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Driving out demons of winter
By Massoume Price
January 28, 2000
Sadeh, which means hundred, is a mid-winter feast that was celebrated
with grandeur and magnificence in ancient Iran. It was a festivity to honor
fire and defeat the forces of darkness -- frost and cold. Two different
days were observed for its veneration. One celebration marked the hundredth
day before the religious Noruz on the first day of the Farvardin, or March
21. (religious Noruz is different from the seasonal spring Noruz). The
other one was the hundredth day after Ayathrima (one of the six feasts
of obligation) held to be the beginning of winter. This day coincides with
10th of Bahman (January 30) in the present calendar. It is not clear why
there are two Sadeh festivals and why different regions have had different
dates. Many Zoroastrian holy days were and are celebrated twice; this is
caused by the calendar reform in the 3rd century AD >>>
GO TO FEATURE
January 28, 2000
Most of these Googoosh songs are from early in her caeer and you may
not have heard them. Some of the listed names are not correct. Let us know
if you do. Special thanks to Ali Sabaii for providing a tape of these golden
Iran's female students protest at segregation
Medical school sit-ins reflect growing demands for sexual
equality More about Iran
By Geneive Abdo
The Guardian (London)
January 28, 2000
Qom, Iran -- In a daring challenge to the Islamic system, female medical
students in Iran are refusing to attend classes and are staging sit-ins
in protest at their segregation from men in universities. The students
believe they receive an inferior medical education to their male peers.
One medical school in the holy Shi'ite city of Qom is for women only,
and in Tehran's universities men and women must attend classes in separate
rooms or sit on opposite sides of the classroom >>>
(Alleged) bad guys
The police at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), are
looking for two "Persians" suspected of attempted murder >>> GO HERE
Thanks to R
Akbar Mahdi writes:
I am alarmed by the disparity between your "feature" pieces.
One high and one like this ["Nice
What can I say? I am not a moralist nor do I oppose freedom of expression.
However, I wonder why such a piece should be included in The Iranian?
What are the informative, investigative, or literary aspects of this piece
qualifying it for publication? How can one generalize about a community
by visiting one brothel and talking to three girls?
No serious editor will find this kind of individual observation worthy
of publication. Please do not allow The Iranian to be brought to
the level of pieces like this >>>
* Reply: Distasteful, but valuable
Jahanshah Javid writes:
I do understand your concern. This piece ["Nice
ladies, amigo?"] does not meet high journalistic standards. But
I think it is still interesting as a personal account of an aspect of Iranian
life in America which is never officially talked about. Several of my friends
have told me about how often Iranians go to the brothels in Tijuana and
I have always wondered what goes on there and why. I think this is a social
phenomenon that should be noticed.
Of course I would have preferred an article by a professional journalist
or a scholar. But I think personal stories can be valuable -- even if they
are unprofessional, distasteful or about controversial subjects. Maybe
such crude stories will open some eyes and pave the way toward more serious
discussions and studies.
And another important point, I think, is that Internet-based publications
such as iranian.com cannot be compared to traditional magazines and newspapers.
The Internet is more personal and interactive, and therefore it is not
as polished and heavily edited as the print media. That's why I prefer
the Internet. It is more real, and being real is not always pretty or tasteful
Rights: In memory of the Forouhars and...
"Human Rights for Iran" presents a roundtable discussion on
"Killing Ideas and Its Consequences" in memory of the late Forouhars,
Mokhtari, Pooyandeh, Sharif, Afzali, Miralaee, Sirjani, .... Time: 2:00-4:30
PM, Sunday, January 30, 2000.
Location: Upper Arlington Library, Columbus, Ohio. For further information
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TEHRAN, Iran Some 650 potential candidates have been
barred from competing in next month's legislative elections, a hard-line
Iranian council that screens candidates said Thursday. Ayatollah Reza Ostadi,
spokesman of the Guardians Council, was quoted by Iranian television as
saying that some 600 out of 7,000 hopefuls were disqualified by the Interior
Ministry and electoral supervisory councils, while 50 others were directly
rejected by the Council >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami and Nuri keep the vote in the family
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - The names of Khatami and Nuri, two of the
most prestigious in Iranian politics, will appear on the ballot for next
month's parliamentary elections, with their owners hoping to form a dynamic
duo to help push forward reform -- backing the policies of their elder brothers.
Mohammad-Reza Khatami, 40, and Ali-Reza Nuri, 36, have made their own careers
-- both are doctors -- far from the political arena, where they are still
novices >>> FULL TEXT
US elections may change their relations
Jan 28, 2000, TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - Iranian-US contacts are on
the rise and upcoming elections in both countries may lead to a political
dialogue, and even the re-establishment of ties severed 20 years ago, analysts
said here. This month Iranian footballers have played a friendly against
the United States in Los Angeles, American wrestlers took part in an international
championship bout in Iran and US mountain climbers scaled 5,671-meter-high
(18,700-foot-high) Mount Damavand, considered the "roof of Iran."
>>> FULL TEXT
Iranian & Egyptian foreign ministers
in rare meeting
Jan 28 (AFP) - The Iranian and Egyptian foreign ministers held a rare meeting
Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,
amid mounting moves by the Middle East's two most populous states to improve
their long-broken relations. Kamal Kharazi and Amr Mussa discussed bilateral
relations and "improving trade ties" as well as "growing
Israeli threats to the Middle East" and the "deplorable situation"
in Chechnya, the official IRNA news agency said Friday >>> FULL
Cook defends renewed dialogue with Iran,
Jan 28 (AFP) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Friday his policy
of renewing contacts with Iran and Libya had brought results. "Critical
engagement may require involvement without illusions about the regimes with
which we negotiate," he said, in a speech in London setting out his
foreign policy goals >>> FULL TEXT
Iran sees oil income up $2 bln in year
Jan 27 (Reuters) - Strong crude prices are likely to boost Iran 's oil income
by more than $2 billion during the budget year beginning in March, a senior
Iranian official said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT
(Cinema) - Italian director Franccesco Rossi is going to be among the foreign
guests at the upcoming Fajr film festival. Plus more news >>> FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Interviews with those in the film industry
about this year's Fajr film festival entries >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Need state help
Tehran (Cinema) - The Iranian film industry is not really independent.
It could not survive withtout the support of state organizations like the
Farabi Foundation >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - Names of Azadegan's top goal scorers and the league table
(Persepeolis on top) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Omid Zahedi scored four goals for his team,
Foulad Khuzestan, and joined the league's top goal scorers >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Daryoush Yazandi is not happy about sitting
on his German club bench. But he thinks eventually it might be worth it
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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My favorite section is the online games. Nice little communtiy
with. Hope it will grow.
The web has seen a proliferation of web-sites focused exclusively
on issues and information of importance to women. "What about men?"
Until now, elections were held to consolidate the regime, and competition
was unimportant. This time, the result, whatever it may be, will determine
the future of the regime and the revolution.
-- Mohammad Reza Khatami
January 28, 2000
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