Taste of Cherry
Searching for lost relatives, friends
May 17, 1999
It is not easy to find lost loved ones - friends or relatives. But the
Internet has a global reach and, you never know, someone somewhere might
see your message and voila! F. M. Paknejad posted a message and found her
father after a 23-year search. There are countless others, such as Debbie
Kimball-Ritter, who are still searching ... GO
Readers have often complained that it isn't easy to find what they are
looking for in The Iranian. To make your search a bit easier, The
Iranian's site map has now been revised and updated ... GO
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Is "Akbar Shah" losing his grip?
By Jonathan Lyons
TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Former President
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for 20 years the consummate insider of post-revolutionary
Iranian politics, appears to be losing control of the hidden levers of
power in the Islamic Republic.
A string of recent political setbacks, on top of a legacy of grand development
schemes gone sour, has badly dented the popular image of a man whose power
and influence were once so awe-inspiring that ordinary Iranians dubbed
him ``Akbar Shah.''
``Mr Rafsanjani has been a key figure in the revolution and the Islamic
Republic for the past two decades,'' commentator Akbar Ganji told the reformist
Khordad newspaper. ... FULL
``Blood money'' maximum set at $20,000 - half for women
TEHRAN, May 17 (Reuters) - Iran has set a maximum of $20,000 for the
``blood money'' a killer can pay to his victim's family to avoid execution,
a newspaper reported on Monday.
The government daily Iran said the judiciary set the cash value of diyeh,
or blood money, at between 61 million and 162 million rials...
Blood money for a Moslem woman is half that of a man ... FULL TEXT
Thanks to Laleh Khalili
* Who says you're more Iranian?
Hallaj writes: In response
to your letter
(Babak Banaei), ... who are YOU to tell others that you are more Iranian
or more revolutionary than others? Why should your ideas and feelings be
better and stronger than others? Yes you might not like reading/writing
about liking Black men and not liking expatriate Iranian girls, but what
your expressed opinion is similarly superficial and low on content...
I know your type: You kissed Eskandar's hand, the Arab sword, the Mongol
boot, the Afghan lash (very recently for the second time), but you still
have no tolerance for your Iranian brothers and sisters. Why? ... FULL
SG writes: Just
wanted to say that your articles [dAyi
Hamid's index] are h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s. Wonderful. You managed to take
a whole half-hour out of my paper-war at the end of this blessed semester
in college ... FULL
* Glorifying violence against women
Heggy Mesbahi writes: I would
think that your imagination would find a better template than writing stories
on violence against women ["Midget"].
As you well know, what you call literature is a reality which we should
rally against rather than glorify in writing.
* Condolence: Mrs. Yarshater passes
Farhad Sepahbody writes: Latifeh Yarshater, the wife of Ehsan Yarshater,
editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica, passed away today after a long battle
with cancer. Condolence messages can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book of the Week
1001 Persian-English Proverbs
By Simin Habibian
A cultural gap is growing between Iranian adults and youth residing
outside of Iran. Young Iranians are strongly influenced by Western culture,
while the adults struggle with Western culture and try to maintain their
homeland's traditions. A bridge is needed to overcome the gap.
Simin Habibian compiled "1001 Persian-English Proverbs" with
this in mind ... GO TO BOOK
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Khatami performs pilgrimage in Saudi
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami
performed a Muslim pilgrimage early Monday during a landmark trip to Saudi
Arabia paving the way for restoring trust between the two former Gulf rivals
... FULL TEXT
Personal driver of a liberal Iranian opposition
May 17 (AFP) -The personal driver of the head of an Iranian opposition party
has been kidnapped from in front of his house in Tehran, the party said
Monday ... FULL TEXT
Court rejects mayor's appeal of graft ruling
TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court rejected an appeal
by Tehran's former mayor against his conviction on graft charges, leaving
little legal recourse for the jailed moderate politician, the Iranian news
agency IRNA reported on Sunday ... FULL TEXT
Iranian opposition meets in Iraq
May 17 (AFP) -Thousands of Iranian opposition figures wound up a two-day
meeting in Iraq on Monday, setting a target of May 2001 for the overthrow
of the Tehran government, the opposition People's Mujahedeen said ... FULL
Iranian papers hail Khatami visit to Saudi
TEHRAN, May 17 (Reuters) - Iranian newspapers from rival tendencies
closed ranks on Monday, hailing President Mohammad Khatami's landmark visit
to Saudi Arabia as a success ... FULL TEXT
Saudi,Iran discuss ways to support oil
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 (Reuters) - The Saudi and Iranian
oil ministers, key players in an OPEC production cutting agreement sealed
in March, on Sunday pledged to do whatever they could to help maintain the
recent surge in crude prices ... FULL TEXT
Minister warns of ``hard year'' after drought
TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Iran's agriculture minister has given
a warning of a hard year to come after a drought that is expected to destroy
up to 2.5 million tonnes of wheat, a newspaper reported on Sunday ... FULL
Omid: Good, but not ideal
(Iran daily) -- The German head coach of the Iranian national youth soccer
team is pleased at the result of the match against Bahrain, but still thinks
there's a lot of work left to be done. Here's an interview: ... FULL IMAGE
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 17
dollar now offered at 805-820 tomans in the U.S. and 828 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Click on any part of this map and it will enlarge. You may
not recognize all the new street names in your neighborhood, but...
This exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
chronicles Hans Namuth's career as a photographer of "rebel poets and
Mark your calendar
Massud Rajavi said ... the government of the Islamic Republic would be
overthrown "before the presidential elections of May 2001," revising
earlier predictions which have failed to materialize.
Report from an opposition meeting in Baghdad
opposition meets in Iraq"
May 17, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
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