Good guys, bad guys
By Saba Ghadrboland
May 5, 1999
My daughter is six-years old today. I sat her on my lap and sang happy
birthday to her. She scrunched up her little face and thought for a moment.
Then she proceeded to ask, "Mommy, are They bad?" I sighed. What
could I say? Of course, I said, "every country has its good guys and
bad guys." But my heavy heart could not bring itself to believe that
last year's incident was a coincidence, or the act of some higher power
By Ali Barghi
May 5, 1999
He puts his pen down and stares at me.
My whole life is marching in my head at the speed of light. Mehrabad,
JFK, school, demonstrations, marriage, kids, parents, ... and now back
to Mehrabad and at the mercy of this Pasdar.
What did I do wrong? Why am I here? I must have known better. Where
will I end up? What about the kids? What about my stock options? What about
Slain reporters' names memorialized
By David Briscoe
Wednesday, May 5, 1999
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The names of 29 journalists [including Mohammad
Mokhtari & IRNA's Mahmoud Saremi] were added Wednesday to a memorial
honoring members of the media killed while covering world events ... FULL TEXT
Dast az saremoon vardaar... ZAN!
From Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's diaries in Hamshahri, May
2, 1999. This entry is from April 8, 1981, regarding an argument with his
"Early in the morning, Effat, in continuation of last night's discussions,
started an argument. I left home in anger ... FULL
Thanks to M.G.
* You simply lie
Ali Agha writes: My request is
for [Dr. Soroush] to elucidate his process of ESTEHALEH to the public ["Soroush
on one ship"] ... Dr. Soroush, you are NAMAK KHOR & NAMAKDAN
SHEKAN. YOU ARE A PERMANENT MEMBER OF HEZB-E-BAAD. You are still pretending.
You simply lie ... FULL
* More, please
Babak Banaei writes: The
Iranian needs more pieces like this! ["Soroush interview: Travelers
on one ship"]
* Weird Western girls
Ali Sofastaey writes: This
is the best article I've read here! ["Real
Iranian girls?"] This guy is great! I am a successful 42-year-old
engineer in California who has not found Ms. Right. Look at this fascination
with these "siaahs"
for instance, what does that tell you? It might not be fair to say that
all girls in the West are weirdos, but it seems all the ones I meet, are
* Aftab-mahtab-nadeedeh wife?
Mehrak Kiankarimi writes: I read your proud proclamation of chauvinism
with utter disbelief ["Real
Iranian girls?"]. How truly hypocritical to admit to having been
a playboy and expect an aftab-mahtab-nadeedeh wife! Do you not hold yourself
to the same moral standards that you expect of your future partner in life?
What on earth makes YOU a better husband than an Iranian man living in
Iran or any of the more enlightened Iranian men living in the West? ...
* Lecture: Music and Song in Persia,
This is just a note to invite you to a lecture demonstration on 10 May
at SOAS in London at 6:30 pm in the Brunei Ballery Cafe . This will be
presented by Dr. Lloyd Miller (also known as Kurosh Ali Khan in Tehran
for his long running television program on music) and Curzon Press ...
Book of the Week
The Hand of Poetry
Five Mystic Poets of Persia : Translations from the Poems of
Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz
In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of
poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment
of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These
are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco
during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives.
The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently
available ... GO TO BOOK
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Moderates launch last-minute bid to pardon
former Tehran mayor
May 5 (AFP) -More than 70 moderate Iranian MPs and government officials
called Wednesday for the pardon of former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi,
due to begin serving a two-year jail term on Thursday ... FULL TEXT
Saudis, Iran to exchange military attaches
May 5, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In a sign of further
improvement in relations, Iran and Saudi Arabia have decided to exchange
military attaches, Iranian television reported Wednesday. Iranian Defense
Minister Adm. Ali Shamkhani said the move was a ``major achievement,'' according
to the broadcast, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp ... FULL TEXT
UAE paper says Iran Gulf alliance call
DUBAI, May 5 (Reuters) - A United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper
said on Wednesday that Iran's campaign to mend ties with its Gulf Arab neighbours
was ``premature.'' In an editorial, The Gulf Today said Iranian President
Mohammad Khatami's call for a regional military alliance with Saudi Arabia
ignored the political complexities it brought with it ... FULL TEXT
Iran may have 19 mln drug addicts by 2021
TEHRAN, May 5 (Reuters) - There could be 19 million drug addicts
in Iran among a projected population of 119 million in about two decades
if a rise in drug use continues, an Iranian narcotics expert said in remarks
published on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
Shell still waiting for South Pars award
may 5, irna - royal dutch/shell denied wednesday that it had withdrawn from
bidding for the fourth and fifth phases of development at iran's offshore
south pars gas field. a spokeswoman from their london office told irna that
the anglo-dutch firm had "not pulled out" as reported by energy
compass ... FULL TEXT
Iran mends gulf ties but limits remain
TEHRAN, May 4 (Reuters)- A recent stream of senior Gulf Arab visitors
to Tehran has highlighted Iran's achievements in repairing ties with its
neighbours across the strategic waterway after years of suspicion and tension.
But most Iranian political analysts believe warming relations, largely the
result of a charm offensive by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, have limits
... FULL TEXT
Hejazi says he's going to quit
(Iran daily) -- Nasser Hejazi says he will quit as the head coach of Esteqlal,
following the team's disappointing loss in the Asia Cup final ... FULL IMAGE
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 5
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Photo album, currently featuring the Caspian region.
Dedicated to the life, times, and music of that talented
fella who composed "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Peesh az aakhoond menbar naro.
(Don't deliver a sermon before the clergyman = More Catholic than the
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
* Rahm kon * Khaakestari * Borj * Gozashteh