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Thursday, June 29, 2000 / Tir 9 1379, No. 1012

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Red ink
The battle for freedom of the press

By Azadeh Hamehdoni
June 29, 2000
The Iranian

A summerized version of a study by Azadeh Hamedoni titled "A look into the Print Media in Iran". Hamedoni has a masters degree in broadcast and print journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.


Iran is a country being revolutionized through the print media. The deep transformations began three years ago when Mohammad Khatami was elected president. Since then there has been an emergence of many new liberal newspapers fighting for freedom. Newspapers are taking a stance that has rarely been seen since the 1979 revolution. The liberal press is helping millions of young Iranians stand up against religious dictatorship and push for democracy. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran Sends Mixed Messages, One Bad, One Good, to Reformers

The New York Times
June 29, 2000

TEHRAN, June 28 -- With the first anniversary of the riots by pro-democracy students at Tehran University approaching, the Iranian authorities took several actions today that could both provoke and placate reformers who have been under severe attack by hard-line clergymen over the last three months >>> FULL TEXT

Who is an Iranian?

BBC Persian Service

Baqer Moin interviews Daryoush Ashouri and Sadeq Zibakalam about the meaning of being Iranian (go to 6 minutes and 5 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

Persian Dance and its forgotten history

By Nima Kiann
Mihan Foundation

Iranian dance history is characterized by many fascinating and also tragic incidents. It seems to be completely unknown to the outside world, partly because of the present political situation of the country that has toned down the interest for a profound research effort >>> FULL TEXT

Shipping pishy

Mamad Baladi writes: Do you know of any delivery services that would deliver a small box to Shiraz? My four-year-old daughter is visiting there and misses her Barbie dolls and her "pishy sefeed" (white cat!). I need to get them to her! I have checked with DHL, Fedex, Airborn Express,UPS and none will deliver to Iran. Please let me know if you know of any sources. Thank you.

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* Essense of agony

Bijan Pingili writes: While I enjoy reading most of Mr. Hosseini's articles, I was especially touched by his shortest piece, "The truth sets you free." It encapsulates the essence of the "agony" that pervades the lives of so many of us in diaspora, and perhaps most importantly, hints at the hope of coming to terms with our recent past, and the harrowing prejudice we have been subject to, while still celebrating our rich idenitites >>> FULL TEXT

* Stupid

Mani Shahrokni writes: I cannot stop laughing at Mr. Cyrus Raafat's stupid comments on Afghan refugees in Iran.

First of all, dear sir, what gives you the right to speak for the entire people of Iran, giving views on a matter you barely know about, since I presume you have never lived in Iran?

I think you are just trying to imitate these narrow-minded Westerners who have found it funny to blame their own problems on poor immigrants, who for their large majority, contribute to the growth and to the prosperity of their country, without asking much in return >>> FULL TEXT

* Mollas & worse

B. Gholi writes: This is in response to Sheema Kalbasi's "Buried ashes". First I have to say that unfortunately I have worked with the creators of 30th of Khordad (Mojahedin Khalq). You sound like you are one of them...

Why don't we just let the people decide their own fate? I and all the Iranians I know are sick and tired of Rajavi and the Mojahedin and their slogans like "Iran Rajavi, Rajavi Iran". They still do not get the Iranian people's message: NO MORE DICTATORSHIP. NO MORE SHAH, KHOMEINI, COMMUNISTS, RAJAVI, ... >>> FULL TEXT

Festival: Annual Iranian festival in Washington State

Come join thousands of other Iranian and American friends in celebration of the Iranian culture.The Association of Iranians in Washington State is proud to present the biggest and best ever Iranian festival at Woodland Park - shelter #3 (new Location for this year) on August 5th. 11 AM - 7 PM >>> DETAILS HERE




Practical Guide to Persian Alphabet
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Nogaraaee-ye dini
Religious modernism by Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

No heart has ever softened yet among these hearts of stone.

No one has ever melted yet among these frozen ones.

Your tanner hasn't yet begun; this hide is still quite raw.

No one here has yet been struck, Lord, by your awe.
-- Rumi
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Film focuses on youth issues

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Iranian short films in London

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Darya-Bandari's collected articles

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Derakhshan confident about his U-17 team

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Talebi: U-17 players impressive

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Hashemi-Nasab in blue Friday

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Iranian identity

Baqer Moin interviews Daryoush Ashouri and Sadeq Zibakalam about Iranian identity (go to 6 minutes and 5 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

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