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Friday, April 14, 2000 / Farvardin 26, 1379, No. 960

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Wail or hail
Noruz celebrations with a tinge of wisdom

By Soma
Photos by Nader Davoodi
April 14, 2000
The Iranian

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What if the celebrations of Noruz and, say, Ashura coincided in a providential year? What if the solar cycle of life concurred with the lunar one, the sun-struck with the lunatic? What would happen if hot and cold came to mix on a social scale?...

MAJLES NAMEH's story is straightforward. The king has died. There is a struggle between his two sons to take his seat. The older son naturally stands to inherit the throne, and the younger has his eyes on the prize. The court is divided. The many wives of the respective heirs are alternately jubilant and aggrieved, showing their emotional state by wearing colorful and dark colors respectively. The wives of the older son want to celebrate their imminent rise in status, while the wives of the younger are unhappy about the status quo >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

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Jews on trial

The Economist
April 15, 2000


BY THE time the 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage had their day in court, all sides were searching for a graceful way out. Their trial in Shiraz, the southern city where most of the accused Jews live, opened on April 13th; it will continue on May 1st. But the charges were filed a year ago, and the intervening period has been filled with the noisy outrage of western governments and Jewish groups. Jewish leaders inside Iran admit privately that they wish that their defenders in the West had been a little less zealous in their support. And some senior Iranians concede that, if their people had applied a bit of common sense before bringing the charges, the whole episode would have been avoided >>> FULL TEXT


Millions.. Then what?

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, only a little while >>> FULL TEXT

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* Khatami & Nouri are not the answer

Jamshid Entesari writes: Notes on Mr Abdy Hashemi's "Final destination: Democracy":

I do have big misgivings about "Hojjat-o-eslam" Khatami due to his clerical training and the fact that he has been raised within the current system (and "aaghebat gorg zaadeh gorg shavad garcheh baa aadami bozorg shavad") and I hold him personally responsible for the atrocities committed by the present regime. However, I am still prepared to give him the benefit of doubt and reserve my final judgment on his performance after possibly his second term when he would have had the opportunity of taking advantage of the newly elected "reformist" members of the parliament. I also reserve my judgment on the Mr Hashemi's assertion about "fantastic transition to a near-total civilian rule" supposedly being achieved under his "leadership" (if the word really applies to what is going on in Iran).

I have no argument about Mr Hashemi's statement that "the Shah and his puppets ..... believed in the total eradication of opponents". Although I would like to know who does he refer to as Shah's puppets and where does Khatami stand in this analysis. Should we consider him a Rafsanjani's or Khamenei's puppet by the same decree? As far as I am concerned the "revolution" replaced one tyrant with another one, albeit several times more vicious and fierce >>> FULL TEXT

* You owe me

Sahar Nahrvar writes: I am a young student, and I was born in Iran. The politics of the region has always fascinated me. Right now as I was reading these comments I cant believe what I see in despair and in the sentiment of "let sleeping dogs sleep".

I would like to point out to the older generation that you owe me and the rest of my generation , including the student demonstrators, an explanation. I was raised in an affluent family and all they ever talk about is the money that was lost not democracy.

You the former rulers and the former teachers, need to explain to me why I should be terrified to visit my country of birth. Yes the West was involved; Russia, England, and the U.S. were involved -- but only because we let them get involved. You let them get involved.

And please don't sit in your armchairs across the world and tell me to let sleeping dogs sleep. Let's find out about our past and then we can talk about from now on. We cannot fix a machine when we don't know where it is broken.

* Do it right!!!

Mariam Nahavandi writes: Why can't you get all the junk out [of the Registration page] and put all the interesting and up to date stuff in the front - in the beginning so we don't have to go through all this mess to find something? Do it right!!! Can't we get it right in this country [U.S.] either??!!

Meeting: Iranian Writers Association (in exile), London

The Iranian Writers Association (in exile) will show a documentary film about Ahmad Shamlou in London on April 18th. The documentary includes interviews with Ayda Shamlou, Simin Behbahani, Bahram Beizaie, Iran Darroudi, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ghazi, Mohammad Hoghoughi, Abbas Kia-Rostami, Javad Mojabi, Zia Movahed, Esmail Nouriala, Ali Sepanlou, Pouran Soltani, and Nasser Taghvaie. Date: 18th April 2000. Time: 19.30pm. Place: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.

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U.S. sanctions imposed Iranian entities for alleged missile technology transfers

April 14, (U.S. State Department daily briefing) -- Spokeman Jamed Rubin: We have imposed penalties on North Korean and Iranian entities for knowingly engaging in missile technology transfers. These penalties willbe announced in the Federal Register very shortly >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei defends "legal violence" to maintain order

TEHRAN, April 14 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday defended "legal violence" to keep order in the Islamic republic after riots erupted following the reversal of election results. >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei rejects "US-style" reform

TEHRAN, April 14 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday rejected any "US-style" reforms in the Islamic republic, saying they could destroy the principles of the Muslim faith >>> FULL TEXT

Albright cautiously welcomes Iran's delay of Jews' trial

WASHINGTON, April 14 (AFP) - Iran's decision to postpone the trial of13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel was cautiously welcomedby US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami facing political challenge in secret trial of Jews

TEHRAN, April 14 (AFP) - The trial of 13 Iranian Jews, which has againthrown the international spotlight on the Islamic republic, could harmPresident Mohammad Khatami's plans to improve ties with the rest of theworld >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews may be pawns of power

SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) - Thirteen Iranian Jews on trial for espionage may be caught in the power struggle between reformistsand hard-liners in Iran's government >>> FULL TEXT

Iran In Talks On S Pars Gasfield With Shell,Gazprom-Paper

April 13, 2000 TEHRAN -(Dow Jones)- Iranian oil officials are negotiating the development of phases four and five of the South Pars gasfield with Royal Dutch/Shell (RD) and OAO Gazprom (R.GAZ), the " Iran Daily" newspaper quoted an oil ministry source as saying Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Khayyam for the blind

Tehran (Hamshahri) - For the first time Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat has been published in Persian braille for the blind >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Old as new

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Old movie houses in Tehran and the provinces are gradually being renovated, including Tehran's "BB" and "Royal" theaters which have been renamed "Payam-e Enghelab" and "Ferdosi" since the revolution >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Emamzadeh Mohammad and Ebrahim near Oroumiyeh get a face lift >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ansarifard attributes downfall to Jalal Talebi

Iran Sports Press - In an interview with IRIB on Friday, Mohammad-Hassan Ansarifard, veteran member of the Iranian National Team in 1980s, credited the downfall of the Iranian National Team to Jalal Talebi and members of the coaching staff. "The performance of the Iranian National Team in Asian Cupqualifiers against teams that are low ranked, was disappointing toour people >>> FULL TEXT

Daei: "When was last time our clubs played well?"

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: In an interview with 'Sayree dar Varzesh' on Friday, Iranian and HerthaBerlin star striker Ali Daei said Iran's performance in the Asian Cup willbe better as the opponents will be stronger. "I promise that in Asian Cup we will play better >>> FULL TEXT

Parvin: "We still haven't received the tapes"

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: In an interview on Friday, Ali Parvin, the head coach of PersepolisClub, said the players joining the team from the National Team mustbe on the same level of fitness as the others. "We began our training on March 25th. The only problem has beenthat we did not have the National Team players until now. TheNational Team's training in Cyprus has made those players tired >>> FULL TEXT


Taziyeh in London

Taziyeh, the Iranian Passion Play has come to London. A group of actors have been invited by the Islamic Centre of England to perfom Taziyeh. The programme runs from April 12-16 2000. Behzad Bolour previews the performance and talks to Azim Mousavi, director and Abulfazl Mohammadi, perfomer >>> LISTEN HERE

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Wail or hail

Our moments of sorrow and felicity are infinitely close and reversible. On a social scale, these moments are political fodder -- wail or hail -- for the powerful to make use of.

-- Soma
"Wail or hail"
The Iranian
April 14, 2000

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