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Feb 1-5, 1999 / Bahman 12-16, 1377


* Census:
- Good for all of us

* Angylina:
- Call her what you want
- I also serve soup to the poor


* Oil:
- More oil, less prosperity
- Pump it or lose it
* Revolution:
- Wonderful collection... for kids
* Kids:
- Adoption?
* Politics:
- Getting down to serious business

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February 5, 1999

* Census: Good for all of us

A few weeks ago I received a card in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau advertising part & full time jobs. I have been thinking about the same things David Rahni mentions in his letter ["Iranians in 2000 US census"]. I believe we have to think about the following issues:

- The first step in becoming an official minority group in this county (& being able to benefit from some of the government's special minority programs) is to show noticeable numbers in our population through census 2000.

- There are assurances that information provided to the census would not be supplied to the IRS, Immigration, FBI,...(although I am not so sure!)

- If the population of Iranians in the census shows a significant number, national advertisers would notice and spend money not only on Iranian media but also on related businesses and services.

- A good size Iranian community will attract the attention of the politicians, and thus it gives us advantages to ask them for something in return, such as more relaxed immigration laws, or putting a stop to unfair behavior towards our parents at the airports when entering the U.S., etc..

I agree with Mr. Rahni that this should be the top agenda for all Iranian groups in the U.S. (regardless of their religious, political, social, or cultural affiliation), because the result would benefit us all.

There should be a center (or better a web page) dedicated to this cause where everyone could find information, solutions or ideas.

Masoud Modarres

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* Call her what you want

Boy, I was blue this morning until I found my way to Angylina's site. She's got a great body. I don't care what you call her. (Also see Angylina's letter)

Behzad Fazel

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February 4, 1999

* I also serve soup to the poor

First off, you have no right to call me bimbo. You don't know me, what kind of education I have, or why I do what I do. I don't think you have authorization to use that picture either! It states on my page that those pictures are copywrited. I suggest you take it and the story off your site now before you are sued by myself and the photographer.

I work hard to achieve the goals I have. All my life I have been harrassed by men like you who have sat on your throne and throw stones at people all while your living in a glass home. You're the same "men" who cheat on your wives, make as much money as you can to drive "Mercedes Benz" while people are starving. At least I take the time and lend my time to homeless shelters on the soupline and money to animal adoption services. I live a modest life. I drive no fancy car. I live in a 900-sq foot rental home and am greatful for the life I am blessed.

Just because someone looks good and takes care of their body and isn't afraid to show it off doesn't mean that they did anything to get it. I have NOT compromised myself to get where I am at. I've done this all on my own, without relying on anyone for help. I'm not afraid to show off my body and model.

Now, I am warning you to retract that article and remove the picture or my attourney will contact you within 24 hrs. And you cannot print, show, or put this letter on your page either.


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February 3, 1999

* More oil, less prosperity

[Regarding "Pretend we have no oil"], with the exception of one field in the Persian Gulf, where the reservoir straddles across sovereign borders between Iran and one of the UAE emirates, there is no other reservoir even close to other countries' jurisdictions. In the Caspian Sea we may, in future, also run across a possible similar scenario. Neither case is too significant and you can always make some kind of arrangements, whereby one or the other country becomes the operator, and they share the revenues under some well-tried-out formulae. In the case of the Persian Gulf field, proper protections are in place already.

Mr. Mirfendreski's article while interesting and thoughtful philosophically, on purely economic terms, has shortcomings. Considering the competitions from other sources of energy, whose costs have been steadily decreasing vs. the increasing trend of exploration and production cost for oil, the present value of a barrel of oil, say 10 years from now, is really very little. Reliance on the revenues of oil, however, is bad no matter what the price, today or tomorrow.

Worldwide a principle seems to hold true, that places rich in non-renewable natural resources, tend to have lower standards of living. The overseas examples are many and well known. Even in the United States, this principle seems true. States like New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma ... with abundant natural resources fall short of states like Massachusetts, New York ... with negligible or no natural resources.

Hashem Farhang

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* Pump it or lose it

To respond to the question about leaving oil in the ground ["Pretend we have no oil"], most Iranian reserves are shared. Masjed-e-Soleiman is shared with Iraq's Northern wells. And there were reports (rumors?) back in the Shah/Cold War era that Semnan oil fields somehow tapped into the Soviet Caspian Sea reserves, which explained why Iran and the Soviet Union had a few production sharing agreements. Unfortunately if your neighbors are pumping, it's a "pump it or lose it" situation.

Ramin Abhari

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February 2, 1999

* Wonderful collection... for kids

Thank you very much for the wonderful collection of pics and songs ["Revolution: 1979-1999"]. Please keep it on line so my kids get educated about what has gone into this revolution.


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* Adoption?

Do you know where I can get info on adopting a child from Iran?

Niloo Soleimani

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February 1, 1999

* Getting down to serious business

I enjoyed your article ["Laleh Khalili's "A first concert"] as an informative report on a special segment of Iranian youth. As an Iranian-American who has been away from Iran for over twenty years, and all at the same time, very much interested in the fate of my countrywomen and men, I would like to thank you for taking the time to eloquently describe an evening of a special occasion in Tehran.

I was not surprised to read how Iranian youth are so thirsty for anything Western, and specially American. The confines of the regime in Iran are only fooling themselves, if they think, by any means, they are preventing the new generation from the harms and decadence of Western culture by imposing unreasonable restrictions on them. The forbidden fruit only looks to be more desirable or so it seems to the vulnerable and impressionable young!

The present regime in Iran should and will have to, in order to survive, concentrate its energy and effort on the more imminently viable issues: like how to rescue the economy and mend the ever increasing gap of the bridge between the out-of-line hard-liners and the moderate so-called democrats. And that most definitely requires a whole lot of effort and energy! So I really do wish they would get down to some serious work.

Nasrin Sasanpour

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