June 5, 2001
* Hoveyda not Bahai
The question of Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda's religious affiliation
pops up from time to time. Hoveyda's father came from a Bahai family. But
due to the Bahai principle of non-interference in partisanship and divisive
politics, he was excluded from the Bahai community, because of his political
Hoveyda himself was never a Bahai. It is a Bahai belief that one has
to independantly believe and accept the religion; it is not automatically
passed on and childern from Bahai families have to independantly accept
and declare themselves as Bahais. Hoveyda never declared himself to be Bahai,
nor was he known to the Bahais as one.
When he became Prime Minister in 1965 some of his political opponents
accused him of being a Bahai. In order to disprove this he initiated a package
of anti-Bahai laws and measures, including the introduction of special taxes
on Bahai property and the dismissal of numerous Bahais from the civil service.
Some may remember civil service employment notices' eligibility column
that used to state applicants must belong to one of Zoroastrian, Jewish,
Christian or Mulsim religions, therefore excluding the largest of Iran's
* Don't vote
Molla Khamenei and the mollas in the Guardian Council have set up another
show for you ["Cheraa
Khatami?"]. Four years ago it was bad guy Molla Nateq Nouri against
good guy Molla Khatami. With this trick they managed to pull 30 million
votes for their phoney republic. This time they have lined up nine conservatives
The purpose of this show is to drag you to the ballot boxes again, because
they need some sort of popular legitimacy in the eyes of the world. But
in reality this is not a real republic, this is a theocratic dictatorship
(Islamic khalafat) and elections are meaningless.
The elected bodies like the president and the parliament have no power.
All the power is in the hand of Vali e Faqih (Khamenei) according to the
Islamic republic's reactionary constitution.
So do not vote if you do not believe in Velayat e Faqih. Do not be
fooled by the story of good molla-bad molla again. Do not give the Mollas
the popular legitimacy they need. Let the world see that majority of Iranians
are staying in their homes on June 8th.
* Election propaganda
Many people like to look back on history, glean from it what they can,
and apply it to their everyday lives. This is done to avoid repeating past
mistakes. Now my question is what is history? How do you avoid not making
the same mistake over and over again? Does anyone have an answer for that?
My dearest Iranian friends. Please for a moment think. Nothing remains
the same and many things from the past don't work in the present. When
we try to make the old ways fit in today's culture, the consequence is
cultural shock. There are some basic principles that still hold true today
and continue to uphold humanity. One is love, which is the essence of life
and the basis of most religions. Decisions based on a loving motivation
are upheld. Along the way, there are many rules and regulations that man
has fostered to uphold humanity.
Do you see things with which you don't agree? Do you do anything about
it? Now think about that. If you do nothing, you are part of what keeps
that situation intact. You have the power to begin freeing things up. You've
just forgotten, because it's been so long since anyone reminded you that
things have changed and these are no longer ancient times. Now we're living
in a time when we can regain our power. Iran is not the same Iran once
you and I lived in. Iran is not the same Iran our fathers once lived. Now,
in this virtual world, you all are competing to make your way of thinking
right. But, why? What makes you think that your way is the only way?
Gentlemen, "politics makes strange bedfellows." Now as we are
approaching another set up elections in Iran, I see all of you are being
vociferous. Do you have any clue that this election in Iran is not an election.
It is a man-made propaganda to make it look like that Iranians are actually
choosing someone or something >>>
* Spoiled Iranian husband
Yes I agree with breaking
the cycle but my opinion as a outsider is we have to stop being a mothers
to these men.
I am Spanish and I am married to a Iranian man. He is way to spoiled.
I don't understant why Persian mothers make this type of man. I think is
very bad . He practically wants a slave: "Do this... do that for me."
He never helps at home. I do all he wants cause I love him, but I have
a limit too. In my culturre mothers teach men to do every thing in the house
and help with children. Don't get me wrong. I love my husband, but the problem
is education in the house from mom.
Please Persian moms: break the cycle. Stop spoiling your sons so much
and make an equal world. Stop creating "macho men" and make your
children better husbans and humans.
With all my respects,
* Compensation for hostage taking
For the inexcusable taking of innocent American men and women during
1979 Iran should be shunned until they come to grips with the wrong they
committed on those hostages. ["Hostage
Compensation directly from the government of Iran to the hosatages would
be a start.
* Had to pay
I can't remember the name of the person who has written a letter about
the entrance to the exhibition at the Barbican being free ["Thank you, Ms.
Issa"]. He is so self-centred that he has not realised the exhibiton
at the Barbican was only a small part of a bigger event called "Unveiled"
in which about 20 films from Iran, mostly by Iranian women in the last ten
years, were exhibited (Ticket prcie: £10 or there abouts per film).
Plus there was a full-day conference on Iranian cinema and the role of
Iranian women film makers in it, in whch women filmmakers from inside Iran,
plus Sheerin Neshat from New York, took part as speakers, The fee for this
one-day conference alone was £30).
And there was a three-day conference on Iranian poetry in which Iranian
poets and writers from inside Iran, Canada, USA, Germany and France took
part as speakers (without getting paid for the work they did). The entrance
fee for this three-day conference alone was £50 but because not many
purchsed advance tickets, it was reduced to £30 at the door >>> FULL TEXT
* Inequities in Palestine
the attached. This picture has caused a lot of commotion in my community
and I feel that more people should see what is happening to kids the same
age as me! ["Crossfire"]
I'm only 13-years-old and I have sort of made it my goal for more people
to know about all these inequities in Palestine.
It's so hard for me to see all these problems in Palestine and we can't
do anything about it. It's morally wrong what's happening to kids like me
and people need to know about it.
* Poop art
I was very intrigued by your article ["Uncovered:
Girls poop too"]. I am a girl, and an art student at California
Institute of the Arts. I happen to be a scatalogical artist, and the only
female one that my teachers can think of.
Within the past ten or twenty years, art with poop has been popping up,
yet women have yet to do it. Why I do not know. However, I am fascinated
with poop art, not so much to gross people out, but to make people aware
of the fact women do poop. It is an issue that needs to be recognized by
both men and women.
Often, women are freaked out by using public restrooms fearing men will
see them go and find it unatractive. Then, there are women who cause bladder
problems choosing to hold it instead of go.
For women, bathrooms are seen as forbidden evil places. Then that leads
up to another issue: eating disorders. Eating disorders and bowel movements
go hand in hand. Eating makes you poop. Pooping makes you not sexy. This
is wrong. It's just wrong in general that women are supposed to act a certain
way just to appease men.
Anyways, I try to tackle certain issues with my art work. My big campaign,
Rock The Bowl, is a fake organization that tries to make people aware of
these issues. I just wanted to commend you for your article in the Feb.
1997 issue of the Iranian on your Girls Poop article.
If you have the time, you can check out my
website (which is very primative and in the works!!!)
Yes, a lot of my work is crude and in your face, but I'm a girl, and
like a guy, I should be able to talk about it as openly as they do without
being looked down upon.
Jenny "No.2" Logacz
* Nothing but a dream
You know when you are SO overwhelmed with an experience that you don't
know where to start, well, that is how my mind is feeling right now since
I've been back from "home, Iran" which is exactly 2 days and
3 nights and, mind you, I've been the phone with the loved ones I've left
behind every few hours.
See this is the problem with us: our hearts are always in a state of
aching for someone we have left behind!
I went back after 23 long shadowy years. I am strugling to find words
to describe how I felt when I saw my sister whom had the poor goosfand
waiting in front of the door to be sacrifised for me (I did not allow it
to happen). Amazing experience.
I stayed there for two months and still I think it was nothing but a
dream. Isn't life all about that?
* Love for mom
This was a very moving article ["Mommy's
boy"]. I am also very close to my mother like most of my female
friends, but what is different about this one is that the feelings are coming
from a man that loved his mother to this extent. I hope my son grows up
and feel the same way about me that this gentleman felt about his mother.
* Mohammad Asgari
I am looking for my friend in Tehran. His name is Mohammad Asgari.
I have not seen him for many years. He used to come to Singapore for business.
Dealing with dental equipment. Any help in searching for him will be much
* Morad Babaie
I am searching for a friend of mined named Morad Babaie who was stationed
in San Antonio Texas at Lackland Air Force Base back in 1973 if anyone
knows of this person please contact me at I would really appreciated very