The Iranian Times

Wednesday August 16, 2000 / Mordad 26, 1379, No. 1044



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By Esmail Nooriala
August 16, 2000
The Iranian


Majnoon has no pride

By Zara Houshmand
August 16, 2000
The Iranian

Majnoon has no pride;
me, I have no place to hide.
Fingertips on keys
punch holes in boundaries
between two worlds
and the wind whistles through shamelessly,
shamelessly >>> GO TO FEATURE


In Australia

By Laleh Khalili
August 16, 2000
The Iranian


My mother grows lemons and marigolds her exile garden
........and hangs her laundry on sunny clotheslines
My mother drinks her bitterness down with tea
........and finds joy in pistachio green >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mehdi Moazzen
August 16, 2000
The Iranian


Third coast brunch

By Ali Mohajer
August 16, 2000
The Iranian

Muriel sat watching in the corner,
playing with the paper,
hiding in the pages.
She's a sad one. Always
wearing black or brown >>> GO TO FEATURE


Persian princess insania

By Leyla Momeny
August 16, 2000
The Iranian

I am america-girl:
britannica irania
persian princess insania
lavash skin, aquiline nose,
my heart emerged as a golden oud,
well-mannered and traveled,
have reached the skirts of Isfahan >>> GO TO FEATURE


Wistful Iranians feed on a satellite beam of nostalgia

By Geneive Abdo
The Guardian
August 16, 2000

Every night Ahmad sinks into his armchair and drifts back to 1978. He listens to the songs of Googoosh, Iran's banned and most venerable pop star. He watches old films and remembers a time when romantic love was a public affair. For the next few hours he weeps, out of longing for the time before the Islamic Revolution.

He goes to bed already looking forward to his return from work the next day, when he can escape to the past again >>> FULL TEXT

Energy issues will play bigger role in US election

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - When Americans enter the voting booths in early November, their choice for president may be influenced by the climbing cost of filling gasoline tanks and heating homes. Energy issues are expected to play a bigger role in this year's presidential campaign than during any election since 1980, when a doubling of oil prices and higher fuel costs helped Ronald Reagan defeat Jimmy Carter >>> FULL TEXT

Beh shomaa cheh?

Looking into the needs and issues facing young giels in Tehran? >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* To educate, or entertain?

Morteza Loghmani writes: I have been an avid reader of your news magazine for last two years. Lately, I have noticed a disturbing trend in your feature stories. Some features are informative, educational and some leave the reader with void and wondering what is the point?

As you know The Iranian has become a medium for the diaspora community across the globe. Has become an entertainment magazine? Or are you dedicated to inform and educate the readers about Iran.

The younger Iranians are at risk of becoming shallow-minded and superficial.

* Women are not men, Persians not Arabs

FK writes: What a beautiful letter written by a young son of this old country. There is obviously nothing wrong with being Arab and I personally have a lot of Arab friends whom I am really happy to get the chance to meet with and I honestly respect them for who and what they are.

However, there is an issue called identity. If you are not an Arab you are not and if you are, you are. This is like being a woman or a man, there is nothing wrong with being one of each but if you are a woman you don't wanna be called Mr. --- and vise versa >>> FULL TEXT

* Persian rugs with American designs?

Hakhamaneshi writes: After reading the article on rug merchants in Tehran, I was deeply saddened to learn how some merchants who obviously are not thinking of anything else except their own profit, are so naively and superficially ruining one of the most precious aspect of Iranian heritage and culture which has been manifested in carpet weaving , by trying to find out what the Americans want or like and changing the carpet industry in Iran by implementing those "American" designs >>> FULL TEXT>>> FULL TEXT

Film: "The Girl in Sneakers" in Seattle

The Girl in Sneakers - (Dokhtary Ba Kafsh-haye Katany) (with English subtitle). An Iranian film based on a true story by Rassul Sadr Ameli featuring Pegah Ahangarani (Winner of the best Actress Prize 23rd Cairo International Film Festival Egypt, 1999), Majid Majidzadah, & Akram Mohammadi will be shown on Sunday, August 20 in Seattle >>> DETAILS HERE




Seven Stages from Shahnameh
by Babak Ghraghouzlou


Baa masooliyat-e sardabir
Anonymous columns in the banned daily Jame'eh
By Morteza Mardiha

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Curses fall from your lips, and the moon smiles.

Those curses come from rubies forged in fire.

Curse again, your words caress my heart

Like a breeze that stirs the petals of a flower.
-- Rumi
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Radical daily resumes publication in reformist guise

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Judicial official casts doubt on the re-opening of newspapers: paper

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Parliament okays defence lawyers for all court hearings

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OPEC to raise output capacity by 1.1 mln bpd in 2001

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Bolder artists, art managers

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Films enter European fests

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Young actor: Not just a clown

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Iran defeat Georgia in friendly

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A slap in the face for Haghdoost

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: "Control your temper and always respect the referee's decision", coaches continually stress to their players. However, for one assistant coach on the Zobahan football team the saying goes, "Respect the referee or else I will slap you". Davoud Haghdoost, a young player on Zobahan team who has been recently invited by Jalal Talebi to join the Iranian National Team camp, the match against Zobahan taught him a few lessons, albeit severe, about uttering profanities at the referee >>> FULL TEXT

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Googoosh Superstore

Googoosh Superstore has a new look with an exclusive picture of her on stage decorating our merchandise. How about a Googoosh mousepad?

Beyond Iran

RatherBiased consists of "over 500 statements from America's most politicized journalist" -- Dan Rather. We found it rather curious that the site's creators don't identify themselves, although they do state the mission of their carefully organized diatribe -- to help loosen "the stranglehold of government by the media."

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Gradual reform

I stand firm ... on my promises. We ought to have a free climate for expression of views ... and not betray people's dreams... But I believe there is no other way to reach our goals than through a calm and gradual process.

-- President Khatami
August 16, 2000

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