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Friday, April 7, 2000 / Farvardin 19, 1379, No. 955

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Farewell to Fardin
Death of legendary actor marks end of an era

By Farzan Navab
April 7, 2000
The Iranian

To many in my generation Mohammad Ali Fardin was a legend.Yet to most Iranian intellectuals he remained an over-rated actor who represented a commercial cinema that was an embarrassment to our national identity.

Fardin's death in Tehran yesterday no doubt is the end of an era in Iranian social history, an era which was marked with social innocence on the one hand and coming of age on the other >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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By Bernace Charles
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Chapter Fifty-Four >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ali Daei: Player of the year

April 6, 2000, Beirut (Asian Football) - Iran's Ali Daei was recognised as Asia's Player of the Year for 1999 at the AFC's annual awards, held for the first time in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

A long-standing and essential part of the Iran national team, Daei collected the blue-riband award because in 1999 he did what no Asian player had done before - scored against some of the best clubs sides in the world in arguably the game's highest quality club competition. >>> FULL TEXT

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Daei holding award
News: Iranian Ali Daei named Asian Player of Year


Precious smile

Think about all famous Iranians past and present. How many of them make you feel HAPPY? Fardin had that effect on me. His beautiful smile, his warm laughter, his down-to-earth goodness will be missed. We have plenty of characters who can make us hate, or make us die for some cause, or make us cry. Fardin brought us joy... Heaven knows he will be missed >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Comments on April Fools article

* Mollas on Mars

Ali S. writes: WOW! U.S. embassy in Tehran by 2001. That is FANTASTIC! I also read a recent article from the UN's January 2000 Journal that Iran will be the first country to open an embassy on Mars. The Mars opening's projected for 2005 ["Albright in Tehran"].

There are currently a cadres of academicians (mollas), from Qom, learning how to speak Martian. Their comments thus far:"The language is not that hard for us to learn given that twenty some odd years ago we had raml'o ostorla'ab and spoke with the spirit world. for a modest fee!" Happy April 1st!


ICM writes: One thing we don't have in Iran. Is April fool's day ["Albright in Tehran"].

* Share the same

Ralph Carroll writes: I worked for Bell Helicopter International in Esfahan for two years till jan79. I really enjoyed seeing the country and meeting very interesting and kindly people. I hope relations between our countries political forces will improve in the near future as I believe both peoples share the same love of life and family.

* Going to Iran

Cindy writes: I have been dating an Iranian for quite a while now. Things are getting more serious and he recently asked me to go to Iran with him this summer. My family is upset and my friends are worried but I trust him and would love to spend my life with him. Thank you for your perspective on Iran. The Iran you have learned is the one that I know. I wish that the relations were better between our two countries.

Art: Iranian cultural program at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will present two cultural programs that offer unique insight into Iranian culture and Iranian American experiences. On Saturday April 29, local Iranian American authors will read selections from the recently published anthology, A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans, and on Sunday, April 30, the critically-acclaimed Iranian film, Gabbeh (The Carpet) will be screened >>> DETAILS HERE

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Sixth reformist has election cancelled by conservative council

TEHRAN, April 7 (AFP) - A conservative-led Iranian council has overturned the election of another pro-reform MP, state radio said Friday, the sixth reformist to have his victory cancelled since February's vote. The Council of Guardians cited "irregularities" in cancelling the results of a district in Tehran province where a reformist backer of President Mohammad Khatami had ousted the conservative incumbent >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. warships stop Russian tanker

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - The U.S. Navy said today it was holding a Russian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf while it does tests on oil found aboard - ostensibly to see if it came from Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions. Royal Dutch/Shell Oil Co. said the oil on board was theirs and had come from Iran. The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded the ship's immediate release and accused the Navy of stopping it simply because it was Russian >>> FULL TEXT

Jannati says freeze with US good for people

TEHRAN, April 7 (AFP) - A leading conservative Iranian cleric on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the break in ties with the United States with a sermon insisting the lack of diplomatic relations was good for Iran. "Our problem with the United States is not a question of the (US) embargo," said Ayatollah Ahmad Janati at weekly prayers at Tehran university. "It's a question of the hostility of the American government to the Iranian people." >>> FULL TEXT

Iran: Not all Jewish suspects spies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Some of the 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage are not considered spies, so they would not be subject to the death penalty if convicted, an Iranian judicial official said Thursday >>> FULL

Hundreds protest in Paris in support of 13 Iranian Jews

PARIS, April 7 (AFP) - Several hundred people turned out in Paris on Thursday to demand the release of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel and the United States, and under threat of execution >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. Jews plan protests to help arrested Iran Jews

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Jewish groups urged worldwide prayers and candlelight vigils on Friday in support of 13 Iranian Jews who are expected to go on trial there next week on charges of spying for Israel >>> FULL TEXT

Pakistan, Iran seeking talks between Afghan rivals: minister

ISLAMABAD, April 7 (AFP) - Pakistan and Iran are exploring ways to bring Afghanistan's Taliban regime and the opposition to the negotiating table, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsin Aminzadeh said here Friday >>> FULL TEXT

Oil prices fall to lowest in five months

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - World oil prices slumped to their lowest in five months on Friday as extra crude supplies and growing U.S. fuel stockpiles weighed on sentiment. North Sea benchmark Brent blend crude futures settled 87 cents weaker at $22.58 a barrel after posting a low of $22.50, the cheapest price since November 3 >>> FULL TEXT

Why so few films?

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Only three new films were screened during the Noruz holidays. Why? Also, what happened to protests against the Tehran city council's decision to raise taxes on movie ticket sales? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Youth film festical in fall

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The Tehran international youth film festival will be held next fall. Do you want to show your film there? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film scripts published

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A publisher in Tehran is printing the scripts of recent popular films >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talebi: No excuses

Iran Sports Press - With audio clip: In an interview with 'Saree Dar Varzesh' on Thursday, Jalal Talebi, the head Coach of the Iranian National Football Team, reiterated that Iran will play well in its remaining games and qualify to the Asian Cup finals >>> FULL TEXT

Iran 4, Russia 2

Iran Sports Press - The Iranian National Under 20 Team defeated Russian Under 17 Team 4-2 in their second friendly match >>> FULL TEXT

Hamburg concerned over Mahdavikia's absence

Iran Sports Press - The head coach of Hamburg, Frank Pagelsdorf, has expressed concern about the absense of Iranian Mehdi Mahdavikia in Hamburg's match on Friday against Hansa Rostock >>> FULL TEXT


Ebi Interview

The Iranian singer Ebi, who has been singing for over 25 years, performed two concerts recently in Dubai. Iranians from the United Arab Emirates and Iran packed Alnassr's Concert Hall. Despite his ill health, he sang many of his memorable songs as well as new ones from his album 'Tolouh' (Sunrise). Behzad Bolour talks to Ebi about the recent concerts and his new album >>> LISTEN HERE

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With limited tools at his disposal and no real national cinematic history to support him, Fardin's movies reflected the innocence of coming of age and the flowering of a new kind of popular culture.

-- Farzan Navab
"Farewell to Fradin"
The Iranian
April 7, 2000

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