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Wednesday, April 12, 2000 / Farvardin 24, 1379, No. 958

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Troubled waters
Tripple track diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

By Majid Tehranian
April 12, 2000
The Iranian

In the past week Iran has stopped about a dozen ships allegedly carrying smuggled Iraqi oil. Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State William Cohen has visited regional capitals, warning American allies of the continued threats posed by Iran, even though Washington is litself looking to improve ties with an increasingly democratic Iran. And finally, for the first time in 20 years, Iran's defense minister is planning to visit Saudi Arabia. The following essay was written for the International Commission for Security and Cooperation in West Asia (Comprising Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen) held in Istanbul, Turkey last month >>> GO TO FEATURE


Paintings by Ladan Moaddeli

April 12, 2000
The Iranian

I don't remember when or how I found Ladan Moaddeli's paintings. I had saved her Web site in my files, waiting to feature her work on just the right day. Beautiful, aren't they. I think "Earth" and "Blue" (above) are my favorite >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

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Losers haven't learned their lesson

April 12, 2000 (Asr-e Azadegan) -- Political columnist Massound Behnoud looks at the history of imprisoning writers and journalists in Iran and points out the significance of the latest one: the imprisonment of Asr-e Azadegan's editor, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Kambiz: Ancient mystery

CAIRO, April 11 (Reuters) - Archaeologists head into Egypt's Western Desert next month to try to solve an ancient mystery -- the fate of the lost Persian army of Cambyses.

Mohamed al-Soghayer, head of the Pharaonic Antiquities Department, told Reuters the team of eight will spend up to a month camped in the desert, excavating a remote site where remains of weaponry and human bones have been discovere >>> FULL TEXT

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More Letters

* High & low art

Kasra A. Ebrahimi writes: Mr. Vakili's commentary just reminded me of an argument I have been having with my fellow Iranians precisely about the dichotomy (as he appropriately put it) between high art and low "mobtazal" art. Allow me to expand on his piece since even though he touched on all subject matters: "Culture is a living organism, making its own rules as it goes through history."

Progress is made with freedom to explore in all direction. Picture water flowing down an unpaved slope. It will fill in the lower parts which are ready to accept it and eventually flow to higher grounds. This is a rule of nature.

This reminds me for some reason of another rule: Thesis and antitheses both have to be present to result in a healthy synthesis- of innovations and of creativity. All elements that are in existance constitute the framework of art- of real art not idealistic art. So if we overrule any part of our culture, will we just fail to understand it.

Real art is non-existant without deep understanding of your culture and society. There is a lot more that can be said...

* Iran's John Wayne

Mahmoud Asadi writes: I read through your essay about Fardin ["Farewell to Fardin"]. I agree with you. Reading news about Fardin's death, I am sure that all Iranians have some feelings for Fardin. After all, he entertained us for more than four decades.

We all grew up with him and his fame. He was our hero. As one newspaper said, Fardin was the "John Wayne of Iran." As a kid, I used to keep an album full of Fardin's pictures. Now, I have a limited collection of his movies and am looking for the ones I do not have.

* It's riveting! But...

Farhad Bani writes: I read Salar Abdoh's recent novel, The Poet Game ["No freedom fighters"]. As an avid reader of literature, and especially thrillers, I must say that I was pretty amazed by this fellow Iranian's dexterity and writing power. He has entered an arena few of us have entered before.

But I have a problem with something: why does a writer this good have to cast Middle Easterners in the guise of terrorists and whatnot? Why doesn't Salar Abdoh use his considerable talent to promote Iranian culture at its best?

I hope it doesn't sound as if I'm trying to tell this writer what he should write about. But then again, maybe I am. I think Mr. Abdoh has a duty as a professional to cast his compatriots in the best form possible.

Aside from that, I highly recommend it... it's riveting!

Film: Dariush Mehrjui in New York

The Asia Society presents "Inside Iranian Cinema: A Conversation with Dariush Mehrjui" Saturday, April 22, 2000, 3:00 p.m. at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, The Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor, New York City. Internationally acclaimed director Dariush Mehrjui talks with Richard Peña, program director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Hamid Dabashi, acting chair, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Free Admission. Advance Registration recommended. Call 212-517-ASIA (2742).

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Demonstrators come to Tehran to protest overturning of election results

TEHRAN, April 12 (AFP) - Several hundred demonstrators came from out of town Wednesday to protest outside the interior ministry in Tehran after the victory of reformist candidates in their areas in February's parliamentary elections was overturned. The protestors gathered in two separate groups, one from the northwestern town of Khalkhal and the other from Damavand near Tehran, and waved placards hostile to the conservative-led Council of Guardians which invalidated the results of the election >>> FULL TEXT

Pre-revolution Iran actor mourned

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Thousands of Iranians turned out Wednesday to mourn the death of ``the sultan of hearts,'' a popular movie actor who faded from the silver screen after Iran's 1979 revolution but lived on in memories and on bootleg videos. Some 15,000 fans, among them Iranians too young to remember Mohammad Ali Fardin's glory days on the screen, crammed into the Belal mosque in northern Tehran and spilled out into nearby streets, bringing traffic to a halt >>> FULL TEXT

Court orders police to seize polluting oil tankers

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - An Iranian court Wednesday ordered police to seize foreign oil tankers blamed for polluting a resort beach in the Gulf, state radio said. The ruling follows an Iranian crackdown on smuggled Iraqi oil in the Gulf, amid rising tension between the two countries. A court in Kish ruled that any ship illegally transporting oil in Iranian Gulf waters or loading or off-loading crude off the southern tourist island should be impounded >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews face secret trial as lawyers plead for postponement

TEHRAN, April 12 (AFP) - Thirteen Iranian Jews faced a closed-doors trial Thursday on charges of spying and harming state security, as their lawyers called for a postponement, saying they had only just been allowed to see the evidence >>> FULL TEXT

Paris protest planned to support 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying

PARIS, April 12 (AFP) - A human rights group and the French Jewish Congress (CRIF) plan a protest in Paris on Thursday in support of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying >>> FULL TEXT

Two Japanese sentenced over illegal exports to Iran

TOKYO, April 12 (AFP) - Two Japanese businessmen were given suspended two-year prison terms Wednesday for illegally shipping parts for anti-tank rocket launchers to Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran doesn't see OPEC output hike in June

DUBAI, April 12 (Reuters) - OPEC power Iran said on Wednesday that it did not expect the group to hike output at its next production policy meeting in June. Iran's OPEC Governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, also told Reuters by telephone from Tehran, that Iran wanted oil prices at the upper end of OPEC's ideal $22-$28 price range for its basket of seven crudes.>>> FULL TEXT

Books: Rumi and Sadat

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Two new books: Rumi's ghazals compiled by Siroos Shamisa and "Assassination of a President" which details the death of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and includes statements made by his assassin, Khaleh Islamboli >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Afkhami defends his film

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Nurses are upset about how they are portrayed in Behrouz Afkhami's latest film, "Shokaran". Afkhami says the film has nothing to do with the medical profession >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN \

New classical music CD

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Members of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra have put out a new CD with well-known Western classical compositions and a number of original works by Iranian musicians >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talebi balmes the media

Iran Sports Press - With audio clip: In an interview with IRIB on Wednesday, the head coach of the Iranian National Team, Jalal Talebi, said the criticisms of the media played a role in the downfall of the team during the qualifiers. "All teams have a period of downfall ... There was too pressure by the media which created problems >>> FULL TEXT

Dar hashiyeh...

Tehran (Iran daily) - Events (minor and major) surrounding the Asian championship preliminary matches in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis announces players for Asian championships

Iran Sports Press - Persepolis Club announced the names of 22 players that will travel to Riyadh to take part in the finals of the Asian Club Championship. The players include: >>> FULL TEXT


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For his own good

Ayatollah Khamenei [is the Iranian of the year] because his curiousity, wise realization, and timely intervention against the excesses of the hardliners since last summer allowed for the reform movement to blossom. After all, the tree of freedom also casts a shadow of peace under which he too can rest. Were he had acted otherwise, blood would have replaced the ballot.

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