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Wednesday November 24, 1999 / Azar 3, 1378, No. 855

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Artists unite!
Yari Ostovany has brought artists together on the web

By Maryam Ovissi
November 24, 1999
The Iranian

I first became familiar with Yari Ostovany through his famous web site, Museum of Iranian Contemporary Artists, which has brought together hundreds of Iranian artists together. He is an exceptional artist who dives beneath the surface of a painting to its core. Yet, Yari is able to transit from his intimate and personal space into an open and giving individual who has dedicated a portion of his life to creating an arena for all Iranian artists to come together and share their work with the world ... GO TO FEATURE


Shirin Neshat: Striking a Balance Between Western and Islamic Values

The New York Times
December 21, 1999

HERE was a total eclipse of the sun on the day in August when Shirin Neshat began shooting her new film installation, "Soliloquy," in the hill town of Mardin in southeastern Turkey. There was the lethal 7.4 earthquake on Aug. 17, the day after the final wrap, when this Iranian-born New York artist and her crew arrived in Istanbul for much needed R & R. In the days between, she was shadowed by sinister plainclothesmen, whether police or military, local or national, she never knew. Some of the film crew were jailed; passports were confiscated ... FULL TEXT



"Rebellion of a Lonely Woman" ... GO TO WEB SITE

More Letters

* Integrity

Mehrdad writes: I wholeheartedly agree with K. Magardie's letter rejecting the notion that Khomeini collaborated with the SAVAK as portrayed in the article "Lunch with Khomeini".

I know many things went wrong when the late ayatollah was Iran's leader but it's totally irresponsible to label him a dishonest man. Overly orthodox, ardently religious yes, but dishonest or dirty never.

Like it or not, millions of Muslims around the world revere Khomeini. A large majority of Iranians, in spite of disagreements with him, still acknowledge the man's integrity and modesty.

* Questioning false beliefs

Daryoush Mehrtash writes: The beauty of poetry is that you take what you want out of it. How one interprets poetry has more to do with your own self, than what the poet intended. So with that in mind, here is what I think.

I fully think it is a woman right to wear the hejab. And I understand what rape is about. Rape is violence toward women. But Iraj Mirza's poem is about questioning beliefs, the act of sex is a just a small portion of the overall poem. And I didn't see the violence at all.

I think this poem talks about a person believing in something (in this case the chador) and taking it out of context. In a way, controlling herself in a manner that is opposite of its nature. Iraj Mirza is arguing for the opposite, putting the wisdom of nature and human desires above a short-sited belief system.

What is interesting is that when your lady friend interprets the incident in this poem as rape, it shows that she understands the poem and rape as much as the woman in the poem understood the concept of the hejab. I guess, "we have NOT come a long way" from that time after all!

* Literature: Khoie in Maryland

By invitation of the Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS), Esmail Khoie, a leading Iranian poet in exile, will talk about "Persian Poetry at the threshold of the New Millennium."

Where: Room 264, Smith Hall, Towson University

When: 4:00 P.M. Sunday, November 28.


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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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is looking forward to next February's parliamentary elections in Iran for signs of change in Iranian policy, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Students under the death threat

November 23, (Iranian Human Rights Working Group) -- According to reports in the press, three of the people arrested after the July unrest at university campuses in Iran are still facing the death sentence ... The Iranian Human Rights Working Group is gravely concerned about the fate of these students ... FULL TEXT

Iranian goes on trial for spying in Germany

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RETORIA, Nov 24 (AFP) - The Iranian government "categorically denies" a report that it has sold Scud missiles to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the Iranian embassy said here Wednesday. "The matter is denied categorically," an embassy spokesman, who would not be named, told AFP ... FULL TEXT

Iran condemns killing of Algerian FIS leader

TEHRAN, Nov 24 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry spokesman expressed "regret and outrage" over the murder of Abdelkader Hachani, a leader of the banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), the official IRNA news agency reported ... FULL TEXT

Iran cuts oil sales to stay within OPEC quota

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iran is taking decisive steps to stay within its OPEC quota for November and December, wiping off close to 20 million barrels of crude oil loadings from this month's export programme, industry officials said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Music fests

Tehran (Iran daily) - Kerman will host a major music festival which will run for five days. ALSO in February the Fajr international music festival will includes musicians from Greece (Yani?!), Italy, China and India ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Laleh Ziaie wins an international cartoon competition in Turkey. A second Iranian gets honorary mention ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Moving up

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran has moved a notch higher in the FIFA rankings. It is know considered the 46th best soccer team in the world ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal v al-Hilal

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Esteqlal will face Saudi Arabia's al-Hilal this Friday in the next round of the Asian team championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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We're going to have elections in February in Iran, which we think will be very important and will, I think, give a signal as to the direction in which Iran wants to move.

-- Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State
November 24, 1999

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