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Wednesday December 1, 1999 / Azar 10, 1378, No. 858

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A moon of our own
I walk closer, almost without thinking, and sit on the bed by her side

By Hossein Samiei
December 1, 1999
The Iranian

Niloofar is getting restless and is now openly pestering me. She pinches my arm. I pull her hair. She screams and dad looks at me sternly, but not at her. Niloofar runs away inside, straight to my room. I fear for my books. I follow her. She is sitting on the edge of the bed, holding in her hand (and casually flicking through) my only grown-ups' book, History of Science, which, I own to show off rather than read. If I get any closer the book will have a lot fewer pages and, as a result, science a much shorter history. I just stand and stare at her, trying to look unconfrontational. A few silent moments pass ...

She's now half lying on the bed, her skinny arms supporting the top part of her body, her legs dangling by the side of the bed, her feet not reaching the floor. At the age of 9-and-a-half she's a few months more of a child than I am. She's wearing a loose sleeveless pale olive dress with tiny little white flowers on it. Her hair is tied on the sides, making the outline of her neck visible, and her eye lashes partially cover the gleam in her eyes ... GO TO FEATURE


Special courts for the clergy: legitimate?

December 1, 999: Commentary by Sadeq Saba of the BBC Persian Service on the trial of Abdollah Nouri and the special clerical court which sentenced him to five years in prison (RealAudio) ... LISTEN HERE



The Houston Chronicle
September 05, 1999, Sunday

Food carries a deep meaning for Persians because it's reflective of so many things in life, says Yadi Mosadegh, owner of Garson restaurant. Take love and marriage. For thousands of years, Fessenjan, or grilled chicken breast with pomegranate sauce, has graced wedding-banquet tables throughout his homeland of Iran ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Lengesh kon!

Alireza S. writes: Mr. Qezelbash's commentary on recent events in Iran ["It's over"] is very valid and lands a bull's eye! What a shame for the rest of us to sit back here in the comfort of our new found homes and criticize the snapper-head hard-liners in Iran. I have to admit that I am indeed one of those folks.

I continually wish for a better Iran for the Iranians who live there and can't get out. I continuously wish for a better Iran for the rest of us Iranians living abroad and have never been back to Iran since the revolution. I continuously wish for a better Iran for me to return, visit and come to a closure. I continuously wish to do something to make things the way they were.

But, hey, what the heck, I'm the one living outside and saying "lengesh kon!"

* Top ten

Mohtaj e Doaa writes in response to, "What are you thankful for?"

I am thankful to be in the U.S. for the following reasons:

1. It saved me from seeing Ayatollahs on the TV everyday
2. I was not killed in the war, or arrested and tortured, or killed by Emami
3. I can get together with friends and family and celebrate Thanksgiving, etc.
4. I can drive in straight lines (mostly)
5. Officials are not rude to me; they don't call me "to" instead of "shoma"
6. I can live by myself, being divorced, and not perceived as weird
7. I am not awakened by the wonderfully loud call to prayer in the morning
8. I don't have to believe in a logic that has not advanced beyond the thirteenth century
9. I can go out in T-shirt and shorts
10. I can watch movies undubbed...

If you need more reasons let me know and I'll send you another ten reasons immediately.

* Party: Millennium party, DC

The Iranian American Cultural Association of Washington DC invites you to its very last party of the millennium on Friday December 3! December is month filled with festivities -- from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, from Christmas to Shab-e Yalda! Come celebrate the holiday season with us! Join us for a night of merry-making, and win a fabulous door prize -- a weekend getaway at a resort spa ...a stay at the Tyson's Corner Ritz Carlton... and more! ... DETAILS HERE


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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[Abdollah] Nouri's conviction by the illegitimate and unlawful Special Court for Clergy was a service to him which increased his prestige and is a source of pride for free-thinking clerics.

-- Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri
December 1, 1999

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