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June 5-9, 2000 / Khordad 16-20, 1379


* Hoveyda:
- Disloyal to a loyal servant
- Ashamed


* Book:
- Ghesseh-haaye khoob
- Sweet & simple
- Iranians deserve justice too
- Afghans are human like us
- Persians should care for themselves first

- Don't question Iranian hospitality
- Appalled and embarrassed
- Higher priority for Iranian interests

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June 9, 2000

* Disloyal to a loyal servant

I wonder how Mrs. Pahlavi can justify her husband's disloyalty to his most favorite and loyal servant ["The fall guy"]. Did he feel that Hoveyda was also endangering the country like Dr. Mossadegh or jailed him so that he may save himself by sacrificing those who served him?

By the way, would it not have been better if the Shah had stayed in the country trying to save his regime? He knew he was going to die soon so what better than staying on? And even if he had been killed by the revolutionaries, he would have been a martyr in the eyes of his people? Was he too scared?

F. Rafat

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* Ashamed

I am ashamed at the way Iran treated and repatriated these poor Afghanis ["Not welcome"]. Most of them had come to Iran as war refugees, worked hard in the construction industry to feed their families and survive in camps. I myself am an Iranian with a refugee background, and I am very sensitive to this issue.

These people will probably face enormous problems back home in Afghanistan. They are going to a country still at war. I know Iran is facing an extremely tough economic situation, but treating these people this way is not going to help Iran's economy or image.

One more thing: there are an estimated one million Iranian refugees in Turkey.

Mani Shahrokni

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June 8, 2000

* Ghesseh-haaye khoob

When I was a kid in Iran, this was my favorite book ["The donkey's gone"]. I think I must have read it at least fifty times. After many years I was able to have one of my family members send it to me, and funnily enough I was reading it about a week ago. I still enjoy it and I'm now thirty-two-years old which doesn't quite qualify me for "Ghesseh-haaye khoob baraaye bacheh-haaye khoob" as a bacheh!


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* Sweet & simple

May I tell you that I felt tears in my eyes when I read your essay ["The window"]. That was so sweet and full of Iranian feeling. I love the way you write. It is simple, sweet and you can feel it with all of your heart. I am always looking forward to reading more of your sweet essays.


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June 7, 2000

* Afghans are human like us

Please be informed that just the photos of the Afghan refugees were by me and not the introduction ["Not welcome"]. I'm a photojournalist, I like social subjects. My main purpose in choosing this subject was to help the Afghan refugees by showing their pains to people all over the world.

I have no problem with the Iranian government and I live in Iran and I'm happy about it . But I have seen the pains of these refugees and their poor life and it is my job to reflect it. Afghan refugees are humans like us. Nobody has shown their life in Iran but I wanted to >>> FULL TEXT

Ali Khaligh

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* Persians should care for themselves first

Let's not get to carried away with the treatment of Afghans in Iran ["Not welcome"]. Iran has been one of the most hospitable countries in the world, accepting the largest number of refugees anywhere in the world in the last decade. This is despite the internal, external, and economic problems that we are all familiar with.

Therefore, comparisons with Germany are a little out of place. Out of the millions of Afghans who have been accepted withing Iranian society, a few hundred, possibly thousands, are being returned due to unlawful entry. These people make good subjects for Ali Khalighs' photographs, although such scenery is not uncommon across, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Turkey >>> FULL TEXT

Mehran Mirshahi

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June 6, 2000

* Iranians deserve justice too

Last Sunday the news program 60 Minutes did an interview with Ahmad Behbehani, who is supposedly a former top Iranian intelligence officer and dean of Iran's terrorist activities in the past. Behbehani has fled Iran and is now in Turkey. He alleges that Iran masterminded the bombing of Pan Am 103 which exploded over Scotland more than a decade ago...

If we are going to try anyone for the bombing of Pan Am 103, then I DEMAND, as an Iranian citizen, that the then captain of the USS Vincennes (his name is Rogers) be prosecuted and indicted in the International Court of Justice at The Hague in similar fashion, for this tragedy which took the lives of 290 innocent Iranians. Iranian people deserve justice too >>> FULL TEXT

Nariman Neyshapouri

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    * Don't question Iranian hospitality

    Let us not loose perspective about the Afghan refugee issues ["Not welcome"]... Let us now put on our objective spectacles and analyze the situation. Iran is not an immigrant accepting country. In fact Iran is ill prepared to even provide housing, education and work for its own population. Some mildly optimistic accounts place the number of Iranians unemployed at the current time well above 20% in some parts of the country. The Afghans were accepted as refugees and will always be refugees. That means they ultimately must be repatriated to Afghanistan to build a life for their family and a future for their country >>> FULL TEXT

    Dr H. Atabakksh

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June 5, 2000

* Appalled and embarrassed

I am so very much appalled and embarrassed by the way that the Afgahni people are treated in Iran ["Not welcome"]. They work hard for very little money and help the economy and productivity of Iran. What gives us the right to throw them back to their country?

As Iranians, so many of us have gotten permission to live and to hold jobs in the European countries and the U.S. within the past 20 years and more; why shouldn't we allow our Moslem brothers to live in our country and to build a future for their children in Iran? What happened to our compassion?

Setareh Sharif

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* Higher priority for Iranian interests

Although I'm not against any nationalities let alone Afghanis who are our neighbors and relegious brothers, but yes, they have taken away jobs from Iranians in Iran, have been involved in crime, ruthless killing of Iranians as well as Afghanis ["Not welcome"].

At this time Iranians are struggling with unemployment, lack of food and drugs and medical care, housing etc. All refugees In Iran, including Iraqis and Kurds are creating problems. Iranians are hospitable but their own interest has higher priority.

F. Rafat

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