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Friday September 3, 1999 / Shahrivar 12, 1378, No. 799

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One thousand times

By Shahrzad Irani
September 3, 1999
The Iranain

One thousand times a day, you tell me that you love me
And yet I do not believe you
Messengers come with great books declaring your love
And yet I cry in my sleep every night

With each season, you send a different flower perfuming my house
And yet I do not trust the message ... GO TO FEATURE


What's left
... of the glory days

Photographs by Kaveh Niazi
September 3, 1999
The Iranian

It is not too often (rare, in fact) that you see photographs of ancient monuments featured in The Iranian. And there's a reason for it. What remains of Iran's glorious past belongs to the past. Better to deal with the present and think of the future.

But, who can deny it? Looking at these monuments certainly does bring a wonderful feeling. Thank you Kaveh ... GO TO FEATURE


Mystery Shrouds the Abrupt End of Scholars' Iranian Tour

By Nora Boustany
Friday, September 3, 1999
The Washington Post

A group of 13 American scholars working in Iran from institutions such as Yale, Tufts and the University of Pennsylvania were mysteriously pulled out of Tehran on Aug. 25, 10 days ahead of their scheduled departure date, and the U.S. government is offering no explanation.

According to a member of the group, the Swiss ambassador in the Iranian capital--where the United States has no embassy and Switzerland handles U.S. interests--alerted the students by telling them: "My orders are to get you out as soon as possible, and that's what I am going to do." ... FULL TEXT


What do you call a piano in Persian?

New Persian words coined in Iran:

Piano = Seem-dang
Pizza = Kesh-loqmeh
Hamburger = Gerd-loqmeh
Sandwich = Deraaz loqmeh
Necktie = Deraaz aaviz-e zinati

More Letters

* Smoke or fire?

Ramin Tabib writes: I think the conclusions of the author ["Culture of Karbala"] are rather one dimensional and overly generalizing.

1- In respect to culture of martyrdom, we Iranians or shi'ites are not alone in our praise of martyrs, by any standard. Every culture has its own martyrs upheld as archetypes. Christianity's praise of martyrdom starts with Jesus and continues with St. Peter. African Americans revel in martyrdom of ML King and Malcolm X. Even JFK is considered by some to be a martyr, and his disciples are not shi'ites! And furthermore, how is praising archetypes/martyrs a sign of rejecting modernism? ... FULL TEXT

* Shah let people hold hands

Maziar Shirazi writes: In response to Kazem Mansouri's letter "Allah knows best", I suppose getting a girl pregnant when you aren't ready is certainly not a good idea. But preventing one from being able to do such a simple thing as hold hands to express love is certainly an invasion of one's deepest, most sacred rights ... At least that scumbag of a Shah let people hold hands and walk down the street ... FULL TEXT

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Books of the Week

* Do gharib (1998)
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* Yek ruz maandeh beh eid-e paak (1998)
By Zoya Pirzad

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

* Talkhaak (1998)
Love story, best selling novel
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Khatami says democracy needed for growth

TEHRAN, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, under pressure to boost growth and jobs, said only democratic reforms could revive the economy and foreign investment. ``It is impossible to have economic development in a socially and politically underdeveloped society,'' Khatami, a moderate, said in a television interview late on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani vows no change in vengeance laws

TEHRAN, Sep 3 (AFP) - Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday repeated warnings to the moderate press after a paper proposed abolishing the death penalty and the Islamic law of vengeance. "We will defend all the values and pillars of Islam with determination and force," Rafsanjani said, two days after Iran's supreme leader denounced any call to end Islamic punishments as the work of "apostates." ... FULL TEXT

30,000 in Holland Back Iran Reforms

Sept 3, 1999, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Iranian pro-democracy activists handed the Dutch government a petition Friday signed by 30,000 people expressing solidarity with reformers inside Iran and accusing Tehran of sending spies to the Netherlands to discredit exiled dissidents ... FULL TEXT

Wheat groups urge Clinton to give Iran farm credit

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Groups representing American wheat farmers on Thursday joined the chorus of lawmakers and farm groups urging the White House to extend export credits to Iran to boost U.S. agricultural sales ... FULL TEXT

Davood-Nejad delivers

Tehran (Neshat) -- A review of Alireza Davood-Nejad's "funny and original" new film "Masaeb Shirin" (Sweet Pain" or "Shirin's Problems"?) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New books

Tehran (Neshat) -- Qodratollah Farhadi, the young Khuzestani poet, has published his poems in a 600-page volume called "Az rozan-e tanhaaee" ... Plus other books news from Iran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Seraj dreams

Tehran (Neshat) -- Behnan Seraj hopes to become the top goal scorer of the Azadegan League and maybe one day be "as great as ALi Daei". An interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Kish games

Tehran (Neshat) -- Last month Iraj Qelich-Khani's Kish soccer team defeated such teams as Esteqlal, Pass and Sepahan to win a friendly championship help on the island. Now plans are underway to hold friendly international matches there ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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It is impossible to have economic development in a socially and politically underdeveloped society.

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