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Dumb and dumber
New sanctions will achieve nothing, but...

July 18, 2000
The Iranian

News that Congressman Brad Sherman of California is proposing new sanctions against Iran comes as no surprise. He's a politician. He listens to his ouraged Jewish constituents and powerful pro-Israeli lobbyists who are furious about the conviction of 13 Iranian Jews as Israeli spies.

Sherman will have the support of dozens of other lawmakers. In fact it is almost certain that on voting day, not a single member of the House of Representatives or the Senate will oppose reversing President Clinton's decision to lift the ban on the sale of caviar, pistachios and carpets >>> GO TO FEATURE


Marking first anniversary of student uprising

Photos by Ali Khaliq
July 18, 2000
The Iranian

Photos taken near Revolution Square in Tehran on July 8, on the first anniversary of the student uprising >>> GO TO FEATURE


Naa neveshteh-haaye kou-ye daaneshgaah
Points about the dormitory attack case

By Reza Mirkhani
July 18, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Romeo, Juliet back in Tehran. But no kisses

By Scott Peterson
The Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2000

TEHRAN, IRAN -- The way Shakespeare wrote it, Romeo and Juliet seal their amorous intentions with a kiss. But when that magic moment comes in Iran's latest production, no one expects such close adherence to the script. The Islamic republic, after all, forbids any public physical contact between men and women >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Jews "calm" after spy case

By Tom Hundley
Chicago Tribune
July 16, 2000

The Jews of Tehran live on Palestine Street. That twist only begins to suggest the complexities faced by Iran's durable Jewish community, the largest in the Middle East outside of Israel.

Some 30,000 Jews still live in Iran. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution--before fundamentalist zealots insisted on changing the name of Palace Street to Palestine Street--the number was 80,000 >>> FULL TEXT

Separating the killers from the heroes

By Guy Dinmore
Financial Times
July 15, 2000

Perched on a rocky pinnacle deep in the Alborz mountains of northern Iran, all that remains of the famed castle of Alamut are the ruined outlines of walls and the deep cisterns that sustained its inhabitants.

But at the foot of the cliff, around the village of Qasir Khan, orchards of cherry and plum still flourish today, fed by elaborate irrigation channels where, according to Marco Polo, milk, honey and wine flowed >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Rah-e Kargar: A critical analysis of the positions adopted by "Nationalist-Religious" forces >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

    Kayhan: More on reactions to the human rights grant awarded to Soroush and Kadivar >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


More peeshraft :-)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian girls can swap their dark school uniforms for pinks, bright greens or light blues, the official news agency reported Tuesday in another sign the nation is shedding its revolutionary shades >>> READ HERE

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* Reality of life

H.H. writes: Dear compatriot, By shutting your eyes and ears to the reality of life, you only cheat yourself. As a Persian, I want to see, hear & know what is going on with our people. Even prostitution is a fact of life.

Has prostitution ever left humanity entirely? Which religion or ism is able to stop it? So be fair and accept the reality. Above all do not impose your personal views on others.

* Tears & joy

Zohreh Zarnegar writes: I have had the privilege of traveling across my homeland during my years there. These pictures ["Envy"] brought tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It also brought joy that someone has captured such moments I have imagined in my heart and mind.

* Get a grip

I'm sorry , but you are one ugly man and perhaps that is the reason why they make up other excuses to not want to be with you ["Loving an Iranian girl"]! And who the hell would want to go with a guy that is already married or engaged or even ugly! Get a grip on yourself and wake up to the way you really are!

Central Queensland University,

Business: Roundtable in DC: US-Iran financial possibilities

The American Iranian Council (AIC), in association with Internews, invites you to participate in their first Congressional Roundtable, "US-Iran Relations: Financial Impediments and Possibilities" on Monday, July 24, 2000, 9:30am-11:30am at 2128 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC .

Introduction: Hooshang Amirahmadi, President American Iranian Council. Welcoming Remarks: Congressman Jim Leach, R-Iowa, Chairman of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee, "Assets and Financial Issues in US-Iran Relations">>> DETAILS HERE




The Politics of Writing in Iran
A History of Modern Persian Literature by Kamran Talattof


Afsaaneh-ye Mossadegh
The myth of Dr. Mossadegh by Rahim Zehtabfard

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

If you want to give your love pleasure,

My heart, then do and say as she orders.

If she says you are cruel, don't ask why.

Don't say 'maybe' when she asks you to die.
-- Rumi
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Khatami's brother summoned to court

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Two leading members of Iran's Islamic Participation Front (IIPF), including Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's brother, have been summoned by Tehran's judiciary, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. Mohammad-Reza Khatami, head of the left-wing reformist coalition that dominates parliament, and Mohsen Mirdamadi, head of parliament's national security and foreign policy council, must appear at Tehran's central court on Wednesday, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist newspaper boss convicted

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - An Iranian jury Monday found the editor of the banned reformist daily Arya guilty, after only his second appearance before the press court, according to a statement released by Tehran's Palace of Justice. "The jury found Hamid Reza Zohdi guilty of provoking public opinion by publishing false information, defamation and insults, notably of violating the election law in his newspaper," said the statement as quoted by the official news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Iran defends its missile test, lashes out against US, Israel

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Reactions by the United States and Israel to Iran's successful test of its Shahab-3 surface-to-surface missile Saturday are "a propaganda campaign doomed to failure," the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Cohen warns Iran may be able to accelerate missile development

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii, July 17 (AFP) - US Defense Secretary William Cohen warned Monday of the risk of an accelerated pace of missile development by Iran in the wake of its successful Shahab 3 missile test. "I think any time you have success in a particular missile system, it gives you confidence to move forward with more tests with greater capability," Cohen said >>> FULL TEXT

China denies helping Iran develop missile technology

BEIJING, July 18 (AFP) - China on Tuesday denied it helped Iran develop missile technology, dismissing reports on the issue as "baseless." A foreign ministry spokesman reacted to a report that Iran is developing missile technology based on Chinese designs at a factory bought from China two years ago >>> FULL TEXT

Qatari emir meets with Khamenei and foreign minister

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani discuseed bilateral bilateral relations with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

German Labour Minister to arrive in Tehran Friday

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - German Labour Minister Walter Riester will arrive in Tehran Friday for a three-day official visit, the German embassy in Tehran told AFP Tuesday. The German official is expected to be accompanied by a small seven or eight-man delegation for talks with Iranian officials, including his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Kamali >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says OPEC will hike output next week if prices stay high

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Iran said Tuesday that OPEC will increase production levels if prices stay above 28 dollars a barrel over the next seven working days, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zangeneh said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran sees wheat production rising despite drought

TEHRAN, July 17 (Reuters) - Iran expects a modest increase in wheat production to 9.25 million tonnes in the year begun in March despite a severe drought in much of the country, an agriculture official was quoted on Monday as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, publishes new edition of book on Rushdie

TEHRAN, July 17 (AFP) - A new edition has been issued of Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani's book on Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," in which the Iranian official says the British novelist's work is part of a plot against Islam >>> FULL TEXT

Pari Saberi's play in Rome

Tehran (Bahar) -- For three nights Pari Saberi will direct a play at Rome's coliseum. The play is part of a special event that will also include performances from Greek and Italian artists >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Woman violinist shines in Iravan

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Mahsa Qassemi is the first Iranian woman violinist to graduate from a music school in the Armenian capital (she completed her studies with honors in four years, instead of the usual six). Her performance in Iravan was a big success >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film: Cultural invasion?

Tehran (Bahar) -- Iranian state TV treats Iranian cinema as if it were part of the Western cultural invasion, deputy culture minister Seyfollah Dad said >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran & Karimi best of the month

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- The Asian team of the month is Iran and the player of the month is Ali Karimi, The Asian soccer federation announced >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal rocks Belgrade

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal nearly defeated Yugoslavia's top soccer team, but the match played in Belgrade ended in a tie >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

San Jose loses despite Azizi's assist

(Iran Sports Press) -- In a game that San Jose Earthquakes were missing three of their starters due to injuries & suspensions, Colorado Rapids snatched a win in the last 2 minutes of the match at San Jose State Spartan Stadium. The game highlighted the return of Khodadad Azizi from almost four weeks of inactivity >>> FULL TEXT



Iran-German relations in the wake of Khatami's official visit form Germany >>> LISTEN HERE

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Iran's responsibility

Congressman Sherman's ideas for punishing Iran are absurd. They won't hurt Iran one bit. It's political opportunism. But if the 13 Iranian Jews had been tried fairly, if the prosecutor was not also acting as the judge in the case, if international observers had been allowed to monitor the proceedings, if the sentencing had been just, then Sherman and others like him would not have had a chance to make a fuss.

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