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Wednesday, July 26, 2000 / Mordad 5, 1379, No. 1030


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Drawings by Mokhtar Paki

July 26, 2000
The Iranian

Mokhtar Paki's drawings have been commissioned by Amnesty International, BMW, The Gap, Express and Food Bank, among many others. His Ahmad Shamlou was drawn a day after the poet's death >>> GO TO FEATURE


By dAyi Hamid
July 26, 2000
The Iranian


Khatami: Four more years

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami has said he will run again for in next year's presidential elections. In his first response to the heated debate about the direction and nature of reforms initiated by the conservatives, President Khatami defended his reform programme and said he is committed to carrying them out because that is what the people want. Saeed Laylaz, Iranian analyst elaborates in conversation with Sima Bahrami >>> LISTEN HERE

Statements on Shamlou

Statements in Iran on Shamlou's death (in Persian):

* Writers Association
* Islamic Students Association at Sharif University
* Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani (mokhtasar, mofid!)

Unprecedented drought in Iran dries out three major lagoons

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - Three important lakes in the northwestern region of Mahabad have dried up as a result of this year's unprecedented widespread drought, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.

"The drying of the Qoupi-Baba'ali, Kaniberazan, and Dargesangi lakes which cover an area 320 hectares situated in the Mahabad region, has endangered the life of many migratory and endemic birds," said Jafar Sediqi, local director of the environment-protection organisation cited by IRNA >>> FULL TEXT


Reza Mahjoub's "King of Hearts" is the best selling CD on MP3.Com's latin chart >>> GO THERE

More Letters

* Gay rights not discussed

Homan LA, Iranian gay and lesbian rights group, writes: Thanks for publishing the article [from Rah-e Kargar] written by Mr. Babak Moshtagh on homosexual rights in Iran. Homosexuality is a topic that is not discussed much in the Iranian community. We need more education and discussion on this issue.

* More respect

Arthur Aunch writes: Please consider changing the front-page photo of The Iranian (the foot and the chicken) with something that represents our culture better. I was commented by some Americans on this. Please represent our culture with more respect.

* Witty gems

Narguess Farzad writes: How could I have missed all his witty gems until this morning? I thoroughly enjoyed his spot-on observations and relished the delivery: damet garm, dAyi Hamid.

However, I notice that his last missive is dated September 1999. Where is he now? Maybe the "Two Stripes" were not a false alarm after all and he is in some supermarket, contemplating the benefits of Pampers versus Own Brand of nappies, and wishing those stretch marks would just disappear. Or, have I simply missed his latest?

By the way, I saw this quote in the paper yesterday: "Do not follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Interpret it as you wish!

Poetry: Commemorating Shamlou at UCLA

Please attend a commemoration ceremony for the late poet of Iran, Ahmad Shamlou (A. Bamdad). Moslem Mansouri will show parts of his documentary "Shamlou: The Poet of Freedom" along with poems from Shamlou with his own voice recorded in Iran. We will talk about Shamlu's last years of life in Iran. Time: Saturday, July 29t, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Place: 1200 Rolfe Hall, UCLA (North side of the campus- use parking structure 2 or 3). The program will be in Persian.




Tachings of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion
by S. A. Kapadia


Kharidaar-e eshgh yaa naan-e sookhteh
Novel by Mohammad Ali Behzad-Rad

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I'm tangled, like the curls of my love's hair;

Like a snake encharmed, I turn and twist.

What is this knot, this dizzy maze, this snare?

All I know: if I'm not tangled here, I don't exist.
-- Rumi
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Khatami seeks re-elections

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday he will seek re-election next year in a challenge to hard-liners trying to stifle his reforms >>> FULL TEXT

Media wage war of attrition

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - An unprecedented war of words between Iran's official news agency IRNA and the conservative daily Kayhan, two of the leading news providers in the Islamic republic, is escalating into a war of attrition >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian asylum-seekers on hunger strike in France

July 26, 2000, (From International Federation of Iranian Refugees) -- Some 250 Iranians seeking asylum in France have gone on a hunger strike. They are being held in inhuman conditions at a camp near the port of March (?) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian, Russian FMs underline urgent need to clarify Caspian sea legal status

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi and his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov, discussed Wednesday the urgent need to clarify the legal status of the Caspian sea, Iran's state radio reported >>> FULL TEXT

Road workers discover 3000 year-old cemetry

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - A cemetery dating back some 3000 years was recently discovered in southern Iran during construction work on a road, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Zanganeh says Iran open to selling gas to Kuwait

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh said Wednesday that Iran is open to selling natural gas to Kuwait, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Kuwait denies knowledge of Saudi oil hike, stresses OPEC unity

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - Kuwait's oil minister said here Wednesday he had no confirmation of reports that Saudi Arabia has hiked its oil output, adding he hoped the skittish market would right itself in the coming days >>> FULL TEXT

Pari Zangeneh excites Shirazis

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Shirazis (women only?) are eagerly awaiting Pari Zangeneh concert. Tickets (2000 tomans each) for her performance at a 950-seat hall have been sold out >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Red Apple: lacking color

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Saeed Assadi's latest film "Seeb-e Sorkh" (Red Apple) only deals with superficial issues between couples. The film's main message -- money doesn't bring happiness -- is repetitive >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Beheshti's philosophy on architecture

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Interview with Mohammad Beheshri, an architect who heads the Cultural Heritage Foundation. (He used to be the head of the Farabi Film Foundation in the 1980s and earlu 90s where he encouraged the participation of Iranian films in international film festivals) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Baqeri to practice with UK's Charlton

BBC Persian Service -- Audio: Karim Baqeri is leaving for Britain on Friday to practice with FC Charlton. If all goes well he hopes to reach a deal by Wednesday. Here's an interview (go to 11 minutes and 19 seconds)>>> LISTEN HERE

Alidoosti will bring harmony to Paykan

TEHRAN, July 25 (Iran Sports Press) -- With less than ten days to the start of the 2000-2001 Azadegan League season, Hamid Alidoosti, is preparing Paykan for their season opener against favorites Esteghlal >>> FULL TEXT

Iran fourth in Asian cycling

SHANGHAI, July 24 (Iran Sports Press) -- Iran clinched fourth place at the Asian Cycling Championships which were held in Shanghai, China. Iran took 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals at the Championship. South Korea took first place while China and Japan took second and third place respectively >>> FULL TEXT


Khatami's reforms

President Khatami stands by his reforms: In his first response to the heated debate about the direction and nature of reforms initiated by the conservatives, President Khatami defended his reform programme and said he is committed to carrying them out because that is what the people want. Saeed Laylaz, Iranian analyst elaborates in conversation with Sima Bahrami >>> LISTEN HERE

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(Better not translate)

-- dAyi Hamid
The Iranian
July 26, 2000

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