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Friday November 19, 1999 / Aban 28, 1378, No. 852

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The dragon kite
Short story

By Reza Ordoubadian
November 20, 1999
The Iranian

No, there was no hope, and he must have that kite. Imagine letting the string slowly roll from your hand and the wind lift the kite up; faster and faster the string will roll, and the kite will rise near the sun, glittering. He knew exactly how to tug and pull to get the kite higher and higher; there will be music in the air, the kite playing against the wind, and all the angels in heaven will gather to hear the music and see the kite; they will all ask who was flying that beautiful dragon kite so high in the sky, and he will hide behind the huge stones and grape vines. Nobody will see him, but they will know someone who really can fly a kite was mastering the string. His older sister might tell on him, but she could be bribed with a couple of multicolored rooster candies.

"Are you still thinking about it?" the old man asked, smiling.

"I will buy it all right," he replied, fire inside his eyes ... GO TO FEATURE


Saying the unsayable, in public

The Economist
November 19, 1999

AN IRANIAN Socrates, Abdollah Nouri challenged the clerical establishment in discourse, knowing that it would lead to (political) death ... Mr Nouri does indeed pose a threat to Iranian conservatism. No other politician, apart from President Muhammad Khatami, can influence so broad a section of the electorate. As a cleric himself, he stands inside and outside the system. In six days of giving evidence, he changed the nature of the trial, opening the window of debate to the most sensitive of all Iranian issues: the place of religion. Reaffirming his call for an "Islam of love", he argued that religious practice should be voluntary: "You cannot enforce the veil with clubs and batons," he told the Special Court for Clergy hearing his case. "You cannot claim religion is limited to your own particular understanding of it." ... FULL TEXT


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* Antipodean air!

Laleh Khalili writes: To listen to Roozbeh find his way and Iran and the United States in Chile is wildly exhilarating ["The search"]. He writes beautifully, expansively, with heart, and the person and place that he paints are full, multi-dimensional, unexpected, interesting and irreducible.

The kind of people who change the world start off like Roozbeh, not accepting anything at face value. I say, breathe in some more Antipodean air! It does you - and us - great good.

* Essalat!

Banafsheh Zand writes: Kudos to Mr. Shirazi ["The search"]! This is another great article on this topic. I'm just waiting for the cynics to blast him with their negative peanut-gallery-type commentary on their "essalat" and hisr socio-cultural bankruptcy!

* Academic: July Student unrest in Iran

Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis has just published its first comprehensive issue which contains 14 scholarly articles with round table discussions among participant scholars about the July Student Unrest in Iran. It is a very timely, informative, and unique scholarly work on the Iranian political system to-date. As of now, there is no other publication like this issue of the journal in existence anywhere. Its table of content is provided below for your review. For your copy please contact: Dr. Kamran Dadkhah, Economics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, Tel.: 617-373-2297, email: ... DETAILS HERE


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* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
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By Dr. Ali Parandeh
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* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
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By Ahmad Nafisi
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* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
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* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour
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* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
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Had the Shah consulted with the leaders of the religious community, considered their ideas, and had he given the ulema (religious scholars) a limited constructive role to play, opposition to his reforms from the religious would have been considerably lessened.

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