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Monday October 30, 2000 / Aban 9, 1379, No. 1096


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Ali's nose job
His nose defied all laws of physics

By Siamack Baniameri
October 30, 2000
The Iranian

Ali's body stopped growing at the age of nineteen. However, his nose developed a mind of its own and refused to stop growing. He looked as if his nose was on steroid while the rest of his body suffered from malnutrition. His nose not only continued growing at an unimaginable pace, it defied all laws of physics, gravity, and anatomy.

When Ali walked in a room, he didn't light up the room, he actually blocked the light. When he was younger, Ali's nose grew large but straight. When he became a bit older, however, his nose decided to make a left turn to check out the view. Growing tired of the view on the left side, his nose took another detour and grew to the right for some fresh air >>> GO TO FEATURE


The best man
I would vote for Gore

By Ramin Tabibi
October 30, 2000
The Iranian

Like many of you, I have watched the preparation for the upcoming elections with a sense of awe and befuddlement. The year-long campaign by the candidates across such a vast territory and toward such a ethnically and politically heterogeneous population is an experience that is unique to American society. Nowhere else does the democratic process involve such a broad range of electorates voting basically for only two candidates who purport to be all things to all people.

It is after a year-long contemplation that I have decided to vote for Al Gore, and I hope my reasons would convince some you to do the same >>> GO TO FEATURE


Fallahian speaks

BBC Persian Service

Former Intelligence Minister, Ali Fallahian has shed light on the mystery of political murders in Iran. A veteran politician, Ali Akbar Moinfar and a lawyer, Nasser Zarafshan comment on the latest episode of the mystery >>> LISTEN HERE

Iranian Bahais, Fleeing Religious Persecution, Find a Refuge in Turkey

By Amberin Zaman
The Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2000

VAN, Turkey--When the prominent Iranian doctor was invited back home last year with promises that he would no longer be persecuted for his adherence to the Bahai faith, he resigned from a well-paid job in Saudi Arabia and flew to Iran.

"Within six months, I was in jail," said the frail-looking 65-year-old, who now has fled across the border to eastern Turkey, as he broke down in tears. "They fed me my own flesh." >>> FULL TEXT

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (AFP) - The Tehran metro has decided to maintain separate cars for men and women to provide "better calm" for its passengers, transport officials said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* I was a hostage in Tehran

William E. Belk writes: You do not know me but, I am certain that you will know my name and the small part I played back in 1979 as I was one of the 52 Americans held as hostage by your nation. After eighteen years my thoughts are still about the situation that we faced back then. Scared out of our wits, not sure if we would live or die, and wondering why Iran had done such a terrible thing >>> FULL TEXT

* Misguided pseudo-intellectualism

Rasoul Hajikhani writes: This is a response to Mr. Hoveyda's recent commentary about an incident in 1957 ["Curbing men"]. Mr. Hoveyda makes the proposition that one man's idiotic notions of male superiority has to do with his religious faith. He claims that "The general was probably a practicing Muslim."

Mr. Hoveyda, "probably" is not good enough. You draw such a grand and substantial conclusion by reading a piece of an article in some foreign journal in 1957. What wisdom and foresight you must posses! There are very few people in the world that can genuinely conclude that all things stupefying could be examined in terms of a person's faith...

Shame on such person who belittles what his country and Iranians have to offer to the world and instead chooses to rub into our faces his misguided pseudo-intellectual prowess >>> FULL TEXT

* Mind your own business


* Een kojaa o aan kojaa

Maryam writes: These days Googoosh fever has spread all around North America and Europe. Another kind of fever has spread around East Asia. President Khatami is visiting Japan and everybody here is waiting to attend his speech.

This reminded me of a poem which says:



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    What good are your cries when her gaze is gone?

    What good a faithful heart that's been bloodied?

    When heart and soul are burnt in sorrow's pain,

    What good are your words that grow life again?

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Fars provincial police chief, bodyguard shot

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Parliament mulls payouts to victims of US "terrorism"

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Japan agrees biggest oil operation with Iran: report

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Iran: Oil prices may fall sharply in 2001

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Tea growers say unregulated imports putting industry at risk

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (AFP) - Private tea growers in northern Iran on the Caspian Sea said Monday their livelihoods are under threat from unregulated foreign tea imports. "We are asking the government to protect us and to prevent various state-owned firms from importing foreign tea," one grower said in an interview with state television >>> FULL TEXT

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Esmaili fort to be preserved

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Japan win Asian Cup

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Farahani: "Talebi does not wish to coach under any circumstance"

Tehran - October 30 (Iran Sports Press) -- At a press conference on Monday, Safaee Farahani, the President of the Iranian Football Federation discussed the reasons for the failure of the Iranian National Team at the Asian Cup finals in Lebanon. Farahani pointed to Japan's success as a model to follow >>> FULL TEXT

War of words on Football Show

Tehran ­ Oct. 28 (Iran Sports Press) -- Adel Ferdousipour found himself running for cover in a crossfire between guests of his popular football show Football 90 on Saturday. In what turned out to be the most exciting and watched edition of Football 90, Ferdousipour had to contain his guests as the show turned into a 'war of words' and heated debates between Jalal Talebi and Mehdi Mahdavikia at one end, and Safaee Farahani and Mohammad Razmjoo at the other. "There has been a misunderstanding", Ferdousipour was forced to say to mediate his guests >>> FULL TEXT


Reformists' strategy

The 2nd of Khordad Parliamentary Faction is forming a committee to draw up strategy for the 2nd of Khordad Movement. Its vice chairman, Ali Shakouri Rad has spoken of ways of promoting the reformist political faction. Pooneh Afshar discusses the reasons for setting up such a committee >>> LISTEN HERE

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Someday I would like to return to Iran for I never hated you, your nation, your people or your culture. We live on a small world that needs to be at peace with each other. Forgive me for whatever it was I did to your people as I have forgiven you Iran.

-- William E. Belk, former hostage in Tehran
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