We are reexamining notions of what it means to be whatever
By Roozbeh Shirazi
November 18, 1999
Let me give you a vague introduction to who we have turned out to be:
We like A Tribe Called Quest and ghormeh sabzi, we smoke pot (but don´t
tell our parents) and we are bad at taarof but still understand it. We
feel uncomortably American around Iranians, and defiantly Iranian around
Are we Iranian? American? American-Iranian or vice versa blah blah blah
Baha'is have rights too
November 1999, (Iranian
Human Rights Working Group) -- President Khatami's pronouncement, in
his Paris press conference on Friday 29th October, on the plight of Baha'is
in Iran is by far the most encouraging statement made by an Iranian high
official of the Islamic Republic in this regard since the demise of the
provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979. However, his statement
fell far short of acknowledging the basic rights to religious freedom enshrined
in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Iran
is a state signatory ... FULL
BEFORE and AFTER
... you fall in LOVE
Before - You take my breath away.
After - I feel like I'm suffocating.
Before - Twice a night
After - Twice a month.
Before - Don't Stop.
After - Don't Start.
Before - It's like living a dream.
After - It's a nightmare ... FULL
Thanks to Leila Karimi Zand
* Nature of the beast
The Iranian Students"in the line of the Imam" were responsible
for imprisonment and murder of thousands of students and opposition group
members. Calling them democratic now, would be deceiving the people.
Two factions of the Islamic government are at each other's throats.
The Islamic goeverment is in crisis, and now is the best chance for the
people to voice their demands, but at the same time we should know the
true nature of the beast, and avoid depending on either factions.
* Whine fest
werites: Ms Darznik, I read some of your
articles in The Iranian. I usually do not read the social commentaries
on the site but my serendipitous and fortunate find provided ample interest
and amusement. Your frankness is disarming and contrasts strongly with
the attitudes of the older Iranians who are obsessed with keeping up appearances.
(I exclude my parents from this simplification because they have been ahead
of their time) ...
Your experience of being an outsider within a society of outsiders was
incomprehensible to me. How could such a mixed race as ours have such a
palpable discomfort with regards to differences. To call you half-anything
I think is rude. Iranian racial purity is a myth. Being Iranian is a state
of mind. An obsession, a pleasant mental disease akin to mania, a sweet
pain and a worthwhile challenge. I think in this day and age, when being
an Iranian is a serious disadvantage to one's career advancement, whosoever
thinks they are Iranian could not possibly be anything but genuine ...
The ashamed Iranians appall me. You talked about the man who refuses
to speak Persian. I know of someone who has the same attitude. First time
I met him, I recognized his name as being Iranian and greeted him pleasantly.
He said: "Sorry I do not speak Persian!" (To which my undiplomatic
response was " You do not speak much English either. A regular Hellen
Keller you are.") He recently rediscovered his Persian identity and
decided to ask all to no longer call him by his previous preference. He
has reverted to his real name now ... FULL
* Literature: Proverbs as bridges, Washington
Simin Habibian, author of "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"
will give a talk on "building bridges across cultures & generations:
an Iranian-American journey into the world of proverbs" on Sunday,
5 December, at 3 p.m. at George Washington University's Funger Hall. This
event is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of George Washington
University, the Iranian Student Foundation at the University of Maryland,
the House of Iran, and the Iranian American Cultural Association of Washington
DC ... DETAILS
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Rival clerics hold meeting
TEHRAN, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Iran's rival clerical factions held
a reconciliation meeting under tight security on Thursday in an attempt
to ease political tensions ahead of next year's parliamentary polls. The
discussion at a downtown mosque, the second of its kind in recent weeks,
was held at the initiative of the Society of Militant Clergy, the leading
group of conservative clerics ... FULL TEXT
British MP voices concern over situation
of Bahais in Iran
Nov 18 (AFP) - A member of a visiting British parliamentary delegation has
warned the situation of adherents of the Bahai faith in Iran could be an
"obstacle" for improved Tehran-London ties, a press report said
Thursday ... FULL TEXT
Moderate culture minister "not optimistic"
over Nuri verdict
Nov 18 (AFP) - Iran's moderate culture minister fears the outcome of the
controversial trial of leading reformist Abdollah Nuri on charges of offending
Islam, press reports said Thursday ... FULL TEXT
Khamenei Strongly Rejects Ties With U.S.
(Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has strongly rejected
ties with the United States, despite increasing calls by reformers for a
review of Tehran's policy toward Washington, newspapers said Thursday ...
Iran agrees to reopen border with Afghanistan:
Nov 18 (AFP) - Iran has agreed to reopen its border with Afghanistan after
several days of talks between traders of the two countries, a Pakistan-based
news agency said. No independent confirmation was immediately available
... FULL TEXT
Caspian pipeline accord reached
ISTANBUL, Turkey President Clinton said Thursday a deal
to send Caspian Sea oil to world markets without going through Russia or
Iran will help ensure that no country can choke off the global energy supply.
As Clinton watched, the leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia signed
a series of agreements to build a 1,080-mile oil pipeline from the rich
fields of Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan
... FULL TEXT
BG, Agip in running for next big Iran oil
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 ... FULL TEXT
Iran says two refineries vulnerable to
TEHRAN, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Iran's two newest refineries face possible
disruption from the millennium computer bug, largely for lack of key information
from U.S. and other vendors, the head of the country's Y2K compliance programme
said ... FULL TEXT
Tehran (Hamshahri) - You didn't know that Iran also has a tradition
in creating animated features, or cartoons. Well it does. And Nouredin Zarrin-kelk
is one of the country's most famous animators. Here's an interview ... FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Kiarostami, the photographer
Tehran (Iran daily) - Abbas Kiarostami is going around the world
showing his PHOTOGRAPHS. His next exhibtion is in Japan ... FULL TEXT IN
Red shirts in the red?
(Iran daily) - Persepolis has earned a nice some of money through trasferring
players to foreign clubs. However, whole Persepolis organization is facing
financial difficulties. Plus Ali Parvin is demanding shares in the club
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Hard loss in Kuwait
Tehran (Asre- Azadegan) - Persepolis General Manager Mahmoud Khordbin
talks about the team's loss in Kuwait agains al-Arabi. "It was hard
and a waste of time," ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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