Layers of history one on top of another
By Shahriar Zahedi
August 25, 1999
His name is Mahdi Ibodov. To us, he could be Mehdi Ebadzadeh, or Ebadpoor.
Who knows what would have been?
His face, darkened and weathered by the intense rays of the steppe sun,
is an amalgam of racial features; Turkman, Iranian, Hindu, Greek, Uzbek,
Tajik, Maybe even the Arab has contributed to his make up. This is how
people are in this part of the world. Layers of history are deposited one
on top of another, each group dominating and at the same time embracing
the one that came before it ... GO
Iranian women take to the sky, finding "power"
TEHRAN, Aug 22 (AFP) - Dressed in the required headscarves and body-length
cloaks, a team of 20 young Iranian women has been taking to the skies as
part of the newest sport fad for females in the Islamic republic -- paragliding
Hmmm... of the day
* Marvelous, enchanting
Carolyn Dabirsiaghi writes:
I am delighted that The Iranian has featured Ms. Nahai's marvelous
new book, Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith ["The
night before"]. After reading her first book, Cry of the Peacock,
many times, I was eager to read a second by the author.
I think Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith is enchanting ... I
read passages that made us both marvel at Ms. Nahai's talent and insight,
not only into the psyche of the characters, but also the English language.
When it came to the last pages, I refused to share anymore. My rephrasing
the passages would have been an injustice to her work. I felt everyone
should experience almond tears for themselves ... FULL
* I went through the same
writes: The story was realy touching ["The
night before"]. Every memory I have had since I came to the U.S.
in 1976 came back to me. I went through the same things and had the same
feelings as the writer.
I still feel the same way every time I go to visit my family in Iran.
Sometimes I think I should not go to visit my family because I get so emotional
that I regret my visit.
Sometimes I feel like going back to Tehran and not come back again,
because I do not know how much more I can take these emotional roller coasters.
But I can not go back. I have two sons here.
* Music: Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina
In celebration of Rumi, Shahram Nazeri & the Dastan Ensemble will
perform on Saturday September 25 at the Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University,
in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Amir Rezvani, 919.967.3718
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Tehran police chief sacked over student
Aug 25 (Reuters) - Iran has sacked Tehran's police chief, blamed for a police
attack on student dormitories that provoked some of the worst unrest since
the 1979 Islamic revolution. State television said Brigadier-General Mohsen
Ansari was introduced at a ceremony on Wednesday as the new head of the
capital's police, replacing Brigadier-General Farhad Nazari ... FULL TEXT
Khamenei gives unprecedented support to
August 24, 1999 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's supreme
leader gave unprecedented support to President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday,
saying he was capable of handling all aspects of government ... FULL TEXT
Iran paper calls for live TV debates before
Aug 25 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper on Wednesday urged state television
to broadcast live debates between leading scholars to help voters make better
choices in next spring's key parliamentary elections ... FULL TEXT
Abdi acquitted of slander
United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A prominent Iranian journalist was acquitted
Sunday of slander charges, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported
... FULL TEXT
Culture minister defends dancing, banned
for 20 years
Aug 22 (AFP) - Iran's culture minister said dancing, banned here since the
1979 Islamic revolution, was one of mankind's most elevated arts and should
not necessarily be taboo, the official IRNA news agency said Sunday ...
Iran, Pakistan agree to combat drug smuggling
TEHRAN, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement
on Wednesday to boost cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking,
Iran's state television reported ... FULL TEXT
Egypt diplomat says killer street, not
Israel, blocking ties with Iran
Aug 25 (AFP) - Egypt's top diplomat in Iran said Tehran's decision to name
a street after the assassin of president Anwar Sadat was one of the chief
obstacles to restoring full diplomatic ties, papers said Wednesday ... FULL
Iran buys 1M tons of wheat from Canada
(Dow Jones)-- Iran bought one million metric tons of wheat from Canada Wednesday,
sources said ... FULL TEXT
Oscar winners in Iran
(Neshat) - Iranian public will see recent oscar-winning films for the first
time ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran, (Neshat) - Poet Fereydoun Moshiri was honored in a ceremony
in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Neshat) - Babak Bayat has written many musical scores for Iranian films
and TV series. His first work was the score for "Moraad barqi"
TV series some 30 years ago. An interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Sattar Hamadani's new home
(Iran daily) - National team player Sattar Hamadani has finally signed a
three-year contract with Esteqlal, but... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Esteqlal vs. Lebanon's best
(Iran daily) - Esteqlal will face Lebanon's best soccer club in the first
round of the Asian cup-winners cup ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Doris Haddock, 89, known to her great grandchildren as "Granny
D," is walking across America from California to Washington, D. C.
You can't stop to eat our food.
-- Food section , Iran
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