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October 11-15, 1999 / Mehr 19-23, 1378


* Plagiarism:
- Vee lissen too!
Work habits:
- Think about our children
Book cover:
- Offensive eye and coloring


* Memories:
- My old neighborhood

* Work habits:
- Right and wrong
- Wrong, wrong, wrong

* Relationships:
- Enough feminist jargon

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Octrober 13, 1999

* Vee lissen too!

The poem "Rain" by Mr. Shah Zendegi is a sad and pathetic plagearism of Simon and Garfunkel's "Kathy's Song" with the word "Iran" substituted for "England". Please let Mr. Zendegi know that VEE IRANIAN LISSEN TO AMERICAN MOOSIC TOO!!!

Sean Radan

Editor: Correction has been made. Thanks for pointing this out.

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* Think about our children

Read your article and enjoyed it. I could not agree with you more ["Persian work ethics". The funny thing is I see a parallel in other countries like Egypt. Zerangi is worse in that country than it is in ours! Also Greece is the same way.

As long as we only care about our past -- which has become the focal point of our lives -- we are going to miss the future. Instead of thinking about our parents we need to think about our children. May be that will help us do away with zerangi and start being a example for our children.

Mohammad Talaee

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* Offensive eye and coloring

In my view the eye and coloring of your cover story picture "Her eyes" resembles the contreversial art exhibit portarying christ in New York City. It can be extremly offensive. May be I am misreading it?

Hamid Shahandeh

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Octrober 12, 1999

* Right and wrong

The Iranian letter's section, which I stumbled upon serendipously not long ago, is one of the most interesting discussion fora with regards to Iran. I read Mr Khachaturian's nostalgic words which were unpretentious yet lyrical, like one of the symphonies of his composer namesake. I also read dAyi Hamid's confused confabulations ["Persian work ethics"]. One can not take the man seriously after seeing his picture and many have eloquently and strongly rebuked him. However I like to write a few words in support as well as refutation of dAyi Hamid ...

Although I object to Hamid's tone he raises some points that we all know to be true. Zerangi is a badge of honour amongst Iranians. This is due to our history. Since the fall of the Safavids and the attack of Ashraf-i Afghan, the instability inherent in the Iranian life and politics has been a hinderance to the establishment of any semblance of a meritocracy. People rarely innovated to get ahead. Instead they merely redistributed the existing wealth by devious or violent means. No legal protection meant that long term investment was a folly and the surest way to wealth was dishonesty. So three atitudes developed in the Iranian psyche that still persist but I see them disappearing in my generation ... FULL TEXT

Arash Salardini

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* My old neighborhood

I can picture all the places xAle has talked about ["Yakhie"]. I'm from Ahvaz too.

Although my times are a bit more recent than hers, I can remember her neighborhood as well as Falakeye Raah Aahan, Beeseem housing complex, Doctor Hooshyaar elementary (all boys), Karim-Faatemee high school, Omeed elementary (all girls, and maybe xAle went to that school?! like my older sister...), Pepsi Cola bottling company and a lot more around that neighborhood. Maybe xAle remembers my dad's pharmacy on the corner of Seeroos and Sa'di streets (Daarookhaaneye Paastor Noe).

Anyway her article borught back a lot good memories since I went to school around her old neighborhood. xAle is one of few people on the net that I can totally relate to. Thanks for bringing back some of my Ahvaz memories. My best to xAle.

Mehran Jazayeri-Moghaddas

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* Enough feminist jargon

I have followed the train of thought and argument of the articles regarding relationships in this magazine since it first started and am one of the original readers of it.

The extensive criticism of Mr.Raafat's article ["Real Iranian girls?"] is appalling to be honest! It is completely hypocritical for Smith and Khalili and all the rest to feel carte blanche to demoralize or justify censoring his opinion and first hand experience simply because they don't agree with his idea!? Frankly their attempt to deride and ridicule him or people with different ideas than their's like his is completely insensitive and not worthy of much attention by this magazine! This is reverse-chauvanism by women if anything at all!

I think we already get our over saturation of feminist jargon from the mainstream media and to censor someone in perhaps the only outlet he may have is completely unfair!

While as an Iranian man whose lived in the U.S. for twenty some years now, I was really partly inspired by his article to take my American wife and kids to Iran this summer which was my first time since I came here! I don't think what he has characterised as odd in any way and certainly to criticise him for _not_ mentioning "love, friendship" and the like doesn't do justice for the apparent fact that the reason for him going to Iran in search of a "virgin girl" was because he could not find love or friendship with opinionated girls in this country!

I love my American wife and that is my choice, and perhaps if I listened to many Iranians I wouldn't have married her and had lovely kids and a lovely life! And perhaps this maybe the same for this chap who is doing the _unusual_ by not being part of the norm!

Bijan Shahrokhpour

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