Persian on the Inca Trail
From Persepolis to Machu Picchu
By Ali Hosseini
"from air to air, like an empty net,
dredging through streets and ambient atmosphere, I came"
- Pablo Neruda
I won't say I am the first Persian to walk the Inca Trail but I do believe
I am one of the few. Machu Picchu is a travel destination at an international
level and a goal of the young and fit, and some not so young and fit, is
to walk the ancient stone trail that wends through the Peruvian Andes and
leads finally to the lost Incan city. About my companions on the trek,
I could say the less said the better, but then I wouldn't have a very long
story, would I? First there were the Greeks. She thought she was Cleopatra
and walked around Machu Picchu holding her large orange scarf up to the
wind. He was young and tall and after the first day arranged to have one
of the porters carry their pack. Then there were two young men from Holland
whom we told apart by the color of their jeans. There was a group of young
Americans of whom more later. And finally a couple from Italy who must
be thought lucky to have understood so little English. Our guide, four
porters, and the cook completed the group ... GO
Iranian of the Year
"Gave me a reason to be proud again"
The following are comments in favor of the Iranian national team
as the Iranians of the year. Collectively they received the third largest
share of the people's vote (12 percent) in The Iranian survey. Each
comment is from a different person. Names have been withheld for reasons
of privacy ... GO
Signs that spring is here
By Katie Thomas and Victor Chen.
Newsday, New York
March 21, 1999
Here are the conventional signs of spring: red-breasted robins, daffodil
shoots, fresh-cut grass and white patent leather shoes.
But for many Long Islanders, the new season is marked by different harbingers.
For the Iranian community, the vernal equinox - at 8:46 p.m. yesterday
- commenced the Iranian New Year, Now-Ruz. For charter boat captains, yesterday's
opening of the flounder season marked the seasons' change. And animal shelter
workers know warmer days are afoot when they are inundated with kittens
and puppies, which proliferate around this time ... FULL
First of all, are you logical?
My name is Bahman, born in Shiraz, graduated from Aryamer Industrial
University in Iran and obtained my MS degree from Ohio State University
in the area of computer technology. I am looking for a single woman who
is logical, educated, reasonably attractive and to be around 40 years of
age. I am interested to know the person before getting married. I look
forward to hear from individuals who like to communicate with me regarding
Let me know either by phone or via email.
* Very peculiar
Amir Sadri writes: I read all of
the comments you have published several times ["Iranian
of the Year"]. You claim people have sent the comments in about
President Mohammad Khatami being elected Iranian of the year.
I find these comments to be very peculiar. There is very little variance
in writing style or content in these writings. Also, they all project a
very well known political and ideological bend! ... FULL
Khodadad Rezakhani writes:
I read the very interesting comments that people left when voting for President
Khatami as the Iranian
of the Year. I agree with most of them, but at the same time, they
have a major problem. I don't mean all, but a great many of the comments
are unneccessary praises. We have a bad habit of elevating a fellow to
the heavens, and then dropping him!... FULL
* Conference: Iranian-Americans: Who
Are We Becoming?
A Dialogue Convened by the Iranian-American Cultural Association on
Saturday, 17 April 199, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, at Georgetown University, Washington,
DC. ... DETAILS
Book of the Week
From 550 Bc to 650 Ad
By Josef Wiesehofer
Josef Wiesehofer, one of the most respected scholars of the ancient
world, provides here a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under
the Achaemenids, the Parthians and the Sasanians. By focusing on the indigenous
sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia -
he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so
heavily on foreign and sometimes prejudiced Greek or Roman sources. Part
of the freshness of this book comes from its presentation of a historical
discussion of pre-Islamic Persia from a Near Eastern perspective.
Copyright © 1997 Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights
Reserved. May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Khamenei criticizes New Year celebrations
March 23 (AFP) - Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized
certain aspects of celebrations of the Iranian new year and said allowing
people to observe a popular spring festival was a mistake. Khamenei, in
remarks reported by Iranian radio, said the Festival of Fire, in which people
jump over bonfires and set off firecrackers, is a "superstitious festival
of which Islam does not approve." ... FULL TEXT
Russia eyes cooperation with Iran after
NATO Kosovo strike: agency
March 24 (AFP) - The Russian ministries of defence and foreign affairs are
preparing proposals for President Boris Yeltsin under which Moscow could
review its cooperation with Iran, arm Belgrade and replace nuclear weapons
in Belarus, ITAR-TASS reported Wednesday. Under the proposals yet to be
put to Yeltsin, Russia "seriously envisages" the possibility of
abandoning its accords with the United States on deliveries of arms and
military materiel to Iran in the case of NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia,
the agency said without quoting sources ... FULL TEXT
Iran's minister says satisfied with OPEC
TEHRAN, March 24 (Reuters) - Iran's oil minister said in remarks
published on Wednesday he was satisfied with an OPEC agreement to cut crude
production in order to stabilise prices. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh spoke to
Iran's official news agency IRNA a day earlier saying the deal by OPEC and
non-OPEC countries to cut 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) proved the cartel
was able to overcome a crisis in the oil market ... FULL TEXT
Iranians remember pilgrims killed in Mecca
TEHRAN, March 24 (Reuters) - Iranian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia held
a memorial service for Iranians killed in clashes with Saudi police in 1987
during an Iranian-led political rally, Iran's official news agency IRNA
reported on Wednesday. The ceremony was held in the holy city of Mecca on
Tuesday and was attended by a number of Iranian officials, including Mohammad
Mohammadi Reyshahri, who heads Iranian pilgrims to Mecca each year, it said
... FULL TEXT
Mecca hears cries of "Death to America"
ahead of Iranian rally
Saudi Arabia, March 24 (AFP) - Cries of "Death to America" rang
out in Islam's holiest city of Mecca as pilgrims held a protest in defiance
of a Saudi ban, an Iranian official said Wednesday. Iran, meanwhile, announced
it would hold its own anti-US rally on Friday but not in Mecca itself ...
Thirty children die in truck crash in southeastern
March 23 (AFP) - Thirty children were killed and another 30 injured when
a truck transporting them plunged into a ravine in southwestern Iran, the
official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The victims, aged between 12
and 15, were on their way home from a Koran recitation competition Monday
when the accident occurred on a mountainous road in Khuzestan province ...
Noruz banned in Turkey
The Turkish government has banned Noruz in its onging suppression of
Kurds cultural expression ... FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Ahmad Rezaie in DC
Ahmad Rezaie, the son of the former commander of the Revolutionary Guards,
has left Costa Rica, where he was staying with industrialist Hozhabr Yazdani
and is residing in a suburb of Washington DC... FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated March 24
dollar now offered at 785-805 tomans in the U.S. and 815 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Iranian business directory in Europe.
Millennium News: From ancient prophecy
to who's cashing in.
Gave me a reason to be proud again for being an Iranian !!!!!!!!!
And for providing me with the best summer of my life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment in favor of the national soccer team as the Iranians of the
March 24, 1999
Photo of the Day
tourists in... Isfahan?
Musician of the Week
"Sound of Music" - in Persian