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Wednesday, July 12, 2000 / Tir 22, 1379, No. 1020

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Poem by Reza Amirkhani
July 12, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Walls of woes
Divided Cyprus has a become a world center for dialogue

By Majid Tehranian
July 12, 2000
The Iranian

Divided Cyprus is a telling metaphor for the world's current human rights and wrongs. Walls of visible and invisible discrimination are built around us everywhere. Ever since 1963, a shabby wall has divided Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to separate the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Following the war of 1974, a Green Line partitioned Cyprus. Like the Berlin Wall during the Cold War years, that partition is a testament to human folly.

A UN peacekeeping soldier stands guard at the wall. To the question whether we can photograph the ruins of the Turkish side, he forlornly nods yes. There is nothing to photograph >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami Seeks More Than Words

By William Drozdiak
Washington Post
July 12, 2000

BERLIN - The Iranian president, Mohammed Khatami, said Tuesday he recognized that a ''new turn'' had taken place in his country's relations with the United States, but he urged the Clinton administration to take more ambitious initiatives in pursuing a reconciliation with Tehran.

Making the first visit to Germany since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, Mr. Khatami used the occasion to implore the United States to follow up its recent acknowledgment about mistaken policies in the past with a bolder shift toward practical steps that could improve relations in the future >>> FULL TEXT

F.M. Esfandiary; Futurist Predicted Immortality

By Myrna Oliver
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2000

F.M. Esfandiary, who legally changed his name to FM2030 because of his confidence that he would live to 100 and beyond, has died at 69. The "chronic optimist," who believed age was irrelevant because a person might have artificial body parts of many different ages--he had a hip that was only 2 years old--died Saturday in New York City. Esfandiary, who said immortality could be achieved by replacing worn-out organs with synthetic substitutes, died of cancer of the pancreas--one body part for which no substitute has been created and which he recently denounced as "a stupid, dumb, wretched organ.">>> FULL TEXT

Also listen to NPR report on Esfandiary >>> LISTEN HERE

Thanks to Taraneh Amin

Breaking the silence

By Scheherezade Faramarzi
The Globe and Mail
July 11, 2000

For 20 years, Googoosh hummed her songs in private for fear of being heard.

"It's been years since I've heard my [singing] voice," the former Queen of Persian pop said in an interview. "I always hummed in a low voice. I used to sing so quietly that my voice developed a ceiling. I was always trying to shut down my voice, bring down its volume. That is why I never really heard my voice properly." >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Pedram Moallemian

Tehran has high hopes for airport

By Guy Dinmore
Financial Times
July 12, 2000

Once a caravanserai on the ancient Silk Road, the airport Iran started before the Islamic revolution will, it hopes, become the biggest in the region, restoring Tehran's status as the main hub between east and west.

On the edge of the Dasht-e-Kavir desert, 35km south- west of Tehran, the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), named after the revolutionary leader who died in 1989, is finally taking shape. Just when it will be ready has been the subject of much speculation, but Mohammad Moslehi, the project's director, says the new target date, delayed because of lack of finance, is set for March 2002. The recent surge in world oil prices, he hopes, will see it on its way >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


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More Letters

* Obsession with greatness

Tirdad Zolghadri writes: What is this Iranian obsession with Great Males, Great Leaders, your Favorite Fantastic Person of the Milllenium and all that ["Iranian of the Century"]. Not only is it worrying and slightly infantile, historically. It's done much more harm than good.

* Feeling Googoosh

Charles Roberson writes: I have spent the day listening to Googoosh's music while writing. Not knowing Persian or Farsi it is amazing how a person can feel the emotion expressed in her voice. This has all been a good learning experience for me.

* Know what you're talking about

Don Hashari writes: I just thought I would send you an email and compliment you for your funny article ["Those (pesky) Persian women"]. I know exactly what you're talking about. I live in San Jose, California. There is a very big Persian community here and it's even worse because everyone knows each other.I wish there was an article talking about attitudes of younger Persian women like yourself. That would be very interesting.

Community: AIC job openings

AMERICAN-IRANIAN COUNCIL, July 7, 2000 -- Positions: American-Iranian Council, Inc., a Princeton-based non-profit research and educational think tank, is seeking two dynamic individuals to fill the full-time positions of Executive Director and Administrative Assistant >>> DETAILS HERE




Women Without Men: A Novella
by Shahrnush Parsipur, Kamran Talattof (Translator), Jocelyn Sharlet (Translator)


Maa chegooneh maa shodim?
Causes of backwardness in Iran, by Sadeq Ziba-Kalam

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

God forbid I'd compare the moon to your face

Or the tall cypress to your stature and grace.

Where in the moon are ruby sweet lips to be found?

What cypress sways with the luminous grace of your ways?
-- Rumi
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Reformist MPs decry acquittal of police for attack on university

TEHRAN, July 12 (AFP) - MPs and other politicians close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami Wednesday decried a court verdict in which the former police chief of Tehran and 17 other police were acquitted for a bloody assault on Tehran University last year. On Tuesday, a military court acquitted the former Tehran police chief, Farhad Nazari, and his men of all charges against them arising from the attack he led on university dormitories last July, which sparked several days of riots that led to deaths and injuries >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami ending Germany trip

WEIMAR, Germany (AP) - At the end of a visit to Germany dominated by talk of human rights, Iranian President Mohammed Khatami denied Wednesday that religion was behind the convictions of 10 Iranian Jews found guilty of spying for Israel. Asked at a forum with German President Johannes Rau about whether the trial was a sign of prejudice against Iran's Jewish minority, Khatami said his government had no control over the judiciary in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's German visit exposed his unpopularity, opposition insists

BERLIN, July 12 (AFP) - The visit to Germany by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami showed he is not popular, a spokesman for the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran insisted Wednesday. Behzad Naziri said that despite the efforts of the German authorities to prevent Iranians living in Germany and elsewhere from attending protests, 20,000 had demonstrated against him in Berlin Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran rejects U.S. terror verdict

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran on Wednesday rejected a U.S. court verdict that held it responsible for a terrorist bombing in Israel that killed two Americans. ``This court, from an international legal point of view, is not qualified to study this kind of case and the verdict is completely political. The charges against Iran are sheer lies,'' the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Plan for private television at advanced stage: paper

TEHRAN, July 12 (AFP) - Plans to establish a private television station or an independent state channel in Iran are at an advanced stage, a reformist paper reported Wednesday. The plan, drawn up by reformist MPs, aims to "break the monopoly of state television," currently headed by Ali Larijani, regarded as a "bete noire" by the reformers, the daily Bahar said >>> FULL TEXT

Chevron urges U.S. to end Iran sanctions

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. oil executive urged Washington on Wednesday to remove sanctions against Iran to allow U.S. companies to join their competitors in tapping into the Gulf state's huge oil and gas potential. ``Unilateral sanctions are generally ineffective in accomplishing their stated goals,'' Richard Matzke, vice-chairman and director of Chevron (NYSE:CHV - news), told a conference in London on Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical sectors >>> FULL TEXT

Comedies sell more

Tehran (Bahar) -- Ticket sales show that among plays currently on stafe, comedies are more popular, including one directed by Farhad Aeesh, which has earned twp million tomans from 33 shows >>> FULL TEXT

Actor plays ex-security chief

Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- The role of ex-SAVAK chief Pakravan will be played by Akbar Qadami in a TV series called "Shab-e Cheraaq" >>> FULL TEXT

Fazlollahi: No good roles for older women actors

Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- In an interview with Jam-e Jam. veteran actor Shamsi Fazlollahi talks about her latest roles on TV and on stage. She says she has not been acting in films lately because there are "no interesting roles for people of my age." >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian U17 defeat Syrian U20

(Iran Sports Press -- TEHRAN, July 12: The Iranian U-17 National Team defeated the Syrian U-20 National team 4-2 in Shahid Shiroudi Stadium on Wednesday in a friendly match >>> FULL TEXT

AFC delegation to assess facilities in Esfahan

(Iran Sports Press -- TEHRAN, July 12: The Asian Football Confederation told the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) that a delegation will arrive in Iran to inspect the facilities in Esfahan to determine if it can host the 2004 Asian Cup >>> FULL TEXT

Esteghlal prepares for new season

(Iran Sports Press -- With video: Esteghlal Football Team, the runners up in the 1999-2000 Azadegan League Season, have begun preparations for the start of the new League season on August 3. Mansour Pourhaydari, the head coach of Esteghlal, said on Wednesday during the team's training in the outskirts of Tehran, that Esteghlal will travel to Yugoslavia for a 10 day training camp >>> FULL TEXT


Dorm attack anniversary

Interviews discussing the implications of the attack on students by security forces a year ago. How have the Iranian authorities dealt with those responsible for the attack and the victims? >>> LISTEN HERE

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Laa mazhab

Az chehreh-ye hamisheh beh sojdeh-ye to kofri bepaast keh booseedam dast-e sharaab-khaareh-ye laa mazhab.

-- Reza Amirkhani
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July 12, 2000

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