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Monday, July 31, 2000 / Mordad 10, 1379, No. 1032


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Like holding my pillow
Googoosh's first concert in 21 years brings back memories

By Termeh Rassi
July 31, 2000
The Iranian

I have deliberately stayed away from knowing anything about all the raucous surrounding her. I haven't read her interviews. Was she rude or insensitive in her comments about the LA music scene? I have no clue and I don't care. That issue, is another article in itself. We have just gotten back from Toronto and I know one thing for sure ­ this is not going to be a regular review of a concert. I have just walked away from having one of the most emotionally intense experiences of my life and I have to frame that around Air Canada Center in Toronto, 15,000 Iranians and Googoosh >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Standing ovation
Googoosh is a smash hit -- again

By Pedram Moallemian
July 31, 2000
The Iranian

Googoosh was doing what she does best, entertaining a near capacity crowd at Toronto's Air Canada Center. The stage was decorated with pillars replicated from those at Persepolis. Before she walked on stage, the entire stage area was drowned in green, white and red lights and her entrance will surely be remembered for a long time by all the fans. The standing ovation went from a minute to five to ten and if she hadn't made people stop, it may have never ended. She was back. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Israel's new president born in Iran

Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) - In a stunning upset, a little-known opposition lawmaker was selected by parliament Monday over ex-Prime Minister Shimon Peres to become Israel's new president.

The victory of Iranian-born Moshe Katsav of the opposition Likud Party spelled a humiliating end to Peres' half-century political career and dealt another blow to beleaguered Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who was to face a no-confidence vote in parliament later in the day >>> FULL TEXT

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ENI signs Iran's biggest foreign energy deal

By Mehrdad Balali

TEHRAN, July 27 (Reuters) - Iran on Thursday awarded Italian energy group ENI a majority stake in a $3.8 billion project to develop the giant South Pars gas field in the Gulf.

The deal marks the biggest single foreign investment in Iran in the five years since Tehran reopened its vast energy sector to foreign companies in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Thousands Pray at Iran Church

DASHT-E-CHALRAN, Iran (AP) - Thousands of Armenian Christians from around the world prayed at an ancient church near this remote hamlet in northwestern Iran on Saturday in an annual pilgrimage honoring one of Jesus Christ's Twelve Apostles.

About 10,000 Armenian Orthodox Christians, most from Iran but many from as far away as the United States and Britain, participated in a prayer ceremony led by Catholicos Aram Keshishian, the spiritual leader of about 2 million Armenians living in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Cyprus, Greece and Kuwait >>> FULL TEXT

Yes, it breaks

You've probably never heard of a penile fracture, but it can happen if the erect organ gets whacked too hard on purpose or by accident.

While the injury is rare in this country, there's about one case a week in the province of Kermanshah in Iran and one clinic reports treating 172 penile fractures over the past decade, according to a report in the Journal of Urology (August 2000) >>> FULL TEXT

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More Letters

* Urgent: Anti-Iran amendment

Mozhgan Mojab writes: Congressman Peter Deutsch of Florida introduced an amendment Friday to the Treasury/Postal Appropriations Bill re-imposing the food and carpets sanctions, so the issue is still quite alive. I understand Charles Schumer of NY may introduce a similar amendment on the Senate side.

We were successful in postponing Sherman's proposal but they rerouted their efforts through other states! This time it is an amendment (amendments to the appropriations bills can easily be passed (in fact, must) before November. It is urgent for everyone to call their offices ASAP and fax short letters to them as well >>> FULL TEXT

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* Sherman's disservice

M.L. Knowles writes: As an American, I am often confused by many of the articles and/or letters from Iranians that I see on Iran content web sites ["Dumb and dumber"]. I fully understand the outcry that the reprehensible comments made by California Congressman Brad Sherman has provoked; his unconsidered condemnation of an entire country and its people is ludicrous. His statements have inflamed the anti-western passions of fundamentalists, as well as the terrorism-paranoia felt by many uninformed Americans. He does a disservice to both sides, and is everything that Americans do not wish their politicians to be >>> FULL TEXT

* Stop bitching

Daniel Zangeneh writes: I keep reading about the efforts by some congressmen (Brad Sherman, Democrat-California) and senators to reverse the lifting the partial sanction in retaliation for 13 Jews in Iran. I can't help wondering why there is so much bitching while it seems like there is no one who wants to do something realistic about Iranian-Americans RIGHTS in this country?

Either "some" of you guys, just walked out of the boat!! Or you don't understand this country's "political processes"? Or you are in a deep sleep! Here are few blunt lessons about the political realities in U.S that works! >>> FULL TEXT

Soccer: Azizi in Washington DC

House of Iran & Pejvak are proudly sponsoring "Iranian Day" at D.C. United soccer club. The 2nd Annual Iranian Day at D.C. United will be a game between D.C. United and San Jose, featuring Khodadad Azizi. Date: August 19. Time: 8:00 PM. Location: R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C. Admission: $18/$15 >>> DETAILS HERE




The Persian Cinderella
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Az havaa va aayneh-haa
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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

All his life, his heart went galloping after passion

Until he came softly to the inner courts of the soul.

In the end he left again. Pure soul burned out that day.

Be fair, though, he came with good intentions, just to play.
-- Rumi
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Bazaar calls on Khatami to look into economic crisis

TEHRAN, July 30 (AFP) - In an unprecedented open letter to moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, members of Iran's powerful bazaar association called on the head of state Sunday to look into the country's economic "crisis." In the letter, published Sunday in the conservative newspaper Ressalat, the conservative 2,500-member bazaar association told Khatami that Iran's current "economic crisis represents a threat more than ever." >>> FULL TEXT

Former FM says no decision yet on running against Khatami in polls

TEHRAN, July 31 (AFP) - Former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati has not yet decided whether he will run against reformist President Mohammad Khatami in elections next year, a conservative paper reported here Monday. "I have not made a decision on whether to stand for the presidential elections," the Ressalat daily quoted Velayati as saying, following reports he would put himself in the race as the conservative faction's candidate >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says three judges review Jewish spy appeal

TEHRAN, July 29 (Reuters) - Iran has assigned a three-judge panel to review an appeal by 10 Iranian Jews and two Moslems convicted of spying for Israel, a judiciary official said on Saturday. A foreign ministry spokesman said Tehran would ``not accept any meddlesome statements'' from outside the country in the high profile espionage case >>> FULL TEXT

Newspaper editor jailed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the editor of a banned reformist newspaper to a four-month jail term and an unspecified cash fine, a newspaper reported Monday. Mohammad Reza Zohdi, director of the Arya daily, was found guilty of a wide range of charges that included ``insulting officials and government organizations'' and ``disturbing public opinion'' with his publication, Iran's official daily paper reported >>> FULL TEXT

IRNA and Keyhan newspaper end war of attrition

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iran's government-run official IRNA news agency and the conservative Kayhan paper, two leading news providers in the Islamic republic, announced the end to an escalating war of words Saturday. The news providers had been caught up in an unprecedented dispute which pitched IRNA, close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, up against Kayhan, which is close to Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

Blow to US sanctions against Iran

Financial Times, July 28, 2000 -- Iran signed its biggest deal so far with a foreign energy group on Thursday when it concluded a $3.8bn agreement with Eni of Italy to develop the South Pars natural gas field in the Gulf. The project with Eni is the latest blow to US attempts to limit foreign investment in Iran's energy sector, which provides much of the country's hard currency earnings and the overwhelming proportion of government revenues >>> FULL TEXT

Australia "confident" of boosting role in Iran energy sector

TEHRAN, July 31 (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Monday wound up two days of talks with Iranian officials here "confident" Australia would play a growing role in Iran's lucrative energy sector. "I feel confident Australian companies will have better opportunities to bid successfully for investments in oil and gas," Downer told a press conference after meetings with officials including President Mohammad Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

Iran accepts democracy as a principle: Khatami

TEHRAN, July 31 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Monday that Iran accepts democracy as a principle, but that it must be based on a respect for the values and goals dictated by Islam. "We should want the essence of democracy for all of humanity, but should not impose a single form of it on to others," Khatami said at a meeting with visiting Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer >>> FULL TEXT

Shamlou's other legacy: "Ketaab-e Koocheh"

Tehan (Bahar) -- Ahamd Shamlou's "Ketaab-e Koocheh" is tremendous effort in collecting words and expressions used by commoners. The ninth volume was published just before his death >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iran's who's who

Tehan (Bahar) -- Yaghoub Ajand is working on Iran's who's who. Files have been created for some 600,000 people in various fields >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iranian cinema: 100 years

Tehan (Bahar) -- The film industry is marking 100 years of cinema during the fourth annual celebration of Iranian cinema >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Azizi stars for West

Tehan (Iran Varzeshi) -- Khodadad Azizi played a half in the U.S. Major League Soccer's All Star match and made an assist in the West's crushing defeat of the East >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Parvin optimistic

Tehan (Iran Varzeshi) -- Ali Parvin is boasting about his team's offensive line. Persepolis could not be in a better shape to score goals, he says >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Going pro? Better not - yet

Tehan (Iran Varzeshi) -- The head of the Iranian soccer federation is hoping that the country would have a fully professional league as soon as possible. But we're not ready for it >>>FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Editor awaits verdict

The trial of the publisher of the banned Azad daily, Mohammad Reza Yazdan-Panah, has ended as he denied charges of insulting officials. His daily was among 19 pro-reform papers closed down in recent months. Sadeq Saba details the implications this trial has for press freedom in Iran >>> LISTEN HERE

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Googoosh is Barbara Streisand, Elvis, Madonna and Frank Sinatra rolled into one. She has aged gracefully, unlike many a hasbeens desperate to reclaim their past glory. Her confidence, stage presence and charm are truly overwhelming - I am too young to have seen her live in Iran but only now can understand the cult like devotion she inspired.

-- Termeh Rassi
"Like holding my pillow"
The Iranian
July 31, 2000

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