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March 8-12, 1999 / Esfand 17-21,1377


* Senator Boxer:
- She didn't apologize


* Tourism:
- Cheer up, James Bond
- No visa, no tourist
- Farhad, the God

* Iran-U.S.:
- Hope some day...
- What is wrong with democracy

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March 12, 1999

* She didn't apologize

I think sending harsh, impolite and indecent rhetoric to U.S. Senator Boxer for her insult is the least and most instinctive fair response ["U.S. senator has "deep admiration" for Iranians"]. After all if we were Jews we could have accused her of anti-semitism and would have sued her for billions of dollars.

According to her, we are such an unimportant nation that she decides to correct herself not by apologizing but by some formal routine non-sense of reminding us of our heritage! We leave this to the conscience of the world and do not really need people reminding us of our bright past.

This prevailing general arrogance amongst American politicians is revolting and dangerous. But to Sen. Boxer's credit , she is not only arrogant but also extremely ignorant in international relations. Perhaps this is not a surprise for a political system proud of being the ONLY nation of the world achieving the MOST of everything.

Politics in this country is controlled by America's first man of morality, President Clinton, as well as Bob Livingston, and the arrogant Jesse Holmes and Newt Gingrich, coupled with the ignorance and illiteracy of Ms Boxer.

Ms Boxer: I would like to remind you that for a country that advocates democracy, an extremely narrow-minded comment like the one you have abused the media for, is very dangerous and leads to mistrust amongst people -- a gap that real people try to narrow and politicians try to widen!

K. Manavi

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March 11, 1999

* Cheer up, James Bond

Mr.B.Moore, in reference to your anger at having a hard time obtaining a visa to go to Iran, we Iranians have to pay to get a visa to England too, even if we it is pnly for transit through London Heathrow.

The UK embassy in Los Angeles has a new gimmick for us Iranians. They say we have to get multiple visas for entry into the UK, but it is impossible to get a multiple visa.

As for being labeled a spy, don't feel too bad, James Bond. What about us? We get finger-printed when we arrive in the U.S. because of the so-called [threat of] terorrism.

Cheer up. I am sure you liked Iran ["Waking the friendly giant"].

Ali Chaquorzahi

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March 10, 1999

* Farhad, the God

As I was listening to "Ayeneha", I happened to come across your report on Farhad's concert in San Francisco ["Welcome back"]. The only thing I can say is RIGHT ON BROTHER. When I was young in the 70s in Tehroon, Farhad was GOD and he still is. Thanks for your well written piece.


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* Hope some day...

It's a great pleasure to read your elections are going well. Maybe some day we'll see American and Iranian friendship develope politically, culturally, and accademically. The feeling that some day the American embargo on Iran will be lifted is a dream. Hope our ties can be a genuine sincere relationship.

Enjoyed The Iranian web site.

Melba Block

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March 9, 1999

* What is wrong with democracy

Of course they are happy. During the time of Shah we were selling our life blood, the oil, at as much as $40.00 a barrel. How much do we get for it now-a-days? About $11.00 a barrel, if that? Of course they are happy. During the last 10 years of the Shah's rule they could not dictate to us about our policies, internal or international. For the most part, we were a proud bunch of people. Today, we are belittled, looked down on, treated as second class people, and the worst thing I can think of about Persian democracy is the fact that any government in the world can buy enough votes to put their man in the office! To change the laws or bend them to benefit one country or another. To benefit all but the Persians. This is what scares me. Aren't you scared? ... FULL TEXT

Fereidoon Eimen

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March 8, 1999

* No visa, no tourist

I have just returned from Iran after a months holiday in the country and thus your article ["Waking the friendly giant"] was of great interest to me. As a first-time British visitor I believe I have an interesting angle on the debate. I have a few points, beyond the obvious, as to why tourism in Iran is so limited.

1) Getting a visa is all but impossible in the UK unless you are prepared to pay £150 + to an agency. Being continually accused of being a spy doesn't help either! In fact, unless you have relations in Iran or you pay an agency you cannot get a visa.

2) Whole system of foreign prices is ridiculous. It really annoyed and frustrated me. Why should I pay more because I am from Engalnd? I imagine it annoys others as well.

3) Ignorance: Iran isn't a visited spot because to a generation of European travelers it is unknown. Once Iran is "discovered" again it will be overrun by travelers. Not good for me, but good for Iran.

4) One final point: State-run hotels will have to sort it out. The one in Dizin is appalling - I have never had hotel staff being so rude or ignorant in all my travels!

Ben Moores

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