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May/June 2006
Volume VI, Number 35

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



Human Events Online Exclusive Interview;
With The Heir Of The Ousted King of Iran; Reza Pahlavi,
Who Plans To Overthrow Mullah's Regime

Bahram Maskanian

We, the all of humanity, all over the world have invested interest to do whatever we possibly can to prevent any military attack / action against Iran / Persia. - Except a hand full of truly dim witted individuals who are actively pursuing the mythical apocalypse to occur, none of us the sane people wants to start - World War Three (WWIII) - and annihilate the humanity to rapture and go to the none existent heaven. Any military attack / action against Iran / Persia, even if by a remote chance does not lead to the start of a World War, it will definitely galvanize and unite the Iranian / Persian people against the people of Europe and United States, in the support of Iran / Persia behind the criminal ruling mullahs.

By the Way!
Reza Bayegan

By the Way is a short column appearing from time to time.

Freedom of speech is a human right, and like all other rights it entails a responsibility. This responsibility ought to be discharged with utmost care and discipline. The greatest dictatorship that anyone is challenged to overcome in one’s life is the dictatorship of ignorance; ignorance not necessarily of information, but wisdom. The nature of the crisis in our country necessitates the active participation of each and every citizen in credible political debates, forums, and conferences. Any Iranian activist worth his or her salt should observe a few ground rules, inter alia:

May 15th, World Ferdowsi Day commemorated

Tehran, May 15, IRNA-An Iranian official, on the occasion of today's observance of World Ferdowsi Day, expressed appreciation for the initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of designating May 15 as World Ferdowsi Day and for enshrining cultural and historical events.

A must see video on Persepolis!

Pan Turkistha Va Aarezooy-e Pareh Pareh Shodan-e Iran (in persian)

By: Dr. Amir Hosein Khenji

Sent by: Shahrokh

Raah-e Residan-e be Aazadi-e Iran az (Raah-e Hall-e Araagh) nemigozarad - (in persian)

By: Farkhondeh Modaress

The Anniversary of Dr. Mohammed Reza Ameli-Tehrani’s Martyrdom

Sent by: Hambastegi-e Melat-e Iran

The 18th of Ordibehesht marks the 27th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Mohammed Reza Ameli-Tehrani, university professor-physician-writer-poet-thinker and one of the founders of modern Iranian nationalism, the Pan Iranism movement.

Whenever the term secularism is mentioned the immediate reaction by almost everyone is that this is a matter concerning only the Muslim world. After all, most other countries, regardless of their initial religious backgrounds, appear to have developed political systems in which secularism is the lowest common denominator rather than the core of a dispute.

Dorey-e Reza Shah va Mashrootiat - (in Persian)

Ali Banoo Aziz's interview with Shahrokh Meskoob

From the book: "Dar Baarey-e Siasat Va Farhang"

Introducing " Reza Shah-e Pahlavi - as Alasht ta Johannesburg" - (in Persian)

By: Nader Payami

I personally think that in the last 85 years due to negative campaign and character assassination developed mainly by Tudeh Party, Qajar gang, Mullahs and the British, the Iranian nation has developed a wrong view on Reza Shah. What would be the verdict of history on this remarkable man who came from the bottom of the society to save Iran? I think the verdict of History would be much more positive. I think he would be ranked up there side by side with people such as Bismarck, Attaturk and De Gulle. Shahrokh

Introducing: In Search of Heaven

The Story of An American Revolutionary in Iran

by Ata Servati

Purchase Online

Ata Servati has written an interesting book that is well worth reading. It is not a conventional non-fiction book, as one might hope for in a biography. Yet, it is not an historical novel, though many will think it is closer to being that. Actually, it reads more like a movie script that floats over the action rather than being intimately involved in it. Who will be the actor that fleshes out the rash humanity of Howard Baskerville? Will it be Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, or some brash newcomer? Perhaps it will be a movie someday, but in the meantime you can enjoy this book simply because it demonstrates how unclouded idealism can engender mutual respect among people.

I just took action on an issue that I consider very important.

In northern Uganda, a conflict has raged between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army for 20 years. Due to the conflict, 1.7 million Ugandans have been forced from their homes, children are kidnapped and forced to be soldiers, and malnutrition rates among displaced children are as high as 21 percent.

Speak out for the victims of this conflict! Follow the link below to take action yourself and spread the word!

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Nominees for the Martin Ennals Award 2006

In 2005, the jury decided to start publicly announcing the leading candidates as they are all in an urgent need of protection. The four candidates were carefully selected by the ten human rights organisations that constitute the jury. On 23 May, the jury will announce the final MEA laureate at a conference in the Carter Centre in Atlanta, USA.

Successful Iranians! just a handful!

Iranian-American Socio-Economic Profile

An Overview of Socioeconomic Characteristics of the Iranian-American

By: Ali Mostashari and Ali Khodamhosseini

Iranian Studies Group at MIT

30th of April has been announced as Persian Gulf National Day, on which some special programs will be held to celebrate this occasion.

Persian Gulf, located in the Middle East, is an extension of the Gulf of Oman located between Iran (former Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar on a peninsula off the Saudi coast, Bahrain on an island, Kuwait and Iraq in the northwest are the countries who share the coastline of the Persian Gulf.

Rediscovery of Hakim Omar Khayyam : The Great Persian Mathematician, Astronomer, Scientist, Philosopher, Poet and Eternal Role Model

TEHRAN For 27 years, Iran's Islamic regime has faced an uphill battle to cleanse the country of bootleg liquor. But even after a recent law increased the punishment for drinking to 74 lashes, a hefty fine and imprisonment of three months to a year, drinking is widespread.

One seller, who calls himself Allan, says business is so good that it is even worth the fine and the flogging.

Jasmine and roses, mint and the moonlight

Persian Garden

We slept outdoors, on wooden beds arranged next to the 12-foot-deep fish pool with statues of silver-skinned dolphins that spat water into the air when the fountain was turned on. Tehran's summers were dry and brutal. At midday, the heat nearly melted the asphalt on the sidewalk and turned the city into a ghost land. By 5 o'clock, the red bricks on the floor of our yard were still too hot to step on barefoot. At dusk, when the gardener hosed the ground, a thick cloud of steam rose off the bricks and made him invisible from the waist down.

Donna Jo Napoli author: "Beast" Fairy tale set in Persia

I recently returned from eleven days in Iran. Before I went, friends told me I was crazy to go. They said I'd meet a lot of anti-American hostility. I'd be in danger, even.

Zohreh Jooya, an Iranian/Afghan woman with a beautiful face and a fantastic voice

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



New Iranian female face in Hollywood (BBC)

'Da Vinci' provokes widespread protests

Liz Taylor dismisses Alzheimer's rep: Oh come on, do I look like I'm dying

German Documentary on Women Filmakers and Artists


Iran : une révolution cinématographique


I wanted to say that I saw a great documentary on French TV ARTE called Iran : La Revolution Cinematographique aka Iran : The Film Revolution. It was directed by Nader Homayoun and I must say it was the best and most complete documentary ever made to date on the history of the Iranian Cinema. I do know that there was a BBC Radio documentary on the same subject made several years ago, but this one was really updated covering the pre-revolution films to that of the era after the revolution. I was amazed how interesting it was from both a historical perspective as well as from an artistic point of view with rare footage of Iranian films and interviews of Makhmalabaf and Gobadi and many other directors. Alot of touching moments that combined nostalgia but also an objective account on the films made in a century. I was absolutely amazed by the entire production that for the first time did not try to judge the directors or actors but tried to understand their work. One of the most amazing, surrealist testimonies was that of an Iranian director who explained how in war torn Iran they had shot a historical film while the Bombs were being thrown in Tehran. The crew had calculated that they could shoot a scene every seven minutes between bomb explosions without damage for the materiale and you could see a groupe of actors dressed as European Aristorcrats at the turn of the century sipping their tea and eating buscuits in a 19th century drawing room. It was truly amazing and touching to see the contrast and dedications of many of these artists. It makes one feel utterly humble. The Documentary film was extremely well done and the kind you should show in a history class at school or at the university and understandable for both Westerners and Iranians alike. I hope it will or is available on DVD. Normally it should be issued by MK2 which normally distributes Iranian films


Film Critic and Reviewer


Erin Gann (Xerxes) & Helen Carey (Atossa) in "The Persians"

In 'The Persians,' Ancient History Bears Repeating

Erin Gann (Xerxes) and Helen Carey (Atossa) in Shakespeare Theatre Company's "The Persians." (By Carol Rosegg -- Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Article Washington Post:


Also see Official website of The Shakespeare Theater Company:



Episode of Madame Butterfly by Puccini

The opera opens after a Persian Prince is executed for being unable to answer the beautiful icy princess's riddles. An unknown, Prince Calaf, upon seeing Princess Turandot for the first time, is smitten and announces that he will try and solve the riddles and win her hand in marriage. His father's young female servant, the slave Liu, expresses her love for Calaf in a moving solo. And so the classic format is set -- the eternal triangle comprising the Prince, the cold-hearted princess and the faithful servant-girl.


Carla Golian actress/producer

Carla Golian was born on August 15th 1974, the second child to her mother, Juliet Gevorkoff, and her father, Robert Golian. Carla, of Armenian heritage, was born in Iran where her mother, a scholar of International Communications, was a prominent travel guide catering to the rich and famous touring the historical wonders of the former Persian Monarchy. Jackie Onasis, Tony Curtis, Elizabeth Taylor to name a few. Notably, her mother worked closely with the King and Queen of Iran , Reza Shah Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi, single-handedly arranging all of their diplomatic as well as vacation travel needs. Her father was a brilliant scientific mind, in fact, an aerospace engineer, and a devoted family man.


































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More articles about Iran

Iran Death Judge Lands U.N. Seat On Human Rights
New York Sun
Eli Lake

WASHINGTON -- Iran's delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council faces being isolated by the envoys of free nations this week after it emerged that its leader is one of Iran's most notorious censors and prosecutors of dissidents who the Canadians hold responsible for acquitting those who raped and murdered one of their female citizens.

Why the Neo-Nazis Salute Iran's President

Allister Heath

Hjalmar Schacht, the Nazi economics minister, had many unusual interests but one was especially telling. He was fascinated with the theory, famously enunciated by King Darius the Great, that the Persians were of Aryan lineage, and argued that this made them the Nazis’ natural allies.

10 Questions For Reza Pahlavi

Time Magazine
Vivienne Walt

As the oldest son of the Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi's youth in Tehran's sumptuous palace — and his prospects for the throne — ended at age 17, when the 1979 Islamic revolution drove his family into exile. Between meetings with French politicians last week, Pahlavi, now 45, sat down with Time's Vivienne Walt in his mother's Paris residence to describe the best way to oust the Tehran regime — and return him home.

Iran's China Syndrome

The Washington Post

In the middle of a tirade about the pointlessness of talking with the Bush administration, a senior Iranian official I met in Tehran last month abruptly paused and asked if he could speak off the record. Then he said: "What we need is an American president who will follow the example of Richard Nixon going to China."

Reza Pahlavi Royal Democrat

Wall Street Journal

It's been an agonizing week for Iranian patriots. On Monday, Washington's ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, suggested that if Iran's ruling clerics a.........

Statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

May 31, 2006

The pursuit by the Iranian regime of nuclear weapons represents a direct threat to the entire international community, including to the United States and to the Persian Gulf region. In defiance of repeated calls from the IAEA Board of Governors and from the Security Council, the Iranian government has accelerated its nuclear program while continuing to conceal its activities from international inspectors.

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.

Dissident tells of assaults and threats against children during 66 days in jail run by Iran's clerical regime

By Philip Sherwell in Washington

A leading Iranian pro-democracy and women's activist, who was jailed on trumped-up charges last year, has revealed how the clerical regime cynically deploys systemic sexual violence against female dissidents in the name of Islam.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad is not Unhinged

By: Amil Imani

The world is captivated by the sudden rise of a relatively unknown to the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for his torrent of outrageous statements and claims. He has, thus, in a short time acquired great many appellations. He is viewed as zealot, fascist, fanatic, anti-Semitic, lunatic and more.

Dances with Foxes!

“Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good.” —Benjamin Franklin

By Farhad Mafie

Almost 40 years ago, in his famous play “Shahr-e Ghesseh” (“The City of Fable”), Bijan Mofid, one of Iran’s greatest contemporary playwrights, very creatively presented the Iranian Mullahs (Islamic clergymen) as “foxes” .........

IRAN'S (COSTLY) WAR ON AMERICA or (There's been a war all along)

by Amir Taheri

ALTHOUGH "silly season" is still several weeks away, the media are al ready in frenzy about a new war in the Middle East - this time involving the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Son of the Ayatollah
US News & World Report

Fouad Ajami

"Is Persia about to enter, nay, has she already entered the comity of civilized nations or does she still sit a contented outcast without the gate?"

The Apocalyptic Message of President Ahmadinejad to President Bush

By: Amil Imani

Iran's President Ahmadinejad, a veteran of the Islamic Republic's repressive Revolutionary Guard, took office 3 August 2005, after a surprise win in a June sham presidential election -- there are no democratic elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran. All candidates are prescreened by the Guardian Council before they are allowed to run for office.

Shirin Ebadi: Voice of Democracy or Voice of Mullacracy?

By: Amil Imani

The biggest surprise of 2003 was when an Iranian human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi, became the first Iranian ever to win a Nobel Prize. Yet, the Nobel committee referred to her as the first Muslim woman, completely denying her nationality.


by Amir Taheri

May 5, 2006

This article was first published in Asharq Alawsat.

During the past few weeks, a number of prominent Iranians have been calling on various capitals, including some in the region, to seek a way out of the current crisis.

The Iranian Regime: A Challenge to the World
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Public Affairs

The United States admires and respects the Iranian people and supports their right to determine their own future. As the President has stated, the United States hopes one day soon to be the closest of friends with a free, sovereign and democratic Iran.

BBC's Interview With Terrorist Yazdi and Shirin Neshat's response

A must read article

The April 29th BBC interview with Ibrahim Yazdi, accomplice in mass murder of scores of Iranian patriots during the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79, is yet another instance of British complicity in the overthrow of the legitimate Monarchial government of the Iranian Nation 28 years ago.

Washington Times
Wdensday's EDITORIAL

Advocates of solving the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis through negotiations between the United States and Iran (and depending on the particular advocate, the European Union and/or Russia, China and the United Nations) face a huge challenge explaining away the failure of virtually all such previous efforts. During the 27 years since the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the shah, an unfortunate pattern has developed when it comes to Western efforts to engage the mullahs: failure and embarrassment.

May 1st in Iran


The Islamic regime planned a May Day workers ceremony in front of the ex-U.S. embassy in Tehran, trimming the building with various signs such as ?Death to America? and ?Nuclear energy is our absolute right?.

The West Has More Options than Just the Extremes, Attack or Appease

By Patrick Clawson

Given the fiasco over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, it is only natural that many people are suspicious about the crisis atmosphere

Is the United States serious about Iran?

By: Amil Imani

Recently, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice has requested $75 million to support pro-democracy elements inside Iran and also assist the Iranian opposition groups outside of Iran.

Secretary of State Rice: Iran Talks Would Not Be "Negotiations"

March 17, 2006
U.S. Department of State
Washington File

Following is the State Department transcript of remarks by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister John Howard of Australia March 17:

The Beginning of the End Game

It appears that the United States and Iran are now going to begin public talks on Iraq. The Iranian News Agency reported Thursday that Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told a closed session of the Majlis that Iran had agreed to a request by the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq to negotiate with Washington on Iraq.