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Thursday, February 3, 2000 / Bahman 14, 1378, No. 909

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* Send your Valentine's Day message here: It will be published February 14.*


Taking a bow
... to the splendor of Isfahan

February 3, 2000
The Iranian

Before I begin, I shall say that I am not an Isfahani. I introduce myself as Shirazi, my allegiances are to Shiraz, my fondest memories of childhood are from Shiraz and its abundant gardens and groves, that I will go back to Shiraz again and again, whether asleep or awake, as I have all my life. All that said, the Shirazis of today -- the current inhabitants of the city and not those abroad -- feel a conspicuous sense of inferiority towards Isfahan. The two cities have always been in something of a competition; as Iran's capital during various dynasties, as the source of the two sweetest and most recognizable accents in Iran, as centers of culture, as tourist destinations, as wombs of beauty and grace, and as places of rest and respite on the spice and silk routes >>> GO TO FEATURE


Vinegar into wine
The power of love

By Ali A. Parsa
February 3, 2000
The Iranian

Whatever it is, love seems to be the stuff or the mysterious force that, as they say "makes the world go around". We also know that if nurtured by awareness through effective education, ethics and role model, love can brighten our lives and enable us to do what we normally can't. Those who have experienced that surge in power of love, know that love contributes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in the most effective way than any method ever devised by man. That kind of love was the mysterious force that energized our greatest philosophers, poets, writers and mentors to produce the greatest works, mostly under the conditions abject poverty and yet they were able to discover and describe the beauties of our world far better than the people with unsurpassed material wealth >>> GO TO FEATURE


Alarming suicide rate

Sobh-e Emrooz newspaper (January 26) ran a feature on suicides in Iran. The statistics are disturbing (pdf file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


Sag Bahai

Got an email forwarded to me today. It was a comment about the article on brothels in Tijuana ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. The guy called me a "self-hating anti-Iranian parasite" and a "sag Bahai". A self-hating anti-Iranian parasite, maybe, but a sag Bahai?

I personally wasn't offended. But I felt very sorry for Bahais who aren't even human, according to a good many ignorant, hateful fools.

You didn't like the article? Fine. You thought it was totally untrue? Okay. You think is run by the CIA? Baasheh to raast meegee. But what has any of this got to do with Bahais? You have a better religion? Good for you. Prove it.

Baa ejaazatoon, I have no religion. But if I ever did consider one, it sure wouldn't be the kind that despises and kills the followers of other religions. -- Jahanshah Javid

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* Necessary and timely

B. Bagheri writes in reply to Ali Akbar Mahdi: I can appreciate your reservations about informative, investigative, or literary merits of this article (for a few seconds only!) ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. Then I'll have to object to your very "intellectually fulfilling" opinion on the grounds that the report in question is about a very REAL and HAPPENING Tehrangeles fact of life!

It is so true that it was time for someone to put a pen to paper! The same thing is happening in a couple of Mexican "fun-towns" across Texas borders! Of course, there are only about an estimated 70-80 thousand Iranian-Americans in Texas (mostly in Houston and then in Dallas) but the Iranian wives in Texas may want to start paying attention! >>> FULL TEXT

* Hoping for a better piece

Ali Akbar Mahdi writes in reply to B. Bagheri (above): All I can say in response to your comment is to repeat what I said to another gentleman who thought I was "abhorrently offended" by this piece. Here is what I wrote to him:

"Please read my comments carefully. I am not offended by the subject or the fact that Iranian men buy sex on the other side of the border. Iranian men do many more things and everyone is free to let others know about what they do. Nor did I object to publication of this gentleman's view about his trip. My objection was to the POOR quality of this piece. Read my two comments carefully. Any magazine is free to cover any subject it deems appropriate. However, magazines, like schools, set standards for themselves and try to maintain those standards. The Iranian is not a SOAP magazine. It could have covered this issue with a better piece, not one with an "Akh Joon" ending." >>> FULL TEXT

* Born in Australia, 100% Iranian

Shahab writes: I am an Iranian guy who was born and lives in Sydney, Australia. I am 21 years old. Firstly I like to congradulate you on becoming an Aussie ["Proud Australian"] but I really don't understand why you did this because to me that's like taking your identity away and forgetting who you are!

My dad came to Australia from Iran in 1972 and still to this day he has not become an Aussie and still has his Iranain passport this is the same for my mum and they both are very proud of thier culture and the fact that they are Iranians.

As I say, I was born in Australia and I consider myself 100% Iranian and I am proud to be Iranian. I think we have the greatest culture in the world! Why you would become an Aussie is above my head I really don't understand!

Celebrate: Noruz gala in Washington DC

The Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA) requests the pleasure of your company at its annual Noruz Gala on Saturday, 18 March 2000 at 8 pm. Join us at Washington's celebrated National Press Club for a light dinner as well as music and dancing. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 8 March, as the IACA cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Plan early and circle that date on your calendar! The IACA looks forward to celebrating the new year with you! For more information about tickets, please call: 301-656-IACA.

Valentine: Say "I love you" all over again

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Nominated books

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Old dam

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In prayer or love

Entering this magnificent place [Masjed-e-Shah in Isfahan] with its dark interior eivans in utter solitude and awesome silence, broken only by chirping of finches and sparrows in the smaller side courtyards, you find god, even if you don't believe in it. You find a beauty so utter and whole, so encompassing, so generous and warm and human that you want to weep, you want to laugh, you want to bow or kneel in gratitude, in prayer or love.

-- Laleh Khalili
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