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