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The Iranian Features
December 13-17, 1999 / Azar 22-26, 1378

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* Iran: Yazd, my love
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* Fiction: Seven bullets
* Journey: Letter from Amman
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Friday
December 17, 1999

Photography

Beyond ordinary
We're are all special

Photographed by Nader Davoodi
December 17, 1999
The Iranian

I always get excited when I get a package from Nader Davoodi. It's beacuse I KNOW he has sent more great pictures. Davoodi is a master at giving extraordinary depth and meaning to ordinary moments. Or maybe he sees a unique quality in every person and situation. To him, there is no such thing as ordinary. We're are all special. We're all different.

This is his fifth feature in The Iranian. I will make damn sure that there would be more >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Thursday
December 16, 1999

Iran

Yazd, my love
Where kind hands bring small paradises into living

By Laleh Khalili
December 16, 1999
The Iranian

I have fallen in love. Head-over-heels, utterly, magnificently. With the desert city of Yazd.

Shiraz and Isfahan may be the glittering jewels of Iran, drawing the eye with their sumptuousness, stimulating awe with their story and history, and enticing the mind with the extravagance of their beauty. The oasis city of Yazd, however, is the very essence of what we wistfully remember Iran to be, so long ago, when we were all young and life was much simpler, and Yazdis are the fundamental representation of what Iranians should be now, even now, when necessity and despair have aged us all and we are no longer kind, nor generous or tolerant >>> GO TO FEATURE

FYI

We're No. 1
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Wednesday
December 15, 1999

Fiction

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

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Tuesday
December 14, 1999

Journey

Letter from Amman
U.S. is perceived to be playing the old imperial game

By Majid Tehranian
December 14, 1999
The Iranian

It was 5 am. The chant of the muezzin woke me up: "Ashhadu an la illaha illalah! I witness that there is no God but God. I witness that Muhammad is His Prophet. Rise to prayer. Rise to do good deeds..."

The melodious voice brought back sweet childhood memories. I didn't mind the early hours and my own jet lag. I had to meet my driver in an hour for the journey to Petra, the City of the Dead, better known here as the Rose City. Makhled was a stocky and smiling man with four children. We soon called each other "brother." My faltering Arabic was bonding us in our journey through the desert ... GO TO FEATURE

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Monday
December 13, 1999

Cover story

Young democrats
Khatami addresses increasingly outspoken students

By Afshin Molavi
With photographs by Siamak Namazi
December 13, 1999
The Iranian

Like a rock star performing before adoring fans, President Mohammad Khatami took to the stage on Sunday, offering his familiar, much-loved tunes of democracy, freedom, and liberal reform to a cheering, banner-waving throng of approximately 15,000 Iranian university students in his first major domestic speech since the jailing of a key ally by a conservative court.

"We are seeking to build a system based on the will of the people," Khatami said to deafening cheers from the highly-charged students packed shoulder-to-shoulder into a hot and crowded hall at Tehran's Science and Technology University. "We are determined to build this model society by fighting against exploitation and dictatorship in the hope of establishing a free society and government," he added ... GO TO FEATURE

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Cover story

Young Democrats
Khatami addresses increasingly outspoken students

By Afshin Molavi
With photographs by Siamak Namazi

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