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Monday August 30, 1999 / Shahrivar 8, 1378, No. 795

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Mehraban brother, Napoleon
Early Franco-Iranian relations

By Iradj Amini
August 30, 1999
The Iranian

Excerpts from Iradj Amini's Napoleon and Persia: Franco Persian Relations Under the First Empire (1999, Mage Publishers). Amini was Iran's last ambassador to Tunisia under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. A French citizen since 1992, he lives in Paris.

No, Napoleon never went to Persia. But his relations with that country form an important aspect of his oriental policy. And as such they deserve a detailed study not only to satisfy the curiosity of (particularly) the general French and Iranian public, but also to contribute to the vast growing field of Napoleonic studies. This seems all the more appropriate since the publication of this book in its original French version coincided with the bicentenary of the renewal of France-Persian relations ... GO TO FEATURE


Extra! Extra! Extra! Iran's Newspapers at War

By Afshin Molavi
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, August 30, 1999

TEHRAN-At newsstands across Tehran, Iranians gather to read the latest salvos in the newspaper wars, a fight shaping up to be as critical to Iran's future as it is entertaining. The highly partisan newspapers are taking center stage in the struggle between supporters of the reform-minded president, Mohammed Khatemi, and his powerful opponents in the conservative Islamic hierarchy.

To the delight of readers, the newspapers trade insults like schoolchildren, debate ideas like college professors and embrace platforms like political parties ... FULL TEXT


Bad, bad, bad ...
Political joke

A woman was about to marry for the fifth time. She told her future husband that she was still a virgin. The guy laughed and said "Oh yea, so is my grandmother!" But the woman explained:

- Shohar-e avvalam qazvini bood, avazi meegereft
- Shohar-e dovvomam rashti bood, nemitoonest
- Shohar-e sevvomam esfahaani bood, mikhaast man-o paak-o tamiz negah daareh
- Shohar-e chahaaromam President Khaatami bood keh do saal-e tamoom hamash va'deh midaad ... hey goft mikonam, nakard.

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I also wanted to tell you that I read the story ["Oil, mean people, dark skin, terrorism"] on the kids that were asked to write down, or say out loud, what came to their minds when they thought of the Middle East. When the kids described the Arabs, Muslims, and Iranians they described them as "dark skinned" as a Native American.

I can relate to that, so can all Native Americans in the U.S., because when we are portrayed in films and TV and books too, we are referred to as the "enemy of the White man" and we are also referred to as the "Red man" while the White man is always the hero and the innocent victim of the Native American. Also, our culture is always made fun of in cartoons and old movies.

Another thing is that I just wanted to say is that the White Americans may see the people of the Middle East as threatening and your culture "primitive," but that is not the case with me or many other Native Americans and maybe some White Americans.

* What we value

Mahnaz Keshavarzian writes: Thank you for "Unwanted battle". It is good to read short history of what we value, with the hope that the third generation Iranians, away from Iran, may benefit from what we have enjoyed (and have taken it for granted).

As we grow older, we forget the details of history which we knew so well.

* Politics: Anti-MKO pentition in U.S.

Petition of Iranian Americans and Other Concerned Citizens to the United States Congressmen and Congresswomen and the U.S. President regarding Their Dissociation from the Terrorist Group known as MKO (Modjahedin Khalgh Organization) ... The MKO frequently, as a means to intimidate and silence its opposition, label their critics as supporters of the "mullah's regime". The undersigned are free individuals with diverse viewpoints whose criticism of the policies and actions of the MKO in no way indicates association with or endorsement of the current Iranian government or any political groups therein ... GO TO

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* Istgaah-e aabshaar (1999)
Back when we were just kids...
By Parviz Davaie

* Talkhaak (1998)
Love story, best selling novel
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Los Angeles no good

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Zangeneh's popular album

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Daei, Mahdavi-Kia, Hashemian in Japan, maybe

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Russian assistant

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To the delight of readers, the newspapers trade insults like schoolchildren, debate ideas like college professors and embrace platforms like political parties

-- Afshin Molavi
Extra! Extra! Extra! Iran's Newspapers at War
The Washington Post
August 30, 1999

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