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Jan 2-5, 2001 / Dey 13-16, 1379


* Discrimination:
- Complain to the Iranian government


* Kurdistan:
- In the path of foreign armies
The Iranian:
- No bleeps

- Superior site of an excelsior echelon
- Are you better than us?

* Model:
- Bacheh Abadan
- Ban on parties may make us think
- African-American-Iranian?
- Fingerprinting: Serves no purpose to humiliate

- On discrimination & race
- Will not sit back and shut up
- So naive

- Time to take responsibility
- The problem is violence, not Iranian men

- Feminazis are on the move
- Modern slaves
- Zoozehaaye ertejaaee
- You are dead wrong

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January 12, 2001

* Complain to the Iranian government

There is nothing illegal about the U.S. government's security policy, not even in singling Iranian-passports, Iran-bound and persons of Iranian origin for the treatment. The national security argument is paramount and will probably be upheld by the courts. This is no different than the imposition of trade restrictions, travel restrictions, or hauling in the Iranian students at the time of the Carter presidency to answer to the INS officials.

Security aside, the policy also irritates the Iranians in the hope that the vexation will then force the Iranians to force their government to mend its ways. Well, may be instead of viewing these incidents as a sort of due process violations by the United States government, the aggrieved need to complain directly to the Iran Interests Section in Washington, the Iran Mission at the U.N., and the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. No matter how one slices it, the suffering of the Iranians in this area is linked to the Amercian displeasure with the Iranian government >>> FULL TEXT

Guive Mirfendereski

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January 11, 2001

* Fingerprinting: Serves no purpose to humiliate

On Mr. Ali Noshirvani's letter ["Time to take responsibility"] I would like to comment from an American (non-Iranian) perspective...

Whether or not some people believe that it is reasonable and just for the U.S. to exact a punishment upon ordinary Iranians for actions real or imagined which were no fault of their own, I believe that the policy does great harm to the U.S. and its interests. It serves no purpose to humiliate people who have no ill intentions toward the U.S. If anything it destroys amity and creates enmity >>> FULL TEXT

Bradley Hernlem, PhD

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* On discrimination & race

In response to Ali Noshirvani's letter ["Time to take responsibility"] in which he justified discrimination against Iranians due to events such as the U.S. embassy hostage taking and "support for terrorism": I would like to point out that I as an individual had no role in any of that, so I as an individual am quite justified in blaming and condemning discrminatory conduct based on my ethnicity. What you're espousing is guilt-by-ethnic or historical-asssociation >>> FULL TEXT

John Mohammadi

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* The problem is violence, not Iranian men

I think Iranian men are fabuolous, and as a personal preference, I couldn't imagine being with a non-Iranian. Most Iranian men I have met have been successful, passionate, caring, loving people. I have nothing against Iranian men. I DO have something against weak people trying to oppress or discriminate against people who are different from them to gain a sense of power or superiority, whether these people are men, women, Blacks, Whites, Iranians, non-Iranians, heterosexuals, or homosexuals >>> FULL TEXT

Dokhi Fassihian

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* In the path of foreign armies

I enjoyed reading your article on Hawraman (Owraman) ["People of Oraman"]. It seems that you have partially traveled along the Sirwan River... This route that you have taken was once traveled by the 13,000-strong Greek forces who went to Iran to help Bardia (the brother of Kambudjia who attacked Egypt) to become a Persian King. History says that Bardia was defeated and the Greeks took the Sirwan route to return to Armenia and then Greece. They lost 3,000 of their men along the Sirwan River. How? >>> FULL TEXT

Mohammad Bat-haee

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January 10, 2001

* Feminazis are on the move

It's quite enlightening to witness the race debate culminate to such new compromises ["Thank Gof for..."]. I personally have nothing against individuals from different races and nationalities conjoining in holy matrimony as long as the interests surpass that of the phallic nature.

However, I see that the argument has taken a slight twist. It's not really about Darryl and Maryam's controversial interracial marriage anymore, rather Iranian females have found themselves a sufficient excuse to unleash their psycho-sexual frustrations upon the infamous "Iranian bigot cowards". In other words Iranian men >>> FULL TEXT


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* Modern slaves

It boggles my mind how we as Iranians are discriminated against just as bad as Blacks and yet we are in such deep denial about it. We think buying a big house and a BMW qualifies us as being a member of the "majority"!

It makes me sad to read some of the racist letters sent to your site. It reminds me how ignorant we really are; how based on this very ignorance we gave away our country to radicals.

Just remember that we are the modern day-slaves in this country! Do not put yourselves above any other race!


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* No bleeps

Congratulations to you for printing the letter by "Unlimited Madness". It shows that you are not afraid to print four-letter words that in other media such as broadcasting would have been "bleeped" out.

But more than the content of this letter I was fascinated by the pseudonym of it's author. Unlimited Madness is obviously a contradiction in terms. For madness can not have limits >>> FULL TEXT

Farzan Navab

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* Superior site of an excelsior echelon

My nomenclature is Hazzan. I compliment you fervently on this fabulous forum for Farsi and non-Farsi followers. I have just recently been cognizant of these transmissions.

I am an IranAm living just east of A2, Michigan (a defacto colloquialism). I find this superior site of an excelsior echelon.

In summation: Merci (Farsi/french), mamnoon, shokria (Urdu), shokran (Arabic), salamat tata (Malay), kamsa humnida (Korean), she she( Mandarin), and thanks (English) for sustaining here for us Iranians, et al... Khoda hofez, and masalam (Happy Eid al Fitr).

Ali & Mahnaz Mafee

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January 9, 2001

* Zoozehaaye ertejaaee

Naameh (kaaboos!) ertejaai-ye Bahraam ["We are not negroes"] raa khaandam va moo be tanam raast shod!! In"mojood" kheyr-e sarash zaaheran pezeshki ham mikhaanad va dar aayendeh mas-oolliyate moaalejeh va darmaan-e mardom raa be ohdeh khaahad gereft!

Beh raasti, khatar-e aayandeh-ye jaame-ye Iran, divaanegaani az ghabil-e in Bahram-haa hastand, va fekr mikonam keh roshanfekraan raastin-e Iran baayad raah-e besyaar hassaas va nachandaan aasaan-e khaamoosh kardan-e in zoozehaaye ertejaa va Nazi-fascisti va nezhaad parastaaneh raa biaaband.

Baayad beh in javaan ablah yaadaavari kard keh 55 saale pish, donyaa baraaye afkaari shabih nazariaat-e ishoon, bish az 30 milioon koshteh daadeh ast va digar kaafist!

Dariush Radpour

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* You are dead wrong

As I read these letters about race and racism, I am flabbergasted about what these Iranians think makes them Iranian. I haven't been in Iran for more than 10 years now. But the Iran I remember consisted of Turks, Persians, Gilakis, Arabs, Christians, Jews and many other ethnic and religious groups. Am I the only one that remembers this?

Please remember that Iran is bigger than Tehran! Being Iranian means so many things. And it is not limited to the Shi'ite Muslim religion and/or the Persian tongue. Have we really forgotten who we are? >>> FULL TEXT

Sahar Nahrvar

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* Are you better than us?

Having read the article by Mr. Farid Moghadassi "Weekend millionaires", here's my 2 cents: There is partial truth in what you wrote. But you did not even take the time to include a short sentence that obviously not all Iranians are the way as presented by those few in your article.

Thus you're leaving behind an impression of negative generalization (and in this process also leaving an impression, though inadvertently, that you may think you're better than all other Iranians).

These kinds of superficial people are present in every nation and society, and not specific to some Iranians.


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* Bacheh Abadan

Cameron Alborzian is bacheh Abadan! His father was born in Ababan. We went to school together in Abadan and in England. His father was a great sportsman; I rememeber he used to read the sports news on the BBC Persian Service. He used to work at Shiraz refinery for many years. An old friend. He now lives in England.

Bahram Javid

January 8, 2001

* Ban on parties may make us think

On the arrest of party-goers in Tehran [News, Cartoon]: When I saw the news of the arrests on New Years Eve I said to myself, well maybe now people will stop and think a little. I must say as awful as it might sound I was not altogether unhappy. There was in fact a little inner smile that betrayed a certain meanness that I rarely see in myself. How can you be amused at the arrest of fellow Iranians? I asked myself. Here is what I came up with >>> FULL TEXT

S. Mashadi

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* Will not sit back and shut up

What Mr. Ali Noshiravani, inadvertently or selectively, overlooked in his letter ["Time to take responsibility"] is the fundamental reason Iranian people have historically disliked, and even hated, American foreign policy...

As an Iranian-American and a Board of Supervisors member of the Persian Watch Cat, I do not plan to sit back and shut up if and when I am subjected to these discriminatory acts. Of course, I am only speaking on my behalf and my views do not necessarily reflect those of the PWC. I will continue to fight ignorance and injustice. In my local community, I endeavor to educate Americans about the contributions Iranians have made and will continue to make to all of humanity >>> FULL TEXT

Ziba Marashi

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* So naive

It is indeed tragic that some of our people are so naive. They allow themselves to be brainwashed by the American propaganda monster machine ["Time to take responsibility"].

The U.S. government is by far the biggestt state-sponsor of terrorism in the world. Of course, they don't use the "T" word for their activities. Instead, they call it "covert operations" >>> FULL TEXT

Nazer Nazeri

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* African-American-Iranian?

Under the "Iranian of the Day" index, I noticed the picture of T.J. Houshmandzadeh who happens to be a wide receiver for the Oregon State Beavers varsity football team. This guys is supposedly an African-American-Iranian, but there is no information on his name, his family background, his ethnicity, his parents ethnicity (his mother has an American name) and whether he is Iranian...

Maybe one of the nurses in the hospital where he was born made a mistake in the delivery room and sent his mother the wrong baby >>> FULL TEXT

Adnaan Sheikh

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