February 27, 2004
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* No cousin of mine
Oh, cousin! A cousin, you definitely are not. [Oscar
I cannot believe you are coward enough to go by an assumed name, yet
write for "The Iranian" and have the audacity to write "I,
who generally dislike Iran and Iranians to death..."
The reason I
read your article to the end, is as graceful as the
reason The Iranian had for printing this pathetic reflection
of your personal problems. I wanted to know why someone would be so hateful
of a place and a people who have done nothing to deserve such outburst.
And, you know what? I should have known better. I should have guessed
that if someone hides under a mask, he will remain there for the fear
of being discovered. I knew nothing more at the end of your piece than
I did at the beginning.
You--who are fortunately no cousin of mine--are neither original nor
noble. There is a cruel world out there bashing Iranians, Afghans, Arabs
and anyone who is not a powerful bully. I'm sure you are most welcome
to that world, heck, people like you RULE that world!
there are still many who go a bit deeper, think, study, and take
their horse-blinders off to look around. They may then see the beautiful
land and a loving people in Iran. But I won't bother you with this because
that would be like telling our government that Middle Easterners deserve
to be respected!
When I reached the end of your article, I realized it was the words of
yet another desperate speaker who dreams of being a speech
writer and put his own words in a famous mouth. No doubt, MIS.
Aghdashloo has received many such suggestions.
What you forget is
that she has worked long and hard to get there. This is her moment, and
hers only. Those are HER forty-five seconds. They are hers to do with
as she pleases and say what her heart has to say. You have
something to say to Khamenei? You go right ahead and say it!
A final note. For someone whose writing style has all the indications
of a well educated Iranian, you might as well sign your real name.
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani
* Aghdashloo vs. Ebadi
Dear Cousin, [Oscar
Interesting opinion piece BUT Aghdashloo and Ebadi are world apart
from each other. The former was famous before the Akhund came to existence
But the latter was recognised only after the Akhund came to power.
Aghadashloo owes NOTHING to the mullahs, Ebadi owes EVERYTHING, from
her identity to her Nobel Prize to the same. Where Ebadi declares
(just yesterday to the EU comissioners) that human rights in Iran have
and the Islam is the same as demoncracy, Aghdashloo reminds us of
the great injustice that has befallen our nation by the same religion.
It doesn't matter whether Aghdashloo wins the Oscar or not, she has
made her name in making us proud of our long lost heritage, whereas
has stood for what we replaced that heritage with.
* Is Iran is a four letter word?
When I first heard Shohreh Aghdashloo was nimonated for an Oscar,
I sort of wished I liked her more so that I could be excited about the
possibility of an Oscar being won by an Iranian. But it only took me
a few days to get over the way she generally tends to annoy me; her
utterly irritating over the top emotional pieces on the even more annoying
Iranian TV (LA style!); her painfully labored poetic speech
I actually started to look forward to seeing her on the award
show and hearing her name as a nominee. 'Sort of took pride in the fact
that "we had arrived" on one more platform even if it is
only as frivolous as Hollywood. But then she had to go and spoil
it all at the oscar nominees' luncheon the other day by talking again.
She kept using the word "Persia"!!! PERSIA??????
is a four letter word that might harm
her chances or career??? She even said "there's been a lot of discussion
on Persian TV and Radio about what I will wear to the ceremony and
if it will be a "Persian Dress"!!! Can someone tell me what
the Farsi for "a Persian Dress" would be? We're not avoiding
another "I" word, are we???
Get over it Ms. Aghdashloo. You are what you are and you ain't no Meryl
* Amazing gall
To the writer of the article about Aghdashloo [Oscar
It's amazing that you have the "gall" to start
your sentence with "I hate Iran and all Iranians" -
who the hell are u to judge anyone!
Also, don't worry and don't torture
yourself too much - The
supporting actress category will be the second
item when the oscars start -
Get some education and some culture and manners.
Also to the Iranian editor: I have never in my life
seen such Ugly, Ugly people in the whole of my
of Lalehzar]. Why have you chosen the most disgusting
looking people for your coverpage?
All the photos
are ridiculous and exaggerated and it looks as if
they have been photographed to look so hideous -
It makes me sick to look at just a group of ugly
young men and I hope that Westerners don't judge
us by these hideous looking men!
* Unfair comparison
It is not clear what the article "Lost
in translation" intends to produce or who is its
presumptive addressee. For, I as a translator attended the mentioned
gathering too. And should say the Article implies not a genuine impression
of the meeting's conclusion. At least the one that I was present
at. The talks were bilateral and everyone gave his or her opinion
in a very open and friendly atmosphere.
There are those among us who have foreign friends and relatives and
been bothered by Iranian personnels due to lack of proper training, not
knowing how to deal with people of different cultures. It is always Gov't
authorities whom we point finger of blame at in such cases. Now that
Ershad (Iran's Government body in charge also for foreign media affairs)
is moving toward a quality management, I believe statements like that
misleads both people and administrative decision-makers. It is true that
Iranian ruling class is not popular, particularly radio and TV in the
role of Islamic Republic's voice features a skeptical Iran, it does not
necessarily mean that includes all what pertains to Iran and Iranians.
I don't worry about what may foreign Journalists sense by reading the
article. First; for their adequate capability to distinguish a part-time
translator from an intelligence officer. Secondly; I found them Noble
enough to follow their host country's rules and regulations, either being
watched or not. What made me comment on this issue is that I think the
said translators chose this activity because they thought it must be
interesting or perhaps elegant, and not on a compulsory obligation or
merely money making basis. Some even serve public and private sectors
as high-ranking managers. I personally took the opportunity to meet professionals,
which heartily appreciate.
However, I accept there can be some intelligence precautions taken
by authorities, but relating such functions to translators and comparing
them with Saddam's espionage system is unfair and questions their integrity
in the eyes of public conscience.
* Poker: My father and I
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for taking the time to
of a poker match on television. The letters that you
received in response to the piece were also very interesting.
relationship between my father and I has had its ups and downs.
a very long time, I finally sent him an interesting email. It was about
your poker piece and the letters that some of your readers sent
regarding Iranians and poker.
When we lived in northern California, my
family frequently visited Lake Tahoe. My father, a former professor,
consistently wins at poker. One
of the classes that he used to teach was statistics.
I appreciate the opportunity
that your website has offered my family.
are many more
I watched the same
poker tournament on ESPN channel several times, and
had you watched the show from the beginning you would've noticed a true
Iranian poker player on the same table with Farha and Chris Moneymaker...
I can't remember his name (Amini??) but he's very famous amongst poker
He was actually favored to win that tournament by one of the
commentator, but he bluffed twice in a row with a very weak hand and
lost it all... He still managed to finish either 4th or 6th. I remember
he collected $600,000... He's ranked very high (probably top 10) amongst
Professional Poker players. They said he has won similar tournament
I watch these poker game shows regularly, as they're becoming
everyone's favorite... They even have them on Bravo and Travel channels
with a mix
of celebrities and professionals playing the game..
I watched another
Middle Eastern looking professional player with Iranian last
name, finished second or third in another casino... His first name is
Antonio and I think his last name is Bakhtiari...The total pot was
around 500,000 and he took around 200,000 or so...they also talked highly
him...So don't be so disappointed that Farha is not Iranian!!! there
are many more, but not as famous...
* A culture
that is not ours
Everytime I read your comments on Iranian.com [Abjeez],
I feel really sad. I think that you people are encouraging a culture
that is not ours.
give "advices" to young people without having
any consideraton of the Iranian culture, and act more "liberal" than even
most over-liberal Westerners themselves.
Everything seems to be "ok" for you. For you, the "comfort
zone" seems to be the only factor that should stop people from doing
whatever they want. You tell people that if they are "comfortable" with
something and don't "hurt" anyone, then it is "ok" for
them to do it!!!! If a young girl (18-19) tells you that her parents
are against her having sex and wants your advice on it, you reply that "it
is her life, and she should do what SHE feels is ok".
parents are struggling very hard to teach some cultural values to their
children, but these kids also look up to you,
when you make them feel that everything (homosexual experiences, loosing
verginity, sex games, role playings...etc) is ok as long as they feel "comfortable" with
it, you destroy every value that the parents have been trying to
raise their kids with. And of course all this exposure to sex, in
the media, the internet, at school...etc do not help limiting their "comfort
zones"!! does it?
So I would ask you to please realize that
as Iranians we have a culture that is much different and deeper than
individualistic, freudian Western culture" that you seem to be insipired
by in your replies to young people's questions. Please consider to refer
them to the Iranian culture in your future relies.
Or, at least
don't give them your liberal advices by the name of "abjeez",
which implies to them that they are getting answers from an IRANIAN cultural
Not everything is subjective!!
* Self-defeating argument
I read Maryam Namazie's argument thoroughly and I do not understand
how she manages to not lable Islamophobia as racism [False
phobia]. She states that
racism is only a phobia of race. In today's world, race seems not only
limited to biology, but is expanded to culture, belief system, heritage,
and even personal characteristics.
She additionally states that phobia
of religion is not racism; therefore, she would perhaps not consider
Hitler racist, or for the most part, any religious fundamentalist,
a racist. Obviously she has a very self-defeating argument.
I encourage all readers to read Khorsandi's article which holds much
for all things Islamic]
* Much more complicated
read your piece in iranian.com on Worker-communist Party of Iran
for all things Islamic]. You raise some valid points,
but lack of criticism about "US and Israel" by themselves
do not validate any position either!
While you correctly emphasize
Namazie's straight opposition to "anything Islamic," [False
you also make criticism of US and Israel as the only hallmarks of
I think our world of politics today is much more complicated than
before and does not easily lead into polar/clear-cut oppositions.
* Open a Kebab shop in Bayswater
In response to Maryam Namazie's "False
"Madam", if an ordinary person were to speak about women's
rights, equality, or secularism, it would be plausible, but you know
perfectly well that these are not your priorities, should you ever
return to Iran in any position of power, which thankfully is improbable.
It is a deceit on your part to associate your left-over Bolshevik
party - and what are you but a fascist dressed as a friend of the
people - with progressive ideas and pillars of democracy, such as
equality for men and women, separation of church and state etc..
No country needs a workers' communist party for any of these: it
needs a liberal democracy. Do not try and market yourself as a friend
of democracy, though anyone with a minimal historical memory knows
that lies, deceit and propaganda are standard components of the communist
armoury. Since when have you been worried about "real human
lives": what did your political antecedents do to "real
Have you heard of Pol Pot, Mao and Lenin? Are
you pig-ignorant or just a deceitful manipulator of words? You
and your scummy Mojahed cousins will hopefully never come to Iran,
even as private citizens. Communists after all have no country:
their ideology is their country. I suggest you do something sociable
constructive: open a Kebab shop in Bayswater.
* Same old
In response to Maryam Namazie's "False
Do you people still have the
NERVES to talk?? Haven't you damaged Iran enough for the last couple
Wasn't it enough that you SECT
members of Hekmat worshippers, damaged the popular movement of reforms
in the Berlin conference by stripping naked and yelling like primates??
People are sick and tired of you thugs babbling the same old
gibberish of Hekmat over and over again at every Iranian gathering.
People don't want you, people don't need you, people are tired of you
uneducated sect members of the "workers communist party" prescribing your half-fascist half-communist solutions to them
and labeling them "Islamic republic agents" if they agree
Khodaa roozitoon ro jaayeh digeh bedeh!!
* Just as bad as communists
I totally agree with Peyvand Khorsandi [Reverse
extremism], and disagree with Maryam
phobia]. Maryam, you might have some valid points on number
of isues, regarding imperialism in today's world.
The problem with you
other raticals is that you can see faults in all other systems, but
you don't see any fault in your own communist system! Islamic leaders
are not the only authoritarian. Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Sikh ... leaders
are just as much authoritarian as the Commies!
reason you are criticizing the Mullah's government is that they
are just as bad as communists like your organization, if you had
their power. You guys are any better than them, you would be even worse!
don't go after Peyvand, by trying to shut him up! He is just as much
free to express his opinion as you are! That's the problem with the
radicals in any religion or political parties, they do not want to hear
I think you would be better off if you just strait Namazien,
then you might come to your senses! Even better, go fall in love, then
might calm down!
God bless you! Oops, sorry, I forgot that you don't believe
* Clear judgments difficult
I understand what
Hoda Fahimi says in "What
if I wore the hejab?" She
right about Prejudice amongst Iranians but my only suggestion for her
try to understand those Iranians too.
Just imagine being under pressure,
being beaten, being send to jail, by women wearing Hijab. Imagine being
forced to wear Hijab by women wearing Hijab.
I understand what you
you can't open a charity with Swastika as its logo and expect people
beyond the sign and judge your actions.
It is very difficult for a nation to clear its judgments from its horrible
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