movement to stop the current wave of executions #StopExecutionsInIran as I saw that over 5 Million People participated. What is horrific and sickening for me is that in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, horrific penalties that are ostensibly Islamic are now illegal (including lashes) — yet in Iran they remain in Iran. …


The last three months was quite stressful at times — between being on Alert, trying to navigate through the challenges at — with this the New York Times reported today by Adam Goldman . …


This week’s #RandomThoughts is truly personal — because it is about all I am blessed with as yesterday was Fathers’ Day.

While out & about with visits to the Social Grid yesterday, I shared thoughts and images remembering all who have made a difference. I had the good fortune to pay my respects to my Father — I am one blessed dude that is thankful for every semi-millisecond in spite of the challenges. As we all grow up, we begin to have disagreements with our Parents — and yes our Children. It is that sense of it all that in the end makes all frankly realize how blessed we are to have them in our lives. …


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In Laguna Niguel At Night

I achieve a milestone in my Corner earlier today — 700 pieces. It has been quite a journey — and that’s putting it mildly!!!

My headline was from my walkabout throughout Laguna Niguel which I shared as part of a commitment I have had to be supportive of Donate A Photo — It was noticeably dark because it epitomized the life and times we have been witness because of the Pandemic and the tragedy of George Floyd.

Today, though, was a good day — It was a good day as the US Supreme Court came down on the sign of the LGBTQ community and the Neo-Conservative establishment went crazy. The opinion was written by Justice Gorsuch — I noted that he might be our generations’ David Sutter — I wonder if I will be proven right or not in spite of the circumstances that got him to the US Supreme Court. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the Elections. We are opening up — and it has been great to be witness to a sense of normalcy returning. I was on alert as a member of the Guard as I also tried to manage some of the other commitment . As I am writing this, I am listening to As I am writing this, I am listening to Iran E Farda on the plight of Human Rights in Iran. Kamran Assa, who lost his Brother during the 2009 Green Movement, was a guest and his anguish was heartbreaking to be witness to. His humility was humbling as he said how simple a man he was and yet his anguish was profound — and how his level of knowledge and understanding was profound. …


While “out and about” over the weekend, I compiled the following visual #RandomThoughts — I look forward to sharing some mid-week thoughts later on alerts, our civil discourse, thoughts on the Daily Outsider , the Post-COVID and Post-Racial World that is before Us & The Elections as I saw some interesting discourse ever the Week-End. It will also be a “milestone” of sorts as it will be my 700th piece for my “Virtual Corner” … what a journey it has been:

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On Fear
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Eid Greetings (Design by Maryam Al Balooshi Courtesy the National of the UAE)

I begin these brief Random Thoughts as It is the Eid Al Ftr in the Muslim World-the end of Ramadan . I wanted to extend my best wishes on this joyous time as I extend #EidMubarak wishes to all.. I captured this beautiful depiction designed by the very talented Maryam Al Balooshi.

I close out this thought with this to remember and honor a valiant fighter for Freedom in Iran-Nasrin Soutodeh as I know #WeWillReClaimIran — I implore all to #StaySafe & #BeWell as I wish all in the US a safe #MemorialDay2020:

Originally published at http://thefounder.thedailyoutsider.com with updated edits….

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Mike Pouraryan

Teacher, Writer/Blogger, Consultant, Community Activist, Dad

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