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Monday December 4, 2000 / Azar 14, 1379, No. 1118


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Half & half
Growing up Iranian and American

By Siedeh Rezaei-Kamalabad
December 3, 2000
The Iranian

My siblings and I are the only half Iranians in our family. Everyone else is fully Iranian and since my father is an Iranian Muslim and my mother converted to Islam, we practice the Islamic faith at home. My mother accepted many of the Iranian customs and wanted my siblings and me to know about our Iranian heritage. We celebrated the Iranian New Year and ate Iranian food most of the time. For a long time I thought everyone ate Iranian food.

We were also half American, and since my mother's family was Catholic, we celebrated Christmas and Easter with them >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Imprison Abdollah Nouri because his thoughts are different than ours >>> GO TO FEATURE


No constitutional court, says GC member

BBC Persian Service

Debate over the the extent of Prsident's power and the creation of constitutional court, which started after President Khatami complained about his lack of power to carry out his duties, is continuing. In a latest development, Reza Zavarei, member of the Guardian Council has said he was surprised to hear people talk about creation of constitutional court. Maria Sarsalari talks to Mr Zavarei >>> LISTEN HERE

Future of Tehran-Washington ties depends on US election results

TEHRAN, Dec 4 (AFP) - Iran on Monday said it was still waiting for the outcome of the US presidential elections before it could make any comments on a possible evolution in Tehran-Washington ties. "We will wait to see who finally becomes president," said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi, adding: "Afterwards, we will comment." >>> FULL TEXT

It's different for girls

By Alexander Clarke
The Independent (London)
December 1, 2000

No! Please! Don't take that picture!" Our photographer is halted in his tracks by a petite Iranian girl with enormous brown eyes, as he tries to take a shot of her covered head. The film director Samira Makhmalbaf is fussy, it seems, about how she appears in a veil >>> FULL TEXT


Iren Georgieva writes to The Iranian from Bulgaria: I'm submitting some facts, intentionally hidden so far, which, I hope, you may find interesting:

Do you know that Jesus Christ was called Edmondo in Atlantis? >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Ganji's crimes against humanity

Hooshang writes: I have read Mr. Ganji's so called "revelations" before, and I believe that especially the chapter about the "Resurrection of Evin Prison" is worth especial attention, since more than anything else, it is a tell-tale window to the type of "truth" and "freedom" that the 2nd of Khordad gang are claiming to defend >>> FULL TEXT

    * Treating Kar like a criminal

    Lucy Bynen writes: As a friend of Mehrangiz Kar I would like to inform you that, apart from awaiting the verdict in the Berlin Conference trial by the revolutionary court, and waiting to be summoned by the public court for another three charges, she is in poor health and very vulnerable ["Second class"].

    It is incredible how fellow-Iranians can make a kind and brave woman like Ms. Kar suffer so much and treat her like a criminal. She lost her health, her career and her money (enormous bail).

* Have you an ounce of "sharm"?

Persis Karim writes: You letter ["Married a Black man?!!"] to the about Maryam Ovissi and Daryl Pendleton caused my do-rageh blood to boil [Maryam and Daryl].

You disgrace yourself by claiming to speak for anyone but your own racist self. I for one, have known the incredible courage and sensitivity it takes to engage in an inter-racial relationship >>> FULL TEXT

History: Mossadegh conference, Chicago

Seminar in Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Dr. Mossadegh's Government in May 2001 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

For this reason, a bilingual (Persian and English) seminar will be held in May 2001 in Chicago, Illinois. A number of experts on Iran and Dr. Mossadegh's era will present their views in this seminar >>> DETAILS HERE




Iran and the Rise of the Reza Shah
From Qajar Collapse to Pahlavi Power
By Cyrus Ghani



Kaakh-e Golestan
By Saeid Mahmoudi Aznaveh

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    For love of you, my soul soars in the sky

    As your kindness plucks music on its strings.

    The smallest favor that you grant your slave

    Is greater than a thousand years of prayer brings.

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Top Iran judge to challenge murder accusations by Akbar Ganji

TEHRAN, Dec 4 (AFP) - The head of a powerful Tehran clerical court said Monday he would defend himself against recent allegations by a top journalist implicating him in the 1998 killing of a communist militant in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

U.N. General Assembly raps Iran on rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rebuking Iran on a series of human rights abuses, the U.N. General Assembly narrowly adopted a resolution on Monday calling on Tehran to end torture, particularly amputations >>> FULL TEXT

Kin of slain writers freed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian authorities have released eight relatives and friends of slain dissident writers after detaining them for four days, a relative said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Judge, defense attorney clash over evidence in dissident's trial

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - The judge and a defense attorney in the trial of 18 reformists for endangering state security by attending a conference in Berlin clashed Saturday over whether a document found at one defendant's home was classified >>> FULL TEXT

Berlin seminar aimed at overthrowing regime, court told

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - Reformists on trial for attending a controversial conference in Berlin faced the prospect of heavier punishment Sunday after the prosecution claimed the aim of the seminar was to overthrow Iran's Islamic regime >>> FULL TEXT

Interior ministry bans annual student demonstration

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - The interior ministry has forbidden a student demonstration planned to take place in Tehran on December 6 to mark the annual "Students Day," press reports said here Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Moscow to earn up to $7billion in arms sales to Iran: lawmaker

MOSCOW, Dec 4 (AFP) - Russia's decision to renew arms negotiations with Tehran will prove "very lucrative" for Moscow, which could earn up to seven billion dollars over the next few years, said a senior lawmaker on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran maintains "dialogue" with EU despite cancellation of Paris meeting

TEHRAN, Dec 4 (AFP) - Iran will maintain a "dialogue" with the European Union despite its cancellation of a planned meeting this week over a protocol row with host country France, the foreign ministry announced Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Caviar production drops as poaching and pollution rise

One of the world's two major caviar-producing nations, Iran is witnessing a constant drop in its production as poaching and pollution continue to take a toll on the Caspian Sea's sturgeon population >>> FULL TEXT

Oil production falls at key oil field

TEHRAN, Dec 2 (AFP) - Low extraction pressure has caused a drop in oil production at Agha-Jari, long-considered one of Iran's most important fields, Iranian newspapers reported Saturday, quoting a high official in Iran's oil ministry >>> FULL TEXT

Iran begins exporting doctors to Persian Gulf countries

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - Iran has started exporting them to neighbouring Persian Gulf countries to ease its increasing unemployment problem, press reports said Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian film winner in Spain

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Bijan Mirbagheri's "Do khaahar" (Two sisters) has one the top prize at a short and documentary film fest in Spain >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

New pop albums

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Thirty three music albums have been approved by the Culture Ministry, including six Iranian pop albumbs >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Last supper: Year's top hit

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Farhad Aeesh's "Shaam-e Aakhar" (Last supper) has become one of the year's top theater hits with more than 7,000 tickets sold in 34 showings >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Ali Daei one of World's top goal scorers

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Ali Daei is the sixth highest goal scorer ever for a national team -- only one fewer than Germany's legendary Gerd Muller >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Azadegan League's top goal scorers

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Reza Sahebi (Zob Ahan) and Ali Samereh (Esteqlal) are the current leading goal scoreres in the Azadegan League with eight goal each >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Pour-Heydari: Happy

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal headcoach Mansour Pour-Heydari is happy about the condition of his team -- especially after the 3-1 defeat of Foulad Ahvaz >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Bazaaris attack Khatami

Association of Merchants of Bazaar has asked President Khatami to explain his achievements during his tenure. In a statement the group said that President Khatami's recent remarks about violation of the Constitution are wrong. Maria Sarsalari talks to M. Mehdi Khalaji, a journalist >>> LISTEN HERE

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Very popular Iranian AM radio station in Los Angeles. If you want to listen online, you have to pay "only $60" for a one-year subscription.

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Old Contemptible's Great War Website

Paul Hinckley, an ex-serving member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, presents this personal tribute to the first World War.

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Iran made me see more of the world outside Cambridge, Massachusetts. At a time in my life when I felt lost completely, I found myself in Iran. It changed me, for the better. I am now more open and less afraid of not being perfect.

-- Siedeh Rezaei-Kamalabad
"Half & half"
The Iranian
December 3, 2000

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