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July/August 2006
Volume VI, Number 36

Interesting Slides/Videos

Anything Go



Book Review


Here & There




Books by Dr. Doostkhah

Link to Referendum Site



Past Articles

Previous Issues


More Links

Jalil Doostkhah

Touraj Daryaee


Persian Heritage

Kamran Amid, a talented artist

Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar


Miraas-e Mashrooteh Baraay-e Maa Chist?

An interview with Darush Homayoun


Har Anke Baad Bekaarad, Benaachaar Toufan Dero Khaahad Kard

By: Leila Majed

Dar haashieh 100 saalegi Jonbesh-e Mashrooteh

Enghelaab-e Mashrooteh dar khaaterat-e Heidar Khan Amou Oghli

By: Pooya Pooyaee

Payam-e Shahbanoo Farah be monasebat-e saalrooz-e dargozasht-e Reza Shah va Mohammad Reza Shah-e Pahlavi

5 Mordad 1385

Click to listen to the audio

Risheh-haay-e Iran Setizi-e Paan Torkist-haa

By: Ali Izadsetaa


Mas'aley-e Azarbayejaan Yaa Mas'aleh Saazi Baraay-e Azarbayejan?!

Pasokh-e Dr. Doostkhah be Dr. Baraheni


Zaban-e Faarsi Yaa "Melat-e Fars?"

By: Mohammad Jalali

Sent by: Shahrokh

A poem by this same author:

Free our innocent people from your bloody dungeons!

Nonviolence and Democratic Governance

By: Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo

The past half –century has witnessed an unprecedented flowering of nonviolent experiences around the globe. In many areas of the world, such as Latin America and Asia, where armed struggle was once seen as the only path to freedom, nonviolent campaigns are now considered as institutionalized methods of struggle for democratic invention and democratic governance.


Baazi-e Iran/Mexic, Ayene-y-e Iran-e Konooni

Sent by: Amil Imani


Sarnevesht-e Mortazavi Sarnevesht-e Rahbar va rofaghaayash

By: Kourosh Golnaam


Iran opens up notorious Evin prison for tour
Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:36 AM ET

By Edmund Blair

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran opened the large steel doors of its notorious Evin prison to journalists on Tuesday, showing off spruced-up women's cells and a well-equipped clinic in a move aimed at countering criticism about poor conditions.

Remembering: Three great generals (from left): Neshat, Badrei and Rahimi

Remembering: Beh Yaad-e Freidoon Farrokhzad Dar Saalrooz-e Margash

Parisa Damandan is an Iranian photographer who has surprised the Dutch public twice before with eyecatching exhibitions, one about Polish refugees that fled to Iran during World War II, and one about unveiled women in the days of traditional Persia. Anyone that has visited the exhibitions can see that Parisa has a knack of finding 'gold' (and knows it).

Perhaps nowhere is the standoff over Iran's nuclear enrichment program followed more closely than in Los Angeles' Iranian-American community. Known as Tehrangeles, it's the biggest community of Iranians outside Iran.

Islamic vs. Jewish Facts

Can't call this "Profiling":

Interesting point of view

Parsian, trajedy-e soghoot-e yek emperatoori


Music Prodigy Vahid Khadem-Missagh

a violonist prodigy congradulated by the greatest violonists such as Yehudi Menhuhin or Pierre Boulez.

Concert trips have taken him around Austria and to England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Japan with Radio- and TV recordings. Performances as soloist with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonkuenstler Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Academia Allegro Vivo, in Vienna's Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Brucknerhaus Linz.

Darius Kadivar's Corner

Paris Report

About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a freelance journalist born to an Iranian father and French mother. He works and lives in France.


The World of Cinema

80th birthday!


Ferdowsi bio "Poetry and Sword" ready for screening


TEHRAN, June 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- The film "Poetry and Sword", which is a biography of Ferdowsi by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nurizad, is now ready for screening.

Statue of Hakim Abol Qasem Ferdowsi Tousi
(photo: Iran Chamber)

Nurizad told MNA on Saturday that the film tells the life story of Hakim Abolqassem Ferdowsi from his childhood to his death, focusing on his pain, suffering, misery, and poverty.

"Ferdowsi was a rich man but gradually became poor by beginning to write his epic Shahnameh," he stated.

On why he chose this theme, he said, "Ferdowsi is undoubtedly at the peak of Persian poetry and literature. He is not only a great figure in Persian literature, but a world figure in letters. Today's literature is rooted in Ferdowsi's literature."

He emphasized that Persian traditional literature is a good source for indigenous Iranian screenplays, which can communicate with the audience when made into movies, adding that Iranian cinema needs to make use of this rich source in order to produce distinctive works.

The cast of "Poetry and Sword" includes Parvaneh Masumi, Hamid Taj-Dolati, Anushirvan Arjmand, Sara Soltani, Ali Taleblu, and Reza Tavakkoli.

Darius Kadivar: There have been alot of similar announcments in the Iranian Press in the past few years and some have been false announcments just to draw attention. There were several aborted projects on Hafiz and Rumi so I will only believe it when I see it.

Heiress Olivia:Sipping tea with Hollywood royalty (LA TIMES)


De Havilland to Errol Flynn: ''I want respect for difficult work well done.'' (Photo by Kevin Scanlon)

Onscreen, she was romanced by Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Leslie Howard, Charles Boyer, Henry Fonda, Montgomery Clift, Richard Burton and Robert Mitchum. In life, she was perhaps the great love in the turbulent career of John Huston. She was responsible for the decisive legal action that freed contract players from their seven-year sentences (with time added on for defiant behavior). She won two Oscars and was nominated for three others. She also makes the quite preposterous claim that on July 1 she will turn 90. Why preposterous? Because Olivia de Havilland is as alert, quick-witted, good-natured, funny and attractive as many people half her age.


Agassi says adios

U.S. tennis great to retire after this year's U.S. Open

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Andre Agassi's voice wavered and his eyes welled up. After years of dealing with injuries, after months of contemplation, he finally spoke the words he knew he had to, at the place he knew he had to.

Turning what was expected to be a routine pre-Wimbledon news conference into something significant, Agassi announced Saturday he will retire after this year's U.S. Open, leaving tennis after two decades during which he collected a career Grand Slam and morphed from an "Image Is Everything" youngster to elder statesman.


































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More articles about Iran

Interview: Reza Pahlavi on Iran: 'A Race Against Time'
Newsweek International
Rachel Makabi

Reza Pahlavi was just a teenager in 1979 when an Islamic revolution in Iran ousted his father, the shah. In the years since, Pahlavi, who now lives in Maryland, has been involved with activists both inside Iran and abroad who seek to overthrow the mullahs from power.

Clearing the path for US war on Iran

By Gareth Porter

Asia Times

WASHINGTON - Israel has argued that the war against Hezbollah's rocket arsenal was a defensive response to the Shi'ite organization's threat to Israeli security, but the evidence points to a much more ambitious objective - the weakening of Iran's deterrent to an attack on its nuclear sites.

Mansoor Osanloo Asad Shod

Naamey-e Hamsar-e Ahmad-e Batebi be Shoray-e Hoghoogh-e Bashar-e Sazeman-e Melal-e Motahed

Be yaad-e Akbar Mohammadi

By: Ahmad Zaidabadi

Maafiyaee be naam-e Sepah

By: Dr. Shahin Fatemi

Two Articles by Amir Taheri

Hezbollah's men of terror are both the strength and the Achilles heel of a movement that seeks to spread Islamic states, says Amir Taheri
The scene is Beirut, some years on, when Hezbollah has driven out the "Crusader-Zionists" and begun building the model Islamic state it has promised since the 1980s.

London, Asharq Al-Awsat- During the student uprising in July 1999 and the violent confrontations that followed between Arab residents of the Iranian city of Ahvaz and the security services, many student leaders and Arab officials in the city spoke about the presence of hundreds of Arab troops within the ranks of the Iranian security forces and the Revolutionary Guards units quelled the protests.

Iran's Nuclear Threat Must Be Faced

y Daniel Hannan

It won't be a "durable" ceasefire, Condi, and it won't be "sustainable"; not while the ayatollahs are in power in Iran. This war isn't about border security, or prisoner exchanges, or the status of the Shebaa Farms.

The Next Steps With Iran

July 31, 2006
The Washington Post
Henry A. Kissinger

The world's attention is focused on the fighting in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, but the context leads inevitably back to Iran. Unfortunately, the diplomacy dealing with that issue is constantly outstripped by events.

Mullah: Plan to eliminate political islam
Jul 26, 2006

Mullah Rafsanjani said the Greater Middle East Plan is a plot to eliminate politicized Islam in the region. According to the report of EC Public Relations Office, Rafsanjani in a meeting with Iraq former Prime Minister Ebrahim Jaafari here Wednesday said, .....

Iran's War

Kenneth R. Timmerman

Some have suggested that the latest round of fighting between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization in Lebanon is the beginning of World War III.

God's Army Has Plans to Run the Whole Middle East

By: Amir Taheri

‘You are the sun of Islam, shining on the universe!” This is how Muhammad Khatami, the mullah who was president of Iran until last year, described Hezbollah last week.

Iran Awaits Liberation
By: Nicole Sadighi

The red warning flags have been flying high far too long. Since the emergence of the Islamic Republic inside Iran there has been nothing but turbulence throughout the world and since its inception it has had time to propagate and mastermind some of the most evil deeds.

Dear Muslims: What Is It That You Don’t Understand?

By: Amil Imani

We, the non-Muslims—the infidels, heathens, unbelievers, apostates, enemies of Allah, najis (soiled), as you prefer to call us—would like to know what is it that you don’t understand and what is it that makes you behave so badly toward us?....

Lebanon burning, but is it about Iran really?
Jul 18, 2006

The sudden, shocking flareup of Mideast violence may really be underneath all about Iran. And it's not just Israel, but also the United States and even some Arab countries, who hope the Islamic regime and friends like Syria suffer a big blow.

Thank You Israel
Jul 18, 2006
By Brigitte Gabriel, Lebanese Foundation for Peace

For the millions of Christian Lebanese, driven out of our homeland, "Thank you Israel," is the sentiment echoing from around the world. The Lebanese Foundation for Peace, an international group of Lebanese Christians, made the following statement in a press release to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert concerning the latest Israeli attacks against Hezbollah

Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy

By Michael Abramowitz
Washington Post

At a moment when his conservative coalition is already under strain over domestic policy, President Bush is facing a new and swiftly building backlash on the right over his handling of foreign affairs.

Iran Against the Arabs
The Wall Street Journal
Michael Rubin

After Hamas kidnapped 19-year-old Cpl. Gilad Shalit on June 25, Israeli forces launched an assault on Gaza to win his release. Arab condemnation was swift. Saudi Arabia's pro-government al-Jazira daily called Israel "a society of terrorists."

Hezbollah, arab-muslim terrorists to move kidnapped Israelis to Iran

Israel's warning that Hezbollah wanted to take the two soldiers to its ally, Iran, raised the daunting prospect of a further internationalisation of the crisis. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev did not say what the source of the information was. Iran's Foreign Ministry denied on Thursday Israeli suggestions
Jul 13, 2006, 13:39

Iran's mullahs declare support for Palestinian terrorists

Iran's top national security official Ali Larijani has met with Palestinian terrorist groups to voice the Islamic republic's "decisive support" for their battle against Israel, state media said Thursday.

Islamic Dungeon of Iran warns EU

Mullahs of Iran told the European Union not to interfere over the detention of Ramin Jahanbegloo, a bi-national Canadian-Iranian academic arrested on spying charges in May.

Iran's mullahs not to retreat from nuclear

Iranian arab-parast president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that his country would not back down its right to continue nuclear fuel cycle work.

Iran: Tentative Moves toward a Broad Anti-Regime Platform

Amir Taheri

Since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer, efforts have been made to bring together opponents of the Islamic republic with a plan for action on specific issues. It now seems that those efforts have met with some success, enabling the opposition to coordinate tactics against the Ahamdinejad administration

Goodbye to all that Iranian 'Opposition'

Reza Bayegan

As soon as the U.S. administration seems to be talking tough to the mullahs, these Iranians smell the aroma of their dream food coming from the Pentagon kitchen and begin salivating. They crawl out of their holes, bounce on their feet and jockey for the best seats on the gravy train.

Iran: Tentative Moves toward a Broad Anti-Regime Platform

Amir Taheri

Since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer, efforts have been made to bring together opponents of the Islamic republic with a plan for action on specific issues. It now seems that those efforts have met with some success, enabling the opposition to coordinate tactics against the Ahamdinejad administration.

Iran: U.S. must block bid to seize artifacts


TEHRAN, Iran-- A legal battle over ancient Persian artifacts has the Iranian government asking for Washington to intervene and the University of Chicago defending the Islamic regime in court.

A Prisoner's Desperate Hope, and Brave Words
Luiza Ch. Savage

Two months have passed since the Iranian-Canadian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was locked in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, where Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death in 2003. And Canada is making so little headway in securing his release that his advocates are turning to India, Bangladesh and Tibet for help.

Rich Muslims Go to Heaven

By: Amil Imani

The Bible says it is more difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than a camel pass through the eye of the needle. It may indeed be most difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yet, the Bible does not say it is impossible. Hence, there must ways of overcoming the difficulty.

Ministers Warned of Terrorism Threat From Iran

June 29, 2006
Press Association

The intelligence agencies have warned ministers that Iran could launch terrorist attacks against British targets if the row over its controversial nuclear programme escalates, it was disclosed today.

Iran: Authorities should exercise restraint in policing Babek Castle gathering and address human rights violations against Iranian Azeri Turks

As the annual Babek Castle cultural gathering of Iranian Azeri Turks approaches on 30 June 2006, Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to exercise restraint while policing the gathering. In addition, it is calling on the authorities urgently to address increasing human rights violations being committed by Iranian security forces and others against members of Iran’s Azeri Turkish minority (who sometimes refer to themselves as Iranian Azerbaijanis).

Shah's Son Urges Action on Iran

May 30, 2006


POTOMAC, Maryland -- The exiled son of Iran's late shah on Monday called on the Bush administration to put action before rhetoric in ousting Tehran's Islamic regime, which he said has long been the source of global instability.