By Sadaf Kiani Abbassian
March 13, 2001
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The hell with romance
Persian men can't even spell "romantic"
By Siamack Baniameri
March 13, 2001
Reflecting on my detestable Valentine's Day a few weeks ago, it occurred
to me -- I hate Valentine's Day. I don't know the first thing about being
romantic. I'm a Persian man after all. Persian men can't even spell "romantic".
I mean, come on. Who are you kidding? Be a man and admit it. Acting romantic
is not included in our Persian package. The romantic section of our brain
has been held hostage by our sex drive. The hell with romance. Let's just
get it on. The way we real Persian men see it, romance is for sissies.
We skip the appetizer and go straight to the main dish >>>
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Some political prisoners freed
BBC Persian Service
Ten of the political activists of the National-Religious Coalition who
were arrested on Sunday, were released today. Meanwhile, 152 MPs wrote
an open letter to the nation asking the Judiciary to explain its legal
justifications for these arrests. Pooneh Afshar asks Marzieh Mortazi Langroodi,
who was in detention, about those who have been freed >>>
Iranian Cinema: Expressions of a Country's Soul
By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
March 11, 2001
Iran's cinema is a world unto itself, the most creative expression of
the country's imagination, so much so that it has earned a reputation as
one of the most vibrant and prolific cinemas in the world. As filmmakers
scoop up more and more prizes at international festivals, filmmaking has
become one of the most popular professions for young people in Iran >>> FULL
Terence O'Donnell, writer, noted historian, dies at
Former colleagues praise the skill and insight the Portland
native exhibited in books about Oregon, Iran and other subjects
By Harry Esteve
Tuesday, March 13, 2001
Terence O'Donnell He was perhaps best known for his 1980 book "Garden
of the Brave in War: Recollections of Iran," which chronicled his
15 years living and working in the Middle Eastern country >>>
Savage bastards, II
The Taliban had promised to destroy the 2000-year-old statue of Buddha
in Afghanistan's Bamiyan province. They have kept their word as you would
expect from the savage creeps that they are >>>
Thanks to SM
* Very poor choice
Naghmeh writes: I have always liked
iranian.com but the choice for your cover
picture was very poor. How will a man doing drugs benefit your site?
It is unbelievable how Iranians come to U.S. and forget about all their
values. I am very disappointed, and I think people hide behind their freedom
of choice a bit too much. They say and do whatever they want in the name
Of course, I, too have a choice of not looking at the picture, but as
an Iranian, as a mother and a woman, I still think your choice of putting
that picture for your welcome page was very poor.
* Anti-Iranian Americans
writes: In his article ["America,
welcome"], Ron Wurzer managed to rehash all the usual complaints
and stereotypes about Iran and Iranians. The point is, I've lived in America
all my life. As an Iranian-American, I can tell you one thing for sure:
despite the "hundreds of thousands" you saw chanting anti-American
slogans in Tehran, i guarantee you the level of anti-Iranian animosity
among American politicians and the American public still far exceeds the
sum total of anti-American sentiment in Iran >>>
* Where are the Persians?
It sounds like disagreement is a more powerful incentive than agreement
or it's that way in our culture. I happen to understand and completely
agree with G. Motamedi's view on the insanity that was behind Reza shah's
decision about asking other countries to say Persia instead of Iran ["Bring
I don't understand why those who introduce themselves as Persian and
not Iranian don't send a letter! I personally witness everyday that more
than ninety percent of our people introduce themselves as Persian and not
Iranian! I don't need anybody to agree or disagree with me on this because
I see it everyday for myself >>>
* Freedom fighter
writes: I agree with the tittle of this feature: "Missing
the point"! Iraj Mirza was living in the era that had no Internet,
no media, no printed books, (at lest not anything in Farsi or very hard
The problem is that everyone has a different perception of the world
according to his or her personal experiences. So if a man gets to the point
that he knows literature and has a deep perception then I understand why
he uses harsh language. To me he is a freedom fighter and I salute him.
leader speaking in Wshington DC
Translation of today's poem by Zara
Look at her dark hair, her grace as she stands.
Think of the sweetness of those ruby lips.
"Your kiss for alms," I begged, "for goodness' sake."
She turned, laughed: "Think what a profit you'd make!"
* Also see more Rumi
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
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The Smithsonian's Natural History Museum is home to this
rich collection of anthropological artifacts, documents, and exhibits. Camping
with the Sioux presents the 1881 diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher in the
Based on my extensive research, Persian men get easily insulted. Being
romantic requires thick skin. You have to endure insults, slaps, humiliation,
abuse, pain, etc. We have egos that rival the Titanic. It's big, slow, clumsy,
and it sinks down to the bottom in minutes. Genetically speaking, our Persianity
does not allow us to be romantic. We are way too selfish. Being romantic
requires caring and sacrifice, things most of us don't care much about.
It's hard work. It requires discipline and persistence. Screw it. Give me
my hot tea, my afternoon nap and I'm a happy man.
-- Siamack Baniameri
hell with romance
March 13, 2001
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