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April 24-28, 2000 / Ordibehesht 2-6, 1379


* Satire:
- Insulting

- Cracked me up


* Iran-U.S.:
- Shah's return in 1953
- Brilliant not Buddha

- Mehrjui: The director & and the man
- Azizi still respected
Pressure cooker:
- Stollen money
- Too much politics

- Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages
- Bloodshed
* Women:
- The real deal

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April 28, 2000

* Insulting

I have lived in the U.S. since 1978. I consider myself an educated and open-minded individual respecting all other religions and personal beliefs. As a Moslem, I consider this piece of writing offensive and I respectfuly ask that you don't promote such writings in your paper ["Abolfazl insurance"].

Matt Fotouhi

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* Cracked me up

Do me a favor: please tell Alireza Sadeghi that his poem titled Rostam and Afrasyab cracked me up. GREAT JOB.

Gelareh Abedi

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April 27, 2000

* Shah's return in 1953

Your April 16 front-page article ''How a Plot Convulsed Iran in '53 (and in '79)'' makes unjust remarks about my late husband, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. It also gives a partial account of the events of 1953.

My husband at first supported Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in the fight for the nationalization of Iran 's oil industry. Only when the shah was convinced that political and economic deterioration was threatening Iran 's independence and stability did he feel constitutionally obligated to dismiss Dr. Mossadegh.

The shah returned to Iran because of the will of the majority of Iranians >>> FULL TEXT

Farah Pahlavi

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* Brilliant not Buddha

I read Mr. Kaviani's letter regarding his disappointment with Mr. Mehrjui's manner. With all due respect I frankly though it to be rather naive! Do you expect Mr. Mehrjui to be Buddha just because he's a brilliant artist? An artist is a mirror - hopefully reflecting his disgruntled or contented views of life; many artists' mission is to create the work in order to transcend the issues, objectify them or possibly even view them from another angle. In any case it's a mystical process.

Come now, let's not get sentimental or maudlin over artists, Mr. Kaviani. They're just as irritable or easy-going as everyone else, possibly even more. When you put anyone, especially an artist on a pedestal you make them responsible for YOUR expectations and that's simply not the function of art. You don't have to love the man to love the work -- that's purism and there's absolutely no room for that in art.

Banafsheh Zand

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April 26, 2000

* Mehrjui: The director & and the man

On Saturday April 22, Dariush Mehrjoui was at New York's Lincoln Center to have a talk. I thought, "What else could a middle-age Iranian guy living in the U.S. ask for on a Saturday afternoon?" I love Iran's blooming movie industry and Mehrjoui in particualr. But wait a minute. Don't get too excited! Always expect the unexpected!...

However, it seems like Mehrjoui the person is not as impressive as Mehrjoui the director ... Why doesn't Mr. Mehrjoui have that respect toward Iranian movie directors in general as well? Why exclude Kiarostami and attack other directors and even Fardin who died less than two weeks ago? >>> FULL TEXT

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Azizi still respected

I remember the times when Iran would get worldwide attention in sports: Takhti in wrestling, soccer players Ali Parvin, Hassan Roshan, Andranik Skandarian (who played for New York Cosmos in Major League Soccer), and many more great athletes.

Today here in San Francisco's Bay Area we have Khodadad Azizi who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes. Two weeks ago he received a red card and a three-week suspension. But yellow or red cards are part of the game. I don't know how to express myself but after all these years of playing soccer I can understand how a player could react in heated situations. It is just part of the game! >>> FULL TEXT

Armin Khalili

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April 25, 2000

    * Too much politics

    I just thought I point out to you that your content is increasingly focused on politics ["Anger & despair"]. I along with my wife and many others were much more interested in the cultural notes and debates that you had going on.

    We're interested more in Iranians living here, and also Iranians who went to Iran and came back, amongst many other rhings. There are plenty of news sites, but so few sites that offer cultural insight and discussions.

    Reza M.

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* The real deal

Professor Hamid, I hail you! You're an insightful satirist ["Loving an Iranian girl"]. I'm an American guy who fell in with an Iranian Bahai girl. Loved her to high heaven. It was a sincere and loving set up, probably because she was twelve years older than me.

Have to say, though, that no girl I've ever known since (this was fifteen years ago) has floored and moved me like her. Her name was Ranaa...

Basically I have to say that Ranaa was the real deal. She could have lofty sentiments, but she was not the usual how-much-are-you-worth-Jack kind of woman. She was a goddamn one woman slaughter house with a killer wit and a talent with a paint brush. In other words, she was no demure dummy bubble puppy like these chicks your're talking about >>> FULL TEXT

John D. Stich

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April 24, 2000

* Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages

I enjoyed reading Charles Kurzman's article in relation to the American support for democracy in Iran in the 20th century and the 21st century ["Lost opportunities"]. I should, however, like to state the following observations.

1. It would be misguided to compare Iran's Constitutional Movement (1904-1909), which was progressive and modernist in nature, to President Hojatoleslam Khatami's attempt to prolong the life of the Velayat-e-Faghih through revisionism. Whilst the former ended centuries of autocracy, the latter is an attempt to prolong two decades of theocracy >>> FULL TEXT

Nazenin Ansari

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* Bloodshed

Nice summary ["For God's sake"]. Yes a climax is approaching. It's difficult to know which side will come out on top. A coup d'etat may produce temporary relief, but risks precipitating a catastrophic end to the regime. On the other hand, this present confrontation is untenable. I fear some bloodshed is on the cards, as the protagonists have become highly polarized.

Behzad Djazaeri

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Pressure cooker
* Stollen money

By Banafsheh Zand

We all know that each and everyone of these akhoonds have lined their pockets with millions and millions that belong to the devastated people of Iran. None of that wealth belongs to these reprobates and none of them should be permitted to abscond with their booty. As time of their demise nears, the more shamelessly they scramble to feather their nests. This reminds me of the Germans' appropriation of Jewish property and then fleeing to South America after WWII.

I propose we begin searching high and low for the banks and investment firms that are handling these funds. As Iran's assets were frozen after the revolution, so should these. In view of the misery wrought by this consortium of self-proclaimed divine messengers, we should actively and with solidarity, be pursuing avenues to block their present and future exploits >>> FULL TEXT

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