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December 2, 2002

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* "Death to America" is just a smoke screen

Eric Frazier's essay "Only a matter of time" is a very interesting piece on what may happen in the future between the United States of America and Iran. What it lacks in substance is that it is far too myopic.

Just a few weeks ago the Islamic Republic of Iran's Ambassador to the U.N. Mr. Zarif was scheduled to go to Washington D.C. to speak at a conference that would focus on resuming normal ties between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This scheduled meeting that was cancelled at the last minute by Mr. Zarif was given permission by the Bush Administration.

The United States, under the Reagan Administration armed President Rafsanjani during the Iran-Iraq War. This incident became famous as the Iran-Contra affair. President Clinton relaxed the embargo on Iran and permitted pistachio nuts and Iranian Rugs to be imported to the United States. Even President Carter released funds to Iran before the American hostages were freed.

Every U.S. Administration after the fall of the previous government in Iran has been making deals with Iran behind the scenes. This "Death to America" slogan in Iran is just a smoke screen for the average simpleton who doesn't know what is really going on.

At present there is no war in Iraq and for all we know there will be an easy transfer of power maybe similar to that of Haiti. It is very possible that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein can easily be paid to leave power.

As for the Islamic Republic of Iran, no one in the Iranian opposition favors a military U.S. strike. Former crown Prince Reza Pahlavi has said that change must come about through a Mahatma Ghandi type civil disobedience in Iran. The only Iranian opposition party that favors a military strike is the Mojahedin Khalq, a Marxist Islamic terrorist group that is funded and stationed in President Saddam Hussein's Iraq. And the last thing that the United States wants is for Iran to be controlled by a Marxist regime.

The only way to help foster democracy in Iran is for the United States to open up direct ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran. What America did over 20 years ago by instituting an economic embargo has made our European partners wealthy. American Oil companies would favor the opening of economic ties with Iran. And many oil companies have even taken out ads in the world renown New York Times.

Abolishing the embargo will create a trickle down effect in Iran where the poor who rely on God for food will then have the means to earn money. This will permit them to think about becoming politically involved.

Sincerely Yours,

Allen Alagheband

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* Mossadegh's glorious developmental plan

Has anybody written a brief summary of Dr. Mossadegh's glorious developmental plan for Iran's non-oil base economy? We need to read about it and try to advocate it.

We should not be slaved to west's $$$$(oil) and be oppressed by their puppets. Our loyalty to Mossadegh's dream is to educate ourselves about his economical programs for Iran. I will be grateful if anybody sends me some info regarding this topic.

Mahin Sadrai

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* How Iranian women perceive Western men?

Could you tell me about websites that talk about dating in Iran and how Iranian women perceive Western men?


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* Deen-e bee arz

Kurosh Farmand

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* I'd recommend...

Hi Sohrab, [Suitable Iranian drama]

I work with a theatre company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I can recommend two anthologies to check.

-- Iranian drama, An Anthology compiled & edited by MR Ghanoonparvar & John Green

-- Theatre of Diaspora, the plays of Parviz Sayyad (I don't have the publisher's info).

Both of these are available on and possibly

If you're looking for a serious monologue, I'd recommend you look at The Ass by Sayyad
For something a bit more stylized (and traditional) look at Beyzaii's Marionettes in the anthology. The Narrator is particularly well-written but depending on your audience may not be as accessible.

I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to e-mail me with more questions...


Torange Yeghiazarian
Artistic Director,
Golden Thread Productions
Dedicated to theatre that explores Middle Eastern culture and identity as represented throughout the globe

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* Suitable Iranian drama

My name is Sohrab Rezvan-Mojarrad and I am a member of the Forensics Team at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. This team competes regionally and nationally in public speaking competitions in topics including Informative Speeches, Persuasive Speeches, Poetry, Drama, and Prose. This a co-curricular school sponsored team.

I am looking to pick-up Drama as my next competitive event. This is typically a monologue that lasts seven to 10 minutes. Since I am am Iranian (well, half), I would like to use an Iranian drama, but I am having trouble finding a suitable one. I was wondering if you have any suggestions or know of any helpful web sites, book stores, etc. that I can search.

Thank you for your time.

Sohrab Rezvan-Mojarrad

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* 16 times?

One of's Monarchist readers sent me this attachment, along with a letter calling me a "DICK" 16 times [because of this cartoon?]. :)))

Mani Farhoomand

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* So steeped in ignorance

In the article about the US about to bite Iran's head off [Only a matter of time]: I usually enjoy reading through the articles in Often they are genuine and thought provoking. However, I think one would be hard pressed to find one as rediculous and steeped in ignorance (of a multiplicity of factors) as this one. Just my do'zaar.


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* Venoos of Kakh Street

Last week while I was looking at your nostalgia section suddenly remembered something that maybe interesting.When I was a young boy,I used to walk trough kakh street on my way to school(its named felestin now). There was a building at the north eastern corner of Kakh and Shah cross that its stairway windows were covered with a heavy curtain.

I thought that under the curtain is some broken windows. But one day on my way to school ,the curtains were up and a giant standing nude woman was there. It was very strange and I always wondered who made this. I think it is a copy of venus by Botticelli (I am not sure).

There are two Venuses that are very famous Venus de Milo and the one by Botticelli. I send you its picture. Maybe someone knows more than me about Venoos of Kakh Street.


A. Davoudi

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* What is going on in your country, musically?

I am a composer and music educator and have a a number of students from Iran. I have often asked my Iranian students and friends about the musical world in Iran and while they are able to tell me about the more popular singers and song writers they really don't have any information regarding more serious music there.

I would love to know about what is going on in your country regarding more classical music or even more serious traditional Persian music. Is there an organiztion I might be able to contract for the purpose of informing one another about the musical life of our countries.

Regardless of the difficulties the U.S. is making it for some people to get VISAs, perhaps there exists the possibility of having some of the more "classical" type compositions from Iranians performed here as I am very involved with a number of smaller concert and recital series. You may check out my website if you'd like at:

Thank you very much for a wonderful and informative website.


Mark Gottlieb

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* Back in my nimkat in elementary school

On winning a Sad Afarin for answering the quiz:

I feel I am back in my nimkat in Azimzadeh elementary school in paaeein shahr-e Tehran. Believe it or not it feels good.

Essie Naddaf

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* And I'll entertain the troops

This is a brilliant idea [Only a matter of time]. The businessmen running kabob houses could fund it, the retired generals who are now driving cabs could stage a coup, the engineers could figure out the logistics, the starving masses could form the front and risk going to hell for blasphemy, the media could influence public opinion, and I would be more than happy to entertain the troops by providing live incidental music. Get real!

Jamshid Bastani

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* Jack is out of the box again

This is a Jack that I pushed back in the box I think over a year ago, I believe at that time it was the editor himself who had written an article about Israel/Palestine conflict and had used these same words "be maa che". [Just wondering]

I have not been checking out the mails here for sometime, recently some thing caught my eye, yes, another "be maa che" Jack is out of the box again... This time it is Hossein Agha Haji, with all his subtlety and eloquence.

Well Haji, here is the deal, all this profanity is kinda useless here, why not go to them and tell them "KOSE KHAHAR HAMETOON" or whatever else your feeble little mind can come up with, go here and you be brave now you hear, you tell them, you tell them, "KOS whatever FELISTINIHA".

One more thing Haji, do you really have a Palestinian neighbor?


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* Fusions with Middle Eastern touches

As producer from a radioprogram in Antwerpen, Belgium, often looking for fusions with Middle Eastern touches I am very interested to find music as such.

Do you have any information / musicians that fuses Persian music with folk / jazz / rock / fusion / progressive music (no mainstream pop !) / classical arrangements and very personal ideas / contemporary ideas? Do you have any contacts?

I would be pleased to include such musicians and their music on my webpages and in my radioprogram.

Gerald Van Waes,
Producer, webmaster radioprogram in Antwerpen, Belgium:
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* Persian font: Sadly lagging behind

Are you aware that there are no free, good-quality, legal Persian fonts available? Take a look at any Persian website. The font is either scanned or in an Arabic font. Persian is sadly lagging behind all other major languages in terms of computing and lack of a font is one of the major problems.

I give you this quote from someone at Microsoft which I hope you'll take as a wake-up call:

Why doesn't the Persian community get the money together and get a font made? That is what the Syriac community did. They now have 21 fonts available for free for anyone to use with Windows Xp. Microsoft should not have to provide a font for everyone. Besides, Microsoft will license the font to a Windows user... which does not help a Linux or Mac user.

If you yourself aren't interested in making the font, there is one place in Iran which has staff with both technical expertise and knowledge of the intricacies of Persian orthography. But their font project is stalled due to lack of $$$.

Here is their URL: //

And you can also contact the person in charge directly:

Thank you!


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* Please do something

When there is an article which I want to read, I must copy and paste it so that all those simulation advertising that blink into ones eyes don't heart my eyes. Would you please do something about it?

I suggest just make it stationary like many other professional websites.



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* Taking a violin to Iran

I will be traveling to Iran pretty soon and I plan on taking a violin with me. Has anyone entered Iran with a violin before? If so, are there any steps I have to take beforehand?



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* Great great poem

Oh My God,

I really don't know what to say. I think that whoever wrote this poem [Iraj Mirza's poem on hejab] is a very talented person. It was a great great poem.

After I started reading it i just kept going until I finished it. It was very exciting.

This poem does seem a little bit offensive to a lot of women who wear the hejab, but if you look at it, in reality, it does make a bit of sense.

Good Job


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