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Tuesday, March 14, 2000 / Esfand 24, 1378, No. 937

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Flying doves
Childhood memories of an American in Iran

By Jim Culp
March 14, 2000
The Iranian

In Iran, we lived in northwest Tehran up toward Shemran, at Meydun-e Golhak, but i have forgotten the name of the kucheh. Amazingly such small things come back to me now from time to time ...

I raised kabootars (doves) and kept them in a box home which I built on top of the outbuilding where we kept our 50-gallon naft (kerosene) drums, with which we fueled our stove and did home heating in the cold winters. I loved to feed and to fly the doves; they loved to fly. When I whistled and clapped they would always come back even when they flew with other doves . They were fun and beautiful to watch and they would change course in flight or do a tumble or loop if I would clap my hands loudly and call to them >>> GO TO FEATURE


Xerxes, the opera
First performed in London, in 1738

By Cyrus Kadivar
March 14, 2000
The Iranian

To most people the name Xerxes equates to the ancient king who ruled Persia (486-465 BC). In Greek history, Herodotus refers to the Persian king as the "tyrant" who bridged the Hellespont, captured Athens, then watched his Aegean fleet destroyed in a storm.

There is an echo of this incident in Byron's famous poem describing the "Great King" seated on the base of Mount Aegaleos watching his ships sinking at Salamis.

That's the history bit. But how many people know of Xerxes, the opera?>>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-Three >>> GO TO FEATURE


U.S. seen easing Iran trade sanctions this week

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) - The United States was expected to ease some import bans on Iranian goods this week, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, in what would mark a step toward a thaw in two decades of icy relations.

White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said there might be an announcement later this week on Iran. Other U.S. officials said the administration would likely announce an easing of a ban of non-energy imports from Iran, but had no further details. >>> FULL TEXT



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* Have some mercy

Ataollah Togha writes: In the editorial intro to "Breaking the rules" you wrote: "Yesterday's assassination attempt against Saeed Hajjarian, a pro-Khatami newspaper publisher, was a shocking reminder that Iran's conservative hardliners will resort to any means to try to stop the movement toward a more open and liberal society. But, as this feature clearly shows, Iranian society is going through fundamental changes, regardless of what the extremists expect the Islamic Republic to be."

I think all regular readers of the forum you publish (=The Iranian) are already quite familiar with the domain of concerns of Ms. Fassihian through her lengthy articles ["Breaking the rules"]. I myself were once tempted (you can read "fooled") and took time and responded to one of her early articles, although I later realized that it probably wasn't worth the effort. Oh well ...

Honestly, isn't that because you needed to rationalize publishing such an article at a time when the "local Iranians" (as Ms Fassihian uses the word) are concerned about those who are fighting for the true meaning of the (much abused) word "freedom", and thus paying such high prices? Please open your eyes, and have some mercy for those who fought for you >>> FULL TEXT

* Reply: Not the right time

Dokhi Fassihian writes in reply to Ataollah Togha:

I also expressed to the editor that I didn't think it was the right time to publish "Breaking the rules" because of the tragic incident regarding Mr. Hajjarian. So I appreciate this particular concern. It was the editor's decision, with my hesitation, to publish it with a section on top about Hajjarian.

This article was a simple piece on how young Iranians in Iran spend their free time and where to dine in Tehran. And so the remainder of your criticisms are irrelevant, vague and unintelligible.

Sorry, but just because you have chosen to not appreciate a group's point of view - -in this case the majority of Iranian youth -- does not invalidate their beliefs and feelings. It seems you are the one who is narrow-minded and intolerant, not to mention highly disrespectful.

Iran-U.S.: Important conference on Iran, Friday in DC

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Reformers blame hard-liners for violence

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian political factions closed ranks on Tuesday to condemn the shooting of a prominent reformer, but they split over blame as reformists accused hard-liners of provoking the attack with inflammatory speeches. Reformers close to President Mohammad Khatami singled out Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, a hard-liner known for his strident attacks on democracy and attempts to justify violence to stop reforms which he sees as threats to Islamic values. >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians urged to pray for reformer

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ Tehran's city council urged Iranians today to pray for a reformer gravely wounded in an assassination attempt, an appeal that in this country usually indicates little hope for recovery and imminent death. Saeed Hajjarian, who is in his late 40s, has been in a coma with a bullet lodged in the back of his neck since Sunday, when he was shot in the face by an unknown assailant >>> FULL TEXT

Leader of Iranian Zoroastrian community dies

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - The religious leader of the Iranian Zoroastrian community, Dastur Rostam Dinyar Shahzadi, has died at the age of 85, the Iranian Zoroastrian Association announced in a statement issued on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

MKO claims Iranian jets tried to bomb camp

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - An Iranian opposition group in exile claimed that Iranian jets tried to bomb its military camp in Iraq but were driven off by the camp's air defense units. The Mujahedeen Khalq said in a statement that the jets wanted to attack Camp Anzali, 75 miles northeast of Baghdad >>> FULL TEXT

Clinton sanctions decision sends US-Iran relations "back to square one"

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Iran-US relations seemed to be back to square one Tuesday following Washington's decision to renew economic sanctions against Tehran, erasing a few timid moves towards dialogue. Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi, quoted by the official news agency IRNA, said the decision by US President Bill Clinton contradicted recent statements indicating a softening of Washington's attitude >>> FULL TEXT

Oil production will meet only domestic demand by 2020

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Iran's oil production will only be enough to meet domestic demands by 2020 if energy consumption continues to rise, the Iran Daily Tuesday quoted an energy expert as saying. Majid Saffariania also told a seminar on industrial energy consumption management Monday that 20 percent of Iran's annual domestic electricity output is wasted in the production and distribution system, the paper said >>> FULL TEXT

World Premiere of MARYAM at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Press release, March 2000: Maryam , written and directed by Ramin Serry, is set for its World Premiere as part of the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on Friday, April 14th with an encore screening on Sunday, April 16th >>> FULL TEXT

Private TV

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A look at the "failure" of Iran six state TV channels and the need for private stations >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Following the assassination attempt against a leading reformist, film producers and distributers have decided to withdraw their protest action against Tehran City Council's decision to raise taxes on film ticket sales >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Good news. bad news

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Khodadad Azizi has signed with the San Jose Clash, but Mohammad Khak-pour and Javad Zarrincheh did not reach agreements with U.S. teams and areexpected to return to Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - This is not my ideal Esteqlal, says Mansour Pour-Heydari in an interview. Have patience >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - The latest on the national team's trip to Cyprus >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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As far as looking at [the possibility of removing some economic sanctions against Iran], I'm not going to get into specifics today ... The administration will have someone speaking at the American-Iranian Council on Friday and they will address that subject.

-- Joe Lockhart, White House spokesman
March 14, 2000

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