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Thursday December 14, 2000 / Azar 24, 1379, No. 1126


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And the winner is...
... not George W. Bush. But it ain't the end of the world

December 14, 2000
The Iranian

The absurdity of it all. The United States, the cradle of democracy, has elected a president who has received fewer votes than his rival. Worse still, the election was decided by an incomplete vote count.

But there is one other crucial aspect to this historic saga. And that is the rule of law >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mahrokh Pourzaynal
December 14, 2000
The Iranian


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Secret socieites and repeating a national tragedy >>> GO TO FEATURE


Mohajerani resigns

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami has accepted the resignation of the Minister of Culture, Ataollah Mohajerani. Mr Mohajerani has been fiercely criticised by conservatives who accuse him of encouraging an erosion of moral standards. Last month his ministry's work was also criticised by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Here is an interview with Mehdi Khalaji, journalist, followed by comments from Baqer Moin of the BBC >>> LISTEN

Iran's Cultural Architect Steps Down

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami has accepted the resignation of liberal culture minister Ataollah Mohajerani, a move which analysts said could deal a fatal blow to the movement for greater freedom of expression.

Mohajerani was the chief architect of Iran's cultural renaissance, the man behind the explosion of free press and arts in the country >>> FULL TEXT

Persia through an insider's lens

The Christian Science Monitor
December 14, 2000
By Susan Llewelyn Leach

The new shah was so enthused by the photographic technology coming out of France in the 1840s that whenever he traveled, he carried a pile of freshly shot portraits of himself to present to foreign dignitaries.

Nasir al-din Shah, the Persian ruler, quickly appointed a full-time court photographer to document his movements and converted a palace building into a photo studio >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

Kayhan: The youth voted for reformists. What have reformists done for them? >>> FULL TEXT

Rah-e Kargar: Iran's is close to experiencing another revolution >>> FULL TEXT


Thought this couldn't happen in this country?

B R A D E N T O N, Fla., Dec. 12 (AP) - Attorney General Janet Reno today blocked the release of a Palestinian man jailed for three years without charges, federal officials said >>> READ

Thanks to Daryoush Mehrtash

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* Iran has seen worse throughout history

Mohammad Ali Yamini writes: We Iranians have an ancient and rich history that is not going to fade away just because of an isolated case of an Iranian girl marrying a Black man ["Maryam & Daryl"]. Iran throughout its histories has been exposed to worse kinds of situations.

I think that the Iranian girl who has decided to marry an African-American has absolutely every right to do as she wishes but she cannot impose her choices on others. What will come next in your photo gallery? The picture of an Iranian gay homosexual couple OR the picture of an Iranian gay homosexual couple who have adopted a Black little girl OR ... How much more absurd can it become? >>> FULL TEXT

* Nothing special

Faramarz Kaviani writes: Thank you for Shahriar Zahedi's "Daastaan-e anbeh"!!! Up to this moment, and through reading other people's cheering reactions to Sadaf Kiani's articles, I have been thinking is it only me who doesn't see anything special about them? Now I see it's not just me.

* Chashm

Adnaan writes: I was looking at the photo-cartoon titled "Seasons Greetings from Kheineken", where a hijab-wearing Iranian woman is displayed with a distorted male face and a beer bottle tucked under the garb.

It may appear funny to some, with it's computer graphic software-generated image using a photo of an actual person, what appears to be a Muslim woman in Islamic garb.

I personally find this "piece of art" to be very offensive and is a complete mockery of hijab-wearing Muslim women in Iran and elsewhere! Please do not post such insulting art work on your website in the near future.

* Demeaning to monkeys

Dana Jalali writes: Regarding the comparison between George W. Bush and monkeys in the Anyway section: Very demeaning to monkeys.

Art: Manzanar project, Tokyo

Beyond Manzanar is a virtual reality art installation by Zara Houshmand and Tamiko Thiel, showing December 12-25, 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan. >>> FEATURE




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    With a smile biting those two ruby lips,

    How beautifully, idol, you've come to life!

    Stealing my heart that day was not enough;

    Today you're back, intent upon my life.

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Lawyer for families of assassination victims freed on bail: press

TEHRAN, Dec 14 (AFP) - A lawyer for the families of two Iranian dissidents assassinated in 1998 was released on bail three days after his arrest, a newspaper said Thursday. Nasser Zarafshan, who was arrested Sunday just days before the trial of the alleged killers begins in a Tehran military court, was freed Wednesday on 27,000 dollars bail, the Khorassan paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Judiciary denies motion filed to oust president

TEHRAN, Dec 14 (AFP) - Iran's judiciary spokesman was quoted in Thursday's press denying reports of a motion filed with the supreme court to oust reformist President Mohammad Khatami from office. "No such letter regarding the incapability of Mr. Khatami has been received by the judiciary," Hossein Mirmohammad-Sadeq said, cited in the Entekhab daily >>> FULL TEXT

Former Guards commander tipped to run for president: paper

TEHRAN, Dec 14 (AFP) - The former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards corps is expected to announce his candidacy for next May's presidential elections, press reports said here Thursday. Mohsen Rezaie, now serving as the number two member of a powerful conservative-dominated oversight body, will present himself "soon" as a candidate, the conservative Tehran Times said, citing an unnamed source >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to authorise $2.8 bln investment in Azadegan

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Iran's draft budget bill for the new year starting March 2001 authorises up to $2.8 billion to be invested in the giant Azadegan oilfield through buy-back contracts, the semi-official Iran newspaper said on Wednesday. With an estimated six billion barrels of recoverable reserves, Azadegan, located in the Iranian southwest, is the world's largest find since Russia found the 5.5 billion barrel Priobye in 1982 >>> FULL TEXT

Renault confirms deal to build natural gas engines for Iran buses

TEHRAN, Dec 14 (AFP) - French automotive giant Renault confirmed Thursday it will equip a number of Iranian buses with natural gas engines in collaboration with local partner Shahab Khodro. It said the lower-pollution engines had passed initial testing and would go into production in early 2001 in the western city of Tabriz to outfit roughly 1,000 buses >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to reduce crude swap rates from January 2001

TEHRAN, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Iran's acting deputy oil minister said oil swap rates for Turkmen and Kazakh oil would be reduced from January 1, 2001, Hambastegi newspaper reported on Thursday. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, who is also Iran's OPEC governor, was quoted as saying the new rate would be $16 per tonne for Turkmen oil and $13 per tonne for Kazakh oil, because of higher transport costs >>> FULL TEXT

"The Circle": World distribution

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Jafar Panahi's highly-acclaimed "The Circle" will be screened in 29 countries >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Hot film subject: Afghans

Tehran (Hammbastegi) -- Don't be surprised if Iranian films about Afghans sweep the awards at international film fests next year. No less than five directors are making films on this subject, notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Kimiaie: Filming soon after long delay

Tehran (Hammbastegi) -- Masoud Kimiaie will finally start shooting his new film in the U.S. or Canada. No word if his wife Googoosh will star in it, as originally planned >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Faridzadeh may leave his post

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Mohammad Javad Faridzadeh is the head of the Center for Dialogue of Civilizations. But perhaps not for long. He suffers from heart disease -- and he's unhappy about the lack of funds >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Reza-Zadeh on top of the world

Tehran (Iran daily) -- World record holder Hossein Reza-Zadeh has been chesen as the world's best weightlifter >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

German coach undecided

Tehran (Iran daily) -- A prominent German soccer coach, who is battling cocaine addiction, says he is considering Iran's offer to coach the national team >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Persepolis defeat Bargh Shiraz

Tehran - December 14 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: A penalty kick gave Persepolis the much needed three points in its encounter with Bargh Shiraz on Thursday, in which Persepolis won 1-0 >>> FULL TEXT


Nasser Zarafshan stays in jail

A leading lawyer in the case of serial political killings, who was arrested last week and was about to be released on bail today was sent back to prison on new charges. The Judiciary Organisation of Armed Forces accused Nasser Zarafshan of keeping illegal documents and weapon at home. Ramazan Haj Mashadi, Mr Zarafshan's lawyer gives more details to Rosita Atai >>> LISTEN HERE

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Impossible conditions

The conditions and requirements that have taken shape in the realms of art, culture and the intellect have made it impossible for me to continue my duties... We have not achieved any success worthy of our nation, artists and writers.

-- Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani's resignation letter
December 14, 2000

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