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Tuesday December 7, 1999 / Azar 16, 1378, No. 862

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The sixth man
Short story

By Parivash Afsari
December 7, 1999
The Iranian

I've never been so popular in my life. Farzad, my kind, handsome, co-worker has asked me out several times. The American guy in the cubicle behind me, Warren, just asked me if I was doing anything this weekend. He's good looking too.

There's also my sweet cousin Afshin. We've been close friends forever. I had a crush on him when we were growing up in Mashhad. But it seems years of being alone in Atlanta have made him nostalgic for the good old days. He calls me three or four times a week and sends God knows how many emails every day. ... GO TO FEATURE


Daughter of memory
In 'Saffron Sky,' journalist recounts her struggle to be Iranian in America

By Vanessa E. Jones
Boston Globe Staff,
December 6, 1999

Etched into Gelareh Asayesh 's memory is the moment she cast off the conservative culture in which she grew up and gingerly began embracing a more permissive way of life. It happened at her high school prom, with an innocuous gesture: The teenage girl placed an arm around her date's waist.

In ''Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America,'' Asayesh lyrically describes the impact that simple touch had on a girl who came from a world where young people barely dated. The memoir describes her family's immigration from Iran and her struggle to maintain her Iranian identity while steeped in American culture.

''I can still remember,'' writes Asayesh, 37, ''as if it were seared into the palm of my hand, the cool silk of his jacket, the forbidden heat of the body beneath.

''I can still remember the moment when I let go of that girl from Iran.''... FULL TEXT



By Mother Theresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Soroush Motahari

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* El Al connection

Kewmars Bozorgmehr writes: After months of gut-wrenching deliberation, the U.S. is allowing the Boeing Co. to sell a limited number of 747 engine pod modification kits to Iran Air [news]. Washington reassures everyone that the waiver on trade restrictions with Iran involves only seven aircraft and that none of the high-tech tools required to carry out the alterations will fall into the hands of the Iranians. Nor will Iran Air's cargo planes benefit from such modifications as, according to U.S. officials, the airline's non-passenger fleet may have been used for "nefarious" military purposes.

Ironically, the reason for the modification stems from the 1992 crash of an Israeli El Al 747 cargo aircraft in Amsterdam that devasted a large apartment block, killing more than 50 residents and injuring many others ... FULL TEXT

* Rahebe ye Parandeh

Reza Mousoli writes: Thanks to satellite communication, you can subscribe to as many as 50-60 channels in Dubai, which include local stations like Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, MBC (Lebanon), Sudan, Egypt, Pakistan, India, CNN, MTV, SKY Sports and of course the Iranian channels.

Iranian TV, like any other channel, shows spotrs, news, shows, etc., but with a distinctive difference: All the female presenters have hejabs similar to orthodox nuns -- and often black.

What was wrong with our own Iranian roosaree? No Arab female presenter wears the maghnaeh! It reminds me of the American TV series "Rahebe ye Parandeh" (The Flying Nun). I do not know if any of you remember it.

Anyhow there is nothing wrong with variety particularly in the global village, but even Sudanese TV stations have more entertainment with women singers. Yes! A women singer called Samira! Why can't Iran have a woman singer on TV? Sudan is Moslem country too!

* Literature: Mojabi in northern California

On Saturday, December 11, Sokhan Society in San Francisco's Bay Area will be hosting Dr. Javad Mojabi. Dr. Mojabi a prominent writer and poet was invited by PEN AMERICA with four other Iranian writers to New York. The subject of his discussion will be satire in the poetry of Sanei and Attar. Time: 6:00 PM. Place: 1700 El Camino Real, Room 301, San Mateo (Borel Estate Building).


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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Staff of banned Khordad vow to publish new paper

TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Staff of the leading Iranian daily Khordad Tuesday thumbed their nose at a ban issued by a hardline clerical court late last month by vowing to bring a new reformist title to the newsstands. Some 100 staff gathered at the paper's offices in Tehran to defy the Special Court for Clergy's (SCC) order for the closure of the paper ... FULL TEXT

Abdollah Nouri still has 10 days to appeal jail sentence

TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Leading Iranian reformer Abdollah Nuri still has 10 days to appeal a five-year jail sentence handed down by a clerical court last month, the Tehran press reported Tuesday. Any appeal will first have to be examined for its "validity," newspapers quoted the head of the Special Court for Clergy (SCC), Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, as telling a meeting of law students ... FULL TEXT

CIA Wanted Master of Disguise to Create Fake Shah

Dec 6, 1999, WASHINGTON ( -- The CIA and President Jimmy Carter turned to him the first week of November 1979 as Carter faced the crisis that eventually ended his presidency. Sixty-six Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, had been taken hostage, and six others were hiding at the nearby Embassy of Canada ... The CIA wanted Mendez to carry out a daring plan to diffuse the situation: create a fake shah -- a body-double -- to be spirited out of the U.S. to Egypt, where authorities would announce he had died from illness ... FULL TEXT

Albright Seeks Saudis' Help on Mideast, Iran

RIYADH (Reuters) - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, kicking off a four-day Middle East tour, sought the support of Saudi Arabia in easing the path to Arab-Israeli peace. She met King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah on Monday and thanked them for helping Palestinians prepare for peace but also expressed concern about Iran's alleged support for opponents of the peace process, her spokesman James Rubin told reporters at a briefing ... FULL TEXT

Nateq-Nuri accuses liberals of "infiltrating" into universities

TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Iran's conservative parliament speaker on Tuesday charged that the country's liberals and nationalists are seeking to infiltrate the universities, the official IRNA news agency reported. "For the first time in the history of Iran's universities, we can hear whispers in defence of the United States," said Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, the leader of Iranian conservatives ... FULL TEXT

Iran police in drug shootouts, Pakistani killed

TEHRAN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead a Pakistani citizen and wounded another man in two shootouts with drug traffickers in southeastern Iran, state television said on Tuesday. The Pakistani was killed in Sistan-Baluchestan province which borders Pakistan, the report quoted the state drug agency as saying, adding that the security forces seized night-vision binoculars, morphine and opium ... FULL TEXT

Lufthansa "discriminates" against Iranian passengers

06 Dec 1999 (American Iranian Anti-Discrimination Center) -- On Thursday, December 2, 1999, as we were checking in at Lufthansa (German Airline) counter at San Francisco Airport for our flight to Frankfurt, the Lufthansa officers imposed us and all other Iranian passengers a discriminatory act of luggage search. The reason: We were "Iranians"! ... FULL TEXT

Traders ponder Iran's new liberal trade zone rules

KISH ISLAND, Iran, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Foreign and local businessmen showed interest but appeared non-committal as Iran this week unveiled unprecedented liberal regulations designed to woo much-needed investment to its free trade zones. The new rules, which include allowing foreign banks in the zones for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, were presented to Western, regional and Iranian bankers and executives at a seminar which ended on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

"Technical points" block Iran-Emirates pipeline deal

DUBAI, Dec 7 (AFP) - Talks on a planned gas pipeline between Iran and the emirate of Dubai have been prolonged by unresolved "technical points", an Emirati oil official said Tuesday. Mirza al-Sayegh, vice president of the Dubai government-owned Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC), refused to be drawn on what problems remained, but Western oil sources said price and volume were still dominating negotiations ... FULL TEXT

"Kish Stories" opens in Paris

Dec 5, 1999, PARIS (AFP) - The artistic brilliance of contemporary Iranian cinema, demonstrated at innumerable international festivals over the past decade, is presented in miniature in Paris this week with the release of "Kish Stories", a three-part portfolio of short films in differing styles set on an island in the Persian Gulf ... FULL TEXT

Majidi's new film

Decc 7, 1999 (CinemaIran) - An Oscar nominee, the writer & director Majid Majidi -- after several International Awards for his latest work 'The Color of Heaven'-- started shooting his new film. Mohammad Davoodi,director of photography in 'Color of God' works with him again. The new movie -- so far -- is called 'Rain.' ... FULL TEXT

Wrestlers coming to America

Tehran (Iran daily) - The Iranian free-style wrestling team will compete in the upcoming world championships hosted by the U.S. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hashemi-Nasab going to Germany?

Tehran (Iran daily) - Persepolis club officials claim they are preparing to send off Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab to a European team. But he claims he knows nothing about it ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Defending the U.S.

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