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Published:August 28th, 2009 16:09 EST
Iran Operating on Half a Brain

Iran Operating on Half a Brain

By Djelloul (Del) Marbrook (Editor/Mentor)

There are religious doubts over the abilities of women when it comes to management, " says Iranian lawmaker Mohammed Taghi Rahbar.

Iran hasn`t had female government ministers since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Now there`s progress for you. And how much better are we? Does anyone think all that half-wit antagonism for Nancy Pelosi on the Internet represents an enlightened society? If it were about issues and leadership alone, it would be as much about Harry Reid and John Boehner as it is about Pelosi.

And here I thought religions didn`t have doubts about anything.

I don`t know how much history the man has read, but whatever he read didn`t sink in. It never does with dogmatists. Dogma is such a sedative: you can pop a dogma for every worry. Dogma is the Big Pharma of politicians and preachers.

Never mind Zenobia, the Amazigh Kahena, Boudica, Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine De Medici, Catherine the Great, or the thousands and thousands of other women who come to mind, including the multi-skilled women who bring us up and manage our homes.

It surely must be self-destructive of mankind that the world over women are suppressed, denying us half the resources we need to evolve from the making of war to the making of art.

Iran is clearly run by jerks whose one eye is on dogma. But lest we tsk-tsk and cluck-cluck, let us remember that women have by no means achieved anything like equality in the United States.

Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook was born in 1934 in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter. He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip and Manhattan, New York, where he attended Dwight Preparatory School and Columbia. He then served in the U.S. Navy.  

The pioneering Online Originals (U.K.), the only online publisher to receive a Booker nomination, published his novella, Alice Miller`s Room, in 1999. Recent fiction appeared in Prima Materia (Woodstock, NY), vols. I and IV, and Breakfast All Day (London, U.K.).In his younger days his poetry was published in literary journals including Solstice (England) and Beyond Baroque and Phantasm (California). Recent poems appear in Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review (, Perpetua Mobile (Baltimore), and Attic (Baltimore). He is the English language editor of Arabesques Literary and Cultural Journal (

He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.