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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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April 10-14, 2000 / Farvardin 22-26, 1379


* Politics:
- Khatami & Nouri are not the answer

- You owe me
* The Iranian:
- Do it right!!!


* Oil:
- Amr-e digehee neest?
- Rules of the game

- Jalal khaalegh!
- High & low art

- Iran's John Wayne
- Trashy escapist films

- Acknowledging Pop icons
* Salar Abdoh:
- It's riveting! But...
Reza Abdoh:
- Condemning here and there
- Feminazi

* Iran-U.S.:
- Compensation, one way or another

* April fools.:
- Escrew you

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April 14, 2000

* Khatami & Nouri are not the answer

Notes on Mr Abdy Hashemi's "Final destination: Democracy":

I do have big misgivings about "Hojjat-o-eslam" Khatami due to his clerical training and the fact that he has been raised within the current system (and "aaghebat gorg zaadeh gorg shavad garcheh baa aadami bozorg shavad") and I hold him personally responsible for the atrocities committed by the present regime. However, I am still prepared to give him the benefit of doubt and reserve my final judgment on his performance after possibly his second term when he would have had the opportunity of taking advantage of the newly elected "reformist" members of the parliament. I also reserve my judgment on the Mr Hashemi's assertion about "fantastic transition to a near-total civilian rule" supposedly being achieved under his "leadership" (if the word really applies to what is going on in Iran).

I have no argument about Mr Hashemi's statement that "the Shah and his puppets ..... believed in the total eradication of opponents". Although I would like to know who does he refer to as Shah's puppets and where does Khatami stand in this analysis. Should we consider him a Rafsanjani's or Khamenei's puppet by the same decree? As far as I am concerned the "revolution" replaced one tyrant with another one, albeit several times more vicious and fierce >>> FULL TEXT

Jamshid Entesari

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* You owe me

I am a young student, and I was born in Iran. The politics of the region has always fascinated me. Right now as I was reading these comments I cant believe what I see in despair and in the sentiment of "let sleeping dogs sleep".

I would like to point out to the older generation that you owe me and the rest of my generation , including the student demonstrators, an explanation. I was raised in an affluent family and all they ever talk about is the money that was lost not democracy.

You the former rulers and the former teachers, need to explain to me why I should be terrified to visit my country of birth. Yes the West was involved; Russia, England, and the U.S. were involved -- but only because we let them get involved. You let them get involved.

And please don't sit in your armchairs across the world and tell me to let sleeping dogs sleep. Let's find out about our past and then we can talk about from now on. We cannot fix a machine when we don't know where it is broken.

Sahar Nahrvar

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* Do it right!!!

Why can't you get all the junk out [of the Registration page] and put all the interesting and up to date stuff in the front - in the beginning so we don't have to go through all this mess to find something? Do it right!!! Can't we get it right in this country [U.S.] either??!!

Mariam Nahavandi

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April 13, 2000

* Amr-e digehee neest?

I think you should all go back to Iran and make our gas cheaper [in America]!

Tim Owens

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* Rules of the game

Dear Mr. D, I am so sorry for what has happened to you in our country. The problem of "Nosy relatives" and jealousy in our society, even among Iranian Americans, is too obvious to be ignored. However from what you wrote in your article, I believe the main person to be blamed is "Mr. D":

1) You read an article and went to Iran to get some "Real Iranian girls" who in this case are apparently the virgin ones. I spent most of my life in Iran and I want you to know having a hymen doesn't necessarily mean you are a virgin. As you know we have few different types of sex .

2) The "cat and mouse" game of finding a partner is not something specific to Iran. No matter where you are in this world, when you want to approach a potential partner you need to know the rules of the game. One of the most important rules is that you should control you emotions >>> FULL TEXT

Faramarz Kaviani

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* Jalal khaalegh!

I am writing regarding the article "Nosy relatives". from what I understood, this dude is just 24 years old and he decides to get married on his first trip to Iran since his birth! Jalal khaalegh! Of course this is my opinion but, hey dude! you are too young to get married in such short period of time!

As we all know if you let families and friends get involved in your life, they will do it without any hesitation. But what is important is making everyone mind their own business and at the same time, not making sure they don't get offended by your direct statements.

Also, keep informing them about what your opinions are without offending anyone. Also, I believe the bride should have done something to help, if she was interested! Remember that you are the one who separates the borders around you. Eradatmand dude-e depressed and alone.

Alireza Abouhossein

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April 12, 2000

* High & low art

Mr. Vakili's commentary just reminded me of an argument I have been having with my fellow Iranians precisely about the dichotomy (as he appropriately put it) between high art and low "mobtazal" art. Allow me to expand on his piece since even though he touched on all subject matters: "Culture is a living organism, making its own rules as it goes through history."

Progress is made with freedom to explore in all direction. Picture water flowing down an unpaved slope. It will fill in the lower parts which are ready to accept it and eventually flow to higher grounds. This is a rule of nature.

This reminds me for some reason of another rule: Thesis and antitheses both have to be present to result in a healthy synthesis- of innovations and of creativity. All elements that are in existance constitute the framework of art- of real art not idealistic art. So if we overrule any part of our culture, will we just fail to understand it.

Real art is non-existant without deep understanding of your culture and society. There is a lot more that can be said...

Kasra A. Ebrahimi

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* Iran's John Wayne

I read through your essay about Fardin ["Farewell to Fardin"]. I agree with you. Reading news about Fardin's death, I am sure that all Iranians have some feelings for Fardin. After all, he entertained us for more than four decades.

We all grew up with him and his fame. He was our hero. As one newspaper said, Fardin was the "John Wayne of Iran." As a kid, I used to keep an album full of Fardin's pictures. Now, I have a limited collection of his movies and am looking for the ones I do not have.

Mahmoud Asadi

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* It's riveting! But...

I read Salar Abdoh's recent novel, The Poet Game ["No freedom fighters"]. As an avid reader of literature, and especially thrillers, I must say that I was pretty amazed by this fellow Iranian's dexterity and writing power. He has entered an arena few of us have entered before.

But I have a problem with something: why does a writer this good have to cast Middle Easterners in the guise of terrorists and whatnot? Why doesn't Salar Abdoh use his considerable talent to promote Iranian culture at its best?

I hope it doesn't sound as if I'm trying to tell this writer what he should write about. But then again, maybe I am. I think Mr. Abdoh has a duty as a professional to cast his compatriots in the best form possible.

Aside from that, I highly recommend it... it's riveting!

Farhad Bani

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April 11, 2000

    * Condemning here and there

In 1991, I watched a play by Reza Abdoh in the Theatre Center of Los Angeles ["Passion player"]. I had been a fan of Abdoh without having seen any of his plays. I had been a fan because I had read about his plays and his stage acts filled with anger, violence and sarcasm: visions that assaulted viewers' senses like machine guns spraying card board boxes. To me he was the epitome of non-conformist Iranians, the very end of spectrum where none of us Iranians dare to trespass...

In my opinion, Abdoh was a man who was both immensely talented and exaggeratedly angry, and he was combining both into a condemnation of both the culture he was born in and the one he lived in. He would have been an immense influence on others, especially Iranians abroad, had he lived long enough to deliver his full potential into maturity. But with his life cut short, he remains a wonder and a lamented figure like Sadeq Hedayat was, and I think Abdoh was Hedayat re-incarnated >>> FULL TEXT

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* Compensation, one way or another

I disagree with your article on the unconditional release of Iran's assets by the United States, by virtue of the simple fact that in many instances such an act would trample the only chance victims of misbehavior of Iran's government might have to be compensated for damages within a semi-civilized context ["Getting down to business"].

As an example, for no apparant reason and subject to an arbitrary ruling by a Revolutionary Court judge in Esfahan in 1979 (Omid Najafabadi, who was subsequently executed in 1988 for being "corrupt on earth" and a homosexual) my family had all of its assets -- composed mainly of improved land- our main occupation being initially farming and subsequently land development on a large scale about the suburbs of Esfahan -- confiscated and turned over to the Bonyad Mostazafan...

As the Iranian judicial system seems intent on perpetuating this injustice, I feel that it is well within my rights to seek redress against the Iranian government and nation in a venue where my rights will be respected and some form of justice exists. If that venue is the United States, and if Iran's frozen assets are available to compensate me and my family for those damages, then I and my family should be given access to that venue and to those assets >>> FULL TEXT

Hamid Boroumand

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* Feminazi

This recent letter by Ms. Banfsheh Zand is just another view by some typically anti-this group or that group. And I am tirelessly perturbed by people like her who try desperately to make themselves feel self-righteous and justified in "being disgusted" by the freely-expressed opinions of others whom she so indignantly condemns and hypersensitively criticizes with such prejudicial generalization!...

And you better watch out if you disagree with her high-handed opinions for ye shall be ostracized and terrorized by name-calling and underhanded "generalizations"! The attempt to say that "there is something inherently negative" in a certain culture, is in and of it self inherently negative, prejudicial and childish! This simply is the wannabe-campus feminazi-political correctness which had imposed it's profundity on the U.S educational system since the 60's!>>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Raafat

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April 10, 2000

* Trashy escapist films

In reference to "Farewell to Fardin", in two words: Total rubbish!

The writer of your pompous obituary on Fardin is clearly ignorant of everything about cinema. Fardin never wrote the screen plays of any film, never directed any film, never edited any film and never produced any film.

He played in films under the directorial efforts and schemes of the film makers, in his case mostly Siamak Yassemi. Therefore you cannot say "Fardin's Cinema". Very unfortunately the films he played in were escapist films of the worst kind...

Fardin seems to have been a simple, likeable person, a wrestler with good looks who was used by a certain type of film producers alien to social and artistic aims, who were riding on the crest of the incoming wave of economical ease and the dream and expectation of an affluent life, all in tune with the superficial state of things and the official propaganda of the time >>> FULL TEXT

Ashraf Esfandiary

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* Acknowledging Pop icons

I just read quite an angry letter about "Farewell to Fardin". I guess the author of the article on Fardin was right in pointing out that, "to most Iranian intellectuals [Fardin] remained an over-rated actor who represented a commercial cinema that was an embarrassment to our national identity." ...

The article did not call Fardin a good or even a mediocre actor. Nor did it praise his directorial talents. But every culture has its heroes and icons. A healthy culture is one that acknowledges such individuals and tries to live with them...

I am not concerned with the quality of Fardin's work. But you may find it interesting that Fardin acted in fifty-seven films, directed eleven of them, wrote the script for five pictures and produced seven...

For over twenty years we tried to isolate our pop icons; turning Fardin into a carpet shop owner. And yet on Saturday the whole city of Tehran was out to say goodbye to Fardin at his funeral >>> FULL TEXT

Khosrow Vakili

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* Escrew you

Still some people don't get the joke about Albright ["Albright in Tehran"]. Surely the Third-World mentality is still within them therefore they haven't reached cultural maturity yet. Or, they just got off the boat with pronunciations like :"Espoon, Espagetti, Eski, Estay, Estop, I vant, or I vill." give them a few more years; they will learn two things: how to talk and have sense of humor.

Naseem Baharie

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