* 1976ish Norooz ads
Pedram Missaghi wrote:
Here is my eydi for Iranian.com >>> Listen
These are pre-revolutionary commercials. They will
probably bring back many memories for you and the readers. These
from the Friday morning
show hosted by (see quiz) and Nasrin (singer). [circa 1976]
That was the best Norooz gift I received. I just sat thre laughing
and crying... What a crazy world.
I have also copied the link
onto iranian.com >>> Listen
Best Noroozi wishes,
-- Jahanshah Javid
PS: I hope you like the attached
fish... It's a photo by Ehsan
* Noroozi wishes from LA
-- Sourena Mohammadi
* Grandma's phone
Dear Friends and Family,
Noruz of 1383 mobarak bashad; may the
new year have better news and more
successes for you and your family; may it be a better one
for our beloved
Attached is a photo of my
grandmother's old telephone (her name
was Seddiqeh Nozari-Behrooz)! She did not live long and died
in her early
60s in 1968. She had schooling up to sixth grade and was a
teller of stories.
I was the first son of her first son and
we had a very
close relationship. She produced short and long stories on
my demand as
well as quality chocolate whenever we met. When we could
not meet, we
spent hours talking on phone where she would tell me stories
very telephone. The telephone is German made and in mint
Persian/Arabic as well as Latin numbers. It is in my possession
is a reminder of her brief gentle presence in my life.
I thought it would be nice to share it with you for this Noruz.
-- Maziar Behrooz
Since signing up with SpamArrest 20
days ago, look how much junk has been filtered:
I still have to go through the junk to make sure I have not missed
any real emails, but using this service has made my life a lot
easier. And it's only $20 for six months.
-- Jahanshah Javid
* Mom's will
My mother wrote a will in November 2000, four years before her
death >>> Read
-- Jahanshah Javid
* Like we care
President Khatami's Norooz message >>> Here
Supreme Leader Khamenei's Norooz message >>> Here
Reza Pahlavi's message >>> Here
* Who is God?
Az yek basiji porsidand: midooni khodaa kieh? Basiji javaab daad:
namaayande-ye vali faghih dar kaa'enaat.
They ask a Basij militia member, "Do you know who God
is?" He says, "He's the Supreme Leader's representative
in the Universe."
-- Forwarded by S.M.
* Noruz messages from Bush &...
-- Thanks to Mahvash Shahegh
* Neither God or man
Long ago, my father gave me a copy ofNahj-ol-Balaagheh which
had been handed down from my great grandfather. I have had it for
the past 30 years. Its pages are old and very brittle. I keep it
in a case and rarely open it. The last time I recall reading it,
I was bored with it. I did not read but just the few first few
pages, glanced through the rest and did not find it what I had
hoped it would be.
Today, after listening to recent Mousavi
Khoeini's speech, I opened it to find that particular letter from Imam
Ali to Malik-e-Ashtar. Glancing fast through it, I came across something I
found highly interesting which I have translated and quoted below:
"Better a guilty set free than an innocent condemned, for
the guilty set free may still seek redemption, but the innocent
condemned has no recourse."
If I were in Iran, I would have that quote written in the
best Nastaeligh calligraphy, framed and hanged on the walls of
Iranian courts where it would be right in front of judges. But
I doubt it would change anything because those who have sold their
souls to Satan, have no heart to understand the Word, be it of
God or man.
* Where hijab is under attack
I went to see Ziba (Zahra) Kazemi's photo exhibition today at
Hotel d'Albert in Paris. Here's a picture
of the official exhibition poster, published by the Mayor of
Paris >>> Larger
-- Nima Mina
* From the streets of Baghdad
An American, a Brit and an Iraqi are one night having a beer.
The Yankee drinks his beer and suddenly throws his glass in the
air, pulls out a gun and shoots the glass to pieces. He says "In
the states our glasses are so cheap that we don't need to
drink from the same one twice."
The Brit obviously impressed by this; drinks his beer, throws his glass into
the air, pulls out his gun and shoots the glass to pieces. He says "In
the British Isles we have so much sand to make the glasses that we don't need
drink out of the same glass twice either."
The Iraqi, cool as a cucumber, picks up his beer and drinks it, throws his
glass into the air, pulls out his gun and shoots both of the Yank and the Brit.
says "In Iraq we have so many Americans and Brits that we don't need to
drink with the same ones twice."
-- Forwarded by B.W.
* Gay/lesbian marriages
From HomanLA - The
Iranian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Organization --
email newsletter (March 5):
Marriage of Iranian Gay and Lesbian Couples
HOMAN is proud to
congratulate Roya & Darya, Farzin& Babak and Ghazaleh & Bridget
on the occasion of their marriage at the San Francisco City Hall
past 2 weeks. We commend their activism and celebrate
Roya and Darya who have two fabulous little boys have
been trailblazers in the Iranian lesbian and gay
community, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area
for many years. Farzin and Babak continue to live in
Southern California as a proud and out couple.
Ghazaleh and Bridget are activists and have been
together for over five years in the face of prejudice
and pain afflicted by their Iranian family members.
We congratulate all of them in taking the step to use
the language of love to speak their political stance
for lesbian and gay rights.
We love to hear from other Iranian lesbian and gay
couples that have participated in this historical
moment and have officially received a marriage
-- HomanLA's email address:
* A virgin in Tehran
What's up? How's life? Mighty fine I hope. I'm sending
this picture from Iran. It's a statue [of the Virgin Mary] that
the Italians donated to the grand opening
of a marvelous public park in Tehran (Geeshaa) named: "Boostaan-a
>>> See larger image
* The charade
Front page of reformist Yas-e Now newspaper a day before
the Feb 20 Majlis elections
See >>> Larger
-- Forwarded by P.A.
After more than ten extraordinarily rich and rewarding
years at Human Rights Watch I am leaving the organization.
They have been memorable years and we have been able to achieve
deal together. Human rights are firmly on the agenda in Iran,
and we have played a big part in raising public awareness on the
over the past several years.
I am grateful to all my friends and colleagues
who have supported me in my work. It is hard to leave, and my life
has already been filled
more goodbyes than I ever expected, but I believe that the
time is right
to explore new ways of promoting human rights in Iran and more
in the region.
I am developing new projects directed at local
NGO capacity building in Iran through
a new organization, Partners for
Rights, and I intend to continue to play an active role in
debates about Iran in the months ahead. As usual, these are
times for Iranians.
I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks
* A Shirazi in the "Holy Land"
If you produce electronic music, read this guy's request and help
him if you can >>> Read
His email address is email@example.com
* Do something -- or elese!
This might be an interesting movie to watch. If the
movie motivates you to do something about human rights abuses
across the globe, then you can go to //takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/ and
do the least thing about it which is to let those in power know
that you are
aware of what is happening under their watch and you expect them
to do something about the elimination of these human
right abuses -- or else! And that "else" is
what you can do depending on what belief system you have and
where you live.
Of course, if you are not concerned about human
rights abuse anywhere in the world due to your special circumstance
then please forgive me for taking your valuable time with this
-- Nader Moavenian
* A kiss is NOT just a kiss
i came across this picture a long time ago (saddam & arafat)
and thought of the second one and then immediately saved them both
and then forgot about the whole thing.
it might be outdated but
hard on it damn it, between looking for a good "after" pic
and saving them both and now seeing them again.
so i'm gonna send
them to you anyways. you'll be the judge. and if you find
them magazine material, think of the title too :)
* In this day and age
A couple of weekends ago I
attended a dinner party at a huge hill top mansion in Beverley
Hills which belonged to a 39
year old very successful personal injury attorney in Los Angeles.
the night, the conversation between the men, whom were mostly
physicians and attorneys, was mostly about how much
they were making and how they were using the loopholes in the
law to milk the system (ie. the insurance companies) for as
possible. From what I overheard, it sure sounded like each
one of these gentlemen made over half a million dollars a year.
the conversation turned to real estate. Someone started talking
about his experience with his landlord who happened to
be an Iranian
Jew. In the midst of conversation, someone said " taraf
joohood-e, che entezari daree". After this comment, the
conversation took a turn and became all about Iranian Jews and
how they love
money and how ruthless they are in their dealings.
Weren't you gentlemen talking about money for the past 2 hours?
Aren't you the people who were discussing new
ways to maximize your billings per patients? Didn't one of
you say that Dr. so and so performs surgeries even when they are
not necessary? I guess this doesn't make you money hungry or
I am not a Jew. But hearing comments like these from
of highly educated people in this day and age really made me
Actually sick is a better description. I hope that these people
are not a true representation of our culture and heritage.
* Persian poetry in exile
Call for Persian poetry in exile >>> See here
-- Contact ManaVaLeila@yahoo.com
* Hanooz zoodeh
I got this from someone who thought someone else was trying to
hack his website:
HANOOZ ZOODEH BEKHAY MANO HACK KONI BACHE KOONI
I got an email from a stranger and all it said was:
MAN KOROSH KABIR HASTAM