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Thursday December 21, 2000 / Dey 1, 1379, No. 1131


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Not a love story
Merry Christmas, Sandy. Wherever you are

By Shahrokh Zarnegar
December 21, 2000
The Iranian

I made up my mind. I was going to do it. The hell with everyone and everything.

Determined, and completely terrified, I walked inside a phone booth and started looking at the names and phone numbers written in bold letters. There were names like "Wild Wendy", "Shelly the She Devil", "Paula Please", "Kitty Cat", and "Breasty Barbara". I picked up the phone and dialed the number for "Sandy the Australian Blond." >>> GO TO FEATURE



By Roya Hakakian
December 21, 2000
The Iranian

The Monday
Was a Monday
The air
Was air
Some rain
Some shine


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Hashemi Rafsanjani: Two strategies


Judiciary and the journalists

BBC Persian Service

Head of Tehran's Department of Justice rejected allegations of factional tendencies in the Judiciary and among the judges. Abbas-Ali Alizadeh made the remarks in a letter to the Head of the Judiciary in response to a letter by the Association of Journalists in Tehran. In an interview with Reza Alijani, journalist in Tehran; Maria Sarsalari asks how far Mr. Alizadeh's remarks can convince the journalists >>> LISTEN

Survey Shows a Record 40 Percent of World Is Free

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A report on worldwide democracy and human rights released on Wednesday found major progress in those areas in Mexico and Yugoslavia, with over 40 percent of the world's population living in free nations.

The Freedom House report, ``Freedom in the World 2000-2001,'' said 86 countries, representing 2.5 billion people, or 40.7 percent of the world's population, were ``free,'' the highest proportion given that rating in the history of the survey, which dates to 1981. Inhabitants of those countries enjoy a broad range of rights. >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

Kayhan: Khatami is not the end of the line for Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Rah-e Kargar: Support for boycotting trial of serial murder suspects >>> FULL TEXT


Fariborz! You're rich!

Alison Wentzel writes to The Iranian: I am an inheritance investigator looking for Fariborz K. Goodarz. There is a lost bank account worth a lot of money for him. Please contact me at

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* Nothing to condemn or condone

Reza writes: I personally can not think of any reason why Maryam and Darryl's picture would be posted on this site...

If genuine admiration exists between a man and a woman, then their marriage will prosper as it will perish if there existed reasons other than the aforementioned. Either way, this matter is nothing to condone or condemn. It is an arcane force between a male and a female and only time will tell if it were to prove effete or immortal >>> FULL TEXT

* Reality rarely seen

Haleh Vaziri writes: A simple thank you to Rasool Nafisi who shares - even revels - in the spirit of Oraman ["People of Oraman"]!

With his lyrical prose and keen photographic eye, Dr. Nafisi depicts a slice of reality rarely seen and appreciated by those of us who most need to understand - city dwellers, who are caught up in the hustle-bustle of self-important lives.

The Kurds of Oraman - as well as their guest - remind us what is real: hospitality and grace amidst life's trials and tribulations.

* Only we understand

Eliot Salehi writes: I can't express my feeling about the poem by Mahrokh Pourzaynal ["Gham-e bahaaraan-e Iran"]. All I have to say is that I could not stop crying once I finished it & unfortunately I am @ work.

That was a piece that does not come around very often & only we, the immigrant generation would feel thru our hearts. T

hank you for printing it. Doorood bar all of you.

* Origins of Persian fur

Asghar Pashmak writes: Making fun of hairy Iranians is a shameful activity ["Persian worrior"] ["Hairy Iranians not funny"]. Don't you understand? Don't you know how much money we spend on Nair, razors and cream, laser operations and other hair removal methods? Don't you know our history of hair? ...

I really don't know who my true Persian jaddo-aabaad were (like some 1,400 years ago) and how hairy they were. But I am fairly certain that somewhere along the line some sheikh inserted his genes into my lineage and thus gave me the beautiful 100% Persian fur coa >>> FULL TEXT

Wanted: Googoosh fans for TV interview

Channel 4 News in Britain is making a short film about the Iranian pop star Googoosh and her London concert at Wembley Arena on Jan 6th 2001.

The film-makers are interested in interviewing a small number of her most devoted fans who have special memories of Googoosh and her music. We are particularly interested to hear from UK-based Iranians >>> DETAILS




The Gift
Poems by the Great Sufi Master Hafiz
By Daniel Ladinsky (translator)



The Gift
Poems by the Great Sufi Master Hafiz
By Daniel Ladinsky (translator)



Sharafnaameh: Taarikh-e mofassal-e kordestaan
Four-hundred-year-old history
By Amir Sharif Khan Badlisi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I swear on the heart that is humbled before her;

    I swear on the soul that is drunk on her wine;

    I swear on that moment when they saw me,

    A cup in one hand, and her hand in mine.

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Khatami blasts "barbaric" Israelis, hails intifada

TEHRAN, Dec 21 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday bitterly denounced the "brutal and barbaric" Israelis and said their treatment of the Palestinians was an "insult" to the Islamic world. Khatami made his remarks before the nation's committee to support the Islamic revolution in Palestine, which was created by parliament in the 1990s and inspired by the country's radicals >>> FULL TEXT

Businessman indicted in alleged scheme to ship parts to Iran

December 20, SAN DIEGO (AP) - An investigation into an alleged scheme to export restricted military aircraft parts from California to Iran has been expanded to include a London-based businessman who was convicted of the same crime in New York in 1988 >>> FULL TEXT

New Tehran lab to perform 24-hour drug, alcohol testing

TEHRAN, Dec 21 (AFP) - Tehran has established a laboratory to perform round-the-clock testing for drugs and alcohol, both of which are illegal in the Islamic republic, papers said Thursday. The 24-hour lab, which will use both breathalyzers and blood tests, will keep those suspected of violating the ban from having to spend the night in jail, newspapers said >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC Boss: Oil Output Cut Is Likely

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likely will cut production in January if world oil prices keep dropping, the cartel's president said Thursday. ``If the oversupply in the market were to be sustained, oil prices would fall and the Venezuelan economy would be affected,'' said Ali Rodriguez, who also is Venezuela's oil minister >>> FULL TEXT

Mourning "The Smell Of Camphor, The Fragrance Of Jasmine"

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- "The Smell Of Camphor, The Fragrance Of Jasmine" won eight awards at the Fajr film festival last year, including best picture. But the director, Bahman Farmanara, has decided to screen the film at only two theaters in Tehran after "mourning" ceremonies >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Milani's new film

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Tahmineh Milani's sixth film, "Nimeh-ye penhaan", is the final production stage. Milani says she makes films for Iranians first, film fests second >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Women writers: Progress

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Nahid Tabatabaie, author of three books, says women writers have prgressed >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Kavianpour: Not worth that much

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The English soccer club Ipswich is interested in Hamed Kavianpour. But he's not worth a million pounds, says the coach >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Abedzadeh: We will win!

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Ahmadreza Abedzadeh is working hard to be ready for the match of the year on December 29. He's confident Persepolis will beat Esteqlal again >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteqlal: More guns

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal is bettering its chances of beating Persepolis on December 29 by borrowing Ali Mousavi from his German club >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Boycotting the trial

Relatives of the victims of the serial political killings say they have dismissed their lawyers and have no intention of attending the trial which is set for 23 December. Lara Petrossian talks to Siavosh Mokhtari, son of Mohammad Mokhtari, one of the victims who explains why they have made such a decision >>> LISTEN HERE

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