I always thought this game was a set up for disaster, but...
By Halima Asad
August 31, 1999
After being away from Iran for more than twenty years, I didn't expect
to return to the U.S. with a husband. However, everyone seemed to think
that the ancient Iranian marriage ritual was awaiting me.
It all started at the airport when I arrived at Tehran's Mehrabad International.
The passport control officer looked at my documents, including the fact
that I entered the country without a valid passport. Then he smiled gently
and said, "You are returning after 23 years in America? Are you coming
to get married?" ... GO
Iran's new gateway makes steady progress
BY: Gunter Endres
Jane's Airport Review
September 1, 1999
By the end of 2000, Tehran, capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
will have a new US$1 billion airport capable of handling 4.5 million passengers
and 120,000 tonnes of cargo. Work on the new Imam Khomeini International
Airport (IKIA), being built 35km to the southwest of Tehran between the
Qum and Saveh highways, started in 1994 and Phase I construction work is
more than 60% complete ... FULL
Thanks to Reza
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* Can men cook rice?
Yasaman Mottaghipour writes:
I enjoyed reading your article in The Iranian ["Rice,
Iranian style"], even though I was warned (feminist?) not to read
I found a lot of similarities in my own life. Every night straight to
the kitchen after work and most of the time cooking rice. Here in my home
everybody thinks preparing rice with a rice cooker is just fine (under
cover work has been done!). Also my friend calls when it is time to wash
dishes, so I get away from it (organized feminism?!).
The main difference between us is that when I was twenty, surprisingly,
I did not want to change the world. Now, my only concern is your son. When
he grows up you could call him and ask him what he is cooking for dinner.
Is it realistic to expect this from a man?
* Cat out of the bag
Cyrus writes: Just wanted to
tell you that I liked the piece you wrote in defense of the Jews ["I must
be a Jew"]. Its about time the cat come out the bag!
How can we Iranians claim we deserve a democracy back in our motherland
when even overseas we have our prejudices against this group or that group!?
When people like you shed light on anti-Semitism and prejudice, in time,
it helps the whole Iranian community to think about this issue and hopefully,
someday, do away with prejudice all togeter.
So, keep up the good work!
* Trade: Pre-Millennium mixer in Washington,
The Iranian Trade Association
would like to thank all of its valued members, patrons, and friends in
Washington, DC for the generous support we have received over the past
year. So we are inviting you to a special "Member Appreciation &
Pre-Millennium Mixer", open to the general public. Come and enjoy
fine refreshments and good company while discussing what to expect from
ITA, Congress, and U.S.-Iran engagement in the next millennium. We want
to hear from you! Date/Venue Thursday, September 9, 1999 at the Hyatt Regency
Capital Hill 400 New Jersey Ave., NW , Washington DC 20001. Tel: 202-737-1234.
Time: 5:30 pm7:30 pm, complimentary mixer in The Main Lobby Bar, 7:30 pm.9:30
pm, optional dinner at the Park Promenade Restaurant ($30+ per person,
payable at the door).
Books of the Week
Letters from two friends in Iran and abroad
By Farideh Golbou
ruz maandeh beh eid-e paak (1998)
By Zoya Pirzad
Back when we were just kids...
By Parviz Davaie
Love story, best selling novel
By Nasser Karami
Iranian books for sale
Video of the Week
and Nothing More
(Zendegi va digar hich)
Abbas Kiarostami's film investigates the aftermath of a devastating
1990 earthquake which killed thousands of people in northern Iran. In many
ways the most beautiful and powerful Iranian film. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
Farsi with English subtitles.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Four European hostages released in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Four Europeans held hostage by drug traffickers
in Iran for more than two weeks were released unharmed Tuesday, Iranian
state media reported. ``An informed source said here Tuesday evening that
a group of five tourists comprising of one Iranian and four Europeans ...
were released by their kidnappers at around 20:30 hours local time Tuesday,''
Iran's news agency IRNA said ... FULL TEXT
Chief justice to hold rare meetings with
Aug 30 (AFP) - The new head of Iran's judiciary system will hold highly
unusual meetings with the foreign and interior ministers, Iranian sources
said Monday, as the courts prepare to try 13 Iranian Jews on charges of
spying for Israel ... FULL TEXT
No coalition between Iran 's moderate party
August 29 , Teheran (Deutsche Presse / dpa) - There is to be no
link-up between the moderates close to President Mohammad Khatami and the
conservative opposition to form a coalition for next year's parliamentary
elections, the Teheran daily Khordad reported Sunday ... FULL TEXT
Iran slams Israel's purchase of German
TEHRAN, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday condemned Israel for
acquiring a German submarine reported to be capable of launching nuclear-tipped
missiles, saying it threatened Middle East security ... FULL TEXT
Saudi,Iran urge OPEC to focus on oil stocks
DUBAI, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Leading oil producers Saudi Arabia and
Iran are urging their fellow OPEC members to look at oil stock levels, not
just prices, when determining the group's production policies ... FULL TEXT
U.S. fails to win any Iranian wheat orders
aug. 31, IRNA - U.S. grain suppliers have failed to secure any wheat orders
from Tehran this season, despite being given recent waivers by washington
to export to Iran ... FULL TEXT
Caspian ecology endangered - Iran expert
RASHT, Iran, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The Caspian Sea, the world's largest
inland sea, faces a potential ecological disaster due to heavy pollution,
overfishing and public indifference towards the environment, an Iranian
expert said on Tuesday. ... FULL TEXT
War movies: Yawn
(Neshat) - Seminar organized for a discussion about war movies turns out
to be a big yawn. None of the invited directors show up ... FULL TEXT IN
Turkish music copied on Iranian radio
Tehran, (Neshat) - The music you hear on Iranian radio sounds less
and less Iranian and more and more Turkish, so argues Ali Akbar Qazi-Zadeh
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Zangeneh's popular album
(Neshat) - Pari Zangeneh only collaborated on the making of the "Hezaar
aavaa" music album but already it's referred to as the "Pari Zangeneh"
album. And it's selling well. Meanwhile Qassem Afshar's "Khaab-e geryeh-haa"
has shot up the Pop album chart ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran WILL play soccer in U.S.
(Neshat) - According to the public relations head of the Iranian soccer
federation, Iran will play three international friendly matches in the U.S.
in January 2000 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran, (Neshat) - Abedzadeh will be on the injured list for at
least three more weeks. He's recovering from knee surgery ... FULL TEXT
Two Asian weightlifting medials
(Neshat) - Mehdi Panzavan has wom a silver and bronze medal at the Asian
weightlifting championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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In this day and age, women do not get married because the husband has
a lot of horses or is able to protect the tribe.
August 31, 1999
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