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Wednesday December 27, 2000 / Dey 7, 1379, No. 1134


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Persian Male Syndrome

By Siamack Baniameri
December 27, 2000
The Iranian

My ex-wife called the other day. She wanted me to sign more papers prepared by her lawyers. I don't care anymore. I don't even ask; just bring it on. She gave me her typical indifferent attitude and rash of guilt trip. The woman has taken my house, my car, my kid, my savings accounts and everything else, and she still manages to make me feel guilty.

She wanted me to meet her at this trendy coffee shop on New York's Fifth Avenue to sign the papers. This is the place where Iranian Generation Xers get together once a month and read poetry >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
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By Akbar Ganji
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Special interrogator for Saeed Emami >>> GO TO FEATURE


Russian Defence Minister in Iran

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President Khatami has called for the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Russia in all areas including defence during his meeting with the Russian Defence Minister, Igor Sergeyev, in Tehran. Marshal Sergeyev is the first Russian or Soviet defence minister to go to Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Maria Sarsalari talks to Paul Beaver of Jane's Defence Weekly about the importance of the trip >>> LISTEN

Pelletreau Highlights "Substantial Gray Area" In US Sanctions Against Iran

Middle East Economic Survey
25 December 2000

The following is an edited extract from a speech entitled "A Guide to US Economic Sanctions on Iran" given by US Ambassador Robert H Pelletreau to a conference of the Eurasia Group in Houston on 28 November. Mr Pelletreau was US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from February 1994 to January 1997. He is now a partner in the law firm Afridi and Angell in Washington, DC >>> FULL TEXT

I'm flattered, but...

Mohamad writes to The Iranian from the UAE: You look pretty. If you're not married, please let me know about your willingness to know about me.

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* Thank god for women's freedom

Dokhi Fassihian writes: In response to Bahram ["Terrorize women..."] and Mr. Yamini ["Iran has seen worse..."]:

Nothing but goodness and love can bring love. Women are just as deserving of love and fulfillment as men are, and everyone on earth should thank god that more and more women have the freedom every day to find love and fulfillment. The more women can love, the more love there is on earth.

I am all for Iranians marrying Iranians, but I resent your defense of these oppressive and chauvinistic cultures in the name of perserving Iranian culture and nation. Your ideas are a disgrace to all Iranian men, to Iranian culture, and to humanity. I'm just waiting anxiously to hear the responses of Iranian men who read The Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

* Typical politician

Setareh Sabety-Javid writes: Mr. Amirahmadi ["Optimism..."] in the typical manner of politicians did not answer one of my questions. His argument for optimism in forgien policy has no substance and does not even mention what effect the terrible events in Palestine and Israel portend.

The fact that we are further away from recognition of Israel than before does not seem to occur to him. I ask Mr. Amirahmadi once again what is he, as president of this American-Iranian Council, going to do about all the setbacks to democracy taking place in our country?

I think a mere acknowledgement of these things would do a lot to win our confidence.

* Misled by Democratic Party machine

Dr. Kambiz Ameli writes: As a non-partisan 'call it like it is' observer, I am compelled to ask, have you ever heard of the U.S constitution, wherein there is an amendment referring to the Electoral College ["And the winner is..."]. I am disappointed to see that like some people, you have been effected by the misleading and inaccurate statements spread by the Democratic Party machine.

The fact of the matter is that it was the same people like Jesse Jackson and Bill Daley who tried so hard to fix this election by manipulating poor inner-city African Americans, who had never voted before, couldn't care less about Bush or Gore, or the issues, and had no intentions of voting in this election >>> FULL TEXT

* Feeling of being jailed

Sima writes: I went to see your work ["Never to repeat"], on the last day of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo. I really liked it very much. I was very much impressed by the last scene of the tombstone, the temple bell and the AZAN. I couldn't stop crying. It was a beautiful combination >>> FULL TEXT

Business: Trading with Iran, Long Beach

The Iranian Trade Association & the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach Present "Trading With Iran: A New Beginning" January 10, 2001 8:30 ­ 10:30 a.m. Long Beach, CA World Trade Center Long Beach Conference Theatre, One World Trade Center Long Beach, CA 90831 Tel 1+ 562-495-7070 >>> DETAILS




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I'm the wind, you're a leaf. How can you not tremble,

    Or do just what I ask? I threw a stone,

    And broke your pitcher: How can you not be

    Worth a hundred precious stones, a hundred seas?

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Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a fortysomething Persian man who has difficulties adjusting to his environment. This man still thinks his ex-wife is his maid and even though she's not his wife any more, he has problems accepting the fact that she's with someone else... I call this PMS or Persian Male Syndrome.

-- Siamack Baniameri
The Iranian
December 27, 2000

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