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* 1976ish Norooz ads

Pedram Missaghi wrote:

Here is my eydi for Iranian.com >>> Listen in mp3

These are pre-revolutionary commercials. They will probably bring back many memories for you and the readers. These are commercials from the Friday morning show hosted by (see quiz) and Nasrin (singer). [circa 1976]

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That was the best Norooz gift I received. I just sat thre laughing and crying... What a crazy world.

I have also copied the link onto iranian.com >>> Listen in RealAudio

Best Noroozi wishes,

-- Jahanshah Javid

PS: I hope you like the attached fish... It's a photo by Ehsan Shahinsefat.

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* Noroozi wishes from LA

-- Sourena Mohammadi

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* Grandma's phone

Dear Friends and Family,

Noruz of 1383 mobarak bashad; may the new year have better news and more successes for you and your family; may it be a better one for our beloved Iran.

Attached is a photo of my grandmother's old telephone (her name was Seddiqeh Nozari-Behrooz)! She did not live long and died in her early 60s in 1968. She had schooling up to sixth grade and was a great teller of stories.

I was the first son of her first son and we had a very close relationship. She produced short and long stories on my demand as well as quality chocolate whenever we met. When we could not meet, we spent hours talking on phone where she would tell me stories using this very telephone. The telephone is German made and in mint condition with Persian/Arabic as well as Latin numbers. It is in my possession now and is a reminder of her brief gentle presence in my life.

I thought it would be nice to share it with you for this Noruz.

Baharan Khojasteh Baad.

-- Maziar Behrooz

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* SpamArrest

Since signing up with SpamArrest 20 days ago, look how much junk has been filtered:

I still have to go through the junk to make sure I have not missed any real emails, but using this service has made my life a lot easier. And it's only $20 for six months.

-- Jahanshah Javid

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* Mom's will

My mother wrote a will in November 2000, four years before her death >>> Read

-- Jahanshah Javid

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* Like we care

President Khatami's Norooz message >>> Here

Supreme Leader Khamenei's Norooz message >>> Here

Reza Pahlavi's message >>> Here

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March 12................................To top

* Who is God?

Az yek basiji porsidand: midooni khodaa kieh? Basiji javaab daad: namaayande-ye vali faghih dar kaa'enaat.

They ask a Basij militia member, "Do you know who God is?" He says, "He's the Supreme Leader's representative in the Universe."

-- Forwarded by S.M.

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* Noruz messages from Bush &...

>>> President Bush's message

>>> Arnold Schwartzenegger's message

>>> Illinois governor's message

-- Thanks to Mahvash Shahegh

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* Neither God or man

Long ago, my father gave me a copy ofNahj-ol-Balaagheh which had been handed down from my great grandfather. I have had it for the past 30 years. Its pages are old and very brittle. I keep it in a case and rarely open it. The last time I recall reading it, I was bored with it. I did not read but just the few first few pages, glanced through the rest and did not find it what I had hoped it would be.

Today, after listening to recent Mousavi Khoeini's speech, I opened it to find that particular letter from Imam Ali to Malik-e-Ashtar. Glancing fast through it, I came across something I found highly interesting which I have translated and quoted below:

"Better a guilty set free than an innocent condemned, for the guilty set free may still seek redemption, but the innocent condemned has no recourse."

If I were in Iran, I would have that quote written in the best Nastaeligh calligraphy, framed and hanged on the walls of Iranian courts where it would be right in front of judges. But I doubt it would change anything because those who have sold their souls to Satan, have no heart to understand the Word, be it of God or man.

Arash Kamangir

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* Where hijab is under attack

I went to see Ziba (Zahra) Kazemi's photo exhibition today at Hotel d'Albert in Paris. Here's a picture of the official exhibition poster, published by the Mayor of Paris >>> Larger image

-- Nima Mina

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* From the streets of Baghdad

An American, a Brit and an Iraqi are one night having a beer.

The Yankee drinks his beer and suddenly throws his glass in the air, pulls out a gun and shoots the glass to pieces. He says "In the states our glasses are so cheap that we don't need to drink from the same one twice."

The Brit obviously impressed by this; drinks his beer, throws his glass into the air, pulls out his gun and shoots the glass to pieces. He says "In the British Isles we have so much sand to make the glasses that we don't need to drink out of the same glass twice either."

The Iraqi, cool as a cucumber, picks up his beer and drinks it, throws his glass into the air, pulls out his gun and shoots both of the Yank and the Brit. He says "In Iraq we have so many Americans and Brits that we don't need to drink with the same ones twice."

-- Forwarded by B.W.

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* Gay/lesbian marriages

From HomanLA - The Iranian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Organization -- email newsletter (March 5):

Marriage of Iranian Gay and Lesbian Couples

HOMAN is proud to congratulate Roya & Darya, Farzin& Babak and Ghazaleh & Bridget on the occasion of their marriage at the San Francisco City Hall during the past 2 weeks. We commend their activism and celebrate their commitments.

Roya and Darya who have two fabulous little boys have been trailblazers in the Iranian lesbian and gay community, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area for many years. Farzin and Babak continue to live in Southern California as a proud and out couple.

Ghazaleh and Bridget are activists and have been together for over five years in the face of prejudice and pain afflicted by their Iranian family members. We congratulate all of them in taking the step to use the language of love to speak their political stance for lesbian and gay rights.

We love to hear from other Iranian lesbian and gay couples that have participated in this historical moment and have officially received a marriage license.

-- HomanLA's email address: homanla@yahoo.com

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* A virgin in Tehran

What's up? How's life? Mighty fine I hope. I'm sending this picture from Iran. It's a statue [of the Virgin Mary] that the Italians donated to the grand opening of a marvelous public park in Tehran (Geeshaa) named: "Boostaan-a Goftegoo".
>>> See larger image

Peace,

-- Kaamraan

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* The charade

Front page of reformist Yas-e Now newspaper a day before the Feb 20 Majlis elections See >>> Larger image

-- Forwarded by P.A.

* Partners for Rights

Dear all,

After more than ten extraordinarily rich and rewarding years at Human Rights Watch I am leaving the organization. They have been memorable years and we have been able to achieve a great deal together. Human rights are firmly on the agenda in Iran, and we have played a big part in raising public awareness on the issue over the past several years.

I am grateful to all my friends and colleagues who have supported me in my work. It is hard to leave, and my life has already been filled with more goodbyes than I ever expected, but I believe that the time is right to explore new ways of promoting human rights in Iran and more broadly in the region.

I am developing new projects directed at local NGO capacity building in Iran through a new organization, Partners for Rights, and I intend to continue to play an active role in policy debates about Iran in the months ahead. As usual, these are interesting times for Iranians.

I can be reached at: elahe.hicks@verizon.net

-- Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks

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* A Shirazi in the "Holy Land"

If you produce electronic music, read this guy's request and help him if you can >>> Read

His email address is komando007@walla.co.il

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* Do something -- or elese!

Dear Friends,

This might be an interesting movie to watch. If the movie motivates you to do something about human rights abuses across the globe, then you can go to http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/ and do the least thing about it which is to let those in power know that you are aware of what is happening under their watch and you expect them to do something about the elimination of these human right abuses -- or else! And that "else" is what you can do depending on what belief system you have and where you live.

Of course, if you are not concerned about human rights abuse anywhere in the world due to your special circumstance then please forgive me for taking your valuable time with this nonsense email!!

Regards,

-- Nader Moavenian

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* A kiss is NOT just a kiss

i came across this picture a long time ago (saddam & arafat) and thought of the second one and then immediately saved them both and then forgot about the whole thing.

it might be outdated but i worked hard on it damn it, between looking for a good "after" pic and saving them both and now seeing them again.

so i'm gonna send them to you anyways. you'll be the judge. and if you find them  magazine material, think of the title too :)

peace,

-- sheila

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* In this day and age

A couple of weekends ago I attended a dinner party at a huge hill top mansion in Beverley Hills which belonged to a 39 year old very successful personal injury attorney in Los Angeles.

Throughout the night, the conversation between the men, whom were mostly physicians and attorneys, was mostly about how much money they were making and how they were using the loopholes in the law to milk the system (ie. the insurance companies) for as much as possible. From what I overheard, it sure sounded like each one of these gentlemen made over half a million dollars a year.

Then the conversation turned to real estate. Someone started talking about his experience with his landlord who happened to be an Iranian Jew. In the midst of conversation, someone said " taraf joohood-e, che entezari daree". After this comment, the conversation took a turn and became all about Iranian Jews and how they love money and how ruthless they are in their dealings.

Helloooo????!!!!! Weren't you gentlemen talking about money for the past 2 hours? Aren't you the people who were discussing new ways to maximize your billings per patients? Didn't one of you say that Dr. so and so performs surgeries even when they are not necessary? I guess this doesn't make you money hungry or ruthless.

I am not a Jew. But hearing comments like these from a bunch of highly educated people in this day and age really made me sad. Actually sick is a better description. I hope that these people are not a true representation of our culture and heritage.

-- Manouchehr,
Los Angeles

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* Persian poetry in exile

Call for Persian poetry in exile >>> See here

-- Contact ManaVaLeila@yahoo.com

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* Hanooz zoodeh

I got this from someone who thought someone else was trying to hack his website:

HANOOZ ZOODEH BEKHAY MANO HACK KONI BACHE KOONI

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* Scary

I got an email from a stranger and all it said was:

MAN KOROSH KABIR HASTAM

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* 1976ish Norooz ads
* Noroozi wishes from LA
* Grandma's phone
* SpamArrest
* Mom's will
* Like we care

March 12
* Who is God?
* Noruz messages from Bush &...
* Neither God or man
* Where hijab is under attack
* From the streets of Baghdad

March 9
* Gay/lesbian marriages
* A virgin in Tehran
* The charade
* Partners for Rights
* A Shirazi in the "Holy Land"
* Do something -- or elese!
* A kiss isNOT just a kiss
* In this day and age
* Persian poetry in exile
* Hanooz zoodeh
* Scary

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