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Friday September 10, 1999 / Shahrivar 19, 1378, No. 804

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    September 10, 1999
    The Iranian

    Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, Iranians have learned to live with a varity of restriction of their freedom of expression. In 1996 Iranians were the first global citizens to be denied access to the Internet -- not by their own government but by the United States. Roshanak Khadivi, an Iranian journalist based in London, reports (RealAudio, 14 minutes) ... LISTEN HERE


U.S. Department of State Report:
International Religious Freedom for 1999: Iran

Although the [Iranian] Constitution states that "the investigation of individuals' beliefs is forbidden" and that "no one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief," the adherents of religions not specifically protected under the Constitution do not enjoy freedom of activity. This situation most directly affects the 300,000 to 350,000 followers of the Baha'i Faith in the country ... FULL TEXT


Chewy and Simba

Maziar Mafi is running for the U.S. Congress from California. If not for him, vote for his dogs... SEE IMAGE

More Letters

* Halloween is Persian

Farhad Ayrom writes: Not only words but entire Western traditions are derived from Persian customs ["Khiyaar chambar"]. Take for example Halloween, it is in fact taken from the old Persian feast of "halvaeen" celeberated around the harvest time of "kadoo halvaee". Even today the pumkin is a symbol of the Halloween celeberations.

* For brainless Iranians

Pouyan writes: I was checking your website & on your home page and under the heading Latest Features....Letters..., there was a chap called Amin who had written his disgusting & shameful opinion using very bad language (cheshmemoon koor, koonemoon besooze, ...khaak bar sar ...).

He may be an idiot (and I am sure he is), but should you not think twice about putting these stupid letters & suggestions on your site? A lot of people will be looking at your site, searching for useful & interesting material.

How can you display such lavatorial opinions on your first page? Would you print a letter from some sick people who make fun of others? What kind of editorial are you running? It's a shame to call your site The Iranian paper. Better change it to brain-less paper for brain-less Iranians.

* Celebrate: Mehregan in Washington, DC

Persians have honored Mehregan throughout the ages. Join the Iranian American Cultural Association's Mehregan Celebration on Saturday, September 25, 1999, from 7:00 pm -1:00 am at the McLean Hilton (7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, Tel: 703-847-5000)... DETAILS HERE

Books of the Week

* Khaab-e zemstaani (1998) (Sample page)
From the author of the hugely successful Khaateraat-e paraakandeh
By Goli Taraghi

* Messel-e hame-ye asr-haa (1996) (Sample page)
By Zoya Pirzad

* Bichaareh esfandiyaar (2nd edition, 1998) (Sample page)
Late dissident's interpretations of the Shahnameh
By Saidi Sirjani

* Khaaneh-yeh edrisi-haa (1998) (Sample page)
By Ghazaleh Alizadeh

* Injaa tehraan ast (1998) (Sample page)
Documents about Tehran from the past century
By Mansureh Etehadiyeh
461 pages. $30.00

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U.S. group chides Clinton for lost Iran food sales

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A leading advocate of U.S. sanctions reform criticized the Clinton administration on Friday for lost food sales to Iran. In a statement, the group USA Engage said new rules issued by the Treasury Department over one month ago have failed to generate any significant new sales ... FULL TEXT

Iran gas tanker explodes, 17 die

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Seventeen people were killed and 115 others were injured when a gas tanker exploded after colliding with a truck in central Iran, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported Friday.

Azerbaijan: Options unfold for Caspian Sea gas project

Boston, 9 September 1999 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijan has outlined a series of options for exporting its Caspian Sea gas to Turkey, as pressure mounts on Turkmenistan to compromise on its Caspian claims. Officials of Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR said late last week that they are considering four alternatives for gas exports from their newly found resources at the Shakh-Deniz offshore fields ... FULL TEXT

Diplomatic memoir

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Dr. Parviz Zoleyn has been a diplomat and a professor of foreign relations for decades. He must have lots of interesting stories to tell. He does and he has brought them together in a book "Diplomacy: Khaateraat va aamuzeh-haa" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Olumi's new book

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Mohammad Ali Elumi almost won a national award for fiction (2nd place, Book of the Year). He has a new book of short stories: "Anduhgerd" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mohajerani will, if

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The rumors are getting stronger: Heshmat Mohajerani will take the job as the headcoach of the United Arab Emirates national soccer team if he is offered the job ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ebrahimi in trouble

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The national team assistant coaches plan to file complaints against Nasser Ebrahimi, the assistant coach for Persepolis, because of insults. Also other disciplinary decisions ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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