Taste of Cherry
"This was bigger than Princess Di's"
By Hamid Taghavi
May 31, 1999
We lined up at the wedding's registration table. There, the lady in
charge asked for our invitations and two picture IDs. After she verified
the authenticity of the invitations on her computer we were finger-printed
and photographed. Afterwards, she asked if we had any gifts to declare,
whether we had bought the gift at the bridal registry and if not, why...
After all that, she finally cracked a smile, handed me a package and
"Welcome to Bijan and Manijeh's wedding. Here is your welcoming
kit. In there you'll see a brief biography of Bijan and Manijeh, a photo
history of their families, their homes in northern Tehran, their fabled
journey to America, how Bijan met Manijeh, whether she was wearing make-up
when they first kissed, as well as maps to the restrooms and your table.
By the way, for a fee you can upgrade your table to first class and eat
with the bride and groom..."... GO
Hardliners again attack reformist media
TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - Several Iranian publishers close to Iran's
moderate President Mohammad Khatami have been detained but most, including
the head of Iran's official IRNA news agency, have been released on bail,
newspapers said on Sunday...
The publisher of the reformist daily Arya, Mohammad-Reza Zohdi, also
went to jail on Saturday on charges of ``publishing slanderous material,
disturbing public opinion and exposing military secrets,'' pro-Khatami
newspapers said ... FULL
World War !!!
"Five hundred years ago, Nostradamus prophesied that World War
III would occur on July 4th of 1999, the feast of the 'eagle' or the U.S.,
with Russia and Iran launching nuclear and chemical assaults upon Western
and Southern Europe... American troops shall pay a heavy bloody price.
This World War shall last about thirty years and one-thirds to two-thirds
of mankind shall perish. " ... NOSTRADAMUS'
* What about Jews who hate Iranians?
Nariman Neyshapouri writes:
.Everyone always places Jews at the receiving end of hatred, oppression,
must be a Jew"]. It's always about how the Jews are the hated
minority; in fact anti-Semitism has become a crime that rivals murder in
the U.S. (I don't condone anti-Semitism, just making a point here).
I'm still waiting to see when rational people start placing Jews at
the disseminating end of that equation, i.e. when will people start seeing
the hatred the Jews feel toward other minorities, like Iranians and Arabs?
More than once I have been in a situation where I've gotten a less than
favorable response when a Jew has found out I was Iranian... FULL TEXT
* God's chosen people not Iranian
A. Gheytanch writes: .We are
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND GOD"S CHOSEN PEOPLE. WE ARE ISRAELITES
NOT IRANIAN ["I
must be a Jew"]. I frankly do not care about recognition from
a bunch of gentiles. Iranan or not, we are Israelite first.
I think all remaining Jews in Iran should go to Israel and join their
motherland. For the rest of us living outside of Iran , we shoud forget
about Iran and hang on to our glorious Jewish identity and culture, and
above all the love and support for the state of Israel, our REAL homeland.
* Photography: Shirin Neshat in Chicago
Mehran Azhar writes: "Rapture," which opened in early May
will be on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago throigh August 1 along
with several of Shirin Neshat's photographs... DETAILS
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Pro-Khatami press under increasing pressure
May 30 (AFP) - The brief detention of the head of Iran's official news agency
was portrayed in the Iranian press Sunday as the latest twist in a campaign
of pressure by conservatives against reformist media, less than a year away
from parliamentary elections ... FULL TEXT
Arya managing editor zohdi released on
may 31, irna -- managing editor of persian language daily 'arya' mohammad
reza zohdi was released from evin prison here this evening after posting
a bail of rls 21 million (usd 70,000) ... FULL TEXT
Conservative speaker re-elected
Iran, May 30 (UPI) -- Iran's 270-seat parliament has overwhelmingly re-elected
its conservative speaker, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, to another one-year term,
... FULL TEXT
Mohammadi freed, but aide arrested
30TH MAY (Iran Press Service) In a new, but tactical retreat, the ruling
conservatives freed Sunday Mr. Manouchehr Mohammadi, the secretary-general
of the secular Association of Iranian Nationalist Students (AINS) but arrested
his comrade-in-arms, Mr. Qolamreza Mohajerinezhad, ... FULL TEXT
IHRWG condemns attacks on students
May 1999 (IHRWG) -- Over the last few days, a number of students gatherings
in Tehran have been attacked by organized groups with links to factions
inside the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)... FULL TEXT
Rial slide accelerates, loses 3.5 pct vs
TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - The downward slide in the Iranian rial
gathered pace this weekend, and on Sunday it had lost 3.5 percent against
the dollar compared with late last week, traders said ... FULL TEXT
Tehran told to cut water use amid drought
TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - Tehran water authorities have warned
residents to rein in consumption of water or risk a cut in their supplies,
as the country faces its worst drought in 30 years, newspapers reported
New head of Farabi cinema foundation appointed
may 30, irna -- hamid mohebbi has been appointed as new managing director
of the farabi cinema foundation... FULL TEXT
Reply to Kish critics
(Iran daily) - Mohammad Ahmadi, the production manager of "Tales of
Kish" replies to complaints from Nasser Taghvaie... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE
Students to cycle to France
(Hamshahri) -- Two Iranian students will cycle to the Paris suburb of Neauphle
le Chateau, carrying a message of friendship to France ... FULL IMAGE TEXT
Iran Fifth in Greco-Roman wrestling
(Iran daily) -- Iran took fifth place in Asian Greco-Roman wrestling games
... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 31
dollar now offered at 825-855 tomans in the U.S. and 875 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
The TRANS WORLD 1999 is both a sport and play event to be
held during next August and it is organised by the Iranian Tourist Corporation
IRAN TOURIST CO.
Prison is an unfortunate reality for over 60,000 of UK citizens
who are currently in the custody of the Prison Service.
Under the sun
Beh har kojaa keh ravi aasemaan hamin rang ast.
(Wherever you go, the sky is the same color = Nothing is new under ths
By Simin Habibian
Photo of the Day
wave against the press
Musician of the Week
* Gol-e baaroon zadeh
* Cheh misheh goft beh een del-e divooneh
* Dast-haaye to