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The Iranian Features
August 2-6, 1999 / Mordad 11-15, 1378


* Fiction: Last contact
* Nostalgia: Homeyra


* Opinion: Changing mindsets
* Film: A bitter bite
* Technology: Running out of time
* Cover story: Sense of belonging
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August 6, 1999


Last contact
Short story

By Ali Hosseini
August 6, 1999
The Iranian

Early in the morning I jump up with the ringing of the phone. I had fallen asleep on the sofa. Hello . . . Hello. From the noises on the line I realize it is an overseas call. I am excited, but as I open my mouth the line goes dead and a continuous electronic tone pierces my ear. I look at the phone for a few seconds and then hang up. It rings again and I grab the receiver. Hello . . . hello. It's my older brother. He says somebody has called and told them my brother has been taken from airport to a district court and they should take food, cigarettes, and blankets to him and then had hung up. My mother and sisters have been crying since then and the whole family has gone to the courthouse. The authorities said nobody with that name had been brought there ... GO TO FEATURE


    Let's take a break from Iran's political history, shall we? The Revolution/History section will be on hold for a while. From today we will feature Pop culture images of the past... Special thanks to Pedram Missaghi

    Homeyra single LP cover

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August 5, 1999


Changing mindsets
Opening closed societies to democracy

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
August 5, 1999
The Iranian

A dispatch from Jordan informed us that King Abdullah II, disguised in worn-out clothes and posing as a taxi driver, roamed the streets of his capital in order to hear the complaints of his countrymen. This reminds one of Harun-al-Rashid in the One Thousand and One Nights. Indeed the celebrated 8th century caliph used to mingle incognito with the crowds.

We Iranians, too, have heard childhood tales about Shah Abbass roving the streets of Isfahan by night. So did Nasseredin Shah Qajar. Even the last Pahlavi king had set up a special agency for this purpose. As for today's Iran, it would be rather difficult for the clerics to conceal their identity, unless they shaved their beards ... GO TO FEATURE

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August 4, 1999


A bitter bite
A critique of Samira Makhmalbaf's "The Apple"

By Ali Akbar Mahdi
August 4, 1999
The Iranian

I credit the young Samira Makhmalbaf and her honorable intentions but I have a problem with how she defines her film and recruits her cast. She claims that "The Apple" is neither a documentary nor a full-fledged drama. She melds the two formats and would like to have it both ways...

The lines between reality and fiction become so blurred in the director's mind that she overlooks the ethical aspects of her work. Surely, there is a long tradition of documentary films where the line between objective reality and subjective interpretation or even outright fiction is constantly blurred. However, the problem here is not just the mixing of fact and fiction, but also how the director approaches her subjects ... GO TO FEATURE

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August 3, 1999


Running out of time
Iran's potential Y2K problems

By Ali Parandeh
August 3, 1999
The Iranian

The Y2K bug in Iran is no different than in other countries, except that it has an extra twist. All existing technology and equipment in Iran have been purchased from abroad, and all are built and programmed with a Gregorian calendar. In some cases a software has been written for converting the dates into the solar calendar, causing additional concerns ... GO TO FEATURE

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August 2, 1999

Cover story

Sense of belonging
A need life should allow us all to fulfill

By Sally Amir
August 2, 1999
The Iranian

You are either born into a world where you belong and remain there or you are uprooted from that home and then it is nigh on impossible to find a sense of belonging again. What I mean by a home is not just a country or a town or a region. What makes a home is the people who surround you from the day you are born, the sounds you hear, the scent of the air you breathe, the language that is spoken around you.

You see, for me it is not a matter of politics, of what you believe in, of being patriotic -- these are all just words and sentiments so often used and abused. What I am talking about is a very neutral -- and I believe universal -- feeling; a need to belong to somewhere and someone, a need which life should allow us all to fulfill ... GO TO FEATURE


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