That was me, that was you, that was us
December 27, 1999
When I saw these pictures at a friend's house last week, I thought of
all the incredible things that have happened to us, our families and our
people in the 20th century. The oldest photo here might be 60-70 years
old. But they all seem like ancient history. Where were we then and where
are we now? I guess what matters most is where we are heading. But that
doesn't make these pictures any less fascinating >>>
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Are the Americans overdoing it?
By Jahanshah Javid
BBC Persian Service
December 26, 1999
The Americans are planning huge millennium parties, especially in New
York and Washington. The Iranian community is getting into the mood as
well. Is it all too much? >>>
Greatest goal in life
Andy de Champlain writes to The Iranian:
Hello, my name is Andy, and one of my greatest goals in life, is to
go to Iran, and learn Farsi. I am a canadian, and if there is someone
out there who can help me accomplish this goal, any small amount of help
or advise, (aside from, "Don't bother"), I would appreciate it.
I am a second-year linguistics student, and I am planning a career in
teaching English as a second language in countries all over the world.
I understand that it is difficult to get into the country, and so I seek
contacts that could be of help.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much, motoshakeram.
* Christmas in Tehran
A friend in Iran writes: Just wanted to wish you a wonderful
holiday season! I can honestly say that I wish I were in the U.S. to celebrate
the holidays with you. The sheer absence of Christmas in Iran, is enough
to make me desperately homesick. Though today, I took to the streets and
visited an Armenian neighborhood, where I lit some candles in an Orthodox
church, listened to a beautiful choir and later bought some Christmas lights
and decorations -- just like the ones we had when I was young and lived
in Iran :-).
Later today, I will buy a Christmas tree and tonight, I will think of
each and everyone of you, as I decorate it. Besides missing my family and
friends and feeling occasionally homesick, I am having a nice time in Iran.
As many of you know, I am enjoying my work here quite a bit. Again, I have
been extremely lucky. I have met some of the most remarkable people here
and am enjoying some beautiful and meaningful friendships with them.
This indeed is a gift, for which I feel eternally grateful. In some
ways, everyday here has been a Christmas of sorts. A time of reflection,
a time of discovery, a time of understanding all that I have left behind
and discovering the endless possibilities that await. It has been bittersweet.
I know now, more than ever before, that I am two people, with two homes,
two families, two sets of friends, two realities. Two halves of one heart,
torn eternally apart.
But still, there is a peace in knowing this, that cannot be explained
with words alone, for which I have no words.
* Our problem
Reza Saba writes:
As I was surfing the Net somehow I lost my way into you site. I am
not even sure if what I am writing will be seen by anyone, but here it
goes: The problem with Iranians is partly due to our upbringing in Iran.
Between 1978 and 1988, the country went through a revolution and war
and the impact of Khomeini was worse than a nuclear bomb. I have always
had a problem with that.
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Books of the Week
Y2K issues in Iran
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ham baazandeh-and (1999)
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By Ahmad Nafisi
sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar
va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan
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Video of the Week
the olive trees
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is the third part of a trilogy set in northern Iran. For other Kiarostami
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Moderate Iranian party claims it was bugged
by reformist newspaper
Dec 27 (AFP) - A moderate Iranian political party is claiming to have been
bugged by a reformist newspaper which quoted controversial remarks by one
of its leading members, press reports said Monday. The Kargozaran-e- Sazandeghi
(Executives of Construction) party close to former president Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani pointed the finger at Said Hajarian, head of the Sobh-e Emruz
daily, the reports said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran paper says two more students condemned
to die over July riots
Dec 25 (AFP) - Two more Iranian students have been sentenced to death over
July's bloody unrest, one of them because he showed international media
the blood-soaked shirt of a beaten colleague, a newspaper said Saturday.
The moderate Fath paper cited a student group saying Akbar Mohammadi had
been condemned to death for throwing petrol bombs during the riots >>>
Iran conservatives launch platform for
Dec 25 (AFP) - Conservatives in Iran announced Saturday that they had launched
a joint electoral platform in the run up to key parliamentary elections
in February. "Our aim is to coordinate the positions of the revolutionary
political forces in order to defend constitutional rights but mainly to
try to solve the country's many economic problems," conservative MP
Mohammad-Reza Bahonar said >>> FULL TEXT
Oil minister defends deal with Shell
Dec 27 (AFP) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh defended Monday
his country's 800 million dollar contract with Royal Dutch Shell against
criticism from Islamic radicals that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant was "Zionist."
"The Zionists have no shareholding in the Shell group," Zanganeh
said in a statement carried by state radio >>> FULL TEXT
Iran minister plays down gas dispute with
Dec 27 (AFP) - The normal operation of Iran's power stations has been threatened
for the last two weeks by a shortage of natural gas, which is their main
feedstock, Deputy Energy Minister Akbar Nematollahi said Monday. "Given
the winter cold and growing (power) demand, the power stations must be supplied
with gas and oil products," he said, adding that the situation risked
becoming critical, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Kiarostami says artists should not get
into politics because it may cause problems for the reform movement >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Story in a story
(Hamshahri) - Iranian film makers have become well known for making films
within films. Now we have a writer who has a story within a story. Mohammad
Baharlou's novel "Eshq koshi" (Murder of love) moves in out of
Sadeq Hedayat's work >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - More interesting discoveries at the 9000-year old archaeological
site near Savjebalagh: Walls painted in two colors >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Seven players, mostly the younger, inexperienced
ones, have been eliminated from the national soccer team's preliminary list
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Karim Baqeri will not be going to America
with the rest of his national team pals. Why? He was late for training camp
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Nakisa in Italy?
(Iran Varzeshi) - Former national goalie Nima Nakisa has been signed a "preliminary"
contract to play with an Italian first division club, Torino >>>
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