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Wednesday, February 9, 2000 / Bahman 20, 1378, No. 913

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First city
Honolulu is home now - among other homes

By Majid Tehranian
February 9, 2000
The Iranian

I live in Honolulu. But my journey began in Mashhad, Iran, where I was born eons ago. Today as I listened to the murmur of the rain falling on rooftops, looking out my window at the misty Diamond Head and the roaring Pacific beyond, a feeling of nostalgia set in. I was banished to paradise in 1981 to stay here only for a year. Life' s mysterious design had brought and kept me here. It is home now, among other homes - Mashhad, Tehran, Hanover, Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and now Honolulu - seven cities in all. I had wandered from city to city as a migrating bird. But I had no destination in mind. The journey was the thing ...

The most vivid memory of my childhood is the piercing pain I felt in my toes when I was walking with my mother along the narrow, stone-laden streets of Mashhad. It had snowed heavily the night before, and streets were filled with slush, penetrating into my little shoes and toes as we walked fast to reach home from my grandparents' house >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Two

As Wes exited the parking area, no other cars were on the highway. As he drove across the dam, he knew something frightening but exciting had entered his life. A rush of adrenaline sent his mind whirling and forced him to forget his sorrow. Life was a pain-filled void and now he sensed his life might have a new meaning; it might take a different direction.

It was nine years since he had been in Israel. He was then researching the history on the West Bank. Now, Walker turned on the car 's interior light and unfolded the paper given to him. After reading a Chicago telephone number, a woman's name, and a street address in The Old City of Jerusalem, Wes turned his Cadillac to the side of the Keystone Highway. Blessed with a photographic memory, he lighted the paper with a gold-platted, cigarette lighter, and dropped the paper into the car's ashtray >>> GO TO FEATURE


The candidates

List of candidates from Tehran >>> FULL TEXT


Final solution

A man and his wife went to bed one night and the man was getting very frisky and asked his wife if she was in the mood. His wife answered, "Not tonight dear I have a headache." The man replied, "Is that your final answer?" She said "Yes." And the man said, "OK, then I'd like to phone a friend."

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* Love can be...

Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi writes: It seems human love when practised selflessly by lovers is a beautiful and noble thing. However, in reality as daily experience reveals, human love can be full of pain, contradictory, full of struggle and sometimes with regret. The conditional aspect of love refers to the fact that human love can be creative or destructive, enlightened or ignorant, universal or limited, and material or spiritual.

These diverse, opposite qualities of love are due to the qualities of the object of the person's love. In other words, if the object of human love is beauty, knowledge, or life, love is manifested in its most beautiful, enlightened and creative manner. If the object of the person's love is untruth, cruelty, and materialism, then falsehood and destruction are the outcome >>> FULL TEXT

* Even better Shiraz

Banafsheh Zand writes: The Australian Shirazes are indeed quite fabulous ["High spirits"] BUT there is a Napa Valley (California) vinyard called EXP that produces the most amazing Shiraz, Cabernet and Granache blends that'll knock your socks off! But if the Australian is your taste then try Penfolds Vinyards' Shiraz Bin 128 - Also superb!

* It was sweet

Amir Sadjadi writes: Last Sunday (February 6) I had the opportunity to see the final match of the wrestling wolrd cup 2000 competition held at the Patriot Center in the campus of George Mason University in FairFax,Virginia.

I must confess that I have never seen any wrestling matches in person. But as a child in Iran , I saw many great wrestling matches on TV and flet the excitement and the sheer tension between the Iranian, Russian and American wrestlers.

I was very happy to see national team of Iran compete for the title of the world champions in this year's event. The Iranian team included young and technically skilled wrestlers >>> FULL TEXT

Art: Seyed Alavi at Gallery Ovissi

Gallery Ovissi presents AQUAMANO, works by Seyed Alavi. OPENING:Saturday, March 4 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. On view until April 9. RSVP- 510-601-6874, 1425 Park Avenue, Emeryville, Hrs: Sat/Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. DIRECTIONS: Take Bay Bridge to 80E. First exit off 80-Meryville/Powell St., Right Powell St., 2nd light right Hollis, 3rd light right Park Avenue- 2 blocks down.

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Reformers overhaul candidate list, tap president's brother

TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - Iran's leading pro-reform party on Wednesday overhauled its slate of candidates for next week's key parliamentary elections, tapping President Mohammad Khatami's brother to head the list. Just hours after releasing its candidate list at a Tehran press conference, the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPP) issued a revised slate aimed at capitalising on Khatami's appeal -- and name recognition >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's brother blasts those behind rising political tension

TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - The brother of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, himself a leading reformist, blasted those trying to boost political tension throughout Iran Wednesday, nine days before elections and two days after he was attacked at the hustings. Mohammad-Reza Khatami, who aides said was stoned by conservatives at an electoral meeting Monday in the provinces, said he "condemned the attacks from by different pressure groups", without further explanation >>> FULL TEXT

Head of Iranian reformist daily hospitalised with "mental troubles"

TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - The director of a reformist daily who was due to appear in court Wednesday accused of publishing "insulting" cartoons of a leading cleric has been taken to hospital with "mental troubles," Tehran court officials said. The lawyer of Mohammad-Reza Yazdapanah Fadai, director of Azad, gave the court a medical certificate saying Fadai had gone into Iranmehr hospital for "mental trouble and depression" on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami apologizes to candidates

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In a pointed show of solidarity, Iran's moderate president has apologized to candidates who were disqualified by a hard-line election body from this month's parliamentary polls, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The affiliations of the disqualified candidates were not immediately known, but Iranian moderates have expressed fears that the supervisory election body, the Guardian Council, would eliminate those who do not fully endorse the policies of hard-liners among the ruling clergy >>> FULL TEXT

Explosions revealed perpetrators' "hatred" for Iran: Khatami

TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - The people behind Saturday's explosions in Tehran which killed one person and injured five others were full of "hatred for the Iranian people," President Mohammad Khatami told a meeting of Islamic militiamen, reported by the official IRNA news agency Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Conoco cautiously optimistic on Libya, Iran ties

HOUSTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Conoco Inc.(NYSE:COCa - news) CEO Archie Dunham said on Tuesday he was cautiously optimistic that under a new president, U.S. oil companies would be able to return to Libya and Iran, both now off limits because of U.S. sanctions >>> FULL TEXT

Conoco cautiously optimistic on Libya, Iran ties

TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday inaugurated the Islamic republic's first sugarcane refinery in the prosperous south-western Khuzestan province >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Students protest against Masoud Kimiaie "Eteraaz" -- a film about the student movement. But unconfirmed reports say he has been chosen by the Fajr jury as the best director >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

For you, not them

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Siroos Alvand says he made "Dast-haaye aloodeh" for moviesgoers not the critics >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A group from Armenia will perform a ballet based on Ferdosi's Rostam & Sohrab at the Fajr music festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

First win

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis squeeked by its Kazakh opponent in Riyadh with a single goal in the second half >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis was saved by Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab who scored just a few minutes after he was brought in the game. Meanwhile the Saudis beat the Iraqi team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Pavin's smart changes to the Persepolis line-up were instrumental in its victory >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Seventh city

The rain had stopped. The sun was shining. Trees were still wet, drenched in there luminous green, greener than any green I have seen anywhere. I looked at the sky. The clouds were drifting away revealing an ocean of blue. And the ocean was reflecting the blue of the sky with a thousand glittering shades of color. Diamond Head sat at the foot of the ocean like a naked goddess. I had reached my seventh city [Honolulu].

-- Majid Tehranian
"First city"
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February 9, 2000

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