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Taghavi Mohsen

Mohsen Taghavi has a B.A. in Economics from the National University of Iran – 1976 and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California – 1979. A professional journalist with over 29 years of experience, Mohsen Taghavi has worked as an editor with the major dailies in Iran including Ittela’at Daily, Hamshahri Daily, and Akhbar Daily, from 1980 to 1997. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and settled in the Toronto area. After working with other ethnic publications, he moved on to launch Canada’s first Persian-English weekly, Salam Toronto Weekly, in 2000.

Feeling for two generations

As younger individuals take on important roles in the Iranian-Canadian community, the end results are also getting better. Hand over the tasks to younger people. Take on the role of supervising them instead. Give them support, both financially and mentally. Definitely financially. But of course, show them that you want them to take charge. The experience of us immigrants in Canada has...

Yes to facts, no to assumptions

Though we Iranians usually do well individually, team work has always been a challenge. We have a fear to work as a team, often paranoid about the credit we receive for our share of efforts. Still a long way to go, but we’re getting there, as some improvements can be seen already.Canada’s social and political structure values the ability to work as a team just as much as individually. In fact...

Cherish the freedom

  [caption id="attachment_8418" align="alignright" width="124" caption="From the top: Ramin Jahanbigloo, Ali Ehsassi and Kaveh Shahrooz"][/caption] Iran and Iranian-Canadians have been the topic of many news stories in recent days here in Canada. Ramin Jahanbigloo, Ali Ehsassi and Kaveh Shahrooz, three active members of the Iranian-Canadian commu nity attended a meeting with the...

Federal Liberals, still in for a nap

Various Southern Ontario communities had presence at Bob Rae’s round table on Saturday May 5th, 2012. In fact it was so packed that Bob Rae promised similar events to be organized in the near future. What was said during the talks however was nothing new or fresh. What we heard from the Scarborough – Agincourt Liberal MP, Jim Karygiannis, and the interim leader of the Liberal Party Bob Rae...

A new age for Iranian-Canadians

The world needs to be redefined. At the cost of $3 billion dollars, India has plans to digitize birth certificates for its 1.2 billion people. In Italy, no unionized employee can be laid off or be denied incentives, and yet this 8th-in-the-world economy has sunk deep in recession. After decades of dictatorship, Ben Ali ofTunisia, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and Muammar Ghaddafi of Libya were...

Cherish the Charter

The Iranian-Canadian community is a steady rooting flower, nestled among thousands of others on a land, protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Imagine you have travelled deep into space, light years away, looking back at mother earth. What would you see? Who would you see? Chances are that most of us would look back at Iran or Canada in the first glance. Among all movements...

The Iconic Mike Wallace

“60 Minutes” of intense and professional journalism was the first glimpse into the western style of modern journalism for Iranians of the 1970s. The host was no other than the serious, polite and assertive Mike Wallace. Thousands of Iranians, in particular younger generations would strive to attain more information on this news program at the time. In my 33 year career of journalism, I...

A closed society, an open society

We received a tremendous response from the Iranian-Canadian community for publishing the news story on Ontario's Sunshine list last week. Ontario's government releases an updated version of this list annually. The purpose of the list is to release the names of those who make more than $100,000 in the public sector of the province. There are various ways to look at the results. For the...

From Slogans to Reality

Federal NDP MP having lunch with a Federal Conservative MP at a restaurant in Ottawa's Parliament. That's what we call cooperation. Some activists in the Iranian-Canadian community would never be willing to sit down for lunch together, let alone actually collaborating with one another. Too many slogans go around with no action really following through. Where ever we've cooperated, we've...

Some basic facts

It was around this time last year when Karen Mock, former Liberal candidate from Thornhill and Reza Moridi,  Richmond Hill MPP combined the two ancient holidays of Nowruz and Purim into one incredible joint-event at Thornhill Community Centre for the very first time ever. More than 500 people attended the event. Numerous Iranians and Jews live side by side and peacefully in the two towns of...

Nowruz, it’s all about laughter and fun

Did you hear the sound of birds Wednesday morning when it was six degrees above zero? Oh yes, we know what that means. There are only two weeks left to Spring and Iranian-Canadians have already begun their celebrations, first up wasOntario’s Government celebrating at Queen’s Park. They say there are going to be about 40 Nowruz related events this year, consisting of concerts, ceremonies...

Asghar Farhadi busy dusting away the debris

When Sandra Bullock presented the Oscar to Asghar Farhadi for the best Foreign Language Film of the year, it brought joy and tears to the eyes of many. When Shirin Ebadi was presented with the Noble Peace Price a few years back, a similar scenario unfolded. Ferdowsi wrote the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) 500 years prior to the era of Shakespeare. These are great achievements. Don’t get me...

Canada selling wheat to Iran? Applause

Canada Wheat Board’s CEO Ian White told Reuters last week that the board sells wheat to Iran when they need it. White added that Iran generally entered the market “when they had a bad crop.” Considering the current sanctions, I really don’t know how they’re paying for it, though we have been hearing they now trade their gold and oil in for food imports. Thirty three years ago when...

Give peace a chance

What a generation we are indeed. The generation that witnessed the coup against Mossadegh in 1952 organized by the CIA and Kermit Roosevelt to remove the democratically elected leader from power. It’s been 60 years since then, 60 years of penalization for Iranians that is. Among my memories of childhood I remember as I walked through downtown Tehran towards the Bazaar, a paper boy was...

The need for a bright mindset

Think about Gandhi’s way, Nelson Mandela’s or Martin Luther King’s way for a moment. It was a way that achieved great things in history. It worked. So why distance ourselves from their way whenIranis the topic of discussion? All those who have just visited Iran recently, those who talk to their loved ones in Iran and all news sources continue to tell us about the suffering of Iranians due...

Iranians, a Truly Peace Loving People

Iran has been all over the news in recent days. Talks of more sanctions, the terrorizing of a nuclear scientist on the streets of Tehran, the concern for possible closing of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulfand the letter from President Obama. Negativity followed by more negativity, all until Asghar Farhadi took centre stage at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards to tell the world that his...

A Silent Voice

Legendary Iranian poet Siavash Kasraie once said that his “ears are the landing pad for silent voices.” Iranian-Canadian Human Rights Activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam says that she wants to “continue being a voice for the voiceless.” My ears however are ringing these days.   We hear Iran’s name too often now a days. It comes in different shapes or forms, for better or for worse,...

We’re all on the same train

It used to be 50%, then down to 40% and now even lower to 30%. Industrialized and modern nations’ share of the global economy is now down to 30%. Where has it gone? Well it now belongs to those developing countries and their emerging economies. Countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and etc. Recently, Globe & Mail published an article written by Michael Ignatieff which...

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

It's the end of year, businesses booming, Santa Clause vrooming. Iranians celebrating Yalda, the longest night of year, Christians celebrating Christmas, finishing up the final month of year. I spent some time watching TV on Christmas eve, flicking the remote, cruising through channels, taking interest in whatever came my way, be it news, a parade or a carnival. CBC's The National of course...

The Canadian Canoeing Experience

By this point in the 21st century, you probably have witnessed thousands of people fiddling with their smart phones in coffee shops, busses or even while driving, checking emails, sending text messages and whatever else these phones are capable of these days. Soon, you will witness these individuals giving vocal commands to their phones as opposed to using their fingers. There will be no need to...

All eyes are on our community

Ottawa’s Embassy Newspaper quoted statistics prepared by census Canada recently: “six to seven thousand Iranians immigrate to Canada annually.” We know most of them choose Toronto as their place of residence. A friend who attended a recent Iranian concert estimated the attendees at about 2000, among which he barely saw any familiar faces. Isn’t that something? Our community is...

What Jason Kenney has in store for Canada

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism shared a series of new information about the all new Super Visa program with ethnic media this week. Salam Toronto managed to participate in both a teleconference and a Brampton meeting with Mr. Kenney to raise some questions in this regard. Those who have experienced the process of bringing a loved one to Canada are well...

A role model for the world

Canada has always been a role model for the world. The question is whether it can maintain this status. Historically, Canada has been an example of peace, co-existence and a nation which chooses discussion and democracy to achieve its goals, as opposed to violence and force. We have witnessed many major events take place during the last twenty years. The tear-down of the Berlin Wall, the...

One small planet, too many unknowns

What type of future is awaiting us? Will there appear a division in the European Union? WillChinabecome the world’s biggest super power? Will theU.S.economy shrink even more, and poverty rates continue to grow? What will come next? There are too many unknowns to think of. Some say war is the answer; the one tool that will shift first world economies into gear. But if they were right,...

Arash Afrooze (left), Maz Jobrani (right) and Maneli Jamal (bottom)

Three young minds, opportunities of a life time

  [caption id="attachment_1756" align="alignright" width="262" caption="Arash Afrooze (left), Maz Jobrani (right) and Maneli Jamal (bottom)"][/caption] We were informed that Maz Jobrani, well-known Iranian-American comedian will be in attendance and performing at President Obama's New Year's party this year taking place on December 2nd. Maz Jobrani is to be present at Parya Trillium...

Grape bud to raisin

Grapes are first born as grape buds, which happen to be quite sour. They then receive a sufficient amount of sun before ripening and turning into what are known as grapes, subsequently turning sweet during the process. Now if you dry these grapes under specific conditions, they turn into raisins which are extremely sweet. There is an old Iranian expression describing a type of people as those...

Is it Persia or Iran?

“One well developed village is worth a thousand defective cities.” During a recent conversation with an English speaking friend, who was an Iranian culture and heritage enthusiast, Salam Toronto’s bilingual news reporting manner was mentioned. “IsPersiathe same thing asIran?”, she asked softly, to which I confidently responded “yes”. “I don’t know why I preferPersia”, she...

A question for Mr. Rob Ford

It’s Saturday noon, at the intersection of Major Mackenzie and Keele, north west of Toronto, Maple Community Centre and Library. Question: How many people would you guess are present in the building? Inside, the kids are in power. Children of all ages, together with their guardians, are busy flipping through books in every corner of the library. Teenagers are in power in other parts of the...

Long live Canadian modesty

Marx and Engels began their Communism Manifesto by: “A spectre is hauntingEurope…..” The Globe and Mail on its Tuesday’s, October 11th, cover page, printed the following headline: “FromEurope, A Growing Shadow” Theories of Carl Marx and Fredrick Engels were an attempt to explain the dark sides of mankind’s history up to then and offer a way out. However, over time, these theories...

Who had doubts about teamwork?

This week, Salam Toronto decided to go under print on the morning of Friday the 7th as opposed to the routine Thursdays, to be able to shine some light on Dr. Moridi's victory for the Iranian-Canadian community, and we're happy to have made this decision. *** This victory is the result of all the hard work and efforts of the supporters and volunteers in recent months, [caption...

Ontario’s Future

Tremendous transformations are occurring in the world these days. On one hand the recession in the U.S and Europe, and on the other, the rapid progress of emerging economies like China, India, Australia and Brazil. Up until recent days, I was under the impression that among developed countries who are facing recessions, Canada holds a strong position, but was surprised to find that Australia is...