Taste of Cherry
I must be a Jew
By Mansoureh Haqshenas & Koorosh Bayat
May 18, 1999
- Turn up the volume.
- Why? It's just the news.
- Turn it UP, please! I want to hear the results of the Israeli elections.
- God I'm so glad Netanyahu lost... he's such a jerk.
- You think a new "moderate" prime minister is going to change
- It might... I hope so.
- I don't know... Those Jews won't let us live in peace.
- ... ? Those Jews? What are you talking about? This is the Israeli government.
You are expanding it to include ALL Jews?
- I'm talking about the Jewish State. The Jewish State is made up of
- Hmmm... well, let me tell you something: I'm a Jew too. ... GO TO FEATURE
Forcing women to wear or take off scarf is wrong -
By Sima Zand
LONDON, May 17 (BBC Persian Service) - Merve
Kavakci, the Turkish MP who casued an uproar after she showed up in the
parliament hall with her Islamic-style head scarf, said she would fight
for her constitutional rights even though her election has been nullified
because of her dual Turkish-American citizenship.
In an interview with the BBC Persian Service, she also rejected the
support she has received from some Iranian women because she said Iran
is just as wrong in forcing women to wear the hijab as Turkey is in forcing
them to remove it ... LISTEN
Thanks to Mehdi Jami
Any youngsters in your family?
Salaam bar hame!
Man iraani hastam va dar Moskou (Rusie) zendegi mikonam. Dokhtar-e 12-saalei
daaram ke kheyli del-ash mikhaahad ba ham senn-o saalaan-e iraani-e khod
be zabaan-e Faarsi mokaatebe konad. Vali khod-ash khejaalat mikeshad pishdasti
Lezaa az valedein-e mohtaram-e iraani khaahesh mikonam chenaanche momken
baashad be maa komak konand va hadd-e aqall tavajjoh kudakaan-e khod ra
be in naame jalb konand.
Az qabl az hamegi-ye shoma motashakkeram. Lotfan be een neshaani paasokh
Thanks to Kamran Hooshmand
* One of many reflections
Nader Pakdaman writes: Babak jan,
I read your
note, and understand your perspective. I do differ with your conclusions,
although I think you are correct in many of your observations. The Iranian
is not a reflection of Iran - or Iranians that have exclusively kept
their links (cultural, or other) to the country. The Iranian, whether
by design or by default, has become a representative of the new Iranian-American.
Most, if not all, of the authors you mention have been either born or raised
here in the U.S. They associate closely with the Iranian culture, its dichotomies
and through that association critique/comment the culture from their perspective.
To judge them as qarb-zadeh is not correct (if not overtly simplistic),
they are qarbi - and if anything Iran-zadeh. And, this is not a bad thing
- it is the reality of over a million people who are as American as the
Irish who migrated a century ago to this country ... FULL
* Biggest crook of all
Hamid Boroumand writes: I wish that
reezi"] had done a piece on the biggest fraud of all: The Bonyad
Mostazafan and Janbazan and Iran's (if not the world's) #1 crook: Mohsen
* Iran's black-eyed beauties
David Mir writes: The author Cyrus
Raafat is a bold and courageous gentleman ["Real
Iranian girls?"]! He seems to have the balls to do what he knows
is good and righteous...
I can totally agree with the brother and think that all these blamer-complainers
out here just can't be too sweet! The fact is, if you want something pure...go
to it's source: real black-eyed beauties are found nowhere else, except
in good Iran! ... FULL
* TV: "Travel to Iran"
Katty Bashir writes: The Travel Channel in the U.S. will broadcast a
one-hour program called "Travel to Iran" on Wednesday May 19th
at 12:00 noon and again at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time) This is a very interesting
program with travels to many large and small parts of the country.
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
Britain, Iran swap envoys after 10-year
LONDON (BBC) -Britain and Iran will appoint ambassadors to Tehran
and London for the first time in 20 years as part of an "upgrading"
of foreign relations. UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook announced the move
on Tuesday, as Nick Browne, formerly charge d'affaires in Tehran, was upgraded
to full ambassador ... FULL TEXT
Open Letter from Iranian activists in Iran
10, 1999, (Anout Iran) - Dear Compatriots: One hundred seventy bitter days
have passed since the silencing of two shining stars of freedom and liberty
of the Iranian nation. In the meantime, the culprits are still free, the
wheels of justice are still immobile, and the nation is still waiting [for
answers]! ... FULL TEXT
Tehran sceptical over peace process progress
May 18 (AFP) -The Iranian media expressed scepticism Tuesday over the chances
of progress in the Middle East peace process after the victory of Israeli
opposition leader Ehud Barak over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...
Iranian parliamentary speaker calls for
exporting Islam via internet
May 18 (AFP) -Iran's conservative speaker of parliament has proposed enlisting
the internet as a tool to propagate "pure Islam." ... FULL TEXT
Turkey implicated in attack on Cypriot
official in Tehran: press
May 18 (AFP) -Police investigations have linked the Turkish secret services
to a bomb attack on Monday against a leading Greek-Cypriot official visiting
Tehran, a newspaper reported here Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Cyprus denies reports of attack on Kyprianou
May 18 (AFP) -Cyprus on Tuesday denied an Iranian newspaper report that
the Cypriot parliament speaker had been the target of a bomb attack in Tehran
... FULL TEXT
Iranian architecht's designs could help
WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - Advocates of an innovative building
method say Kosovo's refugees, when they eventually return home, can use
it to transform the tools of war -- sandbags and barbed wire -- into the
foundations of peace. The technique known as ``Superadobe'' is the brain-child
of Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born architect working in the high desert of
southern California, who for eight years has been building comfortable,
durable homes from sandbags, barbed wire and earth ... FULL TEXT
Daryoush Saghafi: Searching for Persian
(Hamshahri) -- Santoor master Daryoush Saghafi is searching for "true
Persian classical music". Special feature ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Homayoun Shahrokhi to coach Esteqlal?
(Iran daily) -- Homayoun Shahrokhi, who coached a soccer team in Oman last
year, is in Tehran visiting his relatives. We've heard that he has been
asked to become the head coach of Esteqlal. Plus other soccer news briefs
... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 17
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They are qarbi - and if anything Iran-zadeh.
Nader Pakdaman on Iranian-Americans
of many reflections"
Letter to The Iranian
May 18, 1999
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