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Feb 5-9, 2001 / Bahman 17-21, 1379



* Organization:
- Setting a bad example

- Unprofessional
* Identity:
- Each for himself

* Religion:
- Children of Imam Hossein


* Abdoh:
- Need discipline
- Expected better judgment
- Freedom & responsibility

- Childish infighting
- Pussies
- Am I the only stupid one?
- Everything your group opposes
- We do not value human rights as much
- Anti-discrimination news

* Home:
- Piece of my heart

- Captivating
- Longer, please
* Monarchy:
- Get real

- Barely touched the surface
- Something inherently wrong
- Scared of a referendum?

- You know what people want?
- Very true

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February 9, 2001

* Setting a bad example

Let me start off by expressing my profound disappointment in the tactics of our new anti-discrimination group, Persian Watch Cat (PWC). It's board members and executive director have discredited themselves and the group at its inception .... My advice to the PWC is to allow people like Dr. Mifrendeski to add to your debate, to learn from his legal and political training, and to use it in your fight. And I do hope cooler heads prevail at the PWC. I do not doubt the sincerity of all involved. But I do hope the PWC realizes that so far, it has set a very bad example >>> FULL TEXT

Shahla Farshchi

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* Unprofessional

I am ashamed. Ashamed as an Iranian, ashamed as an American. I do not know much about the Persian Watch Cat (PWC), but what I know is very sad... I need to be defended when I get fingerprinted at an American airport, but I rather be fingerprinted than have a group of unprofessional madmen try to help me by yelling and threating to sue newspapers! >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Kashi,
Graduate Student of Physics

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* Each for himself

Regarding "Just don't do it", Some of us can and some of us can't. The ones who can, do not want to be part of the big melting pot and want to stand out as individuals. Those who can't, would more rather be part of that great melting pot that has made U.S. what it is today. Some of us want to and some of us don't want to >>> FULL TEXT

A. Shemirani

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* Children of Imam Hossein

In his response ["Pacific Islam"], Mr. Tehranian has not addressed Mr. Mahdavi's central argument, that Shi'ite Islam by nature is anti-pluralist ["Minority rule"] >>> FULL TEXT

Asghar Massombagi

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February 8, 2001

* Freedom & responsibility

Freedom of any sort is not freedom if it fails to protect the rights and freedom of others. Freedom is prophylactic, in that it is protection against those who wish to take away our rights. Some people think of freedom, let's say freedom of speech, as an open door permission to say whatever comes to their minds >>> FULL TEXT

Khodadad D. Sharif, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Executive Director, Persian Watch Cat (PWC)

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* Childish infighting

Itt is true that Dr. Kalantar, a hard working activist whose goal is to stop Iranian-American discrimination, was misrepresented by exaggerations and misunderstandings in Mr. Mirfendereski's article. However, I believe a counter-response such as the one by Mr. Karimi serves no purpose, and only further confuses those outside this childish infighting >>> FULL TEXT

Ashkan Yekrangi

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* Pussies

The editor of has been caught in the middle of a cat fight between members of Persian Watch Cat ["Persian Watch Dog"]. Why don't you pussies leave the guy alone? >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Sam

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* Am I the only stupid one?

The more I read the letter of Mr. Shahin Karimi the less I understood what he wanted to say ["Persian Watch Dog"]. If I am stupid for not catching his points, I would like to know how many more stupid people, such as myself, are among your readers? It is depressing to be alone! You know?

I only came to know one thing, and that is, since I have run away from IRI some 20 years ago, I am no longer considered an Iranian, though I have never felt intellectual. I want to ask GHOLI, Mr. Karimi's Pasdar friend, then who am I?

Do I have the right to go back to where I was borne & raised? Are all of us who opted to stay out of our beloved land, corrupted Westernized individuals?

Is not his statement defamatory on a grand scale? Should we all sue Mr. Karimi for his universal accusation?

H. Hakimi

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* Everything your group opposes

Tour letter to The Iranian ["Persian Watch Dog"] was so reactionary it made me realize why I left Iran in the first place. I can not stand bigots like you. Your letter is a shining example of everything your group opposes >>> FULL TEXT

S. Sabety

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February 7, 2001

* Get real

I have been reading this nonsense about Reza Pahlavi with growing incredulity and utter amazement! The only explanation I can think of for anyone actually believing this nonsense is that it must be caused by a very significant multi-generational gap, an almost pathological case of nostalgia, and either totally malevolent cynicism or dangerous levels of naiveity!

I mean, how much more out-of-touch can some people get? GET REAL! No one in Iran would even consider a monarch! >>> FULL TEXT

John Mohammadi

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* Barely touched the surface

Respectfully, your article "Thy father's sins" barely touched the surface. You also seem to "leave the door open" for Reza Pahlavi to "hope". Consider the followings:

1. Mention of Pahlavi dynasty brings to mind such corruption as drug trafficking, forced partnership of "royal" family in profitable companies, totally submitting to foreign powers, forced membership in the defunct "Rastakhiz," selling of Bahrein Island, deposing the most favorite populous leader Mossadeq, resolving of parliaments, receiving of "percentages" on business deals, etc >>> FULL TEXT

S. Iman

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* We do not value human rights as much

With regards to the recent exchange of words on the fingerprinting of Iranians ["Power of one", "Shocked and saddened"],... if we don't give any significance to our rights as Iranians why do we expect others to do so? I have often felt critical of the US stance in international affairs, which is often associated with a certain arrogance and assumption that US life is in someway superior to the life of other nationals. But I realize that this is what the US citizens expect and demand from their government, to protect them and fight for their rights. They assume –correctly in many instances- that the other side is doing the same for their nationals. Its sad to realize we can feel exhilarated by hearing that on the most recent trip to Iran our friend was not hassled or humiliated by the customs official in Tehran, as if it is somehow a blessing and not a right >>> FULL TEXT

Mahmood Kanani

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February 6, 2001

* Need discipline

Reading your piece ["Theater of deception"], you mention acquiring "civility" in the school with a smirk. One may feel that you guys might have needed some "civility" after all, although you seem to want to blame your rebellion on the school's overblown sense of discipline and racism... All we Iranians can use some structure and discipline, as we need to enter modernity culture >>> FULL TEXT

R. Nafisi

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* Something inherently wrong

I never thought Iranians would be so overly blind and reactionary as to reconstitute a deposed monarchy ["Our demands"]. Every Iranian has his/her own critique on the old and new order, but the overwhelming number of worthy Iranians agree that there was something inherently wrong with a disillusioned dictator who left his country on two occasions, with little hope of returning on both >>> FULL TEXT

Arya Abedin

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* Piece of my heart

Mr Samiei's "The mirror and the book" is great. The more we stay out of Iran, the harder it seems to go back. I feel every time I come back from there I have left a piece of my heart. I hope, one day, there is just "to meet" and not "to part".

Shady Javan

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* Captivating

Thank you. Your writing ["The mirror and the book"] captivated me for reasons beyond my comprehension. I could still smell the morning air when I took that ride 16 years ago. Zendeh baashi hamvatan.


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* Longer, please

I just read your article ["The mirror and the book"]. It's good, very good. But too short. Write a longer piece next time. Stay in the clouds a bit more. It was getting good. But then you touched down. Write a longer piece next time... please.

F. Abbassian

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February 5, 2001

* Anti-discrimination news

As a response to Mr. Guive Mirfendereski's two recent articles ["Power of one","Face in the mirror"] and his many letters against Persian Watch Cat (PWC) during the past several weeks and his defending Senator Dianne Feinstein in his letters and articles, a historical piece of news by Associated Press is presented for publication >>> FULL TEXT

PWC Public Relations

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* Scared of a referendum?

I found your article "Citizen Pahlavi" rather hypocritical and contradictory. Surely a referendum should allow Iranians to have a full choice of options for the future of Iran. This is the least Iranians deserve after the years of hardship that they have had to endure.

For any one individual to decide for the Iranian people is not only arrogant but totally contradictory to the idea of a referendum.

Should you be correct about the idea of a constitutional monarchy being obsolete; surely this would give Iranians a chance to voice that opinion and put the matter to rest forever. Surely you are not scared of the outcome? Why not let Iranians decide for themselves.

Mandana Ghajar

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* You know what people want?

I am not arguing the merits of constitutional monarchy versus a republic, Islamic, democratic or otherwise ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Neither am I presenting a case for the services that Reza Shah or Mohammed Reza Shah have rendered to Iran.

Your whole argument is based on: "But why even call for a referendum when you already know the clear majority just want a secular democracy? Why even suggest the monarchy as a possible future form of government when most people have no desire for it?"

You think you know what the people of Iran want before you ask them? How is your logic and argument different from the mollas? They also think to know what the people want before asking them.

The issue is Reza Pahlavi says let us ask the people what they want before we speak for them. That is his biggest strength and what gives him a unique position.


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* Very true

Thank you for an honest and unbiased editorial ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. This article is very true and comprehansive. My regards to people who think and write this way.

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Expected better judgment

Thank you for your coverage of Marziyeh in this week's music section. It certainly brought back lots of memories listening to her glorious voice.

However, I was saddened and sorry to learn that she has been singing for the Mojahedin Khalq. I was aware that she had joined them butu you'd have thought by now she would know what they are all about and would have left them if only to save her own dignity >>> FULL TEXT

Masood M.

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