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* Khatami:
- Khatami should not run

* Persian:
- Not just Persian

* Iran:
- A bottle of Iran


* Lost:
- Minoo, where are you?
- Girls do NOT poop
Sadaf Kiani:
- Parvaaz kardam
- Real artist

- How about someting new?
- Most sublimely beautiful
- I'm not a monarchist activist, but...

- Khaak to saret konan
- Deal with today
* Romance:
- Don't be a dictator

- Caricature not a treatise
* Iraj Mirza:
- Freedom fighter
- Very poor choice

- Anti-Iranian Americans
* Persian:
- Persian pants please

- Where are the Persians?
* Model:
- Oy vey!

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March 23, 2001

* Khatami should not run

Initially after reading Hamid Zangeneh's piece, "Don't run", I questioned whether or not his opinion was based upon factors that are truly important. I have been a staunch supporter of the reformists, of Khatami's presidential term, and of Khatami's reelection. But after working through Zangeneh's argument, I have fallen into agreement with him: Khatami should announce "to the public that he will not stand for reelection and, more importantly, tell them why-- pure and simple." >>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Samii

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* Not just Persian

In response to Bagher R. Harand: Mr. Kayhan Kalhor & Shujaat Husain Khan have produced a musical project called Ghazal. Mr. Kalhor appears as a guest for other projects .While he is an Iranian master of Kamanche, he most probably has refined his art of improvisations through this interpretation of Persian music in an Indian context. He is a profound artist and in my humble opinion his music is spiritual no matter from what land the melodies come from.

No one should be allowed to dictate how an artist expresses ones self. I think those who complained about the event and the fact that it wasn't "Persian" enough for them are not true patrons of Mr. Kalhor and did not do their homework >>> FULL TEXT

Ali Derakhshan

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* A bottle of Iran

I read your story about the soil fron Iran ["A glass of Iran"]. It reminded me of when I was coming out of Iran and I had gathered some soil in a milk bottle and brought it to the U.S. I was about 15-years old and the whole family was laughing at me. Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to the milk bottle, but I still have some rocks that I use to collect with my friend in Shiraz.

Neshat Rezai

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March 21, 2001

* Persian pants please

This past Saturday, March 17, and upon the invitation of the Board of Director of Lincoln Center, and presumably due to my loaning them a series of fine Persian carpets to decorate the event, my family and I attended a concert in which Mr. Kayhan Kalhor, the renowned Persian kamancheh player was an active participant.

The audience of over four thousand, mostly American, were captively mesmerized by the power of the Eastern music. There were, nonetheless, comments made by many afterwards that I feel obliged to share with the community.

For instance, 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. In other words, the general feeling was that if there is any Persian influence in the whole affair, it went unnoticed by and large.

One might hope that our talented artists pay more attention to their own heritage when appearing in such prominent platforms in the future.

Bagher R. Harand

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* I'm not a monarchist activist, but...

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 >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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* Don't be a dictator

Dear Siamack Baniameri, 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 >>> FULL TEXT

BP Azar

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* Minoo, where are you?

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 below.

PO Box 117
Bindoon Western
Australia 6502

Peter Jeans

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March 21, 2001

* Khaak to saret konan

This is in response to the BS that was published a while ago called "Citizen Pahlavi". Firstly, I would like to bring to the attention of all the readers of and the person who wrote "Citizen Pahlavi" that the only time that Iran and the people of Iran lived a life just as luxurious as any other European family was when the SHAH was in power. Reza Pahlavi doesn't have to apologize for his father's mistakes, because his father never mad any mistakes. The only thing he did wrong was not kill all those mollas that deserve to burn in hell, and their followers, people such as you >>> FULL TEXT


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* Deal with today

From those who bringup the issue of monarchy vs. presidency in Iran ["Shah or president?"], I would like to ask what is the real problem here? And what is your point? Good or bad, the Shah and his regime are gone. What happened in 1979 and why it happened, though important to understand, it has already happened. We now have the "Islamic Republic" to deal with >>> FULL TEXT

Hamid K

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* Parvaaz kardam

Khanoom-e Kiani, man yeki az shaagerdaa-ye ghadimitoon hastam keh alaan too aalmaan dars mikhoonam. raastesh emrouz roouzeh eideh va raftam az yeki az site-haaye iraani baraa-ye doostam kaart befrestam keh neveshteh-ye qashang-e shomaaro didam ["Rooz-haaye aakhar-e saal"]!

nemidoonam cheraa vali parvaaz kardam beh oonja. oonqadr saadeh va samimi bood keh vaaghe'an bargashtam beh haal-o havaa-ye oonjaa! heif keh injaa eid nadaareh! hamash kaar va dars!

raasti saal-e notoon kheili mobaarak! man esmam Raha Rezai-ye. fekr nemikonam yaadetoon baasheh. too maderseh-ye Omidvar shomaa dabir-e hona-r maa boodin! beh har haal, mamnoon! eidi-ye qashangi bood. baa aarezoo-ye salaamati va shaadi .

Raha Rezai

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* Girls do NOT poop

I asked my girlfriend if she poops ["Girls poop"], and she confirmed it: Girls do NOT poop. I will watch her to comfirm, but she rarely lies. So my question to you is, why are you publishing lies? :-(

Floppy McGee

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March 20, 2001


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March 19, 2001

* Caricature not a treatise

I read the article by Mr. Baniameri about his despair on Valentine's Day ["The hell with romance"] and found it a highly amusing and funny take on some of Iranian men's negative stereotypes.

I was surprised to see the letters by some Iranian women bashing him as a sexist or calling him gay! Where has your sense of humor gone?! Sarcasm, a very great tool in comedic writing, is oozing out of this articles ears. It makes discussion of these difficult issues easier.

It's a caricature not a treatise on what men or women should do. Laugh at it, as I think many of the men and women reading it did, and let it raise a few questions in your mind as I think was the intent of the writer.

Mahmood Kanani

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* Real artist

I emailed you a few months ago and I was amazed by Saman's art work. He is extremely talented. I was so excited that finally I know someone in the U.S. who is a real artist and a real human being. I used the word "know" because I think I know him through his artwork. Not only is he an artist, but also he has felt something that not many people have felt and that is the way women live in Iran >>> FULL TEXT


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* How about someting new?

I think the cartoons by Sman could improve if he uses more color and variations in the theme. so far all of his cartoons have the same exact looking molla and the same punchline.

His cartoons say the same thing all the time: "mollas and women in chadoor are silly and Iran is hell". Okay, enough of that. We all knoww hat life is like in Iran. How about someting new?

I don't see any other opinions noted in his cartons and the characters too remain the same for the most part. This is just a comment / suggestion. I do admire all artists.

Babak Behnia

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* Most sublimely beautiful

I wanted to tell you that Zara Houshmand's poem "Earth and water" is probably the most sublimely beautiful writing I have ever read on

I often visit this website to read poems because it helps me make sense of my own minute dilemmas as an Iranian-American "living in exile". I can't explain it but I often feel as if I am listening to a large group of children yelling and fighting when I read many of the poems on the website.

But your poem moved me deeply and was the first one that I read and reread several times. Thank you for sharing your art with us. I hope you continue to create such wonderful work.


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