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February 7-11, 2000 / Bahman 15-19, 1378


* Community School:
- Little corner of paradise

* Novel:
- Available?

* Andy:
- Beyond stupid


* Novel:
- Hope to see the movie

- Air & aroma
- Love can be...

* Wine:
- Mistaken identity

- Even better Shiraz
- It was sweet
- Oh, how heavy...!
The Iranian:
- Another lonely guy
- Old habits

- Worries in Austria
* Identity:
- Attached to Australia
- Private insults

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February 11, 2000

* Little corner of paradise

The old faces from community school are like ghosts; dear old friends whose names one has perhaps forgotten but whose faces are forever engraved in our minds eye.

I attended that great school. Indeed, my best friends today, though scattered around the globe, remain those friends with whom the union was made on that great campus whose founders shared in the same vision; the great promise of bringing the peoples of different nations together with the promise of peace, love and unity.

I have searched the globe in the hope of finding this place which once was in the small little corners of paradise, in an old Tehran neighborhood called Khyaabaan-e Jaleh >>> FULL TEXT

Haleh A.

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* Available?

Is the novel, Conspiracy at Desert One, available for sale ? I couldent fiend it in the book store! Would love to get my hands on a copy, when available.


REPLY: This novel has not yet been published. It is exclusive to The Iranian.

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* Beyond stupid

Your commentary on Andy is beyond stupid.

You wrote: "Truth is that I had never heard his music before -- except for 15 second video clips on Iranian TV stations now and then. My impression was that he's the worst of Iranian music in exile -- silly, devoid of any musical value and good for that certain LA crowd. And dude, what's up with that headband? I only heard two songs. Based on that, I still would not rank Andy close to Ebi or Daryoush."

Obviously there is a complete lack of intelligence. Furthermore, you are unable to distinguish between the traditional poetic singers Ebi and Daryoush, New Age, Rock, and fast paced music that younger Iranians love as well.

The Iranian is none-other than the typical Hezboallah trying to sound intelligent.

Tom Nouri

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February 10, 2000

* Hope to see the movie

To Bernace Charles for his novel "Conspiracy at Desert One":

Have reed the two chapters of your book, posted in The Iranian, love your work ["Conspiracy at Desert One""].

I am a half American, half Iranian, and can really relate to the story line. I will be purchasing your novel (hope to see the movie one day).

James W. Young

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* Air & aroma

To Bernace Charles for his novel "Conspiracy at Desert One":

You have definitely mastered the art of describing the air and aroma of the country, maybe a lot more touching than most nostalgic Iranian writers who appear in The Iranian.


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* Mistaken identity

It was a very interesting story regarding the history of wine by Mr. Cyrus Kadivar ["High spirits"]. However, the author had mistaken Iranians with Indians. Iranians did not refer to the British or any other Wsesterner as "sahib."

Masoud Neshat

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February 9, 2000

* Love can be...

It seems human love when practised selflessly by lovers is a beautiful and noble thing. However, in reality as daily experience reveals, human love can be full of pain, contradictory, full of struggle and sometimes with regret. The conditional aspect of love refers to the fact that human love can be creative or destructive, enlightened or ignorant, universal or limited, and material or spiritual.

These diverse, opposite qualities of love are due to the qualities of the object of the person's love. In other words, if the object of human love is beauty, knowledge, or life, love is manifested in its most beautiful, enlightened and creative manner. If the object of the person's love is untruth, cruelty, and materialism, then falsehood and destruction are the outcome >>> FULL TEXT

Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi

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* Even better Shiraz

The Australian Shirazes are indeed quite fabulous ["High spirits"] BUT there is a Napa Valley (California) vinyard called EXP that produces the most amazing Shiraz, Cabernet and Granache blends that'll knock your socks off! But if the Australian is your taste then try Penfolds Vinyards' Shiraz Bin 128 - Also superb!

Banafsheh Zand

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* It was sweet

Last Sunday (February 6) I had the opportunity to see the final match of the wrestling wolrd cup 2000 competition held at the Patriot Center in the campus of George Mason University in FairFax,Virginia.

I must confess that I have never seen any wrestling matches in person. But as a child in Iran , I saw many great wrestling matches on TV and flet the excitement and the sheer tension between the Iranian, Russian and American wrestlers.

I was very happy to see national team of Iran compete for the title of the world champions in this year's event. The Iranian team included young and technically skilled wrestlers >>> FULL TEXT

Amir Sadjadi

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February 8, 2000

* Old habits

In reference to Amin Naraghi's letter:

Here's an article about the new politico, Joerg Haider, who seems to be charming the pants off of the ever 3rd Reich loving Austrians. Old habits unfortunately die hard.

Banafsheh Zand

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* Oh, how heavy...!

In reference to NN's letter:

I agree with your comments about the piece on the politeness of Iranians ["Most polite people in the world"]. By Western standards, many Iranians would rate as quite impolite. For example, many do not show a lot of respect for other people's time and schedule. Punctuality and attention to timeliness is not one of our better characteristics.

Another example: The other day I ran into a Persian friend of mine from college days and the first two sentences she produced where "Oh, how heavy you've become!" and "How much did you pay for your new car?" The same woman asked me last year if I had divorced my American wife yet?

Now, by American standards, these types of questions are considered most uncalled for and very rude, but are common conversation pieces even in Iranian modern/urban societies! So, it may be that one should consider the frame of reference or the base set of values when judging a society for things like politeness and morality in general. My two cents.

Ben Bagheri
Dallas, Texas

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* Another lonely guy

I'm here in Austin Texas, another lonley guy from Tehran. Just wanted to say thank you for the nice site you have provided for all Iranians in every corner of this country or other lands .

Ramin Maghsoud

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February 7, 2000

* Worries about Austria

For the first time since World War II, a government composed by far-right politicians has come to power in Austria (member of the European Community). This party is well-known around Europe by its xenophobic declarations, sometimes using Nazi's slogans.

We know that a large Iranian community lives in Austria (50, 000 to 80 000 ). As an Iranian living in Europe I have a bad feeling about the future and the conditions of our compatriots living in Austria. Furthermore Iranians who live in Austria are among the middle-class and have only recently arrived in this country. It would be interesting to see comments from Iranians about this subject.

Amin Naraghi

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* Attached to Australia

In reply to Shahab:

Although I became an Australian citizen, I have not lost my identity and in case you did not know, Australia is amongst nations that accepts dual nationals. I did not have to denounce my Iranian identity. In fact, in Australia, no one is a real Australian, except aboriginals. Here, everyone is a migrant, one way or another.

I hope you will eventually realize that not everyone thinks the same, not everybody acts the same and not everyone feels the same. Just because your dad and mum did not become Australian citizens, it does not apply to many other people who were not in the same situation.

Just having an Australian passport, does not mean a change of identity. Besides, who knows? Maybe, some jerk took away my Iranian passport and advised the authorities not to issue me another one!

I love my country of birth. But the fact is that I was forced to leave. Now I feel responsible toward my new country as it has given me a new beginning.

I am emotionally attached to Australia; I have spent my youth here and I will probably get old here. My children have spent their childhood here too and they will be here as an adult. They are being praised in school and the community for speaking two languages and for being familiar with two cultures. And no one wants them to forget about their culture or identity.

Yazdaneh Amiryazdani

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* Private insults

In response to Hamid Taghavi

The best way to combat these naysayers is also to print their stuff iberally. That is why I would like The Iranian print some of the private insults that we endure. we make public statements and get literally harassed by these people, who also inlcude, every now and then, veiled threats.

Maybe we should rethink the private feedback icon at the bottom of the articles: if anyone has something to say they can write directly to and then the editor can decide if it merits further publication.

Guive Mirfendereski

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