The Iranian Times

Tuesday October 19, 1999 / Mehr 27, 1378, No. 829

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Instability has undermined our value-systems

By Mehrdad Emadi-Moghadam
October 19, 1999
The Iranian

At a personal level, we know that being dishonest and corrupt are not attributes in which we can claim credit. Privately, most of us admire the positive value of these characteristics and like to be affiliated with them. As a nation, there is nothing intrinsic to make us less hard working than Spaniards, Italians, the French, and yes even Germans and Japanese. However, it is the value-system in which we are brought up and the continuous inconsistency between what we are taught as proper behavior and the behavior that is rewarded and perceived as success which have induced us to behave in the manner for which we deserve some criticism ... GO TO FEATURE


Shell wants to expand Iran presence

Menas Associates' Iran Focus
October 1999

Royal Dutch Shell recently made headlines after reporting that it is close to signing a $1.2 billion deal with Iran to develop the offshore Nowrouz and Soroush oil fields in the Persian Gulf. In the following exclusive interview with Iran Focus, Edi Cartier, head of Shell in Iran, talks about the company's activities, views, strategies and prospects in the country ... FULL TEXT


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* All you need is free speech

Al Mohajerian writes: I think the article by our Iranian friend is wonderful ["Persian work ethics"]. While the criticism is just and the analysis well supported by facts presented, one must also take the next step and think of a resolution that will remedy the problem. While the article is very candid, it is also true that not all Iranians are lazy. On the contrary, once the opportunity is given, they can work as hard as others.

I believe that it is the loss of hope that kills the desire to work hard and excel. If people believe that their government is corrupt, they will have no reason to be good, or to play good guy. I think the secret to success is freedom of speech. If people have complete freedom of speech and expression, things will fall into their right places... Iranians have a lot to offer to the world; you just need to free them ... FULL TEXT

* Blow below the gut

Nasim Bagheri writes: In response to the author of "Khodeti", I believe the derogatory remarks about successful, independent, women stem mostly from jealousy. Since the person making the remark would find it a challenge to attack the woman (women) at an intellectual or intelligent level, (s)he decides to go for a blow below the gut so to speak (Excuse the double entendre). It is much easier to make speculations on a woman's social life than it is to question her qualification and career.

Regarding men opting for marriageable women from Iran, each to his own. As the English saying goes: "You can take the boy out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the boy." I believe the Persian equivalent is: "Aaghebat gorg zadeh gorg shavad, gar cheh baa aadami bozorg shavad'!

* Lecture: Lectures on nationalism and Iran - New York

The following is the Month of October Program of Kanoone-e Iran in New York:

Subjects: Mossadegh's role in the nationalist movement and today's Iran
Speakers: Mehdi Khanbaba Tehrani (writer), Masoud Behnoud (journalist in Iran), Dr. Mansour Farhang (political scientist, Bennington College), Dr. Mohsen Ghaemmagham (National Front in the U.S.)
Date : Friday October 22, 1999
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Place: Hamilton Hall , Room 602, Columbia University, Brodway & 116th. Street Manhattan, New York.


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* Mossadegh: Saal-haaye mobaarezeh va moqaavemat, Vol 1 & 2 (1997)
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Continuous rampaging

The overall effect of ... continuous rampaging of our social and national identity is that as a nation there have been very few values which have held dear to all of us. Instead we have learned to be concerned with our own interests and self-preservation.

-- Mehrdad Emadi-Moghadam
The Iranian
October 19, 1999

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