Son, don't ever do that again
Just mind your own business
By Sia M.
June 16, 1999
As a boy living in northern Iran, I loved the beautiful nature surrounding
me. The green pastures, the tea fields and the cows roaming in them. I
had everything that a boy my age would want. Every day after school my
friend Ali (who still lives in Iran) and I would go deep into the countryside
riding his motorcycle. There, we were all alone listening to birds sing.
We ate the fruits of many different trees. Some of which we were not sure
were poisonous or not. Natural is how we preferred everything.
One afternoon Ali and I started a conversation about the people who
lived in the rural areas. We thought about how the villagers with very
few paved roads and inadequate transportation would get to the doctor in
town if they got poisoned or sick. Then we both talked about how we could
do something to help the poor and less fortunate people. We realized then
how fortunate we were and how much we took for granted ... GO TO FEATURE
Persian pop stars: Listening for more music
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The curtain may have been raised on a musical
revolution in Iran. In February, the Tehran government permitted a pop
concert to be held -- the first in 20 years -- as part of the country's
observance of the Islamic Revolution's anniversary. Many Iranians were
able to enjoy for the first time in public what they'd listened to behind
closed doors for decades ... FULL
Thanks to Kamran Hooshmand
James Joyce's Ulysses is not only the seminal novel written in
English, supple, beautiful, original and inventive, it also has some very
The Persian translator of Ulysses would not allow any of the
racy stuff to be cut by the Ministry of Guidance (censorship), so it has
said that the racy and sexy parts in Ulysses had to be in a foreign
language few people in Iran understand in order for it not to be excised.
So, a great portion of Molly Bloom's soliloquy will be in... ITALIAN
while the rest of the book is in Persian!
* Cogent solutions
Morteza Anvari writes: Thank
you for an incisive analysis of Iran's economic ills ["Sleep-walking
economy"]. I hope someone would translate this article and publish
it on this website to enlighten more Iranians who are not fluent in English.
The solutions you have presented in the form of 13 questions are equally
cogent. It gladdens my heart to read such eloquent articles by Iranian
experts who make most Western experts look like a bunch of impostor wimps.
A very young Iranian once commented that the current so-called Middle
East experts, who often appear on TV programs, are the old Russian experts
recycled after the break-up of the Soviet Union ... FULL
* Not one of us
Kambiz Roshan writes: We have
many things that we can be proud of, and Andre Aggassi is not one of them
the great"]. As far as I am concerned, it is a privilege to be
an Iranian, and if someone is not happy about their own heritage, that
is their choice. If Andre does not like the fact that his father was born
in Iran, that is fine and certainly within his rights.
I also believe that we should not go out of our way to include him in
our extended family. There are many other sports heroes who are Iranian
and proud of their heritage, and I think that they would be more suited
to be on the cover ... FULL
* Thank you
Bruce Takata writes: Thank you
for publishing Yasmine Rafii's thoughts and pictures ["Talking
* Fundraising: Persian Center in San
Niloofar Nouri writes: We are having a GREAT fundraising party on JUNE
19 at 8:00 P.M. for the Persian Center in San Francisco, and we would like
to invite you to attend. We are also inviting managers and executives from
Silicon Valley as well as many SF city officials and supervisors, including
Mayor Willie Brown. Thanks for all of your support and we look forward
to seeing youat the party!... DETAILS
Book of the Week
The Subject Tonight Is Love
60 Wild & Sweet Poems of Hafiz
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
For centuries Hafiz has been called, "The Tongue of the Invisible."
Through his sublime works he continues to sing beautiful and wild love
songs ... GO TO BOOK
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Unfair trials and ill treatment of prisoners
continue in Iran: Amnesty
June 16 (AFP) - Iran continued to hold hundreds of political prisoners in
1998, many sentenced after unfair trials, the human rights group Amnesty
International said Wednesday in its annual report. "Reports of torture
and ill treatment continued to be received," Amnesty said, adding that
its information also suggested that "extrajudicial executions"
had occurred. It also said human rights abuses had been committed by armed
opposition groups ... FULL TEXT
President defends rights of Iranian Jews
TEHRAN, June 16 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami, facing
international criticism for Iran's arrest of 13 people charged with spying
for Israel, on Wednesday repeated is pledge to defend the rights of religious
minorities. ``We deem it our task to defend our Sunni (Moslem) brothers
and sisters as well as Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian minorities,'' Khatami
said ... FULL TEXT
Iran hardliners move to undermine Egypt
TEHRAN, June 16 (Reuters) - Egypt, already insulted by the naming
of a Tehran street after the assassin of its late president Anwar Sadat,
may now face a further affront in the form of a mural of the Islamist killer.
A group of Iranian hardliners have tried to paint a large portrait of Khaled
Islambouli, the Islamist activist who assassinated Sadat in 1981, on a wall
overlooking a street already named in his honour, press reports said on
Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
No word on Italian trio from Iranian kidnappers
TEHRAN, June 16 (Reuters) - Authorities have heard nothing in the
way of ransom or other demands from the kidnappers of three Italians at
a popular tourist sight in southeastern Iran on June 13, the Italian embassy
in Tehran said on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the embassy identified the
missing Italian nationals as two engineers and a technician assigned by
the Danielli company to a project in the central Iranian city of Yazd. She
said their whereabouts remained a mystery ... FULL TEXT
Pour-Moqdam's new book
(Iran daiily) - Novelist Ali Pour-Moqadam is working on a new book "Havaali-ye
Kaaf-e Shukaa" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Admit you were wrong!
(Neshat) - Scathing attack against the management of the Omid under-23 national
football team because of its recent losses against such teams as Lebanon
and Bahrain ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated June 15
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Photo of the Day
protesters in New York
Musician of the Week
* Silver Son (Story of Zal)
* The Time for Us is Gone
(Tragedy of Rostam & Sohrab)
* Bijan (Manijeh's gift of love & hope)
* You for Me (Tahmineh's seduction of Rostam)