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"Green" Protests continued as Tehran University opened for its first day of classes on September 29th. See the link below for more pictures from the Tehran University protests.

"Green" Protests continued as Tehran University opened for its first day of classes on September 29th. See the link to the left for more pictures from the Tehran University protests.

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Amidst rumors that Iranian universities may remain closed to prevent the students from contributing to further protests (the government suggested swine flue as the reason), they actually opened today. And so did the student protests. Click here to see a slide show of these lively demonstrations posted on the web a few hours ago: Protests on Tehran University’s First Day of Classes.

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Clips from Protests in Tehran University

* While in the U.S. last week, Mr. Ahmadinejad described Iran as calm and united. The following short clips from fresh protests in Tehran University indicated they were substantial in size. The chants are “Coup d’etat government, resign” and “Death to the dictator.” Passers by on the streets near Tehran University echoed the slogans: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1229114336271 and

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1229101975962.

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Mr. Ahmadinejad in New York

* A glimpse of the welcome to Mr. Ahmadinejad in New York:

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Ahmadinejad "welcomed" in N.Y.C.

Ahmadinejad "welcomed" in N.Y.C.

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* Crowds reported to have numbered between five to eight thousand protested in New York particularly outside the U.N. building as Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke inside on Wednesday, September 23rd. Returning to Iran this weekend, Mr. Ahmadinejad has claimed the trip to be victory in changing the world opinion about Iran. Here

is one clip:

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* Over 140 delegates left the hall as Mr. Ahmadinejad started to speak. These included delegates from Canada, U.S., European countries, Australia, China, and Lebanon:

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* Unfortunately, the disclosure on Monday of a new nuclear facility in Iran is stealing headlines from very important political developments in the country. The truth is democratic developments in Iran could have more far reaching implications for the region than the building of a new enriching facility. Furthermore, according to people familiar with the Iranian nuclear industry (i.e. Scott Ritter) there was nothing secretive about this center and the U.S. knew about it for years: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/sep/25/iran-secret-nuclear-plant-inspections.

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The Qods Day Protests, Strong and Widespread

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* Busy with teaching duties and end of Ramadan ceremonies, I did not get to send out the information I collected on Qods day protests on Friday, September 18 in Iran. After months of forbidding Iranians from public protests, this was day they were allowed to protest freely. While the day was supposed to be dedicated to the Palestinian cause, they were converted to support for the Green Movement.  While the Iranian government still lives in a state of denial pretending everything is normal in Iran, the intensity and the spread of these protests served to remind the people that the opposition is alive and well.

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* In the following clip, you hear the radio contact between members of the Basij informing their headquarters of the growing size of the demonstrations on various streets in Tehran. The crowd grows so large that at some point the central command asks the Basij members not to announce number estimates any longer:

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* Also, if you have the time, here is a collection of over 120 video clips from demonstrations in various parts of Iran. You don’t have to know the language to see what is going on. Nonetheless, let me give you the translation for the most popular slogans chanted by the crowd:

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“Down with the Dictator”

“This is the last message for the Supreme Leader, the Green Iran is ready to rise”

“A Leadership implicated in crimes can no longer rule legitimately”

“Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, I will give my life for Iran”

“Government of coup d’etat, resign!”

And finally as Ahmadinejad speaks, thousands of people outside the building chant “dorugh gu! shasto do darsadet ku?” which translates to “Lier! where is your 62%?” referring to his claim that he won 62 percent of the vote in the election. To see all of the clips, click here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8B795CE302E95F0C&page=1\.

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The Loss of Parviz Meshkatian

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* Last week, Iran lost a highly acclaimed composer and performer in the world of traditional music. Thousands of Iranians attended his funeral last week. I close this window with a clip of Parviz Meshkatian performing on the Santur (Persian hammer dulcimer):

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Please remember to share https://windowsoniran.wordpress.com/ with friends.

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Good Night,

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Fatemeh

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Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399
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This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

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I was not going to open another window until this weekend, but tomorrow is a VERY important day. Traditionally, the last Friday of Ramadan has been named the Qods Day by the founder of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. On this day, every year, a rally is organized by the government in support of the Palestinians. This year, Iranians are transforming the Qods Day into a day of protest by all who are oppressed against their oppressors. My anonymous e-mailer writes from Iran:

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“we are getting prepared for another huge demonstration on friday. it is becoming too dangerous. people have been assigned to inform everybody around them make aware that they are joining the demonstrators so that in case they disappear others would know about it!”

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* Also, my e-mailer writes about the latest three communiques issued by the ministry of higher education, describing them as:

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“…very authoritarian and restrictive, censoring  and investigating orders for univ. teachers and students as the univs. will be opening in 2 weeks. it is s.th. like the middle ages’ investigations and the soviet union’s security strategies. the min. of interior is trying to do the same in the society. we are all dazed, confused and frightened.”

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Colorful Announcements of Tomorrows Rally

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"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

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* Click here (Ruz-i Qods Flyers Show) to see a colorful array of words and designs on the flyers that, despite the censorship, have been designed and distributed by Iranians announcing tomorrows rally as an uprising against dictatorship.

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Remembering Neda Agha Soltan

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled The Angel of Freedom. Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled "The Angel of Freedom." Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

* As Iranians prepare to put themselves in danger again to voice their protests in another big rally tomorrow, let us remember Neda Agha Soltan, the Iranian woman killed by the Basij forces on June 20th 2009, and hope this time it will be more peaceful.

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New Bust of Neda

* Paula Slater, the artist who built a beautiful bronze bust of Neda Agha-Soltan before, has  sculpted a new portrait bust of the woman who has come to be know as the Angel of Iran. Click on the second attachment to see the new and beautiful piece, this time in clay, with Neda’s hair free and natural. To read about the artist and her work, visit: http://www.prlog.org/10335368-paula.

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Rally in Support of Mousavi never Stopped

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* It is much harder to demonstrate in small towns and not be identified by the security forces. Despite this fact, and despite the brutality with which the Iranian government responds to any public expression of Support for Mr. Mousavi, these expressions have been occurring in various parts of the country ever since the election. One of the biggest, and most recent of these demonstrations took place in the small and holy city of Qom on the eve of September 12:

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Caught Red-handed

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* If you are interested in the dynamics of the post-election demonstrations and the official discourse on the recent events, this five minute video clip which has English subtitles is a must watch till the end. First, it shows clips from the Iranian State-run TV interviewing people who are basically thugs or drug addicts who “confess” they rioted to loot public property. Or, they are too young and have been deceived by “foreign media” to protest the results of the election. After these, you see actual clips taken by ordinary people, from windows of their apartments, showing the security forces damaging public property themselves and beating people. The protesters actually protect the police from the anger of the crowds where ever they are outnumbered by a large group of protesters:

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Please forward this message and website https://windowsoniran.wordpress.com/ to your friends in Iran and elsewhere in the world and send your thoughts and prayers of peace, and support, for tomorrow in Iran.

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Have a great day,

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Fatemeh

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Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399
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Keep spreading the word about the September 18th "Ruz-i Qods" Green Rally!!! Please post this flyer to your blog, facebook page, or website.

Keep spreading the word about the September 18th "Ruz-i Qods" Green Rally!!! Please post this flyer to your blog, facebook page, or website. And, see below for lots of new and important information!

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All signs point to the fact that difficult – and decisive – days may be ahead in Iran. But the good news first. For years, Iranians who are ranked as number four bloggers in the world, have been prevented from visiting the sites that the Iranian government has considered containing information contrary to its interests and filtered. Those who devised creative ways to break the filter and get into such sites, are usually in danger of being found and subjected to jail and other punishments.

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What is most amazing is that the Iranian government considers the existence of undesirable websites as “foreign interference” in its internal affairs.

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Well, this state of affairs may have been ended once and for all. Using Google, an Iranian by the name Mehdi Saharkhiz has come up with an internet tool which he has called the “Green Machine”

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The Green Machine! Good News for the Greens in Iran

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* Here is the site that gives you instruction for downloading the Green Machine. According to Mr. Mousavi’s facebook page, after you download the Green Machine, you can visit any website – filtered or otherwise – without being detected: http://greenmachine.s3.amazonaws.com/green.html.

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Latest Friday Sermon by the Supreme Leader

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* On the morning of Friday, September 11, Mr. Khamenei delivered his latest Friday sermon affirming his earlier position that the election had been a great success and that any protests will be dealt with harshly. It is not quite clear what is his definition of “harsh” as, death, torture, and forced confessions have all been tried already. Anyway, this is the response he got from the residents of Tehran in the evening:

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Breaking News

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* Dr. Ali Reza Beheshti, Professor of Political Science in Tehran University and chief consultant of Mr. Mousavi’s election campaign, who continued his efforts by heading the group that Mousavi formed to follow up on physical abuses in the Iranian jail, has just been arrested. Mr. Mousavi issued a statement (no.12) to condemn the arrest. He predicts that other grave attacks are on the way: http://www.rahesabz.net/story/1301/. For the English translation on Mousavi’s Facebook, visit: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=134451867605&ref=mf.

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Former Reformist Presidential Candidate Mehdi Karrubi

Former Reformist Presidential Candidate Mehdi Karroubi

* There are strong – unconfirmed – rumors that the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has already issued the order for the arrest of the reformist leader and presidential candidate Mr. Mehdi Karrubi.  While this is a very likely move at this point, it is also possible that the rumor is spread in order to test the public reaction.

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Ahmadinejad Will Not be Invited to the Party

* President Obama’s spokesperson has made it clear that in his journey to the U.S. to speak in the United Nations this month, Mr. Ahmadinejad will NOT be invited to the official party that the United States will throw for the world leaders.

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Abdol Kareem Soroush Speaks Up

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Leading Islamic intellectual Dr. Abdol Kareem Soroush (or, Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush)..

Leading Islamic intellectual Dr. Abdol Kareem Soroush (or, Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush).

* The renowned Iranian reformist thinker, Dr. Abdol Kareem Soroush who has been controversial with his criticism of the Islamic Republic over the past two decades, has written an open letter to the Supreme Leader. The letter criticizes the leader for his response to the protests and predicts the fall of what Soroush calls “Islamic Dictatorship”: http://www.rouydadnews.com/pages/150.php.

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The Green Day Coming

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* The first day Iranians will have an opportunity to walk out and show their opposition is Friday September 18. It is traditionally know as the Qods Day in support of the Palestinians. However, there are already indications that this year Sept. 18 will be a Green Day more than anything else. Mr. Mousavi’s facebook has

posted this: Green Mousavi Banner on Highway Bridge!

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A Beautiful New Song for the Green Movement

* Iran’s poets and artists continue to celebrate the Green Movement. Here is the latest song. The lyrics are by Houshang Ebtehaj “Sayeh,” one of the most acclaimed ghazal writers of contemporary Iran:

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Another Iranian Woman Artist

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A beautiful painting by Nasrin Khosravi. Please click the link to the left for more of her wonderful work.

A beautiful painting by Nasrin Khosravi. Please click the link to the left for more of her wonderful work.

* Because, I opened this window with an anxious tone, and because I am preparing it on the tragic day of September 11, I would like to close it with the soothing watercolor work of an Iranian woman painter, Nasrin Khosravi, who – in this series of paintings – has celebrated peace and serenity with images of people, flowers, doves, and more. Click here for a presentation of her work: Nasrin Khosravi Paintings. Enjoy!

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Don’t forget to share https://windowsoniran.wordpress.com/ with friends.

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Good Night,

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Fatemeh

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Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399
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Flyer for the September 18th Green Movement Rally.

Flyer for the September 18th Green Movement Rally.

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Let me welcome you to Window 91 on Iran and proceed to our first news item. As you will see, there is a lot going on in Iran.

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Mousavi’s Statement #11

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* Yesterday, Mr. Mousavi released his Statement No. 11, a historic one in its scope and planning details. The statement is a clear indication that the Green Movement is pulling itself together and preparing for long term resistance. For both Persian and English versions of the content of this statement, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=132573722605&ref=mf.

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* The government of Mr. Ahmadinejad has been canceling public events related to the month of Ramadan in order to deny the public any opportunities to gather. The Greens are now looking forward to the rally planned for September 18. The flyer is on the right.

Breaking News

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* Literally hours ago, security forces broke into the office that Mr. Mousavi’s camp had set up to collect information about those killed or injured during the post election protests. This office, which was run by Ali Beheshti (son of the deceased Ayatollah Beheshti and a spokesperson for Mousavi’s camp) was viewed as one of the few places in which people felt safe to speak about what actually happened to them. This is yet another sign of aggression by Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government demonstrating its inability to govern by any means other brute force:  The question is for how long? See: http://norooznews.org/news/13807.php.

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Who is Afraid of Who? Keeping Hope Alive

* Anyone who is in close contact with Iran notices a fundamental change since the election: previously, Iranians were afraid of the government. Now, the government is afraid of the people. Everything that the current government does is an attempt to undermine this new spirit of hope for change.

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* As the regime blocks normal channels of communication, Iranians are consistently a step ahead inventing new and creative ways of communication to keep hope alive. The latest is writing slogans in support of the Green movement on Iranian bank notes (see the examples below).

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Iranians have developed some very creative ways to protest even as the regime continues to crack down. For example, one of the new ways to express support for the Green Movement is to write it on the Iranian government's money!

Iranians have developed some very creative ways to protest even as the regime continues to crack down. For example, one of the new ways to express support for the Green Movement is to write it on the Iranian government's money!

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* At  the same time, artists are at work to keep the spirit of hope alive.  The Iranian vocalist Maestro Shajarian has released a new song called “Zaban-e Atash” The Language of Fire. In this song Mr. Shajarian invites the Basij to put their guns down and stop their armed aggression against the people. The lyrics are by the contemporary Iranian poet Fereydoun Moshiri:

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* You can participate in keeping Iranians hope for a green and peaceful transition to democracy alive by wearing a green wristband.

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More Opposition from the Religious City of Qom

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* The latest news from Iran indicates further opposition by major religious figures in Qom to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government. There are indications that a new statement by these Ayatollahs is on the way: http://mowjcamp.com/article/id/27115.

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Atypical Interview

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Abdullah Ramezanzadeh

Abdullah Ramezanzadeh

* In a courageous interview with newspapers, Abdullah Ramezanzadeh, the spokesperson for Khatami’s camp, who was arrested soon after the elections said that after 80 days of solitary confinement, he is still in the dark about the accusations against him. He said during the arrest there were serious injuries to his head and ribs and his cell condition is pretty bad. According Mr. Ramezanzadeh, during the interrogations that usually go from 10 pm to 4 am, even though he is blindfolded, the interrogator sits behind him. He also said he was told his conditions would improve if he made public confessions. In a highly unusual move, the judge ordered the security forces to leave the court room so Mr. Ramezanzadeh would be able to speak freely: http://www.parlemannews.ir/index.aspx?n=3245.

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Scripted Democracy

* Following rumors that the viewing of the Iranian Television has dropped below forty percent, there have been efforts to air “interviews” in which the public express support for the state-run TV. Someone leaked an interesting picture where a brief script was held for an “interviewee” to read from. The script reads “These are rioters. They ought to be arrested and punished. I thank the Iranian National TV for impartial reflection of view points.” See the photo below:

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The script he is holding reads: "These are rioters. They ought to be arrested and punished. I thank the Iranian National TV for impartial reflection of view points."

The script he is holding reads: "These are rioters. They ought to be arrested and punished. I thank the Iranian National TV for impartial reflection of view points."

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Now, to see the varieties of natural green from Iran, and to close this window on a green note, click here “The (Naturally) Green Iran” for the very short slide show that I have prepared for you from the latest photos of Iran.

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I will leave close this window with this beautiful picture of the Iranian (Green!) countryside. Please click on the "The Natural Green Iran" link above for more photos.

I will leave close this window with this beautiful picture of the Iranian (Green!) countryside. Please click on the "The (Naturally) Green Iran" link above for more stunning photos.

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Good Night,

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Fatemeh

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Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399
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