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February 2005

February 26

* Petition: No US intervention

Open Letter to the American People

In the wake of the death of tens of thousands of Iraqis and over twelve thousand Americans killed or wounded, immeasurable destruction, and continuing instability resulting from the US occupation of Iraq, we the undersigned express our deep alarm at the prospect of US direct or indirect military action in Iran >>> Sign petition

We firmly believe that the discontent with, and opposition to, the ruling theocracy in Iran does not mean that the Iranian people support military operations against their country by the United States or any other foreign power. Iranians still remember the serious blow to freedom in Iran by the US covert operation against the democratically elected government of Dr. Mossadegh in 1953.

Iran is a country three times the size and population of Iraq, with a history of struggle against foreign invaders that dates back thousands of years. The human cost, in terms of Iranian and American lives, of any US military intervention in Iran may prove to be much higher than in Iraq, with incalculable damage to Iran's economy and national assets.

Any invasion or bombing of Iran will increase militarism, strengthen the grip of religious fanatics over the state and nation, and further erode democratic and human rights in Iran.

We ask you to oppose any military intervention in Iran and work to promote genuine peace in the region >>> Sign petition

-- Forwarded by Bendad

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* Blood in your Oscar caviar


Dear distinguished members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, nominees and other guests of the post-Oscar Governor's Ball,

Please be advised that there is blood in the Iranian Osetra Caviar that your beloved Wolfgang "Puke" Puck is serving you in your post-Oscar bash.

Yes. I am talking to you. you bleeding heart liberal, self-hating American, Michael Moore infatuated, pot-smoking, PETA member, NOW member, SAG member, Tree-hugging, France haute-couture wearing, so-called lovers of freedom of speech and fighters of censorship who take every opportunity to trash our President and this great land called America: there is blood in your Iranian Caviar.

While you will be sipping your fine French champagne with your "Iranian" Caviar just remember there is Blood in your Iranian Caviar. You beloved President Clinton, in his infinite wisdom to buddy-up to the terrorist-mullahs who rule Iran lifted the restriction on the importation of Iranian caviar, pistachios and carpets so that they can better fund such terrorist groups as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and fund their other little hobby of building a nuclear bomb. At that time, a true friend of the Iranian people, A Democrat of all people, Rep. Brad Sherman of California (who has a huge Iranian constituency in his district) was brave enough to go to the floor of the House of Representatives and criticize the move by reminding President Clinton and his administration that the true cost of the Iranian Caviar is paid by the blood of innocent Iranians who live under the nightmare called the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Every time you dip your silver special spoons into that slimy Iranian Caviar just remember: women are being stoned to death in Iran, Virgin Iranian female students are raped by prison guards so they don't go to heaven after their execution in Iran, Jews, Evangelical Christians and Bahais mysteriously disappear never to be heard of again in Iran , students are tortured for expressing their views in Iran, bloggers are sentenced to jail terms for writing out their thoughts in Iran and opposition figures have been assassinated in the most vicious ways possible.

And if for some reason you do not care about the people of Iran (the biggest pro-American population in the muslim Middle East) just remember which regime took American diplomats as hostages, blew up American marines into pieces in Lebanon and who is largely responsible for the Iraqi insurgency that claims the lives of the patriotic men and women in the military.

So again, just a health advisory, I would like to submit for your consideration the idea that since you are all such wonderful human beings----- may be you should consider skipping the Iranian Caviar in the Governor's Ball after the ceremonies. For those of you who still want to dip into that Caviar, be careful, so you do not choke on the blood in your Iranian Caviar.

Pooya Dayanim
President of the Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee (IJPAC).

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February 24

* Which children of the revolution?

Thursday night (25 Feb) Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) -- a UK charity -- is hosting an event on the future of Iran's "children of the revolution" at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Stars of the show are the Islamic Republic-friendly English writer Christopher de Bellaigue and Ali Ansari, an Islamic Repubic-friendly political scientist (one foreigner, one Iranian Brit, both with questionable connection to under-25s. The future looks bright!).

IHF is after all an Islamic Republic-friendly charity, run by the super-rich. It is unlikely that tonight that there will be any mention of Arash Cigarchi. As of this week, Cigarchi can look forward to 14 years in prison, for writing a weblog. The Islamic killers who run our country are threatened by a lad who if Google serves me right was born in 1979, the year of the revolution. At 25 or 26 he's around eight years younger than me. When he leaves he will be six years older than I am now. By that time he will have had his youth demolished. The youth whose discontent the Islamic-terrorist system has nourished for 25 years, is locked up for expressing it.

If Bellaigue and Ansari tonight mention the issue of imprisonment and torture of dissenting youth, and slam the Islamic government I might apologise for doubting their integrity. But if as I suspect they will not, at their next outing Chris and Ali wear your turbans.

-- Peyvand Khorsandi

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February 21

* Black History Month

Cia Davoodi is a young teenager living in Toronto. He was born in Iran and raised in the U.S. & Canada. This is an email he sent to his father in Iran last week:

Salam Baba,

In article mane keh tooyeh School Newspaper chap shod. har mah yek dooneh minevisam vah be shoma ham miferestam, Thats if you are interested :D

As we all know, February is Black History Month. But most of us don't know why it is recognized as Black History Month. We have celebrated black history annually since 1926. The event started as "Negro History Week" and was later re-named.

Although the black population had been part of society in North America from the time of European colonization, their history was barely recorded. If it ever was, they were often referred to in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

We owe the celebration of Black History Month and the study of black history to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1915, He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) and in 1926 he created the Journal of Negro History. In the same year he established Negro History Week to attract attention to the contributions of black people in American history.

This year in Parkdale C. I things are going to be done a little different than usual. The Annual Black History Month will reflect on contributions made by Black Canadian Icons. There will also be other events and happenings in order to commemorate the contributions of blacks made in Canada. Every student should show participation and come out to celebrate black history.

-- Cid Davood

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* Swatch: Golestan

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has a new Iranian design >>> Golestan

-- Sourena Mohammadi

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* The Islamic Republic of Malibu

So last Saturday morning during the brief lull in the string of 18 tropical storms hitting Los Angeles (Global warming? What global warming?), I went to my favorite newsstand and noticed that every issue of my favorite photo magazine had been given a plastic hejab. Didn't Iranians pioneer this technology in the 80s? I seem to remember a gaggle of chador-adorned women using marker pens to cover up every offensive picture in every foreign magazine. Twenty-six years later and here we are, I'm so proud.

-- Kambiz
The Islamic Republic of Malibu

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* Namak magazine (Los Angeles)

I'd like to introduce a new magazine I'm publishing called "Namak"! It's aimed at young Iranians living outside Iran and covers a wide range of topics, including: film, fashion, music, nightlife, health, sex, relationships, community, culture and more...

The premiere issue will be available in March. It'll be entirely in English, full color, high gloss and provocative. Namak will speak to and celebrate a new Iranian generation that is simultaneously connected to its rich Persian culture and deeply entrenched in the broader "mainstream" community.

You can help!

- Spread the word
- Subscribe
- Advertise
- Come to the launch party on March 19th!!!

Please forward this email to your friends and family.

-- Behzad Tabatabai

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* Obituary: Gholam-Hossein Djabbari

Goholam-Hossein Djabbari, Iranian Statesman and pioneer in Iranian culture and fine arts died of pneumonia at age 89 in Santa Monica, California. The first graduate of Tehran University in Archaeology in 1938, he entered public service and played a major role in the development of Film and Audio Visual Education in Iran.

As the Permanent Undersecretary for Culture And Fine Arts for over 27 years he directed and oversaw the building and establishment of more than 600 museums, libraries and schools dedicated to culture, fine arts and archaeology throughout Iran. Prior to this he was the Administrative Director of the joint Point Four Program with the United States, as a result of which he completed his postgraduate studies at Syracuse University.

His other legacies include the historic Coronation of the Shah Of Iran in 1967, the building of Roudaki Hall, Iran's first and largest Opera House, and the growth and expansion of the Iranian Film Industry.

Mr. Djabbari was born in Iran in 1915 and moved to Los Angeles after the Islamic Fundamentalist Revolution in Iran in 1979. His wife of 53 years, three sons, one daughter and eight grand children survive him.

-- Said Jabbari

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* Let's save Hubble

Dear Greetings!

I'm a big fan of your site, I'm really happy that this site is running for soo many years.

I'm not a good writer, I can't write, my I had something in mind for sometime that I wanted to suggest to the board, perhaps you guys that propose it to the rest of Iranians around the world.

The subject is about Hubble Telescope . As you guys might heard, NASA is planning to bring Hubble down for good due to lack of funds!

And I've been reading that there are lots of rich Iranians around the world buying football clubs, promoting science etc. I just thought if few capable Iranians come together and sponsor Hubble, this will be really great for the Iranian community, science it will last forever. And it will improve the image of Iranian around the world. That we do care about science and technology.

Anyhow, this was just a suggestion, if you guys think it's appropriate to write about it, it might encourage some Iranians to come hand in hand and support this great piece of art in the space .. It will also help the Iranian and other scientists in the world.


-- Baher Seioshansian

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* Tonight I am reborn

I visited Shiraz for the first time in March 2004 as part of my trip to Iran. This was a page from my journal:

Saturday, March 20, 2004: SHIRAZ -- On this night of a thousand stars...the first night of spring, the first night of a new year...I stand on the same earth as the great mystics stood. It is easy to understand how they created such magical poetry while standing underneath this sky. The stars are so close they seem to whisper music into the soul and make slow dancing with the earth feel like obligation.

This city is my nucleus...the romantic city whose perfumed gardens inspired poetry of exquisite beauty. Every thing I've ever loved or am is spawned from here. That magical empire of arts, literature and majesty that I read about my entire life is here. Tomorrow I will go to Takhte Jamshid (Persepolis) and hope to see my existence through its glory. I've traveled to many places in Iran...Esfahan, Mashhad, Tehran...but none feel as fulfilling as this.

Yesterday, I visited Hafez and Sa'adi's shrines and with gratitude paid homage to the treasure of their words for my heritage. They molded Persian culture with artistic grace through their timeless verses. To capture the essence of a people that withstands time and endures all hardships is truly the gift of God.

This place where Cyrus, the "King of Kings, the King of the world, King of Babylon, King of the four quarters..." called home, this air that was breathed by Prophets and Poets, this soil that remains rich with the tears of fallen angels...this is Shiraz. To be here is to be all of those things that only our mind's eye can recognize. My heart has opened. How blessed I am to be borne from this soil. Tonight I am reborn...on this night of a thousand stars, the first night of spring, the first night of a new year...

-- Sahar Shobeir Shokati

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February 12

* Condoleezza Rice, by Gilan pharmacist

My sister Saiedeh Sadadi is a pharmacist who runs a pharmacy in Rostam Aabad-e-Gilan (If you remeber the Abbas Kiarostami movies: "Khaneh Doost Kojaast", "Zire Derekhtane Zeitoun", "Zendegi va digar hich", all filmed in this small town in Gilan) This is her painting of Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State!

-- Reza Sadadi

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February 8

* Barfieh.... Barfieh...

Today, I was recording a video-clip of my son and his friends playing in the snow -- which hasn't stopped falling on Teheran for the past few days, btw -- when I decided to go out and take a look in the street.

What happened next is what you see in the clip. I felt that this could be interesting, as you never get clips recorded with the actual sights and sounds of daily life in Iran, and after all, that is what would probably touch the nostalgic readers of your web site, perhaps even more than pictures.

I'll include the actual conversation that took place between me and the "barfi" in text format below so that your readers can figure out what was said in case they can't hear the audio well.

Barfi 1: (from afar): Barfieh... barfieh... (It's the snowplower... it's the snow plower...)...

Barfi 1: (after having seen me recording the scene): Agha shabakeye chandom
pakhsh misheh? (Sir, which channel will broadcast this?)

Me: (laughing): Az in shaansaa nadaari... (No such luck...)

Barfi 1: Bezaar tu Jam-e-Jam.... (Put it on Jam-e Jam TV)

Me: Ru maahvaare pakhshesh mikonim. (We'll put it on satellirte TV)

Barfi 1: (now near) Agha salam. Biaaym paaroo konim? (Hello sir... should we come in a plow your snow?)

Barfi 2: Khasteh nabaashin... (May you not be tired...)

Me: Merci, ghorboone shomaa. Na... (Thank you very much, no thanks...)

Barfi 1: Tooye Jame-Jam bezaar oonaayi ke oonvare aaban befahman maa che
gereftariyi daarim. (Put this on Jam-e Jam TV so that people on the other side of the ocean know what kind of problems we have..."

Me (laughing): Areh, vaasat mizaaram hame tamaashaa konan. Ma'roof mishi tu
Amrica. (Yeah, I'll air it for everyone. You'll become famous in America.)

Barfi 1: Areh baba, chikaar konim digeh... (Yeah... what else can we do? ...)

-- Parham

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February 6

* Hejab exhibit: Near Chicago

Please join us with guest Amir Normandi for a bag lunch (provided) and a discussion of two ground-breaking works from Iran. Iranian-American photographer Normandi brings to campus a collection of haunting images of women under the Hejab (dress code) taken by him and his Iranian students. They risked imprisonment and torture to smuggle these images out of Iran.
February 18, 2005: 11 a.m.-12 noon, Harper College, Ground Floor of A Building (Student Lounge), 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois (near Chicago). The exhibit will end February 24.

-- Fazi Riahi

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February 5


Dear all,

As the news about a possible military attack on Iran has been appearing in the media, some Iranian bloggers have started to mobilize and show their preemptive dissent. In order to reach the English-speaking people in Europe and North America, two group-blogs (in English) were formed this week.

The goal of both blogs is to let the world know that unlike what the Bush administration would like us to believe, Iranians are not sitting in front of their televisions, cheering for the U.S. military to come and bring them democracy!

One of the blogs, No War on Iran, is written by four Iranian graduate students in Jordan, The U.K., and the U.S. The url is:

The other blog, Iranians for Peace ( is open
to submissions by anyone who wants to write against war. The organizers of
this group-blog are based in Iran and the U.S. and the articles come from all over the world.

Please visit these blogs and read what Iranian bloggers who are concerned
about a military attack on Iran have to say. If you have a blog, please give a link to these blogs; and if not, circulate this message widely. We are hoping that our voices of dissent can reach as many people as possible.

-- Sima Shakhsari

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February 4

* Urgent help: Cancer victim

My dear friends,

I have pledged $1000 with the help of 100 of my friends in this email distribution.  $100 myself + $10 min if each of you guys donate. Please help me beat my pledge to Farshid. (Think you are buying a lunch for me!!!!) You guys still can help more, but this is my personal request to you. Just email me back with your donation amount for my pledge. -- Thank you, Mazdak Rooein

URGENT HELP NEEDED: 32 year old San Francisco Bay Area Persian female in need of financial help for her cancer operation

Over the years our Iranian community in the Bay Area has gotten involved with many good causes. We have helped many in need -- from earthquake, tsunami, and poverty victims to individuals fighting with diseases, all around the world.
This time we have one of our very own who is in dire need of help.

A 32 year old, Bay Area professional Persian female, a kind and generous soul who always helps others unselfishly, and an old dear friend to me personally, is now fighting an advanced thyroid cancer which has dangerously spread in her body. She has a 4 cm tumor in her neck that must be removed immediately by means of a complex surgery in Stanford Hospital.

Unfortunately she does not have proper medical coverage for the operation, the cost of which is estimated to be $150,000. She is in desparate and immediate need of funds so that she can proceed with the operation.

We have an opportunity to help her get her life back. I am writing to ask for your help in this matter. I hope you will all join me in helping her out. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. And I am certain that your good deed will be returned to you before long.

You can provide financial help via one of the following 4 methods:

1. Send check
2. Send money via
3. Transfer or wire money to the bank account
4. Donate stocks or other securities

For any of the above methods and more info contact:

-- T. Ansari:
-- Jamileh Mokhlesi:
-- Farshid Ketabchi:

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February 26
* Petition: No US intervention
* Blood in Oscar caviar
February 24
* Children of the revolution?
February 21
* Black History Month
* Swatch: Golestan
* Islamic Republic of Malibu
* Namak magazine (LA)
* Obituary: G.H. Djabbari
* Let's save Hubble
* Tonight I am reborn
February 12
* Condoleezza Rice, by Gilan pharmacist
February 8
* Barfieh.... Barfieh...
February 6
* Hejab exhibit: Near Chicago
February 5
February 4
* Urgent help: Cancer victim

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