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2003
September

DIARY
Escape from Abadan
Part 2
By Houman Jazaeri

IRAN
Mixed messages

Photo essay: Signs in Tehran
By Sharif N Mafi

RIGHTS
Far from causal brutality
Zahra Kazemi's murder
By Asghar Massombagi

OPINION
Symbol of struggle
Women's rights are Iranian rights
By Nema Milaninia

SATIRE
Empire of flower and dream

"Tell me more when you get there"
By Leila Farjami

STUDENT
Just figuring it out
Medical school journal
By Mina M.

COVER
Modern woman
Paintings
By Lidia Shahabi

COVER
Clean heart
Desire for unity and cooperation
By Mersedeh Mehrtash

REFUGEE
Carlos' last wish
For Majid
By Farid Parsa

SATIRE
Roozeh siyaasi
Political fast
By Hadi Khorsandi

POINT
Iruni-baazi
Settle the Mossadegh issue & forget about the A-bomb
By Alidad Vassigh

WOMEN
Black is back
Suddenly the blonde look became an embarrassment
By Leila Shirazi

DIASPORA
A plane
It can be an awfully lonely feeling sitting on a plane
By Siamak Vossoughi

DIASPORA
Tarof aside
One can easily be both: English & Iranian
By Shappi Khorsandi

OPINION
Easy does it
Iran's nuclear program, policy and the predicament
By Mehrdad Valibeigi

eBUSINESS
Do it now!
Some advice from the chairman of the internet's new craze
By Sanaz Khalaj

DIARY
Escape from Abadan
My story, Part 1
By Houman Jazaeri

DIASPORA
Dumber than me
A reply to Siamack Baniameri
By Roudabeh Faghri

DIASPORA
Born suspect
Once the border guard looks at my passport
By Afsaneh Bahrami

CANDIDATE
Independent, practical
Badi Badiozamani's plans for California
By Katayoon Hadizadeh

DIARY
Awi

Part 24

COVER
No matter what
Drawings
By Shirin Ghandchi

COVER
In the name of life
Photo essay: Iran - people
By Mahnaz Ganji

DIASPORA
Dumber than me
A reply to Siamack Baniameri
By Roudabeh Faghri

DIASPORA
Born suspect
Once the border guard looks at my passport
By Afsaneh Bahrami

CANDIDATE
Independent, practical
Badi Badiozamani's plans for California
By Katayoon Hadizadeh

DIRAY
Awi

Part 24

ART
In the end

Paintings
By Bita Vakili

ART
Brushing over life

Paintings
By Rasta Khazeni

POETRY
A recipe
Three poems
By Naz Rakhshandeh

POETRY
Falling
Two poems
By Sara Tajbakhsh

POETRY
Golbarg-e yaas
Poem
By M. Keyvan

POETRY
Man aariyaaeeyam
Poem
By Massoud Sepand

LIFE
Times have changed
They certainly have
By Azam Nemati

MUSIC
Nabz
Message of Simplicity

SATIRE
Personals you may have missed
Cartoons
By Mahmoud

OPINION
Sheikh al-Twoface
Extreme duplicity or matter-of-factness?
By Iqbal Latif

COVER
Sick and tired
Do you want to know who I'm sick and tired of? I'll tell you who
By Siamack Baniameri

ANTICIPATION
About to be stabbed
Brief update before V gives birth
By Siamack Salari

TRAVELERS
Without a map
Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd
By Duncan Beatty

OPPOSITION
What's wrong?
You'd think there would be a solid opposition against the IRI by now. But no...
By Massud Alemi

80s
Admiration from a distance
These were the wonderful 80s of Iran
By Mahsa Meshki

REVOLUTION
Filling the vacuum
Understanding the "Islamic" in the Islamic Revolution of Iran
By Lawrence Reza Ershaghi

TRIP
Outside the tea cup
"Tell George Bush to come and get rid of the mullahs for us"
By Duncan Beatty

RELIGION
Ayaa avaam vaaghe'an
mohtaajeh mazhaband?

Do the masses really need religion?
By Ramin Kamran

REQUIEM
Burial of an aristocrat
Houshang Vaziri, 1931-2003
By Reza Bayegan

BOOK
Familiar fantasy

Similarities in Hergé's "Land of the Black Pelican" and the "Land of the Peacock Throne"
By Darius Kadivar

SAN FRANCISCO
The Book
"It's a book," I said. "Let me keep my goddam book."
By Siamak Vossoughi

INTERNET
Yani chi?
We need an online English-Persian automatic translator
By Sam Ghandchi

POINTS
Replies in earnest

A complete idiot's guide to the CIA

WOMEN
Grow up
Most men prefer younger girls. But in the civilized world most men know that won't work. So why can't Iranian men figure that out?
By Sheila K.

MEN
Beat this
Bride from Iran
By Farid Moghadassi

COVER
Marhaba
Music
By Kamran Rastegar

LIFE
Khaab-e shaaparak
At a Tehran concert
By Sadaf Kiani

STEREOTYPES
Dictionary of Iranian characters
Do you recognize any?
By Ramin Tork

Over the years, Iranians living abroad have gone through much turmoil to adjust to a kind of culturally amphibious existence. The force of such a fusion of cultural extremes, and the conformance, or non-conformance reflex of our people towards an alien culture has galvanized different extremes of persona.

HOROSCOPE
In a phat sack
You next month
By Madam Bayaz

I am writing myself an obituary. Death invariably follows me whereever I go, so I figure I need to get proactive about it. It is one thing to be living in Minneapolis and be the only person who thinks Fargo represents the quintessential Minnesotan reality, but an entirely different thing to be living on the coastal outbanks of the Northern Carolina when Hurricane Isabel hits.

HOMOSEXUALITY
Facing our dark shadow
Gay psychology and activism
By Dr. Payam

Gay and lesbians have been experiencing a great deal of violence and horror living in a homophobic world. Examples include: the burning of lesbian women and labeling them witches; the stoning of lesbian women in the Middle East; serving in concentration camps and being sent to the gas chamber; getting arrested by undercover police agents and thrown into jail for acting on genuine homoerotic feelings.

BAR
If Ali calls
Short story
By Daniel Zangeneh

I was too restless to go home that early. As I was driving, I saw a big bar sign flashing. I decided to stop and have a drink. I parked the car and ran toward the bar. My clothes became soaking wet. The bar was kind of empty. I got a beer and looked around. To my surprise, at the corner of the bar I saw Shirin and Nazy. They waved at me and I went to their table.

NouriMUSIC
Sattar
Masti
Compiled by Azam Nemati

Listening to Sattar's songs remind me of a day in March 1976 when many college students were on board a train heading to Khorramshr for spring break. Sattar and his band were on the train with us. The perfect weather and knowing that the New Year was arriving in a few days, filled my heart with joy.

DIPLOMACY
Why make it worse?
It just bothers me that they don't try to make a better image for their own sake, for their country, and Islam
By Arezou Raeisghasem

Last year, while living with a family in Salamanca, I heard Khatami was coming to Spain for an official visit. President Aznar had visited Iran in October of 2000 and the first visit to Spain for the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran brought high hopes of accelerated ties between the two countries.

UNITY
Milky road
Removing dark clouds over Iran in our lifetime
By Amir M. Rafati

I traveled to Florida for business in June. This was my first visit to Florida since I came to the United States. I was sitting in a restaurant across from the ocean, looking at the moon and thinking about Iran. The moon behind the tall palm trees was playing cat and mouse with my eyes. Occasionally big dark clouds would cover the moon, but the moon would fight back and shine onto the ocean again. Without the moon, the ocean is like a dark and mysterious beast.

COVER

Fast forward
Photo essay: Iran - people
By Reza Memar

Photos from last winter's trip to Iran. And a short video clip of a school in Isfaha.

SATIRE
From aftabeh to Mars
Behind the scenes of Iran's nuclear industry
By Farrokh A. Ashtiani

LIFE
TV tale
Soap opera
By Peyvand Khorsandi

REQUIEM
Kinsman of open horizons
Professor Stepan Alexian 
By Mohammad Sadri

USA
Look, we're just as poor
A brilliant solution to America-bashing!
By Massud Alemi

MUSIC
East dances with West

The boys of Blurred Vision
By Mitra Sadrameli and Tandees Tanavoli

SPORTS
Zir-e kondeh New York

Video essay: Wrestling
By Mohammad Ali, Reza Farnood & Mehrdad Nikamalfard

REVIEW
Notable success!

A complete idiot's guide to the CIA
By Moe

MUSIC
Hich-Kas/No-1
Persian rap

MUSIC
Moin
Sobhet Bekheir Azizam
Compiled by Azam Nemati

WRITER
Paint green the aphrodisiacs
Short story
By Ali Sadri

TV
Funny... and insulting
Omid Djalili on "Whoopi"
By Bruce Bahmani

COVER
Holding out and letting go
After 26 years, I stepped into Vegas as a single girl and came out a new bride
By Niki Tehranchi

LIFE
Tango on
We are 20-somethings who have little to lose by making a fool of ourselves
By Najmeh Fakhraie

CALIFORNIA
Governor Ken
My job will be to represent the people of California!
By Ken Hamidi

REVIEW
Fuller image
Satrapi's book showed me a more accurate and more human picture of Iran and of Iranians
By Cathryn Clarke

COVER
Naturally
Watercolors
By Bardia Haddadi

9/11
Why I'm not a Muslim
You see this Osama guy? He is the real Islam
By FT
Written September 27, 2001

9/11
Sea of tolerance
In memory of a friend Lost on September 11
By Kamran Talattof

9/11
And then, our whole world collapsed
It was a beautiful, clear and sunny morning in New York City
By Sam Nouri
Written September 20, 2001

9/11
Bin Laden welcomes war
It will give him an elevated status among the extremists
By Manou Marzban
Written September 18, 2001

FREAK SHOW
Tussaud in Tehran

Photo essay: Madam Tussaud's wax show

By Mehraneh Atashi

MUSIC
Alinaghi Vaziri
Classical Persian
Compiled by Azam Nemati

CALIFORNIA
Separation of state & Hollywood
Challenge candidates who hope to win based on name recognition and hero worship alone
By Solmaz Ziad

9/11
Double tragedy
My sense of utter devastation is two-fold
By Nooshi
Written September 19, 2001

9/11
Pinocchio
The tragic adventures of the American giant
By Akbar Kochini
Written September 18, 2001

"My little Pinocchio! How did you manage to burn your feet?"

COMMUNITY
Iranian Student Alliance in America
A name that was more reflective of an Iranian-American student group
By Pouya Alimagham

OPINION
Mossadegh saved the Shah
The prime minister's inaction paved the way for the Shah's return to power in 1953
By Fereydoun Hoveyda

OPINION
Forgotten fighters
We must recognize the huge sacrifices made by thousands of "Tudehies" for a better Iran
By Babak Khosravi

IRAN
For better or worse
I've come to accept the facts of life in Iran
By Abbas F. Saffari

INTERNET
Worms, viruses, and spam

... and tghe future of email
By Bruce Bahmani

DIASPORA
I am from here
Where are you from?
By Amir Nooriala

OPINION
Kazemigate
The murder of Zahra Kazemi is now cast as an international crisis
By Ahmad Sadri

POETRY
Jesm sakht
In memory of Zahra Kazemi
By Hadi Khorsandi

OPINION
Ready & able
Iranians have paid their dues for admittance into the Democratic club many times over
By Shahriar Zangeneh

USA
Dream speech
My axis of evil State of the Union speech
By Pedram Moallemian

MUSIC
Deev
Political rap

COVER
Had it
Paintings
By Golnar Tabibzadeh

OPINION
Mossadegh saved the Shah
The prime minister's inaction paved the way for the Shah's return to power in 1953
By Fereydoun Hoveyda

OPINION
Forgotten fighters
We must recognize the huge sacrifices made by thousands of "Tudehies" for a better Iran
By Babak Khosravi

IRAN
For better or worse
I've come to accept the facts of life in Iran
By Abbas F. Saffari

INTERNET
Worms, viruses, and spam

... and tghe future of email
By Bruce Bahmani

COVER
Wrestling with time
Paintings
By Ali Dadgar

DIASPORA
I am from here
Where are you from?
By Amir Nooriala

OPINION
Kazemigate
The murder of Zahra Kazemi is now cast as an international crisis
By Ahmad Sadri

POETRY
Jesm sakht
In memory of Zahra Kazemi
By Hadi Khorsandi

OPINION
Ready & able
Iranians have paid their dues for admittance into the Democratic club many times over
By Shahriar Zangeneh

USA
Dream speech
My axis of evil State of the Union speech
By Pedram Moallemian

MUSIC
Deev
Political rap

SATIRE
Don't lose yourself
Parody of a Eminem's song, "Lose Yourself"
By Arash Emamzadeh

POETRY
Come stand by my window
By Sheema Kalbasi
& Roger Humes

POETRY
Two poems
-- Del miravad ze dastam
-- Raaz-e ashk

By M. Keyvan

POETRY
The answer
For Laleh, or Ladan
By Jam

POETRY
Two poems
-- Emshab
-- Emrooz
By Nikoo G.

POETRY
Runaway of words
By Naz
Rakhshandeh

POETRY
Soghoot-e Baghdad
And three more poems
By Cyrous Moradi

POETRY
Unspoken dreams
Poem
By Dara S. Esfandiary

ROMANCE
Same crowd, same people
If Bahais cannot make new friends, how will they achieve unity of mankind?
By ABS

COVER
Time to go
Photo essay: Shahrnush Parsipur in Albany
By Jahanshah Javid

LITERATURE
Without men
Parsipur's polyphonic novel
By Khatereh Sheibani

OPINION
Organic change
Freedom and democracy can never be exempt from the process which creates them
By Nema Milaninia

US-IRAN
America will take care of our business
Because Iranians are irresponsible, incompetent, indifferent, and extremely hard to be governed
By Xerxes Darius

OPINION
Khar gashtan va khar kardan
We don't have it, we neet it: Political awareness
By Mohamad Purqurian

IRAN
Amazing impression

Photo essay: Iran tour
By Roxanne Moin

 

 

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