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Monday, June 26, 2000 / Tir 6, 1379, No. 1009

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In Iran's Morality Play, the Moral May Be Unity

The New York Times
June 25, 2000

WASHINGTON -- K1 is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the dour spiritual leader and most powerful person in the country... K2 is Mohammad Khatami, a smiling, charming president who won election in a landslide three years ago, supported by the younger generation and women, and has called for a "dialogue among civilizations," even with the United States. There is ... a remarkable degree of overlapping authority, producing a system where people who deeply disagree and compete fiercely for power also cooperate frequently to make the whole system work. >>> FULL TEXT

Iran: Major Source Of Asylum Seekers

(Radio Free Europe) -- The tragic discovery early this week of 58 refugees who suffocated in the back of a truck while being smuggled into Britain underscores the desperate measures to which people will resort when they try to flee their country. Increasingly, Iranians are among those who seek asylum at any price. Regional Analyst Bill Samii looks at the trend >>> FULL TEXT

A Poet of Timeless Images Turns to Another Medium

The New York Times
June 26, 2000

FANS of the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whose credits include "Through the Olive Trees" and "Taste of Cherry" (winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1997), are familiar with this signature image: A man alone in his car, driving along the winding contours of bare mountains. Few know that Mr. Kiarostami has spent years traveling the same remote roads, in search of landscapes to photograph. >>> FULL TEXT

See Kiarostami's photos in THE IRANAIN

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    Rah-e Kargar: Twenty-second anniversary of the formation of Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN



Rishad Omer writes: I read an Iranian name recently. The name is "IRYAN". I am unable to find its meaning. Could you please send me an email if you know the meaning of this name. My baby boy is due in August 2000. Therefore, I want to decide on a name as soon as possible.

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* What about non-Jews?

Ramin Farsangi writes: I have no comment about the content; however, a few technical points on "Let's face it": At one point you say: Their religion or even political belief should matter very little. I don't understand. It should matter little to who?

You say the Shiraz 13 are on trial because they are Jews, period. Do you realize that you are (correctly) questioning the 2nd Khordad front?

I have no serious problem with your article since it serves the purpose of human rights. However, it would have been much better if there was more emphasis on the execution of non-Jews since Jews have already received a lot of attention by everybody, especially powerful Western media who usually shamelessly ignore others.

* Blame Moscow and Washington

A.K. Daftari writes: Don't blame Iran or Iranians for the problem of Afghans ["Not welcome"]. It's the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States who created these miserable conditions for the Afghans. They should pay for taking care of these refugees not Iran. They should give shelter to these refugees not Iran.

Iran has done much much more than its share by taking care of the consequences of the filthy policies of these superpowers. It's amazing how shallow your article is in this regard and outright shameful how some so called Iranians have reacted by questioning the Iranian people's hospitality.

* Flabbergasted

Iram Fatima Vakil writes: I just visited your site and was flabbergasted to see "The Position" suggested in the Beyond Iran Web section. Its content is downright outrageous.

If you call yourself an Iranian magazine then you should be well aware that Iran is a Muslim country with a majority Shi'ite population. How can you publicize such immoral things on your site?

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The Second Series of Workshops On Contemporary Persian Literature: 1st Workshop: Persian Stories in the Period of 1960-2000 (1-10Nov,2000). 2nd Workshop: Contemporary Persian Poems (11-20 Nov, 2000)

Contact: University of Guilan, Office of International and Scientific Cooperation, PO Box 1841, Rasht, Iran. Phone: (0098) 131 6632806, fax: (0098) 131 37022, email:




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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Tell me, Life of this world, does anyone exist but you?

Without life, or this world, does anything exist but you?

I do wrong, and You inflict harsh punishment for wrong.

Then between us, is there really any difference, tell me?
-- Rumi
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Trees are everywher ... They carry no passport. The big things in life, like nature, have no nationality.

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