Monday, April 26, 1999 / Ordibehesht 6, 1378, No. 714
Book of the Week
The Hand of Poetry
In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives. The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently available ... GO TO BOOK
Khatami aide: cultural thaw irreversible
TEHRAN, April 24 (Reuters) Iran's minister of culture, threatened with impeachment by hardline rivals, said on Saturday the liberal policies he and President Mohammad Khatami had set in motion would prove irreversible even if he were hounded from office. Attaollah Mohajerani, poised and confident despite ... FULL TEXT
Religious militant held after Iran murder bid
TEHRAN, April 24 (Reuters) - The grandson of a prominent ayatollah and several of his followers have been arrested for trying to kill Tehran's judiciary chief, a senior official said on Saturday ... FULL TEXT
Fallahian free and giving lectures
25 April 99, (Tehran Times) - [Former Intelligence Minister] Fallahian is delivering speeches on Moharram at Zarabkhaneh Mosque every day. On the reasons for rumours [about his arrest], he said the enemy is out to increase the gulf between various factions in Iran. In today's Iran the society has opened up and differences that have surfaced are quite natural ... FULL TEXT
U.N. rights forum encourages Iran, still critical
GENEVA, April 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations main human rights body on Friday passed a Western resolution welcoming some developments in Iran but also expressing concern at ``continuing violations'' including executions in the Islamic state ... FULL TEXT
Amnesty: Convicted cleric must be released
22 April 1999, (Amnesty International) - Amnesty International is today expressing concern for the sentencing of a Shi'a cleric and religious scholar to 18 months' imprisonment, reportedly on charges related to his conscientiously held beliefs and academic research ... FULL TEXT
Russia, Iran in new energy initiative
MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russian Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Generalov effectively launched a new initiative this week for Russia and Iran to cooperate on a series of energy projects in the Caspian basin ... FULL TEXT
Iran bans skull-carving in mourning ritual
TEHRAN, April 25 (AFP) - Iran said Sunday it has banned worshippers from carving open their skulls with swords as part of ancient self-flagellation ritual in this week's traditional ceremonies of mourning ... FULL TEXT
Iranian women on their way up Kilimanjaro
The games begin on Wednesday!
Tehran (Iran daily) - The final round of the Asian cup-winners cup will be played in Tehran on April 28-30. The four contenders are Tehran's Esteqlal, and three teams representing Japan, China and the UAE ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Updated April 26
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The latest issue of the best Iranian hisotircal magazine is now online. Check out the article on Ale Ahmad.
Intriguing compilation of millennial bests that includes wonderful essays by a host of estimable journalists, authors, and scholars.
Can't go back
The time for banning publication of opposition views has passed. The chick cannot be put back into the egg.
Attaollah Mohajerani, culture minister
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Musician of the Week
Four melodies from his recent CD.