Taste of Cherry
Photo by Nader Davoodi.
Further evidence of the erosion of idealism
By Fariba Keshtgar Hamadani
May 27, 1999
I knew once I decided to come to Iran after 22 years, I would inevitably
face the Komiteh in some form. The environment had no doubt improved during
Khatami's presidency, but I knew well that events were always unpredictable
here. Although I had tried to prepare for it, when it happened I felt completely
helpless as I had never lived in Iran and was unskilled at ways to get
myself out of such trouble ... GO TO FEATURE
The CIA Must Keep Its Vows of Openness
By JIM MANN
Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, May 26,
WASHINGTON-- For anyone who likes to keep track of the CIA and its foibles,
a wedding announcement a few months ago was a precious collector's item.
The notice, which appeared in the Sunday society pages of the New York
Times, said the bride was a great-great-granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt.
It then went on: "Her grandfather, Kermit Roosevelt of Cockeysvile,
Md., was an official of the Central Intelligence Agency who organized the
1953 counter-coup that put the Shah of Iran in power."
What was interesting here was not the fact itself. Kermit Roosevelt's
role in organizing the overthrow of the Iranian government of Prime Minister
Mohammed Mossadegh had been unearthed a long time ago. Indeed, Kermit Roosevelt
had written about it in his memoirs. Rather, what made this wedding announcement
so remarkable was that the CIA has tried so hard for so long to obscure
its involvement in the coup ... FULL
Sinners since the dawn of civilization
May 26, 1999 JERUSALEM (AP) -- An exhibit on ancient drinking habits
and paraphernalia used by imbibers in biblical times opens next week at
the Israel Museum...
Wine in the Middle East dates at least to the sixth millennium B.C.,
according to recent discoveries in Neolithic villages in the northern Zagros
mountains of Iran ... FULL
* Must learn to tolerate
Ali Rajabi writes: In order
to achieve a civil society we must learn how to tolerate people. Your recent
articles about minorities "I
must be a Jew" and "Siaah
Sookhteh" moved me (I am neither Jewish nor Black).
Our country had a much better human rights record 2500 years ago than
it does today (relatively speaking). I just want to thank you for paying
attention to this very important issue. Thank you The Iranian. Long
live CIVIL SOCIETY ... FULL
* Japanese food tastes GOOD!
Soheil writes: Your article about
excuuuse me!"] made me laugh with disgust... Japanese cuisine
has many cooked dishes that include beef, chicken, seafood and steak. And
they taste GOOD! Have you ever heard of a Japanese Steakhouse? Hello!!...
If you're going to talk about another nation's food, then study about
it before you open your naive, onion-scented mouth ... FULL
* What were you on?
P. Levin writes: I don't
know. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the adventures of Sherlock Holmes,
he was, high on opium or heroin. Edgar Allen Poe also wrote some of his
most horrifying tales while stoned out of his mind.
I wonder what the author here is on to write such a brutal scene ["Midget"]?
If it isn't drugs then it must be personal experience or imagination. Either
of which should be cause for alarm and a general psychological evaluation.
* Lecture: Hollywood's perception of
"Center for Dialogue" in Berkeley, California, on May 29 presents:
"Hollywood's Perception of Iranian", a talk by Yahya Kamalipour,
Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Communication and Creative
Arts, Purdue University. As a part of this presentation, there will be
short excerpts from several Hollywood movies in which Iranians are stereotyped...
Book of the Week
Home, Exile, Homeland
Film, Media, and the Politics of Place
Edited by Hamid Naficy
Global changes in capital, power, technology, and the media have caused
massive shifts in how we define home and community, leaving redrawn territories
and globalized contexts. Ranging from intensely personal to highly theoretical,
the contributors explore our complex negotiation of "home" and
"homeland" in a postmodern world ... GO TO BOOK
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Iranian NASA researcher shows tool can
diagnose cataracts, glaucoma
Alabama (The Birmingham News) -- Alireza Arabshahi is a wizard with a laser
who hopes his experiment with light will lead to a medical breakthrough.
The idea is to diffuse a laser beam to measure the growth of protein molecules
responsible for eye disease ... FULL TEXT
Japan mulls unlocking official loans to
May 27 (AFP) -Japan is considering lifting a US-inspired freeze on low-interest
official loans to Iran as President Mohammad Khatami is seen to be pursuing
moderate and realistic policies, press reports said Thursday ... FULL TEXT
MKO says Iran attacked base in Iraq
BAGHDAD, May 27 (Reuters) - The armed Iranian opposition group
Mujahideen Khalq has said that Iranian government agents attacked one of
its bases in Iraq. It said in a statement that Iranian ``terrorists'' fired
rockets at their Homayoun base in the suburbs of the Iraqi city of Amarah
about 360 km (220 miles) south of Baghdad before dawn on Wednesday ... FULL
Iran slams ``irresponsible'' U.S. general's
TEHRAN, May 27 (Reuters) - Iran has denounced critical remarks
by the general in command of U.S. forces in the Middle East as an attempt
to create tensions in the Gulf region. Iranian newspapers said the Foreign
Ministry was reacting to comments on Monday by General Anthony Zinni who
cautioned against over-hasty engagement with Iran ... FULL TEXT
Iran says may sweeten Caspian buyback terms
LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - An Iranian deputy oil minister confirmed
on Wednesday that Iran may improve terms for companies carrying out high
risk exploration in the country's Caspian Sea blocks ... FULL TEXT
Constraints check nascent Iran advertising
May 28 (Reuters) - A man's hand emerges from behind a door, puts down a
bottle, turns it towards the camera, and disappears. This is as far as a
television commercial for a shampoo can go in Iran. The ban on showing any
naked part of the body with the exception of hands and the face, or any
picture of women without hejab, or Islamic dress, is only one of many taboos
for advertising in the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT
Satellite TV equipment seized in Iran
May 27 (AFP) -Iranian police seized 855 satellite television dishes and
decoders hidden in a trailer hauling wheat in a southern suburb of Tehran,
Kayhan paper reported Thursday ... FULL TEXT
Persepolis looking for new players
(Iran daily) -- Persepolis is looking at 10 players who may rejuvinate the
team. Two more news briefs about the team ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Mahdavi-Kia to join squad
Tehran (Iran daily) -- Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia will return to Tehran
to join the national under-21 soccer team's training camp... FULL IMAGE
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Karimi's plea rejected
(Iran daily) -- The Asian Football Federation has refused to reduce national
team player Ali Karimi's one-year suspension for attacking a referee ...
FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 26
dollar now offered at 820-845 tomans in the U.S. and 850 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Type an English word and get the Persian equivalent. If
you don't have the Persian font, get
Speak freely among yourselves.
Life is not all about chelo kabab.
food is GOOD!"
Letter to The Iranian
May 27, 1999
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