May/ June 2007
Volume VII, Number 41

Fun Stuff

Anything Goes


Here And Tehre




Previous Issues

Some past articles

Books by Dr. Jalil Doostkhah

Bahram Maskanian

More Links


Touraj Daryaee


Persian Heritage

Kamran Amid

Shapour Bakhtiar's site

Zoroastrians Prayer CD - Click to order

Write to us

Some day we will find the way - The beautiful courageous Nazanin

Mobaarezeh baa bad hejaabi!

All about Iran, forget the propaganda, this is a good movie

Beautiful Pictures from Iran

Faramarz Forozandeh's interview with Richard Fry about Iran

Protesting Sivand Dam - Photos

An important question - Shokooh Mirzadegi

Iranian Scholarship Foundation

2007 Fundraising Gala in Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel

An exceptionally special event - Please read

To know a few of theses young and brilliant students - recipients of the award - please click here

Depressing News/Statistics - a must read

Introducing Dr. Kaveh Farrokh's newly released book:

Shadows in the Desert
Ancient Persia at War

An exceptionally valuable book

By: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

Kaveh Farrokh's new book, "Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War" outlines the history of origins of the Aryans, the Medes, Achaemenids, Parthians, Sassanians, the fall of Iran to the Arabs, and ends with Iranian contributions to world civilization. Iranian contributions to world civilization are constantly emphasized at the end of each section actually - notably Iranian contributions in communications (the first highways, postal systems), banking-commerce, shipping, music, government, human rights, promotion of Buddhism, influence on Judaism-Christianity, engineering, math-science-learning-literature and a variety of other domains. The relationship between these Iranian achievements to the wars talking place between the Greco-Roman world and ancient Persia are continually emphasized. What is important is that the book (unlike the majority of past Iranian and western books) draws on excellent research that has received little mention as well as previously un-translated Greco-Roman historical sources. The book features many rare photos, newly drawn maps (i.e the route of the Aryans), maps (200 plus), including a recently discovered Iranian winged-lion of pure gold in the Republic of Georgia Finally, the foreword of this book has been written by none other than world-renowned scholars of ancient Iran: Professor Richard Nelson Frye. He is the world's top expert on ancient Iran and has been in the field for 60 years...

To order go to this site

Introducing: The Age of the Parthians

By: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis & Sarah Stewart (Eds)

This book is the second in a series of four on pre-Islamic Iran. As of 2008 the same title will be covering 'The Idea of Iran' after the Islamic conquest. The whole series is funded by the Soudavar Memorial Foundation

The region known today as Iran has seen the birth of many empires. Perhaps the least understood of these is the Parthian Empire. Formidable horse-soldiers and empire builders, the Parthians checked Rome's expansion in the East and at one time occupied areas beyond modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Despite this little is known about the Parthians themselves. After five centuries this great Persian superpower vanished leaving few written records.

Culture of Iran

Archaeological studies show that a Sassanid city is being submerged in the reservoir of the Salman-e Farsi Dam, which is currently being filled in Fars Province, southern Iran..........and more

Can Rumi save us now?

Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writer

Life and words of the popular 13th-century Persian poet have
special meaning for a 21st-century world torn by war, genocide and hatred
Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writer

During the last decades of his life, the Persian poet Rumi was surrounded by news of terrorism, just as we are eight centuries later. Those were the days of Mongol invasions that swept past the steppes of Asia into Anatolia, the Near East and other areas of geographical importance. Mass murders from war -- what today would be called genocide and ethnic cleansing -- were a routine part of Rumi's 13th-century world.


From Fahimeh Sadri's newly released book " The Blue of Sky"


To order the book please contact:

What do you know about Persians/Iranians

What you are about to see is a PPS in which the names and images
of some Iranians/Persians, whose achievements have made them well-
known across the world, are listed. In the attached PPS, only the names of 35 Iranians is listed, whereas there are hundreds or even thousands of successful Iranians for whom we must raise our hat in respect and recognition.

What do you know about Persians/Iranians

Good to know:

Dr. Firouz Naderi

Modern Iranian scientists, scholars, and engineers

Nowruz celebration @ Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

There is a large contingent of Persians now living in New York and in Los Angeles. In fact, in the most recent election, an Iranian was elected mayor of Beverly Hills. There are also a lot of prosperous and influential Iranians/ Persians here in New York, many of whom were at the dinner at the Met last night.

The guest of honor at the dinner was Farah Diba, the widow of the last Shah, and former empress of Iran.


The Ballet Afsaneh professional company will perform traditional Persian and Central Asian dances, along with the student ensembles of the Afsaneh Dance Academy. Recent reviews honor Ballet Afsaneh as “.... the top tier of Bay Area world dance.” -- Alan Ulrich, Voice of Dance 2006

Two performances:

3:00 pm Matinee Concert,
8:00 pm Evening Performance - May 12, 2007

Historic Hoover Theatre,
1635 Park Ave San Jose, CA 95126

Tickets: $30 General Admission, $20 Children & Seniors
To Purchase Tickets By Phone: (408) 927-7004
Online Sales & Information:

5:30-7:30pm, May 19th 2007

145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley , CA

Please join us in this special, unprecedented event to honor and

appreciate one of Iran 's most celebrated and legendary artists.

For event details, registration information and directions

please visit

Asian Religions & Cultures Initiative
Zoroastrian Lecture Series

"Minority Sociopolitics in Contemporary Iran : The Zoroastrian Case"

Jamsheed Choksy

( Indiana )

Tuesday, June 5th, 7-8 p.m.

Building 260, Room 113
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


Movie "Cyrus the Great"

If you like to read a bit about the Movie "Cyrus the Great" and donate to
help with the completion of this film, please see the website below:

Memorable roles in Iranian cinema to be reviewed

TEHRAN, April 23 (MNA) -- Tehran’s University of Art will hold an event entitled, “Role creators; a review on the unforgettable roles of Iranian cinema’s actors” on May 2-28.

In the history of the Iranian cinema there have been many outstanding movies. During the event many of the memorable roles played in these films will be reviewed.

Special attention will be given to the roles played by Golab Adineh, Atila Pesyani, Parviz Parastuii, Reza Kianian, Sussan Taslimi, Akbar Abdi, Parviz Fannizadeh, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Parvaneh Masumi, and Ezzatollah Entezami.

“Under the Skin of the City”, “Gilaneh”, “The Crow”, “Bashu, the Little Stranger”, “The Cow”, “The Blind Owl”, “Leili Is With Me”, “The Green Ashes”, “The Actor”, and “A Piece of Bread” in which the actors have starred will be shown and reviewed during the event.

Tehran’s University of Art will host the program, which will take place in the Farabi Hall of the university, reported the Iranian Students News Agency.

17 Iranian flicks heading to Cannes film market

TEHRAN, April 23 (MNA) -- Seventeen Iranian films are to be on sale in the film market of the 60th Cannes Film Festival.

Some of the films that will be on sale in the market are “M for Mother” by Rasul Mollaqolipur, “Eternal Kids” by Puran Derakhshandeh, “The Locksmith” by Gholamreza Ramezani, “Robin” by Parviz Sheikhtadi, “Like a Tale” by Khosro Sinaii, “Adam” by Abdorreza Kahani, “Barefoot in Heaven” by Bahram Tavakkoli, “Reward of Silence” by Maziar Miri, “Stone, Paper, Scissors” by Saeid Soheili, “Cold Dust” by Reza Sobhani, and “The Outcasts” by Masud Dehnamaki.

The director of the International Department of the Farabi Cinematic Foundation said that the companies in charge of distributing Iranian cinematic works are scheduled to become more active this year.

During the event, several meetings with festival officials are planned, noted Amir Esfandiari.

The 60th Festival de Cannes will be held from May 16 to 27.

Istanbul to host Tehran Culture Week

TEHRAN, April 23 (MNA) -- Following an agreement between Tehran and Istanbul municipalities, Istanbul is to host The Tehran Culture Week, before the end of 2007.

The agreement was signed during the visit to Istanbul of the director of the Art and Culture Organization of Tehran’s Municipality.

During the week, over 20 short and feature-length movies are to be screened in Istanbul, and there will be an exhibition of photography depicting Tehran’s tourist sights.

Other attractions scheduled to take place during the cultural week will include the performance of several Persian musical concerts, and ‘a Rumi poetry night’.

Tehran is to host the Istanbul Culture Week in the year 2008.














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Leave our women alone!

Crushing Labor
Amir Taheri

Having set the Islamic Republic on a collision course with the United Nations on the nuclear issue, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears equally determined to confront his country's increasingly restive labor movement. The showdown, which began last year, could reach a peak this week with government plans to crush May Day demonstrations by illegal trade unions.

Teachers Threaten to Protest in front of Parliament

Iran Women's Hell
The Associated Press
Scheherzad Faramarzi

Iranian police shoved and kicked them, loaded them into a curtained minibus and drove them away. Hours later, at the gates of Evin prison, they were blindfolded and forced to wear all-enveloping chadors, and then were interrogated through the night. All 31 were women - activists accused of receiving foreign funds to stir up dissent in Iran. But their real crime, says Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, was gathering peacefully outside Tehran's Revolutionary Court in support of five fellow activists on trial for demanding changes in laws that discriminate against women.

Amnesty Reports Drop in Executions

By Nora Boustany
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, April 28, 2007; Page A14

More than nine in 10 of all known executions in the world took place in China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan and the United States last year, but the global total dropped to 1,591, from 2,148 in 2005, according to an Amnesty International report released yesterday in Rome.

Blue Beauty - a must see slide, just amazing

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.