A note on "collective interest" stuff.


by Roozbeh_Gilani

Last week was a memorable week for me on this site. First  got booted out of site. Then a group of  my fellow bloggers sensing some injustice, launched a sustained, yet very dignified  online campaign demanding an explanation from the site owner. The site owner responded by re instating me. A little lesson in democracy some might say. 

Of course I am thankful to all who spoke on my behalf (so kindly I must say..) and to the site owner for allowing me back. But what really impressed me, regardless of the outcome, was the fact that a group of people with whom I was either on polar opposites politically (e.g. SamSam, AO, Simorgh), or had heated debates with (Souri Khanoom, MM) also joined ranks together with  their other fellow bloggers, in what they considered to be a common cause, setting aside our/their differences.  Here I observed a group of my compatriots (or not) who seem to respect the general values of honesty and integrity. Who oppose injustice no matter to whom it is being dished out to. I dare say that our nation collectively lacked these basic qualities, when Shah Pahlavi's generals were being summarily executed, to the cheers of entire nation,  by the islamist regime immediately after the revolution. If our nation had questioned the legality of these  executions, If our "Marxist-Leninists" had demanded proper people's tribunals instead of shariat Kangaroo courts for their sworn imperial enemies, their imprisoned comrades would  not had been mass executed  in 1989, and we would not be witnessing today the islamist revolutionaries themselves falling victims to the system of injustiuce created by themselves.

As to why I was booted out, it had nothing to do with user "baronavak" which seems to be getting the blame. Let this remain between myself, the site admin and the particular user who after a sustained campaign of personal attacks managed to finaly provoke me at 5am, after a sleepless night working on preparation of a final engineering report and before my early morning 10miles of run along the beautiful SC beach. Lessons learnt there too :) 

Again, Thank you my friends AO and Divaneh for blogging about this and all who supported me, and indeed all who attacked me & yourselves in your blogs, as they only underlined your just cause by their meaningless attacks. We all have our busy lives and families to deal with and limited time to spare. So your online activism is most appreciated.


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by Tiger Lily on

Have Reported You To The Police. Enough is Enough Of This Criminal Behaviour To wards MANY posters Here.

Esfand Aashena

همگی‌ بخاطر سلامتی admin یک صلوات بلند!

Esfand Aashena

 الا ما صلّ آلا محمد و آل محمد.  حممد ... مد ...

Everything is sacred



by yolanda on

Welcome back RG! I hope the blocking will never happen to you again!

2 nice videos of Gilan, very colorful and naturally beautiful:



Mash Ghasem

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Mash Ghasem

اﻳﻤﺎن ﺑﻴﺎورﻳﻢ ﺑﻪ  ... ﺁﻏﺎز ﻓﺼﻞ ﺳﺮد

.... فروغ فرخزاد


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Thanks for the advise got the same from other people. Maybe right thing for me is to find another Iranian site. I love to discuss issues related to Iran. But without all the baggage. For example I think admin owes us an explanation when they ban someone like you or anyone else. But the site is private and admin obviously does not agree. 

Not to mention of often noted random approach to deleting posts. It is very simple to me. If a business does not respect its customers maybe it does not deserve them.



by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Anon: You are very kind my friend . On running, given your knee injury, please take it easy. Give yourself plenty of time to recover. 

VPK: Please, if you see people are trying to provoke you, just walk away from it.

AI: thank you my friend.

Souri Kanoom: you are very kind and you have my respect for being a very level headed kind of person. BTW, since you mentioned in the other blog,  I live in USA. I studied in London for almost 9 years before moving to US in search of fame and fortune, but that is another story for another blog:)

 Anglo: Cheers my old chum. What is 8 hours between friends?

Esfand: What do you expect my friend,  talking a bunch of "lamassab"?

Bavafa: Thanks. My avatar actualy means something to me and I'd not change it.

MM: Thank you, and I wish you'd run for NIAC leadership!

Vildmose: You are too kind to me. thank you.

Masoud: Thanks for the support. I also either cycle or swim for 45mins before dinner. It all depends on how much time I can put in.  On sundays I do not do any exercise. My sundays blong to my wife and boys! As for fitness, there seem to be no limit. There is a guy in our triathlon club in his mid 60's who always beats my in both cycling and swimming. But he trains like 5 hrs/day! 

Truthseeker9: I'd show this blog to my wife and boss as a proof of my popularity if it was not for the fact they believe I work or look after the kids 24/7! I am actualy very humbled by this level of support I am seeing here.

Divaneh: Thanks my friend. When I joined this site, I had no idea I'd come across such a great bunch of people.

Faramarz: Thanks. And the link is just fab. Almost brought tears to my eyes:)

Raul: Thank you and may allah bless you!

dirty angel: I'll continue with vigor,  my strict policy of not glorifying idiotic & hate filled personal attacks upon myself from nut cases with serious personal issues. So no response to you, and that is your lot ...

GR: I did enjoy the break. Thanks for info on post revolution executions. very much appreciated

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

G. Rahmanian

Welcome Back, RG!

by G. Rahmanian on

I hope you enjoyed the break!!! As for the mob mentality after the revolution, I must disagree with your statement. There was no such consensus among Iranians. I personally knew some young individuals who supported those heinous acts. That's one major reason the kangaroo courts and the lynchings by Khomeini's camp took place in such a rush!



by Raoul1955 on

Good to have you back.  I felt sad when I read about your temporary deletion.  :-)


Welcome Back!

by Faramarz on


"Welcome back
We always could spot a friend

Welcome back

And I smile when I think
How you must have been

And I know what a scene
You were learning in
Was there something that
Made you come back again

And what could ever lead you
(What could ever lead you)

Back here where we need you
(Back here where we need you)

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Cause we got him on the spot

Welcome back" 


John Sebastian - Welcome back Kotter




Good to see you back Roozbeh

by divaneh on

It's good to have you back and I look forward to your valuable posts.

You are so right about people closing their eyes on savageries and even supporting them after the revolution. I hope all Iranians have taken that lesson but doubt it.


Welcome back

by Truthseeker9 on

Bet you didn't know you had so many people routing for you in discussions and enjoyed your participation. I will put my sad violin away now and take up the DDDDDDDDDDDDDRUMS!!!

Esfand Aashena

عجب نامسلمون هایی هستید شما ها! صلوات دادن یادتون رفته؟!

Esfand Aashena

Everything is sacred

Masoud Kazemzadeh

Welcome Back Roozbeh jaan

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

Dear friend Roozbeh,

I am so glad to see you post again. This place would not be the same without you.




P.S. 10 mile run, damn you are in great shape. I jog about 4.5 miles 5 times a week, and I thought that I was in good shape.


 Welcome back, RG.  You

by vildemose on

 Welcome back, RG.  You are one of those indespensable commenters of IC. IC would have not been the same without you. Glad to see you back.

Reform requires the consent of the corrupt

Esfand Aashena

همگی‌ بخاطر سلامتی‌ آقا روزبه یک صلوات بلند!

Esfand Aashena

همگی‌ بخاطر سلامتی‌ آقا روزبه یک صلوات بلند ختم کنید!

الا ما صلّ آلا محمد و آل محمد.  حممد ... مد ...

در ضمن دوستان اگه بلد نیستید صلوات به فارسی بنویسید، همین صلوات من رو تو این comment کپی‌ کنید و تو comment خودتون paste کنید!  

Everything is sacred


Glad to see you back...

by Bavafa on

This is a great news for all of us on IC and hopefully we can all learn from it.

I also have much respect for not just creating another userID and come back that way.  It says alot about the person.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



I didn't know you were booted out until now

by anglophile on

otherwise I would have joined in. Well you how it is. London time, LA time - 8 hours gap!


Good to see you back tough :)


welcome back Roozbeh - thanks & ur welcome

by MM on



Welcome back Roozbeh

by Souri on

Glad to see you among us again.

I always value and respect you as a person and observe your opinions, generally.

And thanks to Admin, for the nice gesture.

Now, we all get back to our daily work at IC :)

Artificial Intelligence

Welcom Back RG

by Artificial Intelligence on

I have read many of your posts here. You are a patriot!

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I already welcomed you but will do so again. Glad you are back on IC. 

Regarding executions you are right. It is that old saying of "when they came for ...". By the way I was not cheering the execution of either Generals or Marxists. I had the honor of knowing both types. 

I am sorry you got provoked. But that is one of the ways people try to silence others. Get them angry so they say something inappropriate then boot them out! Very convenient. I wrote a blog on bullying and hope you would add your input. Even if you think I am totally out of line your input in appreciated.


Anonymous Observer

Welcome back my friend

by Anonymous Observer on

What I personally did not want to see disappear from this site was a decent, patriotic and articulate Iranian whose love for our homeland shone through every single post on this site.  Plus, you're a pretty cool guy.

On another note, you're making me jealous with the 10 mile run.  I hurt my right knee a couple of weeks ago, and am limited to six mile runs, three times a week, for about a month.  :-(