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I have known her ever since we both sat in first grade in the British School in the British Embassy compound in North Teheran. She used to come to my birthday parties, and I used to go to hers. Her mum and dad were always visiting us. We were one of the few Iranians allowed to go to what was an exclusive school for the Brits in Iran.
We all then went to boarding schools in Britain in the 70s. The next time I heard anything, she had joined this cable network in Texas. "Good lord I said, what is a cable network. Dodgy job eh. Is it stable?"
Now that cable company is CNN and she has her own show. Incredible!
But what is even more incredible, that she has not said a word about Iran, or very little. Here we have immense talent. Here we have one of the most intelligent people in the media. She could be the vanguard of Iranian opposition, and she does less than any new Iranian blogger. So sorry khanoom aziz, javabet chieh? Asabani neestam, vali c'mon!
As I have written before, we have Iranians who just left Iran and forgot Iran. That is fine, but all Iranians who have not made it big in this world, look to these Iranians who have cut the mustard to do the nationalistic thing, and bring Iran out of this mess. There is no excuse.
Now let us go into the commentaries she has had. The clip above pretty much summarizes her views. She says that the two sides do not know about each other, and that is the crux of the issue. Completely wrong. If anything the two sides know too much about each other.
The worst part is that she accepts the regime as "Iranian Government". What if she used her position at CNN as the launch pad to condemn this awful regime, as opposed to speak of them as a credible entity? She accepted the Taliban in Afghanistan as Taliban. These people in Iran, are the "Taliban" of Iran. She knows how many people have been killed every day in Iran for the sake of the rotten ideologies of this regime. But she calls them Iranian.
It was really embarrassing to watch Christiane Amanpour of Iran. And she is a thoroughbred Iranian. So let's see some of that Iranian side of you please! Please put Iran first, not mullahs or just write about them because of the US elections. Ajaba!
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Marjane Satrapi for Presidentby Zorumbaa on Thu Oct 18, 2012 09:23 AM PDT
Bahrami. Marjane Satrapi will never run for Iranian Presidency, she knows very well that she would not get elected and it is a dumb idea! She however is in the position of power and prestige with the power of her pen to impact and influence others that most of us ordinary folk don’t have.
As usual along with serious issues and questions, as you may have noticed, there are irrelevant comments, satire, and editorials. People can have a diverse but relevant discussion about what Iranians in cage and bondage should expect from their “social” heroes and icons, most of us understand likes of Amanpour, Strapi. Farhadi are not political persons. But as one in the power position question remains if they ought to use that hammer to expose and be a role model and if so how? People whether we admit or not look up to these celebrities and does not matter if they are poets and writers, sport figures, recognized scientists, film directors, or participants in Miss Universe!
I agree with you that Amanpour as a professional journalist has done her “share” and that is commendable, but because she has done “more” than almost nothing of some others does it mean she ought to be off the hook? The point is those who have real impact and can effectively be instrumental in changing a situation must decide on the trade-off between personal gain (fame and fortune etc.) and public benefit of the power position that they enjoy. A case in point: Iranian had their “woman” Noble Peace prize laureate, and Burmese had Aung San Suu Kyi !
When spolied brats lamentby anglophile on Thu Oct 18, 2012 03:02 AM PDT
reminds me of:
"A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life."
Double checkingby alimostofi on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:32 PM PDT
B: thank you for taking the time to write a long comment. To cut a long story short, you accept this lot as legitimate government of Iran. Just want to double check.
Typical Brit! Where have You Been?by bahmani on Wed Oct 17, 2012 05:52 PM PDT
Have you been under a rock?
Amanpour has been front and center on Iran after she got this mouthpiece job after a decade of solid reporting from some of the most harrowing warzones in the world. That is where she was.
Where were you? A bit of tea and cucumber sandwiches off Piccadilly?
At every chance, Amanpour has gone to Iran and is one of the ONLY reporters to actually visit and report from Iran's nuclear research facilities, as well as interview just about every major Iranian official in history.
In addition, were Amanpour to use her position and offer a biased anti Iran rant as you no doubt dream of, she would not have her position for long. Because as Journalism 101 dictates, a reporter must report the news and provide an UNBIASED report of what happens. NOT offer an unsolicited opinion. As desperately as one may be needed by you.
SO, when Amanpour reports the "Iranian Government..." that is a legal fact she is reporting. Because as much as you and I like it or not, or hate it or despise it, the current legal government of Iran is referred to as "The Iranian Government". That's what people like you (and me) abdicating our responsibility as a free Iranians costs, unfortunately.
Don't put the responsibility for turning Iran's clock back to when you fondly remember Iran and the good old days at British School, on Amanpour. I went to Iranzamin. I stopped lamenting about Voy Iran Chi Shod! in 1980 a year after I arrived in the US and realized what a big mistake I had made by abandoning Iran in leaving it.
Thank god for this site, so I can pay regular and routine penance for that.
It is up to traitors like me and you who chose the easy way out, ran from the fight for our country, and left it without (much) objection in the dirty hands of scurrilous mollahs who have buggered it like nobody's business.
Shame on us!
Amanpour is doing her part reporting the news. And when necessary offers a reasonably sound rather harsh opinion on Iran.
But semi-demanding and asking her to use her position as a senior reporter at CNN, is about as useful as asking Marjane Satrapi to run for Iranian President.
They are both in the "film business".
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JD janby anglophile on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:01 AM PDT
How many times I told you not to use that "stuff". You are beating Mr Mostofi in his own game. I knew Badr and Sheikh better than you know yourself. If they had an ounce of "savaad" (which they did not) it was because of that "father and son". And if you know a couple of words in English it was thanks to that "moalemeh".
So don't waste Mr Mostofi's precious time - he has to meditate - and don't make me laugh as right now I feel like "Jeesh daram."
"...as dellusional as I do get."by anglophile on Wed Oct 17, 2012 05:18 AM PDT
Your words Mr Mostofi, not mine.
Best genes for the jobby alimostofi on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:36 AM PDT
JD: That comment was a bit off subject and you really need to keep the conversation English, for the sake my Persian being extremely elementary (even though I had private lessons at my aunt's school Safinia), and the ordinary folks at CNN who can't read Persian.
As far as your comment about my heritage, I will let you know, that my great uncles, in as much as they went to Cambridge and other top notch places, did not have the social or political and above all the true grit, to keep their home from becoming Saadabad Palace. They accepted a meagre sum of money from Reza Shah and moved out.
The matters of the state have to be run by the best chromosones available. And yes people do become complacent and degenerate. Such is life.
I stand corrected.by alimostofi on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:17 AM PDT
M: Quite right it is in Georgia, but it was around this time in 1987 when it became famous for broadcasting news of a girl stuck down a well in Texas. I suppose that got stuck in my brain, as dellusional as I do get.
Tue Oct 16, 2012 08:29 PM PDT
آقای مستوفی، ایکاش شما هم مثل ما مجاز بودی که در آن سالهای کودکی بمدارس مردمی بروی و ناخواسته آلوده مشتی تشریفات صد من یکخروار ساخت انگلستان نشوی، مانند کراوات زدن در زنگ ورزش و بسیاری دیگر. ولی میدانم تصمیم از بالا میامد و بعنوان یک کودک شما حق انتخاب نداشتید. خود من هم جند سالی معلمه انگلیس الاصل داشتم و میدانم چه کشیدی. ولی یک مطلب را برایت بگویم و آن اینستکه مرحوم دکتر ابوالقاسم بدر و دوست صمیمی اش دکتر علی محمد شیخ هردو از ایرانیان وطنپرست بودند و هردو ضد جنایات انگلیس در ایران تا آخرین روز حیاتشان بودند و با افتخار از این دنیا رفتند. خواستم از این موضوع آگاه باشید که هردو ایشان رضا شاه را یک پفیوز لات بی پدر مادر بیسواد میخواندند، نه بخاطر آنکه هردو از خاندان قاجار بودند بلکه بخاطر آنکه زمانی که انگستان رضا شاه را سرکار گماشت، صد ها ایرانی لایق و با سواد آماده خدمت بکشورشان بودن که بزور از رده خارج شدند و عاقبت کار ما ملت به اینجا کشید و کار ترکیه به آنجا. در مورد خانم امان پور هم باید به او گفت: مرا بخیر تو امید نیست شر مرسان. شاد باشی
Ali khanby maziar 58 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 05:10 PM PDT
* correction : CNN IS IN GEORGIA NOT TEXAS.
And As an ABC News Anchorwomen she has to say what is an American media's point of view;Garbage.
Otherwise she'll be joining millions of unemployed Americans!
Separation of culture and politics.by alimostofi on Tue Oct 16, 2012 03:19 PM PDT
Z: Cultural matters such as heritage, geography, art, cannot be subjected to the democratic process.
In fact culturally, Iranians are completely united. We all love Iran. It is politics that divides us.
Social and Politicalby Zorumbaa on Tue Oct 16, 2012 03:15 PM PDT
AM. You are not alone, keep shouting we all hope Iran can be and ought to be saved.
On the other point I do believe Social is Political, how can we separate aspects of our social, cultural, and political life? All is in one big chamber completely mixed and infused together.
Something to shout about.by alimostofi on Tue Oct 16, 2012 09:42 AM PDT
Z: Many thanks for taking the time to make your contribution. The only thought that immediately comes to mind, is that the world thinks only in political terms. The concepts of cultural or social responsibility have disappeared.
As I have written before, the United States has become too easy to flee to. Iran is being abandoned. It will truely reflect on our generation, in years to come, when people will ask some very hard questions.
We are not doing enough. I shout but I am just one person with a BIG mouth. We need a lot more. I will keep shouting.
Amanpour, Farhadi and Social Responsibilityby Zorumbaa on Tue Oct 16, 2012 09:22 AM PDT
I am not sure if you or other reader will argue that there is no connection, they are two different people and very different environment for each. The two I am referring to are Christiane Amanpour and Asghar Farhadi recipient of an Oscar earlier this year. At that time there was very few comments about the “Social Responsibility” of an (Iranian) artist, almost all comments , reviews and everything else was socked with light to heavy scent of nationalism and national pride praised the accomplishment of Asghar Farhadi and quite obviously “justified” his totally indifferent attitude toward the “real” conditions in Iran and suffering of his fellow citizens.
I recall posting something here and reminding people that having the opportunity of having more than 100 million people all at once on TV and listening to what you have to say does not come that often and to so many. The Director and his crew had a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring real Iran and her real people into the world stage and having an impact that thousands of websites and blogs can never have. The Director however decided to play it safe and just read a watered down IRR approved prepared text. He is the only one who needs to explain and answer questions and it is his call not me, although I do not agree with him to be the cause of lost golden opportunity.
Christian Amanpour well deserves all the attributes that you have mentioned. You however basically expecting from her the same thing that I expected from Mr. Farhaady by referring in general to media, their agents and reporter’s Social Responsibility. Particularly in this case that the “iconic figure” is an Iranian well in the position of power and prestige. I am sure, knowing something about people and why they do what they do, there may be comments regarding her “Jewishness” and her alleged support for Israel and the rest (mostly perhaps through her love and marriage!!) right here by other readers. I am satisfied with my own conclusion that defenders of a socially irresponsible (my opinion) film director could easily jump the fence and attach Amanpour for at least some of the same reasons that Farhadi could easily be accused of—he got a free pass. This is the manifestation of the sad state of value free, unbiased and objective discourse among us all and can we say hypocrisy?
Safetyby MRX on Tue Oct 16, 2012 08:42 AM PDT
It could be becuase of safety issues who knows. she is not the best reporter to report on Iran because has reletives there and I am quite sure she is concern about their safety.
Alsothese islamic goons have spread all over U.S and Europe like a disease, so any time you say some thing you could be taking a deadly risk.