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Wedneday December 22, 1999 / Dey 1, 1378, No. 873

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    Ravaabet-e vizheh
    Shahrnoush Parsipour tackles intimacy

    December 22, 1999
    The Iranian

    Imagine Iran in the late 70s. A bubbly 19-year-old girl falls for a tired middle-aged man. She's eager to lose her virginity and he's reluctant and confused. What happens in the privacy of his empty house? In the absence of an established or accepted tradition of erotica in Persian literature, how does an author describe their relationship?

    These are just some of the dilimmas raised by Shahrnoush Parsipour's intriguing "new" novel Maajeraa-haaye saadeh va kuchak-e ruh-e derakht, (Simple Affairs and the Spirit of the Tree) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran plots cautious path to economic revolution
A new mood in a nation with mineral wealth and too few televisions

By Pete Harrison
The Times (London)
December 20, 1999

The wailing of a siren fills the Tehran night, bouncing off grey concrete and down the wide streets. But this is no air-raid warning. Car alarms are as much a nuisance in this city as in any other these days. Eventually, the owner reaches his car and silence returns >>> FULL TEXT


Bah bah... sigaar ham bekeshin

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - A daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has urged Iranian women to overcome the stigma of proposing marriage to a man.

Newspapers on Wednesday also quoted Faezeh Hashemi, a leading reformist parliamentarian, as calling for more freedom of dress and behaviour for women in the Islamic society >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Whoever your are

Siamak Masoudi writes: The other night my son who has never been to Iran came home and told me that he had met another Persian guy at work. He was very excited. Then he said to me, "You know dad, I don't know what it is, I have never been to Iran, but whenever I meet another Iranian I feel something special, something different."

I still cry when I repeat that story. And everytime I log on to your site I weep uncontrollably. I don't know why. I don't know you, and I don't know what political philosophies you hold. All I know is that you are from the land that I miss so much. I hate what has been done to my generation and to my son's generation. I hope those responsible are brought to justice one day.

In the meantime, I love what you have done and I am so proud of you, whoever you are. Thank you for keeping my childhood memories alive.

* Good old days

Vida Ghahremani writes: Thanks for reminding me of the good old days. Where did you find this photo? I had never seen it myself! Name of the film is AATASH-O- KHAAKESTAR, directed by Khosrow Parvizi who lives in Los Angeles. He could give you lots of unique and first hand information about the film.

Note: Vida Ghahremani also has a web site where she offers jewelry and greeting cards. Thanks to Ramin Tabib.

* Politics: Cyrus announces candidacy for U.S. Congress

December 22, 1999, Rockville, MD -- Cyrus Homayounpour, a longtime County resident, active in New Democrats of Montgomery County and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), has announced his run for Congress to challenge Republican Congresswoman Connie Morella in the 8th Congressional District >>> 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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Through the olive trees

This is Abbas Kiarostami's most romantic film (English subtitles). It is the third part of a trilogy set in northern Iran. For other Kiarostami videos, click here.

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Khatami's brother to start paper

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (Asr-e Azadegan) - A new pro-Khatami newspaper will hit the newsstands on Saturday. "Mosharekat" (Cooperation) will be headed by the president's brother, Mohammad Reza Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to release German businessman on bail-paper

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - An Iranian court has agreed to release on bail a German businessman who had earlier been held on death row for engaging in illicit sex with a Moslem woman, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Israel-Syria talks causing rift between Damascus and Tehran

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (AFP) - The prospect of peace between Syria and Israel is straining the long friendship between Damascus and Tehran, which both support radical Palestinian groups opposed to the peace process >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran air pollution continues to worsen

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (AFP) - Air quality in Tehran was slightly worse Wednesday as a yellow cloud hovered over the city for the fifth day in a row, the official news agency IRNA reported >>> FULL TEXT

Rabbani asks ex-communist general to return to fight against Taliban

KABUL, Dec 22 (AFP) - Ousted Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani has asked former communist general Abdul Rashid Dostam to return to Afghanistan and fight against the Taliban, a spokesman said Wednesday. Rabbani held meetings with Dostam and Afghan Shiite Hezb-i-Wahdat faction leader Karim Khalili in Iran during a four-day visit, said spokesman, Abdullah (only 1st name available) >>> FULL TEXT

Oil prices fall after small US stock drop

LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Jittery oil prices fell further from recent highs on Wednesday after a surprisingly small decline in crude stockpiles in the United States, the world's biggest energy market >>> FULL TEXT

Oldest bricks

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Mud bricks dug up near Savjebalagh are the "oldest" ever discovered. Estimated age: 9,000 years >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azizi to join Esteqlal?

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Some 50 rare Persian books will be reprinted in Italy >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Kish camp

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Chuncks of news from the national soccer team training camp in Kish. Looks like the boys are having a great time and can't wait to get to America >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia talks about his good fortune in Hamburg and the self-confidence of the national team prior to the friendly games in the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mehdi Monajati and Ebrahim Qassempour pick their best players of the last two decades >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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No shame

There is no shame about a girl proposing marriage to a boy. Why should a girl sit at home and wait for a male suitor to knock on her door one day?

-- Majlis deputy, Faezeh Hashemi
December 22, 1999

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