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Dec 26-29, 2000 / Dey 6-9, 1379


* U.S. elections:
- G.W. Bush, aka Imam Zaman

- Broken record for the Republicans
- Welcome Daryl

* The Iranian:
- Not like Iranians I know


* Prejudice:
- Feeling of being jailed
U.S. elections:
- Misled by Democratic Party
- Typical politician

- Wishful thinking
- National interest
- Where have you been?
- Optimisim in foreign policy
Persia, Iowa:
- First Iranian cowboy
- Worst Muslims

* Censorship:
- Not exercising true journalism
- Thank god for women's freedom

- No monopoly on Iranianness
- Terrorize women if they date other

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December 28, 2000

* G.W. Bush, aka Imam Zaman

It was such a delight to read Dr. Ameli's attack against Clinton and Gore ["Misled by..."]. I foresee a great ambassadorship for the Doctor.

Too bad Clinton and Gore were not in power back in the 70s and 80s otherwise the good doctor would have blamed Watergate, Iranian revolution and the Iran-Contra Affair on the Clinton presidency.

Why doesn't Dr. Ameli come out and say it straight: George W. is the 12th Imam.

Ramin Tabib

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* Broken record for Republicans

Dr. Ameli where in the hell did you get all your info ["Misled by..."]? You must be Rush Limbaugh's number one fan.

You claim to be non-partisan. Holy shit! I wonder what you might have said if you were partisan. The sad thing about your comments is that almost all of them are false. You sound like a broken record for the Republican Party.

Your response would carry a lot more weight if it was not full of subjective and wrong information.

If you know how to really check information, you will realize that even if you did not count the votes in Chicago, Mr. Nixon would've lost the 1962 election, but then again you don't know how, do you?

Aref Eghbalian

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* Welcome Daryl

I read some of the comments about the photo of Ms. Ovissi and her husband ["Drawing the line"]. As usual we are very hot tempered people and go to extremes. While an interracial marriage should not attract this much attention, it is clear that we are still far from there.

First of all let's welcome Daryl to our community. I am sure he will find people that are capable of opening their mind and I am sure once he gets to know the Iranians in person he will see that in spite of obvious prejudice most will be able to overcome their prejudices >>> FULL TEXT


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* Not like Iranians I know

Your site is very nice and thank you for it. But the cover picture looks very little like the Iranians I know or like to know.


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December 27, 2000

* Thank god for women's freedom

In response to Bahram ["Terrorize women..."] and Mr. Yamini ["Iran has seen worse..."]:

Nothing but goodness and love can bring love. Women are just as deserving of love and fulfillment as men are, and everyone on earth should thank god that more and more women have the freedom every day to find love and fulfillment. The more women can love, the more love there is on earth.

I am all for Iranians marrying Iranians, but I resent your defense of these oppressive and chauvinistic cultures in the name of perserving Iranian culture and nation. Your ideas are a disgrace to all Iranian men, to Iranian culture, and to humanity. I'm just waiting anxiously to hear the responses of Iranian men who read The Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

Dokhi Fassihian

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* Typical politician

Mr. Amirahmadi ["Optimism..."] in the typical manner of politicians did not answer one of my questions. His argument for optimism in forgien policy has no substance and does not even mention what effect the terrible events in Palestine and Israel portend.

The fact that we are further away from recognition of Israel than before does not seem to occur to him. I ask Mr. Amirahmadi once again what is he, as president of this American-Iranian Council, going to do about all the setbacks to democracy taking place in our country?

I think a mere acknowledgement of these things would do a lot to win our confidence.

Setareh Sabety-Javid

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* Misled by Democratic Party machine

As a non-partisan 'call it like it is' observer, I am compelled to ask, have you ever heard of the U.S constitution, wherein there is an amendment referring to the Electoral College ["And the winner is..."]. I am disappointed to see that like some people, you have been effected by the misleading and inaccurate statements spread by the Democratic Party machine.

The fact of the matter is that it was the same people like Jesse Jackson and Bill Daley who tried so hard to fix this election by manipulating poor inner-city African Americans, who had never voted before, couldn't care less about Bush or Gore, or the issues, and had no intentions of voting in this election >>> FULL TEXT

Dr. Kambiz Ameli

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* Feeling of being jailed

I went to see your work ["Never to repeat"], on the last day of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo. I really liked it very much. I was very much impressed by the last scene of the tombstone, the temple bell and the AZAN. I couldn't stop crying. It was a beautiful combination >>> FULL TEXT


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December 26, 2000

* Wishful thinking

Here we go again. Mr. Amirahmadi's recent article, "The time is now", with its predictions of an imminent thawing out of the frozen relations between Iran and America, reminds me of the famous quip "Denial is not just a river in Egypt."

Certain Iranian scholars in the American academia who have apparently seen Mr. Khatami's face in the moon, have started anew. Attempts to portray the state of things in a manner which has no basis in reality >>> FULL TEXT

Shahriar Zahedi

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* National interest

I read Dr. Amirahmadi's article ["The time is now"] with much enthusiasm and interest... There are, however, at least two theoretical points in Dr. Amirahmadi's otherwise excellent analytical piece which I think need further discussion.

The first regards his assertion that "Tehran and the Iranian public have come to increasingly realize that working with the U.S. will mean recognizing its global interests and leadership." If this development is true, then I hope it does not imply that Iran is willing or should be willing to subjugate her interests to those of the United States >>> FULL TEXT

Poopak Ta'ati

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* Where have you been?

It is understandable that Mr. Amirahmadi as President of the American Iranian council is eager for better U.S-Iran relations ["The time is now"]. After all most of us who live here would like to see that happen. Most of us were delighted to see Khatami get elected and the parliament turn over to the reformers in what must have been the first true elections held in our country.

But I am shocked to see Mr. Amirahmadi's total blindness to the set backs that have taken place since the parliamentary elections in Iran. 'Dialogue of Civilizations' seems in the face of the shutting of publications and the imprisoning of free thinkers and students to be more an empty promise than ever >>> FULL TEXT

Setareh Sabety-Javid

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* Optimisim in foreign policy

In response to Mrs. Setareh Sabety-Javid's letter, "Where have you been?", I do share your concerns, and your criticisms are noted. However, my article ["The time is now"] focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, not domestic matters...

In the context of domestic politics, however, that phrase and the corresponding idea of "dialogue among Iranians" remain mere propaganda. Again, just like you, I am also disappointed. But unlike many, I was never an optimist about that particular reform process >>> FULL TEXT

Hooshang Amirahmadi

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December 25, 2000


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December 22, 2000

* Worst Muslims

Let's admit it. Wwe Iranians aren't the most obliging Muslims. Out of all the one billion adherents of Islam, Iranians adhere to Islam the least. The majority of us don't pray even once a day let alone five, and most of us drink alcohol...

The Islamic Republic didn't help our faith. It damaged it. If there is another revolution it is very unlikely that the young women of Iran would wear a scarf or chador on their own free will. They view the Islamic Republic as an Islamic state, even though it's not >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Shiraly

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* No monopoly on Iranianness

Mr. Racial Cleanser ["Iran has seen worse throughout history"],

There are those of us who think being Iranian should not have any religious or ethnic or racial criterias. Feeling like one is enough. And certainly no one has a monopoly on the definition of "Iranian".

You can certainly be gay and be Iranian. Certainly our history has had its share of gay and khaajeh personalities. You can also be a Jew or an Armenian and be Iranian. And guess what? You can be a woman and marry a Black man and still be Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

S. Mashadi

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* Terrorize women if they date other races

This controversy about Iranian girls having sex with Negro guys ["Drawing the line"] is a serious problem. Most Iranian girls regret dating these Negros after they do it for a long time and become tainted and rejected by the Iranian guys. It is the surest way for someone to lose his or her racial identity...

Most Iranian girls I've known when I lived in the States were not decent and many of them dated freely with Negros, and all the rest. The real concern I have is that Iranians need to understand that our women need to get terrorized the same way an Arab or a Paki would treat his sister or cousin for dating anyone outside their races >>> FULL TEXT


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* Not exercising true journalism

This is related to Ali Parsa's letter "A lot of hypocrisy". I completely agree with him. He said it all so well. I am very glad that finally someone brought this issue up.

Jahanshah Javid, I do have a lot of respect for you as a person. However, your work as a true journalist, at times is very questionable >>> FULL TEXT

Babak Aminian

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* First Iranian cowboy

I liked your article ["Persia, Iowa"]. It's really a curious coincidence to see a town in U.S. called Persia. It's really a incredible to imagine that a compatriot immigrated to the U.S. in 1882. This is really incredible and heart-warming.

I must note that an area southwest of Paris is also called Persia and the streets are named after the names of Persian cities, like Isfahan, Mashhad, etc... I believe that that the area was inaugurated when some Persian king visited the King of France (Louis XIV?).

But in the case of Persia, Iowa, that really sounds strange and facinating. So this guy was probably the very first Iranian Cowboy.

Darius Kadivar

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