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Thursday December 2, 1999 / Azar 11, 1378, No. 859

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December 2, 1999
The Iranian

Just today I was accused of having a personal agenda in the way I run The Iranian. Well, it's not an accusation at all. I admit it. Here's further proof.

Yasmine Rafii advertises her greeting cards here in But they are so gorgeous that I'm featuring them as works of art. Any complaints? ... GO TO FEATURE


Persian exports in a nutshell
Iran's prized, and political, nuts --It's harvesttime, and farmers hope to export more pistachios as they compete against the US.

By Scott Peterson
Christian Science Monitor
December 2, 1999

On a visit to the United States in the early 1980s, Iranian farmer Falli Karbassian remembers seeing a billboard on Santa Monica Boulevard in California. It read: " 'Would you rather buy pistachios from this?' and there was a picture of a little man leading a camel through the desert." she says. " 'Or from this?' and there was a picture of a California beauty."

There are only two places in the world where large commercial orchards of pistachio nuts are grown: Iran's humidity-free southeast and in the US, primarily in California. This fact has added another ingredient to troubled relations between the two countries, as farmers battle to capture the growing market for the green nuts ... FULL IMAGE


    Microsoft does it again!

Thanks to the leaders in computer innovation, the PC keyboard has been perfected .... FULL IMAGE

Thanks to Elham Vahabi

More Letters

* Iranians in the U.S.: political power

Ben Bagheri writes: As Iranian-Americans - according to US government there are more than a million of us - we have to begin concentrating on our identity and status here, in our new home! On the eve of the 2000 US presidential elections and the upcoming Census 2000, we have to make a concerted and aggressive effort to declare our significant existence to the political establishment.

We must begin developing our political power base in whatever party we happen to lean towards. We should also prepare for Census 2000 and plan to provide the type of racial information that will put Iranians on the map as a legitimate and significant minority. This census will be our best chance for being counted (for more information search for Census 2000 on the Web) ... FULL TEXT

* Personal agenda

Sina Dadfarmay writes: You know, Jahanshah, if you weren't such a fucking asshole who puts his own personal agenda and views ahead of journalistic integrity and impartiality, I (and I'm sure others as well) would actually feel comfortable writing a letter or two to your magazine in response to something, knowing that you'd post it. But NO, instead we must resort to writing individual letters to people, which is fine. But I (as an ex-journalist myself) just wanted to tell you what I think of you.

Jahanshah Javid replies: I can and will have a personal agenda. I think my track record proves I'm fair towards everybody. I LIKE being fair. You don't think I'm fair enough, don't read it.

* Lecture: Soroush lecture in London

Islamic Association of Students and Researchers in London present a Persian lecture by Dr Abdol-karim Soroush titled "Mahdaviyat va Ehyayi Din" on Friday 3th December at Westminster University 309 Regent Street London W1 (nearest tube: Oxford Circus) at 7.00 p.m.


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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Iran clergy challenge supreme leader on Nouri

TEHRAN, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A group of reform-minded Iranian clergy challenged the country's supreme ruler regarding the recent jailing of a leading reformist politician, in a statement published on Thursday. ``The sentence of (reformist cleric Abdollah) Nouri was issued by a court which...everybody knows to be in open legal conflict with the constitution,'' said a statement issued by the League of Teachers at the religious Qom Seminaries and which was published in newspapers ... FULL TEXT

Rights group urges release of Iranian reformer

DUBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A U.S.-based human rights group urged Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to quash the conviction of a leading reformist politician, jailed for five years on charges of dissidence ... FULL TEXT

Amir-Entezas returned to prison

TEHRAN, Dec 2 (AFP) - A liberal Iranian opposition figure, Abbas Amir-Entezam, who was released in October after spending most of the past two decades in jail, has been returned to prison, opposition sources said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Stop deportation from Germany

December 2, (The International Federation of Iranian Refugees) -- Bahram Jalali, a political activist, is at imminent risk of being deported to Iran from Germany ... FULL TEXT

Iran-Contra files seized in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) - Documents and tapes linked to the Iran-Contra affair have been seized from the office of an Israeli newspaper publisher and one-time arms dealer, a lawyer in the case said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Chechen war could undermine Russia's position in Islamic world: OIC

TEHRAN, Dec 2 (AFP) - Russian relations with Islamic countries could be undermined by the continuing war in Chechnya, the head of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) warned here Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says it is ready for talks on joining WTO

TEHRAN, Dec 2 (AFP) - Iran is ready to start negotiations on joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO), press reports Thursday quoted Deputy Trade Minister Mohammad Nahavandian as saying ... FULL TEXT

Iran warns public about possible Y2K disruptions

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A senior official warned Iranians on Thursday about possible disruptions in oil, power, telecommunications and other public services due to the millennium computer bug, state television reported ... FULL TEXT

Another one for "Color of paradise"

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Majid Majidi's "Color of paradise" has won another international film award. This time in Spain ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Not religious

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The title of Majidi's latest film suggests that it is religious or at least has a religious message. But this reviewer believes "Color of paradise" does not fall into that category ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Saudi's Italian hope

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Saudi Arabia's al-Ittihad has named it's star Italian player as team captain, hoping to boost its chances in Friday's key match against Esteqlal in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

B team

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Three Iranian soccer players who are active in Greek and German clubs have been invited to join the Iranian national team's B squad ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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In an act in conflict with public opinion, the Special Court for Clergy has imprisoned a figure-head of the revolution based on a politically motivated and non-legal indictment ... How long will the judicial authorities want to remain witness to...such inhuman behaviour?

-- Statement by the League of Teachers at the religious Qom Seminaries
December 2, 1999

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