Sounds Iranian

June 18, 2007

Khatami shaking hands? We were there but didn’t notice…

Filed under: Khatami Exit-2, YouTube video circulating on the internet — soundsiranian @ 7:37 pm

khatami in udine (may 12 2007)

Let me please introduce my self. I live in Udine, a small town in Northeastern Italy. It happens to be the place where Mr. Khatami made the famous handshakes, one month ago. But nobody here did notice. Not until that iranian newspaper, and the world press, did.

There were scores of eyes and cameras on Khatami that day. Reporters, politicians, anonymous citizens, even iranians. And four women. Since the CIA was not invited, don’t expect to find its name in the official list.

Everybody saw the gestures but did, and could not, realize. Not even me, a few centimetres from the nose of mr. Khatami. Filming Mr. Khatami.

When I saw my videos of mr. Khatami the first time and decided putting them on “YouTube”, I was aware I was taking some kind of risk. But not for this. This was truly unexpected.

I am now working hard putting all the materials I have collected on the Khatami’s visit and the aftwerwards. A sort of dossier is coming out, with newspaper articles from everywhere and, most of all, commentary by iranians living in Persia and everywhere else in the world. The small but sharp debate on the “YouTube” site of our most famous video, “Khatami Exit-2”, gives you a taste of of this interesting atmosphere.

Someone in effect thinks this is the real news, and I tend to agree. With plenty of blogs and forums discussing and flaming on handshakes, women rights and freedom under the photograms of my videos, and the link of “Khatami Exit” duplicating terribly fast, I could not have a different opinion.

I am offering to the friends of “Sounds Iranian” my first reflection on the event outside the borders of my blog “la casbah di Udine”. Please pardon me if it is a poor chronicle. I promise to offer you more and hope to receive all kind of comments and requests from you. I will be glad to shed some light on the european side of this strange scandal. A scandal born and grown up in the middle of somewhere between Italy, Iran and the Internet

I will not leave you whithout offering a sign of friendship. Videosigns. They won’t be the last.

Administrator of: “La casbah di udine”

Khatami shaking hands part II
Khatami shaking hands part III
La casbah di Udine web site

Former “Exit-2”, now “Shaking hands”



  1. Hello there,

    I am a persian guy , to me shaking hand , kissing , or what ever he does does not bother me, i believe most of the youth in my country think the same way , Iranian are not Wondering why he shook hans, (just a portion of people are stunned ), Please dont drawn Iranian in this trivia,

    Hamed, Ca

    Comment by Hamed — June 19, 2007 @ 12:26 am

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  3. only a biiiiiiig and total IDIOT could do his best for put in trouble a person as Khatami.

    sei un grosssssso coglione!

    Comment by pasquale — July 16, 2007 @ 3:19 am

  4. only a BIIIG idiot could decide to put in trouble a person as Khatami!

    sei un GROSSSSO coglione!

    Comment by pasquale — July 16, 2007 @ 3:19 am

  5. good site!

    Comment by pay school — September 17, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

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