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Stereotypes & perceptions
By Poopak Taati
August 2, 2000
Many of us have heard stereotypical comments. We have heard, for example,
Americans stereotyping Iranian women as "uneducated homemakers,"
and Iranian men as being "sexually and emotionally aggressive"
toward women. These stereotypes are sometimes confused with prejudice and
discrimination and attempts at defamation of character. Interestingly,
however, Iranians are not free from their own stereotypes of Americans
either. Iranians stereotype Americans as "politically naïve,"
"unsophisticated," and "parochial," to mention just
a few >>>
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Having fun with Photoshop
By Nina Habibi
August 2, 2000
I was learning Photoshop the other day by altering my own photograph.
Here's what I came up with. The first set is titled "Self-study",
the second set is "Energy, Death, Resurrection, Thaw" >>>
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Youth: early sex and late marriage
BBC Persian Service
Young peolpe in Iran want a more open relationship with the opposite
sex as marriage rate is declining and divorce rate is going up. Some see
the temporary marriage as the solution. Maria Sarsalari tries to find an
Cry from the heart
August 1, 2000
Artist Shirin Neshat Has Been Accused Of Being Too Soft On Her Native
Iran. But Adrian Searle Finds Plenty To Move Him In Her Latest Work
The voice goes right through me, though I don't understand a word. In
fact, there are no words onlycries, sobs, ululations, knots and overlays
of sound. A voice from the gut, the tongue and the throat,both alien and
expressive, for all the dubbing, the loops and layered cross-currents.
I comprehendnothing, but the voice is filled with feeling. The first time
I heard it, the hairs rose on my neck, my stomach tightened, I felt winded.
A woman stoodalone in an empty theatre, black chador against blackness,
her face and hands illuminated, bendingtowards an away from the microphone
A whodunit with gray eminences - and red faces
By Scott Peterson
The Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2000
TEHRAN, IRAN -- The seedy offices of the Iranian publishers Tarh-e No
are stacked high with freshly printed books smelling of ink on paper, the
promise of literature, and - in Iran's volatile political atmosphere -
It is from such humble roots that a publishing sensation is rocking
Iran, by tapping into a vein of popular discontent and focusing a democratic
lens on the identity of a nation long used to absolute rule >>>
Silly domain name... and the content is probably taken from somewhere
else >>> GO HERE
* Sympathy for prostitutes
Leyla Momeny writes:
In response to the
man who is/was so outraged at the prostitution
link. Yes - it may be sensationalistic - but both you and I have joined
the ranks of those writing about it and reading it. Who do you seek to
blame if a Jasmine-paragraph achieves thousands of hits? These are after
all, your precious and "refined" Iranians...
What do you make of women who wear large, ridiculous, and aesthetically
uninspiring cliches on their wedding fingers as a prize or expression of
self-worth? Are these accepted bougeoisie ways of living among the sexes
(although they are generalized and being reformed in most communities)
a form of "prostitution" ?
My intent here is not to insult mainstream women, but to point out some
similarities in lifestyle that will hopefully enable you to understand
or feel sympathetic for prostitutes themselves >>>
* It's year 2000
In response to Al-Amin's letter "Complete
outrage", it's because of people like you that we have such a
backward and outdated culture. I truly feel sorry for you. It's year 2000,
why don't you wake up and get a grip.
Don't insult others if you don't have the slightest ability to comprehend.
I give this guy Mostafa Saber a lot of credit for writing "Aazaadi-ye jensi
va as-haab-e kahf". Damesh garm!!!!
* Defend Ganji, not Jews
F. writes: I
think Israel and U.S. and Europe are enough to defend the Jews' rights
face it"]. There are people whom nobody in the world cares about.
Nobody knows and cares where they are buried.
So, let us take the "shame" and care about the latter group.
Let us take the "shame" and care about brave people (e.g., Akbar
Ganji) in Iran who go trough the tough time and defend people's rights.
- You want to defend Jews. Go ahead, specially, if it helps you for
your political career.
- You would like to ask other people to support you for that. That is good.
- You don't like somebody supporting Ganji. This is none of your business.
Vote: Online registration for U.S. elections
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to vote, please do so conveniently online. Here is the address: http://www.beavoter.com/register.html
Please distribute this to friends and family.
Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Translation of today's poem by Zara
My quarrelsome goddess, who likes her wine,
Sits down like a sugarbowl beside me.
She unwraps the lute from its silk and strums
This veil, sings: 'I forget myself, I'm happy.'
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Iranian progressive released on bail
Aug 2 (AFP) - Taghi Rahmani, a member of Iran's progressive opposition,
was released late Tuesday after 24 hours in jail for "insulting the
supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency
reported. Rahmani, who had been arrested and imprisoned Monday in the central
town of Shahr-e Kord, was released on bail, his lawyer Mohammad-Ali Jedari
said cited by the agency >>> FULL TEXT
New reformist newspaper banned in Iran
Aug 1 (Reuters) - An Iranian revolutionary court has banned a provincial
reformist newspaper which had tried to shed light on alleged corruption
and mismanagement in the Islamic republic, the former daily said in a fax
on Tuesday. Ruzdara, the only independent newspaper in Sistan- Baluchestan,
a poverty-stricken province in southeastern Iran, was forced to stop publishing
last Thursday by a court decree >>> FULL TEXT
Iran says two troops, five rebels dead
in border clashes
Aug 2 (AFP) - Two Iranian soldiers were killed in clashes with the outlawed
opposition People's Mujahedeen that also left several rebels dead and wounded,
Iran's official IRNA news agency said Wednesday. It said the Iraq-based
Mujahedeen launched a mortar attack along the region of Dehloran bordering
Iraq in western Lorestan province and also sent a "team" of troops
to try to cross into Iranian territory >>> FULL TEXT
Iran willing to accept 20 percent share
TEHRAN, August 1 (AFP) - Iran on Tuesday reiterated its readiness
to accept an equitable sharing of the resource-rich Caspian Sea during a
visit by Moscow's deputy foreign minister, state radio said. Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharazi told Viktor Kalyuzhny, who is also Moscow's envoy for Caspian
affairs, that Iran would accept a 20 percent share in the wealth of the
Caspian "if the other countries agree," it said >>> FULL
Egyptian and Iran foreign ministers talk
Aug 2 (AFP) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Mussa talked Tuesday by phone
with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi about the Middle East peace process,
and Jerusalem in particular, the Egyptian MENA news agency said. "The
talk was part of the consultations between the two countries on questions
affecting the Islamic world, in particular the question of Jerusalem, Iran
being the current president of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
(OIC)," said MENA >>> FULL TEXT
Oil ministry opposing state foundation
over gas field: paper
Aug 2 (AFP) - Oil ministry officials are opposing a bid by one of Iran's
richest and most powerful state foundations to help develop the giant South
Pars gas fields in the Persian Gulf, a financial newspaper said here Wednesday.
The Akbar-e-Eqtesad daily, citing unnamed sources, said the massive Foundation
for the Disinherited is trying to negotiate a contract for later phases
of the development of South Pars >>> FULL TEXT
Turkey to buy Iranian gas
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Despite U.S. objections, Turkey signed an
agreement with Iran on Wednesday to begin importing Iranian natural gas
as part of a $20 billion, 25-year deal. The United States opposed the gas
deal and reportedly pressured Turkey to delay the imports, which originally
were to begin in January >>> FULL TEXT
Aghdashlou on realist art
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- An interview with painter Aydin Aghdashlou
about the display of realist artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Arts
>>> FULL TEXT
Nothing wrong with laughing
(Hamshahri) -- Mana Neyestani, one of Iran's leading cartoonists, has published
some of his recent work in "Khandidan ghadeghan neest" -- Nothing
wrong with laughing >>> FULL TEXT
Historic objects stollen
(Hamshahri) -- Burglars break into Abgineh Museum in Tehran and steal objects
>>> FULL TEXT
Iran defeat Lebanon in basketball
TEHRAN, August 2 (Iran Sports Press): The Iranian Olympic Basketball
Team defeated Lebanon 82-68 in a thrilling match at Azadi Sports Complex,
edging closer to the Asian Championship finals to be held in late August
>>> FULL TEXT
Ali Karimi in Italy?
(Hamshahri) -- Ali Karimi, one of Iran's best goal scorers, is off to Italy
to try out in an Italian soccer club >>> FULL TEXT
Rofat: I'm ready
(Iran Varzeshi) -- Payan Rofat, the forward Ali Parvin counts on, wants
to become the league's top goal scorer next season >>> FULL TEXT
Eshkevari facing jail?
Dissident cleric, Mr Yusefi Eshkevari, says
he will return to Iran soon despite threats of imprisonment. Some intellectuals
who, like Mr Yousefi, took part in a controvercial conference in Berlin
have been jailed. Behrouz Parsa talked to him >>>
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For Bush (Or Gore)
George W. Bush, a mediocre golfer, is the
rich son of a powerful Washington insider who has raised a mindboggling
amount of campaign cash from wealthy corporate donors. Ditto for Gore.
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