Friday September 24, 1999 / Mehr 2, 1378, No. 814
Play it again, Lily
Guitarist Lily Afshar, hailed by the Washington Post as "remarkable, impeccable," is head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis. Chosen as Artistic Ambassador to Africa for the United States Information Agency, her numerous awards include three consecutive annual "Premier Guitarist" awards from the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Her latest CD, "Jug of Wine and Thou", is absolutely delightful. The effects of her delicate strokes of the guitar can only be described as heavenly. Among the 19 tracks are five popular Persian ballads which indeed create the perfect mood for a jug of wine and thou.
If you are in Washington DC on October 10, don't miss her concert at the United Church on G Street.
Tracks from "Jug of Wine and Thou" CD (RealAudio):
Khatami OKs peaceful reform
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In another apparent nod of encouragement for peaceful reforms, Iran's president opened a vast military parade Wednesday by declaring the armed forces would never be used to suppress restrained domestic dissent. ``Day by day our military is getting stronger, but they are not going to be used to crack down on the people and they will only be deployed against the enemies of the country,'' President Mohammed Khatami said before an annual display of Iran's military power, including the public unveiling of the mobile Zelzal missile that some experts believe is capable of reaching most points in the Middle East ... FULL TEXT
U.S. sanctions on Iran energy deals to stay-official
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - A top State Department official said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions against large foreign investments in Iran's oil and natural gas sector will remain in place for the foreseeable future. ``I do not foresee a fundamental change in the (U.S.) sanctions policy,'' said Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, in a speech at a Middle East Economic Digest conference ... FULL TEXT
Jordan defends Hamas detentions
Sept 23, (BBC) - Jordan has defended the arrests on Wednesday of three senior Hamas officials who had been out of the country since a government crackdown on the movement last month. The trio - politbureau chief Khalid Mishal, official spokesman Ibrahim Ghosheh and politbureau member Musa Abu Marzuq - were detained at Amman airport after their plane from Iran landed on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
Airport exile reluctant to leave
Sept 23, (BBC) - The man who spent 11 years waiting at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris for his travel documents now appears reluctant to face the outside world once more. But after more than a decade on a plastic bench next to a pizza outlet, the dream of freedom seems to have lost its allure for Mr Nasseri ... FULL TEXT
Reagan bio mixes fiction, history
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ronald Reagan's authorized biography, 14 years in the making, doesn't know what to make of his role in the Iran-Contra scandal that soiled his remarkable imprint on the nation. But it is more surefooted in saying that Reagan, in his final years as president, was practicing ``conservation of mental resources'' and struggling as if by sheer will to stay focused on the things he really cared about ... FULL TEXT
Sting in the tail for OPEC success story
VIENNA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Riding high on oil's wheel of fortune OPEC finds itself master again of the global energy market. How long can it last? Just a year ago the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was on its knees. Internal disputes over how to deal with a glut had sent prices crashing below $10 a barrel. Now oil ministers, who on Wednesday endorsed tight export limits, are savouring the prospect of a winter windfall to restore revenues while the West frets that rising energy costs will reignite inflation ... FULL TEXT
Reacrtions to Samad article
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Letters regarding an article on the life of Samad Behrangi. One says he did not drown in a river but was "martyred" by agents of th Shah. Samad's brother also has something to say about that ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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The section on Iran experts and former officials is interesting. But you may be end up quite confused.
In this game, called The Turing Game, a panel of users all pretend to be a member of some group, such as women. Some of the users, who are women, are trying to prove that fact to their audience.
The Islamic republic looks to the future as one where religion, freedom and responsibility can co-exist in society.
-- President Khatami
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