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Tuesday, June 27, 2000 / Tir 7, 1379, No. 1010


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Going west
MOO... MOO... MOO...

By Ali Hosseini
June 27, 2000
The Iranian

The office was actually a warehouse. A middle-aged man in worn-out overalls met me at the door. He gazed at me for a few seconds, then pushed aside the tools that were on the top of a table, spat in the trash can, and put an application form in front of me. While I was filling out the application, I saw him spit a few more times, wiping his mouth with the palm of his hand. I felt uneasy. When I handed him the application, I realized that the side of his lower jaw was a little puffed up, and when he spat a viscous brownish liquid came out of the corner of his mouth. I thought the poor man must have a toothache. It reminded me of back home in the village and the dark brown plant root used to ease a pain.

"Mr. Hoss... Hooss...?"

"Just call me Ali." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Protest in Islamshahr

BBC Persian Service report on protests near Tehran where a large number people have protested at the poor living conditions (go to 24 minutes and 12 seonds) >>> LISTEN HERE

Khatami demands stop to press crackdown

BBC Persian Service political analysit Sadeq Saba discusses the latest dispute in the Iranian leadership regarding the extent of the freedom of the press, including President Khatami's attack on the latest newspaper ban and Ayatollah Khamenei's declaration backing the judiciary's actions (go to five minutes and 10 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

Rafsanjani clan's Saudi ties

In it last issue (June 25) before it was shut down, Bayan newspaper carried a cloumn criticizing Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's business ties with the Saudi royal family >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Reza

    Left hook


    Rah-e Kargar: A report on a meeting in Sweden honoring the late writer Houshang Golshiri, including a short documentary made recently about his life >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Bantu tribesman uses IBM modem to crush nut

Kabinda, Zaire (THE ONION) -- In a move IBM officials are hailing as a major step in the company's ongoing worldwide telecommunications revolution, M'wana Ndeti, a member of Zaire's Bantu tribe, used an IBM global uplink network modem to crush a nut Monday >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Don't click here

Shokooh Miry writes: In response to Iram Fatima Vakil's letter ["Flabbergasted"], please remember that morality is highly personal. If you are offended by such web site links, then exercise your right to not click on them. Totalitarianism begins with insignificant complaints such as yours.

While you waste time complaining about racy photos offending Iranian sensibilities, Iranians by the millions are fighting to survive against tyranny and torture. Please, please, please find something more meaningful to do with your time!

As for the The Iranian's use of banner ads and links, I just hope they are revenue-generating so that we continue to benefit from this site and service!

* We all need reassurances

AT writes: Thank you, Najmeh, for all the great articles you write for The Iranian. In particular, "Tehran's good side" proved so refreshing, especially after having read a recent article ["Buried ashes"].

You (and Abraham Lincoln) are right, plus, sadly enough, some Iranians abroad seem to get stuck in a "state of denial" no matter how much Iran improves.

They don't see anything positive about Iran, in apparently an unconscious attempt to convince themselves over and over that choosing to live outside Iran has been the right thing to do. We all need reassurances sometimes.

* Origin of Iryan

Guive Mirfendereski writes: In reply to the question about the origin of the name Iryan, I believe it is derived from the name Ir or Iri, which as I recall is the name of a tribe or a branch of Aryans that arrived in the plateau that now bears the name of Iran.

I have no source for this other than a faint recollection from a seventh grade geography class in Tehran in the early 1960's. I believe some of the seventh, eighth and nineth grade Iranian geogrpaphy books of the epoch may provide a better answer.

Conference: Cinema and the Middle East

The second conference on "Cinema and the Middle East" will be held in connection with the Seventh Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) on October 11-12, 2000. The Interdisciplinary Research Network "Cinema and the Middle East" An interdisciplinary research network has been established by the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the University of Mainz, Germany >>> DETAILS HERE




Iranian Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century
By Ali Gheissari


Iran-e baastaan
History of ancient Iran by M. Saqeb-Far

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

What can I do, my love? I'm in love with your face.

Your beautiful eyes make me shy, what can I do?

Each and every moment, passion rises, peaks, flows,

And I haven't a clue about what to do, God knows.
-- Rumi
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Saedi: Another look

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Ali Karimi on Furbal Mundial

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What is it like to be a young person in Qom? (go to 10 minutes and 50 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

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Lionel Fanthorpe

Who is Lionel Fanthorpe, you ask? Only one of the twentieth century's great undiscovered literary giants. During the heyday of pulp science fiction novels in the fifties and sixties, Mr. Fanthorpe maintained an unbelievable output of one 158-page book every 12 days.

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Quote Unquote


The Islamic regime cannot be the messenger for restrictions on the population's freedoms and legitimate rights ... and as far as newspapers are concerned, nobody can defend a violation but the problem rests on methods as they must be legal.

-- President Khatami
June 27, 2000

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