Teenager from hell
By Siamack Baniameri
March 22, 2001
A friend of mine called franticly the other day asking me to have a
talk with his out-of-control teenage boy. He explained that his son was
running around with gang members getting tattoos of naked women on his
arms, piercing his body in locations that would make a grown man shiver.
He exclaimed that his son wears baggy pants that's even too big for
a sumo wrestler, and shaves his head like a human light bulb. He said that
son has dropped out of school, drinks alcohol and smokes pot 24-7 >>>
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Mysterious smiles and unshaved faces
By Arash Emamzadeh
February 1, 2001
Several weeks ago, I was walking towards Buchanan Tower, in the rain.
On the way there, I started thinking about the meaning of faith. The fact
of the matter is that I used to be such a strong believer, but now everything
seems doubtful and uncertain. What has changed? Why doesn't the concept
of a cool, private, and enlightening path towards God interest me anymore?
In the Tower, I was entering an empty, well-lit elevator, when a deep
and unfamiliar voice whispered my name: "Arash!" I was about
to look back when the doors opened, unexpectedly >>>
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BBC Persian Service
For the second time in as many days Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, has set the main priorities for the new year, namely, "national
authority" and "employment". What does this mean for the
reform process? Iman Alizadeh reports >>>
writes: Below is my questions to Ayatollah Montazeri and his response
regarding the freedom of Iranians to choose their government >>>
Do you understand French?
Someone emailed this image but I don't understand French. Any idea?
Thanks to Farzaneh Rohanizadeh
* Persian pants please
Bagher R. Harand writes:
This past Saturday, March 17 my family and I attended a concert in
New York which Mr. Kayhan Kalhor, the renowned Persian kamancheh player
was an active participant. Many were somewhat disappointed as they had
come to listen to Persian music; instead, they primarily heard fine Indian
music. Also, Mr. Kalhore had a Pakistani/Indian outfit, which in retrospect
might have been more appropriate had he worn Persian outfit >>>
* I'm not a monarchist activist, but...
Darius Kadivar writes:
I have written regularly to The Iranian Times , and I have always
insisted on the fact that I am not an activis. Yes, Mohammed Reza Shah
Pahlavi, became a dictator, or was driven into becoming one partially pushed
by his democratic allies in the West. Yes, Iran under the reign of Mohammed
Reza Shah suffered a certain degree of censorship. Yes, Mohammed Reza Shah
was trying to give lessons on democracy to his own allies, and probably
that was the only way he could show a certain degree of independence towards
them. However, I believe that despite his short-comings, and the fact that
he was a dictator, does not justify historians to confuse him with the
blood-thirsty tyrant he never was >>>
* Don't be a dictator
BP Azar writes: Dear
I don't know how you assumed that you and people around you are the
only definition of Iranians and there isn't any other version of Iranians.
To make a long story short, I hope nobody feels that he /she is the center
of the world or the golden standard of culture. Because this way of thinking
and criticizing is the first step to dictatorship which is the most important
problem that Iranians are faceing -- much more important than onions, chelokabab,
and beards >>>
* Minoo, where are you?
Peter Jeans writes:
I am wondering if you are able to help me trace the whereabouts of Minoo
Motamedi (or Mohtamedi). In 1963 she lived at Navab Street, Hagshenas Station,
Hagshenas Street No 68, Tehran.
Minoo had planned to enter university and study to be an engineer but
I do not know what eventually became of her. If you can help with information
about her present whereabouts, I can be contacted at the address shown
PO Box 117
Art of Iran, Washington DC
Translation of today's poem by Zara
I'm a grape, I roll under trampling feet.
Wherever love pulls me, that's where I roll.
You ask me, 'Why do you roll around me?'
I don't. It's all around me that I roll.
* Also see more Rumi
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
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In 1947, Hollywood's golden era of studio production detonated
in an ugly morass of "paranoia, politics, and payback." The newly
formed House of Un-American Activities Committee singled out nine screenwriters
and one director for public ruin, and destroyed the careers of hundreds
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-- John Lennon
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