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Friday December 3, 1999 / Azar 12, 1378, No. 860

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By Siamak Kiarostami
December 3, 1999
The Iranian

A four-letter word where I grew up
A schizophrenic secret of our past
Khosro Roozbeh who defended and died for
His people and his passion, was my namesake

I come from
Forgotten obscure Iranian youth shot hung and tortured
Who ended up abroad and underground
Underappreciated, exiled, forgotten Communists ... GO TO FEATURE


It is time to forget Iran's past

By Peter Temple -Morris
British Labour MP for Leominster
The Guardian
December 3, 1999

For the last 20 years since Iran's revolution our relations have been difficult. [Britain's] close historical ties with Iran, their often semi-colonial nature and our enthusiastic support for the late Shah have not made things easy.

Now there is a new dawn and a great opportunity. The unexpected election in 1997 of President Khatami on a programme of modernisation and reform has given rise to great expectations. Whether these will be fulfilled remains to be seen but now is the time to get closer ... FULL TEXT


    Roo keh neest...

Yesterday someone emailed me asking how much was I going to sell for.

"Give me a five figure offer," I replied out of curiosity.

"$01,500. Good?" was his reply. Yes. Not even $10,500 but "$01,500". Cute.

"SOLD!" I joked.

Then he said, "It's not a serious offer yet, just an estimate. First, I have to see the number of hits it gets, and how it is promoted. When I get the domain, the site comes with it, correct?"

Classic por roo. Yeh chizi ham dasti baayad bedeem ... laa elaaha elalaa.

More Letters

* Long live Iran

Rahill Jamalifard writes: I believe very strongly in where I'm from. Iran. And even though I'm an American citizen influenced by many American views, that does not affect my beliefs. I have one hundred percent Iranian blood!

As a fourteen-year-old I have spent four of my summers there. And my expierence cannot be put into words. It was all just so beautiful; the people, the places, the food. I know that the love of my country is more than the love Shakspeare had for writng. And that this bond is here to stay until the end of life ... FULL TEXT

* Thanking Allah for this blessed land

In response to, "What are you thankful for?"

Kamran Behzadian writes: I had Thanksgiving dinner with an American Jewish and Catholic family. There were people fresh off the boat with a lesbian couple from New York, an aging cross-dressing couple, a retired US army captain, a few long-haired people stuck in the 60s, bunch of kids and I - the Iranian guy from California. We ate turkey and stuffing, partied and drank. I taught them to say "Beh salaamati " and I said "Lekha'im" every other time we raised our glasses.

All of us newcomers came here for various reasons and this great country accepted us with open arms and treated us like its own children. Thanksgiving to me is all about thanking Allah for this blessed land ... FULL TEXT

* Literature: Book reading in Los Angeles

Gelareh Asayesh, author of "Saffron Sky, A Life Between Iran and America," will be speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 8th on the campus of the University of Southern California. The event, sponsored by the Iranian Graduate Student Association of USC, will be held in Room 200 of the Stauffer Lecture Hall. The speech will be followed by a book sale and signing. Asayesh will also be speaking and signing books at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 12th, at Ketab Corp's book store in Westwood. She'll be speaking on KFI Radio's "Handel in the Morning" show on Thursday, Dec. 9th at 8:30 a.m. and Joe Dominic's "Beneath the Surface," at 5 p.m. Dec. 9th.


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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The Americans were behind the serial murders because they were committed by people supported and protected by the United States.

-- Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, member of Council of Guardians
December 3, 1999

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