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Honolulu is home now - among other homes
By Majid Tehranian
February 9, 2000
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 >>>
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Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
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 >>>
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List of candidates from Tehran >>>
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."
Thanks to S.I.
* 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
* Even better Shiraz
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
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 >>>
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Reformers overhaul candidate list, tap
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
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"
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
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,
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,
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
(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
For you, not them
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Siroos Alvand says he made "Dast-haaye
aloodeh" for moviesgoers not the critics >>> FULL TEXT IN
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
(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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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
February 9, 2000
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