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Monday November 15, 1999 / Aban 24, 1378, No. 848

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    Obayd Zakani

Cover story

Let's not talk about sex
Zakani's ribald satire: what's wrong with the act of love?

November 15, 1999
The Iranian

Bibliotheca Persica Press in New York, under the supervision of Ehsan Yarshater, has published Obayd Zakani: Collected Works. Edited by the late Mohammad-Ja'far Mahjoub, this must be considered the definitive collection of Zakani's brilliant works of satire and social criticism ...


Let's assume Zakani's writings about sex are tactless and crude. But how many works of Persian literature can be named where the physical expression of love is beautifully described? Has Iranian society ever had the tolerance for it (before and after the revolution, or before and after Islam)? Why not? ... GO TO FEATURE


* U.S. Disappointed by Shell-Iran Deal

By Jonathan Wright

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was ``deeply disappointed and much concerned'' by an $800 million agreement between Royal Dutch/Shell and the Iranian National Oil Company to develop two Iranian oilfields.

But analysts said they doubted the Clinton administration would break with precedent and impose sanctions on the Anglo-Dutch giant under the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) of 1996, barring a sudden shock to Iranian-American relations ... FULL TEXT


Let's talk

A letter to parents from a teacher writing on behalf of her elementary school students. Quite touching... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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* Reverse situation

Ali S. writes: Mr. Hosseini's essay ["Go Big Red!"] brings back memories of my first days in U.S. What a time and what a place alive! Those of us who came to the U.S right during the revolution must have had at least some similar experiences like those of Mr. Hosseini's. Even where I was in California, the sentiments ran as deep and as fast as they did in Nebraska.

As Westernized and as Americanized I have become in the past twenty some odd years, I will never forget the feelings expressed to me and my other Iranian friends by many (not all) American students. The students' parents were much more understanding. Heck, some of them even empathized with our situation. It was the students we saw every day though who cared about their parents. Ugly days and some ugly memories.

Although, I have to admit that if the situation was reversed (Iranians taken hostages in the U.S. by radical students after a revolution) Americans in Iran would've forgotten the meaning of Iranian hospitality and ta'arof faster than a NY minute!

* How confused we were

Sudabeh writes: As I read the story ["Go Big Red!"] I remebered those days. I also witnessed different views and situations. I remembered how confused, tender and sensetive we were toward this historic event.

It also made me feel older, but am I not glad we passed through thoses horrible times? The days when we were young and should have been proud and a lot happier?

* Film: "Divorce Iranian Style", Virginia

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WHERE: Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner, VA, Corner of Chain Bridge Rd (Rt. 123) & International Drive across from Tysons I & II Mall.
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Books of the Week

* Ruzegaran (1999)
History of Iran up to the Pahlavi dynasty
By Abdol-Hossein Zarrinkoub

* Zanaan haramsaraa-ye Nasserdin Shah (1998)
Pictorial history
By Khosro Motazed and Abolghasem Tafazoli

* Baagh (1998)
Short stories
By Parviz Davaie

* Qand va namak (1998)
Tehrani proverbs
By Jafar Shahri

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TEHRAN, Nov 13 (AFP) - Iran will receive its first visit by a British parliamentary delegation in 12 years Sunday, only two days after the arrival here of a British trade delegation, the official IRNA news agency said ... FULL TEXT

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 1999--Conoco Chairman and CEO Archie W. Dunham issued the following statement in response to news reports of Royal Dutch/Shell signing an $800 million deal to develop two Iranian oilfield ... FULL TEXT

Bank chief forecasts three billion dollars extra after oil price rise

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Page turner

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Hossein Maleki's novel "Madaar'e jonun" is a real page turner. The story takes place among ethnic Arbs in southern Iran. Characters include a ghostly giant ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

How sweet

Tehran (Hamshahri) - On the first day of a book fair in Tehran, the French embassy has donated 180 books (in French) worth $11,000 Francs to a local library ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal blamed for much of the trouble

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Iran Air: World Champs

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The Iran Air's team (Homa) has won the international airlines soccer championship in Malaysia ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Reports of the participation by Shell [in an Iranian oil project] once again illustrate that the U.S. unilateral sanctions policy only serves to eliminate U.S. companies from global competition and do not achieve the effect desired by Washington.

-- Archie W. Dunham, Conoco Chairman and CEO
November 15, 1999

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