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This week we had medieval throw back to 7th century concept of a Caliphate, and shining volleyball tournament on Meidoon, among other things. A whole lot happened this week and a whole lot of it was shared on social media. Take a look for yourself!
ISIS Leader Claims Himself as the Caliph of All Muslims
Using his 15 minutes wisely, 47,000+ Facebook Shares and Likes
This guy seems to just belong in social media! his moves have the perfect recipe for going viral (i.e. map).
He has also called for all muslims, especially engineers, doctors, and skilled professionals to move out to the new caliphate. I have not yet heard news of a mass muslim exodus.
RIP Bagher Sahraroodi
Too Soon, 20086 likes and shares on Facebook
News of death are always sad. Sahraroodi was an old (not by age, but by time in the profession) witty and talented Iranian actor who began his career in the 1970’s. For those who enjoy their dose of retro Iranian comedy, he was involved in a few “Samad” movies, along with some TV series and movies more recently. The actor-producer-director will surely be missed.
Iran is headed to sunny Los Angeles for some friendly games with the U.S. team, before the finals, held in Poland, from 30 August to 21 September 2014. Who needs Fifa when you have FIVB?
Iraqi Kurds to Hold Referendum re: Independence
Rather Opportune, 25,000 Facebook Likes and Shares
While ISIS is reshuffling the middle east map in their dreams, Iraqi Kurds are preparing for a little reshuffling themselves. The President of the Kurdish region of Iraq has asked the parliament to prepare for a referendum on their Independence from Iraq (or whatever remains from it). The U.S. has declared that they don’t find this constitutional—( while insisting that Ukraine should totally define their own country etc). The proposal has sparked hot debates between Iranians, Iranian Kurds and others.