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* Abdoh:
- Need discipline
- Far from pretentious

- Buoyancy of spirit
- Old-fashioned jaahels
Elaine Sciolino:
- More Iranian than most
Esmail Nooriala:
- Non-sensical utterances

- Destroying Shamlu
- Better poem
- Gross me out
- Get Eminen
- Bunch of pothead brats
- Not Enrique Iglesias
- Piece of my heart

- Captivating
- Longer, please
* Identity:
- No more, no less

- Big deal!
- He's Armenian
- It's his life
- Each for himself
- Never a Persian
The Iranian:
- Hooked

* Marziyeh:
- Expected better judgment

* Model:
- Oy vey!
- Lots of kids

- Kings are for kids
- Monarchist fascists
- Shah's mistake: Didn't shoot rebels
- Why should we believe Pahlavi?
- Compare now and then
- Just like those intellectuals
- Referendum
- Get real
- Barely touched the surface
- Something inherently wrong
- Scared of a referendum?

- You know what people want?
- Very true
- Bozak namir...
- Clairvoyance

- Misunderstanding the facts
- Googoosh $$$

* Organization:
- Divided we fall

- Join Persian Watch Cat
- Petty little things
- New proposals
- Culture clash
- Just like Judas
- Doth protest too much
- Setting a bad example
- Unprofessional
- Freedom & responsibility
- Childish infighting
- Pussies
- Am I the only stupid one?
- Everything your group opposes
- We do not value human rights as much
- Anti-discrimination news
- Personal vandeta
- Political activities without permission
* Persia:
- Persia is dead

- Get your priorities straight
- Semantics
- DON'T bring back Persia
- Persia small part of Iran
- Farsi creeping into English
Persia, Iowa:
- Sad, in a way

- Stop and say hi sometime
- Barber

* Proverb:
- More poetic
- Document your complaint

- He's just a child
- Peoples' religious values

- Children of Imam Hossein
- Get Eminen
- Old-fashioned jaahels
- In France too

- No poetic rite of passage
- Wrong information
- Persia is dead

- Get your priorities straight
- Semantics
- DON'T bring back Persia
- Persia small part of Iran
- Farsi creeping into English
- Power of unity

- Commendable approach
- No ordinary congressman

* Shah's general:
- Fallen heroes

* Googoosh
- Bunch of pothead brats
Esmail Nooriala:
- Non-sensical utterances

- Destroying Shamlu
* Identity:
- No more, no less

* Model:
- Oy vey!

* Revolution:
- At last

- We all lost
- You animals
- Sorry for Reza Pahlavi
- Very good at shouting
- Made fools of most
- Will not look the other way
- Your idea of a good leader?
- Paradox
- Inspiring revolution
- It is time
Sadaf Kiani:
- Qovat-e qalb

- Unusual talent
- Ghalam-e saadeh vali...
Shah's general:
- Fallen heroes

- No comparison
- Inclusionary

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March 2, 2001

* Get Eminen

After reading the short piece about how Eminem wins awards for his freedom of speech and the Iranian journalist gets punished ["Here & there"], I thought, "Hang on a minute. This could be turned into something positive."

As crazy as it may seem, Eminem is the most powerful man on earth, opinion wise. As soon as he says one word the world suddenly takes notice. So why don't we as a community ask of him to write about all the abuse that's going on in Iran? After all it's not like he would be censored or get killed over it.

He could potentially bring the eyes of the world onto our country and encourage the seed of change into faster growth.

Of course there is no telling whether he would accept the challenge but wouldn't it be interesting to hear what he has to say about the mollas' after the way he humiliated half the music industry and the American President?


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* At last

At last a well thought-out discussion of the revolution that does not blame any number of conspiracies and Western powers ["Surprise"]. The eternal truth of the world is unexpected results.

Mark Cooper

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* We all lost

I was about 10-years old when the revolution happened. Even at that age I was in middle of everything ["Surprise"]. I almost died twice in 24 Esfand Square and Maydan Shahyad area. I remember that no one back then knew the reasoning behind it all, but the revolution became an entertainment center for the people, especially young people. A good source of excitement like no other they knew.

I am saddened for losing the Rahimis ["The general's widow"] as well as the ones who were killed by the government like the Farrokhzads, and our war heroes, and the 17-year-old Mojahedin Khalghs & Cheerekhaa, Basijis and many many more. All these people died for what they believed in & none of them really won. We all lost because THEY WERE ALL IRANIANS >>> FULL TEXT

Eliot Salehi

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* In France too

I would like to draw your attention to the following regarding Behrooz Parsa's article, "I'm the Shah here": I read the article with great attention, and I believe every word he said. I would't go as far as to say the generals were gods everywhere in Iran but such power abuse must have been common in a totally bureacratic country Iran had become... I personally had a similar experience but in a democratic country, the country that claims to be the country of human rights >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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March 1, 2001

* Non-sensical utterances

I was saddened and deeply sorry to read the letter by an unknown face, AA, accusing one of our finest poets outside Iran of stealing from Ahmad Shamlu ["Baar-e digar, Bahman"]...

Now that you have printed Shamlu's poem as well, could someone come out and tell us which part of it has been picked by Dr. Nooriala, apart from the fact that both poems are written in Farsi and use a lot of plural forms of words ending in "aan"? >>> FULL TEXT

Hushang Mansurian
Hacienda Heights, CA

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* Old-fashioned jaahels

I read the article written by our so-called compatriot, Mr.Siamak Baniameri on"Art of Kissing". I was tremendously shocked because all I found in his article was an exaggeration about himself and other things that are closely related to him, like his father, and on the other hand, beating what can be considered as Iranian traditions.

I know that many foreigners who are interested in different things related to Iranians, spouses of Iranians and tourists who like to travel to Iran check your website in order to become more familiar with our rich culture, but you have introduced Iranian men as old-fashioned JAAHELS >>> FULL TEXT


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* Persia is dead

Let's settle this problem once & for all, the name of our country is IRAN not "Persia", and we are "Iranians" not "Persians". The reason is pure & simple: there is no country called "Persia" in the year 2001. So please set your clocks & renew your calenders!

If any of you Persian lovers show me a map (not a 1910 map!) with a country named Persia in it, I will take back all of my words. Persia was a country consisting of Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, parts of Iraq , Pakistan , Tajikestan & ....., so open your eyes & accept the reality -- there is no Persia any more. Persia is dead


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* No poetic rite of passage

I am writing in response to the article, "Not going back". I truly appreciate this author's opinion on what Iran has become. I have read many of the letters sent to this website in regards to Iran now. I feel that those letters have somehow romanticized and "prettied-up" the Iran of today.

Has Iran really changed from what it was during the time of Khomeini? We need to still maintain hope that we will all one day return. But to what? The story "A man without a country" rings a disheartening familiar melody >>> FULL TEXT


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* You animals

Mr. Moniri is very correct and to the point in his response to Ms. Amini ["Thy father's sins"]. It seems that after 22 years, she has not grown and still is the same "young and idealist" person!

You were animalistic. The violence that Iran has been subjected for 22 years was brought about by the violence you people committed in 1977-79. You cheered when members of "ancient regime," Kurds and Baha'is were murdered but you only cried foul when mollas turned against you >>> FULL TEXT

H. M. Jalili

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* Sorry for Reza Pahlavi

To those who have misread the essence of my article ["Thy father's sins"]: I am truly sorry for Reza Pahlavi to have followers who are illiterate, live in the past, have not studied a single word of Iranian and world history and -- yes -- they still wish to annihilate individuals for their beliefs.

I do suggest to all of you to stay where you are because the Iranian people do not want the likes of you to be part of their lives. And I hope Reza Pahlavi will bring some sense to his followers although it might be too late >>> FULL TEXT

F. Amini

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February 28, 2001

* Power of unity

I would like to appreciate the initiatives of the author of "Petition by one" for encouraging over one million Iranian Americans to write personalized letters to their senators and congressmen in order to oppose the regulations of fingerprinting and luggage searching of Iranians at U.S. airports. This is a highly effective and extremely productive campaign. However, I would like to suggest that such personal initiatives not be considered as a substitute for collective actions such as petitions >>> FULL TEXT

Kamiar Kallaantar

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* Commendable approach

I would like to commend Mr. Mirfendereski's approach toward bringing discrimination against Iranians to the surface and even sharing it with the rest us via this forum ["Petition by one"]. I am hoping other Iranian - Americans will follow suit.

My bad experience in the past has been with the Iranian haters and bashers in the United States Congress. I applaud the efforts to keep terrorism in abeyance.

I would be the last person to impede those actions. However, actions such as the following can in no way be attributed to countering terrorism. Searching, photographing and fingerprinting an 85-year-old handicapped grandmother coming to visit her grandchildren. Fingerprinting, photographing and searching world-renowned athletes, scholars, artists. Fingerprinting, photographing and searching 4-year-old children coming to visit their relatives.

What makes these actions even more ludicrous is that since it was necessary to obtain a visa, these Iranians had to complete an extensive background and security check prior to coming to the United States. These are simply systematic acts of discrimination against Iranians.

Masoud Neshat

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* Get your priorities straight

Not to disrespect or belittle the comments/concerns of the readers, BUT does it REALLY make a difference whether or not Americans say Farsi, instead of Persian? Or whether or not Iran is "Iran" or "Persia"? ["Bring back Persia"]

My point is, with all of the country's problems and present issues, the last element of concern should be titles. This energy could be better utilized in other, more meaningful areas. In my opinion.

Who really cares what Americans think or say anyway? Let us, please, discuss and concern ourselves with the real issues facing our country and people: hunger, illness, degradation of culture and environment, drug-use, and poverty (in general) -- there is not a single letter addressing any one of these issues. What does that say about the priorities and mentalities of our fellow readers?

Sara Moussavi

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* Semantics

An important consideration in the choice of an official name of a country is whether or not it is a reflection of that country's culture and heritage ["Bring back Persia"]. The choice of "Persian" versus "Iranian" cannot erase the parts of our history that trouble us, nor can it distance us from the problems we confront as Iranians or Iranian-Americans today. We'll always have a little explaining to do about what our ancestry and culture mean to us, and these are discussions that we should embrace rather than try to circumvent with semantic stratagems >>> FULL TEXT

Cam Amin
University of Michigan-Dearborn

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* Fallen heroes

Twenty-two years after the brutal murder of Generals Rahimi, Khosrodad, Naji, and Nasiri by the barbaric low-life savages (revolutionizes as some call them), the memories of all these fallen heroes are still alive in our hearts and our minds ["The general's widow"].

I salute each and every member of Imperial Iranian Armed Forces for their bravery, patriotism and honor. Surrounded by all the chaos, betrayed by treacherous politicians, they stood their ground firmly and defended the country and the constitution and paid a heavy price for it, a price most of us will never pay!

Zendeh Bad Iran, Payandeh bad Artesh Shahanshahi Iran.

Quincy Irani

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* Lots of kids

Though I enjoy Saman's cartoons very much (at least some of them ) I do not agree with his view points ["Kings are for kids"]. Some 75 million Britons are all kids chasing their tails! >>> FULL TEXT

H. Hakimi

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* Wrong information

Obviously, Eli has not spent much time in Iran and has written what she was told before traveling to Iran ["Not going back"]. Many women including myself wear make-up and colorful scarves or rousaries.

More women work than they did before the revolution. Some 52% of university students are women! We have 2,000 Americans visiting Iran every year. This figure is obviously much higher for Germans, Italians and Japanese.

We have more than one soap opera on TV and they are not all about religion or Imam Reza. Eli must have liked that one so much she didn't want to see the other five channels.

Is having soap opears like The Bold and the Beautiful that important to a nation? What do you learn from them anyway? You could read a book instead.

True, the economy is not good, but there have also been improvements.


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February 27, 2001

* No ordinary congressman

Mr. Mirfendereski did the right thing contacting Barney Frank ["Petition by one"]. But Barney Frank is no ordinary congressman. If he was my congressman (which he used to be) I too would certainly write to him. He is not just a Democrat. He is a very open-minded, outspoken and liberal Democrat. In fact if you live in his constituency, all your life you won't ever feel like a foreigner.

While I would much rather take Mr. Mirfendereski's approach I would like to point out that those of us who live in ultra-Republican constituencies do not have a Barney Frank to write to. He is literally a needle in the hay stack of the Congress. If only all of Congress were Barney Franks! >>> FULL TEXT

Setareh Sabety

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* DON'T bring back Persia

I'm not sure how many times I've come across this 'name' argument but it never seems to go away ["Bring back Persia"]. Every time there is negative news from Iran, you get someone making an argument to change the name back to Persia.

Not surprisingly most requests come from Iranians abroad. I feel for them. I've been there. (I was in college, here in the U.S. during the hostage crisis. It wasn't fun!) But the reality is that Reza Shah asked other nations to call the country Iran, because Persia - at that time - represented an old and backward nation >>> FULL TEXT

Sassan Behzadi

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* Persia small part of Iran

This is an opinion and every opinion is valid ["Bring back Persia"]. But Persia is derived from the word Pars, or Persis, as it was known to the ancient Greeks, and has a narrow and specific connotation. It refers to a mountainous region to the northwest of the Persian Gulf, where the city of Shiraz and province of Pars (of present Iran) and the Achaemenid palace, Persepolis, are situated.

Using the term Persia or Persian corresponds to the small part of Empire of Iran. This word may help to describe a certain kind of product or species such as Persian Rug or Persian cat, but certainly would be insufficient and unprofessional for describing the country >>> FULL TEXT


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* Farsi creeping into English

There appears to be a concerted effort by some Iranian-Americans to arbitrarily replace Persian with "Farsi", as the English name of the language spoken by the majority of Iranians. As such, the word "Farsi" is slowly creeping into American English as a de facto replacement for Persian, and given that American English is the dominant form of the language, it is not unreasonable to assume that the use of "Farsi" will soon spread to other forms of English if this farce is allowed by Iranians to continue unchecked >>> FULL TEXT

Arash Alavi

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* Very good at shouting

I am so sick of people trying to deceive themselves on this forum that Iran has been anything different but a one-man show for the past 22 years. He is not called the Shah but the Supreme Leader.

Let's just lift our heads out of the snow and not pretend that no one can see us just because we don't see them. They have tortured more, killed more, destroyed more and will continue to do so -- that is there agenda inherent in their ideology because they think they are defending the "Right Cause"! >>> FULL TEXT

Sepehr Sohrab

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* Destroying Shamlu

Mr Nooriala it is obvious that you have no talent in poetry and frankly your poem sucked ["Baar-e digar, Bahman"]! Although I have to admit it is not any of my business to ask you to quit poetry at once but I strongly forbid you from DESTROYING (I couldn't find a stronger polite word) SHAMLU's poem. for god's sake keep your hands off of his poems. I'm not being rude or anything I'm simply telling the truth.

The Shamlu poem I am referring to is KHATAABEYE TADFIN (or kaashefaan-e forootan-e shokaraan). I'm also sending you a copy of the poem as an attachment. Compare specially Shamlu's poem with this part of Mr Nooriala's poem: "aasheghaan-e shakibaay-e aazaadi , monkeraane mosamame edaam" to the end.


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February 26, 2001

* Made fools of most

In response to "Paradox", in a way I admire Khomeni too. He made fools of most of the Iranian population by making empty, unrealistic promises, that not even a child would believe.

Let's see, he made Iran become the laughing stock of the entire international community, made you all look like idiots, and is still praised by some of the uneduacated fools who followed him, and his revolution led to the demise of Iran into a third-world country >>> FULL TEXT

Maral S.

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* Kings are for kids

As a 27-year-old, I have witnessed a revolution, a war and don't have a single nice thing to say about the present regime in Iran. The only thing I can say is that I was physically and mentally abused by a system that should be tried for inhumanity.

However, I have been fortunate enough to find freedom elsewhere, and make the best of my life. With that in mind, I find it extremely difficult to understand that some people still talk about "having a king" in Iran! >>> FULL TEXT

Saman Albaloo

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* No more, no less

In response to Farid Moghadassi's article on Andre Agassi, thank you ["Just don't do it"]. I had a good laugh and can now conjure up other ways in my mind Andre can identify with being Iranian on center court.

For those who wonder what Andre's stance on his ethnicity is, here is a hard fact. On a recent PBS special on "The Armenians," who do you think was on there talking about his Armenian background? You got it, Andre.

So it's not a question of why he won't admit his origin, he denies it altogether. Maybe his real name is Agassian, I don't know.

Enjoy Andre for the tennis player he is, no more, no less.

Ali Towfighi

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* Bunch of pothead brats

I just can't believe that you made such a comparison between the Googoosh concert and a bunch of pothead brats who don't know a thing about music ["Better than Googoosh"].

Backstreet Boys people like u don't value our music and singers. It's a pitty that our young genaration has to be so depressed to listen to the likes of the Backstreet Boys. Just because we are in the U.S. doesn't mean losing our identity of heritage.


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February 23, 2001

* No comparison

While I respect every person's right to their opinion, I find a disturbing double-standard in the author's treatment of history ["The general's widow"]. It is utterly abject to treat General Rahimi's story with such emotion and sensation while the by-orders-of-magnitude less guilty and less-deserving-of-execution Dr. Fatemi receives an oh-so-sorry-it-happened mention sprinkled with the "dasto-del-bAziyeh AryAmehri" to his widow. How convenient and liberating >>> FULL TEXT

Aref Erfani

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* More Iranian than most

Elaine Sciolino is a renowned expert on Iran. I consider her more an Iranian than most Iranians. Recently, I have heard a few derogatory comments about her works, in plural. I personally will halt effective immediately, association, affiliation, and contributions in any manner to any organisations that are the self-serving rogue origin of such comments and strongly urge you to as well >>> FULL TEXT


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* Far from pretentious

I know some of the guys in the paintings by Mani Gholami ["Happy"]. They are art students. You are right. These paintings are very close to that hidden world of Iranian "in-door" life. In this sense they are far from the pretentious style of other Iranian contemporary painters.

Sourena Mohammadi

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* Qovat-e qalb

Faghat meekhaastam begam keh shomaa behtareh keh bedaaneed that kesaani mesleh man hastand keh daayem montazereh nevesh-tehaayeh shomaa dar hastim ["Sadaf Kiani"]. Ravesheh neveshtehaayeh shomaa vaaghe-an beh del meesheeneh va daleeleh asleesho ham nemeedoonam. Please please injoor neveshtan raa edaameh daheed. Man dar Dallas, Texas hastam va goftam shaayad qovateh qalb begeereed keh bedooneed dar injaa ham taraf-daar daareed keh bi-sabraaneh montazereh nevesh-tehaayeh jadeedetoon hastand.

E. Salehi

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February 22, 2001

* NOT Enrique Iglesias

I thought I should bring to your attention a mistake regarding Enrique Iglesias and Googoosh's song "Baavar Kon'". This performance is not by Enrique Iglesias but by an Armenian artist called Vatche who resides in Los Angeles. and recorded a CD of "21 European Favorites" in 1998 (Talpete Ent.). The song "Bavarkon" is #21 on this album consisting of many Italian, French and Spanish songs.


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* Better poem

When I read Esmail Nooriala's poem "Baar-e digar, Bahman!" I wrote something better >>> FULL TEXT


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* Big deal!

I love Tennis and Andre Agassi as a tennis player. I don't know if he is really offended by his father's Iranian origin or not ["Just don't do it"]. Big deal!

For God's sake his father moved to the U.S. about what? Half a century ago? Married an American, had kids! And Andre became such a great athlete in America. He has never been in Iran and most likely he will never go.

Let's just admire him as one of the greatest tennis player ever and let him deal with his origin himself. And let's not be offended by his choice.


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* Unusual talent

Sadaf Kiani's works are excellent. She is an extraordinary writer whose works reveal unusual talent.

Mehran Shahidehpour

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* Hooked

You guys are doing an incredible job with this site. My husband, even though he is American, is totally hooked on your site!

Sholeh Cooper

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February 21, 2001

* Buoyancy of spirit

These painting ["Happy"] have the quality they do, most likely because they are painted from family photos. People posing for pictures tend to put on their best smiles... they want to be remembered in a certain way. The paintings also have an "innocent" or "naive" quality to them because of the childlike brushwork. Overall they do have a certain buoyancy of spirit.


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* Sad, in a way

I just read you little article about Persia, Iowa. I, too, am from Persia, the Iowa town. I, too, am a journalist by training. I spent a few years as a farm magazine editor and the past 20 working in corporate communications.

When I was growing up in Persia, it was a nice, active town (1954 - 72). There were three grocery stores, a hardware store, two gas stations, two farm grain elevators, a lumberyard, two barbers, three bars, etc. The town had a school high on the hill >>> FULL TEXT


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* Stop and say hi sometime

Hello! We remember you. We were looking on the Persia web site and saw the pictures that you took in Persia, Iowa. And that is where we are from. Stop back and say hi sometime -- if you are passing through.

Jennifer Crozier

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* Divided we fall

A well meaning group of individuals formed a group for the benefit of the whole. But it seems their disunity brought about by the probable clash of opinions and egos might put an end to a great effort ["Power of one"].

May I suggest that these individuals of capacity take cue from a certain persecuted and outlawed religious minority in Iran and learn from their administrative principles of respect, sacrifice, consultation and unity >>> FULL TEXT

Faryar Mansuri

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February 20, 2001

* Will not look the other way

Ms. Fariba Amini indicated ["Monarchist fascists"] that I have not grasped the essence of her article ["Thy father's sins"]. Nonsense. Revolution, as it turned out, was a massive criminal act and a treason against the Iranian nation. This catastrophe was committed by the former revolutionaries and their blind supporters. I will not look the other way for the sake of dialogue. As far as I am concerned, until this fact is acknowledged, there is nothing to talk about >>> FULL TEXT

Khosrow Moniri

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* Your idea of a good leader?

Mr. Moniri ["Shah's mistake: Didn't shoot rebels"], I just hope there are not many Iranians who think like you do. Why are you filled with such haterd towards your own people and towards freedom? Your idea of a good leader is one who imprisons and shoots his opposition?


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* Join Persian Watch Cat

I am a member of Persian Watch Cat, like six hundred other Iranian/Americans and in that capacity, do not represent the group or speak for the group and only represent myself.

There have been many letters published in recently both pro and against actions of PWC. I don't want to bring yet another view to that discussion, but only try to encourage Iranian/Americans to join PWC >>> FULL TEXT


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* Ghalam-e saadeh vali shegeftaavar

Khaanome Sadaf Kiani Abbassian, tabrik migam bekhaatere in ghalame saade vali shegefte shomaa. va yaa in aakhari "Paalto khaakestari" ke manro cheghadr teshne sarmaa va barfe emsaale tehraan kard - haminjaa beonvaane jomle mo'tareze begam ke neveshtehaaye shomaa betarze gharibi baraaye kasaani ke dar vatan nistan haalo havaa va shoore digei daare chon khode shomaa engaar hesse nostaalogike ghaviei daarin! >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Kazemzadeh

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* Gross me out

Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeee! Can we have some more decent recipes ["Persian cooking"] that someone might want to make, like some of the normal khoreshts, some cookies or something. Gross me out.

Iran Javid Fulton

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* Oy vey!

Oy vey! That is positively the UGLIEST supermodel I have ever seen ["Shiraz"].

Nariman Neyshapouri

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February 16, 2001

* Document your complaint

Dear Ms. Sabety ["Punch"]: There is not a day in the hallowed corridors of our schools that some kid does not bully another one. While there are a ranger of permissible reactions to this form of intimidation and harassment, I believe, you should be documenting your talk with the school officials in writing, setting forth your complaints against the students who bother your daughter, the teachers and administrators to whom you have complained and their response, or lack thereof >>> FULL TEXT

Guive Mirfendereski

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* He's just a child

Racism is nothing more than fear ["Punch"]. The boy is reacting to what he sees and hears in his home and you justify his actions by your reaction and violence. He is just another child... in the first grade!

Kids say mean things. If your daughter was in high school or a little older I would understand your concern, maybe, but shit! I can't imagine how confused and terrified your daughter must have been at your reaction >>> FULL TEXT


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* Monarchist fascists

It is obvious that Mr. Miniri ["Shah's mistake..."] has not grasped the essence of my article ["Thy father's sins"]... As for your statement that the Shah's only mistake was not to get rid of more "rebels", this shows the true face of some supporters of the monarchy whose dictionary definition is Fascists >>> FULL TEXT

Fariba Amini

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* Petty little things

It was interesting to read the response from Persian Watch Cat (PWC) ["It's official"] and their threat of lawsuit and how they think their reply should have been in the features section, etc, etc.

Do these people and others realize that, and for that matter any other site, has editors and it is the sole choice of these editors to decide where each subject fits?  >>> FULL TEXT


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February 15, 2001

* Shah's mistake: Didn't shoot rebels

I normally don't respond to a bunch of anti-Shah people who after 22 years still blame the late Shah for everything that went wrong with Iran...

The late Shah was a gift that my countrymen never understood. I will agree that he was weak in one aspect and guilty of one crime and that was not to shoot the rebels and their supporters when he could >>> FULL TEXT

Khosrow Moniri

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* New proposals

Now I understand why we had so much fuss on this very productive proposal of Mr. Mirfendereski. People just don't get it. Well, to clarify the situation, I would like to state the following supplementary proposals:

-- All Jewish Americans who have any problem in the U.S., please contact Israeli embassy in Washington, DC >>> FULL TEXT

Hamid Estahbanati

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* He's Armenian

I read your article regarding Andre Agassi ["Just don't do it"]. I thought Agassi was Armenian. I realize there are many Armenian people who reside Iran However, many people usually associate Iranians as Muslim and Armenians as Christian. Perhaps, if Andre is Christian, this may be an explanation as to why he doesn't identify himself as Iranian >>> FULL TEXT


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* Barber

I am a barber in Bettendorf, Iowa and have never heard of Persia, Iowa! Are you still there?

J. Heath

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February 14, 2001

* Paradox

Merci, Setareh Sabety, for mining the essence of the revolution, and holding it up for all of us to admire its brilliance ["Inspiring revolution"]. It has been buried for so long beneath resentment and anger and frustration- all justified. But when has revolution ever yielded instant, perfect results? Which philosopher was it who extolled the easy virtues of revolution? Of self-actualization, even? >>> FULL TEXT

S. Shirazi

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* Peoples' religious values

Your article in The Iranian is very entertaining, if not sad, because it is based on the real miseries of my countrymen ["Can't we get along?"].

However, I must say that I think you are mistaken with regards to your view of the separation of church and state. The true definition of that means that people are not given power to dictate their version of religion through state powers because only of their religious/churchly status. Otherwise, of course a society's religious values will certainly be reflected in its governmental policies >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Iranvej

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* It's his life

Regarding the article about Andre Agassi ["Just don't do it"], ... it's his life though, he can do what he wants. He can say that he is German or Australian, why should we care or stigmatize him for what he choose to do? If that is what he desires, so be it. We cannot dictate his life or make him feel contrite for how he chooses to live >>> FULL TEXT

Sasha Tooryan

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February 13, 2001

* Inspiring revolution

The chronology of the early events that shaped the revolution ["Memory lane"] ... reminded of why I first supported the revolution... The memory of the Iranian revolution should be an inspiration for the continued struggle for freedom and justice in our country, like the French Revolution in Europe many years, and indeed decades, after the Reign of Terror >>> FULL TEXT

Setareh Sabety

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* It is time

On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Islamic regime is celebrating its victory while dozens of individuals-intellectuals, journalists,writers, activists, men and women are incarcerated in Evin and other prisons ["Happy anniversary"]... It is time for Iranians to hold hands and shout to the world that enough is enough. The time has come for Iran to be free of hatred, extremism, and violence >>> FULL TEXT

Fariba Amini

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* Why should we believe Pahlavi?

I think that it is very sad that after twenty-something years of struggle for independence and freedom, the events that happened in Iran have not touched some of us at all... When Khomeini came to power he did not say that he would lead the country toward another dictatorship, but in reality he did... Now , why should we believe Reza Pahlavi? >>> FULL TEXT


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* Compare now and then

"Thy father's sins" lists a series of "errors" and mistakes by the monarchy as reasons why Iranians are facing the present Islamic Republic. But just go down that list. Compare any item on that list with what has happened during the Islamic Republic. It has all been hunderds of times worst during the rule of the mollas >>> FULL TEXT


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* Culture clash

You know, I can't help but think much of the antipathy towards Mr. Mirfendereski stems from a basic culture clash. His thought processes and use of language are very Western... Because his use of language is superior, it is easy to feel he is being condescending... especially if you are insecure >>> FULL TEXT


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* Just like Judas

Mr. Mirfendereski ["Power of one"] is free to exercise his First Amendment rights in the United States. However, thankfully, his opinion does not mirror that of the majority of Iranian-Americans. He also does not reflect their interests. Unfortunately, he appears more like Judas.

Either Mr Mirfendereski is representing an anti- Iranian interest group (for unknown rewards), or seeking the media publicity (for whatever purpose).

I sent Mr. Mirfendereski a private e-mail responding to his article a few weeks ago, stating "my friend, you can run but you can't hide forever".

I strongly recommend that you see Fellini's "Bread and Chocolate". Hopefully, that may enlighten.

Masoud Neshat

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February 12, 2001

* Just like those intellectuals

It is rather sad and demeaning to see that some Iranians, despite living in a democratic society and calling themselves "Iranian-Americans", are so narrow-minded and shallow (or shamelessly self-righteous and hypocrite) that have become totally blind to the facts and realities that are abundantly clear and transparent to the entire world ["Citizen Pahlavi"].

These Iranians, including the editors of The Iranian, while claiming to be the advocates of democracy, are, contrarily, so subjective in their dogmatic viewpoint that seems incredible. Just like those so called intellectuals who in 1978/79 sheepishly followed Khomeini >>> FULL TEXT

F. Behseresht

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* Referendum

Albate bayad zamine ra faraham avard, javv-e azadi-e sokhan ra negahban bud, pishnevis-e qanun-e asasi tahye kard. Mardom mas'ulan Jomhurye Eslami ra az khod bedanand va hamkaryeshan ra jalb konand va ehterameshan ra negahdarand. Ba ishan zeddyat nakonand. Magar shomar-e ma'dudi ke bekhahand dar moqabel-e khast-e Mellat beístand. Referandom ra bayad az masúlan-e dowlat khast ke anjam dahand. Amma mardom bayad dar sahne bashand >>> FULL TEXT

Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian

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* Doth protest too much

Me thinks Mr. Guive Mirfendereski doth protest too much ["Power of one", "Shocked and saddened"]. Warning that those who do not jealously guard their legitimate civil rights in the U.S. risk being unfairly singled out for mistreatment due to their ethnic/national origin is not "trivializing" the Japanese internment experience, it is learning from it >>> FULL TEXT

John Mohammadi

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* More poetic

Let me offer a more poetic version of Friday's (Feb 9, 2001) quote of the day (Een hameh khar hast o maa daareem peeyaadeh meereem -- There are many jackasses around but we're walking.)

The other vesion goes like this: "Piyaadeh raah ravad-o khar beh een faraavaani". This is part of a verse which I cannot remember in full right now, but will send it on to you as soon as I have it.

There's also a similar line: "Faqih-e shahr chonin goft bikh-e goush-e hemaarash (his donkey) / Keh har keh khar shavad albateh mishavand savaarash."

Hossein Shahidi

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February 9, 2001

* Setting a bad example

Let me start off by expressing my profound disappointment in the tactics of our new anti-discrimination group, Persian Watch Cat (PWC). It's board members and executive director have discredited themselves and the group at its inception .... My advice to the PWC is to allow people like Dr. Mifrendeski to add to your debate, to learn from his legal and political training, and to use it in your fight. And I do hope cooler heads prevail at the PWC. I do not doubt the sincerity of all involved. But I do hope the PWC realizes that so far, it has set a very bad example >>> FULL TEXT

Shahla Farshchi

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* Unprofessional

I am ashamed. Ashamed as an Iranian, ashamed as an American. I do not know much about the Persian Watch Cat (PWC), but what I know is very sad... I need to be defended when I get fingerprinted at an American airport, but I rather be fingerprinted than have a group of unprofessional madmen try to help me by yelling and threating to sue newspapers! >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Kashi,
Graduate Student of Physics

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* Each for himself

Regarding "Just don't do it", Some of us can and some of us can't. The ones who can, do not want to be part of the big melting pot and want to stand out as individuals. Those who can't, would more rather be part of that great melting pot that has made U.S. what it is today. Some of us want to and some of us don't want to >>> FULL TEXT

A. Shemirani

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* Children of Imam Hossein

In his response ["Pacific Islam"], Mr. Tehranian has not addressed Mr. Mahdavi's central argument, that Shi'ite Islam by nature is anti-pluralist ["Minority rule"] >>> FULL TEXT

Asghar Massombagi

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February 8, 2001

* Freedom & responsibility

Freedom of any sort is not freedom if it fails to protect the rights and freedom of others. Freedom is prophylactic, in that it is protection against those who wish to take away our rights. Some people think of freedom, let's say freedom of speech, as an open door permission to say whatever comes to their minds >>> FULL TEXT

Khodadad D. Sharif, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Executive Director, Persian Watch Cat (PWC)

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* Childish infighting

Itt is true that Dr. Kallaantar, a hard working activist whose goal is to stop Iranian-American discrimination, was misrepresented by exaggerations and misunderstandings in Mr. Mirfendereski's article. However, I believe a counter-response such as the one by Mr. Karimi serves no purpose, and only further confuses those outside this childish infighting >>> FULL TEXT

Ashkan Yekrangi

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* Pussies

The editor of has been caught in the middle of a cat fight between members of Persian Watch Cat ["Persian Watch Dog"]. Why don't you pussies leave the guy alone? >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Sam

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* Am I the only stupid one?

The more I read the letter of Mr. Shahin Karimi the less I understood what he wanted to say ["Persian Watch Dog"]. If I am stupid for not catching his points, I would like to know how many more stupid people, such as myself, are among your readers? It is depressing to be alone! You know?

I only came to know one thing, and that is, since I have run away from IRI some 20 years ago, I am no longer considered an Iranian, though I have never felt intellectual. I want to ask GHOLI, Mr. Karimi's Pasdar friend, then who am I?

Do I have the right to go back to where I was borne & raised? Are all of us who opted to stay out of our beloved land, corrupted Westernized individuals?

Is not his statement defamatory on a grand scale? Should we all sue Mr. Karimi for his universal accusation?

H. Hakimi

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* Everything your group opposes

Tour letter to The Iranian ["Persian Watch Dog"] was so reactionary it made me realize why I left Iran in the first place. I can not stand bigots like you. Your letter is a shining example of everything your group opposes >>> FULL TEXT

S. Sabety

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February 7, 2001

* Get real

I have been reading this nonsense about Reza Pahlavi with growing incredulity and utter amazement! The only explanation I can think of for anyone actually believing this nonsense is that it must be caused by a very significant multi-generational gap, an almost pathological case of nostalgia, and either totally malevolent cynicism or dangerous levels of naiveity!

I mean, how much more out-of-touch can some people get? GET REAL! No one in Iran would even consider a monarch! >>> FULL TEXT

John Mohammadi

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* Barely touched the surface

Respectfully, your article "Thy father's sins" barely touched the surface. You also seem to "leave the door open" for Reza Pahlavi to "hope". Consider the followings:

1. Mention of Pahlavi dynasty brings to mind such corruption as drug trafficking, forced partnership of "royal" family in profitable companies, totally submitting to foreign powers, forced membership in the defunct "Rastakhiz," selling of Bahrein Island, deposing the most favorite populous leader Mossadeq, resolving of parliaments, receiving of "percentages" on business deals, etc >>> FULL TEXT

S. Iman

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* We do not value human rights as much

With regards to the recent exchange of words on the fingerprinting of Iranians ["Power of one", "Shocked and saddened"],... if we don't give any significance to our rights as Iranians why do we expect others to do so? I have often felt critical of the US stance in international affairs, which is often associated with a certain arrogance and assumption that US life is in someway superior to the life of other nationals. But I realize that this is what the US citizens expect and demand from their government, to protect them and fight for their rights. They assume –correctly in many instances- that the other side is doing the same for their nationals. Its sad to realize we can feel exhilarated by hearing that on the most recent trip to Iran our friend was not hassled or humiliated by the customs official in Tehran, as if it is somehow a blessing and not a right >>> FULL TEXT

Mahmood Kanani

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February 6, 2001

* Need discipline

Reading your piece ["Theater of deception"], you mention acquiring "civility" in the school with a smirk. One may feel that you guys might have needed some "civility" after all, although you seem to want to blame your rebellion on the school's overblown sense of discipline and racism... All we Iranians can use some structure and discipline, as we need to enter modernity culture >>> FULL TEXT

R. Nafisi

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* Something inherently wrong

I never thought Iranians would be so overly blind and reactionary as to reconstitute a deposed monarchy ["Our demands"]. Every Iranian has his/her own critique on the old and new order, but the overwhelming number of worthy Iranians agree that there was something inherently wrong with a disillusioned dictator who left his country on two occasions, with little hope of returning on both >>> FULL TEXT

Arya Abedin

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* Piece of my heart

Mr Samiei's "The mirror and the book" is great. The more we stay out of Iran, the harder it seems to go back. I feel every time I come back from there I have left a piece of my heart. I hope, one day, there is just "to meet" and not "to part".

Shady Javan

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* Captivating

Thank you. Your writing ["The mirror and the book"] captivated me for reasons beyond my comprehension. I could still smell the morning air when I took that ride 16 years ago. Zendeh baashi hamvatan.


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* Longer, please

I just read your article ["The mirror and the book"]. It's good, very good. But too short. Write a longer piece next time. Stay in the clouds a bit more. It was getting good. But then you touched down. Write a longer piece next time... please.

F. Abbassian

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February 5, 2001

* Anti-discrimination news

As a response to Mr. Guive Mirfendereski's two recent articles ["Power of one","Face in the mirror"] and his many letters against Persian Watch Cat (PWC) during the past several weeks and his defending Senator Dianne Feinstein in his letters and articles, a historical piece of news by Associated Press is presented for publication >>> FULL TEXT

PWC Public Relations

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* Scared of a referendum?

I found your article "Citizen Pahlavi" rather hypocritical and contradictory. Surely a referendum should allow Iranians to have a full choice of options for the future of Iran. This is the least Iranians deserve after the years of hardship that they have had to endure.

For any one individual to decide for the Iranian people is not only arrogant but totally contradictory to the idea of a referendum.

Should you be correct about the idea of a constitutional monarchy being obsolete; surely this would give Iranians a chance to voice that opinion and put the matter to rest forever. Surely you are not scared of the outcome? Why not let Iranians decide for themselves.

Mandana Ghajar

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* You know what people want?

I am not arguing the merits of constitutional monarchy versus a republic, Islamic, democratic or otherwise ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Neither am I presenting a case for the services that Reza Shah or Mohammed Reza Shah have rendered to Iran.

Your whole argument is based on: "But why even call for a referendum when you already know the clear majority just want a secular democracy? Why even suggest the monarchy as a possible future form of government when most people have no desire for it?"

You think you know what the people of Iran want before you ask them? How is your logic and argument different from the mollas? They also think to know what the people want before asking them.

The issue is Reza Pahlavi says let us ask the people what they want before we speak for them. That is his biggest strength and what gives him a unique position.


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* Very true

Thank you for an honest and unbiased editorial ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. This article is very true and comprehansive. My regards to people who think and write this way.

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Expected better judgment

Thank you for your coverage of Marziyeh in this week's music section. It certainly brought back lots of memories listening to her glorious voice.

However, I was saddened and sorry to learn that she has been singing for the Mojahedin Khalq. I was aware that she had joined them butu you'd have thought by now she would know what they are all about and would have left them if only to save her own dignity >>> FULL TEXT

Masood M.

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February 2, 2001

* Personal vandeta

I read Guive Mirfendereski's article ["Power of one"] and found it highly provocative. It seems that Mr. Mirfendereski has used his bully pulpit (as a regular contributor to The Iranian Times) to settle a personal vendetta against Dr. Kamiar Kallaantar-Zadeh... Mr. Mirfendereski's comment about the PWC leadership being "bigots" is a fabrication at best and a personal vendetta gone awry at worst. Please spare us from his future rantings >>> FULL TEXT

Shahram Mostarshed
San Jose, CA

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* Inclusionary

All in all, I consider Dr. Tehranian's inclusionary and progressive views ["Pacific Islam"] as a helpful constituent of the enlightenment that is taking place in our civil-society (Jameah Madani), and in the larger scheme of things >>> FULL TEXT

Farid Marjai

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* Bozak namir...

Bozak namir bahaar miyaad kharbozeh baa khiyaar miyaad.

Please tell the Reza Pahlavi: keep dreaming ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. It was after all his father's arrogance which brought the country down.

Where the hell has he been for the last 21 years? They stole enough money to live like royalty all this time.

Please tell him to shut up and grow up.


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* Googoosh $$$

Is The Iranian Times receiving $$$$$$$ from Googoosh to mention her in the newsletter every day? What is the deal? Why doesn't aby other artist (Iranian) receive this much attention from you? Just wanted to know!!!

Behrooz Jalayer

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February 1, 2001

* Clairvoyance

With all due respect to your clairvoyance, how can you conclude that: "Given a choice, there's "absolutely" no doubt that the people would choose a democratic republic rather than the restoration of the monarchy." ["Citizen Pahlavi"] Do you base this statement on the latest Gallop-poll of Iran's political inclanation or is this viewsimply your own opinion >>> FULL TEXT

Amir Arsalan Afkhami

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* Misunderstanding the facts

I read an interesting article, "Citizen Pahlavi", which, if I may would like to comment on few points mentioned...

We are talking of constitutional monarchy where no one is above the law, be it the Shah or a peasant. Therefore, the constitutional monarchs such as; the Queen of England (as you've mentioned) or that of Denmark or Holland do not rule over their nations. You talk of modern politics and claim that monarchy is outdated >>> FULL TEXT

Ahmad Kashani

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* Political activities without permission

This week the Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP) in Northern California has invited Mr. Afrasiabi to talk about the "Dialogue Among Civilizations and Iran's Foreign Policy."

SIP supposed to be a non-political organization without any political affiliation or agenda. But in the last two years this organization has been working directly with the Islamic Republic of Iran in various capacities; and it has also been in direct contact with Islamic Republic representatives in New York, Washington DC, etc. without the permission of its members >>> FULL TEXT

Azita Mahdavi

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* Never a Persian

I read the artice ["Marring me"]. Very intresting. However I must add that as a young Iranian I will never introduce myself as Persian or anything else just to be accepted by my wife's family (future wife I must say since I am not married :)) . Best wishes for both Siamack and Varinder

Reza Niazi

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