Convinced that most Iranians actually like Americans
Written and photographed by Ron Wurzer
March 12, 2001
I had been at a small party in north Tehran of twentysomething-year-old
Iranians. North Tehran is the upscale, more modern part of the capital.
It boasts a Nike store, internet cafes, well-stocked computer stores, and
a fast-food restaurant called Boof that sells good fried chicken and pizza.
The partygoers were college-educated. The young women immediately took
off their headscarves and manteaus, or cloaks, when they walked through
the door. As the heavy-metal music of Metallica blared on the stereo, the
group began passing around marijuana cigarettes >>>
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Equal but undivided?
The Russian-Iranian gambit in the Caspian Sea
By Guive Mirfendereski
March 12, 2001
President Khatami's visit to Moscow is taking place sooner than expected.
The quick trip north is at any rate an apt metaphor for the urgent need
to resolve the simmering Caspian situation -- before environmental degredation,
decline of fisheries, risks associated with offshore petroleum development,
and potential for regional conflicts reach boiling point >>>
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Encyclopaedia Iranica is the ultimate source on all things
By Davood N. Rahni
March 12, 2001
Have you ever encountered a scenario when you were asked to provide
a detailed explanation of a historical incident, certain artifacts, a musical
piece, or a scientific breakthrough pertaining to Iran, yet didn't have
the comprehensive verified reference compendium to develop your specific
convincing response? Well, you would be thrilled to realize that there
is no more confusion as Encyclopaedia Irancia is resolving this dilemma
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Round up of oppositions in Tehran
BBC Persian Service
More than 30 opposition activists, attending a meeting in the capital
Tehran, have been arrested. They are moderate opposition forces known as
the religious-nationalist alliance. They support the reform policies of
the Iranian President Khatami >>>
Roundup of More Than 20 Activists
(New York, March 12, 2001) Human Rights Watch today condemned the Sunday
arrest of more than 20 political activists for taking part in a meeting
at a private house in Tehran. The arrests were ordered by the Tehran Revolutionary
Court-Branch 26 and as of this time the charges against and the whereabouts
of the detainees remain unknown >>>
Khatami vows democracy future of Iran
Khatami's speech in Majilis >>>
TEHRAN, March 11 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami vowed Sunday in
a dramatic address before parliament that democracy was the way of the
future in Iran but stopped short of announcing he would seek re-election
in June >>>
This list has been making the rounds on the Internet. It claims to
show how much money leaders of the Islamic Republic have stashed abroad.
Is it factual? Who knows...
1) Ali Khamenei
Sparkasse Bank (Frankfurt/Germany) Acct.# 234075617: DM 112.1 Million
Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct. # 217824: US$ 97 Million
Banque Cantonale (Lausanne/CH) Acct. # 71713: US$ 73.2 Million >>> FULL LIST
* Kam lotfi
writes: I read "Not
going back" and frankly it upset me to see how negative one can
be! I don't deny the fact that there's very limited freedom (of any sort)
in Iran and that it is not necessarily a good tourist location, but it's
honestly not that bad. This American woman claims that she stood out in
public because of her red nails, makeup, and white sneakers while everyone
was wearing black! First of all, we all know that Iranian women in Iran
and elsewhere wear a whole lot more makeup! >>>
* Hee haa!
Setareh Sabety writes:
Was this ["Engage
secular Iran"] an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor?
I sure hope so. Otherwise, I can not believe that their journalism has
sunk so low. Oh, now that we have a trigger happy Republican administration,
let's get back to Cold War tactics of "helping" those on "our
side" in geo-politically "strategic" countries like Iran.
Forget about past interventions, however futile they may have turned up;
let's intervene some more. It is cowboy time at the White House! Hee haa!
* Martin Luther King: No chance in Iran
writes: I read Fariba Amini's "Thy
father's sins" and the great advice she has given Reza Pahlavi.
Then I read responses to her article by Khosrow
Moniri and H.M.
Jalili. Frankly I had to re-read Amini's article and could not
see any of the points the two responders' are raising. Amini has rightly
indicated that the revolution was hijacked by the mollas. She has
correctly pointed to the grave mistakes made by the Pahlavi regime.
While Jalili seems to be very knowledgeable about the history of civil
rights movements in America, he fails to recognize that if Martin Luther
King was in Iran during the Shah's regime, he could not stage any of his
non-violent demonstrations for a minute >>>
* Confusing everyone
A.R. Beigie writes:
I must say as someone who has spent most of his adult life in the West,
we Iranians have succeeded in confusing everyone about our identity and
cultre, ourseleves included ["Bring
back Persia"]. I have also come to believe that we Iranians have
diluted our identity by over-educating foriegners. In our eagerness to
defend the Iranian image outside we have created confusion about the name
of the country, the name of our people, the name of our seas and the name
of our language >>>
listings of celebrations in U.S.
Translation of today's poem by Zara
I'll go a hundred steps beyond reason,
Free from the existence of good and evil.
You are so good that I'm beyond the veil.
Let the clueless know: I will love myself.
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
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-- President Khatami's speech in Majlis
March 11, 2001
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