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May 2, 2002

* No change in visa procedures

Today I received the following message from the US Consulate in Frankfurt regarding the visa issue. It shows that, at least at this time, there is no change in the visa procedure for Iranian applicants. Contrary to some rumors, Consulate in Ankara is also accepting and issuing visas. (See below)

To the students with I-20 who wants to apply early: Please contact the consulate first, before traveling. Ask them about the estimated waiting period for security check at that consulate and whether they accept early application.

An example of prolonged waiting period for security check is the visa application of Ms. Sima Bina. Although she has applied for US visa a long ti me age, but she is still waiting for her visa in Vancouver. Several Iranian nonprofit organizations have already sold tickets to her concerts in US and would suffer huge financial losses if her visa is not granted on time.

If you want to write on behalf of Ms. Bina and express your concern, please send your message to US Consulate at: (Tel. 604-685-4311, ext. 257)


Fredun Hojabri

* Qualified visa applicants not affected

Hello Fredun, (see above)

Sorry we haven't answered earlier but we have received no official information regarding the passing of this act [Huge blow, How could they?, Blanket mistreatment ]. The only things we have seen are newspaper articles. Until we receive official notification from the State Department, processing is as usual for qualified applicants. Currently we are still issuing visas to Iranian applicants.

As soon as we receive official notification about the new procedures we will let you know. This act, however, should not affect processing of qualified visa applicants who are deemed not to be a risk to US national security.

Regards and have a nice weekend,

US Consulate, Frankfurt

* Sima Bina banned?

I just heard that the visa application for Sima Bina and the Dastan group who were suuposed to come to USA and have perfromances has been denied. It seems that these are the first VICTIMS of the new ban on Iranian visitors [Huge blow, How could they?, Blanket mistreatment ].

I am wondering if anyone else has heard any other updates on this? Isn't it time for us Iranian-Americans to contact our representatives? Signing a petition on line alone is not going to be effective.


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* No visa in Turkey?

I would first like to say that this is un-official and I do not have this on paper to confirm, so if anyone has contradicting information please reply.

The American embassy in Turkey has, as of the passing of this bill, even though it is not a law yet, stopped accepting applications for Visas from Iranians. Just recently a friend of ours, an Iranian national currently residing in Iran, had his application not accepted by the American embassy in Turkey, one of the key locations from which Iranian go to get American visas. He was simply told that applications from Iranians were no longer accepted in that embassy.

Also anyone who has not yet signed the two petitions going around, against the banning of the issuance of Visas to Iranian nationals, here are the URL's again.

Petition 1: //
Petition 2: //

Thank you
and Be sallamat
Ramin Ostadhosseini

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* Needed many years ago

Dear Sir/or Madam:

The vote by Senators of the United States of America may be one piece of legislation that was needed many years ago. I wonder why the American government took so long to wake up. Terrorism took place in 1979 when innocent American were held captive for 444 days in Revolutionary Iran.

I am not against the Islamic Republic of Iran. I am a pro Iranian-American freedom fighter. Iranians would best serve their country better by building their nation. Running away from Iran won't help the Iranian economy. Let us agree that it took many years for Iran to elect a pro-American President like President Khatami.

We need more American "Yes" men like Rafsanjani and Khatami in office. America is looking for the best interests of Iran. The more Senators push the right buttons the more Iran's great revolution will change for the better. Iran is on the verge of change. Islam was not created in a vaccum.

Islam had the help of Bilal, the Ethiopean and Salman the Iranian. These were two of the great men of Islam. For Iran to advance as a society it needs the youth. The youth must not leave their nation. What the United States Senate has done is help the Iranian economy.

Today Iran has many domestic assembled cars like kia Pride, Daewoo and Peykan. In the years after the revolution technology and education have advanced. If Iranians around the world should do anything it's to re-invest in Iran.

Iranians in the diaspora are an economically advanced people. These people should try investing money in the father land, Iran. this way we in the diaspora can help Iran become an economically viable country.

Over 20 years ago it was 70 rials to one US its 7990 rials to the dollar. If we all chipped in a dollar we could help strengthen the Iranian economy.

Economics doesn't have anything to do with politics. Look how many Chinese made T-shirts are imported to the United States. As Cindy Lauper the singer once sang, "Money Changes everything."

Peyman Allen Alagheband
New York, New York

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* Can we all do something?

I know it is too much to ask with everyone being busy but can we all get together and do something about this new INS bill passed in the USA Senate?

1. All of you living in California should Thank California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein for thinking about 1.5 million Iranian who live in the state and making their lives safer! E-mail, fax, write, and call her office.

2. Here is Voice of America E-mail address, Ask them to address this topic in their program.

3. Radio Azadi does not have E-mail address but in their main page you can send them a short massages, //

4. Talk to a American friend who votes and ask him/her what he thinks about this bill.

Ghorban Shoma,

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* We need a long-term solution

"All people are created equal, but some are created more equal"..... This was one of the favorite phrases of one of my professors, back when I was in college..... Nowadays, at least in this country, it is not the best time to be an American of Iranian descent... America's latest attempts at securing its borders has pretty much resulted in labelling all Iranians as terrorists, until proven otherwise.... The true tragedy is that it will not stop the true terrorists from accomplishing their objectives.... [Huge blow, How could they?, Blanket mistreatment ]

If the 19 fanatics that murdured 3000 innocent civilians are what this government has to deal with, they will get their missions accomplished, by hook or by crook.... At a practical level, if the current law passes, it will essentially effect maman-bozorg and baba-bozorg from seeing hassanee and mamalee in America before they leave this world, or it will effect dayee hameed from getting the chemotherapy that he desperately needs at the Mayo Clinic, or it will effect Bahman and Zhaleh's attempts to come to America for a better life....

If the current law passes it will effect Iranians, Iraqis, Libiyans, Cubans, and got knows who else... the ultimate tragedy is that 15 of the 19 murderers were from Saudi Arabia... and what do they get for killing 3000 innocent people ? Their "crown prince" gets the red carpet from "GW" at his Texas Ranch.. In GW's own words: "His Majesty and I saw a wild turkey, and that was good ..!" And these two are supposed to be the leaders of the "Free" world, and the Islamic world.....

Talk about hypocracy.... Not a single Iranian participated in the September 11 disaster, and now, none of our relatives can come to visit us because 19 fanatics decided to kill 3000 innocent civilians..... To top it all off, every member who voted, voted in favor of the new bill.. If this is not a racist society, I don't know what is..... So, what is to be done? We can send petitions, complaints, etc....

But, I think we need a long-term solution..... It would not hurt to get more Iranians involved in American Politics... It will be a slow and tedious process, but at least it can be systematic, and it can gain momentum with time.... In hope of the day when we will not be discriminated, simply because of our ethnicity, and country of origin.....

Hooman Golshan

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* Thoroughly oblivious to realities

Very good piece by Vahid Isabeigi [Up for grabs]. This is increasingly an important topic, one that requires thoughtful analysis, activism, and one that will have profound implications for Iran and Iranians for years to come.

There are 30 or more countries actively involved in Iranian geopolitics each pulling for their own interests while the government (low expectations to begin with) the intellectuals inside and outside and the general population seem thoroughly oblivious to realities.

Saeid Salehi-Had

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* Mr. Sick's alleged participation

My lack of appreciation for Mr. Sick is long-standing and also of recent memory [Huge blow]. A few years back he expelled me from his Gulf2000 website because allegedly he did not appreciate the way I spoke of the complicity of the American policy-makers in prolonging the Iraq-Iran war, just as any new fostering of divisiveness in the region would create more suffering in the Middle East. How prophetic! Such who fanned and fan the flames of discord, I said, had blood on their hands. Well, leave it to Mr. Sick to give me the boot. His loss maybe became's gain (Messrs. Mohammadi and Farzin's opinions notwithstanding).

Given his history, Mr. Sick's recent lamentation about the border security bill [Huge blow] and what it will or will not do to Iranians traveling to the US must be to preserve and further his own interest in Iranian "scholarly" and cultural exchanges. During the Hostage Crisis, President Carter issued an Executive Order summoning the Iranian students in this country to report to the INS for identification. To make it look less discriminatory, the students from Libya and other places too were summoned. By the President's edict, if one had a fixed date on one's I-94 one was supposed to leave the US by that date or face deportation, mid-study or not. No I-94 extensions were to be allowed.

One-half of the Iranian students in this country (approximately 15,000) could have been deported. The policy was changed some months later because of the pressure from the academic institutions. At the time, Mr. Sick was on President Carter's national Secuirty Council, and advised on Iran and the Middle East. Mr. Sick's alleged participation in that shameful roundup, unlike Cyrus Vance, who resigned eventually in disagreement with President Carter's Iran policy, is hereby made a part of the record.

Guive Mirfendereski

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* Reactive response

Mr. Sick, [Huge blow]

It is very rare that I would ever agree with a person whom had a hand, maybe not directly, in the overthrow on HIM Mohammad Reza Shah, may god eternally rest his soul, not to mention a supporter of the theocratic, despotic regime currently gripping my homeland. Yet, I could not agree with you more that the ban on Iranian visas is wrong! It is a reactive response, rather than a proactive one. Below you will find a letter to Senator Edward Kennedy in January 2002 from young, professional and successful Iranians like myself whom were protesting his support for this bill. Please read below:

The Honourable Edward M. Kennedy
United States Senate
315 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

January 15, 2002

Dear Senator Kennedy,
We are writing to you on behalf of the Iranian-American community, and Iranian students, academics, and scholars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to express our support for your efforts to improve U.S. national security and at the same time, share some of our concerns about Section 306 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001 (S. 1749).

As you may know, the Iranian-American community is composed of approximately 1 million individuals. According to the 1990 census, 56% of Iranian-Americans hold Bachelor's degrees or above and more than 26% hold graduate degrees, making them the highest educated minority group in the U.S. Iranian-Americans are the founders of some 280 major national firms, and the CEOs of more than 400 national companies, many of them among the Fortune 1000 companies. The total contribution of our community to the U.S. economy is estimated at more than $400 billion.

As an integral part of this society, improved security for our airports and borders is important to us. Like all other communities in the United States, we have experienced grief for all those who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks, including members of the Iranian-American community. We welcome measures proposed by the United States Senate to tighten border control and improve immigration laws, in order to prevent possible future acts of terrorism. Thus, we support your overall initiative to introduce the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001 (S. 1749), as an important step in this direction. However, we would like to express our strong opposition to section 306 of the proposed bill, which will impose undue hardship on the lives of our community members, without improving U.S. and global security.

Section 306 of the legislation calls for a denial of admission to an alien from a country designated as a "state sponsor of terrorism", which includes Iran, absent a determination that such individual does not pose a risk to the United States. Considering the fact that Iranian students, scholars and visitors are already undergoing extensive background checks of up to 4-6 weeks for each entry into the U.S., setting additional standards for the issuance of visas is an unnecessary step towards discriminating against individuals based on their ethnicity. While the measures suggested in other sections of the bill may have prevented the events of September 11 from happening, section 306 would not have done so, since none of the alleged terrorists were citizens of the above-mentioned countries. We are concerned that setting additional restrictions will make it nearly impossible for Iranian students, scholars and visitors to prove that they are not a risk to U.S. national security, thus resulting in a categorical ban on visas for such individuals. Another concern is that of our families and friends coming to the U.S. for medical and humanitarian reasons. A clearance period of 4-6 weeks for issuing a visa will seriously affect patients with serious medical conditions who require immediate treatment. Therefore we propose a special provision for such individuals, which would take into account this special situation.

Senator, as you can imagine the last two decades have been difficult for the Iranian-American community and the Iranian people. The troubled relationship between the American and Iranian governments has resulted in retributions on both sides, of which citizens have been the victims. Although one of the basic premises of America deems an individual innocent until proven guilty, Iranians have faced the opposite, solely because of their nationality. It is our belief that the acts of people should be separated from the acts of their governments. The cultural exchanges between Iran and the U.S. have strong positive effects on both societies, which should not be ignored in the decision-making process. After all, the strength of America as a nation is the result of the cultural contribution and intercultural interactions of its diverse ethnic communities.

We know that you have been aware of the sensitivity of these issues, as is clearly demonstrated by your floor speeches on the proposed legislation in the Senate. We are grateful that you take the time to listen to the concerns of your community and your constituents. In the spirit of unity, we support your efforts in making America safer, without compromising the basic principles of equality upon which this country has been founded.

It is just due time that we Iranians take back our country from the thugs in power today. We will return to its well deserved place within the international community.


Babak Kalhor
Senior Analyst
Citizens Communications

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* I would like to proudly help

As an Iranian-American who is very interested in shoring up our role and impact on the US politics and civil affairs, I would like to proudly help and support the National Iranian American Council.

Could you please share some details as to the bylaws, the charter members and the process and mechanisms by which the political and social position(s) of NIAC will be determined. I realize it is too early to answer most of these questions but could you at least share with us who is to credit for this fine idea?

I would also like to offer a word of caution. I noticed that in your nice Flash banner you are referring to celebrities such as Christianne Amanpour and Andre Agassi. I don't think there will be any issues from Christianne but did you know that Andre Agassi has publicly and vehemently denied his Persian heritage and could indeed become very unhappy by your use of his name and photo. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you see a legal challenge from him!

By the way, if you ever need evidence or testimonials about his background, I know an American couple in Texas who used to watch Andre Agassi play tennis in a Tehran tennis club when he was 6-7 years old!!!

Best wishes and regards,

Ben Bagheri
Dallas, Texas, USA

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* Political action group

Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,

All of you on this list have contacted me about forming an Iranian lobbyist organization. Let me first answer, collectively, some questions you have asked me regarding my self, before we go forward in establishing a real lobbyist group that will work. Then, I'd like to field some general ideas I have and get your input so we can do something to make a very important impact politically.

My name is Cyrus Raafat, as you know already, and I have been interested in politics for sometime. I'm a 31-year-old graduate of University of Maryland with a BA in Government. Currently I am attending law school-1L and am planning to take the California Baby Bar in about a year. That is where I know for a fact there will be great potential in the political arena in the future and generally speaking I like the weather.

I was born and raised in this country, Washington, DC and have visited Iran a few times recently. My main observation, being a "Washington Kid" is politics is fascinating and yet there is a lot of opportunity and power to get there, individually and as special interest groups. I also worked for a short time for a few organizations which basically did public policy research and did lobbyist efforts for Dutch business interests: Royal Dutch Shell, KMART, Crown, ETC.

My contacts with quite a few diplomats, senators, congressmen, and other so-called "washington insiders" is pretty impressive to be honest. Over the years though, I have had conversations with such people and many times they had brought up the question to me,"what's the deal with the Iranians? They don't get involved". A very prominent Republican Senator, now retired, once told me at a Republican gathering,"you know, if the Iranians put 1/20th the effort the Cubans did then we'd have a different political landscape."

I also worked with the now-defunct senatorial candidate, Robert Sobhani, who is Iranian. That was an eye-opening experience. Unfortunately he lacks the charisma and the political savvy of how the system worked and so it was a factor of not getting off the ground. Not to mention he was too paranoid and stuffy to back-slap the ordinary kind of voter and take harsh stances to his own benefit. Recent political activism by Muslim Organizations and others has brought one reality to the fore: THOSE WHO YELL LOUD ENOUGH GET HEARD. If we as a group don't simply get involved at a "grass roots" level(meaning simply organizing a meeting) and haveing a point to discuss, then one goes no where.

Most interesting is most Iranian Cultural organizations or Student groups seem to always say, "non-political and non-religious". When in reality every organization is ultimately both, if it want's to be signifigant. Pakistani-Americans, even very unreligious ones, get involved in every single Muslim organization for instance. They make the organization "Paki" and on and on. My ideas as far as oganizing are very simple:

1.Spread my letter to to 10-people or more.

2.Because of most of us being in different states then we must form meetings in our own neighborhoods then increase email, contacts, etc.

3.Once we have about a thousand members we will(I can do it in 3 days)form a non-profit organization Iranian Political Action Group.

4.Put advertisements in all Iranian publications urging people to donate(most like Mr.Jahanshah would give us discounts or free space). Once we've raised a mere $50,000 we can either field a candidate amongst ourselves or in support of someone opposed to someone strongly opposed to us.

5.This can be a simple ad in the LA Times showing our condemnation of HR Tom Lantos or Sen Feinstein for instance. Then making ourselves aware on Capitol Hill.

6.Now the easy part comes in: imagine Iranians give 1-dollar a year to our organization annually? About a million dollars. Then Oil companies will raise matching funds, and we are on our way to having meetings with pro-Iranian community people and getting even more money.

7.Congressmen KNOW WHO HAS MONEY and pays out. That is power. Think about these things and lets talk.



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* They don't know any better

As I read some of the letters on, I wonder why do so many of us refer to ourselves as "Iranian-American. What does it really mean? We are either Iranian or American or French or Arab!!!

We can not be everything or we will be NOTHING!!

First of all, America is a melting pot of all the other nationalities and cultures. In United States we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Ramadan, Hanukkah, and so on. So, we are a culture in transition and we should accept that. We live in this country, and we should try to assimilate in to whatever this culture is in order to become successfull.

In response to Mr. Rafaat's letter, that why we don't have lobbyists and Iranian people as political figures I should say do you honestly think someone in suburban area would actually vote for an Iranian person. Listen ,all they know about Iran is the Hostage Crisis and Axis of Evil. They don't know any better and also, we live in this commnnity now, If we are going to be a political figure we should work for this country not just for a segment of population or a heritage.

So, why can't we think of ourselves as Citizen of the World, not just Iranian, or American or Arab or Israeli. We are all human beings with pretty much same wants, and needs and desires. I am not saying we should let them discriminate us but what I am saying is we should first think of ourselves as beings, and not associate ourselves to a particular heritage. That is,if you want to live in this country.

Jasmine Jasmy

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* Most effective opposition

Most Iranians in America share the same feelings and views of many of your readers who wrote to you about the recent US Senate bill to limit visa issuance to Iranians.

Many also wonder what would the most effective action we can take at this moment to oppose this specific act, or at least request the proper authorities to set reasonable procedures to avoid excessive delays and hardships for ordinary Iranians including students.

Of course, a long term goal as pointed out by Mr. Cyrus Raafat (see above) would be to have our voice heard in political circles in US. I think writing or calling to our Senators and representatives should be very helpful first step. I was wondering if your readers have any other suggestions or practical tips.


Shahab Layeghi

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* Take control

I agree with the comments of Daryoush Mehrtash [We're all terrorists?] in regards to Gary Sick's article [Huge blow]. Iranians are not politically active. I, for one, am not going to sit here quietly. And neither should any of you. Those of us who are citizens of this country should make our views know. Make noise. Before I even read this article, I had e-mailed my senator expressing my views AGAINST this.

A couple of months ago I signed a petition against another one of my Senator's bright ideas, banning student visas to Iranians - and I sent her an e-mail. Luckily, that one did not pass. No thanks to us, but to the strong lobby of colleges and universities who receive much of their tuitions from foreign students.

Yes, Feinstien is a gem! And she represents California, home to the LARGEST Iranian population outside Iran. It is our duty to communication OUR issues to our representatives. Otherwise, change will never happen.

Take control - we have the power, we just need to unleash it!

Tania Nordstrom

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* "Axis of Evil" to skewer Iran

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the entire "Axis of Evil" stuff was concocted by the Bush Administration in order to skewer Iran. I just cannot imagine how such a bill restricting travel to and from the evildoer countries would inconvenience the Libyans, North Koreans, and Iraqis, who are in this country and come-and-go in such great numbers!!!

But then, the nationals of the countries that have been under the US (enemy) sanctions regime, such as North Korea, Iraq, Libya, and Cuba cannot willy nilly travel to the US. So this latest effort at the Cuba-ization of Iran is consistent with the stupid policy that this country has followed with respect to Cuba. If the US is so picky about which nations it wishes to befriend, then why does it get all bent out of shape when others choose not to befriend it?

The comments regarding this recent bill on travel restriction suggested that the Iranian-American community needs to organize and act like a lobby such as AIPAC.

There is a sort of lament implicit in this wish in that if the Jews can do it, so can the Iranian-Americans. Wrong. Here is why. The Jewish community in America is American. The Iranian-American community in America is Iranian-American.

Second, Judaism and Christianity share the same holy book and the traditions of this country are decidedly Judeo-Christian. There are six million Jews in the United States. There are only one million Iranian-Americans (at best) in the US. The overwhelming majority of the Jews in the United States are US citizens; the majority of Iranians in the US are not as yet citizens and if they are citizens they still sit on the fence of a dual identity/dual passports. Jews are Jews.

Iranian-Amercians are for the most part Moslem (of the Shia variety, which is different from the Sunni brand of Islam that most American Moslems practice). The Israeli government did not take American hostages. The Iranian government did. No wonder therefore if the cause of the Iranian-Americans in this country does not resonate with the US Administration or Congress, or that the US government is more in tune with AIPAC than any Iran-centric organization.

To compare therefore the power/potential of the Jewish and Iranian communities in the US is to compare apples with oranges, and end up with a lemon, which I am sure Mr. Mohammadi and Dr. Farzin would like to squeeze.

Guive Mirfendereski

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* Time to educate, and protest

To whom it may concern,

First of all, I would like to commend Iranian.Com for understanding, and covering such relevant issues that are imperative for out existence in this country. As a 16 year old Iranian-American young adult, who was born in America and has never set foot on Iran's soil, I am appalled by the recent legislation that was passed 97-0 on the senate floor. I could not agree more with all of the statements said by my fellow Iranians, and I also wanted to comment on the young adult opinion also. I respect, admire, and cherish my heritage and culture, and I try my hardest on a daily basis to educate those around me to broaden their depth and understand on Iran.

One reader commented that Iranians are full of excuses of why that are so exclusive when it comes to government and public policy as opposed to Jewish groups. Those such groups have not only political, and economic power, but also the power and strength of the media at their fingertips. This control and dominance was not achieved overnight. By the desire to succeed, and to ensure that their voices were heard, they got ahead in the political game. Why don't we as Iranian strive for such success? In California alone, there is an astronomical amount of Iranians, can we just say Tehran-geles please?

My parents both came to the United States on STUDENT VISA'S, they both stayed after the revolution, they are educated with double doctorate degrees, they are small business owners who have greatly contributed to our community as a whole. Our family is not an isolated case. Many others are here with the same story, with only different faces and experiences. As a woman I honor and respect our female political leaders, for I hope to be involved in government one day, however, I will not tolerate, respect, or understand Mrs. Diane Feinsten. As a moderate Republican, I see that many Iranians are democrats who for some reason or another trusted Feinsten to protect their interests and needs as a minority group. She has done exactly the opposite.

At this point in my life, I have observed many aspects of our government and policy, and I hope to further that knowledge. The missing link between the Iranian-American population, and the united states government is representation. There are millions of us here; millions of bright people who have the capability and prospect of doing great things! I aspire to be the first Iran-American female President of the United States. With a year-by-year plan set fourth, including congress districts, etc., I have begun to plan my contribution to not only my culture and people, but to my heritage. I fluently speak farsi, and I hope that with support from the Iranian people, our culture and heritage will not be washed out of American culture. It is now our time to educate, and protest. How many e-mails have you written to your local congressperson or senator?? Put the generic "we tank you for your input" answers, and begin to think of ways you can change the current conditions. What are YOU going to do about it??

Roya Soleimani
Stockton, California

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* Get organized

I am an Iranian living in Sweden. I think Americans & American-Iranians need a reality check! [Huge blow, How could they?, Blanket mistreatment ]

With all the facts that has been revealed time after time from people working/worked for US government/ CIA there has been no doubt that US is directly sponsering, creating and benefitting from the terrorism. This is a well known fact in the whole globe. As you might not know it there is a huge wave of anti-americanism sweeping through the whole world this time much more in Europe and inside US.

People are abandonning American products in protest against her anti-human policy. US might want to accuse anybody for being terrorist but the facts are there for people who look for them. You Iranian-Americans should get organized and work for justice at least inside the US. Thousands of well known academic American people are working hard within US against US policies. What makes you doing nothing? At least check or for some inspiration!

Thank you!


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* Sell all American stock

For once let everybody notice us and gave us a bit respect that we are in title to. They humiliated us in the hostage crises and we sat quiet, INS raid the university and pull out the Iranian students from the classroom to find out why instead of 12 hours they took 11, and we sat quiet.

They put our student in detention because they have to drop one class, think these people were responsible for 444 days that "America Held Hostage", and thank god American soon find out most of the time they were hostage by American political party.

Even though Iranian in US are most educated minority, and average income is highest and their children are among the best students, but American Senators are still having problem not see all Iranian the way they government is.

No question that this so call "Enhance Border...." act will pass the house then what we can do to open the eyes of American?

1) Sell all American Stock.

2) Move 90% of your money (saving) out side US bank.

3) All single Iranian boy or girl should marry to an Iranian in Iran.

4) No Iranian should contribute to any money to any organization in US.

5) No money will be given to any of the political party in US.

6) As much as you can, to those Iranian who are well off, do not buy any expansive clothes in US, after all in Europe they have better quality.

7) Minimize your traveling or vacations in US, you can do twice as much is Mexico or South America and even Canada.

Anybody there to hear me?????


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* No self-respect

Comment on "A lot of barking" article:

I am very sorry to hear that there are still some people like Mr. Parsa. The problem of the Iranian people is not politics or religion, is people like him, who only think about them selves.

Have you ever thought about this that why among all the minorities here in the US we are the most scattered nation ever. We have done nothing to help each other's in bad days, who we are is just a personal effort not a group work.

Let's take a look at other minority group in United States. For instance, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and all those Asian people are so united that when it comes to help and support they all get together and do it no matter how hard and impossible.

Mr. Parsa has no respect for who he is and where he came from, he probably does not remember when he came from Iran he was on a visa or something like that. There are many Iranian here with lots of families back home. They might never see them! There are many people here in US, who are studying like me; they might never be able to come back once they go out.

It is a sad story to see after 23 years of Iranian revolution, we are still stranger for each other. This is the reason for our failure. But I know there are still some people among us, who feel the pain from the bottom of their hearts.

I would like to ask all of good Iranian people here in US to put their power and resources together to help their brothers, sisters, mothers and in general their country men and women to travel freely. According to the recent statistics, Iranian are among the wealthiest and most successful minorities in United States, so why don'twe prove to the world that we are as great as other nations that to sit back and enjoy suffering of our people.

With love for all Iranians!

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* Zadee be khaal

Bravo! [A lot of barking]

Damet garm Aghaa (zadee be khaal!)...

Ben Bagheri
Dallas, Texas, USA

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* Unequivocal fact: Zionist politics

When are Hamvatans living in the United States of Israel finally going to digest that all this grovelling and crawling on all fours whilst sucking your senator's knee caps will not advance the lot of Iranians one bit. The ban on non-immigrant visas for all Iranian visitors simply reinforces the unequivocal fact that the American politicians run by their Zionist puppeteers think that you are all terrorists. [Huge blow, How could they?, Blanket mistreatment ]

Your Ame Shahin and your Dayee Hussein are apparently a danger to US national security and capable of carrying out terrorist attacks according to this thinly disguised racist law unanimously passed by all 97 senators. All Iranians living in the USI thinking that George Bush's cordial message and Senate Resolution 173 with flattering laudatories towards'Iranian Americans' are a victory are being extremely naive and complacent. Iranians should be weary of these hypocritical politicians and should not fall into their conniving tricks. The Americans clearly cannot draw a wedge between the government in our homeland and normal Iranians and all the past niceties have been a total con to get your votes.

I am appalled by the way so many Iranians are trying to reinvent themselves as phoney Americans thinking that they can curry favour with these sycothan politicians.

Shame on you Iranians who dance and cuddle Americans in the stadium in France 98. And in return they turn round and call our beloved athletes part of the 'axis of evil' during the Winter Olympics in salt Lake City.

Shame on Iranian parents intoxicated with American cultural imperialism who parade their children before CNN on the eve of the American football match saying 'I love america'. Shame on you Iranians who lit pathetic candle light vigils whilst they barely flinched at the downing of our passenger jet killing 290 of our beloved hamvatans.

Shame on all Iranians who have lost their dignity and reinvent themselves Iranian Americans. Stop grovelling to your politicians and asking favours and treat yourself like inferiors and maybe then they will respect you.

So Senator Dianne Frankenstein, Feinstein, or whatever the f*ck you name is you don't like me because I'm Iranian? Good. Because I hate you because you are American. Do I really mean that? Maybe.Maybe not. But it takes two to tango.


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* Shame that we choose to joke

In response to "What crisis?" I would like to say that it is not only sad that there are people out there who care nothing about the crisis in the Middle East, but that there are also people out there who know nothing about it either.

For those of us who live here in America, it is a shame that we choose to joke about world affairs instead of picking up one of the millions of newspapers, news magazines, quarterlies, web pages, news programs and learning more about all that which exists outside our own little selfish bubbles. We may not be under curfew, no one might have taken our land (although that's a discussion all in itself), and no one blows themselves up all around us, but I will never forget the saying that goes as such, "Bani adam azaye yek digar ast..."

I also hope that all you intelligent and honorable Iranians out there do not assume that one man's tasteless opinions do not speak for all Iranian youth. We are young and we are different than our parents were before us, but we have retained their drive for knowledge, their strong values have been etched onto our hearts, and their respect for human life will forever make us care about our surroundings.

Oh, and if it's not too much to ask, can someone give me the phone number of the pro-Palestinian hottie in Starbucks?!?! Just Kidding...


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* Bunch of hypocrite Arab-lovers

I read responses to Mr. Baniameri's story [What crisis?] and it made me wonder why we Iranians are so passionate about Palestine.

I was attending a state university here in the US in 1982. A friend told me that a group of Palestinian students have arranged a party to celebrate the anniversary of Iraqis invasion of Iran. I heard that the party was a big hit and over sixty Arab students showed. I confronted the organizer (a Palestinian student) the next day.

While laughing, he said that after Sadam annexes parts of Iran, Palestinians will occupy the land and make it a temporary base for their fight against Israel. He also said that they would make Iranian women have real MUSLIM children for a change.

Tens of thousand of Tootsies were massacred in Rwanda years ago and we didn't hear a single protest coming from Iranian community (we Iranians don't like blacks). Atrocities committed by Serbs in Bosnia brought very little out-cry from Iranian community (we hate the Europeans too). But when Israel attacked Palestinians, we Iranians went crazy.

We Iranians are Jew haters and Arab lovers. It's the master-slave mentality that's hovering over our head for 1400 years. I don't care about Israel and Palestine. Fuck both of them. These are the same Palestinians that were cheering Sadam on while he was killing Iranian children. These are the same Palestinians that were celebrating in streets after thousands of innocent people died on 9/11.

You are a bunch of hypocrite Arab-lovers who are serving your masters. Why don't you all move to occupied territories and help clean up the mess Israel left behind and bow down to your masters.

Behrooz Nanesh

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* One tenth the compassion

I wished to god that us, Iranians, had one tenth the compassion that we have for human rights in foreign places such as Palestine, for our own motherland. [What infuriates people]

Let us not forget that it was Arafaat that came to tehran and recognized Khomeini as the legitimate leader of the blood thirsty gang of Moslems is Iran.

Keyvan Nassiri

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* I have nothing against Arabs

I am very confused. We used to be a non-Arab Muslim country of that region.

Now, every word I read and every statement I hear from the present regime in Iran, I feel that the Iranians have become a branch of the Arab world. Through religion and the mullahs in power, the Arabs won a war without fighting : they have taken us over. I used to be proud not to be Arab, now I am ashamed to have become Iranian/Arab.

I have nothing against Arabs; they should remain whatever they are if they so please. Dominated by their leaders, backward and fanatic in some areas, women considered second class citizens, with the masses mostly poor, angry and oppressed. If thatís what they want, thatís their problem.

But why should we lower ourselves to their culture and civilization, instead of advancing ourselves with all the potentials we have -- pride in our old and great civilization and culture, an abundance of natural resources, brainpower that is serving around the world instead of in Iran, brave and strong women, and a people that are more gentle and kind than brutal and bloodthirsty than in any country surrounding us?

I am confused and sad to be considered Iranian/Arab.

Shahla Samii

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* Juvenile and baseless

Although I commend you for providing a forum for free speech and encouraging Iranians to write editorials for your website, I was ashamed, upon visiting your website, to find such juvenile and baseless article as that titled "The Queen Bum".

I am an Iranian living in the United States and certainly have no ties with the British Monarchy. I, however, was appalled to find such an immature point of view of the British monarchy and monarchy in general. This "writer" failed to make a point, nevertheless to support her point. I would suggest that you encourage more researched and well-analyzed editorials by denying to provide forum for articles such as "Queen Bum."

Upon some research in to the life of the Queen Mother, your writer would have at the very least, despite all of Queen Mother's supposed faults, found that the Queen Mother played a key role in boosting and maintaining British moral during World War II. The author insults the British public as well as the American public, accusing them of idolizing their government and being too patriotic.

Well, wouldn't we, as Iranians, be better off if we were a little more patriotic? I suggest to your author that she read up a little more on the history of these countries, maybe read Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America', before her next editorial.

Remember, even an editorial warrants a well-researched article.


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* Hateful rhetoric

The vindictive and hateful article by Sana Aryamehr is in very poor taste [The Queen Bum]. The Queen Mother was a beloved figure in England for many reasons; Mr. Aryamehr should read about her life and give us less hateful rhetoric about what she looked like and how she behaved in her old age, and at the same time he should leave it to the British to judge what they think of her.

She has passed away and we should not malign the dead. If he is against the British monarchy, then he should write about them with facts, and not with a tirade against a deceased member of their family.

Shahla Samii

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* Republican chauvinism at its worst

Dear Mr. Aryamehr,

I don't know if your name is a pseudonym but nevertheless I'd like to tell you that your article on the Queen Mum, irrespectively called The Queen Bum, is particularily cheap. The Bum as you like to call her was "The most Dangerous Woman in Europe" according to Adolf Hitler. The irony is that this "Dangerous Woman" outlived the
Nazi Dictator and the 20th Century. That in itself deserves respect which your typical anti-monarchy sentiments drive to disregard. I very much doubt that you or I would have had the courage of staying in bombarded London which the Royal family did during the Battle of Britain. When BuckingHam was Bombarded the Queen Mum said "Now I can look at the East End in the Eye!".

I admit I admire the British for there attatchment to an institution which has proven stable despite heavy blows such as the excesses of some members of the Royal family and the Diana mania that seemed to challenge the monarchy. Yes why not recognize that despite some inevitable shortcomings the British Monarchy has done amazingly well in keeping Great Britains national identity. It has done so while disolving central power. Giving Scotland its administrative freedom while knighting Nationalists like good ol' Sean Connery and by negotiating with the Sin Fein in order to solve the Anglo-Irish conflict.

What the Queen Mum and the Royal family are cherished by the British nation as the funeral of the oldest member of the Royal family proved. The respect of the Royal traditions and pageantry is what England is so attractive and are the best in displaying them. Beyond the obvious tourist attraction it implies the Royal family is what has cemented Great Britain together avoiding it a bloody Revolution like in France or the creation of extremist parties like in France where Le Pen seems to have rocked the country. In the trouble waters of this millenium Great Britain is indeed lucky to have been able to conserve its identity. I also believe that Prince Charles has been a dignified crown Prince who has shown Great concern for his subjects. To attack the British Monarchy as a general attack on Monarchists in General and Iranian monarchists in particular (otherwise why would the "Queen Bum" appear in the Iranian Times) overly too simplistic.

Republicans seem to cherish on the fact that the Monarchical institution costs a lot. It is far from being the case.
The Parliament votes a budget for the expenses of the institution and as you know the Queen pays taxes quite recently. In anycase this institution brings more money to the country than it costs.

In anycase I must admit that your article is truly a crap and quite representative of Republican Chauvinism at its worst.

Regards nevertheless,


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* I look forward to more

I wanted to thank you for sharing Mr. Hashem Hakimi's recent opinion article with your readers [Democracy my foot]. I look forward to reading more of his works.

With Kind Regards,

Sheema Kalbasi, USA

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* Deep at heart

In all fairness, Ms Sabety's poetical skills have not received the press they truly deserve. Despite its unlikely title, [Have you ever chased a cow?], her latest poem speaks idyllically of a dream that keeps recurring and yet is never realised. The last verse is particularly telling:

Do you feel trapped
in the four corners
of a steel frame,
and unwilling
to bend?
Holding you
in a landscape
that refuses
to be yours.

If I were to hazard a guess at its hidden meaning, I would say it is referring to the longing of a refugee whose new home, despite its picturesque features, is never hers. Is it not what all of us, lost exiled souls, feel deep at heart? Might I urge Ms Sabety to try her hands more in poetry and, perhaps, less in politics? When one can be so poetically pleasing, is there really a need for being politically prosaic?


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* Salt on an old wound

Dear Setareh,

I don't know how you feel now,but I am furoius having read that trash of man's statements ["Mr. Hosseini"gets his turn]. Of course, I balme you for openning an old wond and having him put salt on it.I don't beleive a word he said.But that is not the worst part,the worst is that he has the audacity to answer you.If it had been me, I would have gone to no man's land. He is proud of being in meca and other holy places.What did you learn from those places trash?

You just went there that is all.he had his letter written by another person, so all of his close friend know about him playing with a 9 year old girl,and he is still around.GOD, what kind of human have you created?is he a man or an animal?

As a father of 2 boys, I try to make sure that my boys are well taken care of, and I balme your father job can be an excuse for neglecting one's child.that trash of man is the head of a big charity organization in Iran , and he is proud of what he has done to you that shows how Iran is being run and who is running it.

God only knows how many others like you have been suffered by this garbage of a I feel for you and hope you never see him again.

Be good and make sure you take good care of YOUR children.

A caring father,


EDITOR: "Mr. Hosseini"gets his turn was a joke.

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* His Majsesty is not funny

The photo of His Majsesty is not funny!! He is doing the right thing and we support him 100%. Do you not have something more appropriate?

Tim Haskin

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* Is Mr. Tavakkoli on Viagara?

Mr. Tavakkoli's very humorous request made my day [Aagahiye eszdevaaj]. I laughed so hard and loud that my colleagues knew it had to be something Iranian and I ended up translating it for them. They laughed too.

I am curious about a few minor issues. Is Mr. Tavakkoli on Viagara? I do not think a 65 year old Iranian man (no matter how young at heart) having been on a diet of red meat, white bread and tea with tons of sugar will be up to fulfilling a 22 years old physical needs.

Also, with a one bedroom apartment (no matter how luxurious) where is he going to house the other three wives? Unless of course he plans to have all four of them in one room. I doubt that will work. Fair warning brother Saeed, you may end up a young martyr at the hands of four exuberant 22 years old.


Azam Nemati

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* Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!

In response to the cartoon "Fatwas from beyond the grave" by Just Anonymous:

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Falling off my chair :-))))))))))

Zara Houshmand

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* Incorrect translation

Dear Ms. Houshmand,

I regularly read, and enjoy, the Rumy poems. I always note your translations of Rumi's poetry in the IRANIAN. In a few occasions, however, I have noticed your English translations of the poems out of context, and sometimes meaningless, if you permit me to be so blunt and critical.

The poem, and its translation, on the IRANIAN of April 29, 2002, may be cited as an example. You have translated the second verse of the poem as: I ran from your trap, home to my heart, But trapped in my heart I'm your captive.

This translation not only does not do justice to the poem, it is actually wrong. I am no poetry translation expert, but I know an incorrect translation when I see one. Translation of the second verse of this poem should be more like:

"I ran from your trap to my home at heart,
"But even my heart turned into a trap, and captivated me to you."

Thank you for your restless work.


M.H. Farzin

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* Beautiful and inspiring

I was delighted with the images and wish that I could see them in person [Hanging life on the wall]. So evocative, textural, symbolic, they entice me to a mysterious place I've never been, and at the same time, reach into my own memory as though returning me home.

Both personal and collective, the images are beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you...

Sarah Alexander

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* A bit anti-SHAHRESTANI

This guy Mr. Nader Davoodi takes nice pictures [Gone tomorrow] but I get the feeling that he is a bit anti-SHAHRESTANI because TEHRANIANS sell their houses to non-TEHRANIANS.

I am right in being RIGHT, that if Mr Davoodi like people opened their mouth in this way in another country they will be branded as RACIST.

What makes Mr. Davoodi think that GHEISAR, ZOHORI, FARDIN or AB-GHOSHT are so culturally rich that they should be preserved?! And who says the house in shown in the pictures are so wonderfully delightful to live in?! etc...

I suggest Mr. Davoodi and his TEHRANIAN friends from all over the world should gather in TEHRAN and start buying these houses and preserve them, so that SHAHRESTANI people couldn't get their hands on TEHRAN culture and build apartments.

Yours truly

Asa Banii

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* We all look but we do not see

Dear Mr. Farzad, [Crystal clear]

Some times I wished that I could make such expressive beautiful pictures. Lucky you

You certainly have what it takes to be a photographer, EYE! We all look but we do not see.


H. Hakimi

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* After 33 years

Dear Jahanshah,

Many thanks for the exposure [Crystal clear]. It made me clean up my site and add new images! I heard from an old college friend of mine that I had not heard from for over 33 years.

Many thanks for keeping the Iranian art, artists, and traditions alive.


Bahman Farzad

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* Az aval kharaab Shodeh bood

This is a responce to the "Gone tomorrow" by one punk-ass called Nader Davoodi: "Shahrestaani-ha- Tehran raa kharaab kardan" you said? Wet-back, I shit on your Tehran.

That hell-hole "Kharaab shodeh bood" all by itself.

I lived in New York (Flushing, Queens) back in '72 when I first came to this country. You Tehranis are the first cousins to the New Yorkers. Ask any American about a "New Yorker". A bunch of low-down, egg-sucking, chicken stealin, gutter-trash .

Do'yaa Vu Du Jaa: Abadan 'nu' Vegas.

Issa Hajjizadeh
Las Vegas

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* See a doctor

Dear Siamack Salari, [Fat boy]

I am very pleased you are sharing your problem with readers of the Iranian.

Weight Watchers is helpful but not exactly the answer. Your relationship with food is not healthy. And you have this constant need for carbohydrate. You need to discuss your issues with a medical doctor and evaluate your relationship with food through a personal psychiatrist.

You cannot change your entire food culture with a couple of lettuce leaves and a diet coke instantly, and expect not to have fantasies about bread, sugar and all the other items which cause you pleasure and guilt. You need to find why your body and mind has this non-stop craving.

And being called "fat boy" might seem funny and enduring once or twice but in long term will bring complete hopelessness. You should not be alone, dealing with this and you need expert advice on what to eat and how to eat. I do very much hope you will be better very soon. I have seen photographs of the lovely V, your wife and you and have always followed and enjoyed reading your articles.

Keep us posted on your journey to a healthier life.


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* Never did enough to redeem himself

Yadollah Sahabi [Man of peace] took part in the Moslem rebellion of 1979, and he betrayed all that was Persian and Persia. Although he realized his grave error in undermining the Iranian culture and progress but it was too late and he never did enough to redeem himself.

By the way, I am interested to know , how is it possible to combine religion with science, the first being full of uncertaintz and supersticion and the latter purely based on facts and figures !!!!!

Please let me know,

Keyvan Nassiri

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* History will never forget this loser

Shaban Beemokh is a two time loser. For him to terrorize Iranians anywhere is a dishonor to Iranians everywhere. His actions against Mossadegh speak for itself. Sha'abaan is opposed to any type of democracy in Iran. For a man to oppose the human being who nationalized the Iranian oil industry is totally disgusting. Mossadegh liberated Iranian oil. To write a book about this goon is disgusting.

Historians say that if Mossadegh has succeeded he would have been overthrown by the Tudeh Party and Iran would become communist. Communism is a lie. The Soviet Union couldn't last several decades before ceasing to exist. Simply put you can't build a castle on quicksand. Democracy will triumph over all.

And maybe the hands of Allah (God, almighty) are involved in this odd plot to humanize a barbaric world. Sha'aban bee-mokh is what he is called, "Brain less". And history will never forget this loser.

Sincerely Yours,

Peyman Allen Alagheband

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* Azizam beh emamha towhin nakon

Salam laila jan: [Seh gaaneye Leila]

ba inke sherhat ra doost daram vali emrooz dar shere 3ganeye laila ke baraye pedaret neveshte boodi chizi khoondam ke be khodam in hagh ra dadam ke azat enteghad konam. emamha ra hamradife damha va goorha neveshte boodi.

azizam agar rooye emamha shenakhte dorost nadari be khodet ejazeye towhin va bieterami ham say nakon bedi. ma hichvaght nemitoonim rooye oonha shenakht peyda konim va hatta dar madhe oon bozorgvara ham nemitoonim haghe matlab ra ada konim che berese be inke khodayi nakarde biehterami konim.

azizam oonha malaja va panah va yavare hameye ma age to in ra nafahmide bashi dalil nemishe ke baraksesh ra tabligh koni.

azizam omidvaram bishtar fekr koni.


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* Nothing is stopping her

I was "playing hooky" at work and I just finished reading "The inevitable" by Raha N and it saddened me. She seems to have a considerable amount of anger or frustration about this issue - the title is proof enough. Before I go on, however, allow me to say that I am also a single woman.

I just came back from a friend's wedding that took place this past weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony - the bride and groom wrote their vows. Spending the rest of your life with someone you love is supposed to make you feel joyous - almost as if you're walking on air - and that's how my friends felt when they promised themselves to each other. Everything this young woman has written in her essay makes it sound like marriage is a death sentence.

I completely understand the notion of family obligation and tradition and how that can be aggravating for both men and women. The beauty about being an adult, however, is that one actually does not have to do anything one does not want to do or is not emotionally ready to do.

My friendly advice to her is that she should figure out exactly what it is she wants to get out of life as opposed to waiting for life to get her. There are so many possibilities and so many things to get excited about and she's young enough to consider all of them seriously.

Nothing is stopping her from taking an active role in shaping her life experiences. I suspect that once she accomplishes all of this, it will not be an issue of taking out personal ads to find someone - it will be an issue of choosing which suitor she would like to know better out of the many suitors trying to get her attention.


Parissa B.

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* Stop being pessimistic

I find it quite sad that a 22 years old is worried about not finding a husband [Evolution]. You should be concerned about getting an education and working in the field that you enjoy. You have to feel accomplished so you can be happy. First of all, a tall, good looking man with a six figure income these days will not settle for someone simply because she has a heart of gold. He wants someone with the same qualifications and income to match so she can spend her own money (not his).

I can not believe that in this day and age an Iranian father will say such things. 31 years ago my father used to tell me to reach for the skies because I was too smart to just settle for a husband. He used to say that I should marry someone only if I love him not because the society dictates or he can support me. he also used to say that the more independent you are, the more respect you command.

My little sister,

As a 46 years old woman, I can tell you, that is so true. Stop being pessimistic and concentrate on what makes you happy and the hell with what people say. My dad to this day tells me "khanoom khosgele, tell people who give you advise to stop paying your bills and make sure their son does not come and ask for your hand! Please change your attitude. Having a husband and being Mrs. somebody for the sake of others will be hell. I know of numerous cases. Do not fall into that trap.

Azam Nemati

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* It is a well rewarded instinct

Dear Saher, [Evolution]

Congratulations for finally growing up and standing on your own mind's two feet. I am an Iranian man grown up with the same trash of a culture you probably were programmed with. I opposed girls who wore make-up, and in fact my girlfriends were forbidden fram doing so in the first few years of my arrival to this country. What a shame! I have many radical opinions regarding the inapplicability of old cultures to todays social needs. Perhaps at another time we can discuss them.

One comment I wanted to make today was on your statement "....It's as if God deliberately gave his children the beautiful pleasures of sex only to tell them that it is sinful and unholy (for woman, mostly). Does anyone ask what the hell is wrong with this picture?"

I can tell you what is wrong with this picture: God has nothing to do with it. It is something that has been done to all creatures that live on this planet for survival: it is a well rewarded instinct. Just think about this, if having sex was as painful as pulling a tooth how many people would be living on earth today?

Another thing: as you must know, men are aroused by site and women by emotions. Just imagine if this was reversed. Man arousal by emotion and women by site. Pretty much most men would never be wanted, not to mention it would be impossible for their women to arouse them since men are not programmed to be emotional or pretty.

I believe men are so programed to react to what they see, and that it is nearly impossible to change a man's plans to get married, for example, no matter what he hears about his prospect wife. He just turns blind, deaf and dumb.

Something else about our culture is the shamefulness of being divorced. It is amazing: society provides for a way out of something that works toundo a mistake, but it is so shamefully looked at that it practically imprisons men and women alike. If you think of it, for everything that is done there is an undo possibility.

You have found freedom from your cultural programming. There are many things in our culture that are priceless to be programmed with, but shame, fear, etc, are not among them.

I am a father of a five year old boy and 11 year old girl. I am exited of the opportunity to not pass on to them the bag of bricks that was passed on to me to carry for the rest of my life, instead, my strategy is to spend my energy helping them better understand life and the world that they live in as they grow up, and not fourty years after constant consience struggle with what is right and what is wrong.

Enjoy your life.

Farzad Khosrownia

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* Superb turn on

Hi Sarvenaz,

I don't if its your real name or you real stories...but coming from an Iranian girl it was shocking and a superb turn on.. You got me on a culture shock. Is this diary of yours to be continued?



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* See a doctor

Dear Siamack Salari, [Fat boy]

I am very pleased you are sharing your problem with readers of the Iranian.

Weight Watchers is helpful but not exactly the answer. Your relationship with food is not healthy. And you have this constant need for carbohydrate. You need to discuss your issues with a medical doctor and evaluate your relationship with food through a personal psychiatrist.

You cannot change your entire food culture with a couple of lettuce leaves and a diet coke instantly, and expect not to have fantasies about bread, sugar and all the other items which cause you pleasure and guilt. You need to find why your body and mind has this non-stop craving.

And being called "fat boy" might seem funny and enduring once or twice but in long term will bring complete hopelessness. You should not be alone, dealing with this and you need expert advice on what to eat and how to eat. I do very much hope you will be better very soon. I have seen photographs of the lovely V, your wife and you and have always followed and enjoyed reading your articles.

Keep us posted on your journey to a healthier life.


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* Yazdi should support Pahlavi

I see Mr. Ibrahim Yazdi's is back in Iran after having had a medical treatment which he as well as his henchmen so vehemlently opposed for the late Shah of Iran as well as defenseless soldiers and officers he sent to the fire squads. I can only smile with irony that he and the so-called reformers have come to the conclusion that the country should extend a hand to national reconciliation. If Mr. Yazdi believes that then he should endorse Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi's campaign for a free and just referandum for the nature of the country's future form of government.


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* In-between-ness

First let me state that I am soooo proud of my soon-to-be-doctor [Nokhod farangee] nephew, Mazda Aghamohammadi and his honest and reflective article about the pains of "in-between-ness" (my word).

Mazda Jaan, You are describing the dilemma, the DEEP pain, that I (along with countless other immigrants) have lived all these years of living out of Iran. This is, in essence, why I am turning 44 and have no children, yet, and you know SOME of the flack that I have got from the family for not being married and having children.

At one level, lucky are the ones whose cultural hearts are not divided. As for another kind of in-between-ness, as the youngest child of my family, I am in the generation in between your generation and the generation to which your father (my oldest brother) belongs.

In some strange way, this kind of generational in-between-ness (and the resulting "loneliness") has given me some painful practice in enduring the nuances of cultural-in-between-ness, which your heartfelt article describes. I can relate, not fully though, to my older brothers and sisters, and also I can relate to their children, like you, again not fully.

The resulting situation has forced me to rely on my own intellectual, emotional, and spiritual juices and has maximized my human sensitivity, in a painful yet blessed way, to the pains of our fragile planet and its vulnerable inhabitants. I don't know if what I have said above is helpful, but at any rate, it is the word of my heart. I am proud of you.


(Amoo Moji)
Moji Agha

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* Pleasant and not so pleasant

Yesterday I read Dr. Noorbakhsh's story about the Eshghe naafarjaam,and it brought me back to the time of my youth.I have been preoccupied by that story and my own.Mine also had the same ending.I was 16 and she was also 16.she had come to visite her sister from sanandaj and saw me playing football infront of her house in Tehran.

At frist, I did not pay attention to her but later I realized she was looking at me.she had the longest brown hair ,and I thought she had the most beautiful green eyes that I had ever seen untill then.we fell in love right there and became friends very soon.We spent most of the times toghter that summer,and I never new that could end.the night she told me she was going home,the whole world was distroyed for me.I remmeber crying in each other's arms for hours and finally she left.

The next summer, i went to sanandaj to look her up ,but they had changed her house and no one knew where they had gone to.her sister refused to tell me anything about her.till now I don't know where she is or how she is,and I wonder what it would have been like if....

So Dr. Noorbakhsh thank you for reminding me a pleasant and not so pleasant time of my life.I have not been able to take her thought out of my mind. y

Your friend,


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* Saving lives

Dear Mr. Jamshidi,

As a human being and an Iranian, I'm very proud to have a fellow Iranian like yourself in the field of saving human lives. Thank you for sharing your experience, it was heart warming to read your piece "Five minutes".

I wish you the best in life,

Be omide moavaghiateh shomah,

Aidin Zahedi
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Sadaf jun!I read your HASHT RUZE BA'D .I see the same nice ANAASOR in it,again.Congratulations!But I have some talks about VAGHAAYE"E last year in US.Nothing changed!Protests are the same and YENGEYE DONYAA is the same!

I don't like to get involved with politics,so return back to your story. You seem depressed, kind, BAKHSHANDEH in your story. It's the nature of the depresses(psychologists say it!). Hanaa flower, DERAKHTE BEHH, Autumn and NASIME KHONAK, warm light of the sun, KOKAB HAA, and ....are the nice ANAASOR of your story.

Again, I like them very much. Mostly poem, not story! Like TARKOVSKY's films.You know he was a poet and made his films more beautiful than a normal director. An airplane in the sky was flying.....It's a nice finish.Means thinking about any other or others safe life or lives!Same accident,same crazy terrible.

Good luck!


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* Stronger in poetry

I'm crying for your very beautiful poem, "Delhoreye atre seeb"!.It's very very nice!I remmember FORUGH's poems. You are so stronger in writting poetry than stories.

Let me write about it,another time.

Very Sincerely Yours

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* Opened my eyes

Since writing my letter entitled "He's Jewish, I'm not" i have been reflecting on my situation considerably.i would like to thank the abjeez for their advice which, without a doubt, succeeded in snapping me out of my miserable and deluded state.

Deep down i will always love the object of my affections, however i have come to realise that as he is not the bigoted man you suggest, the reason for his break up with me must really have something more to do with me - this is much easier for me to get my head round.

to all women out there experiencing similar situations i think that if a guy gives this reason as an excuse not to be with you then the warning signs should go on. if he really does LOVE you then nothing should get in the way.

if he can't see that then why do you want to be with him anyway? you deserve more from the guy who you love and want to spend the rest of your life with. this is my attitude anyway as i have realised i will never find any comfort or resolution in thinking that me and him are romeo and juliet.

it is far more useful to think realistically about these things; he doesnt want to be with me, but that's ok, i'll get over it and find someone who appreciates me for who i am. girls please take it from someone who knows! t

thank you abjeez for opening my eyes!


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* May not be practical

I read your reply to BW's "He's Jewish, I'm not" and although I agree with the advice you gave. I must object to the words you used to describe BW's ex-boyfriend. Religion, for some people, is not just a "once a week, for a couple of hours" event, rather it is a lifestyle (which also makes it uncomparable with people of diffrent races dating or marrying).

Essentially, religion may play, or possibly come to play as in BW's ex-boyfriend's case, such a big part in someone's life that it may not be practical or realistic to share it with someone of another religion. Conversion certainly is an option for some.

Sincerely, h

Houman Agha

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* Serendipity$$$

The other day I came across the word serendipity. I kind of knew what it meant, ok I really did't!,

anyway, I looked it up and this is what I came up with:

ser.en.dip.i.ty The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. (After the persian fairy tale The Three princes of Serendip.

I thought it was so cool! A 21st century word taken from an old persian fairy tale. So I researched it more and I found that Serendip is actually an old name for Sri Lanka. I guess we are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for coining the word serendipity.

So then I thought is it the Iranian/persian style to come across fortunate discoveries by accident. Maybe, maybe not.

I don't know, yet it doesn?t hurt to be Khoshbin. You just have to have good faith.

"--- you don't reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings ... serendipitously." (John Barth, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor)

Anyway, I can't get this word serendipity out of my mouth and head. For example the other day I went to buy the Lotto and I just thought about the word serendipity$$$!!!!

Jasmine Jasmy

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* How seductive

Oh my god! How... seductive and sweet! :-) [Eastern cuisine]

And very well written for that matter!


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* You call yourselves "The Iranian"?

Dear Sir/Madam,

I came upon your page titled "Cyrus the (not so) great", while searching for materials about Iranian history. I must say I found it appalling, not the article itself, since every person is entitled to his/her own opinions, but the article's title for which your organization is responsible.

"Cyrus the Great" was admired by all even his enemies, the Greeks, called him "The Great", "The King", and in their description of heaven, Cyrus the Great is along side Plato and other noble men. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, for using the phrase "not great" in the same sentence as this noble man's name. And you call yourselves "The Iranian"?

Shame on you.

A. Kermani

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* A good start

Anyone who wants to see the Persian Gulf retain its proper name should register a complaint EVERY time they come across anyone or any organization that gets it wrong. A good start is to go to whose supporters are doing a great job of winkling out media abusers and demanding changes in their editorial policy.


Kewmars Bozorgmehr

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* Will I come back to this site?

I've been a visitor of your site for the past 2 years and have enjoyed most of what you have on-line. I specifically like the photo section on your site. But, I must admit after seeing today's photo of the day, April 15, 2002, I'm debating if I ever will come back to this site.


This has to be the most brutal, horrific image that I have seen on this site or any other site in my recent memory, sadly enough this sort of sadistic act is part of our culture, a part that I want to forget and don't want be associated with.

Pejman R

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* Ramin Saremi

I'm looking for my friend from elementary school Dabestan Pooya in Tehran (1976). His name is Ramin Saremi. My name is Atoosa Rezai and my email address is

Merci, merci.

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* Famous Iranians

My name is Nazanin Ghassemian. I am a 19 year old freshman at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park. As part of our weekly Iranian Students' Foundation meeting, I will be doing a short presentation on famous Iranians in the entertainment, business, literary and political world. If you have a list of such persons, I would greatly appreciate it.

I also want to thank you for the terriffic service you do to Iranian people. You make me proud to be Iranian!


Nazanin Ghassemian

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* Morghe Sahar

I am a American student of kamancheh. I am looking for "morghe sahar" to down-load. It is not in revolutionary songs. Where then?


Larry Robinson

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* What do you call China?

I find it ironic that China, the most blatantly un-Islamic country in the world, is Iran's biggest trading partner. There's hardly a day in China when a Muslim isn't arrested, harrassed, or even executed, much like the Christian Falun Gong. Yet, Jiang Zemin comes to Iran, and the mullahs trip over themselves to please him. If America is the "Great Satan" what do you call China?


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