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The Iranian Features
January 24-28, 2000 / Bahman 4-8, 1378


* Culture: Sadeh
* Music: Early Googoosh


* Prostitution: Nice ladies, amigo?
* Opinion: Dethroning Akbar Shah
* Memories: A kiss in a Cadillac
* Love: Say "I love you"
* Cover story: Baby come back

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January 28, 2000


Driving out demons of winter

By Massoume Price
January 28, 2000
The Iranian

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



    Early Googoosh

    January 28, 2000
    The Iranian

    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 oldies >>> LISTEN HERE

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January 27, 2000


Nice ladies, amigo?
Iranians have cornered the brothel business in Tijuana

By Kamran Behzadian
January 27, 2000
The Iranian

So I went down to southern California for a week. I was to hang out at a cousin's, go to the Iran-USA soccer game at the Rose Bowl and check out a trade show.

The game was cool. There were over 50,000 Iranians of all sorts there from an old lady in a chador to cute teens dressed like Los Vegas show girls and boys eyeing each other. Amazing how peacefully Iranians can live together in California. No one cared if the other guy was a Jew, Muslim, or whatever. They were all Iranians.

But hey, I am not writing this to tell you about the game. Nor am I going to lecture on democracy. I am here to tell you about the most popular brothel in Mexico. Why would you be interested? Well ... >>> GO TO FEATURE

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January 26, 1999


Dethroning Akbar Shah
The genie is out of the bottle -- almost

By Mehdi Ardalan
January 26, 2000
The Iranian

All eyes are now set on the parliamentary election due to be held on February 20 considered to be the most significant turning point for Iran defining her place in the world and setting her agenda for many decades to come.

Meanwhile, Rafsanjani has quickly found that, by Western standards, a mildly questioning public opinion is making Iran's political scene a non-friendly place to be even for crafty political survivors like himself.

This time around Rafsanjani's prospects for a sweeping victory is not a foregone conclusion as the hitherto silenced questions of his pro-reform critics are coming back to haunt him; questions ranging from his role in the mysterious string murders of over 80 dissidents and intellectuals during his two terms of presidency (1988-1996) to the shortcomings of his economic liberalization policies in that same period >>> GO TO FEATURE

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January 25, 1999


A kiss in a Cadillac
... and crash!

By xAle
January 25, 2000
The Iranian

After a few rainy days, it was such a pleasure to see the sun again. The delicate new leaves shined invitingly with brilliant colors. Mashhad's winter cold had started to fade and everywhere one could see that spring was in the air.

Sparrows made fresh nests and the narcissus with their long stalks were about to bloom. There was so much happening with spring just a few weeks away; it was hard not to join in.

After school, as I left the courtyard, I saw Hamid standing next to a big, shiny black car asking if I wanted to go for a ride in a "Cadillac" >>> GO TO FEATURE


Say "I love you" all over again

Valentine's Day is just 19 days away. We have created a special page for your messages to your loved one. All you have to do is email the message to us and we will publish it on February 14. You will make her, or him, very happy. Email your message here:

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January 24, 2000

Cover story

Baby come back

By Krista Nassi
January 24, 2000
The Iranian

I, the undersigned, Krista Nassi, daughter of Nasser, born in Tehran in 1970, ID Card no. 3848, entered Technical High School of Graphics in 1985 and started my studies for a bachelor degree in the field of painting in 1993 at Al-Zahra University after completion of which I continued my studies for masters degree at the University of Art in the field of painting and I graduated in 1999 >>> GO TO FEATURE

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