A book captures the Iranian-American experience
April 19, 1999
The following are the foreword and selected poems from "A World
Between: Poems Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans" - a collection
of writings by 30 authors and poets edited by Persis M. Karim and Mohammad
Mehdi Khorrami (1999, George Braziller Inc., New York; 352 pages).
The voices [in this book], as such, are distinctive for their transitional
or "transnational" duality. All here are identifiably Iranian
in having Persian as their language of heritage (although some are more
comfortable with Persian than others), yet also Western in expressing themselves
in English. Beyond language, however, is the deeper pull of their transitional
experience and memory, which are entirely Iranian. hence, the reader is
presented with a split, not a fusion ... GO
Reactions to President Clinton's comments on Iran
All in Persian:
Kermani: Commentary in "Ettela'at"
Qassemzadeh: Commentary in "Ettela'at"
Reza Khatami (President Khatami's brother)
Yazdi, Freedom Movement
Iranian women "let it all hang out" during
Yahya Fathi writes: This story
is disgusting ["Midget"].
I think it is inappropriate and misleading to publish this article in the
same column where many interesting and well-written articles have appeared
in the past.
* Right on
Banafsheh Zand writes:
Shalizeh Nadjmi's article was brilliant ["Siaah
Sookhteh"]! I seriously hope that you'll provide us with more
of the same astute and poignant writing. She hit the nail right on the
head and held a long overdue mirror up to our community. I've never understood
some of our bigoted and racist attitudes as it seems oxymoronic! ... FULL
* Conference: Women's Liberation in
Medusa is holding its first conference, titled "Women's Liberation
in Iran Today, Preconditions and Obstacles", on 7-9 May 1999 in Stockholm,
Sweden. Several experts on women's issues and known personalities of women's
organizations both from Iran and abroad will participate in the discussion
panel ... DETAILS
Book of the Week
Behind the Tall Walls
From Palace to Prison
An autobiography by Azar Aryanpour
Not long after Azar Aryanpour returned home to Iran in September of
1978, following a visit with two of her children in Washington, DC, a state
of martial law was declared. Her husband-the former Minister of Health
and Welfare under the Shah and an American-trained orthopaedic surgeon
who played a role in the real-life events chronicled in Ken Follett's best-selling
book On Wings of Eagles-was subsequently and wrongfully imprisoned. Now,
nearly two decades later, Azar Aryanpour speaks for the first time in Behind
the Tall Walls, an autobiographical retrospective of the tumultuous
events that resulted in the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ...
GO TO BOOK
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Clinton's remarks spark Iran debate on
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Conciliatory remarks by President Clinton
toward Iran have revived a heated debate over ending two decades of hostilities
with the United States. Reformist allies of President Mohammad Khatami,
eager to speed up rapprochement with the West and normalize trade relations,
played up his remarks, saying they marked a ``new phase'' away from adversarial
sentiment and calling for a revision of policies ... FULL TEXT
Journalists appeal to Khatami for protection
April 18 (AFP) - Over 320 Iranian journalists have called on President Mohammad
Khatami to guarantee their legal rights and stop newspaper bans. "We
ask that journalism be recognized as a distinct profession and be afforded
all legal services and support," the journalists said in a letter to
Khatami published by the official IRNA news agency ... FULL TEXT
* Also see "Hamshahri" news about journalists
voicing their concerns... FULL
IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Khatami slams MKO on army day
TEHRAN, April 18 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
used the annual Army Day parade on Sunday to launch a scathing attack on
the country's armed opposition following last week's assassination of a
general by the Iraq-based organisation ... FULL TEXT
Iran says self-sufficient in meat, stops
TEHRAN, April 19 (Reuters) - Iran, a major food importer, is to
become self sufficient in red meat by boosting production to 720,000 tonnes
in the year to March, a senior official was on Monday quoted as saying ...
Iran calls for foreign investment in petrochemicals
TEHRAN, April 19 (Reuters) Iran on Monday called on international
companies to inject funds into its petrochemicals industry, saying new projects
in the sector required billions of dollars of investments and foreign technology
... FULL TEXT
Interview: Head coact of under-21 team
(Iran daily) - The German head coach of the national under-21 soccer team
- "Omid" - has given a press conference where his assistant Ali
Parvin was not present. Things don't look to good ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN
Updated April 19
dollar now offered at 790-807 tomans in the U.S. and 812 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
There are more than 200 Iranian web sites here... for your
Teaching kids and teens to swim in the commerce stream.
The language is English, but the memory and its pain are Iranian.
Raffat's foreword from "A World Between"
April 19, 1999
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Musician of the Week
Music from the "Gol-e Sad Barg CD"