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Tuesday November 23, 1999 / Azar 2, 1378, No. 854

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Abadan 1999
Do you still recognize it?

Photos by A. Shahripour
November 22, 1999
The Iranian

About three months ago, I got an email asking if I was interested in a photograph from Abadan. This wasn't just any photo. It was my home, 110 Braim, where I spent my last years before leaving for America to go to high school in 1976 ...

Shahripour also sent along a bunch of other photos from Abadan's landmarks. You might not recognize some of them. But in all of them at least some bits and pieces of the past remain, like the Golestan Club's iron fence (I noticed it immediately) ... GO TO FEATURE


Top Iranian Singer to Return After 20 Year Ban

TEHRAN (Reuters) - One of Iran's top male singers will return to the stage on Wednesday after being banned from public singing for the past 20 years, a newspaper said on Saturday.

The liberal Aftab-e Emrouz said that Iraj, who sang in most popular Persian musicals before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, will perform and lecture on the occasion of a religious holiday at a state-owned art center in downtown Tehran.

The return of Iraj, whose real name is Hossein Khajeh Amiri, to the stage is part of a gradual cultural liberalisation program initiated after reformist President Mohammad Khatami came to power in August 1997. ... FULL TEXT


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* Near irreproacheable life

K. Magardie writes: I would like to voice my strongest disappointment at the article "Lunch with Khomeini". Given this is not the opinion of The Iranian, but how such drivel could be printed in an otherwise excellent magazine, astonishes me.

First of all, the supporters of the Shah's regime, ex-SAVAK types inclusive, would just love it if it appeared as though the Islamists were in fact collaborators. Certainly, a great many were on the payroll. But this sensationalist attempt to brand Ayatollah Khomeini as an opportunist smacks of pure, unadulterated fabrication of history... FULL TEXT

* Was even willing to convert

Michael Pearlstein writes: Living in a multicultural society, (Toronto, Canada), people interact with many other people from different backgrounds. I had the lovely experience of dating a wonderful Iranian girl for four years. It was the greatest experience of my life.

Even though I am from a Jewish background my parents had no problems with me dating her, unfortunately I could not say the same for her family...

Throughout our four-year relationship we shared many wonderful experiences but the thing that always came up was how her parents felt. I tried everything I could to change that. I was even going to do whatever was the appropriate thing to do in her culture. I was even ready to convert if that would have made anything easier for her. Nothing seemed to work ... FULL TEXT

* Census: Count yourself in

The following is a communication form Mr. Ramin Moshiri, president of the Association of Iranian American Professionals (AIAP) in San Diego, regarding the Census-2000 and how the Iranian community should attempt to be counted in a recognized category. Referring to the forms, it appears that there is a 'Ancestry or ethnic origin' field that should be filled as "Iranian" ... DETAILS HERE


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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Thousands rally in Tehran on anniversary of dissidents' murders

TEHRAN, Nov 21 (AFP) - Thousands of Iranians held a rally here Sunday in memory of a pro-nationalist couple slain last year during a string of murders of leading dissidents that authorities blamed on rogue members of the secret police ... FULL TEXT

Hardliners warn of more murders

TEHRAN, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Members of a shadowy Iranian group have threatened to resume their campaign of violence, including the murder of dissidents, the leading reformist daily Khordad reported on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Defiant cleric shakes Iran establishment

TEHRAN, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Iranian dissident theologian Abdollah Nouri says duty to God and country drove him to risk both his liberty and his immediate political future in a landmark challenge to Iran's conservative establishment. Sitting serenely in his office, Nouri told Reuters in an interview he was indifferent to his likely jail sentence ... FULL TEXT

Khamenei backs reformist government but also backs conservative court

TEHRAN, Nov 22 (AFP) - Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed support Monday for the reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami, but defended a conservative court which has been trying one of Khatami's close allies ... FULL TEXT

Revolutionary guards kill 17 Afghan drug smugglers & free 5 hostages: press

TEHRAN, Nov 21 (AFP) - Iranian revolutionary guards killed 17 Afghan drug smugglers and freed five hostages in two separate clashes in northeast Iran's Khorasan province, press reports said Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Afghan-Iran border reopened after one-year closure

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's ruling Taleban movement declared the country's border with Iran formally reopened for trade on Sunday after more than a year's closure amid signs of a thaw between the two tense neighbours ... FULL TEXT

Parliament modifies government's price hike plans

TEHRAN, Nov 21 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-led parliament Sunday rejected a plan by the reformist government to ensure rises in the price of fuel and power over the next five years, state radio reported. At the end of a closed-door session on President Mohammad Khatami's five-year economic plan, MP's voted to make the government justify a price increase in each annual budget ... FULL TEXT

Press keeps up attack on Caspian oil pipelines accord

TEHRAN, Nov 21 (AFP) - The Iranian press kept up its attack Sunday on a US-inspired agreement for pipelines from the resource-rich Caspian Sea to run through Turkey instead of Iran, with one paper calling it a "hostile act." "Whether the American like it or not, a pipeline through Iran and oil swaps on the Caspian are the most economical ways to transport the Caspian Sea's energy resources to world markets," said the conservative Kayhan international ... FULL TEXT


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Feature on the poet Saeb Tabrizi, including some great selections from his divan ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Films abraod

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iranian films are being screened in Houston, Boston and ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Soccer stars losing their shine?

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran's soccer stars in the German soccer league have lost some of their luster recently. They need to work harder or ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Dehdari dead

Tehran (Iran daily) - Former national soccer team player and headcoach Parviz Dehadri has died ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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We only know what we see in the papers -- a small group of intelligence officers was involved [in the murder of dissidents]. But that group has grown and now it's become a national case. There was a political motivation behind their deaths.

-- Parastu Forouhar
November 21, 1999

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