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* American culture:
- Drowing in this abyss
- Very rich, elegant
- Woman with metal half-mask

* Copyright:
- Khomeini & Kennedy

- Have some ma'refat
- Fallen into ill-repute
- They never made it back home
- Overdramatization

- Higher expectation
- Shocked & saddened

- Missing the point
- Complain to the Iranian government
- Fingerprinting: Serves no purpose to humiliate

- On discrimination & race
- Will not sit back and shut up
- So naive

- Time to take responsibility
dAyi Hamid:
- Write more often
- Rude
- Product of Shah era
- His story our story
- Not shying away

- No homosexuality, please
- Let me go to Iran
- Rootless, but worldly
- Don't miss Islamic Iran
- Weeding out the weak
- I hear you

- African-American-Iranian?
- Ban on parties may make us think
The Iranian:
- Hung and stuffed

- Things I didn't get
- Hmmm!
- Time is precious
- Way too nice

- No bleeps
- Superior site of an excelsior echelon
- You like Iran to be like America
- Persian pride

* Kurdistan:
- In the path of foreign armies
- Fat but rich
- Bacheh Abadan
- Dream on!

- Need a leader
- Citizen Pahlavi has my vote

- Democracy through trade
- The chance to choose
- Besyar khub
- Me and millions of others
- In all fairness

- Don't ignore the message
- Like any other king
- Too much ghormeh sabzi
- Logical, powerful
- Monarchy not archaic

- One more wake-up call
- Never claimed to be...
- Give him a chance
- Dictators & taryaakis
- Wings of the same chicken
- My Iranian of the day
- The problem is violence, not Iranian men

- Feminazis are on the move
- Modern slaves
- Zoozehaaye ertejaaee
- You are dead wrong
- We are not Negroes
- NOT the worst racists
- Romanticizing Iranianness
- Embrace all humankind
* Religion:
- Little democracy in any religion
Sadaf Kiani:
- Harf-e del-e man

- Nowhere to turn to
Siamack Baniameri:
- Just needs revenge
- Offending chadoris
- Fashion show for mafia boys?
- Feminism for dummies
- My father wants to volunteer

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January 31, 2001

* Dream on!

I can not believe all the talk about monarchy again ["What future"]. All this talk just because Mr. Pahlavi and friends decided this is a good time to start talking about it again... What has he done in the past 22 years with all the money and power that he has ?

Come on! You can't wake up one day and decide that today I want to be king again. I guess I am wrong. You can >>> FULL TEXT

Bardia Saeedi

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* Need a leader

The problem with all of us Iranians today is that we don't like to agree with one another. We know that we need a leader and that's really the only way to end the contagious perplexity that's spreading among our community. Yet, we can not get it together and forget about the bullshit criticisms ["Citizen Pahlavi"].

This is no time to evaluate a former prince who's father made a few political gurus unhappy >>> FULL TEXT


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* Little democracy in any religion

Much applause for Mr. Mahdavi for an argument that was well done and illuminating ["Minority rule"]. However:.. there is little democratic flavor in any of the world's unitarian religions, whether it is Islam (in all its varieties), Catholicism or Judaism. No unitarian religion can honestly allow for majority rule since unitarian religions by their nature are absolutis >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Tabib

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* His story our story

Not everyone has the gift of expressing their inner self and true feelings and certainly not everyone can observe and notice their surroundings...

Hossein Samiei's story of the night of leaving Iran is his story and ours ["The mirror and the book"]. The details are a bit different, but the setting and the feelings are so recognizable >>> FULL TEXT

Poopak Ta'ati

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January 30, 2001

* Citizen Pahlavi has my vote

Reza Pahlavi has stirred up a debate among Iranians about the future of our country ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. He gets my vote for the following reasons:

He is a modern man. When I listen to Reza Pahlavi, I feel this is a man who belongs to my generation. I can relate to him. Let's face it, more than twenty years of exile in the United States, has taught him as we as all of us many lessons about tolerance, freedom and secularism >>> FULL TEXT

Ali Sarshar

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* Democracy through trade

First of all, allow me to clarify my wake-up call letter and not mix apples with bananas... The point is that Washington (home to Amoo Sam), must ENGAGE the IRI, drop economic sanctions, sign oil & gas, power, telecom and other infrastructure-related contracts with the IRI, send American technicians, equipment and general business expertise to Iran and through our technical and economic power foster democracy in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Sam

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* The chance to choose

From my understanding of politics, and knowing Reza Pahlavi for the intellectual that he is, by no means, does he consider himself attached to the peacock throne. Instead, what he is devoted to is the principle that Iranians have an inalienable right to live in freedom and as such in a free society the truth must be spoken and heard.

So, to end this response letter let me state for the record that as an Iranian who shall one day promote and defend the merits of a democratic republic in Iran, I can tell you this much that Reza Pahlavi, in my mind, has always been a true citizen of Iran and will continue to be a committed citizen of our great country >>> FULL TEXT

Shahriar Shahabi

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* Besyar khub

Sokhanrani-e akhir-e Reza Pahlavi nomreye "besyar khub" dasht. ["Democratic republic or...?"]... Aknun, Shahzade Reza Pahlavi va daneshjuyan-e Iran parchamdaran-e pishtaz-e Jebheye Azadi va Abadi-e Iran-e Bozorg hastand. Reza Pahlavi-e 40 sale, be rahbari-e nasl-e now baraye bazsazi-e Iran-e Novin omid baste... Dasteshan dard nakonad va dameshan garm >>> FULL TEXT

Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian

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* Me and millions of others

The editorial "Citizen Pahlavi" was one of your most profoundly powerful articles ever published. Great job to you guys.

You literally spoke my thoughts and my mind (and I bet millions of other anti-shah people out there).

I am very proud of for speaking up and standing to your humanitarian and political values. Also thank you for clarifying what true democracy is.

Babak Aminiam

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January 29, 2001

* In all fairness

You have raised various points in your editorial "Citizen Pahlavi", which need to be addressed in the spirit of judiciousness.

1. "No politician or political group outside Iran can have a major impact on what goes on inside. Iran is very different from 1979." You are right in so far as change has to finally come from within Iran. However taking into consideration the repressive and violent atmosphere within Iran, it would only be prudent for any organisation to develop and initiate plans in safe havens outside of Iran's borders >>> FULL TEXT

Aliya Kiani

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* Don't ignore the message

The opinion you have expressed in ""Citizen Pahlavi" completely ignores the message, which was delivered by Reza Pahlavi. Instead you have focused on the cons of monarchy, which in all honesty is not the issue at this point in time.

The message, which was delivered, is plain and simple: Unity and support for a national referendum to determine "the nature and fate of a future system of government in Iran' >>> FULL TEXT

Nazenin Ansari

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* Like any other king

I could not agree more with your article ["Citizen Pahlavi"]... Mr. Pahalavi is no different than other kings looking for subjects that drawn them in flattery and blind admiration. Iranian people have arrived at the same conclusion as the great English man Thomas Paine who expressed his views in Common Sense: "The palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise.">>> FULL TEXT

Fereydoun Taslimi

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* Too much ghormeh sabzi

Amoo Sam ["One more wake-up call"] seems to have been around kitchens where ghormeh sabzi's been being prepared for too BLEEDING long! Someone ought to inform him that the days of the salon "pseudo-intellectuals" is over and time for action has come.

It's a known fact that those who cannot do, criticize. Who exactly does he recommend come and replace these ne'er do well, thieves? Unless he's got a suggestion and is willing and able to take action I suggest he sits back in those very backwater disco bunkers he seems to suggest Reza Pahlavi frequented!

Banafsheh Zand

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* Logical, powerful

This must've been the most logical and powerful political article I had read regarding Iran's future ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Kudos for the author, whoever s/he may be.

Mehran Azhar

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January 26, 2001

* Monarchy not archaic

Read your editorial with mixed feelings and hope it will generate a decent debate ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. But you made one error. Dr Mossadeq stood for a constitutional monarchy - being a Qajar aristocrate and a conservative politician he never sought to declare a republic. His fallout with the Shah was purely personal and oil-related...

As for the monarchy as a form of system I for one do not see it as archaic writing from London where the country this summer will be celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. In Spain the restoration of Juan Carlos was not seen as backward after the dictatorship of Franco and in Bahrain and Afghanistan talk of a return to monarchy is on quite a few lips >>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Kadivar

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* One more wake-up call

FLASH -- Now the Russians are poised to sell the Mollas $7 billion in weapons.

FLASH-- The political / economic scene in Iran has become so ludicrous that even the "Young Shah" has emerged from the basement disco-bunker he has lived in for the past 20 years to declare a return to the monarchy as the road to democracy and prosperity for Iran ["Citizen Pahlavi"] >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Sam

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* Never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi

This is in response to your editorial ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Reza Pahlavi never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi. He has always stated his view, as a responsible citizen. He has never proposed different; his goal is for people to decide, even if they decide against his inherited monarchy >>> FULL TEXT


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* Give him a chance

This is my opinion about the editorial comments ["Citizen Pahlavi"]: It is true that at this time and age nobody is willing to go back to the monarchy, but between all the opposition forces which talk about changes for IRAN, Reza Pahlavi is the only one with the education and training for running the country .

The Mojahedin Khalq are the same as the Islamic Republic except they are not wearing the turban. Why don't we give Reza Pahlavi a chance for one or two years, see what he can do. We have put up with this regime for 20 years.


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January 25, 2001

* Offending chadoris

I read your opinion on the chador and those wearing it in Iran ["Those eyes"]. What Saman, the cartoonist, and you should bear in mind is that there have been women wearing chador prior to the revolution, and are yet those who do so regardless of any political mode.

Your comment is an obvious violation of women's rights and could well be offending to those who genuinely believe in wearing the chador as a tradition or means of reflecting their religious beliefs.


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* Let me go to Iran

In response to "Hell no", I have to agree in some ways with the author. I am a young Iranian living in the U.S. and I cannot stand it. Unfortuanatley I have never been to Iran, but that does not mean I do not want to go there. I have probably asked my parents every day to let me go. If you think it was hard growing up Iranian in Europe, try growing up Iranian in the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT


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* My Iranian of the day

My Iranian of the day is ALL my fellow countrymen worldwide, specially those who still live in Iran, despite all the difficulties and problems -- problems which we left behind, but they face every single day. They manage to make a living and make us proud.

I would like to kiss the ground they walk on. I am sorry but I don't have any pictures to send with this letter so I hope you can find an appropriate picture for my Iranian of the day nominee.

Babak Nikain

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* My father wants to volunteer

I am writing to you on behalf of my 64-year-old Iranian father. He is retired and has spent the last twenty years living in Manhatten -- New York City.

I was wandering if any business or organization catering to the Iranian community in New York City, Long Island or New Jersey require volunteers to help out with anything.

My father speaks English, is healthy, and willing to do almost anything. He does not require any salary. He just wants to volunteer his time to anybody who needs it.

If you are intersted or know anybody who is and or if you have any questions please contact me at 212-3585997 or e-mail

Ali Kravis

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January 24, 2001

* Rootless, but worldly

Regarding "Hell no" by Babak Nikain, Why such despair? I have met and known many people who have lived between cultures. Mainly, they have either been the children of immigrants or the children of families whose livelihood took them across the globe (be it business, government, etc.) Hands down, I think they are richer human beings because of it - in spite of being rootless. Rarely have I met one of these "tweeners" or "global nomads" who wasn't extremely sophisticated, kind, open-minded, sincere, inteligent and, of course, worldly >>> FULL TEXT

Gabrielle Sanseverino

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* Don't miss Islamic Iran

It is refreshing to hear your patriotic view of Iran ["Hell no"]. However, for those of you who haven't really experienced life in the Islamic era, Iran is no place for anyone with ambition, dreams and desire for success. I speak of personal experience which is shared by millions of my fellow Iranians...

When you live in the Islamic Iran, you will then understand the humiliating aspects of ones livelihood in Iran. There is so much I can tell you about Iran, but I will leave it up to you to experience them for yourself. Make a visit to Iran and visit everything not just the history, but the present >>> FULL TEXT

Sheila K

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* Write more often

I have always read dAyi Hamid's articles and enjoyed them since they all have some grains of truth in them. But this most recent one ["Man naboodam dastam bood..."] beautifully describes the irony that ALL Iranians are facing today.

The solution is to have articles like this more often written and circulated to EVERY IRANIAN in the world and make them think a little bit about their predicament today and learn to be RESPONSIBLE for their messy situation they are in and do not complain about others >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Ali

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* Rude

Excuse my language but you seem to be rude as well as illiterate ["Googooshgate"]. Because for us, the suppressed women in Iran, Googoosh is not only a real artist, but a symbol. A symbol of all the good things that we are deprived of.

Her private life shows the world how Iranian women are treated in a traditional, fanatic country, and her public life shows that the Islamic regime cannot tolerate beauty, style, art and everything.

Sorry for you because you seem to be too busy making fun of everybody that you forget to have respect for the idols of the young.

J. Jalali

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January 23, 2001

* Very rich, elegant

Laleh Mizani's paintings are some of the most interesting art works you have ever featured ["Something missing"]. My eyes just don't want to stop looking. The deeper I look, the further away the bottom seems. Very, very rich and elegant work.

Yasmine Rafii

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* Weeding out the weak

Babak, brother you are a warrior at heart ["Hell no"]... I understand your objection toward those who do not have the strength to prevent the faltering of their Iranian identity. But that's not such a bad thing you understand, for we need this "weeding out the weak" process in order to ultimately advance and strengthen our nation. We want them to deny their heritage. Because if they don't have the strength to love nor to stay loyal, they are of no value. In fact they may be detrimental to the future of Iran. They belong AWAY from Iran >>> FULL TEXT


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* Fashion show for mafia boys?

After seeing a photo of a huge advertising banner of a fashion show on a wall on one of Tehran's streets, and another photo of the entrance to the show's premises with few not-hip-at-all guys selling tickets to the women-only show, and with an attendance of 16,000 women under one roof, I have a hard time believing that this show would have a go without the mafia boys profiting from it. Just like behind Googoosh's scene.

Openness for the sake of the people, or openness for the sake of "nezaam" opportunists?

Hamid Agerolo

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* Googoosh product of Shah era

For me Googoosh is a "product" of the Shah's era (and I don't think I am being unrespectful when I claim this) as many artists of that time she was totally eclipsed for more than 20 years, and I just hope that as much as her undeniable talent has surfaced, after 20 years of exile that the truth will also surface, concerning her life before and after the revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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January 22, 2001

* Dictators & taryaakis

Dictators have a way of lasting a long time ["What rule of law?"]. And the reformists are taryaakis; better at writting than doing. Like the rest of us. But let us hope that more repression leads to constructive anger. This is the kind of features you should write more often. Barikalaah.

S. Mashadi

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* Fat but rich

I kept reading ["Marrying me"] and waiting to see why she married him. Finally it came: "I drive a nice car, have a good salary..." Enough said!


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* Hung and stuffed with The Iranian Times

Thanks for printing this ["Please stop"]. I had a good laugh on a dreary monday morning.

I'm sure once I sober up I'll feel really down at the fact that some people can be really stupid and have the intelligence of cockroaches to write something like what they have written. I am of course talking about the rude responses to being taken of your list, not the polite ones.

I especially feel the one who wrote in Farsi should be taken to a dungeon, hung, drawn and quartered and stuffed with printouts of The Iranian Times so he (or she) doesn't come up with disgusting language like that again.

I, for one, applaud the efforts of The Iranian Times and I'd just like to say, keep it up, we are not all ignorant idiots out there.


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* Things I didn't get from my husband

THANK YOU! What a wonderful web site. So much information on many things I wanted to know but my husband is not very detailed.

But from reading your site your direct and honest information has help me understand many things.

I am also a blonde. I still stand out in a Persian group but was always welcome. Thanks again!


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January 19, 2001

* Fallen into ill-repute

I harbor no kind sentiments for Mr. Mirfendereski, both because he has called me names before and also for the fact that he thinks those who wear #2 buzz cut are thugs (I am now a thug because of my haircut!).

But in my opinion, he is completely right in what he has put forward regarding the fingerprinting issue at U.S. airports ["Face in the mirror"]. The treatment at the U.S. airports, however hurtful, is a prerogative of the American government >>> FULL TEXT

Ramin Tabib

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* Feminism for dummies

Like many readers of The Iranian I have been a witness to the controversy that started from a simple picture posted in this webzine and rose to unexpected (or maybe quite expected) heights. I haven't got a chance to read every single one of the letters exchanged... but all the ones I saw were written passionately, and especially after reading one of the rather passionate ones, an idea hit me which I thought I would share with other readers of The Iranian. The idea is roughly as follows: writing a book about feminism for Iranian men >>> FULL TEXT

Ataollah Togha

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* Wings of the same chicken

Khatami after three years in office is a living proof of an argument which supports the notion that Islamist reformer and conservative Islamist hard liner fundamentally, politically, culturally, and in most case socially are the two right wings of the same chicken ["What rule of law?"] >>> FULL TEXT

Abbas Poursadigh
Denver, Colorado

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* Harf-e del-e man

har baar tu in website miyaam aval miram bebinam ke shomaa maqaaleh daadin yaa na [Sadaf Kiani's features]? maqaaleh-haaye shomaa keili ru man asar mizaare, va az inke in gadar saade va dar eine haal baa tajrobe va darke amig in naame haa ro minevisin , engaar ke harfe dele mane.

shaayad emshab in tanhaayi va dur az iraan va fote maman bozorgam hame dast be daste ham daad ke baraatun email bedam.

aarezuye ruzaaye khub baraatun daaram man dar Montreal zendegi mikonam be omide inke age ruzi umadin Montreal beshinim raajebe golaaye narges tu iraan va zemestun haaye sarde Montreal gap bezanim.

Maryam Jaliny

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January 18, 2001

* They never made it back home

I liked the self-critical tone of the letter "Time to take responsibility" by Mr. Ali Noshirvani. As much as I like to be fair in my judgements about others, I would like to be fair when we judge even our biggest mistakes.

While I hate to bring up old disputes in a new century when all the world is looking forward to peace and a humane co-existence but when I see that Mr. Noshirvani goes back 20 years to find us guilty of the hostage crisis and sponsoring terrorism I can hardly stop myself from mentioning that those hostages walked back home in good health but the 300 passengers of that Airbus never made it back home >>> FULL TEXT

Ardalan Vahid

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* I hear you

I live in Sydney, Australia. I have never felt like an Australian in all the years I have lived in this country ["Hell no"]. Every year that passes I lose more and more patience. I would give every thing I have to be able to go back to Iran. I want to walk in the streets, as long as it is in IRAN. I want to be in IRAN and see the sun rise and set. I want to walk in the forests in IRAN. I want to wake up and hear Farsi. I want to feel the SUN burning my face in IRAN. No other place is good enough. AND I KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU SHARE MY DREAM. I CAN FEEL YOUR PAIN.

Dianna Dalir

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* Hmmm!

This is in reaction to your publication of various emails you have received regarding un-solicited dispatch of your newsletter["Please stop"].

You are a journalist and it is probably easier for you to separate yourself from the emotional side of events and instead focus on the bigger picture. Collecting all these -mails and analyzing them as a whole, in my opinion, is a perfect example of how we should react to daily events in our lives.

You take the black and the white, put them in a bag and look at them as a whole. Instead of getting emotional about the white or the black which will clearly distort your judgment , one puts all of them together, steps back and says: Hmmm!

Great job of leading by example. The world has two sides.

Bardia Saeedi

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January 17, 2001

* Overdramatization

Mr. Kallaantar ["Shocked and saddened"] overdramatizes the plight of the Iranians at the U.S. airports. For him to equate the routine inconveniences of international travel with the travails of the exterminated Jews in Germany and the detention of Amercian-Japanese in concentration camps is an insult to the memory of those who suffered and perished.

This form of overstating the case is precisely the reason why the American policymakers cannot take seriously the objections made by the Iranian-Americans such as Mr. Kallaantar and delivered in such a shrill manner.

Guive Mirfendereski

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* Higher expectation

Thank you so very much for your suggestive elaboration ["Missing the point"]. Many of us in the Iranian community take pride in having been associated with Guive Mirfendereski ["Complain to..."] and would let his long fine scholarly track records and community service would speak for itself. Retrospectively, I suppose one could say people's expectation is even higher from those among us who are truly accomplished ["Shocked and saddened"] >>> FULL TEXT

Davood N. Rahni

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* Khomeini & Kennedy

Thanks for reminding us about Khomeini not believing in copyright law ["Shahr-e sholoogh"].

John F. Kennedy said in his inauguration in 1961: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." And in the early 80's Khomeini said: "Hey nagooyeed enghelaab baraayeh maa cheh kard? Shomaa baraayeh enghelaab cheh kardid?"

As far as I know Khomeini never paid any copyright fees to the Kennedy family.

Pedram Parsian

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* Time is precious

I find it amusing that you have taken a bunch of angry reactions and turned them into an article! Seriously, no sarcasm intended ["Please stop"].

Yes, time is a precious and rare commodity these days. Statistics say: the average person spends 6-7 seconds on a web site unless it captivates them. However, people tend to spend an incredible amount of time reading through the exact same thing if it were on paper!

Perhaps, if people took your news email and printed it, they would find the time to read The Iranian Times?!

Mariam Ispahani

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January 16, 2001

* Shocked & saddened

I am profoundly puzzled by your very recent letter in ["Complain to..."] in that you support the anti-Iranian regulations of fingerprinting and luggage searching of Iranian passengers at U.S. airports. The more I read your letter, the more frustrated and deeply saddened I feel by what you wrote.

... When a member of the board of PWC, a U.S. based "Iranian American Anti-Discrimination Council", defends so boldly the historical discrimination and humiliation of his hamvatans, then I am just speechless >>> FULL TEXT

Kamiar Kallaantar
Los Angles, CA

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* Missing the point

Being searched at the airports is very humiliating but I think most of us are missing the point Mr. Mirfenderesky is making ["Complain to..."]. I do not think he is happy about being humiliated either. From what I understand from his letter, he is just stating that these searches and fingerprinting are not illegal. He certainly is not supporting them >>> FULL TEXT

Max Rofougar

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* Not shying away

Regarding your news on Saviz Shafaii, I think it is wonderful that you don't feel you need to shy away from homosexual issues. Yet another reason to be proud of your publication!


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* Way too nice

Dear Martikeh Aldang ["Please stop"], I love you and love your emails. I love what you write about. Can't help loving your emails and your tasteful comments and your beautiful website.

I think what you're doing with is phenomenal and historic. Only history will be able to judge your undertaking. 20, 30, 50 years from now, when historians sit down to write the history of the Iranian diaspora, they have no choice but to acknowledge and it's founder. Keep up the good work and don't let the nay-sayers bring you down.

Massud Alemi

January 15, 2001


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January 12, 2001

* Complain to the Iranian government

There is nothing illegal about the U.S. government's security policy, not even in singling Iranian-passports, Iran-bound and persons of Iranian origin for the treatment. The national security argument is paramount and will probably be upheld by the courts. This is no different than the imposition of trade restrictions, travel restrictions, or hauling in the Iranian students at the time of the Carter presidency to answer to the INS officials.

Security aside, the policy also irritates the Iranians in the hope that the vexation will then force the Iranians to force their government to mend its ways. Well, may be instead of viewing these incidents as a sort of due process violations by the United States government, the aggrieved need to complain directly to the Iran Interests Section in Washington, the Iran Mission at the U.N., and the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. No matter how one slices it, the suffering of the Iranians in this area is linked to the Amercian displeasure with the Iranian government >>> FULL TEXT

Guive Mirfendereski

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January 11, 2001

* Fingerprinting: Serves no purpose to humiliate

On Mr. Ali Noshirvani's letter ["Time to take responsibility"] I would like to comment from an American (non-Iranian) perspective...

Whether or not some people believe that it is reasonable and just for the U.S. to exact a punishment upon ordinary Iranians for actions real or imagined which were no fault of their own, I believe that the policy does great harm to the U.S. and its interests. It serves no purpose to humiliate people who have no ill intentions toward the U.S. If anything it destroys amity and creates enmity >>> FULL TEXT

Bradley Hernlem, PhD

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* On discrimination & race

In response to Ali Noshirvani's letter ["Time to take responsibility"] in which he justified discrimination against Iranians due to events such as the U.S. embassy hostage taking and "support for terrorism": I would like to point out that I as an individual had no role in any of that, so I as an individual am quite justified in blaming and condemning discrminatory conduct based on my ethnicity. What you're espousing is guilt-by-ethnic or historical-asssociation >>> FULL TEXT

John Mohammadi

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* The problem is violence, not Iranian men

I think Iranian men are fabuolous, and as a personal preference, I couldn't imagine being with a non-Iranian. Most Iranian men I have met have been successful, passionate, caring, loving people. I have nothing against Iranian men. I DO have something against weak people trying to oppress or discriminate against people who are different from them to gain a sense of power or superiority, whether these people are men, women, Blacks, Whites, Iranians, non-Iranians, heterosexuals, or homosexuals >>> FULL TEXT

Dokhi Fassihian

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* In the path of foreign armies

I enjoyed reading your article on Hawraman (Owraman) ["People of Oraman"]. It seems that you have partially traveled along the Sirwan River... This route that you have taken was once traveled by the 13,000-strong Greek forces who went to Iran to help Bardia (the brother of Kambudjia who attacked Egypt) to become a Persian King. History says that Bardia was defeated and the Greeks took the Sirwan route to return to Armenia and then Greece. They lost 3,000 of their men along the Sirwan River. How? >>> FULL TEXT

Mohammad Bat-haee

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January 10, 2001

* Feminazis are on the move

It's quite enlightening to witness the race debate culminate to such new compromises ["Thank Gof for..."]. I personally have nothing against individuals from different races and nationalities conjoining in holy matrimony as long as the interests surpass that of the phallic nature.

However, I see that the argument has taken a slight twist. It's not really about Darryl and Maryam's controversial interracial marriage anymore, rather Iranian females have found themselves a sufficient excuse to unleash their psycho-sexual frustrations upon the infamous "Iranian bigot cowards". In other words Iranian men >>> FULL TEXT


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* Modern slaves

It boggles my mind how we as Iranians are discriminated against just as bad as Blacks and yet we are in such deep denial about it. We think buying a big house and a BMW qualifies us as being a member of the "majority"!

It makes me sad to read some of the racist letters sent to your site. It reminds me how ignorant we really are; how based on this very ignorance we gave away our country to radicals.

Just remember that we are the modern day-slaves in this country! Do not put yourselves above any other race!


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* No bleeps

Congratulations to you for printing the letter by "Unlimited Madness". It shows that you are not afraid to print four-letter words that in other media such as broadcasting would have been "bleeped" out.

But more than the content of this letter I was fascinated by the pseudonym of it's author. Unlimited Madness is obviously a contradiction in terms. For madness can not have limits >>> FULL TEXT

Farzan Navab

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* Superior site of an excelsior echelon

My nomenclature is Hazzan. I compliment you fervently on this fabulous forum for Farsi and non-Farsi followers. I have just recently been cognizant of these transmissions.

I am an IranAm living just east of A2, Michigan (a defacto colloquialism). I find this superior site of an excelsior echelon.

In summation: Merci (Farsi/french), mamnoon, shokria (Urdu), shokran (Arabic), salamat tata (Malay), kamsa humnida (Korean), she she( Mandarin), and thanks (English) for sustaining here for us Iranians, et al... Khoda hofez, and masalam (Happy Eid al Fitr).

Ali & Mahnaz Mafee

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January 9, 2001

* Zoozehaaye ertejaaee

Naameh (kaaboos!) ertejaai-ye Bahraam ["We are not negroes"] raa khaandam va moo be tanam raast shod!! In"mojood" kheyr-e sarash zaaheran pezeshki ham mikhaanad va dar aayendeh mas-oolliyate moaalejeh va darmaan-e mardom raa be ohdeh khaahad gereft!

Beh raasti, khatar-e aayandeh-ye jaame-ye Iran, divaanegaani az ghabil-e in Bahram-haa hastand, va fekr mikonam keh roshanfekraan raastin-e Iran baayad raah-e besyaar hassaas va nachandaan aasaan-e khaamoosh kardan-e in zoozehaaye ertejaa va Nazi-fascisti va nezhaad parastaaneh raa biaaband.

Baayad beh in javaan ablah yaadaavari kard keh 55 saale pish, donyaa baraaye afkaari shabih nazariaat-e ishoon, bish az 30 milioon koshteh daadeh ast va digar kaafist!

Dariush Radpour

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* You are dead wrong

As I read these letters about race and racism, I am flabbergasted about what these Iranians think makes them Iranian. I haven't been in Iran for more than 10 years now. But the Iran I remember consisted of Turks, Persians, Gilakis, Arabs, Christians, Jews and many other ethnic and religious groups. Am I the only one that remembers this?

Please remember that Iran is bigger than Tehran! Being Iranian means so many things. And it is not limited to the Shi'ite Muslim religion and/or the Persian tongue. Have we really forgotten who we are? >>> FULL TEXT

Sahar Nahrvar

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* Are you better than us?

Having read the article by Mr. Farid Moghadassi "Weekend millionaires", here's my 2 cents: There is partial truth in what you wrote. But you did not even take the time to include a short sentence that obviously not all Iranians are the way as presented by those few in your article.

Thus you're leaving behind an impression of negative generalization (and in this process also leaving an impression, though inadvertently, that you may think you're better than all other Iranians).

These kinds of superficial people are present in every nation and society, and not specific to some Iranians.


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* Bacheh Abadan

Cameron Alborzian is bacheh Abadan! His father was born in Ababan. We went to school together in Abadan and in England. His father was a great sportsman; I rememeber he used to read the sports news on the BBC Persian Service. He used to work at Shiraz refinery for many years. An old friend. He now lives in England.

Bahram Javid

January 8, 2001

* Ban on parties may make us think

On the arrest of party-goers in Tehran [News, Cartoon]: When I saw the news of the arrests on New Years Eve I said to myself, well maybe now people will stop and think a little. I must say as awful as it might sound I was not altogether unhappy. There was in fact a little inner smile that betrayed a certain meanness that I rarely see in myself. How can you be amused at the arrest of fellow Iranians? I asked myself. Here is what I came up with >>> FULL TEXT

S. Mashadi

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* Will not sit back and shut up

What Mr. Ali Noshiravani, inadvertently or selectively, overlooked in his letter ["Time to take responsibility"] is the fundamental reason Iranian people have historically disliked, and even hated, American foreign policy...

As an Iranian-American and a Board of Supervisors member of the Persian Watch Cat, I do not plan to sit back and shut up if and when I am subjected to these discriminatory acts. Of course, I am only speaking on my behalf and my views do not necessarily reflect those of the PWC. I will continue to fight ignorance and injustice. In my local community, I endeavor to educate Americans about the contributions Iranians have made and will continue to make to all of humanity >>> FULL TEXT

Ziba Marashi

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* So naive

It is indeed tragic that some of our people are so naive. They allow themselves to be brainwashed by the American propaganda monster machine ["Time to take responsibility"].

The U.S. government is by far the biggestt state-sponsor of terrorism in the world. Of course, they don't use the "T" word for their activities. Instead, they call it "covert operations" >>> FULL TEXT

Nazer Nazeri

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* African-American-Iranian?

Under the "Iranian of the Day" index, I noticed the picture of T.J. Houshmandzadeh who happens to be a wide receiver for the Oregon State Beavers varsity football team. This guys is supposedly an African-American-Iranian, but there is no information on his name, his family background, his ethnicity, his parents ethnicity (his mother has an American name) and whether he is Iranian...

Maybe one of the nurses in the hospital where he was born made a mistake in the delivery room and sent his mother the wrong baby >>> FULL TEXT

Adnaan Sheikh

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January 5, 2001

* Time to take responsibility

The other day, as I sat at my computer reading my emails, I came across one forwarded by an Iranian friend to everyone in his address book. In short the mail explained that a new Iranian-American organization ["Persian Watch Cat"] had been formed in order to lobby against the so called "discrimination" Iranians are subject to, specifically when traveling.

"It's barbaric that we must have our bags searched and our private property scrutinized and fingerprints taken...why must they ask the occupation of our parents?" The article read.

As I continued to read, I recalled a recent trip trip the UK where I was taken aside and questioned for 20 minutes. And as I came upon the web link where I too could vent my anger at the discrimination directed to me.

Then it dawned on me. I suddenly realized that we have no one to blame but ourselves. It was not a Farangi who held Americans hostage for 444 days. It was not an American who sponsored terrorism and may have been responsible for the murder of innocent people >>> FULL TEXT

Ali Noshirvani

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January 4, 2001

* Have some ma'refat

My question concerns scanning Akbar Ganji's book ["The red-robbed highness"], or any other book. Isn't that a violation of copyright?

I think people can buy Ganji's book very easily through the internet, and it would be to the benefit of this brave prisoner if you only published some pages, or hell, some chapters of his book, rather than in its entirety.

I just think what you're doing is far from "ma'refat", for which I know no American word.

Ataollah Togha

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* We are not Negroes

In reply to Dokhi Fassihian ["Thank god for..."], did I say that I had a problem with Iranian men copulating, dating, or marrying women outside our ethnicity ["Terrorize women..."]? What if I were to tell you that many of my relatives have married non-Iranian women? Who cares if some Iranian man marries a foreign women?...

Iranians are Caucasians, akin to the Georgians, Armenians, Chechen, Tajik, and Arab peoples. We are an ethnic and cultural group making up the Iranian Nation! Just like the Jews, we are a group that can be defined as a PEOPLE and if Iranians marry non-iranians then there will be no more Iranians.This is a simple concept, even for an idiot like you >>> FULL TEXT


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* Drowing in this abyss

I've just read the note from Unlimited Madness ["You like Iran to be like America"]. I don't want to judge about what he/she is saying. But I can not deny shouting out loud "Hey....You are just using American offensive phrases and words...".

I'm Iranian, too. And I live in Iran where I know people who don't know the difference between "F_ck you" and "God Bless You" and they shoot each other. I know teenage girls who have sex more than 10 times a day. There are men who don't think about America when they're having sex with a girl the same age as their daughters. I know wives in Iran who cheat and they haven't got MTV in their houses >>> FULL TEXT


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* No homosexuality, please

I preferably do not want to see the promotion of homosexuality in your wonderful and educational publication ["News & views"].


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January 3, 2001

* NOT the worst racists

In response to Mr. Bakhshandeh's email, condemning racism, it appears that he fails to recognize the racism in his own writing. How has he come to the conclusion that Iranians are the most racist people in the world? I am sure he must have had negative experiences but has he gone all around the world and somehow measured the "racist factor" of each country? (Something that Mr. Neyshapuori claims to have done)

Iranians, like all people around the world have racists, and I am sure we also have tolerant people. It's hard to believe that we are the most racist people in the world. Just look at the history of the last century and you will see that we are not even close to the top >>> FULL TEXT

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* Just needs revenge

Another fiction/"Supposed to be real" story from someone who doesn't even sound convincing and rational when we listen to his side of story ["PMS"].

It sounds more like a "I wish it was real" tale by someone who doesn't really know where the actual problem is and just needs revenge.

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Nowhere to turn to

I read your new piece ["Christmas-e aan saal"]. I can understand the anxiety you described. I had the same feeling once I came here to the U.S.

To be honest with you, it's really sad that we poor Iranians have nowhere to turn to. I mean I see the Spanish, Greek, etc., going back to their country during holidays with great ineterst and they talk about how beautiful the life is over there.

But when it comes to us we either have got nothing to say or if there is something nice, no one would believe it anyway!

Anyhow, Chrismas was nice (although I was at work later that evening!) and so was New Year's Eve. Call me old fashioned but I preferred a "shab-e yalda" next to my mum and dad and others eating "hendevaaneh" and having "tokhmeh"!!! But that's just an illusion.


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* You like Iran to be like America

Don't EVER, EVER sent me your FUCKING newsletter again. Your kind are a disgrace to all Iranians. Siding with the Americans with your bastard sons and whore daughters.

You like Iran to be like America, don't you? Where people shoot each other. Where daughters have sex when they are 14. Where wives cheat. Where gays and lesbians are normal.


Unlimited Madness

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January 2, 2001

* Woman with metal half-mask

I have a question that I have had trouble finding an answer to. Perhaps you can help? Or direct me to someone versed in Islamic culture that can help, as my Islamic knowledge is not very good.

About two months ago, I happened to be flying from Amsterdam to Minneapolis and I noticed a group (I suspect a family) of Saudis on the same flight as myself. If I remember correctly in glancing at their passports they were Saudis, anyway...

There were a number of women who were all dressed in the long black gown-like chador (although their faces were not covered completely.)

One of the women, however, sported a thin metal frame on her face -- at least it looked metal >>> FULL TEXT

Aaron Chapman
Vancouver, Canada

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* Romanticizing Iranianness

Let me begin by saying that Iranians often talk very loosely, especially those outside of Iran. Our emotions often overwhelm us, and some ways of zealosuly emphasizing our identity is to vehemently distinguish ourselves from our neighboring Arabs, to emphasize our "Aryaness", and of course to object to romantic relationships with Blacks. Let's not make any more of this than what it is - romantic images of our Iranianess that help us identify with our nationality...

Such notions are not intrinsic to our culture and hopefully we will not inherit them from Westerners. A united Iran, where the common denominator of Iranianess is our diverse cultural/linguistic heritage, as opposed to race, is a healthy Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Bijan Arman Ali Pingili

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* Embrace all humankind

Regarding intolerance, first I think it is important, at least for the sake of future generations, to realize that globalization is inevitable. We are headed in that direction, at least as long as there exists places like America. And let's not forget the original vision in creating this 'America', which was to embrace all peoples and create a melting pot from which every individual is allowed an opportunity to freedom of expression and prosperity...

I do believe at some point, whether or not one agrees, that we as a people should evolve into more consciously mature persons and embrace all humankind as a whole instead of seperating ourselves into categories, no matter what our 'race' or 'religion'. The most auspicious personalities in history have embodied compassion toward all mankind >>> FULL TEXT


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* Persian pride

Neveshteh aghaye baniameri ra ba lezat khandam ["Persian warrior"]. Albateh agar yek roydad waghei bashad dar hade yek komedideram ast.(va taasof avar) Ma iraniyan ejazeh darim keh beh meliyat khod eftekhar konim va albateh in hagh ra baraye tamame melale dighar niz ghayel bashim.

Nabayad farmosh konim keh ma nit manande sayere melal digar daraye eftekharat va tabiatan nokate tariki dar tarikhe khod hastim. Man bedin natijeh residam ke ma mitavanim dar eyne eftekhar beh nokat mosbat az nokate manfi dars amokhteh va ghozashteh ra mashaale rahe ayandeh konim >>> FULL TEXT


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