Taste of Cherry
We were a foursome, totally inseparable
By A. Hamshahri
June 2, 1999
Recently I tried to touch base with my childhood friends. Amir gave
me a distant look from behind his sewing counter with his glasses resting
perilously on the tip of his nose. He pressed hard on the foot pedal to
finish the shirt he had promised to deliver two weeks ago. And I silently
drank the tea he had offered and looked into his aged face. I tried to
find traces of that long gone friend. I found nothing. His eyes were too
expression-less to gauge what he was thinking. One thing was clear: he
had to finish that shirt before the day was out. So I left him, knowing
full well that was probably the last time I would see him ... GO TO FEATURE
A nod for envoy to Argentina
By Kenneth Timmerman
The Washington Times
There's been a lot of talk recently about Clinton administration gestures
to Tehran. But the most meaningful gesture the president has made is also
the one that has received the least attention: the nomination of a prominent
Iranian-American, Hassan Nemazee, to be U.S. ambassador to Argentina.
Not that Mr. Nemazee, an investment banker in New York, has anything
to do with the current Tehran regime. Far from it. But by naming an Iranian-American
for the first time ever to be the U.S. ambassador to a major trading partner,
Mr. Clinton, perhaps unwittingly, has made an important gesture to Iranians
... FULL TEXT
Arya Jalali writes:
How are you doing? I was just visiting your site and decided to send
you this picture. I took it in Tehran 3 years ago in "Sizdeh bedar".
I liked it because of the unusual nature of the donkey's appearance. I
hope you will publish it . After all not everything should be so sad in
life. I would like you to please name the picture "Khareh Pashmaloo"...
SEE IT HERE
* Lot of making up to do
N. Behzad Fazel writes:
I recently saw an Israeli documentary at the French Institute in New York.
The film's title was "A Persian Story", and was being shown as
part of the Sephardic Film Festival. In it the lives of several Iranian
families who had immigrated to Israel were shown. After hearing their stories,
I think Iranian Jews like Mr. Gheytanch
are very much within their rights to have whatever negative or ambivalent
feelings they may have towards Iran ["I
must be a Jew"]...
In spite of all these, it seemed that cultural and emotional ties to
Iran were not totally severed, even decades after leaving Iran. In fact
this seems to be true of Iranians Jews anywhere outside Iran. Let's face
it folks: we got a lot of making up to do.
And to those who think Muslims are any more Iranian than others (whatever
that means): remember that the ancestry of Jews in Iran goes back several
thousand years. I wish I could say that about myself ... FULL
* Not far from the truth
Pooneh Yousefi-Tehrani writes: I
just read "L.
A. wedding". I live in Montreal, Canada, but when I visited my
family in Los Angeles ...well, your article almost doesn't exaggerate the
* We're not superficial
Farhad writes: Is this
article BEEMAZEH or what?It's obviously fiction ["L.
A. wedding"]. And we're tired of everyone grouping the LA Persians
together as snobbish, superficial people.
* Arts: Bookreading & jazz in Bay
Jazz & Gallery Ovissi is pleased to announce: A Bay Area reading
of A WORLD BETWEEN Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans
AND jazz music by Hafez Modirzadeh. Saturday, June 5, 7-9 PM (doors open
at 6 PM) at Gallery Ovissi, 1425 Park Ave. Emeryville, CA, Tel: (510) 601-6874...
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"This detailed guide finally updates the old guidebook with new
information. A must for travelers to Iran. Paul Greenway's narrative and
explanations are also more interesting (and quite funny in some cases)
than David St. Vincent's older edition." -- A reader ...
... GO TO BOOK
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Interior minister appoints alviri as mayor
june 2, irna -- interior minister abdolvahed mousavi lari here on wednesday
confirmed morteza alviri's credential as tehran's mayor. per note third
of the article 71 of the councils' law, mayors are appointed for cities
with more than 200,000 population and for capital of provinces on the proposal
of city council and on an order by interior minister and for other cities
on the proposal of the city council and governor general's order ... FULL
Tehran welcomes remarks by Saudi crown
June 2 (AFP) - Iran welcomed as "positive" on Wednesday remarks
by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz on relations between the kingdom
and the Islamic Republic. "The positive remarks by Prince Abdullah
regarding relations between our two countries reflect the prevailing atmosphere
of realism and transparency in our ties," the official IRNA news agency
quoted Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi as saying ... FULL TEXT
UAE calls on Iran to settle island dispute
DHABI, June 1 (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates called on Iran Tuesday to
move to settle the dispute between them over three Gulf islands claimed
by both, the official WAM news agency reported ... FULL TEXT
Iran's pen association starts activities
june 2, irna -- the first post-revolution association of iranian writers,
translators, poets and researchers under the title of 'iran pen association'
started its activities as of may 26. mohammad reza sarshar (rahgozar), spokesman
and a founding member of the association, said the goal behind founding
the association is to defend freedom of expression and thoughts within the
framework of islam and the constitution and support material and moral rights
of the creators of literary works in an effort to remove existing irregularities
... FULL TEXT
The unfinished shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini
June 2 (AFP) - The shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, destined to become
one of the world's greatest centres of pilgrimage for Shiite Moslems, remains
unfinished a decade after the death of Iran's "supreme leader."...
Ceremonies will be held at the site, 13 kilometers (eight miles) south of
Tehran on the road leading to the holy city of Qom, for the 10th anniversary
of Khomeini's death on June 4, 1989, at the age of 89 ... FULL TEXT
Iran OPEC governor says too soon to review
DUBAI, June 2 (Reuters) - Iran's OPEC governor said on Wednesday
it was too early to review oil production cuts agreed in a March deal designed
to boost prices. ``It is premature to talk about touching the level of production,''
Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Reuters by telephone from Tehran ... FULL
Iranian short films at BBC festival
(Iran daily) -- Thirteen Iranian short films will be showing at a BBC film
festival ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Hamburg now has two Iranians players
(Iran daily) -- Next week Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia will finalize his transfer to
the German first-division club, Hamburg, where Vahid Hashemian is also a
member of the team ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Foreign coach or good coach?
(Iran daily) -- The national soccer team needs a coach with current knowledge
of the game and not necessarily a foreign coach ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated June 2
dollar now offered at 830-862 tomans in the U.S. and 870 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
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