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* The Iranian:
- Golden bridge
Betty Mahmoody:
- Other side of the story


* Reform:
- Not so simple
Laleh Khalili:
- Brought tears
- Free Iranian Jews

- The Jews owe Iranians
- I speak Persian

* The Iranian:
- One thousand Times

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June 2, 2000

* Golden bridge

in reference to the upcoming 1000th issue of The Iranian Times, I would also like to join others who have congratulated you for the monumental goal you pursued rather single- handedly leading to such remarkable success. A hundred sincere congratulations.

If I had enough to afford it, I would have awarded you with a small symbolic golden bridge. You really did a great service by building a firm and friendly bridge between all Iranian generations on this side of the water.

Amir Shirazi

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* Other side of the story

After reading eceperts from Tara Bahrampour's book "To See and See Again", I was wondering why someone doesn't talk to the family and people that knew Betty Mahmoody [author of "Not Without My Daughter"] when she supposedly was in Iran with her husband ...

I think Dr. Mahmoody was probably tired of her attitude and was going to ship her back to the U.S. and who could blame him? Of course he wanted to keep his daughter, he loved her, but Betty Mahmoody left the country without permission according to what she wants everyone to believe and soooooo I wanted to know if Dr. Mahmoody put out a warrant for her arrest over there in Iran for kidnapping his daughter and taking her out of the country of Iran. I really wish someone would go there and find out the truth then write a book about it and sell it in the U.S. too so people can read his side of the story too! >>> FULL TEXT

East Syracuse

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June 1, 2000

* Not so simple

I'm way too busy to write a detailed reply to Farzaneh Roudi's piece ["Numbers don't lie"]. It is amazing how many of our intellectuals try so hard to "make sense" of something so complicated and multi-dimensional with a short and easy answer often with attention to one or two aspects.

There's no question that the "reform movement" ( I don't necessary agree with that term either ) has benefited greatly from the support it gets from the youth, but there are so many other angles and twists to this phenomenon that trying to establish clues or reasons behind it with such simple explanations in 100-200 words is a injustice. I Honestly wish it was as simple as she put it, but it just aint.


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* One thousand Times

In a few days you will publish your 1000th edition of The Iranian Times. Any celebrations or special programs? Send us some interesting back issues, like the first edition or... Either way I would like to be the first to congratulate you for wasting your time and your life for the benefit of the rest of us.

Masoud Modaress

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May 31, 2000

* I speak Persian

I have been wondering for years why Iranians and now Americans too refer to our language as "Farsi" using an Iranian word instead of its English translation which is Persian ["Eenjoori beneveeseem?"]. When speaking English, we say Germans speak German (not Deutsch), French speak French (not Francais) and Spanish speak Spanish (not Espagnol). Then we have Persians speaking Farsi.

I cannot understand how the Iranian word Farsi crept into English, when they still call pesteh: pistachio; karvan: caravan; padjamak: pyjama. When speaking English we use the English translation or equivalents, when speaking Persian we shall use the word Farsi. Several novels which I have read lately by Iranian women writers written in English all refer to our language as Farsi, and they are written in English >>> FULL TEXT

Pargol Saati

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* Brought tears

Although I am not Iranian, the three excerpts that I have read of your journey back to Iran ["Absence"]; of the love of an Iranian man, and the journey that got you back to them, bought tears to my eyes. I too am of mixed heritage (half Arab, half Spanish), born and raised in New York.

Suprisingly enough, I too avoided the gold wearing, scotch drinking, Middle Eastern Mercedes driving doctor like the plague. I am now engaged to a Canadian Iranian. It was only when I saw what a magical place he made the world seem did I have the courage to return to my own roots. Thank you for expressing what I had to find out the hard way.

Maha Fahmy

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May 30, 2000

    * Free Iranian Jews

    Free the Iranian Jews accused of false charges ["Ups and (mostly) down"]. The world is watching. I am an American Catholic and I lost all respect for Iranian and Moslem values after I saw how these innocent Jews were persecuted. Shame on you. Shame on you.

Soar For You

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* The Jews owe Iranians

Indeed the Jews owe their lives to Iranians for all times ["Ups and (mostly) down"]. The ten tribes of Israel were all destroyed at the hands of the Assyrians. The remaining two tribes of Judae were also imprisoned in Babylon and would eventually have been destroyed by Babylonians. It was Cyrus the Great who liberated the Jews from Babylon and even gave them money to return to Jerusalem and build their temples.

Iran has been a safe haven not only for Jews but also for Armenians who fled the Turkish massacre. The Iranian people have been more generous and kind than all the other people in the Middle East. The few Jews in Syria live under house arrest.

I simply cannot understand why these people recently have malignant dispositions towards Iranians. It's most probably that they feel Iran slowly might beocme a powerful country and since the Jews are hysterically paranoid people they cannot tolerate that there might possibly be even a slight threat emanating from Iran.

If they have suffered in Iran after the revolution they have not been the only ones. Again let it be said loud and clear that Jews owe us their lives, their children' lives and their childrens' children's lives for all eternity whether they like it or not.

Mohammad Ali Yamini

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May 29, 2000


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