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Thursday, June 22, 2000 / Tir 2, 1379, No. 1007

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Across broken glass
Unrequited love

By Padideh Jan
June 22, 2000
The Iranian

Perhaps I ought to say here and now that the most worrying sentence in the world to me is, "I'd like to have a word with you about something." It leaves you in the agonizing doubt about what exactly. The feeling of anxiety that started with Saeid's telephone call on that January morning had increased during what seemed like a very long, and slow fifteen-mile drive down Interstate 101 to Palo Alto. It'd been just over a month since he'd privately presented me with a diamond solitaire, and I'd felt that all my anxieties about our relationship had been put to rest >>> GO TO FEATURE


Son denies Tehrani's suicide attempt

The son of Sheikh Ali Tehrani has issued a statement denying a report that his father had committed suicide. Bahar newspaper in Iran reported that the dissident cleric had tried to kill himself by swallowing dozens of pills. Mahmoud Tehrani, who lives in Paris, described the report as a "lie." - >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists See Room for a Better Iran

Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2000

TEHRAN--The once-bustling offices at 15 Taheri St. are eerily silent, the corridors empty of life, the computers shut down, the lights off. Gone are the young reporters who defiantly worked here for two years--through constant criticism by conservatives, frequent charges by the judiciary, occasional jailings of the editor and publisher and, finally, five renamed versions of the same paper banned over and over again. One version lasted only a day FULL TEXT

Dead Ringers

By Ann Marsh
FORBES Magazine
July 3, 2000

HADI PARTOVI WAS HEAD OF PROGRAMMING IN Microsoft's Internet Explorer unit when he heard about a Netscape conference on browsers. As much as he wanted to go -- this was 1997, when the browser war was heating up -- Netscape was blocking admission to anyone from Microsoft. So Partovi did what he has done many times when the situation demanded it: He assumed the identity of his twin brother, Ali, who at the time was working at a small software company -- and walked right in. Hey, you do what you gotta do. "I was a spy," Partovi smiles >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Workers protest

    United Fadaie Communists: Melli Industrial Group workers took to the streets once again to demand their rights >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Not a fan

Roozbeh writes to Googoosh.Com:

Googoosh! You're a witch. I mean it. Dare to answer back.

More Letters

* One-sided view of Afghans

Nematullah Mohammady from Maidstone, England, writes: I read some letters from Iranians about Afghan refugees who lived in Iran. First of all I must say that I am an Afghan and I am 22 and I have lived in Iran for more than 10 years. I finished high school in Iran and I know a lot about Iran.

But I feel sorry when I see someone saying that Afghans must leave Iran because they are a problem for Iran. They say Iranians are hospitable but if you ask an Afghan who has spent a few days in Iran he would give you a negative answer.Why?>>> FULL TEXT

* Fussy

ZM writes: You didn't send a special email about the feminist Iranian women who were freed on bail, but made such a fuss about Googoosh ["Khosh oomadi"]. Oh well...

* Age has nothing to do with it

Anahita writes: I have taken offense to the categorization of Googoosh as a middle-age woman past her prime who should just stay out of the limelight to save herself the embarrassment of looking foolish ["Khosh oomadi"]. Stay home and watch Britney Spears's belly button on MTV then.

I happen to think middle-age women are much more attractive, beautiful, and capable than any women in their twenties. They are confident of who they are, and boy is that intimidating to the men who want to control them. PLEASE! >>> FULL TEXT

* Let's produce better programs

Mohammad Ali writes: I am a radio & TV guy myself but I totally understand and clearly can see the frustration of Sadaf while listening to the radio or watching TV in the U.S ["Yekshanbeh-ye Irooni".

Those who cannot fulfill their financial obligations through commercials and/or sponsors, should NOT put the burden on folks who just want to listen or watch for a few hours. Let's produce better programs and people will help automatically.

* Loaded with feelings

AT writes: I just wanted to tell you that I found your black & white pictures of that "sandoogh-e nooshaabe" (although it seems to be a "tasht"!) simply fantastic ["Taabestoon"].

I don't know how to put it, but it was so loaded with feelings and memories. The picture says it all. thank you for making my day. :-)

Conference: Call for papers: CIRA 2001

The 19th annual conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA) will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada, on April 28-29, 2001. The theme of the conference is"Iran : Between Tradition and Modernity". Submission of papers and proposals for complete sessions on all topics related to Iran, the Middle East, and Central Asia are encouraged. Topics of interest include


Forty Fortunes: A Tale of Iran
By Aaron Shepard
1999, Clarion Books

From Horn Book: Frustrated by her husband's meager earnings, Jamell convinces Ahmed to become a fortuneteller. After Ahmed unwittingly fools forty treasure thieves into believing he knows their identities, he is rewarded handsomely by the king. The story, adapted from a traditional Iranian folktale, is clever and funny, and the book is well designed: the text is ostensibly printed on scrolls, and the illustrations are the colors of gemstones >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Over and over my lover torments my weary heart.

Hers is hard as stone, or else my own remains unknown.

I've written my heart's story on my face until it bled.

My lover sees the writing, but the words remain unread.
-- Rumi
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Iranian, Egyptian presidents talk

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Iranian and Egyptian presidents spoke by telephone in the first direct contact between the leaders of the two states since the time of Iran's Islamic revolution, the official Iranian news agency reported. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak congratulated Mohammad Khatami on Iran's accession to the G-15 group of nations, the Islamic Republic News Agency said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iraq blames Iran for rocket plans

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Four men, including an Iranian intelligence officer, were killed in Baghdad early this month while preparing to fire six rockets at targets in the city, said a security statement released Thursday. The General Directorate of the Security said the men were preparing a car to be used as a rocket launcher when it accidentally exploded. Iraq accused Iran of planning the attack >>> FULL TEXT

No death penalty for accused spies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - None of the 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel will be sentenced to death, a judiciary official said Thursday. The defense had said previously the charges do not carry the death penalty, but it was the first time an Iranian official representing the prosecution has ruled out death sentences for the accused >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami protested against silencing papers: report

TEHRAN, June 22 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami protested to the chief of the conservative-dominated judicial system last month against the wave of closures of pro-reform newspapers, the Iranian press reported Thursday. Khatami "supported the newspapers" and "sent a message in the form of a constitutional warning" to Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, said new pro-reform newspaper Hayat-e-no, which is run by Hadi Khamenei, brother of the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

Oil prices up despite output boost

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- By raising its official production ceiling by 3 percent, OPEC hopes to avoid a confrontation over high oil prices with the United States while ensuring that it doesn't stifle long-term demand for crude. OPEC members agreed Wednesday to boost output by 708,000 barrels a day. It was the second time in three months that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries voted to raise its quota in an effort to stabilize prices >>> FULL TEXT

Iran: Shell awaits early production bids for Soroush/ Nowruz scheme

Middle East Economic Digest, June 23, 2000 -- Offshore engineering and construction firms are preparing to submit bids by 10 July for the early production package for the Soroush and Nowruz offshore oil fields. The Royal Dutch/Shell Group, which has the $ 850 million contract for Soroush/Nowruz, plans another round of tenders by September for full development of the two fields

Iranian wins prize in French film fest

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Reza Sobhani has won the special jury prize in another French film festival for his "Raahbaan" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Cinema: Spring 2000

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Detailed analysis of Iranian films screened this spring. The reviewer believes their quality proves that the film industry has matured >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Films get okay for production

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The Culture Ministry has issued permits for the production of seven films in various categories >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Soccer: Iran vs. Kazakhstan

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Under-17 national soccer team will face Kazakhstan in Tehran Friday in the Asian cup preliminaries >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hejazi: No job offer

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Nasser Hejazi does not have a job offer. Why? Is his asking price too high? Does he want full control of any team he is asked to coah? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Parvin: weighing old and new players

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- As Persepolis went to practice, Ali Parvin pondered on the future make-up of his team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Human rights

The Islamic Human Rights Commission met in Tehran in a one-day meeting to discuss the shortcomings and problems encountered in the judicial system of the Islamic Republic related to human rights issues >>> LISTEN HERE

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Forget the view

So, that was it. It was over. Every word was like a barefoot across broken glass and I had no wish to stand still discussing the view.

-- Padideh Jan
"Barefoot across broken glass"
The Iranian
June 22, 2000

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