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Tuesday December 5, 2000 / Azar 15, 1379, No. 1119


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


By Mohandes
December 5, 2000
The Iranian


Native Americans on canvas

Paintings by Hooshang
December 5, 2000
The Iranian

"Born in Persia, Hooshang earned his BFA at Tehran University. He lived in Spain for eight years, then came to the United States to visit his brother. Today Hooshang is a U.S. citizen living in Louisiana, where he creates his paintings in a studio full of light and color." >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Raising the fortress of freedom


Ganji Sues Larijani

BBC Persian Service

Akbar Ganji, a jailed pro-reform journalist, has lodged a complaint against Javad Larijani, a well known conservative figure. He has accused Larijani of spreading false accusations concerning Mr Ganji's past activities. Daryoush Homai talks to Gholam Ali Riahi, Ganji's lawyer >>> LISTEN HERE

A Few Tanks for Iran

By Michael O'Hanlon
The Washington Post
December 5, 2000

Early in November, Moscow informed Washington that it intended to withdraw from a 1995 U.S.-Russian agreement limiting sales of advanced conventional weapons to Iran. Under the terms of that accord, Russia had promised to stop exporting arms to Iran by the end of last year. In exchange, Washington agreed not to impose sanctions on Russia for its existing arms contracts with Iran. Now Moscow says that because the 1995 agreement was supposed to be secret, but has recently become public in the United States,Russia will no longer be bound by its terms >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian ``Protest'' loses the plot

By Robert Koehler

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Daring in its desire to inject political and social commentary into a conventional melodrama, yet aesthetically far behind the work of younger, more rigorous Iranian filmmakers, vet helmer Massoud Kimiayi's ``Protest'' fails to connect its vast array of dramatic dots >>> FULL TEXT

Al's peace offer

My mom quoting some comedian: Al Gore says to George Bush: "I give up. You won the election. I'll kiss your elephant. You kiss my ass."

More Letters

* Crazy chauvinist weirdo

Mojgan writes: Thank you so much for giving this crazy chauvinist weirdo a lesson ["Grow up, for God's sake"]. All this guy needs is attention and unfortunately he's getting it by posting such disgusting articles on this web site ["Real Iranian girls?"]. (I have no idea where the heck this freak comes from, but I'm sure he's from a very screwed up family) >>> FULL TEXT

* How does she know?

Aannuu Chaudry writes: I think it is sad that some people consider their views representative of all women. The comments ["Grow up, for God's sake"] made by Mojdeh about her impressions of all girls in Iran are so prejudicial and disqusting!

She is doing exactly what she accused men of, and degrading herself at the same time. She needs to go to psychological counselling or something, I mean what girl really likes "anal sex"? And how does she know?

* Nothing before Googoosh

Ebrahim Majidi writes: I just wanted to tell you the reason why Googoosh, our queen of hearts, is not talking about Ghanbari ["We forget"] and the like: I am old enough to remember that people like Ghanbari gained all they have -- fame and experience -- just by working with Googoosh >>> FULL TEXT

* Knack for writing

Dna G. McIntyre writes: I liked your piece on Persia, Iowa. You have a definite knack for writing, and a sense of humanity, and humor. I don't know what line of work you are in. But I think you should try journalism.

I look forward to reading your column in some newspaper. I have no doubt you'll make it.

* Adam & Eve, Not Adam & Adam

Cusex writes: Homosexuals have a choice to be gay or not. Aids is a virus that originated from homosexuals, we have the freedom as Americans to choose to be gay or not, but it is takeing away others freedom... As you read in the Bible, God created Adam and Eve to marry. If he intended us to marry the same sex, he would have made two people of the same sex >>> FULL TEXT

Business: Work for consulting firm in Iran

Atieh Bahar Consulting, Iran's leading strategic consulting firm is looking for a few young, dynamic persons to join its growing team. Three positions are currently open in the firm: 2 consultants and 1 executive secretary. The consultant positions require the following qualifications >>> DETAILS HERE




The Messenger Within
Discovering Love and Wholeness Through Meditation
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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Gentle hearts, who scatter seeds of loyalty

    And rain pure goodness down on this black earth:

    You've heard, no matter where, the state I'm in;

    Don't separate me from my love again.

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I really believe that the policy will change in the next 12 months ... I'm optimistic, regardless of whether it's a Bush administration or a Gore administration, that we're going to have a change in our unilateral sanctions policy.

-- Archie Dunham, Conoco CEO
December 5, 2000

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