How to become an American
...with just minutes of practice a day
I have been an Iranian for 60 years. I'll try something else for the
next 20 years. I'll try to be an American. A North American, I mean.
As an American, I'll speak English fluently. I'll make American
linguistic mistakes instead of Iranian mistakes and I'll call it slang.
As an American, I'll have a credit card or two. I'll use and
misuse them and I'll have to pay the fees. I'll apply for other cards right
As an American, I'll buy a car -- a Great American Car -- but
it will use too much gasoline, so I'll sell it and buy a smaller German
car, because it is reliable and doesn't use as much fuel. Later I'll sell
it and buys a smaller Japanese car equipped with a computer. Then I'll
sell it and buy a camper to enjoy the outdoors and the open space. I'll
sell the camper and buy a bicycle because it will not pollute the air.
As an American, I'll buy a dog, a cat, a goat, a white whale
and some big stones as pets and adopt a pot hole or two... GO
* U.S. elections
Thirty-four Senate seats, 36 governorships and all 435 seats in the
House of Representatives were at stake, including the one we should care
most about: whether Alfonse d'Amato -- the chief architect of Iran sanction
laws -- retains or loses his senate seat from New York... LATEST ELECTION NEWS
From: Aryo B. Pirouznia
For the first time since the clerical republic in Iran, seven groups
and political movements are organizing a general meeting in Copenhagen,
In this meeting being held on 14 and 15 of November 1998 will participate
the following groups;
- The Constitutionnalists Movement of Iran (Sazeman e Mashroute Khahan
- Organisation of People Fedayin - Majority faction (Fadayan e Khalgh -
- Democratic Party of Kurdistan (Hezb e Democrat e Kordestan)
- National Front of Iran (Jebhe ye Melli e Iran)
- The National Republican Movement of Iran (Hezb e djomhourikhahan e Melli
- The Democratic Party of Iran/ (Hezb e Democratic e Iran)
- The Socialist Party of Iran (Hezb e Socialist e Iran)
The meeting of 11/14 and 11/15 are open to the public.
* Honest account
I. Shakeri writes: I read your pieces called "The
education of Mahdiyeh." I am a Baha'i living in the U.S., and
I appreciate your honest account of Baha'is situation in Iran.
Sepehr Sohrab writes: After reading your feature story ["The education
of Mahdiyeh"], I was left with a vague feeling. What did all this
have to do with 155 years of continuing persecution, prejudice, slaughter
in the name of God and his religion?
* Fellowship: Research Fellowship in
The American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) offers a six-month
fellowship tenable in Tehran. The recipient will also be the representative
of AIIrs in Iran. The period of the fellowship will be January through
June, 1999. The stipend, contingent on the receipt of funding, will be
at the level of an assistant professor, plus transportation. Applicants
must have their Ph.D. in hand, speak Persian well, and be U.S. citizens.
Selection will begin in November and candidates may be interviewed in Chicago
during the MESA meetings December 3-6.
Applications should include a CV, details of the applicant's research
project, and the names and addresses of two referees, and should be sent
to: Professor Michael Bonine, American Institute of Iranian Studies, Department
of Geography, Harvill Building, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
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New Food of Life:
Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies
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Khamenei rejects U.S. ties
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
ruled out Tuesday any normalization with the United States, saying no ties
with Washington ``benefits the Iranian people 100 percent.'' ``(Western)
propaganda feeds rumors to the effect that the break in relations between
Iran and America's government is detrimental to the Iranian people. No sir,
it benefits the Iranian people 100 percent,'' Khamenei said in a speech
marking the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran... FULL TEXT
Iran recalls Prague envoy over U.S. radio
TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iran has recalled
its ambassador from the Czech Republic and reduced trade contacts in protest
against U.S.-funded radio broadcasts to the Islamic republic from Prague,
Tehran radio reported on Tuesday. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Mahmoud
Mohammadi as saying the Czech Republic had ``backed hostile action by America''
by hosting the new Persian-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
(RFE/RL), based in Prague... FULL TEXT
IFrance confirms Khatami visit, date to
PARIS, Nov 3 (Reuters) - France on Tuesday
confirmed press reports that Iranian President Mohammad Khatami planned
to visit France but said the date had yet to be set. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Anne Gazeau-Secret said Tehran authorities had confirmed Khatami accepted
an invitation extended by French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine when he
visited Tehran last August... FULL TEXT
Iran's Kharrazi to visit Saudi this week
DUBAI, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi is to visit Saudi Arabia this week, the latest of several
visits between the countries as relations have warmed. Iran's ambassador
to Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Reza Nouri, said on Monday that Kharrazi would
arrive in Jeddah on Thursday from where he would make a pilgrimage before
going to Riyadh two days later to meet King Fahd and other senior officials
... FULL TEXT
Pirouzi v. Esteqlal
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Historic rivals Pirouzi and
Esteqlal will face-off three days before the national team leaves for Italy
for a friendly game in preparation for the Thailand Asian games. Should
key players be on the filed, risking injury? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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George Bernard Shaw
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Takht-e Jamshid Ave.
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Four songs from the Abadani band's latest album