November/December 2005
Volume VI, Number 32

Anything Goes


Book Review


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Persian Heritage

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Persia's Poetic Past

Kourosh brought unmatched glory
Dariush's Persepolis told the lasting story
Strength came from tolerance and freedom
Justice and nobility flourished in this kingdom




French Star Alain Delon and Empress Farah at the Gala presided by her Majesty

Paris - Former Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran presided the annual Gala of IFRAD ( International Fund Raising for Alzheimer Disease) on Monday November 14th, 2005 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Animated by mediator Véronique de Villèle also present was the French Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, actor Alain Delon and tv anchor Journalist presentator Claire Chazal. The gala dinner was followed by an international dance show including Iranian Derviche Dancer Shahrokh Mosh Kim Ghalam, Phase T (Hip Hop), Argentine Tango and the Celtic Dance Company.

Khajeh mountain, biggest unbaked mud architecture of Parthian era

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Nov 2, IRNA-Khajeh Mountain Complex, the biggest model of unbaked mud architecture remaining in Sistan area, is one of the most remarkable relics of the Parthian, Sassanid and Islamic eras.

The Policy of Turkification in Iran


The Turkification of Iran under the leadership of the former President Khatami has been carried under the banners of "Iranian Aryan Nationalism". The truth is these people represent the Azeri nationalism and their base of support are Azeris. In their political campaign they always use Persian girls and they paint themselves as the inheritors of the Persian civilization.

By: Mohammad Amini




By: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

What is pan-Turanianism? Simply put, pan-Turanianism is an ideology that aims at creating a Turkic super state stretching from the Balkans in Europe, eastwards across Turkey, Iran (Persia), the Caucasus, Central Asia up to and including northwest China.

The logic behind this is that all people who speak Turkish must be incorporated into this Turkic super state (see also Atabaki, 2001, Landau, 1995, Zenkovsky 1960 and Lewis, 1962 in References). Hungarian pan-Turanianist activists go even further. They have proposed that the entire Eurasian landmass between Hungary and Norway in Europe to Japan and Korea was once an empire known as “Turania”. Apart from non-scholastic websites, no linguistic, anthropological and archeological evidence for such an empire exists. Pan-Turanian racialists and historians would beg to differ. They are impervious to logical explanations even in the face of hard evidence. Such is the case of all who are infected with the virulent virus of racialism (see C. Richards, 1997 and J. Searle-White, 2001 in References).

Introducing "Cultures in a Box"

A truly amazing program for children

Once again another Iranian woman makes us proud with her exceptional talent and her great sense of community. Roya Ansari, the founder of "Cultures in a Box" speaks about the reasons behind starting such a wonderful and useful program. Once again the dormant genius and talent of our women resurface!

"This is a global program, where all cultures are introduced beyond their place on the world map and their place in history; it is a humanistic view in introducing a culture and its people. As Iranian Americans we need to be instrumental in creating a world for the next generation to have better understanding and respect for all cultures so they can lead prosperous lives and societies. "

Rostam Super Hero: Popularizing A Persian Myth

An interview with Behrooz Bahmani on the genesis of his comic book

By: Darius Kadivar

I had the opportunity to read a Comic Book in English based on the Persian legendary hero Rostam, and was delighted by what I discovered as a bold and successful attempt to render Ferdowsi’s legendary script into a visually stunning story accessible to every age group.

Book: The Mitrokhin Archive II : The KGB and the World

Review By Amir Taheri

The young girl is beautiful, and the Shah, receiving Iranian students during a visit to Paris, cannot but notice her. The man who heads the office for Iranian students abroad pushes the girl forward, and sings her praises to pin the Shah down in front of her.

Love at first sight? Perhaps , perhaps not. But a few months later the student girl with a charming smile marries the Shah, in a One Thousand and One Night ceremony, to become Empress Farah Pahlavi.

Introducing Saeed Shirazi's recently released excellent book

A Concise History of Iran

Publisher's Synopsis

Never before has a book of this caliber (brief but thorough) been printed in English regarding the entire history of Iran. Although the writer does not claim to be a historian, he realized the need for just such a timely book. A Concise History of Iran sheds light on the heretofore unfamiliar and often unrecognized relationship between Persia and the world; it is filled with information in a historical sequence with accurate and multiple references that may be used academically. Unlike the United States, where separation of church and state is a mandated fact of the Constitution, in Iran, wise Clerics—religious Magi—have had and still have enormous political influence.

Forgotten Empire, my visit

By: Maryam Tabibzadeh

Fresh out of the museum, I undoubtedly took great pride in the Iranian artifacts, architecture, jewels and reliefs, which were proudly on display, but I also felt sad and confused.. As I walked aimlessly under the overcast sky, I was drowned in thoughts of the past glories of my country. My mind churned on this idea for hours after, and my heart ached at the thought of what that great empire has in fact amounted to. What kind of legacy has been left now, and what has happened to this once magnificent land?

An Interview with Prince Gholam Reza Pahlavi

On his recently published book "My father, my brother, the Shahs of Iran

Interview by: Point de vue magazine - France

Translated by: Darius Kadivar

THE PRINCE Gholam-Reza Pahlavi, son of Reza Shah the Great, founder of the Pahlavi dynasty, and brother of of the last Shah of Iran was a privaledged witness of his reign of thirty seven years. In a highly expected book, he breaks the silence that surrounds the fall of the Shah's regime and gives his version of the facts. Highly critical of the western powers he accuses them of interfering in Iran's internal affairs........

Lifting the veil

The Guardian

The finest collection of 20th-century western art outside Europe and America has been gathering dust in storage. Why? Because it's owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran. But now, Christopher de Bellaigue reports, these spectacular works are finally being displayed in Tehran. An Iranian woman stands in front of a huge Picasso, Painter and his Model, on show at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art. Standing in his studio, illuminated by subdued pools of coloured light, the artist is depicted as an extension of the inanimate objects around him. ........

Darius Kadivar


The World of Cinema

>>MGM releases Turtles can Fly on DVD

>>George Clooney as Fred Friendly in "Good Night, and Good Luck."

>>Iranian director Tamineh Milani receives accolades from U.S. festival

And more.......

More on Cinema:


Catherine Zeta Jones is certainly one of the most thrilling actress' to watch on screen. An interesting and beautiful woman with an interesting carreer alternating between adventure films like Entrapment to sentimental comedies like Terminal, musicals like Chicago or sophisticated thrillers like Ocean's Twelve. To the extent that she is overshadowing her husband Michael Douglas actor, producer and son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas.

Interestingly Zeta Jones very first film was a French production based on the Persian tales of a 1001 nights directed by Phillip de Broca in 1990 and recently released on DVD:


She was Cast as Sherehazad the persian princess. She has been also cast for the voice overs of the Dreamworks production Sinbad.

This Fall will be adventurous again for Mrs. Zeta Jones who is cast for the second time as Elena de La Vega Antonio Banderas' strong willing wife and former Daughter of the Real Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) in the Legend of Zorro.


Interestingly for Iranian fans Mrs.Zeta Jones was also to present the Nobel Peace Prize of 2003 to Iranian Human Rights activist and Lawyer Shirine Ebadi.

Catherine Zeta Jones is thus entering the pantheon of Hollywood's female swashbucklers. Nothing surprising from a woman who as Sherehazad captivated her Kings eyes and ears and who deservingly earned her 1001 days and nights ...











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More articles about Iran

Not Just Israel's Problem
The Jerusalem Post
Amir Taheri

The way Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells it, the Islamic Republic is well on the way to establishing itself as "the leader of the Muslim world" in what he describes as "the coming clash of civilizations."

What Else Can Be Done about Iran’s Nuclear Program?

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The 15 enemies of the Internet and other countries to watch

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25,000 Books Destroyed in Fire at Tehran University

by Amir Taheri

They are well-heeled, sophisticated and full of energy. And, yet, since last August they have faced a growing sense of boredom because, for the first time in years, they have plenty of time on their hands with nothing to do.

Domestic Threats to Iranian Stability: Khuzistan and Baluchistan Print Mail

By Michael Rubin

The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing a new wave of domestic violence, with multiple bombings in the provinces of Khuzistan and Baluchistan in the past six months.

U.S. makes its case with laptop clues

By William J. Broad and David E. Sanger The New York Times

In mid-July, senior U.S. intelligence officials called the leaders of the international atomic inspection agency to the top of a skyscraper overlooking the Danube in Vienna and unveiled the contents of what they said was a stolen Iranian laptop computer

For Jews, there have always been two Irans
By: Dr. Abbas Milani

PALO ALTO, California The Bible is full of praise for Persia (today's much-maligned Iran) and for its rulers. In the Book of Ezra, God speaks through the proclamations of Cyrus, the king of Persia, who declares, "The Lord God of Heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem."

Rage without a cause
A policy of appeasement will not ensure peaceful co-habitation in Europe's multi-ethnic cosmopolitan community

By: Iqbal Latif

Chirac has played its foreign policy of 'pacification' partly to keep its 5 million immigrant population mollified. In the first disturbing assertion that a European country and its capital can be brought to a halt by the massed forces of Islamist ....

United States Releases 2005 International Religious Freedom Report

"Countries of Particular Concern" include China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan

The U.S. Department of State released the seventh Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which examines the status of religious freedom around the world.

European cities on guard for French-style violence

By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - Images of French ghettos in flames are causing increasing discomfort across Europe and have raised fears the violence could spread across borders.

A group of students from the Teheran University writes to the Nobel Prize winner Harold Printer

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The death of a most beloved singer

Saturday Nov. 5th, 2005

Bush's Great Middle East Gamble
The Weekly Standard
Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since 9/11, President Bush and this most convulsive region of the Muslim world have become Siamese twins, inseparably connected in Iraq. If the Iraqi experiment takes--and we will certainly know whether a new democratic Iraq is alive and kicking by the en.....

Regime Change

Abbas Milani

The clerical cabal that rules Iran is pushing its captive population ever closer to the precipice. President Ahmadinejad's declaration that Israel should be "wiped out" has dramatically enhanced Iran's isolation. The regime's best hope is that China's insatiable hunger for energy will lead Beijing to use its veto power to thwart a possible U.N. sanction.

Bush Calls Iran and Syria 'Outlaw Regimes'
Caren Bohan

President George W. Bush on Friday called Iran and Syria "outlaw regimes" and said countries that support terrorism are just as guilty of murder as those who commit the violence. "We're determined to deny radical groups the support and sanctuary of outlaw regimes. State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a

Iran's New Anti-Israel 'Rage'

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Blair Hints at Military Action after Iran's 'Disgraceful' Taunt

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A few letters to Michael Ledeen on AEI Conference

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Iranian President: Israel Should be 'Wiped Off the Map'

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"The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world," the president told a conference in Tehran entitled: 'The World without Zionism'.

Russia, Europe and Iran - the Power Politics
The Financial Times

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by Amir Taheri

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by Amir Taheri

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A Note on the terms "Iran" and "Persia"

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The Islamic cycle of terror

By: Amil Imani

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Press Release


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Pakistan and Israel Deal Iran a Blow

September 03, 2005
Asia Times
Safa Haeri

The meeting on Thursday between the foreign ministers of Israel and Pakistan in Istanbul is a huge success for Israel's diplomacy and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and, in the short term, a setback for Iran.

US forces should take a lesson from the Persian kings

Simon Tisdall

The Guardian

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Mr. Ganji’s ‘treasure’

Reza Bayegan

Akbar Ganji should go free, but what he's advocating has long been thrown out of currency

The Politics of Honor in the Middle East

The Jerusalem Post
Gerald Steinberg

In a recent column on Iran's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, Rami Khouri advised the US government and the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid insulting Iran or impinging on its honor. ......

Can Democracy Stop Terrorism?

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