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Opinion

JUNE 2005

READING
It's about oil

Many charge that the United States is in Iraq for the oil and oil alone -- a perception that has hardened by the obvious fact of the U.S. dependence on oil
Guive Mirfendereski

OPINION
What happened

... in the Iranian presidential election

Majid Tehranian

STUDY
Iranians in Canada

A statistical analysis
Vahid Garousi

REVIEW
Being Lolita in Tehran

Azar Nafici's observations of post-revolution Iran from Olympian heights
Asghar Massombagi

POINT
The real nuclear threat

Unlike in Iran, fanaticism in Pakistan and Israel is hardcore, and the combination of such fanaticism with a nuclear arsenal makes an explosive cocktail
Abolala Soudavar

REVIEW
Growing pains

Shifting the focus away from perceiving Islam as a homogenized faith in a dichotomized relationship with the West
Firoozeh Papan-Matin

RIGHTS
Islam & minorities

The case of the Bahais
Christopher Buck
Full text English -- Persian

PRESIDENT
Deserving victory

Ahmadinejad, both in terms of principles and behavior, is very close to our intellectuals. So why are they complaining?
H.D.

SATIRE
Pirezani raa setami dargereft

Post-election poem
Hadi Khorsandi

LESSONS
Exact opposite of paranoia

What can be learned from the rightwing backlash that led to Ahmadinejad victory?
Ahmad Sadri

POLITICS
The ugly truth

If the people who stayed home had voted, this Ahmadinejad guy would have never been elected
Najmeh Fakhraie

SATIRE
And the winner is... the Shah!

Reached for comment, the late Shah rolled over in his grave, and said, “If I had known these people were this pathetic, I would’ve cashed out a lot sooner.”
Manesh

ANALYSIS
Eftezaah-e bozorg

A view forem Tehran on Ahmadinejad's rise and Rafsanjani's humiliation
C. Chaqueri

REGRET
Emrooz pasheemaanam

I should have voted
Sheida Kalbasi

CHAOS
The coming second qiyamat

When a system lacks a responsive legislator, independent judiciary and enlightened leader or executive, then the recipe for political and social change, even if it is regressive, will require violence
Guive Mirfendereski

BIRD'S EYE
Better the devil you don't (quite) know?

Iran elects Ahmadinejad
Sa'id Farzaneh

POLL
What does Ahmadinejad's victory mean?
1979 votes :o)
Reaction to new president

REACTION
Rage against the regime

The frustrated masses think their vote for Ahmadinejad means acting against the corrupt establishment
Jam Hakim
unedited

ELECTION
The stay-home majority

Most people did not vote because they do not believe in the system

Shokooh

PRESIDENT
Can't help liking the ape

Ahmadinejad is not the savior, far from it; he will do us all in, but...
Ramin Tabib

SEX
Heaven forbid

God-given right to a happy sexual life
Mattbina

U.N.
What's the problem?

John Bolton is a problem for tyrants, who prefer the UN system
Alidad Vassigh

LANGUAGE
More caviar, please

And other afterthoughts
Guive Mirfendereski

ELECTION
What's wrong with us?

What have we been doing wrong as a nation for so long? As if married to the wrong men suffering every day
Natalie Esfandiari
unedited

ELECTION
Unveiling a dictatorship

This is a great opportunity for a suppressed nation to finally have a voice. But as the recent coverage of elections has proven, the international media is not interested

Alaleh Ashtari

ELECTION
Bekojaa chenin shetaabaan?

Voting for either Rafsanjani or Ahmadinejad would be wrong

Ali Salari

ELECTION
The hell with both of you

I would not choose between Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad just as I would not choose between two Nazis

Shokooh

ELECTION
99 degrees

Choosing between Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad is like trying to decide whether you want your head clamped tightly in a vise and slowly squeezed or a having a car door slammed on your hand, respectively

Siamak Kiarostami

EAST-WEST
Treasures of the East

Ironically, the West has just discovered the Eastern culture and the value of what we once so foolishly discarded
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

ELECTION
Let's not forget

On Rafsanjani and the presidential election
Hamid Boroumand

ELECTION
Khoroosh

The election charade has destroyed all optimistic illusions about the IRI
Sayeh Saidi Sirjani

ELECTION
Az shekast taa moqaavemat

Turning defeat into victory after sham presidential election
R. Hiwa

ELECTION
Wake up!

SINCE DAY ONE, you have been telling us to defend Bazargan, Banisadr, Rafsanjani, Khatami, this, that ... while those who truly are in power have been laughing at every one of us? UNTIL WHEN?
David Etebari

ELECTION
Not the right boycott

How exactly will rewarding the most repressive elements help make Iran freer?
Qumars Bolourchian

ELECTION
With a little bit of democracy

A tale of Iran’s ninth presidency
Ahmad Sadri

ELECTION
I voted. In Los Angeles.

Yes I did it. I voted because I believe participation in our future and our politics is what my country and my people need the most at this time
Pedram Missaghi

ELECTION
I don't play games

But if you want to play politics, Rafsanjani is your man
Mirmohsen

ELECTION
Saaz-haaye khod raa az no kook konim

Voting for Rafsanjani in the second round of the electiuons will take courage. But it's the right political decision.
Ahmad Sadri

DEBATE
Qaatel yaa dozd?

Take your pick: Supporter and opponent of participation in the elections debate the issue

ELECTION
Who is Ahmadinejad?

If you had bothered to go to southern Tehran, you would know Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Nader Davoodi

LETTER
Tell the world

Open letter to Sean Penn on his visit to Iran
Ali Javadi

OPINION
Persia’s future

Part I: Shah & Mossadegh
Manesh

ELECTION
Eight candidates, 10 choices

In 1979, 98 percent voted yes to the IRI. What about 2005?
David Etebari

ELECTION
Goodbye reform?

Do Mostafa Moin and the reform movement have a chance?
Nader Davoodi

ELECTION POLL
Vote here

The presidential elections are on Friday.
If you could vote, would you, and to who?

ELECTION
Referendum on legitimacy

The election is more a referendum on the legitimacy of the government and the constitution than anything else
Shahla Azizi

INTERVIEW
IRI cannot be reformed

The regime is a sultanate and incapable of reform, says jailed journalist

ELECTION
The next level

Rafsanjani, a seasoned veteran of infighting and related international intrigue, may be looking to make Islamic Iran a full member of the international community
Maggie Mitchell Salem

BLOG
blogsbyiranians.com

Building a community by blogging
Nema Milaninia

ELECTIONS
Moshaarekat dar farib-e bozorg

Nehzat-e Azadi's decision to take part in illegitimate elections
Hassan Behgar

RIGHTS
Universal values

The power and force of freedom and democracy
Goli Ameri

IDEAS
The Age of Secularism

The rise of humanism and secularism in Iran
Maryam Namazie

MOJAHEDIN
Only enemy

All the regime's propaganda, statements and denunciations are directed against the MKO and no one else
Ernest Friar

ELECTIONS
A few reminders about Mr. Rafsanjani

If I was in Iran, I would definitely vote
30Morgh

IRAN
Shah & Shaykh

The coming Iranian class wars: Those of us the people of Iran who will yield neither to the Shah nor to the Shaykh, will have to make an unambiguous stance
Rosa Faiz

IDENTITY
Italy's a lovely place. But it aint Iran.

To the "Italian" children of Iranian immigrants
Tahereh Aghdassifar

IDENTITY
False images

Identity and social change
Parisa Hassani-azad

ADVERTISING
Power by deceit

On Rafsanjani massive advertising campaign to appeal to the young
Open letter by eight Islamic students' societies

OPINION
The sport of politics

We need to recognize that simply having a vote every four years in no way constitutes a democratic government; it is the electoral process before, and after the fact, that matters. In this respect, the people of Iran have moved way beyond their governing bodies
Samira Mohyeddin

OPINION
Bar sar-e doraahi

Iran's clerical leaders will have to choose between peaceful transition to a democratic government or face the same fate as the Shah
Hassan Massali

OPINION
Cute won't cut it

Reza Pahlavi should fly to Iran ASAP and join ranks with those who have decided to stay and resist
Siamack Baniameri

ANALYSIS
Behind the bombings

Who would be the main beneficiary?
Masoud Kazemzadeh

OPINION
The time is coming

I could not help myself but to remember the time that I was in Tehran University and how the chain of actions lead to the overthrow of Shah's dictatorship
David Etebari

ELECTIONS
Welcome back hero!

Hashemi Rafsanjani advertising blitz + football fans
Photographs by Ali Shirkhodaie & Negar

RIGHTS
Saddam + Taliban + Apartheid =Islamic Republic

This is why Iranians are calling for change -- a structural change in the regime
Hossein Bagher Zadeh

RIGHTS
I've done nothing wrong

Open letter
Akbar Ganji

POLITICS
Reza Khan-e Hezbollahi

Presidential candidate Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf and his mentor Reza Khan
Hassan Behgar

ELECTIONS
It's not democracy. It's a joke.

It's certain that a majority are not going to vote. But that's not enough
Marayam Namazie's interview with communist leader Hamid Taqavee

ETHNIC
The melting pot

Like the EU, our region needs to think of an economic union and open trade routes instead of sticking to futile and counterproductive racist ideas
Hirad Dinavari

MOJAHEDIN
Illegitimate contender

Mojahedin are finding it increasingly necessary to buddy up with neo-conservatives in Washington DC, further proof of their ideological bankruptcy
Rosa Faiz

ETHNIC
Turk khodeti

Azaris are not Turks. They are Iranians who speak Turkish
Keyvan Valizadeh

IDENTITY
To be Iranian

Anyone who wishes to be an Iranian, is
Guive Mirfendereski

ELECTIONS
Only credible candidate

The only candidate that can again inspire Iranians with hope is called a referendum
Reza Bayegan

ANALYSIS
Omidi hast?
Do reformists have a chance in winning the presidential elections?
Nader Davoodi

WOMEN
Who needs a husband?
Young women and the idea of marriage
Solmaz Separy

MINI WAR
Black Ops target Iran
With things not going good for American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and aggressive intentions towards Iran, clear Black Ops are the means of choice for achieving American aims
Peter Khan Zendran

MINORITIES
First in peace instead of next in war
Build a Persian alliance that opens free dialogue, acknowledges past mistakes, and apologizes to all minorities and victims of Persian governments who have denied their rights
Kamal H. Artin

IDEAS
Socialism is the solution

There are no nations such as Loris, Gillanis... these are fabricated by those who try to divide people in order to hide their class interests
Ahmad Nikoobin

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