Arya Kazemi

a regular writer for Polo's Bastards.

Lebanon – Sabra And Shatila Remembered

With Ariel Sharon and his failing health being a hot topic on the evening news at present, his implication of indirect involvement in the Sabra and Shatila Massacre of September 1982 makes this an interesting photo article to open 2006 with at Polo’s Bastards. The number of people killed in the massacre ranges from 460…

Lebanon – A Thorn in Syria’s Side

Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, was assassinated as he drove past the St George Hotel in Beirut on 14 February 2005. Explosives equivalent to around 1000 kg of TNT were detonated, causing extensive damage to the surrounding buildings. A public rift between Hariri and Damascus just before his resignation as…

Syria – The Damascus 3

Following on from Arya Kazemi’s previous insight into the warmongering street posters of Tehran, Polo’s Bastards brings you Arya’s pictures from the region’s other rogue state – Syria. The furtive joke regarding this image in Syria is that it shows the “father, son and the holy ghost.” It’s an image of the late President Hafez…

Iran – Persian Propaganda

This is a mural, mourning the late spiritual leader of Hamas – Sheikh Yasin. Notice the interwoven Star of David, and Stars and Stripes above the quote from the Supreme Leader. Lebanese member of Hizbollah (party of god), killed in 1996 while fighting Israeli troops inside Lebanon. The caption is a quote from The Ayatollah:…

Georgia in Pictures

This is a picture of the monument for Deda Ena (mother tongue). Deda Ena is a book written by Akaki Tsereteli. He created the schoolbooks were used to teach reading and writing some time back in the 19th century. This is a picture is of Jvari (cross) Church. It’s as old as the hills, but…

Tranquil Tbilisi

Georgia’s most famous son, Ioseb Jughashvili, later known by his cryptonym, Josef Stalin, once had monolithic cement replicas of his diminutive stature and lugubrious countenance peppered all across the Soviet empire. These days he doesn’t have even a single figurine in the whole of the city where, as a teen, he studied in the seminary…