October 4, 2003
* Well on her way until the nomadic Hindu arrived
After reading your piece [Filling
the vacuum], I could help putting keyboard to email in order
to express my utter disgust with your praise of that true bastard
Khomeini and his blatant hijacking of a country. You
have obviously failed to comprehend the substantiated fact that modernity,
not to mention Democracy, and Islam do not go hand in hand. A
modern society seeks to lessen the role of church in affairs of state. A
modern society seeks to provide its citizenry with all the up to
date amenities available in a progressive world.
This is what HIM Mohammad Reza Pahlavi sought to do for Iran. His
Majesty may have made mistakes along the way, but nothing like the propaganda
initiated by your Islamic Republic against the Pahlavi's which you seek
to perpetuate. His Majesty had the future of Iran in mind.
The future was to bring Iran out of the "Sea of Darkness" that
the Qajars had manoeuvred Iran into as a result of their corruption and
self-indulgence. The future was to industrialise Iran so that when
the oil reserves did run dry, Iran could still remain standing on her
own two feet.
Iran was well on her way until this nomadic Hindu arrived on the scene
with his perverted sermons that were a direct result of the reduction
of power for the clergy. If your power base, namely capital wealth,
was diminishing, what would you do against the person/system responsible?
Let me ask you this: Can you account for the millions of people (this
includes the war with Iraq in addition to the genocide attributed to
Khomeini and his lackeys) that have perished under the Islamic Republic
you promote? This number is sizeable in comparison to the less
than 3,000 people that died during the insurrection of 1978-79.
The Iranian populace was fooled by a towel-headed despot under the
guise of religion. The valiant people of Iran realised this fact
a little after he and his thugs seized power. Islam is on the way
out in Iran. It will never hold the prestige and honour as it did
prior to 1979. My generation wants little to do with that imported
creed based on lies, deceit and corruption.
Judgement day is fast approaching for the Islamic Republic for the
lies, deaths and thefts they are responsible for. You can bet that
I will be in the gallery when the firing squad extinguishes their pathetic
lives as revenge for the crimes they have committed.
* Never forgotten -- or forgiven
I am surprized that a former ambassador of the Shah can show
sympathy and support for the cause of the Tudeh party and only blame
them for their leadership [Questionable
leadership]. Does Mr Hakimi realize that if the Tudeh party
had their way his future as the Shah's ambassador to Norway would have
ended in tatters.
The tragedy of Pahlavis political fate was that even the people
who were supposedly representing the Shah's interests were flirting with
his enemies. The history of Tudeh party is rife with hypocracy and horror. In
their shameful history two concepts never existed: Love and Honor.
My advice to Babak Khosravi [Forgotten
fighters] is that instead of being force-fed by his
parents about their so-called romantic adventures in the 50's Iran,
read the confessions of the leading members of Tudeh party (like
Ehsan Tabari or Anvar Khamei) who were disappointed at their
mistakes and going the wrong way.
Incidentally, no Tudehi couples were allowed to marry each other unless
it was directly ordered by the Party. So romantic adventures of Alex
parents is part of their cover stories and totally rubbish.
And as for Ambassador Hakimi, I suggest he should take a page from Ardeshir
Zahedi's book of loyalty and watch more Behruz Sooresrafil programs.
Don't worry Mr Khosravi, your Tudehi parents will never be forgotten
or forgiven for their betrayl of a nation.
* Republicans-Monarchists should set aside differences
Mr. Alemi, [What's
I read your recent opinion and couldn't agree more with what you said. This
regime the IRI I mean cn only fall if all opposition forces are united, and
if the Iranian people get a strong and unilateral message of support in their
daily struggle against the Theocratic regime of Iran.
The IRI regime will fall in due course however what no one wishes
is a Chinese scenario, in which the student revolt
would end in a bloodshed. This is why I believe that a continuous support
of the students should be followed by a unambiguous Unity between both
Secular Republicans and Constitutionalist Monarchists under what we all
call the Third Wave mouvement.
However what we should not ignore is that this struggle is still unequal.
The IRI is a regime known for its ruthlessness, and people seem to forget
the number of death squads sent by this regime to eliminate
opposition inside and outside Iran. The Nationalists leader Shapour
Bakhtiar is only one example of the way this brutal regime has treated
any form of opposition.
It is important to remain firmly united against the mullahs of Teheran
and call on the Iranian Diaspora to maintain pressure on the mullahs,
and encourage the reformers to join the Third Wave, or resign. I believe
that the Third Wave banner initiated by the Crown Prince inviting all
opposition forces to unite can be a driving force that could lead
to the fall of the regime.
However that would mean that both Republicans and Monarchists should
set aside their differences in the short term in order to transform this
mouvement into a truly efficient opposition that would have the
popular support both inside and outside Iran.
The Iranian diaspora can more easily find common ground for unity
and illustrate it through regular massive demonstrations so
as to show to the International community that it will not accept any
form of compromise between democratic governments and the ruthless IRI
regime that continues to imprison, torture and kill students, journalists
or any voice of opposition.
* I will not bother (perhaps)
I find it sad that you choose not only to not publish my recent articles,
but also not even to acknowledge them. I have put a lot of thought
and heart into writing these, and they address issues that are very important
for every Iranian. And don't take it from me, every article of
mine you have published so far has resulted in many supportive emails
to me in response. Many Iranians share these feelings.
For example my last post on the Arab-Iranian War was completely neglected by
you. The Second Arab invasion of Iran was a pivotal and defining and
extremely painful event in our history. The significance it had for Iranians
was not unlike that of the Holocaust to the Jews, or Hiroshima/Nagasaki to
Japan. It was the longest war of the 20th century.
A whole generation and country were devastated and at least several
generations following will continue to pay. We lost a million of
our best people, and have more than 2 million disabled, many of which
are some of the world's only victims of chemical weapons. Most
of the damaged areas have not even begun to be rebuilt 15 years later.
We don't have a Vietnam War Memorial Wall, or a monument, or counselling or
support groups. We don't have a government that is decent enough to honor
our fallen properly. The Islamic Republic despite all its calls to our
nation to get up and fight empty handed and sacrifice like no other nation
before, has never even bothered to build a permanent memorial for our fallen
Instead the responsibility of remembrance and honoring falls upon us
collectively as a nation. (An excellent example of this can be
found here) All
we have is the traumatic memories of sufferring and each other. When
I write and article like that, I know I echo feelings of millions of
While the world joins millions of Jews in commemorating the Holocaust and millions
of Japanese in commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki every year, I find it sad
the "The Iranian" won't even acknowledge "An Iranian"'s
attempt to commemorate the millions of Iranian victims of this crime who should
never be forgotten. Perhaps I will not bother sending you any articles
in the future.
* Never hear from the "other side"
I log on to Iranian.com every day just to read the new articles
and comments. I always see articles and e-mails written by people
who are seemingly against the Islamic Republic, or the Islamic way of
I know that people inside Iran also log on to Iranian.com,
and was wondering how come we never hear from the "other side". How
come no one supporting the Islamic Government writes in about their side?
I would like to hear their side. I would like to know, in their
minds, how are they benefitting the people of Iran, and why the
rest of us should go back to the country and land for which we all yearn.
The Islamic Revolution offered freedom from the Shah's "oppression",
now that this "freedom" is in place, let's hear from the people
in charge why Iran is better off now than it was 25 years ago.
REPLY: You can read their papers in Iran. Other than that, there's
no spontaneous, grass-root group of Iranians in exile who are still
to the Islamic Republic. Even those who are practicing Muslims seem to
have strong reservations. In any case, if I receive any articles, I will
publish. Cheers, J.Javid
* Smart and creative
I enjoy these stories by Siamak
Vossoughi. Please continue publishing his smart and creative stories.
They are wonderful!
* Fascination for the old gentry
What an appalling picture to send [Generals
executed, 1979]. Why do you, Mr. Kadivar, want people to see these
corpses and relive a time of trauma?
Your incurable nostalgia for the past alternates between the sycophantic
and frivolous, when you're doing your kowtow before some former deputy-vice-minister
or that Raji man, and this rubbish.
Your fascination for the old gentry obviously extends to their corpses.
The pictures are indecent, and you have just shown your tabloid breeding.
* Bunch of paint thrown on a canvas
Most of the paintings you
put on your site are beautiful, but sometimes some of the paintings are,
well, "weird". Can you at least put a caption on the bottom
for us art "illiterates" explaining what this painting is depicting?
I know about all these modern impressionist paintings, but babajan!
Don't we have to at least understand what the subject of the painting
is? Some of them seem just a whole bunch of paint thrown on a canvas!
Either I am too "ommol" and "dehati" to understand
these mysterious ultra-modern paintings or they really need some explaining.
Sorry for my honest opinion, but that's what this site is about, people's
* Nice not a poem
As an iranian and as a close person to what they call it farsi
literature I just don't find all the materials you call 'poem', correctly
named, though most of them are quite good. Should you call some of them
writings or articles it would suit them better.
Segragating the words and having them writen on seperate lines merely,
does not make a writing a poem. A poem does need a picture, a vision,
something different to an article or a plain writing. A poem can tell
a story or describe a scene. It can tell a feeling, but in a different
way than an article.
The article called 'Man
aariyaaeeyam' is a nice piece, but it is not a poem. My suggestion
is to have your experienced author take a look at some references of
our poetic critics and then decide which writing is a poem. Could living
abroad for a long time effect our punctuality we better have a resort.
* Excellent selection
Dear Azam Khanoom,
I was impressed with your excellent selection and taste of Persian
music, in particular pre-revolutionary music, which all of us have
good memories of those days. You have done a superb job with
your brief introduction to each selection. A job well done.
* Kissing Rumsfeld's ass
The picture of an Iranian
kissing Rumsfled's ass for a picture made me sick. That monster
supported and helped Sadam during the Iran and Iraq war and is a the
cause for the death of many Iranian solders. He is also responsible
for the death of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. He should be
ashamed of himself for taking a picture with someone like rumsfeld.
* Mullahs will never leave
Is it possible for Mullah to loose power and leave? In 1991 in first
Gulf War as Saddam was killing Iranian. Four of us Iranian decided to
help because we all had Ph.D. in Satellite Communications and knew all
type of communication systems available in the world.
We drove from Boston to Washington and asked the Mullah Consulate to
allow us to go back to Iran with our laptop computers and we will figure
out their plane communication system and can cause enough problem for
the planes that they would be so confused about their own radar system
and slow them down as much as possible.
The unshaved dirty looking Mullah said they did not need any treaters
to help and kicked us out of Embassy. In January snow driving back out
of control truck hit us. Afshin and Mahmood died right away and one on
wheelchair for life and I was the lucky one survived with a brain injury
Lots of news coming daily that it's Mullah's end, I am sorry to say
that my hope is gone and I do not think Mullah will ever leave, power
is great and no one will want to let go. I do not know who I am anymore,
they have given us a piece of paper
called American Citizenship, to fool us we will never be accepted as an American,
Mullahs calls us spies and treaters, What And Who Am I?
Pass this on please and also help me with the question please.
* Dallas numbers off
I reviewed National Iranian American Council's newly published IranCensus
report. First a disclaimer: I understand the challenges you faced
to come up with numbers that could be as close to reality as possible
authors for their work. I am also a big fan of NIAC and have offered
my help in any way I can in my state. This is by no means a put down
or discount of your work; just an observation!
I don't know about any
other states and cities' numbers but I can tell you that I live in
Sam Johnson's House District (Dallas, Texas) and the
numbers given in your report (around 3,000) for his district are far
Here's my simple logic for this claim. There are usually at least 3-4
thousand Iranians in a poorly promoted sizdah bedar picnic in the Dallas/Ft.
Worth metro area and that's when there is more than one picnic in town.
(The multiple picnics are due to divisions such as Monarchists having
their own picnic, etc.
A sadness in need of another separate study and
report !!!) And we know for fact that a very, very, large majority
of Iranian-Americans do not attend these events. So, by my loose guesstimate
there is easily 20-25 thousand Iranian-Americans in the Dallas/Ft.Worth
Metro area. (See reply below)
* Inaccurate but preliminary
Dear Ben, [Dallas numbers off]
Thank you for your email and your support. You are ABSOLUTELY right,
the numbers ARE incorrect. We have pointed that out in the
census report about 4 times.
The problem is that these are the only numbers available. We would like
to do a comprehensive census, in which we also compare our size to the
Jewish and Pakistani community, but that would cost us about $300,000.
So we did a preliminary study based on the (inaccurate) information available.
Hopefully it will make our community realize that it is worth investing
$300,000 into doing an accurate survey.
I personally believe that we are at least between 900,000 to 1,200,000
in this country, and not 330,000 as the US Census says.
* Play at World Music Festival
OVC Enterprises is seeking musicians/bands who focus on performing
world music for a large outdoor World Music Festival at Tarara Winery,
on July 3, 2004. The music may be a fusion of sounds from around the
world or authentic ethnic music of a specific region.
Interested mostly in groups located on the East Coast.
Please send a demo pack to:
P.O. Box 70954
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
* Campaign to teach Persian
Many of you know me personally or are familiar with my 23-year relentless
effort to publish books on Iranian culture and civilization. I also
belong to a group of concerned citizens now active in a nationwide
campaign to teach and disseminate information about the Persian language.
I invite you to join me.
Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Persian
refugees and migrants have flooded into many Western countries. It
is unfortunate that
of these immigrants are incapable of reading and writing in their
It is also ironic that the children of scholars and teachers
of Persian language and literature are often illiterate when it comes
to reading and writing in Persian. For example, although my own two
children speak Persian fluently, they have not learned to write it
beyond kindergarten level. Of course, I am more to blame for this
shortcoming than anyone else. And that is why I am acting now.
The number of children who do not speak, read, or write Persian well
is in the thousands. Meanwhile, the Iranian community's annual economic
contribution to the U.S. economy, according to Census figures, is
in excess of 200 billion dollars! Despite this staggering figure, young
Iranians have little knowledge of their mother tongue and the traditions
that stem from it.
I am proposing the following: Let us designate the year 2004 as the
year of a nationwide campaign to teach Persian to our youngsters
and, of course, to whomever else might be interested in learning this
This is what you can do:
1- If you are affiliated with an institution of higher learning that
teaches the Persian language, please send me information about your
program. If you know about other programs, I am interested in them
2- If you are a teacher of Persian language at any level--whether
pre- or elementary school, middle or high school, university or postgraduate
school, or adult continuing education--please send me information
3- Write to me about the difficulties, issues, strategies, and achievements
encountered in your program.
4- Make constructive suggestions for how to improve and carry out
the teaching of Persian language. Be as specific as you can.
5- Please let me know the best way to get in touch with you. Don't
forget your e-mail address.
After receiving this information, my colleagues and I will assess
it and come up with an overall proposal for your consideration. I already
have some powerful ideas about how we can encourage children and
adults to take pride in learning and thus be able to master Persian
well enough to read and understand classical literature. A myriad
of incentives, including national contests, prizes, mentor programs,
scholarships might facilitate this effort.
I hope you give this
matter serious attention and will respond quickly. As soon as
the first stage of this campaign is successfully completed, we can
then take our ideas worldwide.Sincerely yours,
Ahmad Kamron Jabbari
PS: I am also the founder and current acting president of Iranica
Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization in California.
* Volunteers for "Arusi ASAP"
We are looking for interns to work on the documentary film, "Arusi
ASAP" (Iranian Wedding). The film synopsis is below and is about the
current relations between Iran and the U.S.. The crew involved in this
include Filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui (Executive Producer), Filmmaker Marjan
Tehrani (director/producer), Filmmaker Pearl Gluck (Editor), as well
Alex is an Iranian American. His wife, Heather, is an American
military brat. They’ve already had their first wedding. But it is not considered
official to Alex’s Iranian family. Alex takes Heather to
Iran so that they can have a proper Iranian wedding, an Arusi.
As they travel
through Iran, a tale of two cultures unfolds. Arusi challenges popular perceptions
of Iran and America. It insists on complicated cultural and political exchange
at a time of heightened tension as Alex and Heather are forced to deal with
their differences in the face
of a simple and traditional act, a wedding.
We are in the stage of logging and transcribing material and we are
on a 3week deadline to get it all completed. I am looking preferably
Farsi speaking interns that are interested in logging and transcribing
material. I can provide credit through our company, Identity Films if
the applicant is currently enrolled as a student.
To transcribe and log material you will need the following equipment:
VCR, TV, and Computer. You will receive 5-7 tapes and written instructions
on how to transcribe the material.
Please e-mail or call 917 862 1449 if interested.
* Need home, art director
Salam. Your help would be greatly appreciated with the following. For
the fiction film I am working on I am looking for a home to film in.
The story is set in a middle class Tehrani home. I am also looking
for an art director. Please let your friends know and send this information
to people who may be interested.
letters (October 4, 2003)