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    April 2000

    Letters are posted here a week after they appear in The Iranian Times.


* Iran-U.S.:
- Shah's return in 1953
Pressure cooker:
- Stolen money

* Celebrity:
- Brilliant not Buddha

- Mehrjui: The director & and the man
- Azizi still respected
* Satire:
- Insulting

- Cracked me up
- Too much politics

- Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages
- Bloodshed
* Women:
- The real deal

Letters index
Letters sent to The Iranian in previous months

    This months's index:

* Iran-U.S.:
- Shah's return in 1953
Pressure cooker:
- Stolen money

* Celebrity:
- Brilliant not Buddha

- Mehrjui: The director & and the man
- Azizi still respected
* Iran-U.S.:
- Rasht & history

- Did not live up to ideals
- Mistreatment in U.S.
- Compensation, one way or another
- Share the same
- Going to Iran
April fools.:
- Escrew you

- Mollas on Mars
- Prozac
- Stupid
- Even Albright will laugh
- Beh shaqiqeh rabt daareh
- Jumping with joy
- What is this, a joke?
- U rock!
- Antar-e doroogh goo!
- Even a serious mag...
- Chill out
- No respect
- Come on...
- Priceless
- Funniest
- 10-minute laugh
- Disgusting
- MY girlfriend
- Tokhm-e jen
- Stupid
- Enjoyable
* Reza Abdoh:
- Condemning here and there
- Feminazi
* Satire:
- Insulting

- Cracked me up
- Too much politics

- Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages
- Bloodshed
* Women:
- The real deal

- Bitter, angry woman
- Anything but pure
* History:
- Aryan dreams
- Absolutely fascinating

* Photography:
- We HAVE changed
- Doesn't matter what women wear

- Pathetic, miserable...
* Privacy:
- Take out Googoosh
- Just so you know
- Kavkaz ancestry

* Fardin:
- High & low art

- Iran's John Wayne
- Trashy escapist films

- Acknowledging Pop icons
- Khatami & Nouri are not the answer

- You owe me
* The Iranian:
- Great resource

- Do it right!!!
- Amr-e digehee neest?
- Rules of the game

- Jalal khaalegh!
* Salar Abdoh:
- Since when?

- It's riveting! But...

April 28, 2000

* Insulting

I have lived in the U.S. since 1978. I consider myself an educated and open-minded individual respecting all other religions and personal beliefs. As a Moslem, I consider this piece of writing offensive and I respectfuly ask that you don't promote such writings in your paper ["Abolfazl insurance"].

Matt Fotouhi

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* Cracked me up

Do me a favor: please tell Alireza Sadeghi that his poem titled Rostam and Afrasyab cracked me up. GREAT JOB.

Gelareh Abedi

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April 27, 2000

* Shah's return in 1953

Letter to The New York Times

Your April 16 front-page article ''How a Plot Convulsed Iran in '53 (and in '79)'' makes unjust remarks about my late husband, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. It also gives a partial account of the events of 1953.

My husband at first supported Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in the fight for the nationalization of Iran 's oil industry. Only when the shah was convinced that political and economic deterioration was threatening Iran 's independence and stability did he feel constitutionally obligated to dismiss Dr. Mossadegh.

The shah returned to Iran because of the will of the majority of Iranians >>> FULL TEXT

Farah Pahlavi

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* Brilliant not Buddha

I read Mr. Kaviani's letter regarding his disappointment with Mr. Mehrjui's manner. With all due respect I frankly though it to be rather naive! Do you expect Mr. Mehrjui to be Buddha just because he's a brilliant artist? An artist is a mirror - hopefully reflecting his disgruntled or contented views of life; many artists' mission is to create the work in order to transcend the issues, objectify them or possibly even view them from another angle. In any case it's a mystical process.

Come now, let's not get sentimental or maudlin over artists, Mr. Kaviani. They're just as irritable or easy-going as everyone else, possibly even more. When you put anyone, especially an artist on a pedestal you make them responsible for YOUR expectations and that's simply not the function of art. You don't have to love the man to love the work -- that's purism and there's absolutely no room for that in art.

Banafsheh Zand

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April 26, 2000

* Mehrjui: The director & and the man

On Saturday April 22, Dariush Mehrjoui was at New York's Lincoln Center to have a talk. I thought, "What else could a middle-age Iranian guy living in the U.S. ask for on a Saturday afternoon?" I love Iran's blooming movie industry and Mehrjoui in particualr. But wait a minute. Don't get too excited! Always expect the unexpected!...

However, it seems like Mehrjoui the person is not as impressive as Mehrjoui the director ... Why doesn't Mr. Mehrjoui have that respect toward Iranian movie directors in general as well? Why exclude Kiarostami and attack other directors and even Fardin who died less than two weeks ago? >>> FULL TEXT

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Azizi still respected

I remember the times when Iran would get worldwide attention in sports: Takhti in wrestling, soccer players Ali Parvin, Hassan Roshan, Andranik Skandarian (who played for New York Cosmos in Major League Soccer), and many more great athletes.

Today here in San Francisco's Bay Area we have Khodadad Azizi who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes. Two weeks ago he received a red card and a three-week suspension. But yellow or red cards are part of the game. I don't know how to express myself but after all these years of playing soccer I can understand how a player could react in heated situations. It is just part of the game! >>> FULL TEXT

Armin Khalili

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April 25, 2000

    * Too much politics

    I just thought I point out to you that your content is increasingly focused on politics ["Anger & despair"]. I along with my wife and many others were much more interested in the cultural notes and debates that you had going on.

    We're interested more in Iranians living here, and also Iranians who went to Iran and came back, amongst many other rhings. There are plenty of news sites, but so few sites that offer cultural insight and discussions.

    Reza M.

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* The real deal

Professor Hamid, I hail you! You're an insightful satirist ["Loving an Iranian girl"]. I'm an American guy who fell in with an Iranian Bahai girl. Loved her to high heaven. It was a sincere and loving set up, probably because she was twelve years older than me.

Have to say, though, that no girl I've ever known since (this was fifteen years ago) has floored and moved me like her. Her name was Ranaa...

Basically I have to say that Ranaa was the real deal. She could have lofty sentiments, but she was not the usual how-much-are-you-worth-Jack kind of woman. She was a goddamn one woman slaughter house with a killer wit and a talent with a paint brush. In other words, she was no demure dummy bubble puppy like these chicks your're talking about >>> FULL TEXT

John D. Stich

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April 24, 2000

* Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages

I enjoyed reading Charles Kurzman's article in relation to the American support for democracy in Iran in the 20th century and the 21st century ["Lost opportunities"]. I should, however, like to state the following observations.

1. It would be misguided to compare Iran's Constitutional Movement (1904-1909), which was progressive and modernist in nature, to President Hojatoleslam Khatami's attempt to prolong the life of the Velayat-e-Faghih through revisionism. Whilst the former ended centuries of autocracy, the latter is an attempt to prolong two decades of theocracy >>> FULL TEXT

Nazenin Ansari

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* Bloodshed

Nice summary ["For God's sake"]. Yes a climax is approaching. It's difficult to know which side will come out on top. A coup d'etat may produce temporary relief, but risks precipitating a catastrophic end to the regime. On the other hand, this present confrontation is untenable. I fear some bloodshed is on the cards, as the protagonists have become highly polarized.

Behzad Djazaeri

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Pressure cooker
* Stolen money

By Banafsheh Zand

We all know that each and everyone of these akhoonds have lined their pockets with millions and millions that belong to the devastated people of Iran. None of that wealth belongs to these reprobates and none of them should be permitted to abscond with their booty. As time of their demise nears, the more shamelessly they scramble to feather their nests. This reminds me of the Germans' appropriation of Jewish property and then fleeing to South America after WWII.

I propose we begin searching high and low for the banks and investment firms that are handling these funds. As Iran's assets were frozen after the revolution, so should these. In view of the misery wrought by this consortium of self-proclaimed divine messengers, we should actively and with solidarity, be pursuing avenues to block their present and future exploits >>> FULL TEXT

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April 21, 2000

* Bitter, angry woman

This is a reference to a letter sent by one of your readers ... in regard to a letter titled "Khodeti"... I had the opportunity to meet this girl in person. We both live in the same city. When I saw her, she made a very nice impression and we both became good friends.

She told me about her past and how she has survived a harsh life. Unfortunately, this harsh life has made her a bitter, angry woman who becomes hostile toward any kindness. She has experienced everything you could imagine about a lonely single girl in a city...

I found out she had been on Prozac. She had abused controlled substances when she was younger, and she was an alcoholic. She had been with many different abusing men. I could not believe the things I was finding out... >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Adlparvar

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* Anything but pure

I will leave this short and simple. I will not waste the readers' time arguing against Mr Raafat's chauvinism; such arguments are just too basic ["Real Iranian girls?"]. But, the extremely naive Mr. Raafat should be aware of a simple little fact: many of those pure Iranian girls back home are anything but pure! The only difference is that they are trained from birth to hide the truth well and fool the likes of poor Mr Raafat who for a variety of reasons needs to believe that there is some "purity" left in the world.

I don't condemn them at all. Unfortunately in the present structure of Iran, lies have become commonplace. Girls in Iran, as young and 13-14 are so much shrewder than their Western counterparts. This is definitely not meant in a negative way, but they have had to deal with a lot and have become pretty tough indeed.

Good luck Mr. Raafat.

Nargess Shahmenesh

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* Great resource

I would just like to thank you for a great website with incredible resources. I am a Georgetown University student who is doing a class project on the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and your site provides some great resources ["Revolution: 1979-1999 "]. Thanks again!

Lesley B. Foss

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April 20, 2000

* Rasht & history

First off the email about this guy's eyewitness report of the civil disorder in Rasht. Baba joon! Either translate the thing into English or else send a scan of the Farsi text.

Second, this article "Lost opportunities" is one of the better articles I have come across about Iranian history. I recommend translating this one into Farsi and submitting it to Iranian newspapers for publication. This would be good karma for your Web site too since the Net is becoming more of a common thing in Iran.

Kamran Behzadian

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* Did not live up to ideals

Unfortunately, the United States did not live up to its laws or ideals back in the 1950's ["Lost opportunities"]. This pattern repeated itself over again in other parts of the world. If the elected representatives in the States publicly acknowledge their country's wrong doing and encourage primary and secondary schools to be more candid about U.S. wrongs, then the U.S. government will begin to act more consistently in accordance with its laws and professed ideals.

Let's hope that in the meantime, relations with Iran can be improved. Nothing is to be gained from both countries constantly snarling at the other. Opportunities for change and long term sharing of interests will be lost if we fail to take the initiatives at this time.

Marty O'Malley, Jr.

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* Kavkaz ancestry

You're articles are very interesting to read. But one issue that I miss and want to have information about is the historical aspect of the fairly large numbers of Iranians with Caucasian (Kavkaz / Qafqaz) ancestry. I'm one of them on my mothers side.

People that are from Kavkaz / Qafqaz have little information or none about the immigration from Kavkaz / Qafqaz. I don't know much myself, except that I can see that we look different.

I don't know if you are able to write an article about this matter, or if it's interesting enough.

Babak Tadjer

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April 19, 2000

* Just so you know

In response to Liane Neshat's letter, I agree with you on the fact that the Albright thing is no big deal ["Albright in Tehran"]. Don't make an issue out of everything, right? But the fact is that the Iranian government is far worse than anything China could ever be. I hate the fact that people are ignoring the fact that my people are being oppressed by a bunch of faceless, retarded sub-scum for whatever reason.

What is oppressive about the government? How about the fact that religious and political apartheid is in full effect? That Zoroastrians cannot walk outside in the rain because they are "impure" and will pollute Muslim Iranis? That a man cannot speak of true democracy without getting threatened, beaten, tortured, and all too often killed by Hezbollah and other groups? That one women is half a man and cannot talk to a stranger in public?

As the family member of men and women who have been and are victims of this so-called government, I feel a need to let you know what is really going on. Didn't mean to make an issue of a comment, but just so you know a tiny piece of what is real yet oblivious to the people in this country, who have in ways helped bring it about.

Maziar Shirazi

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* Since when?

As an avid reader of fiction and literature I think I'm forced to make a response to Mr. Farhad Bani's letter regarding the Iranian writer Salar Abdoh's recent intellectual thriller, The Poet Game.

While Mr. Bani concedes that Salar Abdoh's entry into the world of fiction in the West is something to be applauded and that his writing ability is something to make all Iranians proud, he seems to have trouble, however, with the writer's portrayal of fellow Iranians.

My question is: since when does a novelist have an obligation to portray anyone, including his or her own compatriots in a positive light? If this was so, germany's Gunter Grass would probably have never written a single novel and never won the Nobel Prize.

First and foremost Salar Abdoh is a novelist, and a pretty damn good one at that. I say this even though I'm only half way through the novel, The Poet Game. I saw a review of it in The New York Times and my curiosity was aroused. I didn't buy this book either to have the writer be my teacher or get didactic on me. I wanted to read a good story written by a professional, and that, I feel, is exactly what I got.

And besides all that, anyone who reads this book will right away notice that the writer has created a sensitive and thoughtful protagonist who just happens to be Iranian. Where exactly is the mean portrayal in that?

Kimia Izad

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* Aryan dreams

Regarding Fereydoun Hoveyda's "Mystery Report", Reza Shah was infected with Hitler's Aryan dreams. Hitler had promised Reza Shah to bring back the Arian glory of ancient Persia, with Reza Shah at the helm. Who knows, had Hitler conquered Moscow prior to the winter of his defeat, this email would have probably been in German.

Rest assures, Reza Shah was in full control of his government and ministers. He clearly hated the Russians as well as the British for exploiting Iran.

It was no coincidence that upon his abdication he had requested to be exiled to Argentina, the Nazi haven. Only mid way through the journey the British officers aboard the ship had informed him that the ship was going to South Africa.

Hafez Ameli

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April 18, 2000

    * We HAVE changed

    In the introduction to Shadafarin Ghadirian's photographs ["Present in the past"] you wrote: "We live in the 21st century. But in some ways, Iranian society has not progressed for centuries. Many of our habits and beliefs have not caught up with the times. This is the immediate impression from Shadafarin Ghadirian photographs... "

    But I DISAGREE! Her photographs show that we HAVE changed. Not that we have stayed still. Look at the canned soda, or the guitar or the boombox, but also look beyond that, to the insolent poses of these women. They may appear "traditional", but I think Ghadirian means for us to see that a category such as "traditional" has little meaning. And whose standard of "progress" or "traditional" are we using anway?

    Anyway, thanks for posting these. They are wonderful.

    Laleh Khalili

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* Doesn't matter what women wear

The way the hejab is demonstrated in Shadafarin Ghadirian's pictures ["Present in the past"] has nothing to do with the social development of Iranian women. After all, women's liberation in the West has had its own drastic downside for family life, upbringing of children, etc.

In other words, fashion and clothes have got nothing to do with women's social development nor with freedom of speech, individual liberty, ethics and unity of family life.

What is important is not what freedom we would like to exercise but what freedom some person may need in order to do things beneficial to the society.

Dr Fereidoun Abbasi

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* Mistreatment in U.S.

Please let The Iranian readers know, that Iranian National Fencing team had arrived in Chicago last week for a tournament that is currently taking place in South Bend, Indiana. Unfortunately, upon arrival at the airport, the team was subjected to finger printing.

The representative of the government of Iran made the decision for the team to go back to Iran rather than being subjected to this kind of treatment. News here

On the one hand, Ms. Albright talks about friendship and laments over the role of U.S. in our history and on the other, the U.S. is still putting our people through this demeaning treatment.

It is a great loss for our young athletes not to be able to participate in international tournaments. It is the participation and being involved in this type of competitions that will help our athletes achieve their full potential.

With much sadness and anger,

Mali Evans

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April 17, 2000

* Absolutely fascinating

Fereydoun Hoveyda's rendition of the events leading to the invasion of Iran in World War II was absolutely fascinating ["Mystery Report"]. In fact, it inspired me to look more into the matter.

From what I've learned the day of the invasion was one of the darkest in Iranian history. Aside from the bloodshed, Iran's national sovereignty was completely overlooked by the superpowers of the time.

It was probably the second ugliest ordeal concerning Iran and foreign powers in the twentieth century, the first being the 1953 CIA-led coup.

Nima Faghihi

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* Pathetic, miserable...

My heart-felt congrats to Khaanoom-e Shadafarin Ghadirian for her excellent taste in photography ["Present in the past"].

But, in responce to the article about those photos, you are such a pathetic, miserable, narrow-minded person that no matter how hard an artist tris, you still have this negative thing to say. Shame on you.

I have been living in the U.S. for the past 28 years. The last 14 here in Las Vegas. And I have seen "it" all. So, I don't want to hear crap from you bad-mouthing our Iranian way of living.

Issa Hajjizadeh

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* Take out Googoosh

Would you like it if someone was to take your personal photo and post it on a Web site for the world to see?

You must take this picture of Googoosh off of your site because it was taken to be in a personal photo album and the person who distributed it should be ashamed of this.

If Googoosh had wanted her current picture to be posted, I am certain she would have come to the U.S. and done the whole celebrity profile in Los Angeles.

I hope you do the right thing!

Abbas Soltani

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April 14, 2000

* Khatami & Nouri are not the answer

Notes on Mr Abdy Hashemi's "Final destination: Democracy":

I do have big misgivings about "Hojjat-o-eslam" Khatami due to his clerical training and the fact that he has been raised within the current system (and "aaghebat gorg zaadeh gorg shavad garcheh baa aadami bozorg shavad") and I hold him personally responsible for the atrocities committed by the present regime. However, I am still prepared to give him the benefit of doubt and reserve my final judgment on his performance after possibly his second term when he would have had the opportunity of taking advantage of the newly elected "reformist" members of the parliament. I also reserve my judgment on the Mr Hashemi's assertion about "fantastic transition to a near-total civilian rule" supposedly being achieved under his "leadership" (if the word really applies to what is going on in Iran).

I have no argument about Mr Hashemi's statement that "the Shah and his puppets ..... believed in the total eradication of opponents". Although I would like to know who does he refer to as Shah's puppets and where does Khatami stand in this analysis. Should we consider him a Rafsanjani's or Khamenei's puppet by the same decree? As far as I am concerned the "revolution" replaced one tyrant with another one, albeit several times more vicious and fierce >>> FULL TEXT

Jamshid Entesari

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* You owe me

I am a young student, and I was born in Iran. The politics of the region has always fascinated me. Right now as I was reading these comments I cant believe what I see in despair and in the sentiment of "let sleeping dogs sleep".

I would like to point out to the older generation that you owe me and the rest of my generation , including the student demonstrators, an explanation. I was raised in an affluent family and all they ever talk about is the money that was lost not democracy.

You the former rulers and the former teachers, need to explain to me why I should be terrified to visit my country of birth. Yes the West was involved; Russia, England, and the U.S. were involved -- but only because we let them get involved. You let them get involved.

And please don't sit in your armchairs across the world and tell me to let sleeping dogs sleep. Let's find out about our past and then we can talk about from now on. We cannot fix a machine when we don't know where it is broken.

Sahar Nahrvar

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* Do it right!!!

Why can't you get all the junk out [of the Registration page] and put all the interesting and up to date stuff in the front - in the beginning so we don't have to go through all this mess to find something? Do it right!!! Can't we get it right in this country [U.S.] either??!!

Mariam Nahavandi

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April 13, 2000

* Amr-e digehee neest?

I think you should all go back to Iran and make our gas cheaper [in America]!

Tim Owens

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* Rules of the game

Dear Mr. D, I am so sorry for what has happened to you in our country. The problem of "Nosy relatives" and jealousy in our society, even among Iranian Americans, is too obvious to be ignored. However from what you wrote in your article, I believe the main person to be blamed is "Mr. D":

1) You read an article and went to Iran to get some "Real Iranian girls" who in this case are apparently the virgin ones. I spent most of my life in Iran and I want you to know having a hymen doesn't necessarily mean you are a virgin. As you know we have few different types of sex .

2) The "cat and mouse" game of finding a partner is not something specific to Iran. No matter where you are in this world, when you want to approach a potential partner you need to know the rules of the game. One of the most important rules is that you should control you emotions >>> FULL TEXT

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Jalal khaalegh!

I am writing regarding the article "Nosy relatives". from what I understood, this dude is just 24 years old and he decides to get married on his first trip to Iran since his birth! Jalal khaalegh! Of course this is my opinion but, hey dude! you are too young to get married in such short period of time!

As we all know if you let families and friends get involved in your life, they will do it without any hesitation. But what is important is making everyone mind their own business and at the same time, not making sure they don't get offended by your direct statements.

Also, keep informing them about what your opinions are without offending anyone. Also, I believe the bride should have done something to help, if she was interested! Remember that you are the one who separates the borders around you. Eradatmand dude-e depressed and alone.

Alireza Abouhossein

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April 12, 2000

* High & low art

Mr. Vakili's commentary just reminded me of an argument I have been having with my fellow Iranians precisely about the dichotomy (as he appropriately put it) between high art and low "mobtazal" art. Allow me to expand on his piece since even though he touched on all subject matters: "Culture is a living organism, making its own rules as it goes through history."

Progress is made with freedom to explore in all direction. Picture water flowing down an unpaved slope. It will fill in the lower parts which are ready to accept it and eventually flow to higher grounds. This is a rule of nature.

This reminds me for some reason of another rule: Thesis and antitheses both have to be present to result in a healthy synthesis- of innovations and of creativity. All elements that are in existance constitute the framework of art- of real art not idealistic art. So if we overrule any part of our culture, will we just fail to understand it.

Real art is non-existant without deep understanding of your culture and society. There is a lot more that can be said...

Kasra A. Ebrahimi

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* Iran's John Wayne

I read through your essay about Fardin ["Farewell to Fardin"]. I agree with you. Reading news about Fardin's death, I am sure that all Iranians have some feelings for Fardin. After all, he entertained us for more than four decades.

We all grew up with him and his fame. He was our hero. As one newspaper said, Fardin was the "John Wayne of Iran." As a kid, I used to keep an album full of Fardin's pictures. Now, I have a limited collection of his movies and am looking for the ones I do not have.

Mahmoud Asadi

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* It's riveting! But...

I read Salar Abdoh's recent novel, The Poet Game ["No freedom fighters"]. As an avid reader of literature, and especially thrillers, I must say that I was pretty amazed by this fellow Iranian's dexterity and writing power. He has entered an arena few of us have entered before.

But I have a problem with something: why does a writer this good have to cast Middle Easterners in the guise of terrorists and whatnot? Why doesn't Salar Abdoh use his considerable talent to promote Iranian culture at its best?

I hope it doesn't sound as if I'm trying to tell this writer what he should write about. But then again, maybe I am. I think Mr. Abdoh has a duty as a professional to cast his compatriots in the best form possible.

Aside from that, I highly recommend it... it's riveting!

Farhad Bani

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April 11, 2000

    * Condemning here and there

In 1991, I watched a play by Reza Abdoh in the Theatre Center of Los Angeles ["Passion player"]. I had been a fan of Abdoh without having seen any of his plays. I had been a fan because I had read about his plays and his stage acts filled with anger, violence and sarcasm: visions that assaulted viewers' senses like machine guns spraying card board boxes. To me he was the epitome of non-conformist Iranians, the very end of spectrum where none of us Iranians dare to trespass...

In my opinion, Abdoh was a man who was both immensely talented and exaggeratedly angry, and he was combining both into a condemnation of both the culture he was born in and the one he lived in. He would have been an immense influence on others, especially Iranians abroad, had he lived long enough to deliver his full potential into maturity. But with his life cut short, he remains a wonder and a lamented figure like Sadeq Hedayat was, and I think Abdoh was Hedayat re-incarnated >>> FULL TEXT

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* Compensation, one way or another

I disagree with your article on the unconditional release of Iran's assets by the United States, by virtue of the simple fact that in many instances such an act would trample the only chance victims of misbehavior of Iran's government might have to be compensated for damages within a semi-civilized context ["Getting down to business"].

As an example, for no apparant reason and subject to an arbitrary ruling by a Revolutionary Court judge in Esfahan in 1979 (Omid Najafabadi, who was subsequently executed in 1988 for being "corrupt on earth" and a homosexual) my family had all of its assets -- composed mainly of improved land- our main occupation being initially farming and subsequently land development on a large scale about the suburbs of Esfahan -- confiscated and turned over to the Bonyad Mostazafan...

As the Iranian judicial system seems intent on perpetuating this injustice, I feel that it is well within my rights to seek redress against the Iranian government and nation in a venue where my rights will be respected and some form of justice exists. If that venue is the United States, and if Iran's frozen assets are available to compensate me and my family for those damages, then I and my family should be given access to that venue and to those assets >>> FULL TEXT

Hamid Boroumand

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* Feminazi

This recent letter by Ms. Banfsheh Zand is just another view by some typically anti-this group or that group. And I am tirelessly perturbed by people like her who try desperately to make themselves feel self-righteous and justified in "being disgusted" by the freely-expressed opinions of others whom she so indignantly condemns and hypersensitively criticizes with such prejudicial generalization!...

And you better watch out if you disagree with her high-handed opinions for ye shall be ostracized and terrorized by name-calling and underhanded "generalizations"! The attempt to say that "there is something inherently negative" in a certain culture, is in and of it self inherently negative, prejudicial and childish! This simply is the wannabe-campus feminazi-political correctness which had imposed it's profundity on the U.S educational system since the 60's!>>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Raafat

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April 10, 2000

* Trashy escapist films

In reference to "Farewell to Fardin", in two words: Total rubbish!

The writer of your pompous obituary on Fardin is clearly ignorant of everything about cinema. Fardin never wrote the screen plays of any film, never directed any film, never edited any film and never produced any film.

He played in films under the directorial efforts and schemes of the film makers, in his case mostly Siamak Yassemi. Therefore you cannot say "Fardin's Cinema". Very unfortunately the films he played in were escapist films of the worst kind...

Fardin seems to have been a simple, likeable person, a wrestler with good looks who was used by a certain type of film producers alien to social and artistic aims, who were riding on the crest of the incoming wave of economical ease and the dream and expectation of an affluent life, all in tune with the superficial state of things and the official propaganda of the time >>> FULL TEXT

Ashraf Esfandiary

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* Acknowledging Pop icons

I just read quite an angry letter about "Farewell to Fardin". I guess the author of the article on Fardin was right in pointing out that, "to most Iranian intellectuals [Fardin] remained an over-rated actor who represented a commercial cinema that was an embarrassment to our national identity." ...

The article did not call Fardin a good or even a mediocre actor. Nor did it praise his directorial talents. But every culture has its heroes and icons. A healthy culture is one that acknowledges such individuals and tries to live with them...

I am not concerned with the quality of Fardin's work. But you may find it interesting that Fardin acted in fifty-seven films, directed eleven of them, wrote the script for five pictures and produced seven...

For over twenty years we tried to isolate our pop icons; turning Fardin into a carpet shop owner. And yet on Saturday the whole city of Tehran was out to say goodbye to Fardin at his funeral >>> FULL TEXT

Khosrow Vakili

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* Escrew you

Still some people don't get the joke about Albright ["Albright in Tehran"]. Surely the Third-World mentality is still within them therefore they haven't reached cultural maturity yet. Or, they just got off the boat with pronunciations like :"Espoon, Espagetti, Eski, Estay, Estop, I vant, or I vill." give them a few more years; they will learn two things: how to talk and have sense of humor.

Naseem Baharie

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April 7, 2000

* Mollas on Mars

WOW! U.S. embassy in Tehran by 2001. That is FANTASTIC! I also read a recent article from the UN's January 2000 Journal that Iran will be the first country to open an embassy on Mars. The Mars opening's projected for 2005 ["Albright in Tehran"].

There are currently a cadres of academicians (mollas), from Qom, learning how to speak Martian. Their comments thus far:"The language is not that hard for us to learn given that twenty some odd years ago we had raml'o ostorla'ab and spoke with the spirit world. for a modest fee!" Happy April 1st!

Ali S.

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One thing we don't have in Iran. Is April fool's day ["Albright in Tehran"].


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* Share the same

I worked for Bell Helicopter International in Esfahan for two years till jan79. I really enjoyed seeing the country and meeting very interesting and kindly people. I hope relations between our countries political forces will improve in the near future as I believe both peoples share the same love of life and family.

Ralph Carroll

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* Going to Iran

I have been dating an Iranian for quite a while now. Things are getting more serious and he recently asked me to go to Iran with him this summer. My family is upset and my friends are worried but I trust him and would love to spend my life with him. Thank you for your perspective on Iran. The Iran you have learned is the one that I know. I wish that the relations were better between our two countries.


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April 6, 2000

* Prozac

Okay -- time out. Some of the reactions I have read regarding that BRILLIANT piece about Albright in Iran ["Albright in Tehran"], almost make me want to go back to being a pre-med major so I can one day arm myself with prescriptive mood drugs.

Several of you are in SERIOUS need of PROZAC and you need to learn how to appreciate humor better. People, it's funny! Stop taking yourselves so seriously; you won't be as stressed out or get as many wrinkles, which would save you some money on all that plastic surgery.

Keep all this dourness up and you'll end up looking like Madeleine Albright! Personally, I think laugh lines are much more attractive...

R. Shirazi

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* Stupid

I was not very impressed with the stupid article that you put forward in your site ["Albright in Tehran"]. In the beginning of the article I really thought that there had been a visit by Albright, but then realized that it was mereley meant to be a 13th day funny joke. Perhaps in the future it would be better to target non -political matters as a subject for our sizde-be-dar.

Dr. Sikaroudi

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* Even Albright will laugh

I was going to complement you on your April Fools article ["Albright in Tehran"], but did not. However, now that I have read some absurd comments against it I will put my two cents in.

It was a very funny and creative joke. Why we Iranians are so contradictive? the gentlemen who exercised his poetic Farsi (Antar...) and the other who asked you not to send such articles, where did they come from and which school of thought do they subscribe to? It was for fun, nobody was insulted and I am sure if Secretary Albright reads it she will laugh whole heatedly.

If we want to get mad at some one, we should get mad at those people who have done an April Fools joke on Iran for the past .... years (pick your number, and believe me it is not 20).

Do put out some more of this type of humor, as it's obvious it's a joke (although I was totally fooled by the first two paragraphs).

Sepehr Sohrab

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* Beh shaqiqeh rabt daareh

One day a passerby saw Molla Nasreddin looking down at the ground in front of his house very diligently as if he was searching for something. He asked politely, "Molla! Are you looking for something? Can I help you look for it?" Molla replied very graciously, "Yes. That would be very kind of you". So the passerby joined in the search for the lost item >>> FULL TEXT

Farzin Forooghi

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April 5, 2000

* Jumping with joy

I had nothing better to do on April 1st so I decided to read The Iranian Times. I was jumping with joy when I saw your article about the U.S. Secretary of State arriving in Tehran ["Albright in Tehran"]. My son noticed right away that it was made up for April Fools Day! I was laughing so hard. We all needed a good laugh. But I hope it will become a reality one day.

Amir Nouri

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* What is this, a joke?

What is this, a joke? I must admit, I didn't find "Albright in Tehran" funny or informative. Please refrain from sending any further comic articles unless clearly marked "Humor".

Darius Parsian

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* U rock!

Gosh. "Albright in Tehran" was THE BEST April Fool (doroogh-e 13) I had gotten in all my life. As soon as I got the article, I was in pure confusion searching the net from CNN to BBC to IRNA to IRIB, and being "sar-e kaar" for a good hour, until I read the article to the end :) Great sense of humor :) JJ (Jahanshah) U ROCK!!! I hope I'm not breaking copyright laws by forwarding your email to friends ;)

Babak Mohit

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* ... antar-e doroogh goo!

If you send someting like this again ["Albright in Tehran"] I`ll fuck you. Goh-e antar-e doroogh goo!

Ehsan M.

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* Even a serious mag...

I knew that we Iranians are very reserved and do not laugh so easily. But I did not know that some of us have no sense of humor at all. This was one of the funniest thing I'd seen and read in a long time ["Albright in Tehran"]. I forwarded that to all my friends.

The timing was so perfect, specially that this year, April fools & 13 Bedar coincided. I think even a serious magazine needs something like that every once in a while. I still wonder how could someone be offended by this? Loosen up a little!

Simin Habibian

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* Chill out

Someone complained that "Albright in Tehran" was not funny. This person either is unfamiliar with the culture that promotes April fools day or, does not follow international news on a daily basis.

Keeping up with daily news would automatically tell us that Albright going to Iran would require lots of preparation and news discussions in the media. One who watches news on a regular basis would have never taken it seriously and would also find humor in that picture. Chill out guys.

Lalleh Sahraie

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April 4, 2000

    * No respect

    Please take me off from your list. I was wrong. I thought this is a serious site not a junky site filled with garbage, wasting people's time and money. I am referring to your Extra News "Albright in Tehran". It was as funny as the administrators of this site. That's why we have this kind of life, "no respect to others". Please no more email.

    Manouchehr Karimi

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* Come on...

Good Heavens! What in the world is wrong with all those who found the Albright article offensive ["Albright in Tehran"]? The article was obviously a satirical piece regarding news articles on U.S. and Iranian relations. I am an American citizen born and raised here of American parents (descended from those who came not on the Mayflower, but the next ship out as paying passengers) and I am still laughing over this article....

I am lost as to why someone would say Americans are naive to deal with the "oppressive" regime in Iran (Leissner's words, not mine). What is oppressive about this government? ... Is Iran more oppressive than China whom the U.S. apparently adores and to whom Clinton wants to grant permanent "most favored nation" status? >>> FULL TEXT

Liane Neshat

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* Priceless

The Ahmadabad and Mossadegh bit was a really nice touch ["Albright in Tehran"]. I laughed out loud! Also LOVED Madeleine with hijab!. And the Islamic Association of Women Skiers! Priceless! Also loved the geography bits as well as "Jafar is that you?"--- I guess you had to put those in or some idiot would have raised hell about "prfoessionalism" of a journalistic outlet like yours (like I remember they did last year!) Loved it. Very very funny!


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* Funniest

Oh my god. That's one of the funniest things I've seen in a while ["Albright in Tehran"]. Thank you so much -- I am having a piss poor day and needed a laugh.


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April 3, 2000

* 10-minute laugh

Excellent ["Albright in Tehran"]! It was really amazing, especially pictures of Maedeh wearing that scarf was very funny. I had really believed it in the beginning and could not understand how I had been so behind the news!! I had a lot of fun and was laughing at that story for 10 minuets.

Abbas Abbaspur Tamijani

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* Disgusting

Your April Fools day article is extremely silly and stupid ["Albright in Tehran"]! Although Americans are naive and confused enough to resume relations with the oppressive regime of Iran, anticipating such foolishness and elaborating it is the most disgusting thought one could have!

A. L.

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* MY girlfriend

Jafar, the interviewer, is lying ["Albright in Tehran"]. Albright was MY girl friend in Shiraz!

M. Shariati

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* Tokhm-e jen

boro tokhm-e jen ["Albright in Tehran"]. bAz ham April 1 shod?!?!?!? :-)

Aref Erfani

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* Stupid

Pretty Stupid! Nothing better to do? ["Albright in Tehran"]

Michael Mullins

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* Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable! Well-done! ["Albright in Tehran"]

Jamshid Bastani

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