The sound of home
By Reza Shirazi
July 2, 1999
From "A World Between: Poems Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans"-
a collection of writings by 30 authors and poets edited by Persis M. Karim
and Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (1999, George Braziller Inc., New York).
... GO TO FEATURE
Shajarian & Shamlu do Khayyam
"Rubaiyat-e Khayyam", produced right around the time of the
revolution, marked the first time I fell in love with traditional music.
This is Mohammad Reza Shajarian at his very best. But there's more to this
collection. Ahmad Shamlu's narration of Khayyam captures the very essense
of his poetry ... LISTEN HERE
By Khaled Dawoud
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 2, 1999
A San Francisco supervisors' committee voted yesterday to make the long
list of minority groups who get preferences for San Francisco city contracts
a little longer by adding Iranian Americans to those eligible for a leg
The words affirmative action are never used at City Hall these days,
because most such government practices are illegal in California since
the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996. And as they did yesterday, the
supervisors acted only after a city Human Rights Commission study showed
that ethnic Iranians are underrepresented in city contracting and have
suffered discrimination ... FULL
I'm originally Persian
So you want to get to know me better... Let me tell you a little bit
about myself. I'm a 23 year old male living in London, England. I'm originally
Persian....(from Iran)...and I came to England when I was two years old.
I don't look Iranian though, infact I look more European, as I have dark
blond hair and green/blue eyes. It's a great bonus, because I always catch
people out when they start to talk behind my back in Farsi! Not that it
happens that often! :-) ... VISIT
* Word roots
Khodadad Rezakhani writes: About
Chambar" article, I don't know if the authors of the piece were
serious or not, because some of the word roots were pretty ridiculuous.
If they were serious in thinking that all those words have Persian roots,
then I think I have to make some points.
Some of the words mentioned have Persian roots, but a great many are
not Persian, but Indo-Iranian. For instance Chemistry actually comes from
Al-chemy which comes from "Al Kimiyaa." Daughter is not actually
dokhtar nor father is pedar and so on. They all come from a similar Indo-European
root. So, daughter is not a derivative of dokhtar, rather they both are
a derivative of dogtir ... FULL
A. Shemirani writes: Ms.
Jalalipour makes a very astute observation ["After
all, I am Iranian"]. Kudos to her parents for providing the environment
to raise such a daughter. Kudos to Shima for being such a decent human
being. Good luck to Shima, and others like her, in all her future endeavors.
* Music: Iranians in U.S. politics
Society of Iranian Professionals
presents: "Iranians in U.S. Politics": Panel discussion consists
of prominent California-based Iranian-American Politicians:
* Sara Amir(Green Party) 1998 Candidate for Lt. Governor of California
* Maziar Mafi (Democrat), first Iranian-American candidate running for
* Hamid Nahaii (Republican), Representative of National Consul of Iranian-American
Date: Friday July 9th, 1999
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Admission: $7 members, $12 non-members
Location: Ballroom of Faz restaurant. Faz is located on the corner of north
Mathilda and 237. For more information please call (408)496-9093
Book of the Week
During the Reign of the Queen of Persian
By Joan Chase
The novel that is sweeping the country. A beautiful story of 20th-century
womanhood, of Gram, the Queen of Persia herself, who rules a house where
five daughters and four granddaughters spin out the tragedies and triumphs
of rural life in the 1950's in the American midwest ... GO TO BOOK
Video of the Week
the Little Stranger
(Bashu gharibeh-ye kuchak)
Bahram Bayzaie's film about a little boy from the southern Iran whose
destiny takes him to the north. "Wondrous 'Bashu, the little stranger'
is a pure joy with laughter as well as tears, flawless (Los Angeles Times)".
Farsi with English subtitles.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
MKO say launch mortar attacks in Iran
DUBAI, July 2 (Reuters) - Iraq-based Iranian rebels said on Friday
they had launched mortar attacks against military and security police sites
in western Iran, inflicting heavy casualties and damage. The Mujahideen
Khalq armed opposition group, in statements faxed to Reuters in Dubai, said
its forces inside Iran attacked the Revolutionary Guards' headquarters in
Ahvaz, and militia and intelligence ministry centres in Kermanshah ... FULL
Iran says kills three MKO after blasts
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said its security forces killed three armed
rebels in a clash Friday as they tried to slip back into neighboring Iraq
after setting off explosions in Western Iran ... FULL TEXT
Oil market rally solid at 18-month highs
LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - World oil markets on Friday cruised
serenely at heights not seen for 18 months as dealers pondered the prospects
of further price gains to come. London August futures for benchmark Brent
ended four cents higher on the day at $17.66 a barrel after peaking at $17.76
on Thursday, the highest oil price since December 1997 ... FULL TEXT
Rafsanjani says U.S. overtures 'fortunate'
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
suggested Friday he welcomed recent U.S. overtures to Iran despite past
U.S. ``crimes'' against the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT
Charges against Jews rejected by State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department and the House International
Relations Committee criticized Iran on Friday for arresting 13 Iranian Jews
on espionage charges. "The charges are unfounded and unacceptable,"
State Department spokesman James Foley said ... FULL TEXT
French parliament head warns Iran not to
PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) - The president of France's National Assembly,
Laurent Fabius, warned Iran on Friday that Western governments could break
diplomatic ties with Tehran if it executed 13 Jews arrested on charges of
spying for Israel ... FULL TEXT
Greece reassures United States on Iranian
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - Greece has told the United States
it has no plans to start defence cooperation with Iran, the U.S. State Department
said on Friday ... FULL TEXT
Shamsolemareh open to public
(Iran daily) - Shamsolemareh, the famed Qajar palace in Tehran, has been
renovated and its doors have been opened to the public for the first times
in 135 years ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Five-year plan for film industry
(Iran daily) - Seyfollah Dad, deputy guidance minister in charge of cinema
affairs, outline the government's five-year plan for the movie industry.
He also notes that the government did not pay two thirds of the budgeted
funds for films and therefore the private sector should become more active
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Persepolis & Esteqlal reach finals
(Iran daily) - Hopes of a match between the two pillars of Iranian soccer
in the elimination cup finals has been realized. Persepolis and Esteqlal
have beat their rivals in the semi-finals ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Haydari: Sportsman of the Year
(Iran daily) - Alireza Haydari has been named Sportsman of the Year for
his gold-medal performances in world and Asian wrestling championships ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated July 2
dollar now offered at 855-895 tomans in the U.S. and 905 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Modern and miniature paintings.
Have you scanned your cat lately?
Fortunately the Americans are beginning to regret having alienated themselves
so much from the great Iran.
-- Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
July 2, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
With Shamlu's narration of Khayyam