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Wednesday November 17, 1999 / Aban 26, 1378, No. 850

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In Shiraz you are painless

By Hamid Rafi
November 17, 1999
The Iranian

Shirazis are the best. Have you ever been to Shiraz? I was born in Tehran, but I consider myself a Shirazi. My mother is from Shiraz and that's enough for me to brag about it at parties, reunions and introductions. It gives me a good feeling. I am a Shirazi and I am proud of it.

I remember this girl I met once in Los Angeles and she was introducing herself to her American friend. "Hi I am Niloo. I come from Shiraz." So her friend assumed Shiraz is a newly independent state in the old Soviet Union or a city in France since she emphasized the "r " with a French accent ... GO TO FEATURE


Reformist party expects landslide victory in elections

Teheran (dpa) - Iran 's reformist party, the Cooperation Front of Islamic Iran (CFII), expects a landslide victory in February's Majlis (parliamentary) elections, CPII Spokesman Mohammad-Reza Khatami said Tuesday.

``If there is no manipulation and no violence (by radical groups), the CPII expects to gain two-third of the seats in the Majlis,'' Khatami, the younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami, told the press in Teheran ... FULL TEXT



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* Erotic literature not rare

Rasool Nafisi of Strayer University writes: In respect to your piece "Let's not talk about sex," I like to say that portraiture of actual sexuality in Persian literature is not rare: Sadi has a section on "hazliyat". Obayd is well known, and Iraj Mirza's erotic poetry is excellent.

But this genre of artistic expression was not popular with Iranians because of their sophisticated and sublime taste in poetry -- and maybe sex. Peter Chelkowski, the Nezami scholar, has extensively discussed sexuality in the works of Nezami. Chelkowski argues that portrayal of sexuality in Nezami is unmatched in world literature...

Talking of Obayd, to my estimation, his references to acts of sex are not just for the sake of talking about sex. In fact, you find tremendous social consciousness in his works. His satire targets the hypocrisy and absurdity of the people in power, religious authority in particular. His works may be evaluated along the lines of Chaucer, and of course Obayd is more fun and more poignant ... FULL TEXT

* Humiliating chadoris

Bushra Abbasi writes: I think Iraj Mirza not only humiliated chadori women, but instead of looking at women in general, chose an individual and judged others accordingly. Not only that, it is obvious that he has absolutely no idea about the teachings of the Quran or the Prophet or even most basic principles of Islam which highlights the fact that the hejab saves lives and families ... FULL TEXT

* Politics: Fundraising for Rob Sobhani, Maryland

There is a fundraising event for Rob Sobhani, U.S. Senate candidate (Republican, Maryland). The Exploratory Committee Cordially invites you to meet and support Sobhani on Friday, November 19, at 7:00 PM at the residence of the Mr. & Mrs. Amir Mousavian (17411 Circa Del Sur, South Gate, Fairbanks Ranch, Califoirnia). Major Sponsor: $1000, Sponsor: $500, Benfactor: $250 For more information or to RSVP, please call the San Diego Chapter of the Iranian American Republican Council at 619-988-1000.


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* Baagh (1998)
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TEHRAN, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A former Iranian interior minister is to publish a new daily newspaper, in a bid to help fill the gap left by the closure in July of the leading reformist voice, newspapers reported on Wednesday. The first edition of Bayan, or Expression, is scheduled to appear on Thursday under publisher Ali Akbar Mohtashami, a former militant interior minister, the daily Azad said ... FULL TEXT

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Oil minister urges MPs to approve fuel price rise

TEHRAN, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has urged parliament to approve sharp energy price increases in order to cut heavy state subsidies and curb consumption. Newspapers on Wednesday quoted Zanganeh as saying that President Mohammad Khatami's government had sought an annual 26-percent rise in the prices of fuel, gas and electricity under a five-year economic plan, due to begin in March 2000 ... FULL TEXT

Iran National Petchem Co, Shell study new petchem plant

LONDON, Nov 16, 1999 -(Dow Jones)- Iran 's National Petrochemical Company has linked up with Shell Chemicals Ltd. and Elenac GmbH Kehl to conduct a feasibility study for a new petrochemical complex in Iran , NPC said in a statement Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran may raise French wheat purchase

PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Iran may top up this week's purchase of about 300,000 tonnes of French wheat by several hundred thousand tonnes but the final amount could depend on how much export credit it receives from France, analysts said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Film awards in Italy

Tehran (Iran daily) - "Zendegi dar meh" (Life in fog) directed by Bahman Qobadi has won first place at two short film festivals in Italy ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

19th century photos

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Some 350 photographs of Iran taken by a 19th century French explorer have been dug up from UNESCO headquarters in Paris and handed to Iran for display at a museum ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Top players

Tehran (Iran daily) - Five Iranians on top-10 list of Asian soccer players in European clubs ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Baqeri sick of Germany?

Tehran (Iran daily) - Karim Baqeri is considering leaving the German soccer league and returning to the Azadegan league ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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How can I forget those mahtab parties at my great aunt's place under the Shiraz full moon? How can I forget the stars; the same stars Sadi and Hafez had gazed at? The smooth evening weather there is the essence of life, the window to pleasure. In Shiraz you are painless.

-- Hamid Rafi
"The Best"
The Iranian
November 17, 1999

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