Behroo Bagheri wins 2005 EP art award
March 2005 - Evolving Perceptions (EP) is proud to
offer the only scholarship for Iranian-Americans studying fine
arts in the United States. Since 2001, EP has awarded a $1000 scholarship
In February 2005, the fourth annual Iranian-American
Scholarship was awarded to Behroo Bagheri. She writes in her artist
emphasis in my work is to generate a social narrative, which deals
with the repressed feelings and frustrations of those who have
under gone compelling circumstances in the contemporary Middle
In 1998, Behroo finished law school in Iran, soon
thereafter she decided to move to California. Behroo decided that
would be a more effective tool in exposing the exploitation, corruption
and injustice that she observed and experienced. She shares, “It
was painful to observe my fatherland going down, and not being
able to speak out.” Turning to art, has been a double edge
sword- it’s a respite for her internalizations of the injustices
and corruption she has witnessed, at the same time exploitation
the emotions and experiences.”
Behroo’s works are on-line at absolutearts.com [and
is expanding the scholarship program and is seeking generous
sponsors to donate to the fund. Naming opportunities are available
if interested in honoring family member. If interested in donating
a tax deductible gift to Evolving Perceptions, a 501(c)3 organization,
please contact EP at [email protected] or
Please visit EvolvingPerceptions.com to
find out how to apply to the 2005 scholarship award
* Momeni Foundation scholarship
Eid e Shomaa Mobaarak!
It is my great pleasure to announce that Momeni
Foundation is now
accepting scholarship applications for Year 2005. Last year over
$7,000 were awarded to students of Iranian descent. In
line with our mission, this year we are looking to increase that
With your help we can reach more eligible students throughout the
world. So, please take a moment and forward this note to anyone
who you may think can reach our deserving students.
Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating
high school students and full time college students of Iranian
descent anywhere in the world.
The deadline for receiving applications is June 30th of each
* Mansour Farhang in Berkeley
On the Occasion of the 12 Farvardin: "The
Week of Campaign of Yes to Republic, No to Islamic Republic",
Iranians for a Democratic and Secular Republic in Iran (Northern
California) present: "The Nuclear Program of the Islamic Republic
and the Relations between Iran and
USA" a talk by Dr. Mansour Farhang, Professor of International Relations,
MANSOUR FARHANG has a PH. D. in political science from Claremont Graduate School. Following
the 1979 revolution in Iran, he served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign
ministry and as Iranian ambassador to the United Nations. He resigned his ambassadorship
in protest when his efforts to negotiate the release of the American hostages
in Tehran failed. In the early months of the Iran-Iraq war, he worked with
mediators to settle the war. During this period, he wrote and spoke about the
threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian
revolution. In June 1981, following the violent suppression of political dissidents,
he was forced to leave Iran.
He returned to the United Sates in September 1981 and became a research fellow
and lecturer at Princeton University. Since 1983, he has been teaching international
relations and Middle Eastern politics at Bennington College in Vermont. He
is the co-author of "U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism
of Deference" (Univ. of California, 1987) and the author of "U.S. Imperialism:
From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution" (South End Press,
Currently, he serves on the advisory board of Human
Rights Watch/Middle East and is a designated speaker for the Vermont
council on the Humanities.
Date: Saturday April 2, 2005
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Place: 2050 Valley Life Science Building
of California, Berkeley (Directions/Map)
Suggested Donation: $5.00
For more information: [email protected]
* Persian Google: Nowruz
page carried this logo on
Norooz card by Sadaf
Moe writes: Should
these be sent for Google to notice
Norooz? I don't think the
number those who celebrate Norooz not just in Iran but many other
nations who celebrate the first day of spring.
* Lobby Google for Norooz logo
Dear Fellow Iranians,
Please consider copying and sending the following text to Google
Google, as a premier media with customers of different cultures,
can play a valuable role in promoting cultural awareness and
tolerance across the globe.
One suggestion is to put a small logo with a link to some more
information at the occasion of different new years from different
(as is currently done with Christmas and new year
at Gregorian calendar, when Santa joins Google logo).
For example Chinese new year, a few weeks ago, and Persian new
year, less than a week ahead, are valuable opportunities to let
the global message of Google be heard and appreciated everywhere:
that Google cares about its audience and its customers regardless
of their country of origin, their ethnic background, and their
The number of these occasions is few, but the impact of such
recognition on global image of Google is tremendous. The value
of this initiative is further highlighted in the light of all
tensions between the U.S. and the global community following
the Iraq war.
* Keeping Bazoft's memory alive
From: Sultan Mehrabi
To: Whom it may Concern,
Sub: Farzad Bazoft
Today while checking the news, as I do so daily in the mornings,
I came across
page on the British Broadcasting Corporation. This
page displays events
that occured on March 10th in past years. The event on March 10th 1990
that is covered is the execution
of Farzad Barzoft by the regime of Saddam Hussein. Barzoft was
an Iranian-born British journalist accused of spying for Israel.
I remember this event from when I was 13, in 1990. My father was
following the news of his arrest and execution very closely. The
sentiment was that he was executed for being Iranian and that the
British government had really not gone far enough to fight for
The truth I don't know, but it is a certainty that Barzoft
was doing his job and he was an innocent victim left to die for
doing a good job. His death should be part of the crimes listed
against Saddam in the upcoming trial.
I would really appreciate it if Iranian.com covered his story
and brought Farzad Bazoft to the attention of the many thousands
of Iranians who read the site. I think it is very important
for us to keep his memory alive.
God Bless his soul.
* Bush appoints Goli Ameri to UN
Human Rights Commission
of Goli Ameri, the Iranian-American who ran for Oregon's district
one congressional seat last November, announces that she
is being appointed as one of 3 U.S. delegates to the U.N. Huamn
Rights Commission mtg in Geneva to start next week.
She will be
working under the U.S. ambassador to that commission former Senator
Boschwitz who has been nominated by the
White House for the position of Ambassador to the U.N. Commission
on Human Rights (UNCHR). Senator Boschwitz served in the U.S.
Senate from 1978-1991.
Goli Ameri ran on a republican ticket in an
unsuccessful bid to us-congress with the financial support from
in the U.S. .
Whether this is just an appointment of an ally that
supported President Bush in his re-election, or was made on a political
Iran remain to be seen. Ameri in his campaign however portrayed
herself as someone who had scaped the authoritarian regime and
has found refuge in the U.S., (although she has moved to U.S.
in early 70s and has been back to Iran several times since including
in late 90s). A solid supporter of Bush's war strategy
in Iraq and democracy building in the Middle East, she appears
to support a hawkish approach to Iran(at least during the election
-- Goudarz Eghtedari
* Bay Area Iranians against military intervention
March 19th 2005, marks the 2nd anniversary of the
military occupation of Iraq by the United States. In finding a
united voice against
this bloody occupation and the aggressive course of actions
voiced by the Bush administration against Iran and the Middle East,
ANSWER Coalition has organized a day of protest on Saturday,
As Iranians living in the US in these troubled times,
this march presents us with an opportunity to come together as
to form an Iranian contingent with a united voice against war
and military occupation.
Join the Iranian contingent by locating the following
banners at Dolores Park (18th and Dolores, San Francisco)
Iranians Against Military Intervention And Occupation
U.S. out of the Middle East!
No to U.S. Aggression Against!
Iran's National Sovereignty!
No To Theocracy In Iran!
Date: March 19th 2005
Place: Dolores Park, San Francisco
Time: 11 am
-- Enayat Katouli
* For Googoosh's Jordanian fan (and others)
I read the touching story of the Jordanian gentelman
of emotion"] and thought I
could send him the Arabic song of Googoosh ZOROONI but
on second thought I decided to send it for you and let all your
the song was never released on record. so this tape is RARE and
belongs to a live performance and was among the things that one
relatives recovered from radio iran a few months after the revolution.
-- Shirin Sanjabi
* Judge Mansour Mansouri Ravandi
With my deepest regret and a broken heart I should announce my
Mansouri Ravandi, made a journey to eternity last
night [March 5th]. His loss is most devastating and difficult for
my family and me since he was our beloved father, teacher and best
He was a fine judge who always fought for justice and fairness
for everyone with all his heart and sole in spite of all difficulties.
His love for humanity and justice will always be a guide in our
With his love, wisdom, support and sense of humor he has
thought me so many lessons in life that I will always be devoted
and his memories. His continued support, encouragement and believe
in me has always given me much strength and courage in life to
overcome many obstacles and difficulties. Without him, I would
have never been where I am in my life. I owe him so much...
in peace my dearest, my father. You will always be alive in my
heart and memory.
Farnaz Mansouri Ravandi
March 6, 2005
* Iranian Diaspora Conference
Iranian Alliances Across Borders
7764 Brandeis Way
Springfield, VA 22153
IAAB Opens Registration for Second Annual International Conference
on the Iranian Diaspora
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2005 -- Iranian Alliances Across
Borders (IAAB) announced last week the schedule and opening of
online registration for its 2005 Conference on the Iranian Diaspora,
to be held April 23-24, 2005 at the University of Maryland, College
The conference, which will be hosted by the Iranian Students'
Foundation of the University of Maryland and sponsored by the University's
Center for Persian Studies, will bring together scholars, journalists,
politicians, artists, young professionals, activists, lawyers,
NGO leaders, and students from across the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, and Iran to address issues relating to the
international Iranian diaspora community.
Building on the stimulating discussions and pivotal issues raised
during the 2004 International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora,
the 2005 Conference presentations will address questions such as:
How do we express, and thus reconcile, our immigrant experiences
in our new societies? What issues do we face as hyphenated Iranians
in a post-September 11th world, and what are we doing about the
infringements placed upon our civil liberties? In what ways are
members of the second-generation acting as a bridge between Iran
and the Western societies in which they now live? What issues
does the second-generation face in terms of sexuality, gender relations,
dating/marriage, and ethno-religious identity? How important
(and should be) the knowledge of the Persian language for the
second-generation? How do we fit and place ourselves on America's
Additionally, the conference will be enriched by an on-going
art exhibit displaying works by members of the diaspora, and performances
by members of the Iranian-American community. On Saturday night,
highly-acclaimed comedian Maz Jobrani will perform at Dream Nightclub
in Washington, D.C., followed by a band and D.J. performance. This
event is open to all conference participants as well as to the
Washington, D.C. community at large. Tickets for this event will
be sold separately.
To find more information, registration forms, and a complete
schedule of speakers and events, please visit IAAB's website, IranianAlliances.org,
at or contact us at [email protected] .
All are encouraged to attend, but please note that registration
is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.
-- Amy Malek
* Anthology: Contemporary women poets
The rich poetic heritage of Persians has throughout
history enabled them to be notable in the literary world. However,
the voice has often been of the male Iranian poets. With The
Poetry of Iranian Women: A Contemporary Anthology, I intend to present
the works by some of the most invisible yet most interesting groups
in the world poetry circle. To learn more about the project please
visit PoetryOfIranianWomen.com .The
money earned from the first publication of the book will go to
the Breast Cancer Foundation.
The deadline is March 25th 2005. For your submissions and/or further
information please contact me at [email protected]
-- Sheema Kalbasi,
* The Whale and the Watermelon
My book has finally
been published under the name The
Whale and the Watermelon.
I have also put together a slide
show of the book. The slide show
was narrated by my daughter Yara, when she was 6-years old.