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2003
December

COVER
Down to earth
Photo essay: Bam earthquake

By Mehraneh Atashi

RESPONSIBILITY
Prepared disaster
Call for a commission of inquiry
By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

COPY RIGHT
Precedent set
Case on Iranian intellectual property in US
By Ali Kamarei, Esq.

EYEWITNESS
Zir-e aavaar-e faaje-eh
Report from Bam
By Hessam Foroozan

DISASTER
Two months before
Photo essay: Bam citadel
By Afshin Deyhimpanah

COVER
Bam disaster
Photo essay: Bam earthquake

QUAKE
In ruin
The magnitude of the disaster in Bam is simply astounding
By H. Utanzad

MEDIA
For crying out loud
North American news coverage of earthquake in Iran
By Mitra Sadrameli

ELECTIONS
Adam-e sherkat dar entekhaabaat
Not voting in the upcoming Majlis elections
By Niloofar Beyzaie

FILM
Good and bad
Aghdashloo's character in House of Sand and Fog was a weak woman
By Azam Nemati

COVER
Mani
Persian rap

PROFILING
Santa at the border
With your long beard and your strange brightly-colored costume, you practically have 'Fanatical Muslim' tattooed on your forehead!
By Niki Tehranchi

AMERICA
Miracle on 55th Street
When you first arrive as a refugee in America...
By Roya Hakakian

TRAVELERS
Inside a different city
Five weeks in a refugee camp in Lebanon: Part 8 (last)
By Sina Rahmani

NUMBER
Seven
No other number seems to have a stronger presence in our lives
By Babak Khiavchi

POINT
Walking on Arab Street
Highly improbable that an entire race should be deprived of the minimal common sense
By Alidad Vassigh

FICTION
L
Short story (Persian)
By Bahram Moradi

POETRY
Persian style Christmas

It helps us to belong
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

TRADITION
Happy Yalda
We decorate a small Sarve not necessarily for Mitra, but in memory of my ancestors
By Ash Farhang

IRAQ
Victor's justice
Case for US trial for Saddam Hussein
By Guive Mirfendereski

TRAVELERS
Inside a different city
Five weeks in a refugee camp in Lebanon: Part 7
By Sina Rahmani

COVER
The good lie
It's up to you whether Santa really exists
By Niki Tehranchi

OPINION
Tale of two counter-elites
In their anti-modernist stance ruling elites in Iran and the US are unapologetic about their return to the language and politics of fundamentalist religion
By Ahmad Sadri

FILM
House of Shohreh
Sneak preview: House of Sand and Fog
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

FILM
Right direction
Hollywood's first refined portrayals of Iranian Americans
By Trita Parsi

COVER
In snow
Photo essay: New York snow storm
By Roshanak Keyghobadi

REFUGEE
Little black spiders

Short story
By Farid Parsa

TRAVELERS
Inside a different city
Five weeks in a refugee camp in Lebanon: Part 5
By Sina Rahmani

MEMORIES
Born again
Story of an MKO member: Part five
By Sepideh

FICTION
Return of Shahrzad
Part 7
By Eric J. Jerpe

COVER
The longing
Open letter
By Parastou Forouhar

COVER
El Limbo
Photo essay: Trip to El Paso
By Jahanshah Javid

GENDER WARS
Great year
For Iranian women. And Iranian men are plain jealous.
By Siamack Baniameri

MUSIC
Jalil Shahnaz
Eshgh o zendegi
Compiled by Azam Nemati

OPINION
Mommie dearest
The pope beatified Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud
By Hosein DeVilt

THEATER
Khaateraat-e honarpishe-ye naghsh-e dovom
On Beyzaie's latest play
By Bahman Khayyam

TRAVELERS
Inside a different city
Five weeks in a refugee camp in Lebanon: Part 3
By Sina Rahmani

FICTION
Return of Shahrzad
Part 5
By Eric J. Jerpe

OPINION
Paayaan-e dictaatori
The fall of Saddam Hossein
By Amir Azar

FILM
The last colony
Interview with filmmaker Parvin Ansary
By Brian Appletonanyway.

OPINION
Spare a thought for us -- first
Ebadi's wasted opportunity?
By Ardavan Bahrami

COVER
Bareable
Photography: Nudes
By M. R. Rashed

QAJAR
Tabriz in Monaco
More on Prince Arfa's villa
By Farhad Diba

WAR
Burnt
A trip to my war-torn hometown
By Saman Ghiassi

FICTION
Farah and Simran
Friendship never dies
By Wazhma Frogh

COVER
Shirin
Photo essay: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

RIGHTS
Restless limbs
Shirin Ebadi's Nobel speech

POETRY
Parchamdaar-e aashtee
For Shirin Ebadi
By M. Keyvan

POETRY
Keshvar-e man
My country
By Salamkhar Golsir Koohi

POETRY
Without the same
What purpose had her life -- in pain?
By Jam Hamidi

POETRY
Memory of my father
In Shiraz's Spring-colored weather
By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

POETRY
I stand where the windows are empty
Yes, my cut heart shall sing
By Sheema Kalbasi & Roger Humes

POETRY
I am an Iranian
We just sit here playing idiotic political games
By Niloofar Nafici

POETRY
Ey toh bartar
Bee toh aaheest...
By Arash Zarei

POETRY
The shore of silence
The story of the stars is not in my mouth
By Taraneh Javanbakht

POETRY
A love letter
What is life without a yearning like this?
By Leila Shirazi

IN MEMORY
Poems for the late Shirin Bakhtiar
Tasliyat
By Arash Zarei
Perhaps the next shore
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

RIGHTS
Welcome hope
Photo essay: Cheers for Ebadi
By Takyar

CHRISTMAS
Santa in certain terms
Still great fun for us heathen kids who didn't celebrate Christmas
By Shappi Khorsandi

TRAVELERS
The Persian translation
For me, Iran now has a human face
By Eric Jerpe

TRAVELERS
Rue des Hedayat
Walking into a bookshop in Paris
By Hormoz

MEMORIES
Born again
Part four: Story of an MKO member
By Sepideh

COVER
Hall of reflections
Powerful, humane archive of Iranian immigration to the US
By Persis M. Karim

RIGHTS
Who cares?

A probono lawyer and her one-practice fight against the Patriot Act
By Behrouz Bahmani

LIFE
Amir's garden
Now 32 years old and listed in several Los Angeles hiking guides
By Farrokh A. Ashtiani

IDEA
Plant a tree on Noruz
Help the environment and learn to cooperate
By John Mohammadi

CLONING
Nancy's fancy fish farm
Genetically modified Glo-fish?
By Afsaneh Bahrami

COVER
Twins for sale! Twins for sale!
"Mr Grizzly" and "Little Prince"
By Siamack Salari

ART
The missing
Tooba, the tree of life, must be controlled, kept in fear, scrutinized
By Torange Yeghiazarian

IDENTITY
Smack in the middle
It is good to, for a change, leave the pride aside and imagine ourselves in the other person's shoes
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

FICTION
An inconsequential man
Short story
By Mammad Aidani

HUMANITARIAN
Why do I want to go there?
It is my calling. It may be yours too.
By Roz Omid

IDENTITY
Simply human nature
Would anybody want to hire us if we were all going to be known only as terrorists?
By Cas Anvar

LIFE
Winter
Memories sparkle like icicles hanging from the roof
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

RIGHTS
In the name of national security
If Maher Arar was in fact a threat to the US, why...
By Asghar Massombagi

RIGHTS
We shall never forget
Interview with Abdol-Karim Lahiji
By Fariba Amini

DIASPORA
The photo album
Even after 9 years I still miss everything I had left behind
By Khaton Khanom

EDUCATION
Certificate chasers
What matters is not learning, but the degree
By Syma Sayyah

COVER
Telling all
Paintings
By Mohammad Reza Keshavarzi 

ETHNIC
The problem with the Kurds
They are trusting to their own ruin
By Pedram Moallemian

BOOK
Something very real
Unique legends and folklore that seem to allude to the Atlantis myth were based on fact all along
By Robert Sarmast

OPINION
Ripe for reinterpretation
From Ebadi's various remarks it is clear that progressive Islam protects human rights but also advocates a secular approach with regards to political institutions
By Nema Milaninia

REPLY
Weight of history
... would seem to reflect that any good from Qajar rule was in spite of them, not because of them
By James M. Nugent

FICTION
Saayeh beh saayeh
Short story
By Partow Nooriala

FICTION
Myth of Creation

Short story
Written by Sadegh Hedayat
Translated and adapted by Ali Sadri

FICTION
Return of Shahrzad
Part III
By Eric J. Jerpe

DIARY
Awi
Part 27

MEDIA
Garden variety
An Iranian teaches an American a lesson about journalism. The film skips the Iranian part
By Kambiz Foroohar

IRAN-U.S.
Signs of life
Recollections from an autumn on the road
By Guive Mirfendereski

OPINION
It would be a sad day
On the Islamic Republic's desire to join the Arab League
By A. Shahmolki

INHUMANITY
The hanging judge is dead
After taking so many innocent lives, the grim reaper visits Khalkhali
By Iran Watcher

 

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