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November 13-17, 2000 / Aban 23-27, 1379


* U.S. elections:
- Live and let live
- Let's fix our problems

* Sadaf Kiani:
- Sadness, realness


* Sadaf Kiani:
- Salieri reading Mozart
- Non-violent struggle? How?
U.S. elections:
- One man one vote

- Electoral system held up well
- I am considering a nose job

* The Iranian:
- All those things we call "ma'naviyat"
- Trivia amid Gangi's desperate shouts

* Cheating:
- Kind of irrelevant

- Cheating not exclusive
- Nothing more than cows

- Funniest damn article
- Arrangd marriage in trouble

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November 17, 2000

* Live and let live

Is it my imagination or is there a major dance of anger going on between men and women ["Happy withoiut you", "Nothing more than cows"]? Assuming it's not my imagination, is this anger restricted to Iranians and Iranians living in the U.S.?

Actually, let's step back, if you will. Why are you angry? If some of our Iranian brothers choose to marry our Iranian sisters in Iran, then shouldn't we wish them well? If some of our Iranian sisters want to continue focussing on their careers or enjoy certain liberties, then shouldn't we say live and let live?

Am I missing something? Is this a zero sum game?

Shirley Mirzayoff

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* Let's fix our problems

In reply to both Ms. Banafshe Piraste ["Happy withoiut you"] and Mr. Cyrus Raafat ["Nothing more than cows"] who have directied thier utmost anger towards each other, I belive it is no good for either Iranian men or women to try and ruin each other.

The fact is that if there are wrong elements in a culture (which to some extent exist in any culture including ours), they are going to affect men and women equally ... We should take advantage of this free society to try fix them >>> FULL TEXT


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* Sadness, realness

Your writings [Sadaf Kiani Abbassian] have a sadness or realness about them. They remind me of Tehran, Fall of 1999. I was there to bury my mom. It was so sad. She also loved Hafez. From her house balcony, you can see the mountains.

When I was there 1 1/2 years ago, I made her lots of pots (with flowers of course). She loved them. Every morning, she would drink her tea on the balcony next to the flowers and tell me how much she enjoyed her flowers.

I also like your art-work ["Solitude"]. The lady with "blue" necklace. There is a story behind that one too.


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November 16, 2000

* One man one vote

Guive Mirfendereski's article ["Keep it the way it is"] is very similar to the reasoning I hear these days by Republicans against the popular vote. Like them, your scare tactic against the popular vote is targeted towards Democrats...

The simplest reason that the popular vote is the fairest way is that it would be inclusive of all the voters in an election. The most progressive countries in the world have adopted this system. I do not have a certain political leaning towards Republicans or Democrats, but I strongly believe in one man one vote >>> FULL TEXT

Masoud Fazeli

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* Salieri reading Mozart

I think you owe it to the world to get Sadaf Kiani Abbassian to commit to writing full-time. Everyone is almost s*&# comapred to her. Every time I read her articles I feel like I am Salieri reading Mozart's work!


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* Nothing more than cows

Just look into the eyes of one of these Iranian-American girls and you will see a socio-pathic, ruthless, cold-blooded self-centered attitude fully developed in this materialistic and hedonistic society. They are so self-assured they are almost masculine and as "torshideh" as they may become, they are still nothing more than cows in my opinion. Just looking at their eyes you will see a Western woman. There is no gracefulness or propriety, just nothing to be coveted >>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Raafat

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November 15, 2000

* Electoral system held up well

Mr. Mirfendereski's defense of the U.S. electoral college system ["Keep it the way it is"] was so elitist that for a few moments I questioned my own faith in the system. Then I had to revert to my university books and see for myself why I was for it...

And it has held up well. Mainly because one has to consider that in a country governed by a federal system, such as the Unites States, there is not really one election, but as many elections as there are states; in this case, there 50 states plus D.C., therefore there are 51 elections, each with ITS OWN majority rule. This satisfies those who seek majority rule (within each state only) and those who seek egalitarian state representation >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Tabib

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* Non-violent struggle? How?

Regarding Mr. Majid Tehranian "More powerful force", how is it possible to soothe those people who have suffered these losses to come to grips with the peace proposed by Mr. Tehranian? It is easy to sit back and say that now that you can't bring back these people let's stop getting more people killed. While he is right in the sense that the blood shed must be stopped it is so irresponsible asking those who have suffered the losses to sit at a table and talk about future with those who have inflicted the losses >>> FULL TEXT

Jamshid Entesari

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* Funniest damn article

That's about the funniest damn article that I've read on this site ["The rules"]. Brother, you have humorously outdone most other folks who contribute with their literary work. Your piece was accurate, to the damn point, and downright funny as a shitsack fallin' off the Empire State Building. Keep up the good work.


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November 14, 2000

* Arrangd marriage in trouble

I am reaching out to all tose Iranian women to help me in a very hard legal battle which I have ahead of me with my husband who has simply thrown me out of the house.

I had one of those oversea's arrangd marriages, where my family thought it was better for me to be married to anybody rather than remaining in Iran and listening to constant negatvie talks behind me...

I don't have much time as the trial date is comming up soon. Please help me with any information related to my situation >>> FULL TEXT

A battered iranian woman

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* I am considering a nose job

I am writing from Bangladesh. I have read the article "Eat, sleep, nose Job" produced by Najmeh Fakhraie. I have read before about the boom in nasal plastic surgery among the young Iranian generation recently.

Now I have come across the name of some good plastic surgeons in Iran while reading articles about the popular nose jobs in Iran, for example Dr. Ali Akbar Jalali >>> FULL TEXT

Md. Abdul Aleem

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* All those things we call "ma'naviyat"

I simply write to tell you that the variety of stories that The Iranian Times carries is so wonderful as it keeps me in touch with the romantic, abstract, feelings, passions, emotions, and all those things we call "ma'naviyat".

It's that and not so much the current news that drives me to click my mouse button every morning on your icon title on my desktop computer.

Hamid Nazari

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November 13, 2000

* Trivia amid Gangi's desperate shouts

Who could listen and read about Akbar Ganji and not have the hairs stick-up on their skin. News like this from our beloved motherland makes the squabling and bickering about "Iranian girls" or about pop stars and all the rest that we discuss in this cyber forum seem shamelessly trivial...

The bottom line is this: how can we in all honesty gather in this cyber-forum and go on discussing everything under the sun but our real concern and sympathy toward the struggle for freedom going on in Iran. Here we are endowed with the blessing of the right to free speech and we waste it on trivia >>> FULL TEXT

S. S. Javid

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    * Kind of irrelevant

    I read Mahdiyeh Javid's story "Hoosh o zekaavat-e irooni," and I think the article, or the story, or whatever you want to call it was kind of irrelevant.

    One might find some sort of truth in the story, but within a certain age group whose behavior is as such universally.

    And why stick to the negatives, when we can emphasize a lot of positives. I know a lot of Iranian youth who bust their backs trying to make something of themselves with an honest day's work ­ figuratively speaking.

    I guess the verbiage reflects the writer's age and general attitude anyway, so it was not surprising.

    Harf Hesab

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* Cheating not exclusive

Regarding Mahdieh Javid's article, "Hoosh o zekaavat-e irooni," we should test every idea in the crucible of experience and make sure that we have considered every idea in our search for truth and in our attempt to be fair and square.

I especially liked Mahdiyeh's writing in colloquial Farsi which is now common among the youth of her age as I observed in Iran in my trips. Her style of writing is admirable and the sign of time >>> FULL TEXT

Ali A. Parsa

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