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Jan 22-26, 2001 / Bahman 3-7, 1379

Today

* Monarchy:
- Monarchy not archaic

- One more wake-up call
- Never claimed to be...
- Give him a chance

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* Photo:
- My Iranbian of the day

* Work:
- My father wants to volunteer
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dAyi Hamid:
- Write more often
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Googoosh:
- Rude
- Product of Shah era
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Women:
- Offending chadoris
- Fashion show for mafia boys?
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Art:
- Very rich, elegant
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Marriage:
- Fat but rich
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Politics:
- Dictators & taryaakis

* Identity:
- Let me go to Iran
- Rootless, but worldly
- Don't miss Islamic Iran
- Weeding out the weak

* The Iranian:
- Hung and stuffed with The Iranian Times

- Things I didn't get from my husband


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Friday,
January 26, 2001

* Monarchy not archaic

Read your editorial with mixed feelings and hope it will generate a decent debate ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. But you made one error. Dr Mossadeq stood for a constitutional monarchy - being a Qajar aristocrate and a conservative politician he never sought to declare a republic. His fallout with the Shah was purely personal and oil-related...

As for the monarchy as a form of system I for one do not see it as archaic writing from London where the country this summer will be celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. In Spain the restoration of Juan Carlos was not seen as backward after the dictatorship of Franco and in Bahrain and Afghanistan talk of a return to monarchy is on quite a few lips >>> FULL TEXT

Cyrus Kadivar

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* One more wake-up call

FLASH -- Now the Russians are poised to sell the Mollas $7 billion in weapons.

FLASH-- The political / economic scene in Iran has become so ludicrous that even the "Young Shah" has emerged from the basement disco-bunker he has lived in for the past 20 years to declare a return to the monarchy as the road to democracy and prosperity for Iran ["Citizen Pahlavi"] >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Sam

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* Never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi

This is in response to your editorial ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Reza Pahlavi never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi. He has always stated his view, as a responsible citizen. He has never proposed different; his goal is for people to decide, even if they decide against his inherited monarchy >>> FULL TEXT

S.B.

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* Give him a chance

This is my opinion about the editorial comments ["Citizen Pahlavi"]: It is true that at this time and age nobody is willing to go back to the monarchy, but between all the opposition forces which talk about changes for IRAN, Reza Pahlavi is the only one with the education and training for running the country .

The Mojahedin Khalq are the same as the Islamic Republic except they are not wearing the turban. Why don't we give Reza Pahlavi a chance for one or two years, see what he can do. We have put up with this regime for 20 years.

Sherry

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Thursday
January 25, 2001

* Offending chadoris

I read your opinion on the chador and those wearing it in Iran ["Those eyes"]. What Saman, the cartoonist, and you should bear in mind is that there have been women wearing chador prior to the revolution, and are yet those who do so regardless of any political mode.

Your comment is an obvious violation of women's rights and could well be offending to those who genuinely believe in wearing the chador as a tradition or means of reflecting their religious beliefs.

Abdy

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* Let me go to Iran

In response to "Hell no", I have to agree in some ways with the author. I am a young Iranian living in the U.S. and I cannot stand it. Unfortuanatley I have never been to Iran, but that does not mean I do not want to go there. I have probably asked my parents every day to let me go. If you think it was hard growing up Iranian in Europe, try growing up Iranian in the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT

Maral

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* My Iranbian of the day

My Iranian of the day is ALL my fellow countrymen worldwide, specially those who still live in Iran, despite all the difficulties and problems -- problems which we left behind, but they face every single day. They manage to make a living and make us proud.

I would like to kiss the ground they walk on. I am sorry but I don't have any pictures to send with this letter so I hope you can find an appropriate picture for my Iranian of the day nominee.

Babak Nikain

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* My father wants to volunteer

I am writing to you on behalf of my 64-year-old Iranian father. He is retired and has spent the last twenty years living in Manhatten -- New York City.

I was wandering if any business or organization catering to the Iranian community in New York City, Long Island or New Jersey require volunteers to help out with anything.

My father speaks English, is healthy, and willing to do almost anything. He does not require any salary. He just wants to volunteer his time to anybody who needs it.

If you are intersted or know anybody who is and or if you have any questions please contact me at 212-3585997 or e-mail [email protected]

Ali Kravis

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Wednesday
January 24, 2001

* Rootless, but worldly

Regarding "Hell no" by Babak Nikain, Why such despair? I have met and known many people who have lived between cultures. Mainly, they have either been the children of immigrants or the children of families whose livelihood took them across the globe (be it business, government, etc.) Hands down, I think they are richer human beings because of it - in spite of being rootless. Rarely have I met one of these "tweeners" or "global nomads" who wasn't extremely sophisticated, kind, open-minded, sincere, inteligent and, of course, worldly >>> FULL TEXT

Gabrielle Sanseverino

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* Don't miss Islamic Iran

It is refreshing to hear your patriotic view of Iran ["Hell no"]. However, for those of you who haven't really experienced life in the Islamic era, Iran is no place for anyone with ambition, dreams and desire for success. I speak of personal experience which is shared by millions of my fellow Iranians...

When you live in the Islamic Iran, you will then understand the humiliating aspects of ones livelihood in Iran. There is so much I can tell you about Iran, but I will leave it up to you to experience them for yourself. Make a visit to Iran and visit everything not just the history, but the present >>> FULL TEXT

Sheila K

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* Write more often

I have always read dAyi Hamid's articles and enjoyed them since they all have some grains of truth in them. But this most recent one ["Man naboodam dastam bood..."] beautifully describes the irony that ALL Iranians are facing today.

The solution is to have articles like this more often written and circulated to EVERY IRANIAN in the world and make them think a little bit about their predicament today and learn to be RESPONSIBLE for their messy situation they are in and do not complain about others >>> FULL TEXT

Amoo Ali

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* Rude

Excuse my language but you seem to be rude as well as illiterate ["Googooshgate"]. Because for us, the suppressed women in Iran, Googoosh is not only a real artist, but a symbol. A symbol of all the good things that we are deprived of.

Her private life shows the world how Iranian women are treated in a traditional, fanatic country, and her public life shows that the Islamic regime cannot tolerate beauty, style, art and everything.

Sorry for you because you seem to be too busy making fun of everybody that you forget to have respect for the idols of the young.

J. Jalali

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Tuesday
January 23, 2001

* Very rich, elegant

Laleh Mizani's paintings are some of the most interesting art works you have ever featured ["Something missing"]. My eyes just don't want to stop looking. The deeper I look, the further away the bottom seems. Very, very rich and elegant work.

Yasmine Rafii

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* Weeding out the weak

Babak, brother you are a warrior at heart ["Hell no"]... I understand your objection toward those who do not have the strength to prevent the faltering of their Iranian identity. But that's not such a bad thing you understand, for we need this "weeding out the weak" process in order to ultimately advance and strengthen our nation. We want them to deny their heritage. Because if they don't have the strength to love nor to stay loyal, they are of no value. In fact they may be detrimental to the future of Iran. They belong AWAY from Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Reza

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* Fashion show for mafia boys?

After seeing a photo of a huge advertising banner of a fashion show on a wall on one of Tehran's streets, and another photo of the entrance to the show's premises with few not-hip-at-all guys selling tickets to the women-only show, and with an attendance of 16,000 women under one roof, I have a hard time believing that this show would have a go without the mafia boys profiting from it. Just like behind Googoosh's scene.

Openness for the sake of the people, or openness for the sake of "nezaam" opportunists?

Hamid Agerolo
Toronto

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* Googoosh product of Shah era

For me Googoosh is a "product" of the Shah's era (and I don't think I am being unrespectful when I claim this) as many artists of that time she was totally eclipsed for more than 20 years, and I just hope that as much as her undeniable talent has surfaced, after 20 years of exile that the truth will also surface, concerning her life before and after the revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Darius Kadivar

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Monday
January 22, 2001

* Dictators & taryaakis

Dictators have a way of lasting a long time ["What rule of law?"]. And the reformists are taryaakis; better at writting than doing. Like the rest of us. But let us hope that more repression leads to constructive anger. This is the kind of features you should write more often. Barikalaah.

S. Mashadi

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* Fat but rich

I kept reading ["Marrying me"] and waiting to see why she married him. Finally it came: "I drive a nice car, have a good salary..." Enough said!

MJF

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* Hung and stuffed with The Iranian Times

Thanks for printing this ["Please stop"]. I had a good laugh on a dreary monday morning.

I'm sure once I sober up I'll feel really down at the fact that some people can be really stupid and have the intelligence of cockroaches to write something like what they have written. I am of course talking about the rude responses to being taken of your list, not the polite ones.

I especially feel the one who wrote in Farsi should be taken to a dungeon, hung, drawn and quartered and stuffed with printouts of The Iranian Times so he (or she) doesn't come up with disgusting language like that again.

I, for one, applaud the efforts of The Iranian Times and I'd just like to say, keep it up, we are not all ignorant idiots out there.

L.Dahesh

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* Things I didn't get from my husband

THANK YOU! What a wonderful web site. So much information on many things I wanted to know but my husband is not very detailed.

But from reading your site your direct and honest information has help me understand many things.

I am also a blonde. I still stand out in a Persian group but was always welcome. Thanks again!

T.J.

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