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Friday, June 30, 2000 / Tir 10 1379, No. 1013



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Tried Baba Karam?
U.S. needs a different strategy to get Iran's attention

By Babak Yektafar
June 30, 2000
The Iranian

Not long ago a friend told me that he overheard Secretary Albright joking with her protégé James Rubin prior to his celebrated marriage to almighty cable news goddess Christiane Amanpour, that he now needs to learn how to dance like an Iranian. Although I can not verify this alleged comment, the idea may not be a bad one after all. I believe that it will do the Secretary and her staff of advisors a world of good to take the time and learn how to groove to "Baba Karam," a quintessential Iranian dance number >>> GO TO FEATURE


Spy Trial of 13 Leaves the Jews of Iran Shaken

The New York Times
June 30, 2000

HAMADAN, Iran -- In his spare time, Nejad Rassad, one of only 35 Jews left in this ancient city, tends a building believed to be the mausoleum of Esther, the Jewish queen of Persia who saved her people from annihilation 2,400 years ago. He is happy to unlock the thick granite door, bend low to enter the dim vaulted crypt, translate the Hebrew words carved on the queen's ebony tomb and then recount in colorful detail the biblical story of Esther and the endangered Jewish community redeemed long ago by royal intervention. But Mr. Rassad, a gaunt 52-year-old teacher impeccably turned out in a summer business suit, became abruptly silent this week when the drama of modern Iran's Jews was mentioned >>> FULL TEXT

Private Golshiri

BBC Persian Service

Sadeq Saba's interview with author Houshang Golshiri, who died recently. Very personal. Highly recommended (go to six minutes and 14 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

'Surviving Paradise': Iranian Kids on the Loose

Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2000

Kamshad Kooshan's "Surviving Paradise," a well-intended but awkward first film, turns loose two Iranian youngsters in Los Angeles who have to fend for themselves. The idea of seeing the city through the eyes of foreign children, free of the stereotypes and prejudices that fragment our multicultural society, is inspired and the film's key strength. But Kooshan sets up his story so hazily and is so given to sending messages in such heavy-handed fashion that he bungles his promising premise >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Right hook

    Jomhouri Eslami: June 29, 2000 -- The divisive tactics of Behzad Nabavi's group (Saazmaan-e Mojaahedin-e Enqelaab-e Eslaami) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

    Left hook

    Ettehad-e Chap-e Kargari: On the future of the leftist movement >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


I have come

Nasary writes: I'm from Saudi Arabia and I have listened to Googoosh songs since I was child . Her style is something else. I have one request if you could help me: How can I get her songs -- especially "man aamadeh-am" -- translated into Arabic or English? I need the translation of this song urgently, if you don't mind . I'll be so glad for your help.

More Letters

* Joan of Ark?

Emil E. writes: Googoosh is not just a singer/actress, she is an idea/way/thought. We see ourselves in her. She is a bridge to the good days, good times meaningful cries, kindness.

GOD bless you Googoosh since you cann't be a regular person and - the biggest power chose you to be the "Joan of Ark" of Iranians and all others who seek peace and love.

We know you have a mission and we know you're powerful enough to carry it home. Your reappearance will be the start of the biggest event for Iran in a century -- without lies and politic games but rather with the message of love and understanding. Thank you for being Googoosh.

* Hit dog will always bark

Patricia Jones writes: Unfortunately, blind-ignorance and emotionalism seem to go hand-in-hand (globally) and even in our 'modern' world today, we still 'kill the messenger' for what we don't want to face. When terminal medical diagnosis is given to a patient, the patient 'turns' on the doctor or when a teacher reports a child's poor academic performance, we state the teacher is the reason.

Consider yourself in good company regarding the unfortunate negative remarks you received regarding your article ["Let's face it"]. I can understand constructive criticism or an intelligent, rational and well worded objection to your point of view; but, to threaten someone for their perspective is evidence of their inability to effectively communicate at the least >>> FULL TEXT

* Not freethinkers

Sheema Kalbasi writes: I read Mr. Gholi's letter accusing me and I wanted to congratulate you on your free press. I also would like to let you know how unfortunate I think it is for our people to be so distant from freethinking.

I am accused of being a member of a political group, although I have never believed that any political group, past or present, has had good intentions toward our people and our country, inside or outside Iran.

I hope there comes a time when our people respect differences in ideology, religion, and race without accusations and killing one another and elect their representatives in a peaceful manner.

My only hope is that these accusations would stop and we choose a peaceful and intellectual path to debate ideas -- a path closer to love rather than any kind of censorship and taking of human lives.

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




An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Editor), Mehdi Aminrazavi (Editor)


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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

To be tangled, oh so briefly, in your love

Is to know disaster, close at hand and real.

Honest Mansour spoke true, as love must do,

And he was hung by the rope of his zeal.
-- Rumi
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Parliamentarians head for OIC meeting in Egypt

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Low turnout inrun-off elections

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U.S. Welcomes Iran's Halting of Two Iraqi Tankers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday welcomed Iran's statement that it had impounded two tankers carrying smuggled Iraqi oil and was holding the vessels off the coast of Kish Island. ``We consider Iranian actions in support of U.N. Security Council resolutions a positive development, which we certainly welcome, and we hope that that would continue,'' State Department spokesman Philip Reeker told reporters >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Jews pray for accused spies

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24 Iranian illegal immigrants found in eastern Croatia

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Japan to resume new project lending to Iran--paper

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) - Japan will resume government loans to Iran for new projects for the first time in seven years, in a bid to improve ties with the oil-rich nation ahead of a visit by President Mohammad Khatami, a Japanese newspaper said on Friday. The business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said the government later this year will lend Iran more than five billion yen ($47.55 million) for an anti-pollution project in Teheran >>> FULL TEXT

Official says private ownership of aircraft permitted

BBC Monitoring, Source: IRNA news agency -- Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA: Tehran, 28th June: Head of the Technical Aviation Training Centre Hoseyn Arya'ipour said on Wednesday [28th June] that the Iranian citizens could possess and use small personal planes >>> FULL TEXT

New cinemas will show foreign films "without restrictions"

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Modern cinemas planned for contruction in the third economic plan will have permission to screen foreign films without current restrictions and charge people as much as theu want, said Deputy Culture Minister Seyfollah Dad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film: "Mehr Mah" gets high marks

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- More (high) praise for Ahmareza Darvish's latest film "Motevaled-e Mehr Maah" which tackles issues facing young men and women >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film: "Democracy Test" in Venice

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Shahaboddin Farrokhk-Yar and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "Democracy Test" -- based on the Majlis elections -- will be shown at the Venice Film Festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

FIFA: Persepolis must settle dispute

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Persepolis is not allowed to trade any player until it settles with Qatar's al-Sad club, FIFA has ruled. Al-Sad claims Ali Daei was legally their player when Persepolis traded him to Germany >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Qatar U-17 demolish Kyrgzestan 11-0

(Iran Sports Press) -- Qatar demolished Kyrgzestan 11-0 while Kazakhstan managed to thrash Lebanon 4-0. Iran defeated Kyrgzestan 11-1 and Lebanon 2-0. Iran meet Qatar in the final game of the qualifiers on Saturday at 6:30pm Tehran local time >>> FULL TEXT

Possile investments in Abadan & Khorramshahr

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- An industrial group has shown interested in investing in sports facilities which are badly needed in Abadan and Khorramshahr >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Private Golshiri

Sadeq Saba's interview with Houshang Golshiri prior to the author's death. Very personal. Highly recommended >>> LISTEN HERE

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