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Monday August 28, 2000 / Shahrivar 7, 1379, No. 1052


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By Sepidé Majd
August 28, 2000
The Iranian

Composition, color and the unconscious mind are key components of my work. I use these elements together to convey my surrounding, as I relate to it, and as it relates to me. The biggest challenge I encounter when working is to successfully bring to life what I see and feel with my mind's eye >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ancient Persia's virtual absence in Hollywood

By Darius Kadivar
August 28, 2000
The Iranian

Unlike many ancient civilizations, such as Greece, Rome or Egypt, Persia has hardly been given significant attention in Hollywood. This is mainly due to lack of significant feedback and study on Persian civilization which has never quite penetrated Western popular culture. Only an elite group of Western scholars ponder on the "mysterious" Persian Empire.

However a few films do emerge beneath the veil that seems to cover ancient Persian history. Persia's Hollywood presence goes back to 1916 in D.W Griffith's film "Intolerance">>> GO TO FEATURE


One Killed in Khorramabad Riots

BBC Persian Service

A policeman was killed, several others wounded, and buildings were damaged in a fresh round of violent clashes between supporters of President Khatami and Islamic hardliners in the city of Khorramabad, province of Lorestan, three days after two prominent progressives were blocked from adressing a student conference. Maria Sarsalari interviews journalist Massoud Razavi, an expert on Lorestan affairs >>> LISTEN HERE

The People's Shah
Book review

By Elaine Sciolinio
The New York Times
August 27, 2000

Khomeini Life of the Ayatollah. By Baqer Moin. 355 pp. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin's Press. $27.95.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was not an easy man. Stern and vengeful, he was not an easy man to like. Single-minded in his thinking, he was not an easy man to negotiate with. He certainly was not an easy man to interview. I remember the second time I interviewed him, in his exile in a village outside of Paris in the months before the 1979 revolution. He didn't like one of my questions. So he simply stood up from his cross-legged position on the floor and, without a word, wrapped himself in his cloak and left the room >>> FULL TEXT

For Fans, Iranian Pop Star Revives Memories

The New York Times
August 27, 2000

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Aug. 26 -- In prerevolutionary Tehran, when the pop singer Googoosh got a new haircut, her fans rushed out to get one, too. When she wore a particular style of dress, they'd adopt it as well. And this weekend, as she stood before many of those fans for the first time in two decades and broke down in tears, thousands of ecstatic Iranian émigrés cried, too.

If Googoosh, 50, ever worried that she had been forgotten since 1979, when Islamic clerics silenced her career, her fears must now be allayed. About 10,000 fans, some old enough to remember her days as a child star, others too young even to remember Iran, converged at the Nassau Coliseum to pay homage to an icon whose life story represents the hopes and disappointments of so many >>> FULL TEXT

Gay poem

Homan is an organization which defends the rights of Iranian gays and lesbians. It also publishes their articles and poems. Here's a sample >>> READ HERE

More Letters

* Bubble-gum cinema

Ramin Tabib writes: Finally someone with enough guts to put into words what many of us have felt all along about the new invasion of Iranian cinema ["Not THAT good"]...

What is of concern is that once this fascination ends, what is remembered of this era of Iranian cinema is one epitomized by a simplistic, bubble-gum-humanistic view of Iran and Iranian culture which trivializes the complexity of we know the real Iran to be >>> FULL TEXT

* Film du jour

Nargess Shahmanesh writes: I read with great interest Naghmeh Sohrabi's critical piece "Not THAT good". She is right to be criticizing the critical unquestioning of Iranian cinema.

I live in England and unfortunately the same applies here, if not worse. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have fallen into pointless heated arguments with Qestern intellectuals on this issue. It is as if they are forbidden to make negative comments >>> FULL TEXT

* Clean laughs

R. Habibi writes: I just wanted to tell dAyi Hamid that it was so refreshing to see things like this ["Zan gereftan"]! We Iranians really could use some clean laughs while getting a taste of our culture. Keep up the good work DAyi Hamid.

* Baamazeh

Sheila Mohabbati writes: dAyi Hamid khasteh nabaashi! maghaaleh-haatoon kheili jaaleb hastand va man az khoondaneshoon kheili lezzat mibaram ["Zan gereftan"]. Omidvaaram keh hamisheh movafagh bashid va baaz ham baa nevashtan naameh haaye baamazzatoon maa raa mostafiz konin.

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The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution
From Monarchy to Islamic Republic
By Mohsen Milani


Moqaavemat dar zendaan
By Ebrahim Yazdi

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Seeking love, I see it winding in your curls.

Seeking life, I see it walking down your street.

Driven by deep thirst, I drink, only to see

A dream upon the water: you face to face with me.
-- Rumi
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Parliament speaker heads for parliamentary conference in New York

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Head of a film & sports newspaper summoned to hardline court

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Ancient rock relief copied for public

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Players announced for Austria friendly

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Iranian U19 defeat China

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Mahdavikia's Hamburg defeat Aue

HAMBURG, August 27 (Iran Sports Press) -- The team of coach Frank Pagelsdorf passed the first round of the German Cup. By winning 3:0 in Aue (Erzgebirge, Eastern Germany). Hamburg started without Yeboah, Hollerbach and Cardoso (injured). In the attack, ranian international Mehdi Mahdavikia started next to Marek Heinz and Marcel Ketelaer >>> FULL TEXT


Assembly of Experts

Assembly of Experts has started its annual meeting in Tehran behind closed doors. There has been calls for the Assembly to report on details of its sessions. Why does it refuse to do so ? Lara Petrossian interviews political analyst Mohammad Kazem Mohammadi Esfahani >>> LISTEN HERE

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People cooperate with the Intelligence Ministry. They are a very good source of information for us. Hundreds of thousands of informers are helping us and providing us with information.

-- Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi
August 27, 2000

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