Doors wide shut
Photographs by Hadi Haraji
September 27, 1999
Everyone is doing Abyaneh these days. There are films made there. Writers
tell stories set in this small town -- or large village -- near Kashan.
If you are a photographer and still have not shot Abyaneh, well, there's
something wrong with you.
But forget the annoying fact that Abyaneh has become chic. Take it for
what it is -- without the hype. It doesn't dazzle you like Isfahan or overwhelm
like Persepolis. It charms with its modesty and subtle beauty.
Here are some photos of Abyaneh by Hadi Haraji. These doors make us
feel exactly as we are: outsiders ... GO
TO FIRST PHOTO
Rubbin' it in
Recommendations for fairer conditions in Esteqlal-Persepolis
By Mohammad Dilmagani
September 27, 1999
Posted by Mamad Khan following the match between Esteqlal and Persepolis
(aka Piruzi) on September 24, 1999. The match ended in a scoreless draw,
even though Persepolis had only nine men on the field for most of the game.
In an unusual step, the Iranian Fans of Fairness in Football (IFFF)
sent the following communiqué to the officials of the Esteqlal club:
It has come to our attention that in your recent match with the Persepolis
(Piruzi) Club you had a two-man advantage for over 60 minutes, and yet
you only managed a tie. Whenever you play against Persepolis in the next
thirty years -- or until you beat them -- we recommend that:
1) Persepolis should not be allowed to play with more than eight players
Conservatives are up in arms over an "anti-Islamic"
report on alleged insults to Imam Mahdi in a play published in a student
magazine. Plus responses in Persian from: * Khatami
Nuri * Majlis
members * Ayatollahs
TEHRAN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - An Iranian hospital has set up a cell to
detain patients who are unable to pay their medical bills, a newspaper
reported on Sunday.
Sina, a state-run hospital in central Tehran, has stationed three guards
on the cell in its orthopaedic unit around the clock, the daily Aftab-e
Emrouz said ... FULL
Thanks to Zara Houshmand
* Lost hope in humanity
S. Smith writes: After reading
the article written by Cyrus L. Raafat ["Real
Iranian girls?"], I have lost all hope in humanity, dignity, decency
when it comes to men and women ...
I do not pity Mr. Rafaat, nor do I feel sorry for him. I am embarrassed
for him and am quite offended that your online publication would cater
to the unrealistic and delusional ramblings of a man that seems to possess
little if any scruples about how the world we live in works. But, alas,
I am an advocate for freedom of the press. You may publish any article
you desire and I trust you will keep doing thus, however, don't expect
a great deal of respect from the public when you ignore objectivity, good
taste and logic by publishing Rafaat's nonsensical whims and sexual appetites,
then call it a legitimate article. It parallels the pulp-tabloid-drivel
that we balk at upon standing in line at the supermarket. I can see the
headlines now: "Iranian-American Man Will Only Marry a Virgin!"
* Abusing Allah
Hamila Asad writes: In response
knows best", while there is no doubt that in the 12th century
Islam was a religion that governed lands from Tajikestan to Spain with
tolerance, that is certainly not the case today. It is obvious that today
Islam is utilized as a means to control and suppress people, thus it is
not being utilized in its intended manner.
Nowhere in the Koran does it say women should not drive vehicles, should
cover themselves head-to-toe in blistering weather, need special permission
to travel, or get medical attention. Certainly the Koran does not oppose
couples holding hands or buying some ice cream together. Sorry, those are
modern, patriarchal, repressive attitudes ... FULL
* Art: Fallah's mix media art show,
Aylene Fallah presents her most recent mix media work at Creighton-Davis
Gallery from Oct.8 - Oct.11. Opening Night: Sat. Oct.9th 5-9pm. Address:
Creighton-Davis Gallery, 3222 M St. NW, Washington, DC. 20007. (1st floor
of Georgetown park mall). Tel: 202-333-3050. Email contact: email@example.com
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Student play sets off crisis
TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - A satirical play in a little-known
campus journal has sent shock waves through Iran, threatening President
Mohammad Khatami's reform drive and exposing deep rifts in the ranks of
ruling clerics. The sketch, which invoked one of the holiest figures in
Shi'ite Islam to lampoon campus conservatives, has been universally condemned
by clerics, ministers, MPs and judges as an unforgivable insult to Islamic
sanctities ... FULL TEXT
Khatami sees 'calculated' plot in new crisis
TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
deplored a satirical student play for insulting Islamic sanctities, but
warned the incident was being exploited as part of a ``calculated design''
to incite the nation. In remarks to his cabinet late on Sunday, the president
condemned the play, which first appeared last month in a campus journal
with a circulation of less than 200, as an insult to pious believers ...
Ayatollah Sanei: Women are equal
Sept 26, (BBC) -- A senior Iranian cleric has declared that women
are completely equal to men in all aspects of political and social life.
Ayatollah Yosef Sanei said there should be nothing to stop a woman in the
Islamic Republic becoming the supreme religious leader or president ...
Liberal publisher says court verdict biased
TEHRAN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The publisher of a pro-reform Iranian
newspaper, sentenced to jail on a blasphemy conviction, sharply attacked
the verdict on Sunday as politically motivated and demanded a new, impartial
hearing. ``The court was biased and influenced by a certain political faction.
Their approach was more political than legal, and marked by double standards,''
Latif Safari, the director of the banned Neshat daily, told a news conference
... FULL TEXT
Newspapers help reformers
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The newspapers hawked each morning at every
street corner are the most immediate challenge to Iran's hard-liners, boldly
redefining the limits of free speech and public debate. Since moderate President
Mohammad Khatami took office in August 1997, the first cautious pro-reform
writings have matured into a barrage of critique and comment. Once-unimaginable
subjects, such as alleged corruption and questions about Islam's role in
politics, are picked apart by a swelling number of newspapers ... FULL TEXT
Iran begins manoeuvres in key shipping
TEHRAN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Iran has launched a week of air and
sea manoeuvres in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's busiest
waterways. Iranian military officials said the manoeuvres, which began on
Saturday, commemorated the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq ... FULL
Iran said to allow abortion of deformed
TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei has decided to allow abortions when embryos are deformed, easing
restrictions in place since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, a medical expert
was on Monday quoted as saying. ``We have arranged with the office of the
leader to end pregnancies with deformed embryos with a religious permit,''
a paediatric surgeon, Salahod-Din Delshad, was quoted as saying by Azad
newspaper ... FULL TEXT
External debt at $13.09 bln in June
September 27, 1999, TEHRAN (Dow Jones Newswires) -- Iran's external
debt stood at $13.09 billion in June at the end of Iran's first quarter,
according to a report by the Central Bank of Iran ... FULL TEXT
Film & dialogue
(Akhbar-e Eghtesad) -- Film makers from around the world will discuss President
Khatami's favorite subject -- diaologue of civilizations -- during the Fajr
Film Festical ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Dam-e Carlos garm!
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A review of the latest album by Santana (yes,
Santana) and Andrew Lloyd Weber's greatest hits ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Poor, poor Esteqlal...
Tehran -- Articles in Persian on the Esteqlal/Persepolis
match last Friday which ended in a scoreless draw, even though Persepolis
had two players sent off in the first half: -- The
scoreless big match-- Esteqlal
in crisis -- From
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Abstracts of the latest issue, along with selected articles,
will be available about a week after the print ediction comes out. The current
issue has a great article on legal obstacles to foreign investment.
CNN looks at several thousand years of Chinese history (and
50 years of the People's Republic) with a timeline of Chinese inventions,
galleries of ancient treasures, posters from the Cultural Revolution, and
an electronic version of Chairman Mao's little red book.
We cannot be silenced, just as the people's demands cannot be silenced.
-- Neshat editror Hamid Reza Jalaipur
Sept 27, 1999
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