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* Language:
- Pinglish

* The Iranian:
- Most interesting


* Mossadegh:
- Candle in the wind

* DAyi Hamid:
- Chee, deevounam?
- Let's not forget
- Year of destiny

- Refresher course in history
* The Iranian:
- Annoying ads

* Jews:
- Identify with Arabs or Israel?
- Questionable

* Fiction:
- Thoroughly enjoyable

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May 26, 2000

* Pinglish

Before I go into the pros and cons of EuroFarsi, I would like to mention that I had given this topic some thought in the past and also done some research on the matter ["Eenjoori beneveeseem?"]. I would also like to point out that I was born in London, I am fluent in Persian/Farsi but I can read and write to a very basic level and this I learnt mostly at home as a child.

Recently I visited Iran after four years. On my return to the UK, I kept in touch with my cousins through email. My cousins can read/write and speak basic English from what they learn at their private lessons although it would be difficult and time consuming for them to write in English everytime. We adopted our own method of writing to each other which we call 'Pinglish'! (Persian English)...

We cannot change and should not change what has evolved through years and years of history. We cannot adopt IPA for several reasons. The main one is that it would be difficult to begin re-educating the entire population of Iran, then again if Turkey did it, we surely can too, anyway most children now learn English at school..

Those living abroad or born abroad will be able to communicate with other persians there and in Iran. Recently I had difficulty applying for an Iranian passport as the Iranian Embassy in London required me to fill out the application forms in Farsi. If we adopt this phonetic alphabet, then people like me will no longer have these problems >>> FULL TEXT

Sima Elli

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* Most interesting

I would like to take the opportunity to complement you on this most interesting and informative website. I am a student in England, and currently in the process of creating a study into the revolution and the events in Iran during the late 1970's. Your site provided has me with much needed information, pictures and biographies of key individuals. Once again I would like to thank you very much for your help!

Russ Colven

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May 25, 2000

* Candle in the wind

For the majority of our planet's freedom-loving people a sad but hopeful fact is that democracy is not an eternal flame, but a candle in the wind. Thanks to a few "special" people, some of these candles resemble the comical birthday candles which are blown out but then suddenly ignite as if by magic.

That "magic" is the ideas, emotions, words and deeds of the likes of Dr. Mossadegh ["Iranian of the century"]. It lies in the hearts and minds of people, often dormant for years, as it waits for the winds of oppression to calm and give it at least a fighting chance for survival. But it never dies >>> FULL TEXT


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* Chee, deevounam?

As an Iranian who came to the U.S. at the age of 1 1/2, I don't remember much of Iran. I'm 17 years old, and haven't been back, and at the rate of things, I don't think I'll be going back unless I want to be in the sarbaazi. Chee, deevounam?

Either way, I have managed to maintain some sense of Iranian culture, even in the U.S., and I find your mini-stories ["dAyi Hamid index"] to be quite interesting and comical, and I can still relate to them. Well, that's pretty much it, so thank you for your time, and your stories.

Behrooz Tavakkol

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May 24, 2000

* Year of destiny

I have just returned from my second journey to Iran in three years. The latest amusing yet ominous saying amongst the Tehranis is 'For every akhoond there is a tree '.

With unemployment realistically over 35% and the poverty rate similar to that of the obscure third world African countries, the Iranian people have finally realized that they are indeed in a depression.

The consensus amongst the people is that the sixth parliament will directly move to reverse many of the laws passed by the fifth parliament and further move towards eliminating the present unelected institutions and judiciary system within the government, thus forcing the ruling akhoonds to shut down the new parliament, leaving no choice for the people but to secure their rights through another major upheaval. Clearly this year shall be a year of destiny for Iran as was 1357 >>> FULL TEXT

Kambiz Ameli

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* Thoroughly enjoyable

I have thoroughly enjoyed Reza Ordoubadian's stories in your publication ["The up-star woman"]. I especially look forward to reading more stories of his family or fictionalized family.

Jeff Sandvig

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* Let's not forget

I saw the Farzaneh Taiedi's picture in the Nostalgia section (one of my favorie sections in this site). Let's remember and never forget the fact that she had a role as an actress in the movie "Not without my daughter". I want all the Iranians to remember how "khaaen beh vatan" a person can be.

Faramarz Kaviani

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May 23, 2000

    * Refresher course in history

Reference to Mrs. Pahlavi's letter:

First paragraph: false.

Second Paragraph, false: Political and economical deterioration threathened Iran in 1953 because the profit of countries such as Great Britain, the U.S and others was threathend due to the nationalization of the oil industry and the movemet that Dr. Mossadegh had started toward a democratic government. So instead we got the Shah's dictaorship, which naturally protected the interests of those countries particularily the U.S.

Third paragraph, false: When the Shah fled Iran before the coup, the majorty of Iranians didn't care if he returned or not . It was the will of the U.S. which didn't think Dr. Mossadegh was going to be a good serven. So they planned and implemented the 28th of Mordad coup >>> FULL TEXT

F. Rafat

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* Annoying ads

You have given in to lust for money. You should at least leave the front page of your site free from annoying and flashing advertisement. It has reduced the prestige and the importance of your site.

Iradj Forootan

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May 22, 2000

* Identify with Arabs or Israel?

I enjoyed reading Massoumeh Price's review of Judaism in Iran ["Ups and (mostly) downs"]. I always thought it very interesting that Iranians (Elamites, Medes, Persians, etc.) are one of the few ancient people portrayed as "good guys" in the Old Testament.

Clearly religion plays an important role when identifying with one side vs the other, and hence Islamic Iran's support for anti-Israeli causes among Moslem Arabs. But had Saddam Hussein not invaded Kuwait and fallen from his Arab Nationalist glory (and international support), would we Iranians still be identifying more with the Arabs who, with very few exceptions, all supported his atrocities against Iran? Or would we be identifying more with Israel who, like Iran, was on the target list of Iraq's growing chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons? I guess we will never know-- but it's worth thinking about.

Ramin Abhari

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The article by Ms. Massoume Price creates a considerable amount of room for questions ["Ups and (mostly) downs"]. Of course Ms. Price did put a lot of effort in preparing this article which has informative qualities to it, however the emphasis or lack there-of on presenting history from a, as it seems , fair point of view leads me to believe that the article deserves the attention for additional follow-ups in opinions, the facts, and one's view towards a people's history (in this case, people of the Jewish faith in Iran).

Kaveh Tashakori

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