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Active peace
Instead of an interlude between wars

By Majid Tehranian
May 16, 2000
The Iranian

The peace of a cemetery is passive peace. Active peace is when the human community is engaged in constructing those delicate social and affective ties of love and meaning that turn life into a wondrous and creative journey. As the Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda puts it eloquently, "peace cannot be a mere stillness, a great interlude between wars. It must be a vital and energetic arena of life-activity, won through our own volitional, proactive efforts. Peace must be a living drama."

To achieve active peace in the long run, the United Nations has rightly put its emphasis this year on the development of a culture of peace. But before we can develop a culture of peace, we must understand what is a culture of violence >>> GO TO FEATURE


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Samira Makhmalbaf's speech in Cannes:
The Digital Revolution and The Future Cinema

Cinema has always been at the mercy of political power, particularly in the East, financial capital, particularly in the West, and the concentration of means of production, anywhere in the world. The individual creativity of artists throughout the 20th century has much suffered from the whimsical practices of this odd combination of forces. The situation at the threshold of the 21st century seems to have altered radically. With astonishing technological innovations now coming to fruition, artists no longer seem to be totally vulnerable to these impediments >>> FULL TEXT

    Retracing roots - the Persian way

    By Scott Peterson
    Christian Science Monitor
    May 16, 2000

    TEHRAN, IRAN -- Go West, young man, go West." Horace Greeley's 19th-century mantra echoes luringly in today's Iran: According to some estimates, 1 in 4 Iranians with a college degree works outside the country.

    Upwards of 1 million Iranians, for instance, have made their residence in the Los Angeles area, prompting the nickname "Tehran-geles," after the Iranian capital >>> FULL TEXT

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    Jews on trial: Retreat

    Chereek-haaye Fadaie say Iran has retreated somewhat from its hardline stance in the trial of 13 Jews >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Beekheeyaal ...

From a "Prayer Before Logging onto the Internet" that was posted to the Saints Index of Catholic Online. St. Isidore is the proposed patron saint of the Internet:

Almighty and eternal God, who has created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true, and beautiful, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the Internet we shall direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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    * Loyalty to God, King, and Country

Cyrus Kadivar writes: In response to Sahar Nahrvar's letter to Empress Farah, I respect her right to ask a question and it was done in a "democratic" fashion but with some ambiguous remarks.

The modern Imperial Iranian Armed Forces was a creation of the Pahlavi state which ruled our country for half a century. The 1906 Constitution made the Shah the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. All military personnel swore an oath of loyalty to the King and one would expect that insulting the Shah within that framework would be a grave offence for it would question the loyalty and dedication of an officer to his God, King and Country. Even in the democratic republics a four star general who insults the President runs a risk of a court hearing and in the UK any officer insulting HM Queen Elizabeth would also run into serious trouble. I find it hard to understand why Sahar Nahrvar's father went into the army in the first place >>> FULL TEXT

* Cheech Nabavi

Mrsynaky Irani writes: Is it just me, or did everyone notice Ebrahim Nabavi ["No way back"]looks a lot like "Cheech Marin" of "Cheech and Chong". No wonder he's a satirist! Roll him a joint and he will be an Iranian Cheech!

    * Enzevaa

    Farzad Kermani writes: Salaam, man az Iran baraayeh shomaa mail miferstam. omidvaaram keh hamegi khoob baashid va az inkeh in site raa raah andaazi kardid tabrik migooyam va tashkor mikonam va omidvaaram keh harcheh bishtar betavaanid dar moa'refi-ye Iran aziz movafagh baashid taa az in enzevaa kami biroon biyaaeem. baa aarzooyeh iraani behtar va aazadi bishtar, khodaa negahdaar.

Rights: Call for signatures to protest rights violations

From Hamid Dabashi and Arien Mack: Seven well-known and outspoken supporters of the Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, attended a Berlin conference on Iran After the Elections and were arrested shortly after their return... We call upon President Khatami, the highest democratically elected officer of the government, to demand their immediate, unconditional release >>> DETAILS HERE

Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

We are drunk on the essence without even tasting the wine,
Filled with light in the morning, and joyful into the night.
They say our path leads nowhere--that's alright:
There's joy enough right here to fill all time.
-- Rumi

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Another reformist newspaper closed

May 16, (BBC) -- Another reformist newspaper in Tehran has been closed down on the orders of the hardline Iranian judiciary. The newspaper, Ham'mihan, was run by the former mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani will have to fight second round of elections: press

TEHRAN, May 16 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani will have to go through a second round of voting if he wants a seat in the next reformist-dominated parliament, a newspaper said Tuesday. The reformist daily Bahar said Rafsanjani, who headed the conservative-backed list of candidates in Tehran in the February elections, had failed to win one of the constituency's 30 seats outright in the first round, along with two reformists >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Jews to escape death penalty for "spying": French lawyer

TEHRAN, May 16 (AFP) - Iranian judicial authorities have assured a French lawyer that none of the 13 Jews currently on trial for allegedly spying for Israel will be sentenced to death, the lawyer told AFP Tuesday. Pierre Dunac, one of two French lawyers granted visas to go to the southern city of Shiraz for the trial, said, "There will be no death penalty. I have been given assurances to this effect. It's a certainty." >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyers of accused Jews threaten to sue state TV

TEHRAN, May 16 (AFP) - Iranian judicial authorities have assured a French lawyer that none of the 13 Jews currently on trial for allegedly spying for Israel will be sentenced to death, the lawyer told AFP Tuesday. Pierre Dunac, one of two French lawyers granted visas to go to the southern city of Shiraz for the trial, said, "There will be no death penalty. I have been given assurances to this effect. It's a certainty." >>> FULL TEXT

World Bank to consider Iran loan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The World Bank's 24 executive directors are scheduled Thursday to consider a delayed proposal to lend $231 million to Iran. The proposal was delayed in April, and the United States will seek another postponement, a U.S. official said. Canada and France are understood to be aligned with the United States in opposition to the loans >>> FULL TEXT

5,000 Iraqi prisoners refuse to go back home

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - About 5,000 Iraqi soldiers captured by Iran during the two countries' 1980-1988 war are refusing to return home, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday. Iranian authorities have granted them asylum and they are free to move inside Iran, said Beat Schweizer, the ICRC head of delegation in Iraq >>> FULL TEXT

Gas field dispute to be resolved collectively: Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, May 16 (AFP) - Kuwait expressed hope Tuesday that a dispute over its sea borders with Iran and Saudi Arabia in a gas-rich offshore area of the northern Gulf will be resolved collectively. "The issue (of the continental shelf) will, God willing, be resolved collectively between us, Saudi Arabia and Iran," the emirate's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told reporters in parliament >>> FULL TEXT

Iran chemical exports up 32pc in year

Tehran (Reuters) - Iran's petrochemicals exports rose to $600 million in the year to March, up from $452 million in the previous year, a senior official said yesterday. Deputy Oil Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh told an international energy seminar in Tehran that the exports accounted for a third of total petrochemical revenue in the Iranian year which ended on March 19 >>> FULL TEXT

Moussavian wins top prize

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Vahid Moussavian has won another top prize for his short film, "Tanhaa baa zamin" -- this time in a festival in Italy for nature-related short films >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Theater: "Siaahaa" is hot

Tehran, (Bahar) -- "Siaahaa", a play directed by Hamed Mohammad Taheri, is the top box office hit in the Tehran municipality theater complex >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Theater: "Siaahaa" is hot

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Artifacts dating back 3,200 years, from the famous Marlik region in northern Iran, will be on display in Rasht for the first time >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Tickets: Persepolis matches in U.S.

(Iran Sports Press) - Persepolis will play three friendly matches in the U.S. in May and June against the LA Galaxy, San Jose Clash and >>> FULL TEXT

Peyrovanni recovering in hospital

(Iran Sports Press) - Persepolis' veteran defense man, Afshin Peyrovanni, does not have much to celebrate as he is currently recovering in hospital from punctured blood vessel in his stomach. Peyrovanni was injured in the Persepolis-Pas game on Friday >>> FULL TEXT

Kuwait? Basketball? Dassright!

(Iran Sports Press) - Iran's Zobahan Basketball Team, champions of Iran's Basketball League, were defeated by Kuwait's Al-Qadesiyah in their first game in the Asian Club Basketball Championships in Lebanon on Sunday >>> FULL TEXT


No death sentence?

The Iranian Judiciary officials in Shiraz have ruled out the death penalty for the Jews on trial for spying for Israel. Daryoush Homai spoke to Ismail Nasseri, the defense lawyer and also one of the two lawyers from the French 'Lawyers without Borders' organisation who have gone to Shiraz for the trial >>> LISTEN HERE

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Culture of peace

What constitutes a culture of peace? In a globalizing world, this means above all the acceptance of complexity, ambiguity, and difference. Resort to simplistic dichotomies of the world between good and evil, cowboys and Indians, the West and the Rest are prescriptions for a culture of violence.

-- Majid Tehranian
"Active peace"
The Iranian
May 16, 2000

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