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Wednesday December 15, 1999 / Azar 24, 1378, No. 868

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Seven bullets
One bullet at a time. I count them.

By Farnoosh Moshiri
December 15, 1999
The Iranian

Excerpts from chapter seven of Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall of the Almighty (1999, Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, MA). Moshiri grew up in a literary family in Tehran. She worked as a playwright and fiction writer in Iran, before fleeing the country in 1983 after her play was banned and its director and cast arrested. Winner of the Barthelme Memorial Fellowship at the University of Houston, she now teaches creative writing and literature. This is her first novel.

Sixteen hooded guards invade the cell, two for each of us. They handcuff and push us out. The cold muzzles of their guns touch our temples. They drag Shams like an empty sack behind them. They hit the dervish in the mouth. He keeps murmuring >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Reform Wave in Iran Is Gaining Momentum

By Philip Bowring
International Herald Tribune
December 15, 1999

TEHRAN -- A quiet counterrevolution is gaining momentum here. It is evident on the streets and in the newspapers, and on Feb. 18 it will have a real, if circumscribed, opportunity to express itself at the ballot box. It should eventually lead to Iran regaining the position in its region that its size, geography and level of development merit.

This is not to imply that the clerical domination of society is in any immediate danger. Indeed, for fear of inciting a powerful and ruthless right wing, most reformists are at pains to emphasize gradualism and the compatibility of their demands with the leadership's interpretation of religion >>> FULL TEXT


You go girls!

"Hejab-2" stormed past rival "Azar" 5-2 in the Tehran women's league soccer match >>> FULL TEXT AND IMAGE

Thank you.

More Letters

* Chossi aamadan

K. Ghazi Wakili writes: I do think that Ms. Afsari's story ["The sixth man"] would be well suited in some chatroom but not as a feature. These so-called "chossi aamadan-haa" disturbs the image of your otherwise excellent web site.

* Hezb-e baad

Bijan writes: First of all I was very happy to find an old issue of Zan-e Rooz ["Miss Iran, 1978"] issue, and I dearly thank the people who have made this possible.

In 1978 I got tickets to see the Miss Iran event and I enjoyed the whole show. At the time I was 17-years old, so I was really into these events.

Few years later, when all the universities were open again -- after the cultural revolution -- everybody had to wear the hejab. One day I noticed one of the Miss Iran finalists Ms. Azita Takin in the university corridors wearing a huge maghnaeh, no hair was showing and she was always hanging out with pro-revolution and very religous groups. Of course , I could,nt beleive my eyes. But, I never said anything.

A year later, one day I was watching a science program on TV and guess who was the presenter? You guessed it, Ms Takin with her big hejab. This was about 15 years ago. And that was the last time I saw her. She is the most vivid example of "ozv-e hezb-e baad".

* Dance: Rhythms of Persia, North Carolina

"Rhythms of Persia" premiere performance of the Silk Road Dance Company, in a special collaboration with the divine Mitra will be held on Saturday January 15, 2000 at the Stewart Theatre (North Carolina State University) in Raleigh, NC. Starting at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC), and the Iranian Students Association of NC State University (ISA) >>> 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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Rafsanjani registers as election candidate

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani registered himself as a candidate for February's key elections Wednesday, the official IRNA news agency reported. He presented his papers in person at the Tehran local government office, IRNA said. He said he was standing "out of duty" and "out of concern for national solidarity as well as to contribute to the success of the government's plans." >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyer rejects doubts over Abdollah Nuri's registration for polls

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Jailed former vice president Abdollah Nuri's registration as a candidate for key parliamentary elections in February is "cut and dried," his lawyer said Wednesday dismissing doubts raised over the key reformer's eligibility. "His registration is cut and dried and we won't except any more excuses" for not accepting it, lawyer Mohsen Rahami told AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament approves outlines of amnesty law

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranians living abroad, including opponents of the current regime, will be able to return home under the terms of the Islamic Republic's first ever general amnesty law which received initial approval from parliament Wednesday. The bill successfully passed its first reading, and parliament will now proceed to discuss it in detail >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami calls for rapid solution to murders of dissidents

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday he wanted a "speedy solution" to multiple killings of Iranian intellectuals and dissidents that shocked the country at the end of last year and the beginning of this. "I have not had direct responsibility for this weighty and complex case, but I hope we shall arrive at a speedy solution," he told journalists as he left parliament after presenting his budget >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami submits balanced budget to parliament

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami submitted a balanced budget Wednesday with revenue and expenditure 29 percent higher than last year. "It is a balanced budget which is within the country's means," the reformist president said in a speech to the conservative- dominated parliament >>> FULL TEXT

Turkey doubts Iran plan to pump gas in 2 wks

ANKARA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it will start natural gas exports to Turkey in two weeks in defiance of U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran but Ankara cast doubt on the timetable for the new deliveries >>> FUL TEXT

Parliament rejects law to protect foreign tourists

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament Wednesday turned down new legislation to protect foreign tourists drafted after a wave of kidnappings of Western nationals threatened the country's fledgling tourism sector >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Novelist Simin Daneshvar is honored in a special ceremony >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

What a mess!

Tehran (Iran daily) -Political factions are literally fighting for control of Tehran's municipal cultural centers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran to play in U.S. only if ...

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Wednesday it would play a friendly soccer match in the United States in January only if U.S. officials waived a requirement to fingerprint the Iranian players, which Tehran has denounced as offensive. The match would mark the first time the United States had hosted Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Goodbye party

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis will soon hold a big farewell party for its retiring goalkeeper Ahmadreza Abedzadeh >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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I decided to run to foil possible plots by enemies... Foreign radios kept saying I should not run.

-- Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani registering as a Majlis candidate
December 15, 1999

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