Wednesday, June 15, 2005


-what made you open a blog, why did you feel that need?
i started learning English since i was a child and few years ago i decided to start writing an English blog just and just to improve my English, then, after i started writing i faund out i was expressing things that made my mind busy, mostly about politics, society, my inside thoughts and opinions, things like this. i also got lots of encouraging emails from different countries, so i liked blogging and kept doing it till now.

in opposite of what you guessed - feeling a need for blogging- no, it was not that at first, but now i see that i have opend a kind of winodow that i can talk to different people around the world (through my blog i mean) and its so nice, it's a good opportunity. you know, if you live in a small circle and just communicate people around you like your friends, family, colleages, etc means that you communicate people who are somehow similar to yourself, and you will lose the chance of being in touch with different ideas and thoughs. BUT IF you talk to different variety of people means you will have access to a much wider variety of thoughts and ideas, and it can be wonderful for a growing soul.


-Is it something many Iranians like to do?
you must mean blogging, well lots of them like to blog, but not many iranians have access to internet yet, and many of them are not familier with blogs, but still there are thausands of iranian blogs, mostly in persian.


-Do you feel free to write there anything you want?
HHHMMMMMmmmm... i criticize things that i think are not fair, i dont hesitate criticizing government or religion and it can be dangerous and put me in trouble, but also i never curse, both because i dont like curse and because i dont want to make anybody seriously angry to start looking for me.

just know that what i write in my blog i would never ever been able to publish them in a magazine or newspaper. we are not this free, also if i had written my real name plus my family name in this blog i wouldnt feel safe then, right now i feel safe cause i think its not that easy to find me. in the real life i dont feel free to say what i think is right, it could be dangerous. right now there are some students who are in preson because of talking and saying their opinions. and everybody knows it but nobody can do anything.



-What are your fears and your hopes, the complaints you have, the problems,
the contraints you face?

my fears and my hopes... i hope that iranian people start to know the real face of Islam as soon as possible, i really hope that. cause then we will be able to grow and develop. people should realize that in 21th century superstition and religion can do nothing and it is science that can work and build a country and bring a happy life for people.

as a muslim girl living in a society mixture of Islam, tradition, developing movement, i can feel many constraints and stress, some of them are applied by government but most of them by culture and traditional lifestyle, i wish that government could help us removing the wrong traditions by using its powerful facilities like TV,educational system,.. but they dont help that much, even sometimes make things worse. like this forcefull hijab law in iran, which is direct interfering in personal life of a woman ( what is more personal than chosing what to wear?) and is constraining women.



-Will you vote in the elections next week? What do you expect of them? And the West Europe, America etc. How do you feel
about them?

NO, im not going to vote, because its useless. living in a country that dictatorship governs on it, i can't find any reason to vote!. "ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN", hearing its name you might think its a kind of republic governing system, but in fact its just playing game with words. putting that word "islamic" can effect it more than what you expect.

in this country we have a leader who is not chosen by election and who will not be leader just for 4 years but for ever, till he is alive. theres no difference between this leader and a king or a dictator. ALSO, this leader is a religious one and it can make things even worse! he has such a holy face in media that nobody can criticize him. its him who has the main control of anything in his hand, the main power! its him who can say who can be a president and who can not. its him who can decide which article can be published in newspapers and which one cant. all power is concentrated in his hands, and president will be just a showman and election is a show!
so i see no reason to vote. we still have a long way to a democratic country and real elections.



-And the West -Europe, America etc. How do you feel about them?
i dont expect anything from western countries. im old enough not to believe stories about starting war with a country in order to help its people. its a joke! i never ever agree with any kind of war, i prefer the nasty situation we already have much more than a war. here we are working, things will get better, perhaps its not that fast but it IS getting better and i can feel it. after some generations Iran will be a better place to live, But war does nothing but destroy and hurt! i hate war. so the only thing i expect western countries is to prevent war.

how do i feel about these countries? well, people are nice i like them. and i myself have never ever felt any animosity with any country. when i was a school girl, they made us repeat and shout "down with USA" in school and we did so without having any feeling about what we said. and now that im not a child i know that nobody can make me shout anything i dont believe, anymore. and i dont want anything bad ever happen for American people nor for any other nation in the world. we are all human beings and we all have lots of things in common with each other, geographical lines are nothing but lines!

40 Comments:

Anonymous chanad said...

interesting stuff, and great blog!

(from across the gulf)

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Well written. What we get in Canada is sometimes manufactured truth. I will be checking in on your blog to hear the inside stories!
Keep writing! Stay Safe!

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I love it. …. But I have some question. What do you mean by “I hope that Iranian people start to know the REAL FACE OF ISLAM as soon as possible”. I mean what is the “real” face Islam that is better left alone than removed from Iran? It seems that you are at odds with religion on most of your writings. So is there any space for religion in your future Iran that you believe should use science to bring about development?

1:04 PM  
Blogger Fatema said...

Dear Stacy
i hope that in futer iran, Islam is 100% separeted from politics and government. i hope that people will be left free on weather applying islamic law or not. religion is something personal. i hope that never again in Iran history we see a government that forces peaople to do things like wearing hijab, saying prayer, fasting,.. or usuing the juridical law of wild arabs of 1400 years ago in 21th centery, its silly!

if Islam and islamic clergy reaches the top of power pyramid, it will change into a big monster, this is the nasty face of islam whic is against human beings, but that other face of islam which is something personal and people use it in order to be happy with the idea of having a God, i have no problem with it!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Charles Amico said...

I wanted yuo to know several things. First, I was so impressed by your comments that I have linked to your site on mine so others can read your intelligent words. And secondly, back here in the USA CNN's reporter, Ms. Amanpour, carried the demonstration of Women Rights protest. It took 3 days after the fact to show it but it did get shown back here. If you want to see what I wrote about you, visit:
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Keep up with your writing.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Amrit said...

Please remember, George Bush does NOT represent 'The West'(whatever that means). Nor does the USA for that matter. It's interesting that Bush and Blair are both very, very religious . The American playwright Arthur Miller said some time ago that some Americains are 'longing for a Ayatollah'. (An irony which is quite amusing if it weren't that serious) And the consequences are, predictably, disastrous.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
- Thomas Paine, (1737-1809)

Anyway, nice to read you blog from a rainey and clouded Holland.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should vote even if Iran is not democratic. If gives you the chance to show that you and others do not agree with the government. At least Iran has a parliament, unlike some other countries in the region.

Here is an article from foreign policy that argues the point:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=2864&src2=IAE6

I would also agree with the blogger from Holland not to put all "Western" countries in the same basket. Some European countries (France, Germany, Belgium) were opposed to the war in Iraq and in all EU countries the majority of the people were against it.

I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs,

Daniel (Austria)

3:58 PM  
Blogger Lima said...

Hello,
Your statement angered me. “I hope that Iranian people start to know the REAL FACE OF ISLAM as soon as possible”. Real face of Islam? You must mean muslims right? Really hope so

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Amrit said...

@ Lima
"Real face of Islam - Real face of muslims". Does it matter?, please explain.

Besides, Real face of Islam, isn't that what we are seeing in Iraq? Odly enough, it seems to me that Iran is an ally of "The West" after all, since shiites are now being targeted by (sunni) suicide attacks as well.
Jews, Westerners and shiites are in the same predicament it seams.

(just kidding)
Maybe we will see in the near future Irans new president sitting side by side with G. Dubya. Bush, and both smiling and declaring a "War on Terrorism". And don't forget to pronounce terrorism with a Texan-accent, something like "Turriszzmm".
Or maybe we could have Iran and Turkey switch place and Iran can become a member of the European Union. It certainly has more rights to do so. After all, Persians have been attacking ""the West" long before annyone even heard of Turks or Arabs. Remember Darius داریوش and Xerxes خشایارشاه ?
Besides, Iranian women are defentiely more attractive then Turkeys women.(/just kidding... vingers crossed on my back)

12:26 AM  
Blogger Charles Amico said...

Fatema, I had a question for you since you seem very familiar with technology. On my web site I have asked my visitors the following question, "Has technology changed our Morality?" (It might be worthwhile to visit my site again and read the context for the question at
http://cdiamico.blogwise.com

Being in a country (Iran) that has denied freedoms to its people, you could provide the best insight into this moral question. Thanks again and have a nice weekend.

4:19 PM  
Blogger ΤΑΣΟΣ said...

INTELLIGIBLE sun of justice and you, glorifying myrtle
do not, I implore you do not forget my country !

Its high mountains eagle-shaped, its volcanos all vines in rows
and its houses the whiter for neighboring near the blue!

My bitter hands circle with the Thunderbolt to the other side of Time
I Summon my old friends with treat and running blood!

INTELLIGIBLE sun of justice and you, glorifying myrtle
do not, I implore you do not forget my country !

I wish democracy for your country and personal succes

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Wonder said...

Fatema are you in jail or what? You are absent from your room for about five days. Hey come on dear. You need to get back to your room before the vampires take over. There are many who are expecting from you. Friends from west who are thrilled to see you write the miseries you face in your country (undemocratic and once called “access of evil”) so that they can make headline out of it, some thing like “An Oppressed Iranian Girl craving for Democracy”. “Their Democracy” of course. Waiting for you in your room are also your fellow countrymen and women who reflect their own opinions. So dear Fatema, reflect your ideas and your strength. Run your room. Let us all see your responses and ideas.

By the way what do you think about media coverage of the Iran Election, well you know the staffs the western media report? Do you see them happy to see you guys, I mean the youth opposing the government and the system and longing for their way of life? What do you think of Bush’s last word about the Election?

Stay put.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Charles Amico said...

Hey Fatima, been missing you girl. Hope you are well. I know a lot is going on in your country right now, but write us all when you can and let us know you are OK and still writing.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Hayat said...

Dear Fatema, We all pray that you are ok.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Fatema,
your blog is very intersting and also very important. i tried to email you but your email doesn't seem to work. so i contact you this way. anyway, i am writing an informationpack on Iran for 10 to 15 yearolds in the netherlands. i would like to translate some of your writings to put in it do you agree with that?
keep up the good work,
greetings,
hanah

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Alborz said...

Boycott the election, you are doomed to be rubbed by the mullahs of rafsanjani. and, rafsanjani is stealing iranian money and sending his own relatives to western countries. one example is canada. I knew one of them, i swear to god. theese people are rich from pistachio and oil.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Hans Penner said...

The Bible says:
Where the Spirit of God is there is freedom!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Your English is really good, and it's really interesting to hear about another girl's life in a country so different from my own. I notice you haven't posted anything for a long time; hopefully you're ok. All we hear from our media is how cruel your government is.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Ziggy Vega said...

Hi, my name is Parsa. I was born in Gorgan, but raised in California. I was born in 1978, as the revolution was starting, so I heard first hand accounts from my parents. In an ideal situation we hope for a secular government, one that is not influenced by a religion forced upon Persians by barbaric Arabs in the past, but rather run by a paradigm of just laws and fair treatment. But let me tell you this Fatema, America is not that much different. Here they don't drown journalists and kidnap at will, but here you cannot become elected to any position of real power unless you're a Christian. The issues with abortion, gay marriage, and the death penalty all revolve around the faith of our congressmen. To say the American government is secular is a joke. When the US cannot separate government from religion (though it claims to), I doubt Iran has much hope in the near future. But my thoughts and my heart is with you. Give it time.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous jb said...

Ziggy vega,
The American government doesnt force religion upon anyone. There are many politicians who are not christian. And they are in high level positions. Fatema as long as there are more like you in your country you will become free.
Dont stop.

2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new Iranian revolution is needed.

IRAN AZADI

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum, sister.
i like ur blog which reflects u r an intelectual girl.
i can feel what u feel...
but at least i can give my balanced point of view as iam a hijabi girl who lives in the world's largest muslim country.
i my self enjoy living in a democratic country like indonesia which gives much freedom for all religions.
while some of my friends don't, coz they really want indonesia to be more conservative like saudi or iran.
and, you who definitely live in a conservative muslim country, want ur country to be democratic.
so it's clear now every governmental system will never satisfy all people whether it's democratic or absloute.
but, iam sure iran became islamic republic becoz the majority of ur people want it to be so.
so we have to respect it, like it or not.

concerning about hijab, well, it's undeniable that wearing hijab is an obligation for moslem women and it's really stated in the koran.
but i 100% agree nobody has a right to force moslem women to wear hijab including the style of hijab.
the prophet mohammad never told what kind of hijab style or colours that moslem women wear, though.
anyway, keep on writing and let the world know iranian girl's thought, ok?

Ana-Indonesia

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