The Iranian Times

Tuesday, November 3, 1998 / Aban 12, 1377, No. 597

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


    Baba Taher


How to become an American
...with just minutes of practice a day

By Iraj

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 away.

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 TO FEATURE


* 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, Danemark.

    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 e Iran)
    - Organisation of People Fedayin - Majority faction (Fadayan e Khalgh - akssariat)
    - 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 e Iran)
    - 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.


    Revolution: 1979-1999

    Losing loved ones in Iraqi bombings

More Letters

* 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.

* Vague

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 Iranian Studies

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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