Every day the yakhie would come with his olaagh
October 1, 1999
Every day around nine in the morning the yakhie would come to
our neighborhood with his olaagh loaded with blocks of ice wrapped
in guni. As a four-year-old with no friends nearby, seeing the yakhie
was the highlight of my day. After I paid for our yakh with
a shiny dozaari, he would carry it inside the house. And then the
fun for my brother and I would begin.
We had to break the ice to smaller chunks, some for drinking, some for
our ice box and some for us to play with. We would hit the ice with the
ice pick and watch the little pieces fly and sparkle in the air. We would
stick our hands and tongues on the ice and rub each other's faces on it
if we got a chance! ... GO
Call for justice
Interview by Mehdi Sharif
October 1, 1999
BBC Persian Service
Ezzatollah Ebrahim-Nezhad is one of the students whose death at July's
dormitory clashes in Tehran has been confirmed. His family now seek justice.
Here's an interview with his brother (in Persian) ... LISTEN
I am an American who is planning an overland trip throught Asia which
will take me through Iran. Iran does appear to have an interesting culture
and interesting sites. But I do have concerns about traveling in the country
and have some questions I would like to address to you.
While in public in Iran should I avoid any communication with the opposite
sex? Is it true that the hotels want to hold on to your passport? I do
not feel comfortable not having my passport in my posession at all times
in a country like Iran.
The last question is will I be able to walk freely along the streets
without being harassed and questioned by authorities?
* Far from it
Sadri M. writes: What dAyi
Hamid fails to realize ["Persian
work ethics"] is the real reason why the office clerk loses his
stamp and tells you to come back next week. The reason for this is not
that clerks are "lazy". Far from it. The real reason is that
they are being paid very little for carrying out the job (average office
salary 30,000 tomans per month), and with the high prices for necessities,
they are left with no choices but to supplement their incomes with bribes.
... Unfortunately, you fail to realize that there is a difference between
getting into university and graduating. Just because you have conned your
way in it does not mean that you are automatically going to pass the exams
and qualify as a professional.
Many of the people killed in the war were not there as a matter of choice
and if the system tries to compensate them in some way, then the families
can not be blamed for accepting. Having read your article may I suggest
you devote more time towards looking after the "dead animal",
which you call a hair style ... FULL
* We're not lazy
Shar Zori writes: I just finished
reading dAyi Hamid's article about zerangi ["Persian
work ethics"] which I think deserves a response...
We are not so lazy after all. Iranians in America are usually hard working,
and they need not be so, and the unproductive work in Iran is due to our
bad management which is another cultural problem. We should face the fact
that our culture has signifanct structural ills...
The sickness in our culture is not unique, It is far worse in India
and Pakistan. Things like zerangi, chaaploosi and bazle guie are our historical
baggage. Lets not forget mohabat, vafaa, doosti, erfaan mardaanegi ...
do these have translations in English or japanese? ... FULL
* Art: Ghajar art show in Washington,
The Artists1 Museum in Washington DC welcomes the public to view selected
paintings by artists Rose Ghajar and Santana from the series "Persian
Dreams: Recreating Ghajar Art". This unique series, characterized
by fine craftsmanship and a dedication to traditional painting, brings
alive Persian history and makes it possible for the public to experience
the past for themselves. The show will be held from October 1 until the
end of the month... DETAILS
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Khamenei backs Khatami in insult row
Oct 1 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme clerical leader on Friday threw his political
and religious weight behind embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami
and warned hardliners not to take matters into their own hands. Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei praised the president and judicial authorities for their handling
of a scandal over a satirical student play deemed to have insulted a holy
Shi'ite figure which has outraged Iran's religious leadership ... FULL TEXT
Khamenei calls for rapprochement of factions
TEHRAN, Oct 1 (AFP) - Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called
Friday for a reconciliation of Iran's conservative and reformist factions,
two months after violent clashes pitted pro-reform students against police
and hardline Islamists. "The country and the revolution are in need
of unity," said Khamenei, who led special weekly prayers attended by
leading conservatives and reformers to mark the centenary of the birth of
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, founder of the Islamic Republic ... FULL TEXT
Bail for suspect in Iranian exile's murder
PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) - France has released a Frenchman of Iranian
origin, who had been imprisoned for the past seven years and was awaiting
trial in connection with the murder of an Iranian dissident in Paris, judicial
sources said on Friday. The sources insisted the release had nothing to
do with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's expected visit to France at
the end of the month. Khatami cancelled his trip six months ago because
wine was due to be served at a state banquet ... FULL TEXT
Iran promises careful investigation in
Sept 30 (Reuters) - Iranian officials have promised Austrian President Thomas
Klestil a ``careful investigation'' of espionage charges against 13 Iranian
Jews, Klestil said in a letter released on Thursday. Klestil, who visited
Iran on September 20 and 21, intends to follow the case personally on the
basis of the assurances he received there, he told the Simon Wiesenthal
Centre in Los Angeles in a letter dated Sept. 28 ... FULL TEXT
"Shukhi" big hit
Tehran (Cinema) -- Comments like "Iran's first movie about
sex" has made "Shukhi" a box office hit. But is it really?
Here's a review ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Cinema) -- Khosro Masoumi has begun filming his latest project called "Delbakhteh",
which is about a village girl who has seven suiters ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
B team, v. Asia
(Hamshahri) -- The national soccer team's B squad will play against Asia's
best in Tehran. The B squad will mostly include under 25's in order to train
promising young players for the A team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
No plan, no money
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Soccer federation head Mohsen Safaie Kermani
says the national team will be fully supported as long as it has a "plan".
If not, the federation would not allocate funds, he warned ... FULL TEXT
For the latest news,
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Amazing. Another in the long line of awesome ThinkQuest
sites, Travel to Oriland introduces an elaborate world of origami creations.
Browse the site (oops, we mean origami world) the way you might excavate
an ancient civilization.
Nobody has the right to react on the basis of feelings and assume the
right to defend the values of Islam. I legally and religiously forbid any
act against the authors of the offense against the 12th imam ... It is down
to the judiciary to examine and assess the offense and to nobody else,"
he said at the ceremony at Khomenei's mausoleum in south Tehran.
-- Ayatollah Khamenei at Friday Prayers
October 1, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
* Water Lilies: Dance
* Weeping clown
* Sand storm