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July 31-August 4, 2000 / Mordad 10-14, 1379


* Militia:
- Respecting soldiers

- Psychological help
- Punishing horrible crimes
* Art:
- Self-discovery


* Ancestors:
- Persians in China
- I'm not Arab American

* Millennium:
- Your wisdom
- American mind, Iranian heart
- REAL Iranian culture
- Poosteh kharbozeh
- Logic instead of anger

- Follow China
* Googoosh:
- Touched their lives

- Traveling in times
- Googoosh not for me
- Pahlavis should learn

* Militia:
- Don't teach hatred

* Art:
- Inspiring Neshat
The Iranian:
- Slightly harsh

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August 11, 2000

* Respecting soldiers

I read "At war with your people" and thought to myself we should respect our soldiers and volunteers who sacrifice their lives for our nation and our county.

We may not agree on the war itself or how long it took. But, we should not forget that there were more than a million men and women throughout the war who did the sacrifice and they should not be mistaken with bunch of thugs many of whom never have seen the battlegrounds.

The people you're talking about are bunch of young impressionable patsies. They are basically used by a group of power hungry who have a lot to lose if things are to change.


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* Psychological help

I want to compliment the writer of the article on the soldiers who can't let the war go ["At war with your people"]. It's time for them to get some psychological help, so they can stop bullying their countrymen and countrywomen. Let the old wounds heal and let the country move into the 21st century.

R. Mehdipour

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* Punishing horrible crimes

In his reply to Najmieh Fakhraei's "At war with your people", Mr Navab writes: "In any event I wish Ms. Fakhraei would come to the point to agree that the individuals she has written about are victims of our society and they need treatment. Insulting is a very old approach. I liked it when Mr. Khachatourian, in the recent Saturday gathering in front of the Federal Building sent a message to these victims: we will forgive you, we won't try you in our courts when we win."

I very much disagree with him . There should be fair and open trials for individuals who have been responsible for all sorts of horrible acts during the last 20 years, whatever many years we have to wait until true democracy prevails in Iran. Mr Khachatourian , whoever he is,"az kiseh-ye khalifeh mibakhshand". If anyone has been just a "victim" let that be proven in a lawful and open court.

Bahar Bonyan

* Self-discovery

I wish to thank The Iranian for featuring Nina Habibi's "Many me". I appreciate her sharing a creative form of self-discovery and expression, and I will now await her next set of thematically organized images. Her work colorfully remind us that each one of us is indeed "many" images integrated into a whole. We simply choose which image(s) to show the world and which ones to conceal.

Haleh Vaziri

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August 10, 2000

* Persians in China

This is a wonderful website. I enjoyed reading it. There is no mention of Persian Zoroastrian immigrants to China. I am Chinese from China. My family lives in Xuajiulan county, about 28 miles west of Xian (formerly Chang'an) city. Chang'an was the capital of many Chinese dynasties in the past. Many foreigners once lived there, especially from Iran. Some came as merchants, entertainers and religious missionaries.

In 651 A.D., King Yazdgerd III was captured by Muslim Arabs in today's Turkmenistan and beheaded. His son, Peroz survived and fled east to China. He gathered and assembled other powerful Iranian clans: Garen, Suren, Spabad, Varazpor, etc.

They all passed through the snowy Pamir mountains in today's Tajikistan and made it into China to seek the emperor's help. The Chinese king had a wife who was the sister of Peroz. So, the court of Peroz was allowed to set up in exile in western China. Many villages today in northwestern China (Xinjiang, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan provinces) bear marks of Persian ancestry or influence >>> FULL TEXT

Frank Wong

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* Your wisdom

To Fereydoun Hoveyda: I rarely have the chance to read The Iranian Times due to my very busy schedule at work. This morning I got tempted! Your article ["Still an optimist"] was a joy to read.

I wish that you could inject a little of your wisdom and ability into the minds of others like my father and others who refuse to understand and adapt/adjust.

It would be wonderful if you could translate and publish your article in Farsi, especially in NY and LA Persian papers or even appear on TV or radio.


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* Touched their lives

I read the article by Ms. Termeh Rassi and must say that I truely agree with her ["Like Holding my pillow"]. I too went a long way to see Googoosh in Toronto from San Jose, California, and my friends and family were also in total astonishment of why I would do such a thing.

Surrounding me were people holding cellular phones for their friends and loved ones at home. Every song bringing back memories and every song causing someone to break down and cry. remembering, forgiving, forgeting, but mostly reliving a piece of their history that touched their lives >>> FULL TEXT

Bob Danielzadeh

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August 9, 2000

* Traveling in time

If anyone was to ask me to describe Googoosh's concert in Toronoto I would have to refer them to Louis Armstrong's "One of Those Things".

We all experienced her in our own way. But the one common experience (one that perhaps Googoosh shared as well) was traveling in time. We went back 20 years to the days we associate with comfort and home, but we also went ahead twenty years with a dosage of hope and optimism >>> FULL TEXT

Sara Atrvash

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* American mind, Iranian heart

Our peaple never experienced leaving their homeland to find another land to settle down. At least not during the last four or five centuries.

Propably the last mass migration was during the bloody invasion of Mongols. After that most migrations were sporadic and for political reasons (members of Toudeh Party during and after the 1953 coup) and other political activists during the Pahlavi government.

Our generation is now experiencing migration with all the bittersweet complications, such as nostalgic thoughts and homesickness. Crying for Googoosh and Shamlou are symptoms.

Let's be honest: we have AMERICAN brains but our heart is still IRANIAN. We love our culture; our real artists.God bless us and keep our minds sharp and our hearts pure.


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* REAL Iranian culture

In response to Al-Amin's response "Get a grip, yourself", it is so ironic in this day and age, when the Iranian people are struggling so hard to achieve true democracy, to find people with perceptions such as yours!

Does REAL IRANIAN CULTURE mean to put women down and taking their rights away from them? Doesn't REAL IRANIAN CULTURE support mail chauvinism? Does it pay any attention at all to the issues of women?

Why can't we take the good parts of our culture and throw away the old fashioned and backward parts? What's wrong with being progressive thinkers? What's wrong with changing the angle that you perceive life, so perhaps you can comprehend at a deeper level?

And as for the West, even if it does have cultural problems, it treats women the same as men and doesn't deprive them of their civil and sexual rights.


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August 8, 2000

* Poosteh kharbozeh

The maximum leader, the exalted Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, daaamat barakaatoh, finally documented what he has been saying and doing all along, namely that he knows better than the rest of the nation ["No brainer"].

Iranian history is chuck full of these kind of leaders who at the pinnacle of their power lose sight of the uncompromising judgment of history. The aphrodisiac of power has such an intoxicating effect on them that only the sound of Gabrielle' bugle brings back some belated semblance of sobriety and a smidgen of sanity >>> FULL TEXT

Shahriar Zangeneh

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* Logic instead of anger

The attitude implied by the editorial entitled "No brainer" is dangerous in its ability to undermine the reform process -- perhaps as dangerous as the actions taken by the conservative clerical elite. Indeed, the situation demands all the "brain" available to counter the equally threatening potentials for either a furthering of the conservative clampdown, or a chaotic upheaval.

Further interconnectedness and transparency are steps toward a situation of relative integrated peace. Only in such a situation will pragmatic reform be allowed to flourish in Iran, and such pragmatism inevitably seeks to undermine the inefficient, ad hoc nature of the conservative clerical elite, with no excuses for them to cling. This is what is meant by the triumph of logic and reason, as advocated by Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Samii
New York City

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* Follow China

I was surprised that Mr. Kadivar thinks the system has made progress by not killing opponents. He must have forgotten the recent attempt on Hajjarian's life, and the previous serial murders.

But I agree with him that any change will be slow in coming. The so-called reformers will do themselves a favor not to get carried away into extremist reactions; which will give the rulers the excuse to do what they did in 1983. They should focus on economic reform, i.e. follow Communist China's model for change.


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* Googoosh not for me

I am not, particularly, a big Googoosh fan. I am the only Iranian I know of who is not. Every member of my family and Iranian friends are asking me if I want tickets to the Googoosh Concert, but I decline.

I fail to see the "artistry" behind Googoosh. Behind all the glamour of Googoosh, there lies nothing more than a Pop icon, incomparable to the contemporary Iranian musicians and artists.

The second part that compromises the "mirage" that we know as Googoosh is the obsession of the expatriate society with all that is pre-revolutionary. This is not just musical nostalgia, this is the personification of an era. Googoosh is the symbol of all that was the later Pahlavi Era in Iran.

For those who want to see a Pop music icon, should quickly acquire tickets to the next Googoosh concert. However, for those who want to see true Iranian music as the art form that it is, this concert is not for you (and I).

Arya Abedin

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August 7, 2000

* Don't teach hatred

Reading the piece by Najmieh Fakhraei surprised me ["At war with your own people"]. It reminded me of the type of insults and disrespect that is used by the not so respectable elements of our society. I am surprised that you approved the publication of this writing.

Modern and progressive understanding considers those individuals that Ms. Fakhraei writes about as social victims. We live in a time that we don't get our frustration and hatred out by bad mouthing >>> FULL TEXT

Mohamad Navab

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* I'm not Arab American

Where I grew up, there were an abundance of Arab Americans, and as I was beginning to meet new friends( Americans) when they started to ignore me. I was wondering what was going on because the Arab Americans started to group together and the other kids were hesitant to talk to me.

Then a few other actions occurred. The American students began asking me why I won't sit with the Arab American students during lunch. I told them that I wasn't an Arab American, and they looked at me with a state of confusion. I told them that I am an Iranian American >>> FULL TEXT

Alex Hooman Gorjidooz

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* Slightly harsh

This picture is taken where they kill chickens before selling them to customers. Considering the fact that most of us eat chicken or beef, the whole idea of killing a bird or an animal for the purpose of eating sounds understandable.

I still agree there is something slightly harsh in picturing it in a photograph and I strongly believe in animals rights too.

Faramarz Kaviani

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