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September 27-October 1, 1999 / Mehr 5-9, 1378

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* Opinion: Heading where?
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Friday
October 1, 1999

Memories

Yakhie
Every day the yakhie would come with his olaagh

October 1, 1999
The Iranian

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 TO FEATURE

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Thursday
September 30, 1999

Opinion... :-)

Persian work ethics
Beh pir, beh peyghambar, we are lazy

September 30, 1999
The Iranian

Most Iranians have the zerangi complex. I don't have the slightest idea where it comes from but you often hear "maa khodemun yeh paa qaaltaaqim", "maa ghurbaaqaro rang mikonim jaa-ye foleks mifrushim", "uni keh bekhaad sar-e maaro kolaah bezaareh hanuz be donyaa nayumadeh", etc. I'm sure you know what I mean. Not everybody expresses it the same way but most of us have this thing about being zerang. And it affects the way we work.

We'd like to work less than others and earn more at the same time. We think it's not necessary to work, rather we just need a good idea and we'll be rich over night ... GO TO FEATURE

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Wednesday
September 29, 1999

Extremists

Hamadan's Brad Pitt
Iranians aboard have Brad Pitt; we have Haj Abbas

By Loren S.
September 29, 1999
The Iranian

I am a 21-year-old girl who lives In Hamadan and I am student. I check this page often and I thought from here in Iran I write you about a very loved character who has made life hell for young people. (By the way sorry if my English is not good. I have tried hard by going to class to learn it, but I am not clever enough.)

There is this character called Haj Abbas who is a Basiji in the good old town of Hamadan. He is every single young girl and boy's nightmare. I thought I write about this funny character so that Iranians aboard also know about this Hezbollah brother! ... GO TO FEATURE

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Tuesday
September 28, 1999

Opinion

Heading where?
Four scenarios for Iran's future direction

By Majid Tehranian
September 28, 1999
The Iranian

One way to predict the future is by setting up different scenarios. Politics is not an exact science. But by examining each possible scenario, researchers can come to reasonable conclusions.

If we use this method to predict Iran's future, we will be faced with four possible scenarios (in Persian) ... GO TO PAGE ONE

Letter

Take a stand
Open letter to President Khatami

September 28, 1999
The Iranian

Hossein Baqer Zadeh's letter (in Persian) to President Khatami (17 September 1999) callling for a firm stand against anti-democratic forces. Baqer Zadeh is a founding member and chairperson of the Iranian Human Rights Working Group. His recent column in Iran's Neshat newspaper on the need to abolish the death penalty was partly responsible for a ban imposed on the newspaper ... GO TO PAGE ONE

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Monday
September 27, 1999

Culture

Doors wide shut
Abyaneh

Photographs by Hadi Haraji
September 27, 1999
The Iranian

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

Satire

Rubbin' it in
Recommendations for fairer conditions in Esteqlal-Persepolis matches

By Mohammad Dilmagani
September 27, 1999
The Iranian

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 ... GO TO FEATURE

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