Stop or go?
Thoughts on identity and change
By Kayvan Alikhani
September 21, 1999
A couple of days ago I was talking to a friend and all of a sudden,
a vivid memory of my grandfather flashed before my eyes...
As a man, he learned to survive, traveled the world, managed vineyards,
became a tailor and taught the Koran to his neighbors and friends. In the
middle of all that, he built a great home and raised seven children with
my grandmother Khanoom-Jan (rest in peace) whom I so dearly loved.
And I? Will I ever hold my head up high and stop living like a guest
in someone else's house? I'm facing constant dilemmas as to what tomorrow
will bring. Small and insignificant issues mostly add to one -- and only
one -- thing: Conformity ... GO
Us and them
Sept 21, 1999
Akbar Ganji comapres Iran (indirectly) with corrupt South American regimes
as well as former dictatorships in other parts of the world. Only a free
civil society can rid itself of corruption, he argues ... FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Javid Afrasiabi in Santa
Monica , California, writes:
In old Parsi we know kahrobaa means electricity and mail or post was
called chaapaar. So we can use these words and call email as chaapak in
* Genuine debate
Mehran writes: I think that
a genuine debate on this issue is needed especially since many Iranians
think they are progressive and open-minded until they are faced with gay
and lesbian issues.
I have many gay and lesbian friends, and they are great people who have
done no harm to anyone. Most of them tell me that they did not choose their
homosexuality. In the face of such hatred and cruelty, why would they?
* Head spinner
Amir Sadri writes: My head is spinning.
I just got done reading another one of Laleh Khalili's rambling reviews;
her ostensible critique of fast paced modernization in her article "New
is good". Wieuuuuh!
What is it about her writing? Reading it has the same effect as popping
high-powered speed pills. No introduction. No main theme or body. No conclusion.
Just an endless, rapid fired, breakneck speed stream of harsh, ideologically
laced opinions and observations. Like a diesel locomotive raging ahead
with no breaks.
And to what end this stringing together of multisylabic sixteen inch
words? Hard to say! But then again, modern writing is often characterized
by its schizophrenic qualities!
* Music: Shahin & Sepehr in southern
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Britain, Iran to exchange ministerial visits
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and Iran agreed Tuesday to exchange
ministerial visits for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution
in a further warming of ties since Tehran pledged last year not to carry
out a death edict against British author Salman Rushdie ... FULL TEXT
Leader says Iran seeks better ties with
EU not U.S.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran prefers to strengthen ties with Europe
rather than with a United States bent on dominating the world, Iranian supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the visiting Austrian president Tuesday
... FULL TEXT
Iran needs nobody's permission to punish
Jewish "spies": Khamenei
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
on Tuesday told visiting Austrian President Thomas Klestil his country "asks
nobody's permission to punish the spies" facing death for allegedly
working for Israel ... FULL TEXT
Austrian president voices EU concern over
human rights in Iran
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Austrian President Thomas Klestil expressed
the EU's "dismay and preoccupation over the human rights situation"
here Tuesday but said his country wanted to maintain ties, particularly
economic ones, with Iran ... FULL TEXT
Conservative Iran body seen keeping grip
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's conservative Council of Guardians
has reasserted its right to bar election candidates from the ballot at will,
a move seen as damaging to reformers' prospects in upcoming parliamentary
contests ... FULL TEXT
Rafsanjani may run for parliament-aide
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,
still a powerful political figure in Iran, may decide to run in upcoming
parliamentary elections, a close aide said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Iran says starts mass producing new tank
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's army has begun mass production
of a lighter and more manoeuvrable version of the locally made Zolfaqar
battle tank, a senior military official said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Khatami sends "oil message" to
Saudi crown prince
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent
a message on "oil questions" to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin
Abdel Aziz Tuesday, amidst rumours that the two countries had cut a deal
over the appointment of the next head of OPEC ... FULL TEXT
Oil prices dip as OPEC ministers consult
Sept 21 (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Tuesday in a bout of profit-taking
but fundamentals were still seen positive as OPEC ministers gathered in
Vienna for a meeting to review the impact of their output curbs on the market
... FULL TEXT
Long way to go
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Khosrow Khorshidi has had a long and distinguished
career as a set designer and painter. He spoke with Hamshahri's arts reporter
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Not enough Persian
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Teachers complain that the time spent on
teaching Persian literature in Iranian schools is insufficent ... FULL TEXT
Iran second in Asian kayaking
Sept 21, (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian kayaking team took
second place at the 8th Asiank kayaking championships in China ... FULL
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Abbas Jadidi, one of Iran's top hopes in
the world free-style wrestling championships, has been injured during practice
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The soccer disciplinary committee has banned
Nasser Hejazi from accompanying his team in three matches ... FULL TEXT
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Iranian Women's Studies
A not-profit organization that aims to provide a forum for
the exchange of ideas on issues related to Iranian women. The site does
not have much inofrmation at the moment, but, they've taken the first step.
By the way, their next conference is in Berkeley, California, June 2000.
Here's a place to learn about the properties, theories,
meanings, and effects of color -- "radiant energies that affect us
whether we are aware of it or not."
We take long time
``We have today marked a further significant step forward in our relations,''
the British minister said, calling the visits ``milestones on a long road.''
But he added: ``A thaw can take a long time. This is not going to be a process
of suddenly turning on the blowtorch.''
-- British Foreign Minister Robin Cook on agreeing to visit Iran
Sept 21, 1999
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