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South Pole
Where there's true freedom

By Siavosh J.
February 7, 2001
The Iranian

All I remember from my childhood are bombings, mortars, red and yellow sirens and Oshin (the Japanese TV series) besides the police stopping cars to search them and smell my dad's mouth.

I was born in 1982 in Isfahan where I spent most of my life. I always ponder what my generation and I have been through despite of our young lives: from war to the conflicts with the police and pressure groups, etc.

When I moved from Tehran to Vancouver, Canada, a year and half ago I thought I'm walking to land of glory where prosperity and liberty is awaiting me. It was not so!

Although we did not have financial problems, I found out a bitter fact: I am not welcomed anywhere. In Iran, I was one of few people against the death penalty and in favor of free relationships between men and women -- even before marriage. I also believe in abortion rights.

I was not a popular person in terms of my political and social views. They would rather consider me a villain and a person corrupted by Western culture.

So I thought I would be welcomed in Western countries. Perhaps, I was not in much trouble for my ideas but the problem was that I wasn't cool. I wasn't much of a athletic or outgoing person.

I've spent most of my free time studying Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Anatole France, etc. Me, my ideas, my efforts -- nothing of mine has been welcomed in this North American country.

Well, maybe I'm not welcomed in Iran or Canada but there is another choice and that's the South Pole, where I can take residence without worrying about persecution.

I would like to be a citizen of the South Pole...I'd like to live among Penguins...happy and free....

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