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March/April 2006
Volume VI, Number 34

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The proper spelling of the Iranian New Year, Nowruz

Upon the recommendation of prominent Iranian scholars, most Iranian societies and foundations outside Iran, Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization and Cultural Research Bureau (Tehran), and upon the approval of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and most importantly, for the consistency within the International Iranian Community, we should all write the name of the Iranian New Year with this spelling:


Shirin's Haftseen

History of Nowruz

In harmony with rebirth of nature, the Persian New Year Celebration, or Nowruz, always begins on the first day of spring, March 20th of each year. Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and Rebirth.

Nowruz Goes Beyond an Iranian Tradition

Why the registration of Nowruz file
was turned down by UNESCO.

Why the registeration of Nowruz has not gone through by the UNESCO

Ten countries from the Persian civilization territory including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, India, and Iran presented a file about Nowruz (Persian New Year) for registration in the list of UNESCO Intangible Heritage as a multinational heritage.

A hearfelt salute to our brave women inside Iran

March 8, the International Women's Day

By:Shirin Tabibzadeh

The proper spelling of the Iranian New Year, Nowruz

Upon the recommendation of prominent Iranian scholars, most Iranian societies and foundations outside Iran, Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization and Cultural Research Bureau (Tehran), and upon the approval of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and most importantly, for the consistency within the International Iranian Community, we should all write the name of the Iranian New Year with this spelling:

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Houchang Nahavandi, former Minister of the last Shah of Iran. From 1974 to the time of the revolution president of the “Iranian Problems Study Group,” he was described by Pierre Salinger as “His Majesty’s Opposition Group.”


Two articles by: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran

By: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

In lieu of the present escalating crisis, the following article is of high significance to Iranians, especially for those of you concerned about the possible military consequences of the de-evolving political standoff between Iran and the Neocons.

,,,........................Please sign the petition for " AZARBAIJAN OF IRAN"

This petition is being released to vociferously confront attempts at creating conflicts based on linguistic differences

What Does the Term " Middle East" mean?

The term - Middle East - when examined in cultural, anthropological and cultural terms makes very little sense. Allow me to state this bluntly: the construct "Middle East" is a geopolitical invention - void of any scientific basis. The term was first invented by American lecturer and Anglophile Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914)

Mihan-e Moshtarek-e Maa, yek mihan-e farhanigist

An interview with Dr. Ali Mirfetros

Sent by: Shahrokh

By: Firouz Malek-Madani, Ph.D.

During the 19th century Persia faced an economic stagnation and lacked sufficient economic development relative to other Middle Eastern countries that bordered the Mediterranean. According to Charles Issawi, prior to the opening of the Suez Canal, in order to reach Western Europe through the waterways, one had to travel a distance of over 11000 mile.

America: The Last Frontier

By: Amil Imani

The vast land of America was once inhabited by a relatively small number of indigenous people. These "Indians" had lived throughout the land for thousands of years, and they will always remain the true fathers of America. American Indians helped the Pilgrims survive the winter. Later, more European immigrants came, and American settlement finally outgrew the Indian fathers.

'We Are Citizens of This Country'

In Iran, an Islamic theocracy, Christians and Jews occupy an unusual place. But it's not necessarily uncomfortable.

"We identify ourselves with Iranian society and nationality because Armenians have been living here for centuries and centuries," says Bishop Sebouh Sarkissian of the Archdiocese of Tehran. "Sometimes they call us religious minorities -- a word I've never liked, even hated, because we are not a religious minority. We are citizens of this country."

Unofficial sources report of the death of Iranian girls under the age of 15 as a result of illegal abortion. The statistics show that out of every 10 under 16 year old girls who seek an abortion, one loses her life. Moreover certain Internet sites report of an average of 15 fetuses being discovered per day in Tehran's garbage.

Shahbanou Farah’s Answer to History

French TV Interview on  ITÉLÉ with Paris Match Grand Reporter Caroline Pigozzi

translation by Darius KADIVAR

Shahbanou's Reminder
Reza Bayegan

Shahbanou's regular messages to her compatriots are more than royal declarations on topical Iranian issues. They provide us with a sense of perspective in the midst of chaos, and instability that has been our national lot for the past quarter of a century. From the sadness of exile, Empress Farah has observed the discipline of keeping the channels of communication open between herself and her compatriots. Her website has an extremely high number of visitors and she is as dev

Moroori bar ketab-e "Roozha Dar Raah" neveshtey-e Shahrokh Meskoob

By: Shirin Tabibzadeh

An article by & an interview with Manouchehr Moshdagh Khorasani

the author of " Arms and Armors"

Terminology of Arms and Armor used in the Shahname: a Comparative Analysis (Part 1: Swords and Maces)

The monumental epic of the Shahname, which was written by Hakim Abolgasem Ferdowsi in the 10th century A.D., testifies a long warrior tradition in Iran, going back to pre-Islamic times.  Originally, Ferdowsi intended to present his epic to a Samanid emir, as the Samanids were proud of their Iranian origins and tried to revive the glorious past of Iran.  Due to the shift of power in the region when Ghaznavids took power in Khorasan, Ferdowsi presented his glorious epic to Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavid, who as is known did not appreciate the efforts and work of Ferdowsi. 

THE Magnificent MANOUCHEHR, an interview with the author of "Arms and Armor"

by: Persian Mirror

This book is the result of years of research in the field of Iranian arms and armor, illustrating for the first time a selected array of Iranian arms and armor from ten Iranian museums.

The Turban, the Veil, and the Sword
By Farzaneh Milani
This article was first published by the Daily Progress on February 19, 2006

The controversy surrounding the cartoons addresses three troubling, but interconnected issues. First, they reflect the social drama unfolding within Europe itself, mainly the presence of a large number of Muslim immigrants within its tightly knit communities.

Introducing Vida Ghahremani's recently released book " Aroosi-e Khaleh va..."

Here is a chapter: Rooz-e Aval-e Eid

(Roshangaran and Women's Studies Publishers, Tehran, 2005)

Negar Ahkami's Art Work At New York Times Art Review

Sent by: Dr. S. Afkhami

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.


Iran's top female race driver gets her license

Leyla Milani

Iranian fashion Girl

Former Miss Cda defends Iranian on death row

A former Miss Canada is attempting to bring international attention to the plight of an 18-year-old woman sentenced to death in Iran.

The World of Cinemas


French Star Mathilda May Talks about her portrayal of Princess Shams the Shah's elder sister in successful European TV production Soraya

An interview by Télé Star Sylvia De ABREU Translation and Introduction by Darius KADIVAR
































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More articles about Iran


The Problem is: Iran Does Pose a Threat in Every Way Iraq Did Not

April 26, 2006
The Guardian
Jonathan Freedland

Here's the thing that people often forget about the boy who cried wolf: he did see a wolf eventually. Could that be how things are turning out in the Gulf? Did Britain and the US point to a false threat in Iraq, only to be left exposed when the real menace came along, in Iran?

Iran May Climb Down Over N-Issue Sooner Than West Expects
Amir Taheri

Was Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad inspired by a Tehrani folk tale to try and lead the Islamic republic out of what looks like the most serious foreign policy crisis in its history?

Iran Marks Step in Nuclear Development

The New York Times

TEHRAN, April 11 — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Iranian scientists had achieved the goal of enriching uranium for its nuclear power program and that the nation was determined to develop production on an industrial scale.



The New Yorker

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack.

The West can't let Iran have the bomb

With each week that passes, Iran's ayatollahs move closer to their goal of building an atom bomb.

An exercise in bravado
The Guardian

Iran has been conducting a sort of grand military parade up and down the Gulf this week, displaying its defensive hardware, test-firing sophisticated-sounding new weapons systems, and proclaiming its readiness to repel all would-be aggressors.

Once again:

Earthquakes Devastate Iranian Villages

Ceremony of Innocence

Reza Bayegan

Words on the Occasion of Princess Leila’s Birthday

Iran given stark nuclear choice

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful means
Iran has been given 30 days to return to the negotiating table or face isolation, foreign ministers from the US and five other major powers warned

Draft Statement on Iran's Nuclear Program

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Following is the full text of a draft statement on Iran's nuclear program formally approved Wednesday by the 15-member U.N. Security Council.

Iran Is at War with Us
Someone should tell the U.S. government.

Michael Ledeen

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, is dying of cancer. But he is convinced that his legacy will be glorious. He believes that thousands of his Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers effectively control southern Iraq, and that the rest of the country is at his mercy, since we present no challenge to them — even along the Iraq/Iran border, where they operate with impunity.

Women at war with the mullahs
What drives a woman to risk a fatwa by attacking Islam. Christopher
Goodwin reports

Sent by: Amil Imani


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.

4Shanbehsoori in Iran

United States Policy Toward Iran

March 08, 2006
U.S. Department of State
R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs

Everyday Iranians Nervous about Push for Atomic Power

Karl Vick

Iranians are expressing unease about the international showdown over their country's nuclear program, as broad public support for atomic power is tempered by growing misgivings about the cost.

Regime Change as Official Policy

Peter Kohanloo

In his 2006 State of the Union speech, President George W. Bush correctly identified the dichotomy between Iranians and the terrorist regime which rules over them, when he described Iran as being “...a nation now held hostage.....

by Amir Taheri
March 1, 2006

Having resumed uranium enrichment, has the Islamic Republic crossed the Rubicon? That question is dividing commentators and decision-makers both inside and outside Iran.


Statement at the
National Press Club
Washington DC

March 1st, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen,

It saddens me to reappear before you here today at a time when under the yoke of the clerical regime, my homeland is labeled as the greatest threat to international peace and security, and more importantly, from my vantage point, this threat comes at the cost of great pain and suffering for my fellow compatriots in Iran.

Which Prophet Mohammad?
By: Reza Bayegan

Growing up as a Moslem in Iran in the religiously tolerant atmosphere of the 1970s we were taught at school about the Prophet Mohammad’s exemplary kindness, especially towards those who insulted and injured him.

Are We Playing for Keeps?
The Wall Street Journal
Michael Rubin

On Feb. 22, terrorists bombed the Askariya shrine in Samarra, Iraq. The attack shocked Iraqis and infuriated Shiites. The Iranian government sought to direct public anger toward Washington. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blamed "intelligence agencies of the occupiers of Iraq and the Zionists."

Workers Communist Party of Iran Website
Mark Dankof

Old Right Topic News Senior Editor Mark Dankof reminds unsuspecting Americans that the Red element of the Red and Black (Mullahs) Alliance that overthrew the Shah of Iran a generation ago is unfortunately alive and well. Beware.

URL for Workers Communist Party of Iran website

The Queen's Death Star - Depleted Uranium . Measured in British Atmosphere
From Battlefields in the Middle East

Bahram Maskanian

The Sunday Times Online, February 19, 2006, reported on a shocking scientific study authored by British scientists Dr. Chris Busby and Saoirse Morgan: "Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War 2 result in contamination of Europe? Evidence from the measurements of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK".

Prepare yourself for the Unthinkable: War Against Iran May be a Necessity
Gerard Baker

The unimaginable but ultimately inescapable truth is that we are going to have to get ready for war with Iran. Being of a free-speaking, free-thinking disposition, we generally find in the ......