A new age for Iranian-Canadians

The world needs to be redefined.

At the cost of $3 billion dollars, India has plans to digitize birth certificates for its 1.2 billion people. In Italy, no unionized employee can be laid off or be denied incentives, and yet this 8th-in-the-world economy has sunk deep in recession.

After decades of dictatorship, Ben Ali ofTunisia, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and Muammar Ghaddafi of Libya were put aside in the span of only a few months.

It’s a new age.

No one is interested in the word “war” anymore. The international community wants peace. It’s the age of technology in telecommunication. It’s the age of first names and being in touch with one another no matter where you are. Are you in the jungles of Amazon? Or on top of the great wall of China? Never mind, just pick up the phone.

Too many changes are coming about. It’s difficult to keep track of it all. Human-rights activist, and former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber, writes a story, published in the National Post (April 20, 2012), admiring the work of then Paris based Iranian Diplomat, Abdol-Hossein Sardari, in saving hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust period. “Abdol Hossein Sardari was a Muslim saviour of Jewish lives. His example is worth remembering — specially given the times in which we now live.” he writes, but who ever knew about this “saviour?” Where have we learned about him before?

This is a new age indeed. It’s the modern age of science, information, healthy competitions, logical agreements and disagreements.

April 29th, 2012 marks the Iranian-Canadian Congress annual general meeting in which some new members of the board of directors will be elected. The growth and betterment of the Iranian-Canadian community, in whole or in part, relies on processes like this. A new generation of young and hard working individuals can take on the roles and lead the way. You might say, a new era.


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