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Naïve Noam
Imagine ceding moral high ground to the neo-cons
August 2, 2007

Taste of censorship
It is still not too late for Iranian film-makers to shoot off a few letters in defense of Marjane Satrapi
July 7, 2007

North-South divide
The well-to-do of Tehran take time off and head to the segregated beaches of the north
June 6, 2007

A smack around the face with a baseball bat would have been less numbing
April 25, 2007

Checking out
In my coffin I want you to place a double-double burger from In-N-Out -- “animal style”
April 18, 2007

Generation skip
Videos and photo essay: Peyvand Khorsandi and Kiosk lift and rock Berkeley audience
Jahanshah Javid
April 17, 2007

Mind the map
When baldness occurs in the shape of somewhere that might be bombed
March 25, 2007

A short film
March 16, 2007

Diary of a UK asylum speaker
March 6, 2007

The brave blogger
If the Martians attack Iran I will go back and fight
March 2, 2007

The case for fish
A meditation
March 1, 2007

A Thanksgiving message
After Mostafa Tabatabainejad was ejected from UCLA library using a Taser-gun on 14 November 2006
December 8, 2006

Best, of the worst
October 29, 2006

First Iranian Flash Gordon
Iranians respond to Anousheh Ansari's weblog
October 1, 2006

Fast-forward man
Interview with Jim Muir, who has reported from the Middle East for more than 20 years
September 26, 2006

An Iranian week
Ahmadinejad, Khatami, Ansari to Ganji...
September 21, 2006

Mac friendly
Nazanine Moshiri, newscaster, ITN, London
September 13, 2006

From 30 to 63 in five years
Reflections on 9/11
September 11, 2006

The plumber
No sex and the city
September 7, 2006

No sex and the city
Sixty pounds for a bottle of grapes and this is what you get
September 2, 2006

The great library
– a dialogue
August 24, 2006

Dabashi on picnics
Peyvand Khorsandi talks to Columbia University professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature Hamid Dabashi about picnics
August 22, 2006

Calm amid the storm
Middle East expert Hossein Shahidi responds to six questions about Israel’s conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah and the prospect of war with Iran
July 20, 2006

Better days in Bombay
P hoto essay: A trip to Bombay (now Mumbai)
July 14, 2006

Pulp lies
In a visual culture, nothing short of video evidence will force some columnists to abandon their lies
June 18, 2006

The foot and I
One day, my left foot refused to support my weight any longer
April 14, 2006

Mr Eshraghi
Sohrab Eshraghi taxed our tips
March 28, 2006

Persian letters
Marjan & Atta
March 20, 2006

The sentence
Short story
March 1, 2006

Two men in London pub
I'm from Iran. That's where I am from. Persia.
February 25, 2006

Root of all the world's troubles
February 14, 2006
What is nuclear ambition? In the conventional sense, “what” is a word that one puts in a sentence. Of course, the same can be said of most other words - such as most, other and words - and indeed “and”; and while we're at it “indeed”.
But “what” in conventional usage tends to precipitate inquiry, whereas other words mean what they say. To “What is the meaning of 'what'?” the listener might respond: “I don't know what you mean.” 
It is clearly the word “what” and not religion that is the root of all the world's troubles.

My lost friend
February 10, 2006
Up a mountain, I saw a goat. I said: “Goat, will you be my friend?” The goat said no.
Then I saw a donkey. I said: “Donkey, will you be my friend?” No, said the Donkey.
I looked to the sky and said: “Clouds, will you be my friend?” It started pissing down.
Then came a Republican. He said: “Hey. I'll be your friend.”
I said: “Get lost, mate.”

How to suppress a bus strike
Make imprisoned leaders draw cartoons satirising the Holocaust. Invite BBC Persian to report on winner
February 8, 2006

Short fuse
February 6, 2006
Self-congratulatory “secular' columnists have rushed to attack “Muslim” reaction to a few piss-poor cartoons in the Danish press. One on this site is prepared to die to defend freedom of speech, while writing under a pseudonym! Firstly, those who burn down embassies do not represent all Muslims. It is moronic to present Islam as a unified entity, as the press is doing -- and Iranian bloggers, of whatever political hue should know better.

Secondly, in a world where any critic of Israel risks being branded as “anti-semitic”, aggrieved Muslims have a case for double standards. It is a fact that you will not see generalisations made about Muslims and Arabs, in the media applying to any other people with such frequency. Should the cartoonist have drawn a picture of the prophet's turban as a bomb? Of course, but using wit -- something the cartoonist lacked -- he could have drawn one that didn't actually go off.

As for the braying mobs, someone should say to them, badbakhtaa bereen be kaaretoon bereseen, na be kaarton!

Nazi and the cleric
February 3, 2006
Nick Griffin, fuhrer of the British National[-Socialist] Party, was cleared yesterday of inciting racial hatred. The prosecution had presented footage taken by a BBC journalist where he had slammed Islam in a small pub meeting as a religion that proliferates using rape - nothing wrong with that, it's his job. Yet the Beeb continues to refer to the BNP as “far right” rather than Nazi - do its news producers dispute fact that the BNP is a Nazi organisation? This might explain why the broadcaster was so surprised by Griffin's frankly mild rants about Muslims.

Meanwhile, an Islamo-fascist called Abu Hamza awaits the jury's verdict for soliciting others to murder Jews. The press have got it right by portraying Hamza as a nutter - not too difficult with his hook for a hand. But Griffin, with his Newsnight slots is becoming more and more the respectable politician - and he's not even an MP. Observe similarities: Both men defend freedom of speech, are in their mid-forties, hate on a professional basis -and have one eye. Yet one tends to get off the hook more.

ALI catches sight of plaque on coffin and starts to cry
January 25, 2006

Blog, blog and away
It's incredible, there are more blogs than there are Iranians
Decembe 29, 2005

President Kong
King Kong focuses on the mind of one man and his fraught relations with the West: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
October 28, 2005

Every morning Sarah
The other week, late at night, two boys standing on a porch threw a stone that hit the back of my skull. I wonder if that stone ended up any the wiser.
October 28, 2005

The drink
The Iranian in me kicked in at a pub
October 4, 2005

The late potato
At five in the morning Mr Potato woke up in a sweat
August 23, 2005

Palestinians look on, as the sulking Zionists roll up their rugs
August 17, 2005

Stop press
Niger offers citizenship to Ganji
August 2, 2005

Summer sneeze
Execution is an effective cure
August 1, 2005

On Live8
July 29, 2005

Birthday letters
A tribute
July 28, 2005

Shooteh bad
Lessons in Persian II
July 24, 2005

The President and Akbar Ganji
Khatami has ordered an investigation into the sheer variety of Persian dishes of which Ganji has been deprived
By Hadi KhorsandI
Translated by Peyvand Khorsandi
July 21, 2005

Growing weaker
Amir Reza Koohestani's play in London's Royal Court
July 21, 2005

Jacket over a cross
The jottings of Ali Mashangian
July 16, 2005

Against the grain
Aggressive interruption of unpopular views
July 12, 2005

Waiting for Hasan
Asylum speakers news, a radio sketch show in progress
May 11, 2005

From the edge
Asylum speakers news, a radio sketch show in progress
May 10, 2005

Asylum speakers
A radio sketch show in progress
May 9, 2005

A Flamenco lesson for Michael Howard
Persian Jew condemns British Conservative leader's emigration policies
April 20, 2005

The phone with no ring
Satanic communication
April 13, 2005

Palestinians are key
In response to Hossein Derakhshan
April 11, 2005

Tarzan among apes
Farhad Hakimzadeh and his Iran Heritage Foundation
April 9, 2005

Peanuts and pistachios
Another Iranian-American woman; another book
April 2, 2005

Heritage shmeritage
‘Preserving’ Iranian culture
March 25, 2005

Blair, death and Dignity
Who, one wonders, is really in the business of death?
March 14, 2005

There are some things you just don’t say
March 8, 2005

Beg to differ
Aghdashloo vs. Googoosh
March 3, 2005

My luck with women
February 24, 2005

Which children of the revolution?
February 24, 2005

Letter from the tropics
December 31, 2004

Six feet under
August 26, 2004

Little Red Riding Iraqi
“Blood? Hey! You’re not Aunt Zeinab. Those aren’t her dentures.”
August 23, 2004

Saturday school
Lessons in Persian
July 21, 2004

Behind the rope
London club
July 20, 2004

Moore Shrek
Two films
July 12, 2004

Hasan Jones's Diary
A day in London
July 6, 2004

The uses of zereshk
July 1, 2004

Rightly arrested
At least detained British soldiers in Iran weren't wearing orange suits and chains
June 25, 2004

Charlatan cinema
Makhmalbaf's "Kandahar"
June 4, 2004

The Ostrich
On the Israeli assault on Rafah refugee camp in Gaza
May 25, 2004

Walking to the side
A day of protest
May 23, 2004

Pax Americana
One year after the Iraq occupation
March 17, 2004

It's reigning women
What a year for Iranian women
February 27, 2004

Reverse extremism
France, it seems, has adopted an opposite extreme of intolerance to that enforced by the mullahs in Iran
February 16, 2004

Hatred for all things Islamic
Socialism in bed with capitalism
February 4, 2004

Nigger with a badge
December 24, 2003

Political quotes
December 9, 2003

The occasional diary of Ali Ziba
Naughty thoughts before the London march
November 19, 2003

TV tale
Soap opera
September 15, 2003

Inside the prison
For Zahra Kazemi
July 18, 2003

At home with a poet
War is over for those who want it. War is far from over
June 3, 2003

Notes from the edge
Blair's nemesis?
December 20, 2002

Dance for Khordadian
It is astonishing that a country should detain its top ghermeister
June 21, 2002

What a trip
We talked, we laughed and there was no mention of Pacino
April 4, 2002

Peyvand, Elham & Saman
Norooz show interviews

March 2002

"Duh, who do we support if America bombs Iran?"
February 2002

Hey! Molla! Leave teachers alone
Apologies to Pink Floyd
January 2002

Latest news
War on terrorism
October 2001

I'm afraid, pops

"Dad, this the end of the world?"
September 2001

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