* Censorship is evil
Cartoon in response to "Iraj
should be banned" and "Enemies
of freedom" >>> Here
Iraj Yamin Esfandiary
* He says he is not Iranian!
How could you publish Agassi’s picture as the “Iranian of
the Day” while has repeatedly denied he had any thing to do with
Iran and Iranians. Has he changed his position?
We know his father was Iranian and fought in Olympic for Iran. But if
he doesn’t want to be associated with Iran and Iranians, shouldn’t
we leave him alone and let him do his commercials and be proud of nothing!
* No contest
Dear Mr. Abadi, [It
You bring many good points in your arguments about the Iranian military.
There is no doubt that an honorable and respectable military is one that
has the mandate of its people and therefore has legitimacy. I would just
like to add to your points, as well as clarifications.
First of all, we Iranians should be proud that unlike most third world
militaries, our regular armed forces for the most part, both before and
after the revolution, have performed honorably and served their country.
They did not commit war crimes, although they were in a position to do
so many times and the other side had committed such crimes >>> Full
* IRI would rather keep the streets calm
With enemies both inside and outside our country we don't stand much
of a chance [Not
to be]. The result of the game was a foregone conclusion.
But nowadays major sports events are not really about honest competition,
athletism and sportsmanship but mostly about politics and financial power.
The IRI does not have the best interests of the Iranian nation at heart
otherwise it would lodge serious complaints with regards to having two
Arab referees in such an important game >>> Full
* Shiites and gay marriage
In his article, "Immoral
and illegal", Slater Bakhtavar laid out his opinion
on legality and morality of gay marriage. I will leave the question
of morality of gay marriage to the moral, and instead concentrate
on the legal aspect of it. Although Mr. Bakhtavar makes a convincing
argument on illegality of gay marriage, his argument falls apart
when you look at it from a constitutional point of view >>> Full
* Armed society is polite society
I read Sara Darcy's essay "Of
guys and guns". I do not wish to be either disrespectful
or flippant, but would like to suggest that there is an inextricable
link between true political freedom from the oppression of the Central
State and sovereignty over one's own homeland on the one hand, and
the right to bear arms as articulated by the Founding Fathers of
the United States in the 2nd Amendment. Hitler's Germany and Stalin's
Russia are but two tragic examples from the last century regarding
what despots and statist philosophies like Fascism and Communism
can and will do in the face of unarmed citizens >>> Full
Pastor Mark Dankof
* Be careful
say that a Kurdish-Israel alliance is "natural" [Sweet
for Israel, yes, not for the Kurds. Israel has chosen to find allies
for the sake of weakening the region and making itself even more dominant
and powerful. It is using the Kurds to spy on Iran and using Kurdish
lands to train and gather intelligence. It even uses Kurdish land to
send spy planes over Iran. It might even use Kurdish lands to launch
attacks on neighboring countries.
Do you think that is in the interest
of Kurdestan, to have attacks being launched from their territory so
that retaliatory strikes hit Kurds rather than Israelis? You don't
realize the Israelis are using the Kurds? Israel is using the Kurds to
the region, not empower the Kurds. Israel doesn't care what happens
to the Kurds. Israel cares about its own future. The Kurds are only a
to their goals.
Be careful who you ally with.
* So much gall
It is so sad to read what the author of "How
about just doing your job?" has to say about Shirin
Ebadi. Itís so sad it hurts. If the author is right, then
I have missed just about the whole boat. If most Persians feel like
her, then it will be a cold day in hell before I see self-rule in
How can some people expect so much from others??? According to the
author, having won the Nobel Peace prize, Shirin Ebadi should have seeked
immunity from a Western country, and given up her life to EXPOSE the
regime >>> Full
* Not all are depressing
After reading the article "He's
not Shahram", I felt I had to write and express
my views (each to their own as said). I too was brought up in a different
country, England to be precise. My musical knowledge was mainly classical
(as I learned to play the piano) and also rock and pop. I went to
concerts like Depeche Mode, U2, DEF Leppard (not deaf) and all the
teeny boppers too like A-Ha and the New Kids. As I got older, I also
went to see Cher, Tom Jones and even The Who >>> Full
* How about understanding her job?
Dear Ms Farhang,
It is incredibly sad that we are all in search of heroes to rescue
us from badness regardless of their role [How
about just doing your job?]. The fact that Ms. Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize speaks
volume about her doing her job
as a human rights lawyer (How about just doing your job, August 4).
Nobel committee recognizes Ms. Ebadi for her human rights efforts in
Iran in the face of great adversity. In my book, that’s a great
recognition for a job well done. To expect her to use this recognition
to score political points against the regime in Iran misses her role
as a human rights activist and cast her as a politician.
You may view
both jobs as one and the same, but I beg to differ. Her role is to fight
injustice by defending victims of unlawful acts, at least until she declares
her candidacy for political office. You, on the other hand, are casting
aspersions on her as a weak politician, clearly not her chosen role.
Let’s celebrate her past performance as a champion of human rights
in a country with precious little respect for humans and their rights.
When and if she announces her candidacy for office, then we can criticize
her for not being bold enough with the regime.
* Not a word about Iran
It is always good to see that people who have supported the religious
fundamentalism in Iran now are denouncing "extremism" in religion!
of god] I wish Mr. Ala was a bit more honest in his dicussion of religious
extremism and did not avoid the real issue: religious extremism that
national unity in Iran.
Mr. Ala is an Iranian and is writing this piece
for Iranians. Yet, he does not say a word about Iran and goes as far
as Dharfur in order to provide an example of extremism! This
would have been all right if he were not an Iranian or did not know about
Unfortunately, he is an Iranian who knows Iran too well! He has
been supportive of the Islamic Republic for a long time (He may
not be now or with this article he may be setting himself apart).
He knows better! If he really means what he says in this article, he
should begin disccusing religious extremism which has ruined Iran. I
would have accepted his anti-fundamentalist arguement, if he had
approached the issue more openly and honestly.
It is hypocritical to
argue against fundamentalism everywhere but your own home! What keeps
him from discussing that issue? Repeated trips to Iran? His open support
for the Islamic Republic? The fear of arrest because he might have
changed his view? Or, playing it safe by arguing agaist religious extremism
yet exempting the Islamic Republic!
Dear Dr. Mohammad Ala, ["Shades
The space of Iran is vividly supersaturated with religious propaganda.
Many people, mostly young, are fed-up with clerics' propaganda. For example,
you might have have heard that each time the TV stations commence their
biased and prejudiced news programs with "BA SALAVAT BAR MOHAMMAD
VA AL MOHAMMAD" a growing number of the listeners react by
saying or signalling "GOOZ BE REESHE ..."
Isn't this an alarming sign of dangerous hostilities in future?
Normally, social crises start from overdoing simple and unnecessary things, which
can be avoided without any dramatic consequence. But the persistence of some
parties on their own beliefs triggers violence and generated unwanted reactions.
* Still a Communist after all these years?
Dear Ms. Maryam Namazie,
I have been reading your
interviews on the Iranian.com and watching some of your programs
aired on TV International
English. I just can't figure how a young and intelligent person
like you can still believe and support communism as an ideology after
what was done in the name of this ideology in various parts of the
World From the ex USSR to China and Cuba not to mention all the countries
that have suffered behind the former Red Curtain >>> Full
I read your interesting article on Iranian.com [Gross hypocrisy]. You
were certainly right to point out that Arab nationalism is more important
to most of the Arab world. However, I was surprised
that you didn't mention the Iran-Iraq war as an example.
Over half a million Iranians died in that war defending their country
from invasion. Saddam used chemical weapons and was backed by the West
as well as his fellow Arabs. Foreign fighters even came and fought for
him against the Iranians.
Your point about America doing more for world peace than the Arabs is
a correct one, but again the Iran-Iraq war demonstrated that the Regan administration
was certainly more interested in putting down a revolutionary Shia Iranian
regime than looking after the human rights of the Iranians. But none
the less, America or the UK is far more a democracy and a better
place to live than all the Middle Eastern states, and you make a good
point about Arab nations being hypocrites and autocratic.
* Bakhtiar deserves more
Bravo to Bakhtiar and to you for supporting him [Enghelaabzadegi-ye
was a dedicated and progressive free thinker. You are
right, Bakhtiar deserves much greater respect and recognition.
* Canada owes Kazemi nothing
In response to "Last
Tango with Tehran",
Zahra Kazemi voluntarily went to chronicle the democratic movement of
Iran's students. Ultimately, as Samira Moyyeddin pointed out, Zahra Kazemi
gave her life because she believed that the democratic student movement
in Iran was entitled to recognition.
A noble cause? Yes. But a cause that any intelligent person, especially
one who is Iranian and acutely aware of the brutal realities of Iranian
governance, would surely understand is a most dangerous undertaking.
Like the Iranian government, I too will be so bold as to blame Kazemi
for her own demise >>> Full
* Stop saying "Death to..."
Dear Qumars Bolourchian,
When I first started reading your article,
I thought you actually believed everything you were saying [The
British did It! ]. I thought you were one of those extreminist
nationalistic Iranians who think their race is pure, the British control
everything, and the Arabs are nothing but dirt and backward.
However, I was truly amused by your article. I realized you were trying
a point that we Iranians tend to exaggerate events, and fill our lives
conspiracies in order to blame everyone but ourselves.
As I have always said, it is time to stop saying "Death to America,
England, Shah, Khamenie, etc." and say "Death to OURSELVES,
for letting them
I'm wondering if you could forward me what other people
write to you about your article. I'm curious how many people believed
what you wrote and took it as fact without checking for validity.
* Its got to be good
I mean no disrespect, but I like to know what kind of a goodies you
guys smoke [The
British did It! ]. It's got to be good to come up with
something like this.
the laughter, it has been a while I had not heard a good joke. I
needed it today.
P.S. Though I agree with W. is for WAR idea
* Missed the obituary
The article "A
new language?" shows once again, one person's:
1-Insecurity about being an Iranian and be mistaken for an Arab;
for being alienated or separated from Iran and therefore desiring to
resurrect an exotic link to him/herself;
3-And his reminiscing about
the good old times in faraway kingdom named Persia has led to vilification
of the word Farsi and yearning for all things PERSIAN or PERSIA.
how much we evoke tradition and how much we reminisce about the good
old times, we have to realize that PERSIA is no
finished, done with, and it is buried in the historical backyard.
What we have
now is Iran with its distinct language called Farsi. Persia
died some time ago in 20th Century. You must have missed the obituary.
* Serious lack of self-worth
Oh for God's sake, will you PLEASE stop pestering everyone with your
obsession over the Persian-versus-Iranian debate once and for all? [A
new language?] THis obsession of yours is idiotic a psychological
Look, the name of the country is Iran. It is NOT Persia. We Iranians
have called it Iran for centuries. If the Europeans called it something
else, that's their problem. People who want to change the name of Iran
to Persian in order to impress foreigners by maintaining a tenuous association
with 2000 year old past of the Persian Empire have a serious lack of
self-worth. You don't protect your own culture by denying your own country's
true name, or by over-emphasizing one side of it >>> Full
* Heartbreaking short sightedness
Dear anti-Shirin Ebadi authors,
1- I am afraid that I am stuck in Iran and cannot even find access
to Shirin Ebadi's email address.
2- I have not been able to make the time for a proper comment on your
article. i am just trying to interact briefly to make a rush alert towards
the direction that your prespectives seem to take that appear to be self
defeating towrds liberalism in iran >>> Full
* We have seen 25 centuries of you
I am not surprized to see these Aryas [Iraj should be
banned] and Daneshjoos [Enemies of freedom] complaining
about Iraj's work. First of all since when critique of George Bush equals
defend of dictatorship and Islamists. Well only if you are supporter
of Bush, defender of US attacking Iran and bringing the kingdom back,
and a dictator in disguise yourself.
Let Iraj express himself through his work and you go find your own way
of shutting people up? Thank God that you guys are not in any position
of power otherwise no one else would be allowed to breath on this planet
earth unless he was in your party of the king and voted for your military
candidate. We have seen 25 centuries of you (as you say) and Iran is
past the return point. Go get a life Aryo.
* Iraj should be banned
Iranian.com is taking a wrong step by allowing supporters of Islamists
to openly voice their opinions through art work on this forum.
One cannot combat a unrelenting dictatorship by giving them a free
voice on this forum. Not even in the freest of societies are those endangering
democratic elections allowed to advocate such policy. Dissent is allowed
in democratic forums, but not when that very dissent promotes and endorses
the very dictatorship that's suffocating our populace.
Iraj Yamin Esfandiary's
cartoons take free forum policy too far and should be banned.
* Enemies of freedom should not be free
I'm one of several people complaining about Iraj's vastly
anti-Iranian pro-Islamic Republic cartoons on
Iranian.Com. Even in the United States those who threaten Democracy are
not allowed a free forum to express their intentions, posting Iraj's
cartoons is going too far.
Freedom of speech if one thing, but individual pawns of Iran's dictatorship
should not be given a free forum to express themselves. One cannot achieve
democracy when the enemies of freedom are given this opportunity.
Let's be fair to the people of Iran.
* Religious freedom
I want to express my whole-hearted agreement with Dr Mohammad Ala regarding
religious freedom ["Shades
of god"]. He said, "If we want freedom to practice our
beliefs, then everyone must have the same freedom, and all choices should
be respected." How
May I add that logically, the very use of force in support of a spiritual
idea is an admission of bankruptcy. If a supposed truth is not able to
affirm itself in an environment of liberty, then it almost certainly
deserves to go into file 13.
Truth does not need an enemy as a reason to exist; she just is. She
may be obscured for a time, but she will always arise victorious, bringing
joy and freedom to those who love her and seek her. The sacred beliefs
to which we entrust our eternity surely have more substance than to imagine
that they can be thwarted or extinguished by the opposition of feeble
little men. The aggressive zealot is often someone who needs to face
the fact that his "beliefs" are actually nothing more than
insecure religious/cultural dogma which he can only sustain by defeating
those who disagree.
The most constructive thing we can do for the advancement truth, spiritual
or otherwise, is to labour for that day when a Hindu or a Mormon or anyone
else can preach what they believe on a street corner in Qom or the Vatican
or anywhere else.
I hope Dr Ala has time to pursue this topic further
* The West "killed God"
Dear Muhammad Ala,
In your article, "Shades
of god", you stated: "As has
been often noted, in the course of history, more people have died in
of religion than any other reason." This could
not be further from the truth. It was an old European belief that religion
was the root cause of all the death in the world. Europe secularized
itself, and do you remember what happened?
In the course of World War I and World War II, the cause of "nationalism" and
other forms of man-made superiority thoughts became the biggest cause
of killing in the world. Millions were killed by nationalistic wars,
and Jews were massacred in gas-chambers, not because of religion but
because of ethnic pride and sense of superiority.
millions in the name of the common-wealth, and was against religion
And ask the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children that died due to
US sanctions the past 14 years before the Iraq war. They didn't die because
of any religious cause, but because of Imperialism and neo-Colonialism.
As Nietzche said, the West "Killed God", and now they are
killing more without any religious belief.
* I was in Niavaran
I have always liked your pictures but you left a few good ones out!
stroll] I was in Niavaran in 1983 (the last time I was in
Iran) and despite getting in an argument with a bearded guard about not
having stockings on, which made me mad, I was thrilled to see the statue
of the Crown Cannibal's dad cut and destroyed (with only his legs remaining) >>> Full
* Another Texan, another war
Isn't it amazing that whenever this country has a president from "Texas" we
have a war on our hand?
Johnson, a Texan, was war lovin' good ol' boy who went to great lengths to
create the war in Vietnam and please his gun makin' buddies and oil friends.
There are theories out there and books written about how bloody his hands were
in Kennedy's assassination >>> Full
* Who gives a shit?
this during the coverage of the grand opening of the Olympics
in Athens, I was shocked. How F&*ked up can this be. How long are
we going to sit back and watch the extremist Moslem destroy our country.
Who gives a shit if his opponent is from Israel or any other country.
This is the Olympics.
* How little I knew
Dear Mr. Khodadad, [Persian
Joan of Arc]
Your article was absolutely brilliant and inspiring to us women looking
to our own history for role models. Your heart comes through your words.
I was raised in what can be called a "conservative" Muslim
family, where everything that was Bahai was called kaseef. Only
in recent years do I see how little I knew about the marvelous things
Bahai people have done and are doing. We look forward to reading
* Very happppppppppyyyy
You won't believe how much it means to me seeing [Hossein Kazerani]
my dad's 1978
World Cup pictures in on your website. I have never seen these
ones, my dad has
so many pics but not these. So I am sending them to him in Iran which
makes him very happppppppppyyyy.
* Arash is a hero
BBC News published a story that told of the heroic act
of Mr. Arash Miresmaili. Mr. Arash, who is the world Judo Champion withdrew
from the olympic games in protest. He was scheduled to compete against
an awful judo athlete who is a zionist terrorist.
Mr. Arash is a hero
to all Iranians for protecting the human rights of the great people
of Palestine. Reza Pahlavi, whose grandfather was a bald, illiterate
should learn something from Mr. Arash. Reza Pahlavi is so evil that
he is in contact with the zionist terrorists. Even the UN has said that
zionism is racism.
Reza Pahlavi should repent for his families sins.
Reza Pahlavi should return all the money that his family stole from
the Iranian people and the Iranian nation. Reza Pahlavi should renounce
intention of ever becoming king in Iran. Reza Pahlavi should stop saying
he's Iranian because on Jeraldo Rivera's show he has said he is a permanent
resident of the United States of America. Reza Pahlavi should become
an American Citizen and drive a taxi cab for a living.
If Reza Pahlavi
was a taxi cab driver his bald illiterate grandfather would be happy.
Which grandfather from a backward village in Mazandaran would not
be happy of such success?
Where can I find more information on Tahereh [Persian
Joan of Arc]. I know very little about her life. My father
would recite Tahereh poems. Jian made
to read more on her history and poetry. Please let me know what books
I should read.
* Our childhood
Bahram joon, [Dokhtar-e
What can I say, I am struggling all my life, writing so
many poems and short stories and now I have to admit you are the better
one. I read them
again and again and again, your story is not about children, it is
about our childhood, any child in our land, so much nostalgia... Sink
in the dream...
Love you lots,
* Panj tan
In reponse to quiz: "Panj
* Inciteful hatred
I will be frank, I urge you not to post such ridiculously inciteful and
hateful articles such as that authored by pesargol, titles " What
do we have to be proud of " [Proud
of what?]. I believe you have a wonderful site
that presents a fairly balanced view of iranian affairs.
I am strong
and dedicated muslim and reading such blatantly inciteful articles is
truely offensive. We all have diverse political opinions on certain issues
but there is no need to fuel division amongst countrymen. If
criticisms are constructive and for the betterment of my country and
my countrymen, I will support and even propogate them.
BUT, if criticisms
are based on INCITEFUL HATRED, then I will be an a staunch opponent.
If someone is to take advantage of flaws of the Islamic republic to
attack Holy icons of the Shi'ite islamic faith, it is unacceptable. I
enjoy your site, it is both entertaining and informative. But as a
matter of principle, if articles of such nature are posted, I will regretfully
no longer visit your website.
* Keeping it real
I always look forward to viewing Mr. Davoodi's pictures . This time
you have really done it [Faces
of Tehran]. I loved the so many faces of my people with
so many stories of hardship and endurance written on their faces. Yet,
the hope vividly apparent in their shy smiles or those beautiful warm
eyes >>> Full
* Reality check
For some reason I was under this false impression that we Iranians
are such a good looking nation in general [Faces
of Tehran]. Thank you for bringing
me back to earth... seriously.
Back to regular programming...
* Beating our own
What is all this Iran-bashing? [Unhappy
campers] These olympiad events are nothing but a super
huge advertising market, a big bazaar, if you will just like
they have always been and the parade does not signify anything at
all, to the extent that some athletes even choose not to attent
so they can preserve their energy for a better performance. How could
you expect something as infinitsimally insignificant such as this,
to represent a country's overall integrity? >>> Full
* Not bad, Evil!
In your response [Reason
to be proud] to Pesare Gol [Proud
of what?], you mentioned that: "There is very little
- if anything - that the IRI has done of which one can be proud in
this I agree with you." However, this could be further from
the truth. Yes, revolutionary Iran, and the IRI it produced in the
early days was nothing to be glorious about. However, during these
25 years the government has accomplished many things that the previous
regime could not >>> Full
* Leave us alone
All folks need to be proud of their achievements, it gives
them energy to go forward, this includes Iranians too! now we
should disqualify ourselves because we are passing through a dark part
Let me add this I hope mullahs with their
Semitic dress code and behavior would join their brothers in holy land,
do each other in, and leave us non Semitic folks to our own faith
and away from their constant bickering and savagery integral to their
* Perfectly said
Dear Houman, ["Reason
to be proud"]
Thank you for your response to "Proud
of what?" article
in iranian.com. This article really bothered me but
at a loss how to respond to it. You said it perfectly.
* Critique is not an assault
Dear Pesare gol, ["Few
and far between"]
Instead of being agitated by constructive criticism ["Reason
to be proud"], take it in the spirit it was offered....
I am astounded as to how you have managed to interpret my response
to you in such a way to merit the reaction you have now provided! Where is
this California Iranian business coming from? Did I ever say anything about
THAT? When I say Iranian, I mean Iranian, I do not mean Iranian American, Californian
Iranian or any other subdivision. It is all inclusive. In fact my exact phrase
was; “I am proud that in Iran there are brave people who stand up against
tyranny and corruption” >>> Full
* Few and far between
I am responding to Houman Younessi's "Reasons
to be proud"]which was written
in response to my article, "Proud
Younessi criticizes my grammatical mistakes and claims that my historical
information with regards to Hafez were indeed wrong. I apologize for
this as I wrote this article rather quickly and I am certainly not a
Hafez historian. But if you want to criticize someone for their
writing skills you better be flawless yourself. This is far from the
truth. Younessi's point number three is full of grammatical mistakes
run on sentences.
Younessi says that he is proud of many Iranians who
have stood up against the IR regime. Sure, but they are few and far between.
Among the seventy million Iranians how many have truly risked their lives,
put in prison in order to fight against the regime? I would bet
it is less than one percent.
Every year during the "18th of Teer" anniversary,
out of the million Iranians in California, how many have the guts to
come out and protest say in front of the UN office? Sure, buddy you
have freedom fighters in that country but they are so few that the
regime has successfully shut them up.
Finally, instead of making fun
heroism of six year old who defended YOUR country, please give me
a rational response as to why we Iranians celebrate actions of foreign
of those of their own people. (See reply "Critique is
not an assault")
* Nader wins arguments, not votes
There are several problems with A. S. assessment [Nader
1 -- Kerry has NOT signed on to Bush's "axis of evil" formulation.
There is no indication that he is set on foreign policy of pre-emptive
war. Indeed, it is quite the opposite. If the goal here to to make less
likely that the US will invade Iran on an imperialist whim, then voting
out the neo-cons who surround Bush makes the most sense. But is voting
for Nader the best way to accomplish this? Bush supporters on't think
so. They've been helping Nader when they can >>> Full
* Struggle to save our culture
I read your reply ["Reasons
to be proud"] to Pessare Gol's objective essay
of what?] and found it to be somewhat condescending,
to say the least. You chastise this compatriot by pointing out spelling
errors for simply stating the fact that since 1979 we have lost our
nationalistic pride due to a foreign borne, barbaric and archaic
calamity named Islam. For your information Mr. Younessi, you need
to brush up on the history of my noble Iran in order to digest what
Nationalism truly is >>> Full
* Forgetting Christians and Jews
This very unattractive chick must know that most people ignore her
writings which is why she sits and writes (because she probably has no
can do]. I have always ignored her because to me if the
author has guts to put her/his picture with the material then she or
he better look credible and that means having to look professional...
I do not know how long you have lived in the West but in 1979 I was
constantly being approached by nice and attractive boys and girls who
wanted to take me anywhere I needed (including hair dresser) and I knew
there was a motive but could not figure it out. Until they asked me to
go to a gathering and sure enough it was Bible study! They offered the
bible in Arabic or Farsi whichever was easier. I laughed so hard and
found it so sad that Christians resort to such tactics. Of course I developed
a great strategy which works to this day >>> Full
* Voting for Nader means voting for Bush
It is amazing how one can publish such a meaningless article
related the U.S. presidential election [Nader
anyone?]. It would be nice that you note
of my comment as follow:
1. You are telling to elect Ralph Nader, but no comments on what are
2. The Iranian who have the right to vote in this country must be U.
S. citizen, and therefore there are lots of internal issues is U.S.
that should matter for them to vote for Kerry or Bush
3. You ignore the issue that voting for Nader means the support of
the republican party, the same that in Iran people voted for Khomeini
get rid of the Shah, then you can see what is the outcome in Ian
* Becoming like them
Dear Ms. Sayeh Sirjani, [Bar
maa cheh meeravad?]
Thank you for your note.
Sorry I do not know you enough but from what you write I see that
you are still
under the influence of the negative aspects of my culture. We now
live in the 21st century. We need to rapidly learn that even in talking
with our enemy we need to follow a minimum of manner and style. Using
words specially in a letter written for public view is not respectable.
I understand that you are angry and frustrated by what IRI has
done and is doing. Probably 90% of us Iranians are. Bt that does not
becoming like them. We need to expose the damages they inflict
by facts and figures and not by bad mouthing. We live in the
* Nader vote unconstructive
Dear concerned iranian! [Nader
Frankly, after i was done reading your message of political activism to your
fellow iranians, i was more baffled than before i had started it. it is clear
that you support neither one of the major political parties's candiadates,
but i really don't think casting a vote of protest for anyone would be very
much indicative a communities's sense of involvement in politics, especially
by those individuals who, in your very considerate and respectful tone are
called our disgrauntled elderly relatives. i can promise you that you have
just made the biggest blunder of your political career, if you ever wanted
to have one (god forbid) >>> Full
I won. I won. I won. [Quiz]
* Voting for Nader is the only decent thing
This article is right
anyone?]-- we should all consider voting for Nader.
It's a reasonable protest vote. The Republicans after all were responsible
for Toppling Massaged (President Eisenhower with Vice President Nixon
[52/53]); and the Democrats (President Carter) were responsible for
the Toppling the Shah and fermenting Islamic Fanaticism (in Iran & Afghanistan)
and killing any chance for democracy in Iran for at least one generation.
Then to make matters worse, Reagan and Bush (Senior) paid off the Mullahs
in October '81 to keep the hostages in place and humiliate Carter - with
promises of money and arms (called the "October Surprise - topic
of several best sellers -- now factually established beyond a shadow
So Iran basically has been 'screwed by both sides' - not once but several
times. Voting for Nader is the only decent thing to do. At least he
is consistently pro-democracy and decency. The democrats and republicans
have been hypocrites and liars when it comes to Iran. And in fact Iranian-American
can actually be a deciding factor in several key states (with razor
electoral margins) ...so it is not a wasted vote.
* Yes! We're Central Asian
How very right you are [I'm...
Central Asian]. Some twenty years ago, when I had moved
to exile in Europe, I wrote a draft of my memoirs and sent it to
an English friend who passed it on to the reader of a publisher.
Her comment was that obviously Iran is much more of a Central Asian
country than a Middle Eastern one (the memoirs were never published
because it was druing the hostage crisis) >>> Full text
Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian
* Staying out of other countries' business
It is noteworthy for readers of iranian.com that Ralph Nader
anyone?] and Michael Peroutka both oppose preemptive war on Iran and the
agenda of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Peroutka is
Presidential candidate of the Constitution Party and will be on many
more Presidential ballots in individual states than Mr. Nader.
right now, Mr. Peroutka is officially on the ballot in 28 states,
including many of the key battleground states, and will achieve ballot
in approximately 14 more by the end of the individual state deadlines.
Please review his site at Peroutka2004.com for
informational purposes. His efforts have already been covered by
the BBC, Al Jazeerah, Chronicles magazine, and Pat Buchanan's The
Mr. Peroutka brings back the best of the pre-World War
II American Right--staying out of other countries' business and avoiding
wars abroad based on a
foreign policy of constant interventionism. It is also noteworthy that
while he supports a strong American military, he opposes the reinstitution
of a military draft in the United States and the inclusion of women
in such a draft.
* 28 Mordad
It is really disappointing that even Iranian.com presented
nothing special in the anniversary of 28 Mordad, the day
that changed the path in our history. We Iranians can learn
many useful lessons from it.
Unfortunately most of us know
little from our past so we have to repeat the mistakes we
* Thank God
nah Melli", a photo essay about dressing in Tehran tells
what Tehran is really about today. The head scarf, "ro-saree" and
chador have been accepted by Iranian women 100%. They wear
it different ways to look sexy. Iranian women from the photos
displayed show their smiling faces meaning they are happy with
the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Since the monarchy was abolished
Iranian women have advanced in life. There are more women in
universities in Iran than men. The Shah was a sexist pig who
had 3 wives, many girl friends and a homosexual lover named
Ernest Peron. The Islamic Republic has once and for all liberated
Iranian women. Thank God.
* When will men have the same guts?
I saw Mr. Schahram's excellent photo essay "Maylee
nah Melli" on the way Iranian
woman are modifying the dress rules, I thought I was seeing
beutiful woman straight out of the Legends of a Thousand and
One Nights. See this and this.
It is ironic to see that at the same time here in France there is a whole
debate on dressing with the Islamic "foulard" or headdress in schools.
It enthusiasts me and saddens me to see that these brave woman are in the forefront
of National resistance in a smooth way while the damn male chauvinist Mullahs
are taking measures to impose their national dress.
When will we get rid
of this darn backward regime of turbaned towals and let the world see the beautiful
aspects of our country including our brave woman and girls who have certainly
the most suffered in the past 25 years? When will the men have the same guts?
We do indeed have a wonderful examples of courage and determination.
Ebadi to Empress Farah Pahlavi to the unknown woman of Iran we men need to
learn and appreciate more the calm yet determined wisdom of
these woman who will certainly
one day take the destiny of their country in their own hands to the dismay
of many us men. Maybe One day a Queen will reign on our country,
it would be an
irony in the long monarchical history of our nation,or maybe one of these
young ladies will become president of a free and Democratic
There is an expression
that "a Nation has the leaders it deserves", in the case of Iran
it is the leaders who don't deserve its people especially its woman who constitute
the majority of its population. Iran will rise from its ashes one day and
as its magnificent cities from Shiraz to Isphahan, from Mashad to Tehran,
from Rey to Qom and blind the Men who have closed her in a black veil.
opposition leaders should ponder that they have to count on this generation
of Iranians who slowly but surely are changeing the way their Chauviniste
are thinking, without bombs, shells or weapons of Mass destruction.
* Kurds Iranian origin
make interesting points regarding Central Asia [I'm...
Central Asian]. I guess
you forgot an important point to mention that
Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Turkey, Syria,
and Iraq) are of Iranian origin, have been livinng in
the the suggested geographical region for years, and
have been seperated by artifical borders or
* One more thanks
I listen to the Persian
music selections on Iranian.com every
so often. Each time, I feel so grateful to you for your selfless
contribution to my enjoyment: Thanks very much for the work
you have done to make my enjoyment possible.
* Lovely songs
I would like to thank you for your generosity to allow others to
Sadeghi's songs as well. Like yourself, I really loved
his "Kooche Baaghi" song. It brought back lots of
Baa dorod be shomaa,
Har iraani e aazaadeh va vatan dosti ke farhang e mosighi
e melli dar rag o
khonesh dar jariaaneh baayad be shoma khaanom e Nemati
eftekhaar koneh. Be
khaatereh in keh baa gharaar daadane mosighi e zibaai ke
shomaa dar in saayt
gharaar midid va talaash dar zendeh negah daashtane mosighi
va Farhang e
vatan e maa darid.
Piroz o Sar boland baashid. tassadogh e shomaa