"Unfortunately, many of us still live in the past," writes Ali Akbar Mahdi, associate professor of sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University, in his new book. "We still cling to yesterday's politics and believe in ideals that do not conform with contemporary times and place. The time has come for us Iranians to live in the present and for the future."
Mahdi's Farhang-e Irani, J'ame'eh-ye Madani, va Daghdaghe-ye Demokr'asi ("Iranian Culture, Civil Society, and Concern for Democracy, " Javan Publishing Co., Toronto) is a collection of essays and articles most of which have been published between 1992 and 1998. The following excerpt is from essay written this year (in Persian) ... GO TO PAGE ONE
One of the beauties of being in exile is to have the freedom not to write, not to give an opinion, not to eulogize, especially about matters or persons one does not know. Alas, if the writer had devoted some time writing in the praise of the Foruhars or condemnation of the murder and the murderer(s), then an appreciative readership would have become more informed about an issue mattered to the writer ... GO TO FEATURE
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Paris heartbeats in an orange glow
Written and photographed by Rose Ghajar
I walked for 20 miles a day wearing my black coat from Saks and my Kmart leather white tennis shoes like a shadow through the streets of Paris.
I would start from Rue de la tour d'Auvergne, near the Gare du Nord and down Boulevard de Magenta to Place de la Republique where the statue of a French women of Liberty stood with a wreath on her hair and her hand outstreched in victory under a blue sky in November with white clouds. In spring, chaliced poppies flame to red in the palm of her hand ... GO TO FEATURE
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