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Monday, January 31, 2000 / Bahman 11, 1378, No. 906

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Serving His Majesty
A former prime minister speaks of the Pahlavi era

By Habib Ladjevardi
January 31, 2000
The Iranian

From the preface to Memoirs of Jafar Sharif-Emami, Prime Minister of Iran (1960-1961 & 1978), the seventh volume from the Harvard Iranian Oral History Project Series edited by Habib Ladjevardi (Ibex Publishers , 1999).

As cabinet minister, president of the Senate, president of the Pahlavi Foundation, president of the Iran Chamber of Industries and Mines and twice prime minister during the reign of Mohammad-Reza Shah, Jafar Sharif-Emami was a key player in major events and decisions of the time. For some years, he was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iran, giving him additional informal influence among Iran's political elite >>> GO TO FEATURE


In Islam's State, an Islamic Cry for Change

The New York Times
January 30, 2000

When he arrived at the shop of a specialist in old Islamic scripts in Tehran, the mullah, about 40, was neatly bearded in the way of the college-educated Shiite clerics. But he was dressed in a business suit, not his cleric's attire, and he was flustered.

Late for his appointment, he explained that he had waited in the street in his white turban, black cloak and collarless white shirt, and had seen a dozen empty taxis pass. So he returned home and changed to a suit, and the next taxi picked him up. But the driver, eyeing his fare's salt-and-pepper beard in the mirror, asked, "You're a mullah, aren't you?"

"Well yes, I must confess that I am," the mullah said >>> FULL TEXT


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* Price to be paid

Massud Alemi writes: What is Mr. Mahdi really saying? That by admitting the existence of three unfortunate Iranian prostitutes in Mexico, we're showing that all Iranians are prostitutes? Then what are we promoting by forbidding the publication of such descriptions? That there are NO Iranian prostitutes anywhere in the world? That our race is incapable of producing prostitutes? That Obeyd-e Zakani and Sa'di and many other poets were all liars? That Iraj Mirza and Parvin-e Etessami were spreaders of untruths? Are we not making an ignorant bunch out of ourselves, then?

To me, writing about and publishing the ugly truths about ourselves is a sign of maturity. Let the stone-throwers fling their stones and hurt us. There's a price to be paid for attaining high culture, and someone's got to foot the bill >>> MORE

* Free expression

Ali A. Parsa writes: In reference to what should and should not be covered by The Iranian It is sad that some of us just don't get it. If The Iranian censured every letter in its own liking, it would not be a medium of free expression and not so many of us would read it.

To me, the most important service of The Iranian is that it is a medium of freedom of expression that is a unique privilege of living in America. As we know this privilege is in process of erosion all over the world including America >>> MORE

* Joojeh kabab does it

Hosain Massiha writes: I am not sure Iran Air's ad for their 50th anniversary was a joke. I rather fly Iran Air to Iran from Europe than fly KLM or Swissair and such, because I feel more comfortable in it . They all are good airlines but Iran Air is a bit better in my opinion. In addition they serve "joojeh kabab" and/or "baaghalaa polo".

Theater: Write a play

Golden Thread Productions is accepting script submissions for consideration in its second annual festival of short plays (10-50 min). Plays must be on Middle Eastern themes and/ or characters OR written by a playwright of Middle Eastern heritage regardless of subject matter. POSTMARK DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2000 Mail to: Golden Thread Productions, PMB 153, 4096 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA. 94611. Golden Thread Productions is a dynamic ensemble based in San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the production of theatrical works exploring the Middle Eastern culture and identity as represented throughout the globe.

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Late for his appointment, [the 40-year-old mullah] explained that he had waited in the street in his white turban, black cloak and collarless white shirt, and had seen a dozen empty taxis pass. So he returned home and changed to a suit, and the next taxi picked him up. But the driver, eyeing his fare's salt-and-pepper beard in the mirror, asked, "You're a mullah, aren't you?" "Well yes, I must confess that I am," the mullah said. "If I'd realized that when I first saw you," the driver said, "I wouldn't have stopped."

The New York Times
January 30, 2000

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