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Wednesday August 23, 2000 / Shahrivar 2, 1379, No. 1049


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Snake island
Great Tonb and the zoological evidence

August 23, 2000
The Iranian

At 06:15 of November 30, 1971, the Iranian marine commandos, the takavaran, stormed the beachhead at the Great Tonb and put an end to sixty-eight years of Anglo-Qassimi usurpation of this island at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. As the gunship IIS Bayandor watched over the operation, the IIS Artemis was busy landing troops on Abu Musa. All the while, the Iranian jets flew overhead. On Tonb, the landing party used a blow horn to say that they had come not to wage war, but to reclaim their land. "We will respect your rights, protect you, and assume responsibility for your progress and development," the announcement said >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Sadaf Kiani Abbassian
August 23, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran Opens to Foreign Investment

BBC Persian Service

In a closed door session, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a new bill aimed at attracting and protecting direct foreign investment in the country's ailing economy. In an interview with Bahman Arman an economist in Tehran, Behrouz Parsa asked what were the hindered foreign investment in Iran >>> LISTEN HERE

Suggested Reforms For Radio and Television

BBC Persian Service

The Cultural committee of the reformist dominated Iranian parliament is to discuss introducing reforms in the way Iran's state run radio and television, a major bastion for the conservatives, is run. Omid Nayebolsadri, an Iranian journalist tells Behrouz Parsa what these changes may mean >>> LISTEN HERE

Saving the faith

The Economist
August 19, 2000

INSIDE a massive warehouse in central Tehran a team of artists keeps the soul of the Islamic revolution alive. They paint the oil-on-canvas billboards -- women in chadors, Iranian soldiers at the war front, portraits of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini -- that are then plastered along Tehran's highways, main squares and boulevards. Abbas Ganji, a master painter and former member of the Islamic militia, points to his favourite design: a tombstone symbolising the fallen Soviet Union, with the inscription, 1917-1990. This in turn symbolises the conservatives' battle cry: Iran will not end up like the Soviet Union, and President Muhammad Khatami is to be no Mikhail Gorbachev >>> FULL TEXT

New hobby for Haj Aqa

Roger Reppond writes to The Iranian:

I am an expert hunter looking for a place to teach hunting to leaders of countries.

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* Smiles at the CIA

Parkhash writes: I came across the article by Mr. Ashraf ["Conspiracy theories"] while going through The Iranian. Although this might be a late contribution to this topic, I felt it might be of some help to Mr. Ashraf's research intersts.

First things first. I noted how carefully Mr. Ashraf has avoided the use of the word Iran and replaced it with Persia. It is beyond the scope of this note to enter into this debate. However, I wished Mr. Ashraf were equally mindful of the use of the word "theory".

I suggest he should look up the word and then compare it with that of the word "hypothesis". To make it easier for him, might I suggest that "theory" is used when a "hypotheis" is established by proof. I found it a little ironical that our great scholar chose to ignor this subtle difference while religiously adhered to the use of the word Persia for Iran!

Secondly, Mr. Ashraf's simplistic account of the word conspiracy and its ramifications (adopted from a psychology text book) should bring some smile on the faces of those working in the offices in Langley-Virginia, Vauxhall Bridge-London, and Red Square-Moscow. After all, the idea of their corresponding governments spending billions of dollars on a bunch of people to delude other people, thousands of miles elsewhere, sounds ludicrous!

* Fond memories of Abadan

James Alden writes: As a 19-year-old in 1977, sent out from England to help in the language lab department of Abadab Institute of Technology (AIT), I recognise many of the photographs here ["Abadan"]. I have several hundred similar!

I have many fond memories of the people, and the places I visited during the six months I was there and would welcome any contacts with anyone who was at AIT at the same time.

Aid: Helping drought victims in Iran

Iranian Health Foroum e-News ( -- To help the victims of Iran's worst drought in 30 years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is prepared to serve as a channel for unearmarked contributions >>> GO HERE




A Cup of Sin
Selected poems
By Simin Behbahani


Afsaaneh-ye del
By Farideh Rahnama

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I set my heart in the path of calamity,

Where you walk: I let it open wide.

Today the wind carried your scent to me;

Thankfully, I gave the wind my heart.
-- Rumi
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Digital techinology at National Library

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National team selection

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Persepolis match Thurday night

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Suggested Reforms For Radio and Television

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A political action committee. Cheh ghalataa :-) If the plan is to influence American policy toward Iran it would be nice to have more English content. Nah?

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