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Wednesday, August 9, 2000 / Mordad 19, 1379, No. 1039



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Still an optimist
Despite a general lack of faith in the future

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
August 9, 2000
The Iranian

Year 2000 is especially fascinating for us children of the 1930's. We were told by to our elders that the new millnnium would reopen the gates to the Garden of Eden. We eagerly listened to our teachers' optimistic descriptions of the future and devoured the anticipatory stories of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The shimmering colors of a bright future sparkled in our heads and the incipient and rapidly expanding movie industry excited our dreams on the silver screen.

There was Einstein with his uncombed hair, Gandhi with his goat, Roosevelt with his cigarette-holder, Agha Khan with his beautiful Begum, Stalin with his pipe, Hitler with his rebel forelock, Mussolini with his bouncing tummy, mingled with Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Mickey-Mouse, Felix-the-Cat, Shirley Temple, Tom Mix, Greta Garbo, Boris Karloff, the three Barrymores and a cluster of other rising stars >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mohandes
August 9, 2000
The Iranian


Reform: What now?

BBC Persian Service

The reformist movement has come under serious attacks this week with the closure of another of its newspaers and the limitations imposed on the country's pro-reform parliament. In this report, Behrouz Parsa reviews the promises of the movement and evaluates its success in fulfilling them >>> LISTEN HERE

Conservatives eye presidential elections in media crackdown

TEHRAN, Aug 9 (AFP) - Relentless pressure by the conservatives on their reformist rivals, using their control of the courts notably to silence pro-reform newspapers, is aimed at winning next year's presidential elections, in the view of analysts here >>> FULL TEXT

Ayatollah approves move for closer Iran-U.S. ties

By Ben Barber
The Washington Times
August 9, 2000

TEHRAN - Iran's supreme religious leader has quietly approved a diplomatic initiative to contact members of the U.S. Congress with a view to improving relations, a senior Iranian official said yesterday >>> FULL TEXT

Montazeri's response

Text of Ayatollah Monatzeri's criticism of Ayatollah Khamenei's interference in the work of the Majlis >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

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Two scholars exchange hasrsh accusations over a book about the famous Cyrus Cylinder (in Persian) >>> ACCUSATION >>> COUNTER-ACCUSATION

Iranian prostitution in sheikhdoms?

August 8, 2000, Teheran (dpa) - The number of Iranian women involved in prostitution in the Gulf Arab sheikhdoms is increasing drastically, the Teheran daily Jomhuri Islami reported Tuesday. Persian text here English news

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* Traveling in time

Sara Atrvash writes: If anyone was to ask me to describe Googoosh's concert in Toronoto I would have to refer them to Louis Armstrong's "One of Those Things".

We all experienced her in our own way. But the one common experience (one that perhaps Googoosh shared as well) was traveling in time. We went back 20 years to the days we associate with comfort and home, but we also went ahead twenty years with a dosage of hope and optimism >>> FULL TEXT

* American mind, Iranian heart

Mehdy writes: Our peaple never experienced leaving their homeland to find another land to settle down. At least not during the last four or five centuries.

Propably the last mass migration was during the bloody invasion of Mongols. After that most migrations were sporadic and for political reasons (members of Toudeh Party during and after the 1953 coup) and other political activists during the Pahlavi government.

Our generation is now experiencing migration with all the bittersweet complications, such as nostalgic thoughts and homesickness. Crying for Googoosh and Shamlou are symptoms.

Let's be honest: we have AMERICAN brains but our heart is still IRANIAN. We love our culture; our real artists.God bless us and keep our minds sharp and our hearts pure.

* REAL Iranian culture

Babak writes: In response to Al-Amin's response "Get a grip, yourself", it is so ironic in this day and age, when the Iranian people are struggling so hard to achieve true democracy, to find people with perceptions such as yours!

Does REAL IRANIAN CULTURE mean to put women down and taking their rights away from them? Doesn't REAL IRANIAN CULTURE support mail chauvinism? Does it pay any attention at all to the issues of women?

Why can't we take the good parts of our culture and throw away the old fashioned and backward parts? What's wrong with being progressive thinkers? What's wrong with changing the angle that you perceive life, so perhaps you can comprehend at a deeper level?

And as for the West, even if it does have cultural problems, it treats women the same as men and doesn't deprive them of their civil and sexual rights.

Events: Iranian-Am art exhibit, Washington DC

Evolving Perceptions will open their 4th annual exhibition of Iranian American artists in Washington DC on Saturday, September 9, 2000 from 6 -9 p.m. The central focus of the exhibition is PEACE. We asked artists to address, explore, question and define the concept of peace in their works of art, both on a personal and more general level >>> DETAILS HERE




Mussadiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran
by Homa Katouzian


Goftmaan, teorizeh kardan-e khoshoonat
Theories on political violence by Mohammad Ali Zakariaie

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

If you walk with your eyes closed, for sure you're lost,

But count on sight and you invite damnation.

Don't look within the monastery or mosque

To find a place that isn't a location.
-- Rumi
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Shamsolvaezin sentence confirmed, Behnoud summoned

TEHRAN, Aug 9 (AFP) - Iran's supreme court approved a two and a half-year prison term Wednesday for reformist journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a judicial official said. Meanwhile the press court issued a warrant for Masud Behnud, a liberal writer close to President Mohammad Khatami, saying he would be arrested if he does not appear in court by Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

Judge meets relatives of jailed Jews

TEHRAN, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Families of 10 Iranian Jews jailed for spying for Israel met a senior judicial official on Tuesday to demand better conditions for the prisoners. Relatives told reporters they had tabled a list of demands in talks with Hossein-Ali Amiri, local judiciary chief in the southern city of Shiraz >>> FULL TEXT

Report: Israel admitted Iranian Jews were spies

LONDON, August 9, (Jersusalem Post) - Israel has privately admitted to Iran that the 10 Jews convicted of espionage by a court in Shiraz last month were spying for Israel, diplomatic sources told the London-based monthly newsletter Ad-Diplomasi. The admission was reportedly made during secret meetings between Israeli and Iranian officials at a Cairo hotel on July 31 and August 1, in the presence of US Ambassador to Egypt Daniel Kurtzer and Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said last night that the report was "nonsense." >>> FULL TEXT

Arafat to ask Khatami for OIC meeting

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will ask Iran's president Thursday to convene a meeting of Islamic states to back him on the issue of Jerusalem, the official Iranian news agency reported. Arafat's visit to Tehran is his next stop on a rapid tour of Middle Eastern states designed to garner support for the Palestinian claim of sovereignty over east Jerusalem >>> FULL TEXT

Iran tells U.S. to mind own business

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran warned the United States on Tuesday against meddling in its internal affairs after Washington voiced concern over the latest setback to press freedom in the Islamic Republic. The State Department said Monday that an intervention in a parliamentary debate by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was cause for serious concern and that the United States expected Iran to respect freedom of expression >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to release "last remaining" Iraqi POWs this week

TEHRAN, Aug 9 (AFP) - Iran Wednesday announced it will release the last remaining Iraqi POWs held prisoner since the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war this week despite Baghdad's claim that thousands more are still being held here. The official IRNA news agency stressed that the 728 Iraqis scheduled to be released Thursday and Friday are the "last remaining Iraqi POWs" in Iran, some 12 years after the war ende >>> FULL TEXT

Egypt Rejects Iranian Offer to Buy State Ban, Paper

Cairo, Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt rejected a bid by the Iranian government to buy 80 percent of Misr Iran Development Bank because the $96 million it offered was not enough, Al-Alam Al-Yom newspaper said, citing an unnamed Ministry of Economy official. The share is being sold by the Bank of Alexandria and Misr Insurance Co., both owned by the Egyptian government. The Iranian government already owns 20 percent of the bank >>> FULL TEXT

Video piracy

Tehran (Cinema) -- Detailed report on the impact of video piracy on the Iranian movie industry >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Qaderi's latest film

Tehran (Cinema) -- Iraj Qaderi will soon start shooting his latest film, "Sam and Belqeys", a love story about three boys and a girl >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Music: Obstacles

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Kambiz Roshanravan is one of the most active composers in Iran. He discusses problems facing the music industry >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Baqeri signs 6-month deal

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Karim Baqeri will sign a six-month deal with England's Charlton FC for a repored 500,000 pounds >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Parvin: Wassup?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- A chat wiuth Ali Parvin about the status of Persepolis, on and off the field >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Minavand's Sturm defeat Feyenoord

VIENNA, August 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- Sturm beat Feyenoord Rotterdam 2-1 at home on Tuesday. The match was the first leg of the third round of Champions League qualification. Player of the day was Sturm's midfielder Schopp with two converted penalties. Iranian national Mehrdad Minavand played the full 90 minutes >>> FULL TEXT


Iranian-Armenian journey

In this series Lara Petrossian an Iranian-Armenian travels to Armenia for the first time in her life. She visits historical sites and museums and talks to people about their social and economic problems. She also meets with Iranians who are living in Yerevan. This is her observation. (Part 1) >>> LISTEN HERE

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