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March 5-9, 2001 / Esfand 15-19, 1379


* Afghan:
- Women more important than statues

* Persia:
- Ferdosi was not a Nazi

- Iran >>> Persia >>> Iran


* Petition:
- Weeping and moaning
- I know this feeling
- Official Noruz recognition
Reza Pahlavi:
- How? When? Where?

- Rezadoust
- Vatanforoush
- Not funny
- Amr-e bozorg-e farhangi

- Fantastic collection
- Father: Reza Nemati
Reza Pahlavi:
- No liberator
- Eminem: Artistic expression

- Get Eminen
* Iran:
- Did you visit the same country?

- Really got on my nerves
- What if god forbid...
- In France too
* Persia:
- Always Iran

* Model:
- Oy vey!

* Revolution:
- At last

- We all lost

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March 8, 2001

* Women more important than statues

Are they doing more for Buddha statues than women? ["Savage bastards"]

The permanent oppression exercised against women by Afghan integrists has never had such a mediatic and diplomatic treatment.

Today, March 8th is Rooz-e Zan and the entire planet is provoked by distruction of Afghan statues. For Colin Powell "It's horrible, a tragedy, a crime against humanity." For European Union; "It's a crime." Indian authorities talk about medieval babarity. And Mohammad Khatami says it's "Inhumane".

Have they ever had the same reaction about Afghan women? Destruction of these statues is regrettable fpr sure. It is a loss for cultural heritage. But does anybody care for Human treated worse than statues?

Maryam Shabani

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* Ferdosi was not a Nazi

With reference to Mr. Motamedi's article regarding Iran and Persia ["Bring back Persia"], tt seems that there is a general misunderstanding regarding the name of our country. The name of our country has alway been Iran. Persia is the name used by the British and other Europeans before Reza Shah came to power.

In the Shahnameh there are hundreds of other reference to "Iran" and none to "Persia" or even "Paars". And we all know that Ferdosi lived about 1000 years before Reza Shah so he could not have been a Nazi >>> FULL TEXT

Babak Babakan

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* Iran >>> Persia >>> Iran

I just want to make one thing clear. From what I have read or heard, since I was a kid, I do not think that in the Persian/Parsi or Farsi language there has ever been a dichotomy between Persia and Iran, for Iranians at least ["Bring back Persia"].

An interesting anecdote is that 15 to 20 years ago, when I would visit the Louvre Museum and ask to see the section on Iran, they would tell me there is no section on Iran, but there is a section on Persia. Recenetly I visited the Louvre and asked to see the section on Persia, and they told me, "You mean Iran." >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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March 7, 2001

* Did you visit the same country?

Having recently spent a few weeks back in Iran after a two-year absence, I was saddened to read Eli's account ["Not going back"] of her holiday in Iran. I wonder if she even went to the same country as I did. I am sorry Eli, but yours was not an objective and fair assessment of Iran. The account of your trip is full of stereotypical Iran hating nonsense. I can assure you I would not judge American people to be crazy like those on the Jerry Springer show or gun-crazy idiots like the 15-year-old San Diego school-boy >>> FULL TEXT

Farhad Nikkhah

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* Really got on my nerves

I would like to express my opinion regarding an article that I read today on your website that kind of upset me ["Not going back"]. My name is Niloufar and I am a young Iranian. when I read the article written by an American woman who recently traveled to Iran, I couldn't help getting very frustrated. She had a lot of good points about the poverty, religion, freedom and the fact that people are not treated equally. However There were some stuff in there that made me extremely angry and upset >>> FULL TEXT

San Francisco

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* What if god forbid...

I think your idea is a wonderful one ["Let's go"]. However I wanted to know a couple things. Will there be any older chaperones? If not who is your contact there if god forbid you get into any problems with the Komite? Or if not the Komiteh, the Basij?

I am writing this email out of concern. I am a 26-year-old female who was raised in Iran. I think it is an excellent idea what you have put together and I would like to send my niece and nephew, but although they are 18 and 19, who will be responsible for them?>>> FULL TEXT

S. Nasehi

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A word of advice to Setareh Sabety ["No ordinary congressman"], don't think that your views don't matter simply because your representative in Congress or senator are not the people you would have elected.

Ironically, one of the most responsive senators that I have ever dealt with was Jesse Helms. There is a man with a machine to handle constituents' concerns and yet he is, I am sure, to most Democrats, the epitome of an "ultra-Republican".

Never forget (and don't let them forget it either): Your representatives work for YOU >>> FULL TEXT

Bradley J. Hernlem, Ph.D.

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* Weeping and moaning

This is my two cents regarding the review of the recent concert of Mohammad Reza Shajarian by Yari Ostovany ["Shajarians carry the night"]. Yari praises Shajarian for his masterful adaptation of Mehdi Akhavan Saless's poem "Zemestan". Contrary to Yari Ostovany, I think this adaptation of Zemestan has completely missed the boat >>> FULL TEXT

Mansour Fahimi

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* I know this feeling

Recent letters rave about "The mirror and the book".
My curiosity is peaked.
I start to read.
A tingly sensation takes over me.
I know this feeling.
I recognize it.
I am familiar with the symptoms that will soon follow.
A lump, the size of a Persian lime in my throat >>> FULL TEXT

S. Bahar

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March 6, 2001

* Official Noruz recognition

The City Council of the City of Mission Viejo, California, will adopt a proclamation in their meeting of Monday 3/19/01 to recognize "March 20th" as the "Nowrooz - Iranian Year." I urge all the Iranians who hear this news to show up in the Mission Viejo City Council meeting on Monday 3/19/01 at 6:00pm to express their support and appreciation >>> FULL TEXT

Hamid Bahadori

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* How? When? Where?

It is so sweet that poor little Reza Pahlavi has a friend who loves him so! Meanwhile the rest of us have to worry about paying the bills. I resent anybody trying to tell me that Reza Pahlavi has sacrificed his youth for pursuing democracy in Iran. How? When? Where? Or do we count the worrying that we all do for Iran as sacrifice? >>> FULL TEXT

Setareh Sabety

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* Rezadoust

Once again the voice of emotional and "god-he-is-such-a-nice-guy only-if-you-get-to-meet-him" oversimplicity has come thru in the form of an article by Mr. or Ms. Mihandoust ["My friend"].

While Mr. Pahlavi may not wear Rolex watches or prefer the smallest room in the condo, Mihandoust completely misses the point. This is not a personal "thing" with Mr. Pahlavi. His tastes, personal choices and humility, if truly so, while quite admirable, are not why people have an issue with him as a political figure. If all that matters is that Reza Pahlavi is your friend and an eloquent razor-sharp, humble, sweetheart with a plan, then the more appropriate name for Mihandoust would be Rezadous >>> FULL TEXT

Aref Erfani

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* Vatanforoush

I read the article ["Citizen Pahlavi"] and I tell if you are Iranian, you are nothing but vatanforosh. If you are an Iranian, mention three things the Shah did wrong. If you want to point out that he killed too many communists or fucking religious people, obviously he did not kill enough >>> FULL TEXT


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* Not funny

I read Karim Azari's not-so-funny piece about the chelokababi ["Shah Hassan..."]. What was his point? That the server didn't understand his comments because of his broken English? Or is he telling us about the lack of political energy late at night at a chelokababi? Or are you trying to redicule Reza Pahlavi? Or are you just trying not to be funny?

Behrooz Jalayer

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* Amr-e bozorg-e farhangi

Dorood bar Mehdi khaan-e gol-e taajikdoost -- javaan-e honarmand o ensaan-e vaagheie ["Paradise divided"]. aashnaa kardan iraani-haa, aanham Iraani-haaye khaarej az keshvar, baa taajikistan-e aziz yek amr-e bozorg-e farhangist. Omidvaaram dar tamaam-e kaarhaayeh farhangi-ensaani hamisheh pirooz baashi

Zari Jazayeri

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* Fantastic collection

Thank you very much for giving us the fantastic collection of photos of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by Mr. Mehdi Jami ["Paradise divided"]. It was very refreshing to see this collection.

H. Hakimi

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March 5, 2001

* No liberator

I am sympathetic toward Mr. Reza Pahlavi, as I am toward all unemployed persons. However, finding a job with no work experience in his forty years as a prince, as implied in the article, is rather difficult, especially in today's economic environment.

My suggestion to Mr. Pahlavi and his handful of allies, who are trying to test the waters for sailing back and sending a trial balloon via satellite messages to Iran, is to get in touch with reality and get out of the daydreaming state. The majority of the Iranian people, disillusioned as they are with the present regime, will never consider another Shah as their liberator >>> FULL TEXT

Fereidoon Matin
Pleasant Hill, California

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* Eminem: Artistic expression

I liked your article and I like Eminem ["Here & there"]. In response to my best friend's comment who said she hopes her daughter will never be exposed to anyone like Eminem, I said this: I know what you mean about his lyrics, but no matter what, he is very talented and his choice of words are just an artistic expression. His words are not any worse than the high action pact movies that are out there that everyone loves, it's only in a form of music >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Javid Fulton

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* Father: Reza Nemati

Could anybody help me trace my father REZA NEMATI? He was on board the Zaal in barrow in furness England between 1969-1971 and left for Portsmouth, England. I have not heard anything since we heard the Zaal sunk in the Persian Gulf but we don"t know for sure. PLEASE HELP.

Michael Jones

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* Always Iran

So, "Even without documented proof of this story, it is difficult to think of another reasonable explanation" for the name change from Persia to Iran? PLEASE! Try this one: The name of the country is Iran, and has always been Iran, as far as Iranians are concerned.

Reza Shah was therefore simply telling foreign missions to refer to the country by the same name that its inhabitants called it, for centuries. In fact, there is no word for "Persian" in the Farsi language.

Even the ancient Hakhamaneshi kings you glorify so much referred to the country as Iran. Now, shall we move on to more relevant things?

John Mohammadi

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March 2, 2001

* Get Eminen

After reading the short piece about how Eminem wins awards for his freedom of speech and the Iranian journalist gets punished ["Here & there"], I thought, "Hang on a minute. This could be turned into something positive."

As crazy as it may seem, Eminem is the most powerful man on earth, opinion wise. As soon as he says one word the world suddenly takes notice. So why don't we as a community ask of him to write about all the abuse that's going on in Iran? After all it's not like he would be censored or get killed over it.

He could potentially bring the eyes of the world onto our country and encourage the seed of change into faster growth.

Of course there is no telling whether he would accept the challenge but wouldn't it be interesting to hear what he has to say about the mollas' after the way he humiliated half the music industry and the American President?


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* At last

At last a well thought-out discussion of the revolution that does not blame any number of conspiracies and Western powers ["Surprise"]. The eternal truth of the world is unexpected results.

Mark Cooper

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* We all lost

I was about 10-years old when the revolution happened. Even at that age I was in middle of everything ["Surprise"]. I almost died twice in 24 Esfand Square and Maydan Shahyad area. I remember that no one back then knew the reasoning behind it all, but the revolution became an entertainment center for the people, especially young people. A good source of excitement like no other they knew.

I am saddened for losing the Rahimis ["The general's widow"] as well as the ones who were killed by the government like the Farrokhzads, and our war heroes, and the 17-year-old Mojahedin Khalghs & Cheerekhaa, Basijis and many many more. All these people died for what they believed in & none of them really won. We all lost because THEY WERE ALL IRANIANS >>> FULL TEXT

Eliot Salehi

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* In France too

I would like to draw your attention to the following regarding Behrooz Parsa's article, "I'm the Shah here": I read the article with great attention, and I believe every word he said. I would't go as far as to say the generals were gods everywhere in Iran but such power abuse must have been common in a totally bureacratic country Iran had become... I personally had a similar experience but in a democratic country, the country that claims to be the country of human rights >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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