The truth sets you free
It did. Even during the hostage crisis
By Ali Hosseini
November 3, 1999
[After the American hostages crisis in Tehran], everything took a different
turn. Most Americans knew Iran as a land of flying carpets, Omer Khayyam,
and oil . They saw it as a friendly country. Now, overnight, Iran was the
enemy. As mistrust, suspicion, and paranoia grew, I became more self-conscious
about my black hair and dark appearance and could often feel that people
were staring at me.
After a few harassing phone calls, I disconnected my phone, limited
my normal everyday activities, and stayed in closer touch with my friends.
Some of us decided to say we were from Pakistan if we were ever confronted.
Denying my own identity - just thinking about it was painful ... GO
Hopes & dreams
When Zan-e Ruz magazine published its last feature on Miss Iran
finalists in 1978, it included notes from each of the girls. They wrote
about their interests and aspirations, as well as their hight weight! For
the next few days these notes will be featured in the Nostalgia section.
Here's the first one from Roya Aqaie... GO
Iranian Revolutionaries Preach a New Creed: Democracy
By Afshin Molavi
The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 3, 1999
TEHRAN-When a group of radical Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy
here 20 years ago and took Americans hostage, they shocked the world and
changed the course of Iran's revolution. Today, some of the most prominent
leaders among those students are changing history again--but this time
as reform advocates, playing key roles in Iran's nascent democracy movement.
Abbas Abdi, one of the most conspicuous student leaders in 1979, is
more likely these days to be shaking the hand of an American diplomat than
burning an American flag. He now calls himself a liberal democrat and advocates
a civil society, freedom of speech and the formation of political parties
Iranian National Ballet
I am glad to be able to present to you the project of recreating the
Iranian National Ballet, which has been dissolved after the revolution
of 1979 in our country. "Les Ballets Persans" as an internationally
touring ballet ensemble intends to present a repertoire including works
inspired from our golden culture and arts ... FULL
* Happiness in their eyes
Mandana Asadi writes:
I saw the Halloween photos ["Halloween
1999"]. They are a little bit spoiled but you can see the happiness
in their eyes; they makes me cry . I've been in Spain for more than three
years and it's like that I'm living in a glass bubble.
* Bii yoo tii fool
Mehdi writes: Your pictures ["Halloween
1999"] are so weird and bii yoo tii fool! And the most dangerous
thing is that some of them are so blasphemous. I'm afraid the hezbollah
might find another target!
* Art: Yari Ostovany's paintings, Emeryville
Gallery Ovissi presents Yari Ostovany: paintings from the series "Conference
of the Birds" Jan Eldridge: paintings of malta Joan Wortis: calligraphic
meditations Saturday , November 6 from 5 - 8 p.m. (Drinks & appetizers)
On view until December 25, 1999 1425 Park Ave, Emeryville, California,
USA Hours: Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Books of the Week
By Houshang Moradi Kermani
Iranian books for sale
Video of the Week
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in length and each tape contains rare video clips from inside Iranian cities.
Over the years we have offered several videos about Iran, but these two
tapes are by far the best we have ever had. We are certain you and your
family and friends will enjoy these two tapes in its entirety.
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MKO, Iraqis, suffer casualties in blast
BAGHDAD, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iranian opposition forces based in Iraq
have suffered heavy casualties in a explosion they say was caused by a Scud
missile fired from Iran. Iraq's account of the Tuesday evening blast blamed
the seven Iranian and Iraqi dead and the 78 wounded on ``a foreign state,''
without naming Iran or mentioning missiles ... FULL TEXT
Moderate students hold counter-rally to
mark US embassy seizure
Nov 3 (AFP) - Several hundred moderate Iranian students gathered outside
the Tehran university mosque on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of
the hostage-taking at the US embassy here in a "spirit of dialogue."
... FULL TEXT
Khamenei denounces US, students march for
TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday marked
the 20th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran with
a denunciation of those who sought reconciliation with the ``Great Satan.'
... FULL TEXT
Washington ready to build bridges with
Iran, but not to forget
Nov 3 (AFP) - Twenty years after Iranian students stormed the US embassy
in Tehran and held 53 US diplomats hostage for 444 days, US State Department
officials here believe the time has come to turn the page in relations between
the United States and Iran ... FULL TEXT
Nouri vows to defend rights
TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Maverick Iranian reformist Abdollah Nouri,
on trial for political and religious dissent, pledged in court on Wednesday
to defend citizens' constitutional rights ... FULL TEXT
Iran right divided ahead of key polls
TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iran's conservatives, having failed to
turn back President Mohammad Khatami's liberal reforms, face growing dissent
in their own ranks and it could hurt their chances in forthcoming parliamentary
polls ... FULL TEXT
Oil heads higher as OPEC keeps supply tight
Nov 3 (Reuters) - Oil prices resumed upward progress on Wednesday as signs
emerged that export cartel OPEC had kept up tight compliance with supply
curbs through October ... FULL TEXT
Will Majidi get the Oscar this time?
(Iran daily) - Iran's Culture Ministry has introduced Majid Majidi's "Color
of Paradise" to the Oscar committee to be considered in the Best Foreign
Language Film category ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Acting or family life?
Tehran (Cinema) - Iraj Qaderi is making a new film. "Shorat"
(Celebrity) is the story of a woman who has to choose between acting or
starting a family ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Esteqlal, Persepolis tied for first
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Esteqlal defeats Chuka 2-0, thus joining Persepolis
on top of the Azadegan chart. However, the performance against Chuka showed
that Esteqlal still has many weaknesses ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Mayeli-Kohan at Saipa
Tehran (Iran daily) - Former national team headcoach, Mohammad
Mayeli-Kohan has been named the headcoach of Saipa ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Les Ballets Persans
"Rcreating the Iranian National Ballet, which has been
dissolved after the revolution of 1979 in our country."
Wonders of the
Join Harvard professor (and all-around smart guy) Henry
Louis Gates, Jr. on a journey of discovery across Africa.
Taking the hostages was...to say that our people do not want to be under
the domination of the United States ... But today, after 20 years, we must
take a new look. Relations with the United States is not a nightmare or
an unreligious act, but at the same time re-establishing ties will not solve
our problems overnight. Having or not having relations with the United States
must be based on our national interests.
-- Hashem Aghajari, a founder of the Office to Consolidate
Unity, which led the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran
November 3, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
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