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Tuesday, August 1, 2000 / Mordad 11, 1379, No. 1033

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Fish out of water
A moment to remember Shamlou

By Asghar Massombagi
August 1, 2000
The Iranian

So I'm on the phone with this friend in Tehran a few days ago and after the obligatory pleasantries he casually says "oh, Shamlou died today" and I feel a cringe in some buried region of my brain; the region where long forgotten memories of childhood resides and the snap shots of old neighborhoods and the first days of school and the crisp bills you got for Noruz >>> GO TO FEATURE


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Nationalism at Shamlou's funeral

August 1, 2000
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Email is from a friend in Iran who was at Shamlou's funeral. I found it beautiful and informative. It shows an atmosphere very different from the kind you read in the papers. -- Sourena Mohammadi >>> GO TO FEATURE


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More than votes count in Iran reform bid

TEHRAN, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The leader of Iran's biggest pro- reform faction says his bloc enjoys a comfortable majority in the new parliament but its agenda for change faces serious institutional and political obstacles.

Mohammad Reza Khatami, head of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and brother of the Iranian president, estimated reformist forces could count on up to 216 MPs in the 290-seat chamber but said numbers alone were not enough >>> FULL TEXT

U.S oil's anti-sanctions drive aided by Cheney run

NEW YORK, August 1 (Reuters) - Big U.S. Oil is turning up the heat on Washington to scrap sanctions that have kept American energy firms out of the race for prize prospects in Iran and Libya.

They have a powerful ally in new Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard Cheney -- who just six weeks ago called on the U.S. government to allow its companies to resume business in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Online Ayatollah: Isolated Iranian Dissident Speaks Out on Web

By Geneive Abdo
International Herald Tribune
July 29, 2000

QOM, Iran - Under house arrest in the Islamic Republic he helped establish, Iran's most prominent dissident, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has broken out of seclusion via cyberspace. His site on the World Wide Web,, offers everything from a portrait of the cleric standing on a scenic hilltop with his cane, to his latest declarations, in Persian, on politics and religion >>> FULL TEXT

Good films

Go see The Kid, Starring Bruce Willis. Also see What Lies Beneath, starring Michelle Pfeifer and Harrison Ford. One is about regaining the joys of life as adults, and the other about how evil we can be when we grow up.

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* Void left by Shamlou

H. Vandad, writes: I want to share my feelings with each one of you regarding Shamlou's sad departure ["Prophet of light"]. There are times when we feel the need to express ourselves, times when a voice rising from within cannot be ignored any longer, when an event hits too close to home!

Since Shamlou's death I have felt such a void. A passionate voice in me echoes in the language of love, of his poetry. A longing, a sense of loss, an anxiety that evades detection and leaves farther and farther out is lingering in my mind. That's why I feel compelled to write these few words>>> FULL TEXT

* No benefit to free enterprise

Hooshid writes: I noticed that none of the U.S. media even mentioned Shamlou's death , even in passing, except the Washington Post with a few lines in the obituaries! Maybe because his death does nothing to advance the cause of free enterprise.

* Good cry

Aghdas writes: Thanks so much for writing about Googoosh ["Standing ovation"]. I read it all over again and enjoyed it. Even though I couldn't go to her concert to have a good cry, I cried reading your article. I missed her so much. I wish she would come to Montréal, too.

* Best entertainer -- ever

Max Rofougar writes: Like Termeh ["Like holding my pillow"], my wife and I made the trip from Washington to see Googoosh in Toronto. Even though I had to drive 10 hours the night before the concert and 10 hours the day after, I am not a bit sorry.

As the matter of fact if the driving was twice as much I would have still done it. I got home 3 o'clock in the morning and had to be at work at 8. I made it and I was not a bit tired.

Googoosh is for sure the best entertainer Iran has ever produced. I just wished I could meet her to tell her how grateful I was to her for bringing back all the memories.

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Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Widener University




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Ghoghnoos dar baaraan
Thirteen poems by Ahmad Shamlou

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I'm tangled, like the curls of my love's hair;

Like a snake encharmed, I turn and twist.

What is this knot, this dizzy maze, this snare?

All I know: if I'm not tangled here, I don't exist.
-- Rumi
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That day I went home and dusted off my old collection of Shamlou's poems and leafed through it. All that struggle, blood, rage, love, sacrifice, betrayal, longing, trembling of lovers at the touch of their hands, the pain of breaking down, the violent beauty of the early morning fog in the desert and the unbearable fragility of life.

-- Asghar Massombagi
"Fish out of water"
The Iranian
August 1, 2000

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