March/April 2007
Volume VII, Number 40

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Happy Road to Life My Friends, a Wonerful Slide

Nowruz 1386: Tuesday March 20th 2007

Save our treasures

Please ask UNESCO to save Pasargad

Fax va E-mail UNESCO:
fax : 33-1-45 68 55 70

Conference on " Women in ancient Iran"

Bowers Museum - 2002 N. Main Street - Santa Anna, California 92706

April 21, 2007 - 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

The truth behind '300'

By: Cyrus Kar

Let's stick together and help the production of " Cyrus The Great " movie

Alex Jovy's epic movie about Cyrus The Great could have done wonders for the Iranian image. Instead it sits idle for lack of money. My documentary film about Cyrus The Great has languished for the mere want of $400.000.

The 300 Movie:  Separating Fact from Fiction

By: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh


Cyrus the Great as reconstructed by Tim Newark, 2000, p.21

Grossing over 70 million dollars in its first week of release, the movie “300” is set to crash into the list of highest grossing Hollywood blockbusters. Its strong opening is a clear indicator of its success with the North American and by implication, European audiences. Although this picture is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller and directed by Zack Snyder (“Dawn of the Dead”), it is already being portrayed as a “historical” movie, and will be perceived as such by many (less discerning) viewers. More significant however, are the conclusions that are being derived from this picture.

In search of Cyrus, click on the picture to listen

Introducing: Dorriaat

An excellent book of satire written in exile

By: Bijan Assadipour

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P.O. Box 7387
Stockton, CA 95267 USA

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Hands off of our sacred land both sides

Painting by: Abbas Katuzian

Iran...... Old Days Nostalgia - Good old days

Khosrow vs Farhad

By: Dr. Majid Naficy

Also in Persian

Many years ago, when for the first time I saw the romance of Khosrow-O-Shirin written by Nezami-ye Ganjavi (1158-1262), I wondered why he had called it "Khosrow and Shirin" and not "Farhad and Shirin". Of course, in my elementary school books I had read about the Sassanid king, Khosrow II (d. 628) and his feasts and pageants, but I did not know that the name of his beloved was Shirin. I took Shirin solely as a mate and partner to Farhad. After I read the romance of Khosrow-O-Shirin by Nezami, I found out that both Khosrow and Farhad loved Shirin. With this difference, the former succeeds in his goal but the latter does not win his love and hurls himself from Mount Bisotoon.

Introducing: Living In Hell:

A True Odyssey of a Woman's Struggle in Islamic Iran Against Personal and Political Forces

By: Ghazal Omid

A frightening memoir of growing up under Iran’s male-dominated oppressors, confirming that the mad ayatollahs have, in 27 years, wrecked a once-vibrant nation and destroyed its culture. Omid’s Iran is a dysfunctional society in a “coma of ignorance,” led by “mindless fanatics.” Males are obsessed with money and hymens. Women, if they aren’t victims, have sold out and joined the Pasdar spies who hound female violators of the ayatollahs’ decrees. Throughout, Omid displays numerous perceptive, valuable observations:

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A collection of lithographic illustrations of “Shahnameh”, a masterpiece by prominent Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi, hit the market in Iran.

The work has been compiled by German scholar Ulrich Marzolph and came out by the Chista Publications.

Greek writer’s new book sheds light on Alexander in Iranian poetry

References to Alexander the Great by classic Iranian poets Abolqasem Ferdowsi and Nizami Ganjavi have been surveyed in a new book by Greek writer Mariana Theodoridou.

The book, entitled “Alexander the Great in the Works of the Great Iranian Poets Ferdowsi and Nizami Ganjavi”, was introduced during a special ceremony at the Parnassus Literary Society in Athens on February 15.

UNESCO nominates Shiraz world's 2nd City of Literature

On the lighter side

Iranian in USA ::.. Statistics on Iranians in the US

Check some of them out here

Young Iranians are doing more to transform their country than any outside agency could do, writes Rageh Omaar

This is Iran, but not as you know it

Young Iranians are doing more to transform their country than any outside agency could do. It might have been hot, but it was going to take much more than the familiar Tehran cocktail of unrelenting heat and choking smog to deter the 20 or so young Iranian women gathered outside the record shop. Beethoven?s isn?t exactly the sort of name you would expect of a hip music store. But this is Tehran, and as with most things involving young Iranians today, even a seemingly boring name hides something far more subversive.

Iran, ordinary people's life - Movie 1 hr 29 minutes - BBC

Expulsion From Paradise

Painting By: Negar Ahkami

Reza Shah's Old House Threatened by Building Construction
By S. Omid Arab

Tehran, 20 February 2007 (CHN) – The cultural landscape of the old house of Reza Khan, founder of Pahlavid dynastic era (1925-1979 AD), where he spent most of his childhood and youth is being threatened by its next-door neighbor who has started legal processings for getting permission from the municipality to construct a tall building next to this historical house.

Welcome to the mystic island of Kish

Just beautiful, take a look

Have you ever wish to get away from the hectic city life and relax on a tranquil
island? Far a way from everyone and everything that is ordinary?
Then allow us to suggest to you our paradise island. Kish Island is a resort island lapped by the sheltered waters of coral-edged lagoons, home to many of the world's spices of reef fish. Snorkeling in the Kish Island is amongst the best in the world, whilst scuba diving offers an even more spectacular insight of life beneath the waters.

And video of Yazd - welcome to Yazd



Norouz Spring Festival Committee and

Bay Area Iranian-American Voter Association (BAIVOTER) Present:

Hello, my name is Mehran Kamkar. On behalf of the Norouz Spring Festival Committee and BAIVOTER I cordially invite you and your family to spent 2 fun filled days and help us celebrate the Norouz and Sizdeh Bedar at Vasona Park in Los Gatos, CA on Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st, 07 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Nowruz ::.. Celebration ...Sat. Mar. 17, 2007 @ UC Berkeley

You are cordially invited to the VIP Reception of BEYOND PERSIA's Nowruz Art Opening.

Saturday, March 17th 2007, 7-11PM.

San Francisco

Conference ::.. "IRAN - THE EMERGING CHALLENGE IN MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES" Sunday, March 25, 2007 in LA By Tel Aviv University -

Iranian plays to hit stage in France

Several Iranian plays are scheduled to be staged in Paris from March 21 to April 3.

The program will feature plays directed by Ali Razi and Arvand Dasht-Aray as well as a Siah-Bazi (an Iranian play in which a harlequin in blackface stirs laughter with his improvisations).

Sent by: Amir Jalalpour

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.



Best picture: The Departed

Martin Scorsese, winner for best director, was presented the award by fellow directors Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George.

Fabulous foursome: best actor Forest Whitaker, best supporting actress Jennifer Hudson, best actress Helen Mirren and best supporting actor Alan Arkin. Photograph: Vince Bucci/Getty Images




With Laura Morante, Romain Duris




By: Dariush Kadivar

Historical ties between Egypt, Napoleonic France and Persia. opened on December 9th 2006 and will continue till the 16th of March 2007



French animations pour in on Tehran festival

France is seeking a great chance of success at the 5th Tehran International Animation Festival, outnumbering rivals’ works, the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) announced here on Wednesday.

Of 570 works submitted by 61 countries, the selection board picked up 142, with 47 belonging to France.

Britain, Canada, the United States, Spain, Poland, and some African countries are some of the participants of the festival which is held from Feb. 25 to March 1 at the institute.


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More articles about Iran

Blue Beauty - a must see slide, just amazing

Iran To Offer Security Council New Proposals

By Safa Haeri

Blair Warns of 'whole Series of Measures' Against Iran

March 29, 2007
AFX News

LONDON -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Iran that there is a "whole series of measures" that could be taken to pressure the Islamic republic to hand over 15 British navy detainees. "What we have to do in a very firm way, is step up the pressure," he told ITV television, as British sought an agreement on a United Nations Security Council statement about the dispute.

Beware of Mullahs Bearing Gifts
By Amil Amani

Iran's mullahs have repeatedly indicated their willingness and ability to help restore order in Iraq, on the condition that the United States packs up and leaves the region. The mullahs have also pledged on their Boy Scout's honor, although they have never been Boy Scouts, that their nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes. As a further gesture of goodwill, these self-appointed custodians of Allah's earth are volunteering to serve as unpaid policemen of the entire Gulf region, protecting vital U.S. interests, just like the Shah did before them. Sounds like a great gift package from the kind-hearted do-gooders of Allah.

Intelligence War in Iran

Kenneth R. Timmerman

As the debate between the Democrats and themselves over the war in Iraq becomes increasingly absurd, inside Iran another debate of momentous proportions is underway.

It involves Iran’s involvement with Iraq, and who is to blame for recent Iranian failures that have led to the capture of high-ranking Iranian intelligence officials by multinational forces in Iraq and the defection of two senior Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers, probably to the U.S.

Shahbanoo's message for Nowruz

4Shanbeh Suri


I have to confess that I had to pinch myself once or twice last night just to remind myself where I am. The Iranians really are fun-loving people, and given half a chance they can party as well as the best of us. Perhaps too well.

300 Sparks an Outcry in Iran

All of Tehran was outraged. Everywhere I went yesterday, the talk vibrated with indignation over the film 300 — a movie no one in Iran has seen but everyone seems to know about since it became a major box office surprise in the U.S.

300, sign the petition

Over 10,000 signatures in a span of 48 hours. Over 10,000 people have refused to watch this movie! Please spread the word, so that Warner Brothers and others affiliated with them, think twice about spreading hate speech and violence! False creation of history, distorting facts, and spreading violence against the Persian community is Anti-American!

Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi's Message on International Women's Day

By: Darius Kadivar

No Bombs, No Appeasement: Support the People of Iran's Struggle for

Please sign the petition

Don't Negotiate with Pariahs

March 01, 2007
USA Today
Victor Davis Hanson

America should attend regional talks that may include Syria and Iran, in support of stabilizing the democracy in Iraq. But the United States should not negotiate directly with these terrorist states until they cooperate with ongoing United Nations investigations and cease trying to destroy neighboring democracies

US Funds Terror Groups to Sow Chaos in Iran

February 25, 2007
Sunday Telegraph
William Lowther in Washington DC and Colin Freeman

America is secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear programme. In a move that reflects Washington's growing concern with the failure of diplomatic initiatives, CIA officials are understood to be helping opposition militias among the numerous ethnic minority groups clustered in Iran's border regions.

Bolton Says U.S. Should Seek `Regime Change' in Iran (Update1)

By Janine Zacharia and Bill Varner

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- John Bolton, the former American envoy to the United Nations, said the U.S. should pursue ``regime change'' in Iran because European governments refuse to back sanctions tough enough to halt the suspected Iranian nuclear-bomb program.

Squeezing Iran

January 12, 2007
Review & Outlook
The Wall Street Journal

The United States has known for years that Syria and Iran are supporting Sunni insurgents and Shiite radicals in Iraq -- support that has taken a heavy toll in American lives. On Wednesday, President Bush finally suggested he'll do something about it.

Facing Iran


January 10, 2007
New York Post
Amir Taheri

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste Blazy calls it "unthinkable" his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov prefers "unimaginable." The terms are also used in Western diplomatic circles to describe an event few wish to contemplate: a military showdown with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet a recent tour of Arab capitals presents a different picture: Arab leaders appear resigned to such a showdown as inevitable, and are preparing for it.

U.N. Imposes Nuclear Trade Sanctions on Iran
Evelyn Leopold and Irwin Arieff

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology, an effort to pressure Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work. "Today we are placing Iran in the small category of states under Security Council

Will the British Stay in Basra Until Security Is Established?

December 23, 2006
Arab News
Amir Taheri

Reopened after several years, the city theater is offering a version of T.S. Elliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” to packed audiences. At the other end of the town, scientists and religious leaders argue it out in a seminar on the relationship between science and faith. In between, the provincial governor marks the start of the ....

Could Sanctions Work against Tehran?
by Patrick Clawson
Middle East Quarterly
Winter 2007

As Western diplomats debate ways to counter Iran's nuclear program, the strategies they devise must take Iranian motives into account. If Iranian leaders see their nuclear program as essential to defending Iran's existence—as the Israeli[1] and Pakistani[2]

The Right Way to Negotiate with Syria and Iran

December 22, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Abraham D. Sofaer

The Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the Bush administration drop its preconditions and negotiate with Syria and Iran has been praised as a "no-brainer"--and condemned as an improper effort to reward rogue regimes. Neither reaction is correct. Negotiating with enemies can be a useful aspect of effective diplomacy. But successful negotiations with enemies result not from the talks themselves but from the diplomatic strategy that accompanies them. The group's recommendations deserve support, but must be effectively integrated into President Bush's strategy of ending state-sponsored terror.

A Vote for Change?

December 20, 2006

By Amir Taheri,

Although it would take several days before the full results of twin elections held in Iran last Friday are officially established, it is already clear that the electorate have dealt the ultra-radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad his first significant political defeat.

Iran President Facing Revival of

Students' Ire
Nazila Fathi

As protests broke out last week at a prestigious university here, cutting short a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Babak Zamanian could only watch from afar. He was on crutches, having been clubbed by supporters of the president and had his foot run over by a motorcycle during a less publicized student demonstration a few days earlier.


The reason behind the Holocaust conference in Tehran


Getting Serious About Iran:

For Regime Change

Amir Taheri

What to do about Iran? The question has haunted successive administrations in Washington since the raid on the U.S. embassy in Tehran and the seizure of its diplomats in November 1979.

Dove' fly toward Iran

National Review Online
Stanley Kurtz

Increasingly, it looks as though the United States may attempt to negotiate a “grand bargain” with Iran. To settle our fundamental differences, Iran would surrender its nuclear-weapons program, stop supporting terrorism, and stop undermining America’s position in Iraq.