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September 12, 2001


Nabavi Online

Satirist Ebrahim Nabavi has turned to cyberspace to write about current events in Iran.


An informative and well-organized web site with news in Persian, and more. -- Thanks to Ramin Tabib

"The Parthian Empire is a fascinating period of Persian history closely connected to Greece and Rome. Ruling from 247 B.C. to A.D. 228 in ancient Persia (Iran), the Parthians defeated Alexander the Great's successors, the Seleucids, conquered most of the Middle East and southwest Asia, and built Parthia into an Eastern superpower. "

Torture in Iran

A "former member" of the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit has written about torture of political prisoners. -- Thanks to Jerjis

Jila Nikpay

"The site also features my recent photographic work, 'The World in Between'."

Bam Jam: Iran photos

"Iran is not a country for mass-tourism. Many people have very negative ideas about Iran . They think Iran is filled with extremists and every Iranian is a fundamentalist. We decided to put all our prejudice aside and to see for ourselves what Iran is really like."

Reza S. Badiyi

Reza Badiyi directed many episodes of the popular TV series, "Mission Impossible". -- Thanks to Darius Kadivar

Amir Hosseini

"Welcome to my online portfolio. In this site, you'll find background information about me, photographs of my work, some parts of movies."

Sanjabi on Khomeini

National Front leader Karim Sanjabi's views on Ayatollah Khomeini during his stay in Paris in 1978. -- Thanks to Farhad Sepahbodi

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Beyond Iran

Thoughts on terrorism

"This site is a service for everyone who may have been near the terrorist attacks on September 11 and their family members and friends. Our thoughts and emotions are with you all, and we only hope that this can provide some measure of help in these difficult times." -- Thanks to Zara Houshmand

Green Card lottery

Instructions for the 2003 Diversity U.S. Immigrant Visa Program. -- Thanks to Sourena Mohammadi

Japanese English

It's hard to believe the Engrish masqueraded as real English over in Japan. It can be seen on signs, people's jackets, t-shirts and shopping bags, in menus and on TV. But nowhere is it more prevalent than on the various consumer products found in convenience stores and supermarkets. -- Thanks to Zara Houshmand

Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design

Direct from the official Bauhaus Museum in Berlin (a stern concrete structure that resembles a giant concertina), this crisp, clean, Teutonic web site pays homage to "the most important school of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century." The Bauhaus school of architecture (1919-1933) introduced the world to spare, industrial structures that have been interpreted as both breathtakingly modern and downright depressing. The school's aesthetic spilled over into photography, art, and the kind of product design found in museum stores all over the world. Love it or hate it, Bauhaus is still very much with us. Just ask anyone who lives in Brasilia. -- Yahoo review

Everything About Bees

Curious about bees? Then buzz on over to this fact-filled site to learn, well, "everything" about the "most important pollinating insects." Although there are over 20,000 species of bees, the site focuses on some of the main categories, such as the honey bee, bumble bee, and the dreaded "killer bee" (technically known as Africanized honey bees). Read up on orchid bees, brightly colored tropical bees that can sport tongues twice the length of their bodies, or learn more about those pesky sweat bees, which are attracted to human perspiration. After you've brushed up on your bee basics, maybe you'd like to try your hand at the ancient art of apiculture, commonly known as beekeeping. -- Yahoo review

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

At first glance this site doesn't look like much -- just a bunch of linked technical terms like "Fourier Decomposition" and "Damped Harmonic Oscillator." But once you dig down, the animations that help you visualize concepts concerning acoustics and vibration are really quite amazing. Check out the animated GIFs and MPEGs that show the behavior of sound waves. Don't be scared off by the equations -- the site's a perfect place for the non-technical person to learn some basics about the world of acoustics. -- Yahoo review

Famous Name Changes

William Jefferson Blythe was the 42nd president of the United States. Eleanora Fagan was the lady who sang the blues. Demetria Gene Guynes, star of the movies "Ghost" and "Indecent Exposure", was married to macho "Die Hard" actor, Walter Willison. These are just a few of the trivia tidbits on Famous Name Changes. Some entries include why the person changed their name -- such as Lucille Fay LeSueur receiving her stage name of Joan Crawford through a fan contest sponsored by MGM. But some names defy easy explanation, like U2's David Howell Evans, a.k.a., the Edge. -- Yahoo review

Bath Postal Museum

In these days of email, faxes, and instant messages, we tend to forget about the contributions made to world communication by the humble postal service. Thankfully, the Bath Postal Museum devotes its web site to the history of postal service in Britain and the world. From Egyptian papyrus missives to lacy Victorian valentines, the museum chronicles early messaging and mail systems. The postal service really came into its own during the Victorian era when the penny post made it affordable to send letters, even overseas. Learn how to cut a traditional quill pen, and then write a letter with a sense of history that email can't beat! -- Yahoo review

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