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2004
September

TRAVELERS

Chinese experience
Photo essay: Gardens of China
Farrokh A. Ashtiani

POLITICS

We haven't changed a bit
Iranians fell for Khomeini. Now they're falling for Yazdi
Pullniro

PROPAGANDA

In the name of ideology
We use our fists more readily than our heads
Yahya Kamalipour

AMERICA

Shahr-e hezaar tou
New York, New York
Enameh

TRAVELERS

I exist therefore I am
Photo essay: The Banyan halfway home, India
Ali Akbar Mahdi

MOTHER

Scent of a woman
My visiting mom becomes the mom for many
Shahrokh Nikfar

DIASPORA

Music of the heart
Would not it be interesting if some day I find my grandchildren listening to Vigen and Pouran too?!
Setareh Makinejad

PSYCHE

Bullseye
Photo essay: Fascination with bullfighting
Jahanshah Javid

WAR ZONE

City of ghosts
It's hard to imagine a bloodbath, it's hard to imagine war
Mahyad Tousi

PRESS

The future
Interview with Taghi Amirani, the director of "Red Lines and Deadlines"
Jahanshah Javid

WOMEN

Way way off
It it so childish and rediculous to blame cruelty against women on a supposedly dysfunctional culture
Kyle Kourosh Saghafi

LIFE

The tree
Short story
Siamak Vossoughi

LANGUAGE

What would Rumi say?
Persian in the post-911 world
Faye (Fereshteh) Farhang

COVER

Shoeleh
Paintings
Mahsa Shoeleh

HUMAN

Number one
Atefeh's defiance of all conceited Iranian social and cultural values is what makes her my number one girl
Siamack Baniameri

MESSAGE

Lack of democracy breeds terror
Summary of an open letter from 216 Iranian intellectuals to their American counterparts

CHILDHOOD

For my own good
"Give Shahrokh an ice cream cone and charge it to my account, signed Mr. Nikfar"
Shahrokh Nikfar

LIFE

Beamer
Car & (tall) driver
Shahriar Zahedi

POLITICS

Distance yourself
Iranian-American politicians must have no ties to Iran, beyond a reasonable doubt
Mahmoud Ghaffari

HANGING

The show
The last few minutes of the life of a man
Z. Tehrani

COVER

Collision course?
Playing politics with nukes
Behrooz Ghamari

POETRY

Goor baabaa-ye hameh
You can all go to hell
Alpar

POETRY

Thorn-filled garden
My thoughts are seeds that I hope to grow
Ali Zandi

POETRY

Looking back
The meaning of abandonment
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

POETRY

Dawn to dusk
Oh, I have been wrong
Jam Hamidi

POETRY

Perception
If you can sit on the edge
Kianoosh

POETRY

I am an American soldier
I’m gonna come clean...
Farrokh B

POETRY

Celebration
The extremes and in between
Nina Habibi

POETRY

Beyond the fog
There is nothing on the other side except:
Ali Ohadi

POETRY

Transactual halflies
Fishing truth out
Amir

POETRY

Honar gaam-e zamaan
Az raah maro...
Houshang Ebtehaj, M. Sayeh

COVER

Golestan
Photo essay: Tehran palace
Nader Davoodi

ACTION

Slapping back
Bloggers unite against censorship
Farhad Radmehrian

FAN

Mission accomplished
Dream come true: Meeting Dariush
Hamid Bakhsheshi

DIASPORA

Looking ahead
Persian culture & role models for the next generation
Behshad Hastibakhsh

NEOCONS

Sound familiar?
Anti-Kerry group's Iranian connection
Qumars Bolourchian

CIVICS

What is Electoral College?
U.S. elections
Abtin Assadi

BOOKS

Magic carpet
Review: Roya Hakakian's "Journey from the Land of No"
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

COVER

Jamshidiyeh
Photo essay: Tehran's Jamshidiyeh Park & Tajrish Sq.
Nader Davoodi

BOOKS

Off the grid
Reading Iranian memoirs in our time of total war
Negar Mottahedeh

CULTURE

Farting in Farsi
Rudimentary research in language
Bahram Saghari

RELIGION

The weakest link
Sacrificing longstanding universal truths
Iqbal Latif

WAR

Sow & reap
Terrorism is an American creation that's turned into a phobia
Ali Ashraf Khan

FILM

Playing games
Review: "20 Fingers", best digital film, 2004 Venice Film Festival
Shahla Azizi

WOMEN

Sallon varzesh zanaaneh
Hearing things at a women's gym in Tehran
Sadaf Kiani

UNITED NATIONS

Secretary General Khatami
Well let's give the men the benefit of doubt
Mohammad Kazerouni

COVER

26 years and 4 hours
Photo essay: People and ideas on parade
Jahanshah Javid

OPINION

Against a nuclear Iran
Interview with Ali Javadi
Maryam Namazie

US POLICY

Jimmy Carter, hide your head in shame
Anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War
B. Bamdad

US POLICY

Demolition mission accomplished
Washington under Bush is making grave errors that will affect our future for generations to come
Maziar Shirazi

OPINION

Fast ride to hell
How many times this pathetic scenario has to be repeated to realize that wars such as the one in Chechnya are not winnable?
Asghar Massombagi

LIFE

Thank you God
All I could say as I watched what is going on in the Sudan
Arezou Raeisghasem

OPINION

Progressive unity
Attitudes toward a Kurdish-Jewish alliance
Kamal Artin

COVER

No title
Photo essay: Tehran
Nader Davoodi

JEWS
The culture heroes
Dissimulation and the legacy of Esther’s children
See images

BIRTHDAY
Magic
The last time I felt it was a couple of weeks ago
Mersedeh Mehrtash

LIFE
Aks
I saw her picture by accident
Shahriar Zahedi

MUSIC
Amir Vahab
Tanbour master
Compiled by Javaneh Khodabakhsh

IRAQ
Bloody insanity
From the site of the explosion near a Baghdad police recruiting station that killed dozens
Borzou Daragahi

TRAVELERS
On the wheel

Photo essay: Women in India
Ali Akbar Mahdi

COVER
The end of the tunnel
Photo essay: Walking to Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Jahanshah Javid

OBSERVER
The juice from Cairo
In Egypt, you no longer have a deep sense of frustration but rather a form of bitterness
Nema Milaninia

LIFE
Light
Short story
Oliver Mallah

SATIRE
The Iranian briefcase

Nuclear launch codes inside a Prada or Gucci?
Sharif N Mafi

COVER
From Samarqand to Dushanbe
Photo essay: Central Asia
Mehdi Jami

HISTORY
Iran's guerrillas
The legacy of Iran's guerrilla movement
Maziar Behrooz

NUCLEAR
Bad timing
Can Iranians really trust the Islamic Republic with nuclear power?
Mohammad Kazerouni

RIGHTS
Public hanging
A street show in Iran
Abbas F. Saffari

POINT
Civil mess
I don't suppose we shall see Western students, socialist politicians, film makers and stinking installation artists marching against terrorists, murderers and "rebels"
Alidad Vassigh

INTERVIEW
In Walesa's words
Interview with the leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement
Amir-Khosrow Sheibany

OPINION
Vital to our future
Iran should have access to safe civilian nuclear technology
Nima Kasraie

OPINION
Bigger and better lies
All you have to do is to imply and repeat falsehoods
John Mohammadi

IDENTITY
Foreign dictation
Facilitating an Iranian voice
Nema Milaninia

WAR
Target Islam
Russo-American game plan against Muslims
Ali Ashraf Khan

COVER
Nu
Designer handwoven rugs and felts
Hassan Majd

SECURITY
Nuclear Roulette
The problem is that the IRI's priorities do not suite the needs of the nation or the security of the world
Shahriar Zangeneh

TRAVELERS
Emails from home

Visiting Iran: Part 8
Iran Tripper

SURVEY
Politics 2004: Is this our year?
Last chance: Iranian-American survey
Behrouz Bahmani

LIFE
A walk in the park
Short story
Siamak Vossoughi

THEATER
High price of noble ideals
Houshang Touzie's intriguing multifaceted play
Moe Maleki

MUSIC
Arian
A new album from Iran's most popular band
Compiled by Javaneh Khodabakhsh

WORLD CUP
Showdown in Amman
Leave me alone, Team Melli is playing
Siavush Randjbar-Daemi

DEMOCRACY
Mashq-e democracy dar Paris
Activists abroad learning about democracy
Arshin Irani

ENVIRONMENT
Caspian disaster
And Iran cannot do a damn thing about it
Bamdad B

TRAVELERS
Emails from home

Visiting Iran: Part 7
Iran Tripper

COVER
Sasanians of Bandian
Photo essay: Rare look at an archaeological site
Soroor Ghanimati

CHECHNYA
Licence to kill
Freedom fight is not about killing children in schools
Iqbal Latif

OPINION
Cynicism justified?
We have not exhaused all of our options yet
Kyle Kourosh Saghafi

CONFERENCE
Social justice

Reflecting on a unique gathering in San Diego
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

COVER
Taking the stage
Photo essay: Iranians in Toronto
Nader Davoodi

OBITUARY
Denying Delkash
Being a woman in a Muslim country is hard enough, let alone a female singer in a country like Iran
Pullniro

TRAVELERS
Mixed picture

Afghanis enjoying a sense of self-dignity -- without democracy
See photos
Mahin Bahrami

LEADERSHIP
It's come down to this
We need a leader deegeh!
Keyvan

US ELECTIONS
Ask the questions

Don’t let scare tactics distract you from Bush’s record
Abtin Assadi

WORLD TOUR
Silent diplomacy
Observations in France
Amir Ahmadi and Hassan Alizadeh

COVER
The pill
Marjane Satrapi's comic strip memoir, Vol. 2

BOOKS
A film buff remembers
A book every movie fan should buy
Fereydoun Hoveyda

AMERICA
Spoiled nation
I could only imagine what this man who had lost his country of nurture must have been thinking and feeling
Brian Appleton

LIFE
Inside joke

Men and women are... different
Bahram Saghari

COMMUNITY
Step up!
There’s lots of work that needs to be done!
Pouya Alimagham

BOOKS
Poignant surprise

Re-reading Lolita in Tehran
Azadeh Azad

LIFE
Amir Khan's family album
Photo essay: Portrait of an Iranian family
Soroor Ghanimati

COMPARISON
Parallel lines

Similaries between Khomeini and Bush
Mahvash Shahegh

SPORTS
After Athens
Observations on the Olympics
Mohammad Ala

LIFE
Dear boss
Men just can't win
Jim S.

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