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Friday December 8, 2000 / Azar 18, 1379, No. 1122

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Hidden treasure
Discovering South Tehran

By Saba Ghadrboland
December 8, 2000
The Iranian

Let's face it. South Tehran has a reputation which is about as good as Southeast DC, South Central LA, or the Parisian banlieues. These are not the places you take visiting relatives. However, if you are in Tehran and looking to get away from the trendy, Westernized feeling of the uptown areas without leaving the city, hop a cab and head toward the south of the city >>> GO TO FEATURE



By Roya Hakakian
December 8, 2000
The Iranian

Thank heavens you were here
When the fire used to burn
When the flames
.................hidden hands of an unknown goddess
brought everyone near >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Abdollah Nouri, Hashemi Rafsanjani & Kargozaran Party >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's killing machine
Ganji speaks out against his tormentors

The Economist
December 7, 2000

IN A bid to salvage his reformist reputation, and prepare himself for next spring's presidential election, President Muhammad Khatami has admitted that he lacks the powers to implement Iran's surprisingly democratic constitution -but blames this failure on the punishing strength of the conservative forces ranged against him >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

Islamic Shrine Included In Holiday Display

Los Angeles
December 8, 2000

The Islamic community in Mission Viejo, Calif., is joining in on the neighborhood holiday makeover. The Islamic holiday display, a first for the state, according to the national Council on American-Islamic Relations, has been meshed with the plethora of holiday images at La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive, on the gateways of Mission Viejo >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to Ramin Tabib


Arabian marriage

Several people eamiled this cartoon. You've probably seen it too. In any case, here it is. Let's end the week with a big laugh >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* African man yes. Iranian, no

Sahar Nahrvar writes: In response to Iraani's letter about an interracial marriage ["Married a Black man?!!"], what do you care who she married? I have been working in Africa, not in Egypt or Marocco where the people look like us, but in Kenya , Ghana and South Africa. As a woman in this day and age, I would rather invite an African man in my life than an Iranian any day >>> FULL TEXT

* Compromised values

Cyrus Kadivar writes: A few days ago, seven Tehran men convicted of committing a series of drunken thefts and brawls were returned to the scene of their crimes and forced to ride backwards on donkeys in public.

Maybe I'm wrong but I feel we've compromised our values: our Persian sense of honour once practiced by our ancestors and what is considered universal beliefs >>> FULL TEXT

* Beautiful words

Arian writes: I read "Harir-e-aabi". Mnay thanks for the new work. Your style of reporting your daily life through such beautiful words is visible through all your works (as far as a spiritless engineer like me could understand!!).

I wish you a very happy birthday and loads of years to come and I hope you never get to the point where you have to count the black threads of you hair:))

* I've wondered about it too

Raman Yousefi writes: As my family has gradually moved to the Bay Area from Chicago over the years, I have taken the westward drive on I-80 from the south suburbs of Chicago to Sacramento three times.

I noticed both of these landmarks (Persia, Iowa, and Elburz, Nevada) on two of the trips and had the same reaction, especially to the one in Iowa >>> FULL TEXT

Seminar: Trading with Iran, Long Beach

The Iranian Trade Association & the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach Present "Trading With Iran: A New Beginning" January 10, 2001 8:30 ­ 10:30 a.m. Long Beach, CA World Trade Center Long Beach Conference Theatre, One World Trade Center Long Beach, CA 90831




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    If you want victory, eternity,

    Then burn in the fire of love, don't sleep.

    You slept a hundred nights, what did you gain?

    For God's sake, tonight don't sleep till dawn.

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Russia Informs U.S. on arms control

MOSCOW (AP) - Seeking to ease concerns about Russian arms sales to Iran, Russia informed a high-ranking U.S. delegation in Moscow this week about a new policy aimed at increasing control over weapons sales, officials said Friday. A committee will oversee the sale of military supplies to foreign countries, and the government will make annual reports on arms sales, according to a government decree published on the Foreign Ministry's Web site >>> FULL TEXT

Wounded Palestinians arrive in Tehran for treatment

TEHRAN, Dec 8 (AFP) - Fourteen Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces arrived in Tehran Friday for medical treatment, the official IRNA news agency reported. The wounded, between 12 and 20 years old, were received by a number of senior officials, including General Rahim Safavi, chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards >>> FULL TEXT

Man accused of bilking hotel claims to be shah's nephew

December 8, (Denver Rocky Mountain News) -- The man told everyone he was a nephew of the late Shah of Iran and came to Denver to open a big motel and market his patented disposable toothbrush. Whoever he really is, he's in the Denver jail now, accused of failing to pay a $21,000 hotel bill at the tiny, luxurious LoDo Inn on Wazee Street, owned by former FBI agent Tom Broemmel and his wife, Lani Lee >>> FULL TEXT

Forough's sister talks about NY opera

Tehran, (Hambastegi) -- Forough Farrokhzad's sister, Pouran, talks about the upcoming opera at New York's Carnegie Hall based on one of Forough's poems >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Concern over piracy

Tehran, (Hayat-e No) -- Iranian musicians are loosing millions of tomans due to piracy >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Tonbak master dies

Tehran, (Hayat-e No) -- Houshang Mehrvarzan, a master of the tonbak for , has passed away >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteghlal defeat Fajr Sepasi

Tehran - December 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Esteghlal defeated Fajr Sepasi of Shiraz 2-1 on Friday, in a match that was postponed from week 9 of the Azadegan League. At Azadi Stadium, Esteghlal managed to overcome a goal deficit to defeat visiting Fajr Sepasi. Fajr Sepasi took the lead in minute 4 when Faraz Fatemi managed to beat the off side trap and chip into goal a pass from the right side >>> FULL TEXT

Who's on top, who's not

Tehran - December 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- Latest Azadegan League standings >>> FULL TEXT

Schedule of games for next four months

Tehran - December 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Azadegan League will continue until December 29, when arch rivals Esteghlal and Persepolis will meet in Azadi Stadium in what is expected to be a powerful match between Iran's top two clubs >>> FULL TEXT


Ayatollah Montazeri's son arrested

The publication of Ayatollah Montazeri's memoirs in a very limited circulation has been followed by the arrest of his son, Saeed, and a number of the staff in his office. The Ayatollah's elder son , Ahmad, talks to Behrouz Parsa >>> LISTEN HERE

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