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Thursday December 9, 1999 / Azar 18, 1378, No. 864

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Keep it simple
Free thoughts on Iran-U.S. normalization

By Guive Mirfendereski
December 9, 1999
The Iranian

There is no cogent structure to this essay. It is a boundless running of the consciousness and unconsciousness, rambling on and muddling through one of the greatest mysteries of our times: When should dialogue culminate in intercourse and what does the case of Iranians accused of spying for Israel have to do with Hillary Clinton seeking the senate seat from New York, or a bunch of American scholars getting pulled out of Tehran last summer, or Iranian and American governments constantly threatening one another on how they will not go ahead with a nonexisting relationship! ... GO TO FEATURE


Sweet surrender

By Guive Mirfendereski with Shahrzad Irani
December 9, 1999
The Iranian

In the beloved's sea, fear not the waves,
No matter, if your vessel strays,
Toss, it may, side to side, to and fro,
In search of beloved's pearl you must go ... GO TO FEATURE


Fighting addiction bares emotion in reserved Iran
Group therapy takes hold in a country waging an escalating war against drugs.

By Scott Peterson
Christian Science Monitor
December 7, 1999

TEHRAN, IRAN -- There was backslapping and hand-holding as the former junkies applauded the numbers of days that each one kept off drugs. "I never thought I would stay alive one day without a heroin injection," Kianouche, who has been off drugs for 14 months, told his comrades.

This Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting might be unremarkable in a self-confessional society like America. But the fact that this bare-your-soul experience is taking place in Iran, where public displays of emotion are rare - except regarding religion - surprises even some Iranians ... FULL TEXT



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More Letters

* Hope in future

Minou Aghamiri writes: The Iranian has an interesting collection of letters on its homepage right now - but one I keep coming back to is the passionate letter by 14-year-old Rahill Jamalifard called "Long Live Iran". I remember being 14, I remember the hope that springs at that age for the future and for full involvement in that future. It is like waking up from the dream of childhood and becoming aware of one's surroundings as if for the first time. It is hopefully also a protected awakening. For the future of Iran - it is that fresh, proud hope that we must all protect.

I have sympathy for the views expressed by Mr. Shahri in his letter "Kiss ass" - it is hard to live in a country that is so wealthy and so oblivious to the deprivation suffered in the developing world and at the same time to feel truly thankful for partaking in that wealth. We enjoy our wealth made in America from a system that rests on the backs of millions who will never share even a measure of our good fortune. Iran is a country filled with those people and most of them are young and still hopeful like Rahill Jamalifard ... FULL TEXT

* Discrimination not limited

Max Rofougar writes: I am sure you are aware that the discrimination mentioned is not limited to Lufthansa or at San Francisco Airport. Every time I travel to Iran from Washington-Dulles Airport, I get the same bad treatment.

On September 10, 1999, I traveled from Washingtoin to Tehran with British Airways and my luggage and an older lady's traveling with me were seached. They said they had to do this because we were traveling to Iran and it was for our own safety. I was carrying both Iranian and American passport. The lady traveling with me had a green card. Singling out only Iranians is absolutely discriminatory and must be stopped.

* Lecture: Empowering Iranian youth, lecture

"Information Technology and the Internet for Education in Iran" is the topic of a lecture by Abbas Edalat Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics Imperial College, London. The lecture will be held on Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, Stauffer Lecture Hall, Room 200 (SLH 200) ... 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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Former president Rafsanjani to run for parliament

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday he intended to run for parliament as an independent in the February elections. In an exclusive interview published in the centrist daily Entekhob, Rafsanjani, 65, said he had yielded to pressure from clerics, ministers, members of parliament, aides and ordinary people to make a political comeback ... FULL TEXT

Relatives of bombing victims demonstrate in Tehran

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Some 40 relatives of victims of a recent bomb attack in southwest Iran blamed on the outlawed opposition People's Mujahedeen staged a protest demonstration in Tehran Thursday. The protestors gathered before the German embassy, calling on German officials to prevent the Mujahedeen from further activities and demanded their expulsion from that country ... FULL TEXT

Pakistani military ruler meets Iran's Khatami

TEHRAN, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Visiting Pakistani military leader General Pervez Musharraf met Iran's President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday for talks on relations soured over rivalries in neighbouring Afghanistan. Musharraf said on arrival that Afghanistan, where Tehran and Islamabad back opposing sides, would be the ``main issue'' in his talks with Iranian officials, Iran's news agency IRNA said. ... FULL TEXT

Iran & Pakistan to "coordinate" their policies towards Afghanistan

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Iran and Pakistan will "coordinate" their policies on Afghanistan, where they support opposing sides, to establish peace in their joint neighbour, Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf said here Thursday. "On Afghanistan, we agreed to coordinate the policies of our two countries for encouraging the peace process through reconciliation and dialogue among the Afghan parties," Musharraf said in a statement faxed to the AFP bureau in Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Iran to cut Caspian oil swap rates by 30 percent

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Iran's oil ministry will provide Central Asian oil swap partners a special new year's bonus consisting of a 30 percent cut in oil swap rates, the English-language Iran Daily reported Thursday. "Iranian oil swap deals will be pursued with a 30 percent discount from January 1, 2000," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told the daily in an exclusive interview ... FULL TEXT

Iran cancels nuclear cooperation project with China: press

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Iran has cancelled a nuclear cooperation project with China for technical and political reasons, an Iranian nuclear official was quoted by the press as saying on Thursday. The project involved the second phase of construction of a nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr, the reports said quoting Asadollah Saburi, deputy chief of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency ... FULL TEXT

Challenge accepted

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Arch conservative Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has accepted Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani's challenge for a televised debate on cultural issues ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - The first thing one notices about the film "Siavash" is the courage displayed by the director in his critical portrayal of the police, says this reviewer ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Rumi; student uprising

Tehran (Hamshahri) - New books: Abdolkarim Soroush has edited a new collection of Rumi's poetry ... The student uprising last july has been discussed in a number of new books, including one that has interviews with prominent moderates ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Baqeri coming back

Tehran (Iran daily) - Karim Baqeri will "definitely" rejoin Persepolis after his contract with his German club ends at the of the year (March 2000?) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Egypt friendly

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Pass soccer club will travel to Egypt for a friendly match ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Prepared for Y2K? Beginning to panic? Stop! Don't let the impending global apocalypse get you down. Here's a handy tip: Bookmark the FUN PAGE and visit it regularly until your power fails. It's Matt Neuman doing what he does best -- being funny. Frowns are not Y2K compliant!

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The mind

The essence of virulent anti-Americanism in Iran is in Iranian nationalism, which was there before the rise of Khomeini and will remain long after the Iranian parliament is filled with moderates and cream puffs longing for relations with the United States.

-- Guive Mirfendereski
"Keep it simple"
The Iranian
December 8, 1999

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