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Opinion 2005

FEBRUARY

OPINION
Distant stars
Welcome to the wasteland of Persian intellectual history
Fouad Kazem

OPINION
Who's to stop them?

Vigilance of democrats against shades of theocracy is the only protection against the erosion of secularism
Ahmad Sadri

MIDDLE EAST
Wider goal

On the U.S. threats against Iran
Interview with the leader of Worker-Communist Party of Iran

IRANIANS
Short list

Things that make us look bad
Abbas Soltani

BOOK
Lazy lechers

Excerpt from "Lipstick Jihad"
Azadeh Moaveni

TASOOA-ASHOORA
Your loss

Doest it really matter what a Westerner would say about our culture?
Sanaz Fotouhi

POLITICS
Mujahedin-e Khalq's devolution

Attractive prospect for the American war on terror
Arshavez M.

LANGUAGE
Iranians speak Persian

The English called it Persian, the French Persane, the Germans Persisch, the Italians Persano, the Russians Persiska. So should we.
Khodadad Rezakhani

TAFSIR
Bread, pen, power,

Noon, va-alghalam va ma yastaroon
Ali Ohadi
unedited

SUGGESTION
Unity for a second

This Norooz, let's unite against war and devastation
Massoud Etezal

WORK
Dubai's downside

UAE society is completely stratified with every inhabitant categorized
Rachel Cerbone

WOMEN
Westward wind

Gender equality in the 21st century
Behshad Hastibakhsh

IDEAS
Strategy for survival

Altruism in social exchanges
Afshin Afshari

IRAN-U.S.
Who is doing whom?

The more I looked into this, the more I realized that we, the Iranians, are the ones who are being terrorized
Hamid Bakhsheshi

IDENTITY
Selling dreams

Striking a balance between dream and reality
Arash Emamzadeh

POLITICS
Welcome Dean

It is time to take a stand and play our part by supporting the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party
Chris Urkofsky & Hamid Karimi

MAPS
My big fat Persian gulf

When it comes to maps which draw lines of identity around the people of a nation you must apply more than just rules of cartographic practice
Raman Kia (Buddahead)

ELECTIONS
President Mossaddegh
I hereby announce my candidacy for the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Cyrus Mossaddegh

IDEAS
Deen va hokoomat
The Islamic Republic is bad. But you cannot separate religion from the state. Not in Iran.
Aghaye Hichkas

NUCLEAR
Misplaced pride
The gazillion-dollar Russian-built money-pit-of-a-power-plant in Bushehr is nothing to be proud of
Farhad Radmehrian

OPINION
In so many words
Comments on issues of the day
Hamid Boroumand

POLITCS
Fresh look back

Iran-U.S. relations in 1977
Mahmoud Foroughi

POINT
Evil in jitters

A natural yearning for freedom and justice in the Middle East is (thanks to the United States of America) turning to impatience
Alidad Vassigh

SPELLING
It's NOWRUZ
Seventeen different spellings of "Nowruz" have been detected on the Internet
Bahram Gerami

FATALISM
Turning to the sky
The fire at Tehran's Arg Mosque
Roya Hakakian

GEOGRAPHY
Greater Iran
Federated commonwealth of Iranian states
Nima Kasraie

POLITICS
Bush, Iran, war & democracy
The opposition should form a broad shadow government
Hassan Behgar

OPINION
And the winner is.... Qom
While Mr. Bush publicly denounces the IRI and promises to help the opposition, he has in fact done everything imaginable to reinforce the regime in Tehran
B. Bamdad

ANALYSIS
Beedaarsheed
A modern geopolitical primer for Iranian expatriates
Ramin Davoodi

LEBANON
Who benefits?
Former Lebanese prime minister's death is harsh blow to quest for freedom and independance in entire Middle East
Cyrus Rasti

POLITICS
Persians push for Bush
As long President Bush stands with the Iranian people, the Iranian people will stand with him
Slater Bakhtavar

OIL
Boom & bust
Social engineering and the contradictions of modernization in Khuzestan's oil company towns, Abadan and Masjed-Soleyman
Kaveh Ehsani

IDEAS
ABC's of democracy
Ways and means of democratization
Fatima Farideh Nejat

HISTORY
The shah and the people
Part 2: A tentative sketch of the Shah's personality
Afshin Afshari

NOTE
The toughest woman in Tehran
Iranian of the year: Shirin Ebadi
Raman Kia (Buddahead)

OPINION
Territorial integrity
How would a country continue to exist without having the right to defend its heritage and territorial integrity?
Amir Naghshineh-Pour

OPINION
Direct negotiation

How should Iran preserve the name of Persian Gulf
Nader Habibi

ESSAY
Death & rebirth
An essay on the 1979 Revolution for English class
Jahanshah Javid

LANGUAGE
Namiri!
Life and death in Persian
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

RELIGION
More Muslim than others?
It isn't difficult to see Arab racism creeping back into the psyche of contemporary "Islam"
Nima Kasraie

NUCLEAR
Controlling a hurricane

Iran and the myths of non-proliferation
Camron Michael Amin

KURDESTAN
Welcoming separatism

Kurds should break the taboo and welcome separatism as the most appropriate alternative at this stage
Kamal H. Artin

CULTURE
The other terror

Part Two: The art scene
Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

HISTORY
The other terror

Part One: How real is the threat to Persian culture if those who are fanning separatism succeed?
Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

OPINION
Who needs defusing?

Iran -- or U.S. media?
John Mohammadi

OPINION
America is our big hope
Iran has become like a patient whose immune system has ultimately failed to cope with a deadly tumor
Omid Parsi

SCIENCE
2,500-year-old lady with Alzheimer's

Interview with Esmaeil Mirfakhraei
Farid Parsa

OPINION
The groundhog and the spate of the union
It is official: there will be six more weeks of winter and four more years of George Walker Bush
Samira Mohyeddin

IRAN-U.S.
Will the U.S. attack Iran?

Don't listen to the so-called liberals and intellectuals who claim the war has begun or will start soon
Payman A.

OBSERVATION
Chasing liberty

Photo essay: Bush's State of the Union address
Jahanshah Javid

OPINION
Ayaa Iran dovomin hadaf-e amrikaast?

Is Iran next?
Mohammad Ali Isfahani
Including Shargh al-Owsat's war scenario

OPINION
Iran under siege

The issue is oil
Farrokh A. Ashtiani

OBSERVATION
Slates wiped clean

The truth about "Marg bar Shah"
Jim S.

IDEAS
Arguing with reptiles

Thinking leads to truth as much as driving leads to a destination. The question here is what "truth" and what destination?
Arash Sayedi

 

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