[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[Date:] Wednesday, 16 Mehr 1376 [8 October 1997] 5 Jumada t-Tania 1418
[Issue No.:] 16051
Thieves with torch
A Voyage in Description of the Members of the Rotary Club of Iran
When the knot-tier is “Hasan Shahbaz”!
Shahbaz, who had come to realize that he would not have a place in Islamic Iran, quickly fled Iran and became a refugee in the home of his master in America. Before him, his daughter Giti Shahbaz had already gone to America. Thanks to the excellent services rendered by her father, she got her job as the chief editor of the Voice of America Radio. In America, Shahbaz became engaged in press work and with the help of Homa Sarshar, the previous writer of the magazine, Zan-e-Rouz, also as the manager of the “Beauty Pageant” programme, published a journal named Rah Avard and turned it into the stronghold of counter-revolutionary agents and Zionists and Baha’is.
By a glance at a compilation published under the Rah Avard Journal, we realize its connection to the Zionist and Baha’i communities, since more than 80 per cent of the published advertisements in Rah Avard are placed by Iranian Jews residing in America and the Zionist companies. The price of each published issue is seven dollars, while the actual cost of production, according to current conditions and his personal statement, is at least two or three times higher. Based on my information, the cost of this journal is covered by a California Jewish lady… Shahbaz has a very warm relationship with the leaders of culturally offensive groups, and every now and then is highly honoured by them. Some time ago, on the occasion of the Mehrgan Festival, the Association of Iranian Cooperation in the City of New York organized a special ceremony during which Shahbaz was honoured. Dr. Ehsan Yar-Shater, the famous Baha’i, spoke for more than half an hour about him and also presented him with some gifts.
[Feedback and Recommendations of Newspaper Readers]
During the past two weeks, there has been an increase in the readers’ telephonic and written communications, which have welcomed the articles of the Thieves with Torch [column]. The majority [of the readers] have requested that the complete series of these articles be compiled in a separate book. Also, some of the readers have pointed in their letters to some subjects and have provided additional explanations that you will study in some selected letters, during the forthcoming days. Also, we would like to inform those interested in these articles that this series of articles is passing through the final stage of publication, so that in the last issue of these articles, full information will be provided. Below you will observe the letter of one of our readers from the Fars Province.
“…But my most important argument and the most significant deficiency of these articles is that the writer of these articles speaks about every subject (of course duly, but deficiently) and has forgotten a very important fact. That is, “What is the question of Baha’ism or Freemasonry?” Most of the youth know nothing about Baha’ism. Even middle-aged people have not heard of Freemasonry. Those who are a step ahead have only heard of circulated gossip. In my observation, there is nothing wrong with thoroughly and precisely exploring and explaining the beliefs of these sects. Our youth are intelligent enough to differentiate between good and not good.
“About the Rotary Club also, it is not enough just to mention the names of the personalities. Their aims and organizational organograms are more important. I would like to repeat: ‘The more we deliberate, the more subjects we will understand’. With these writings, it is not even possible to understand what was or what the ‘Rotary Club’ is. Unfortunately, in such articles, less attention is being extended to the belief and cultural issues than to economic and political issues, while the basis of Baha’ism, Freemasonry and Zionism, are matters of ideology [belief] and these cultural and ideological matters are very important for our youth today. “