Emotions on glass
Reverse-glass painting by Mahin Azima
September 7, 1999
Since 1973 Mahin Azima has been trying to revive and modernize "reverse-glass"
(posht-e shisheh) painting in Iran.
Reverse-glass painting is an ancient art form that originated in China
and was first seen in Iran during the 15th century. It is unique in the
sense that the top layer finish is painted first, while the background
and built-up colors come second. She has tried to use this form to give
depth and a three-dimensional effect to the final work ... GO TO FEATURE
Pressures of the press
The New York Times
Sunday September 5, 199
As editor of China's leading English-language newspaper, Jonathan
Fenby developed a reputation for independent reporting and frank debate.
Last month he was fired. Hamid Reza Jalaipur founded Iran's first prodemocracy
newspaper. He was jailed last year for printing an editorial critical of
the Government. Herewith, the two discuss what it's like to put out a newspaper
where the press is not free ... FULL
First day of school
September 7, 1999: Off to school on the first day of the academic year
in Oakton, Virginia. From right: Mahdiyeh Javid (11th grade), her second
cousin Saied Ghaffari (10th grade, with his Iran World Cup 98 t-shirt)
and his friend Gonzales (10th grade)... SEE
NOTE: I have received several emails congratulating the 4th anniversary
of The Iranian. I am offering two of them; one from Dr. Esmail Nooriala
and another from dAyi Hamid because they include a bit of history. My sincere
thanks to all for being so kind and generous. JJ
* Traveler of tomorrow
Esmail Nooriala writes: To be
honest with you, I see a reflection of my younger days in what you do.
I am now 57 years old. (I cannot believe it but it is true.) And you remind
me of my days when I was 22. When was that? A good 35 years ago. How old
are you? Were you born then?
I and a few friends of mine -- a bunch of students at Tehran University,
people like Bahram Beizaie, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou, Ahmad Reza Ahmadi, Nader
Ebrahimi, Nasser Shahinpar, Akbar Radi, Dariush Ashuri -- had decided to
publish our own periodical. Like yours, it was a self-imposed crusade.
We had decided that our periodical should be called "Torfeh"
meaning "new". Selecting a name reflects the necessities of the
time as you conceive them.
And what came out of that venture a few years later? The "New Wave
Poetry" (Mowj e No) was born, the new cinema of Iran was established,
the modern Iranian theatre was enhanced and the new ways of Farsi novel-writing
was experienced ...
I write this to make you aware of a future that is not far from us.
What will you and your readers will think about these present days? Who
will remember you and appreciate what you did? I am sure your endeavors
will be a part of the history of our life in exile.
You live in today but you are a traveler of tomorrow. That is why what
you do in every hour of your present life will be weighed by the people
of another day, when you are turning into an old man and your computers
are no more considered to be the most advanced means of communication ...
* Big fat hairy happy birthday
dAyi Hamid writes: I used
to be a regular subscriber to Soc.Culture.Iranian (SCI), the most visited
Iranian usenet newsgroup. Sometime in mid 1995 there was a strange message
from an unknown silent reader called Jahanshah Javid who announced plans
to start a new Iranian magazine and asked SCIers to contribute articles.
Ah, I thought, another single-page magazine with articles talking about
how the Iranian government is blah blah and how America is tati tata. Not
everybody thought the same way. There were some flamers who started belittling
the guy's magazine and calling him a "mozdur" of the regime:
"He used to work for them, he must be a spy or something." ...
Like everything else in life, The Iranian has changed over the
past four years. It has transformed from a shy, careful magazine to a taboo-breaking,
freedom-fighting frontier, and I'm proud to be one of its first contributors
* Lecture: Lecture: Political language
"Center for Dialogue" in Berkeley, California: Two lectures
by Mehrdad Mashayekhi, professor of sociololgy at George Mason University
and the editor of "Iran: Political Culture in the Islamic Republic".
First lecture (in Persian): "The Transformation of the Language of
Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran" Date: Sunday September 12. Time:
7:00 P.M. Place: 2040 Valley Life Science Building, UC Berkeley. Lecture
in Persian. Second lecture (in English): "Movements for Democracy
and Civil Society in Post-Revolutionary Iran". Date: Monday September
13, 1999. Time: 4:00 P.M. Place: 442 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley.
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
Dariush Mehrjuie's post-revolution parody of Iranian society. A great
comedy that also makes you think.
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Majidi wins jury award in Montreal Film
MONTREAL (Variety) - For the first time in the 23-year history
of the Montreal World Film Festival, a director has won the event's top
prize for a second time. ``The Color of Paradise,'' from Iranian writer-director
Majid Majidi... formerly titled ``The Color of God'' -- is a story about
an 8-year-old blind boy who returns with his father, a poor coal worker,
to his home village in the northern highlands of Iran ... FULL TEXT
Zan editor vows to re-open women's paper
4, 1999 (The Canberra Times) - The editor of a banned Iranian women's daily
has told The Canberra Times she hopes to re-open her paper. Faezeh Hashemi,
licensee and editor-in chief of Zan (woman" in Farsi), the first women's
daily newspaper in her country, was in Canberra yesterday to visit the Australian
Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission. She also took a
look at how an Australian daily newspaper operates ... FULL TEXT
MKO supporters protest in Hague
Sept 7, THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Thousands of Iranian refugees
and dissidents marched in The Hague today to denounce Tehran's clerical
regime and rally support for the pro-democracy movement in Iran ... FULL
Oman says navy exercises with Iran will
'MUSCAT, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Oman said on Tuesday joint sea manoeuvres
planned with Iran would boost relations between the two countries ... FULL
Iran looks to boost tourism, quell fears
TEHRAN, Sept 7 (AFP) - Iran's state tourism board wants laws put
in place to protect foreign tourists amid fears last month's kidnapping
of four Westerners is harming the industry, officials said Tuesday. "No
one should have the right to play with the lives of foreign tourists and
harm the interests of the country," said Hassan Emami, director of
the board's international division ... FULL TEXT
Elf-Aquitaine candidate to operate gas
Sept 6 (AFP) - The French oil group Elf-Aquitaine has made proposals to
operate one of the biggest natural gas fields in the world at South Pars
in Iran, the Les Echos newspaper reported on Monday ... FULL TEXT
Iran paper says OPEC should consider Tehran's
TEHRAN, Sept 6 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper on Monday urged OPEC
to give strong consideration to Iran's candidate for secretary general of
the oil group, saying the Islamic republic's role in getting crude prices
to rebound was "pivotal." "OPEC members realise that at the
present sensitive juncture the name of the game is solidarity, which has
been strongly upheld and enforced by Iran," said the English-language
Iran Daily, widely read by diplomats here ... FULL TEXT
Awards for best films in Iran
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- "Dokhtari baa kafsh-haaye kataani"
("A girl with sneakers") and "Masaeb-e Shirin" ("Sweet
Pain" or "Shirin's Problems"?) have been jointly chosen as
the best films of the year by Tehran's House of Cinema. See winners in other
categories ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Samad Behrangi: short biography
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Ahmad Bayani has written an interesting little
biography of the late novelist Samad Behrangi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Key to vicotry
Tehran (Iran daily) -- Here's one soccer commentator's views on
how Iran could beat Japan in Wednesday's match in Yokohama. Plus the names
of the Iranian players ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Volleyball: Iran falls short
Tehran (Iran daily) -- The Iranian national volleyball team failed
to reach the semi-finals of the Asian championships. But they have become
a much better team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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