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Friday, February 25, 2000 / Esfand 6, 1378, No. 925

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She changed overnight
Before and after getting a Green Card

By Kasra
February 25, 2000
The Iranian

This is an email from a reader -- not an article. It's just dard-o-del. Sadly, it's a story often heard among Iranians aborad.

Last year I went to Iran and met a good-looking 35-year-old woman... We went to Dubai and got married. When I returned to America, I applied to get her a Green Card... When she arrived we had great love affairs and I felt like the luckiest person on earth! After two months her Green Card arrived and I gave it to her. A day after that she changed 180 degrees! She would make excuses and start fights. She tore up 200 love letters that were exchanged between us. She tore up our many pictures taken together in Dubai. (Of course she did not know that in America we make two prints from our films!). It seemed she was trying to erase every evidence of our time together. >>> GO TO FEATURE

New books

Eleven new books from Iran! Esmail Fassih's latest novel; history of Tudeh officers, a film script about the life of the Shah; Iran's best selling novel; eight short stories by Sadegh Hedayat and... >>> GO HERE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Nineteen >>> GO TO FEATURE


Tribute to Nader Naderpour

BBC Persian Service

One of the leaders of the "New Poetry" movement among all persian speakers, Nader Naderpour passed away in Los Angeles on 18 February 2000 >>> LISTEN HERE

Iranian Community Mourns an Idol
Admirers say death can't silence the voice of Persian poet Nader Naderpour.

Los Angeles Times
February 25, 2000

Nader Naderpour's friends gently hoisted his flag-draped casket onto their shoulders Thursday afternoon, carrying him past hundreds of tearful mourners unwilling to grasp that their beloved idol was gone. But even in death, the contemporary Persian poet who inspired a nation couldn't be silenced. His booming, melodic voice rang out over loudspeakers at Westwood Village Memorial Park, a taped recital of Persian verse that has stirred millions of Iranian souls over the last 46 years >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Ramin Tabib



Letter to The Iranian:


Greetings from Singapore! I don't know if you can help me. I really like Iranian-born CNN chief correspondent Christiane Amanpour who was recently married to U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin. All I want to know is that is she a Muslim? It doesn't matter to me whether she is or not but I just would like to know. I know Mr Rubin is a Jew. I think it's wonderful for a Jew to marry a Muslim (that is if she is).

Thank you for your time & reply.


Alawiyah Gurung (Mrs)

More Letters

* Question those in power

Roozbeh Shirazi writes in reply to Mehdi Kianpour's letter:

I received several letters regarding the one I wrote to President Khatami ["Dialogue among ourselves"], but I wish to respond personally to you because you raise very interesting points, present a chance to respond openly to someone in Iran, and allow me to go more in-depth on something I feel very strongly for.

I think your argument is best summed up in "why don't you accept the risk?" I entirely agree with you. In some ways, it is a risk I would be ready to take today, if I had a plane ticket.

However, my friend, for many reasons, the decision is not entirely mine. I am NOT afraid to go to Iran, I am not worried about what may happen and ultimately I know someday I will be in Iran, and hopefully not only as a tourist -- I wish to help build something there. Going to Iran to me is as inevitable as dying -- one day it will happen. The question is when and under what conditions?...

Why don't I accept the risk and just go? Risking is not abandoning reason -- it is a calculated decision one makes aware of factors affecting the outcome of that decision. I have done my research and have determined right now something indeed will happen if I go. Don't question my judgment, question the ones who run Iran and why such policies remain in place and why no official assurances are given. That is exactly why I wrote to the president, because I want to put this issue on the table >>> FULL TEXT

* Changing Persians

Cyrus Raafat writyes: Ms. Ghadrboland's points about identity in lieu of Ms. Hosseini's commentary is a very valid counter-argument to the position brought up originally about the very complex issue of identity.

A person being of a mixed-European/Iranian/Asian/Jewish/African or what ever-hyphenated "American" has many positive and conversely negative elements to it, as she pointed out. However the definitions of "citizenship" versus "nationality" as opposed to "ethnicity" seems to denote more clear definitions of belonging to one group simply based on birth or parentage or ancestral origin. Whereas the issue of "culture" being an outgrowth of "environmental history" including ancestry is more or less fluid.

What was considered an "accultured" person of a particular ethnic group, such as Persians, has continued to change definitions right before our eyes in this past century. For instance, my experience as essentially an American visiting family & friends in Iran was very unique in that I was able to see many facets of that culture being treated as a part of the country, essentially as an "ovrseas Iranian" which hardly any non-Iranian foreigner would have been able to >>> FULL TEXT

Seminar: New York seminar on Iran elections

On Wednesday, March 8, Gulf/2000 in cooperation with the Columbia University Seminar on the Middle East will host a special seminar on the recent elections in Iran. For this event we are pleased to have four exceptionally astute observers of Iranian politics >>> DETAILS HERE


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Eleven new books from Iran! Esmail Fassih's latest novel; history of Tudeh officers, a film script about the life of the Shah; Iran's best selling novel; eight short stories by Sadegh Hedayat and... >>> GO HERE

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Rafsanjani promises to respect vote

TEHRAN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his political fate in the balance amid a dispute over election returns, pledged on Friday to respect the result of the vote. Rafsanjani, standard-bearer for the establishment in polls largely swept by reformers close to President Mohammad Khatami, was clinging to one of the last of Tehran's 30 seats yet to declare, according to one unofficial count >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani cautions winners

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ With reformists sweeping last week's parliamentary elections, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani today cautioned the winners against sidelining the losers. In a sermon at the main weekly prayer in Tehran, Rafsanjani said the Feb. 18 parliamentary polls were "significant and healthy." >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani slams United States

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A top Iranian official slammed the United States during a sermon Friday for professing a desire for improved ties while pushing legislation to punish countries that help Iran's arms program. ``On the one hand they express willingness to have relations with Iran, and on the other they pass laws which seek to punish countries helping Iran with its weapons program,'' ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani said at the sermon at Tehran University >>> FULL TEXT

Moscow blasts Senate's Iran nuclear bill

MOSCOW, Feb 25 (AFP) - Russia slammed the US Senate on Friday for trying to punish countries that it considered were aiding Iranian weapons programmes, saying the "hypocritical" legislation would harm Russo-US relations. In a harshly-worded statement, the Russian foreign ministry described as "unacceptable" the Senate bill, which seeks to slap sanctions on countries deemed to be aiding Iran's efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. State Department human report on Iran

February 25, 2000 (U.S. State Department) -- The [Iranian] government's human rights record remained poor; although efforts within society to make the Government accountable for its human rights policies intensified, serious problems remain. The Government restricts citizens' right to change their government. Systematic abuses include extrajudicial killings and summary executions; disappearances; widespread use of torture and >>> FULL TEXT

Crude prices surge higher

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices in the United States ended the week sharply higher, just below a fresh nine-year high of $30.83, as production cuts by oil cartel OPEC continue to squeeze supply in the world's biggest oil consumer. Frantic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) pushed the front-month April crude oil futures contract above the January 1991 high of $30.46 a barrel just after midday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran poll may herald Caspian oil shake-up

MOSCOW, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Russia has welcomed the election of a reformist government in Iran , but analysts say it may mark the start of an upheaval in the politics of Caspian oil as three key players, Russia, Iran and Turkey, battle for supremacy. The Caspian Sea contains huge if undetermined oil and gas reserves, but is landlocked. Getting them out means building pipelines. And pipelines give transit countries cash and clout >>> FULL TEXT

Great loss

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Nader Naderpour's death was "a great loss", Iran's Writers Association said in a statement saying >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Ceremony to honor Parviz Fannizadeh, 20 years after his demise >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Books of the year

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Late news that we missed: Book of the Year awards >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal's Russian head coach has been sacked. Interview with the new coach, Mansour Pourheydari (will he resign from the national team?) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Day one

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal's first practice with their (old) new head coach >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin says the game against Esteqlal on Sunday will be lots of fun ... and take Persepolis closer towards winning both championships >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Latest team standings and Azadegan goal scorers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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With regard to myself, I must thank those who trusted me and voted for me, and I respect those who did not want to vote for me and decided to vote for others. Their ideas and their votes must be respected.

-- Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
February 25, 2000

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