The Iranian Times

Wednesday September 15, 1999 / Shahrivar 24, 1378, No. 807

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A ramble from Chile
You think of one million things and nothing at all

By Rouzbeh Shirazi
September 14, 1999
The Iranian


This started out as a letter to you, but it blew up. Inspirado por ti.

Imagine -- or perhaps you might understand this all too well -- feeling the entire range of human emotion in one day. You wake up sobbing, sad for something inexplicable and incomprehensible, and with a cup of coffee and a cigarette regain sanity long enough to eat breakfast and ride the two buses you have to ride everday to get to school ... GO TO FEATURE


Kiarostami up another notch

By Deborah Young
September 13, 1999 - September 19, 1999

Carrying away a large part of the critics at Venice, "The Wind Will Carry Us" takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground, where the vibrant colors of nature battle bones from a cemetery in a subtle personal debate about the value of being alive. The first film he has produced himself (with Marin Karmitz) and his first since "Taste of Cherry" won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1996, this is not a movie for everyone (like the director's other work, pic requires a serious investment of attention). It should nevertheless please his ready-made audience of international fans and do similar business to "Cherry," especially if a major prize is forthcoming at Venice ... FULL TEXT


Dubai blues

Faraz Farjad-Parvar, a student at the Iranian high school in Dubai, sings the blues ... GO THERE

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

More Letters

* Only vegetables have roots

Fereydoun Hoveyda writes: First of all,let me congratulate you on your piece in The Iranian ["I was once an Iranian"]. I think that you have brought up some very important questions. As a kid raised in Beirut in the thirties, I had some similar experiences.

I also have felt tensions about my "multiculturality" but I think that all Iranians have some kind of ambiguity in their inner personalities. This is perhaps due to the fact that since the 7th century we have been living on a kind of "double" cultural background: Our Persian-Zoroastrian-Aryan culture and the Arab-Islamic that was added .

But I want to point out that Iranians, as well as others, are mistaken in searching for roots. I have coined the following phrase which I often use in my writings and lectures : "Only vegetables have roots"!

I agree with your distinction between migrants and immigrants. But let me tell you that the U.S. is not a melting pot. It is rather becoming a keleidoscope in which, as time goes by, all the nations of the world will be represented. (A kind of United Nations of the people of the world, not of the governments! I am preparing a piece about this idea of mine) ... FULL TEXT

* We are separate

Neshat writes: I very much agree with the opinions of the gentleman who lives in Australia regarding Mr. Alemi's article ["I was once an Iranian"].

I have seen Iranians in the U.S. with similar beliefs who eventually feel emptiness and regress 180 degrees.

I would simply like to say "more power to you!" I think that we should not become part of the homogenous "blob" called Americans.

We are a seperate entity and should be proud of it.

* Music: Shahram Nazeri in Portland

Maestro Shahram Nazeri and Dastan Ensemble will perform in Portland, Oregon at 6:00 PM Sunday October 10th. Place: Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR. Tel: (503) 226-7827... DETAILS HERE

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* Khaab-e zemstaani (1998) (Sample page)
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* 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
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EU to urge Iran to reprieve condemned students

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The European Union is to urge Iran not to execute four alleged leaders of student pro- democracy protests last July, EU diplomats said on Wednesday. The head of Tehran's Revolutionary Courts, Gholamhossein Rahbarpour, disclosed in a weekend newspaper interview that four accused ringleaders in the turmoil had been tried and sentenced to die. The Supreme Court had confirmed two of the execution orders and two more were under judicial review, he said ... FULL TEXT

Zarrinkoub dies

Tehran, Sept 15, IRNA -- the iranian renowned professor of the tehran university, abdolhussein zarrinkob passed away here wednesday morning due to heart failure. he is author of 26 title of books, 6 in print and some hundreds of articles and treatises ... FULL TEXT

Khatami's speech to revolutionary guards

Tehran, Sept 15, IRNA -- president mohammad khatami said here on wednesday that policy of detente does not mean abandoning principles, rather it means moving towards convergence based on national interests and those of the muslim world ... (PART 1) (PART 2) (PART 3)

Khatami presents $112 bln five-year plan

TEHRAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday unveiled a $112 billion five-year economic plan which aims to boost annual growth to six percent and reduce the size of the dominating state sector. Khatami, presenting the draft plan to parliament, proposed ending state monopolies on telecommunications, railways, sugar, tobacco and tea and pledged to encourage private investment ... FULL TEXT

Listless economy drags down Iran

TEHRAN, September 15, 1999 (The Washington Post) - Ali Abrishami, a fourth-grade teacher, recently asked a group of students how they view their economic futures in Iran. The responses were bleak. "I'm afraid of rising prices," one boy said. "I don't think I will find a job," said another. A third said simply: "I don't want to grow up." ... FULL TEXT

U.S. warns Americans against traveling to Iran

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned Americans not to travel to Iran, saying despite calls by national leaders for more person-to-person contacts, there was some ``harassment by vigilante groups.'' ``The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Iran,'' a statement said ... FULL TEXT

Head of NIOC international division appointed

DUBAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Iran has named a former undersecretary for petrochemicals to head the international division of the state oil company, an oil official said on Wednesday. The official said Ahmad Rahgozar has been named managing director of the recently-established National Iranian Oil Company International ... FULL TEXT

Film & dialogue

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A look at Iranian cinema at the end of the 20th century and its role in the dialogue of civilizations ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Kiarostami, again

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Another news item about Abbas Kiarostami's decision not to enter any more international film competitions ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hejazi may get slap on hand

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Nasser Hejazi, who is the head coach of Isfahan's Sepahan soccer club, may be disciplined for entering the field during a match and arguing with the referee ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Isfahan No.1

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Isfahani youth win national table tennis title ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Strawberry fields

Kiarostami subtly invites the viewer to turn away from the road to the cemetery and stop to enjoy the fruit in the "strawberry fields" or, as Omar Khayyam suggests, to prefer wine and the present to fine promises of a future paradise. This is bold thinking for an Iranian film ...

Deborah Young
Sept 13, 1999

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