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Tuesday October 31, 2000 / Aban 10, 1379, No. 1097


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Khorramshahr 1982

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October 31, 2000
The Iranian

Khorramshahr after liberation from Iraqi occupation in 1982 >>> GO TO FEATURE


Boys, boys, boys

Photos by Hamed Behravan
October 31, 2000
The Iranian

Hamed Behravan came back from Iran this summer with a bundle of photos he took of his pals in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Now Iranians can sue Washington

BBC Persian Service

The Iranian parliament has passed urgent legislation which allows citizens who regard themselves as victims of American interference in Iran to sue Washington in the Iranian court. Behrouz Parsa talks to Ebrahim Bay Salami, member of parliament >>> LISTEN HERE

An Evolving Form

The Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2000

The single-named Jamal can claim a wealth of talents: architecture, costume design, painting and, increasingly over the last decade, choreography.

Since 1995, the Iranian-born artist has been co-director of Avaz International Dance Theatre, L.A.'s leading Middle Eastern folk troupe, with its founder, Anthony Shay. Now, as Avaz prepares for its 25th anniversary next year, Shay is stepping back and Jamal is assuming the reins of the company. When the troupe performs Saturday at Japan America Theatre, it will still carry its founder's name (Anthony Shay's Avaz International Dance Theatre, for legal reasons), but the torch, in effect, will have been passed >>> FULL TEXT

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Here's one for you all, classic: Question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer:


I fight for the chickens and I am fighting for the chickens right now. I will not give up on the chickens crossing the road! I will fight for the chickens and I will not disappoint them >>> FULL TEXT

Forwarded by Setareh Sabety Javid

More Letters

* Unequal in the eyes of America

Sepehr Haddad writes letter to The Washington Post: I am an Iranian-American living in Washington and was quite upset with the dollar amounts quoted in the article on Sunday Oct 22, "Terrorism Victims Set Precedent".

In one part of your article you state that Terry Anderson and the rest of the families of the former hostages will receive approximately $161 million from Iran for their time in captivity in Lebanon... Once again, based on this formula American lives are always worth more than non-Americans >>> FULL TEXT

* You insulted all of us

Masood writes: I read your response ["Mind your own business"] with regard to hejab "Hal-e moshkel-e hejaab". By calling all Iranians who have left the country escapees, you have insulted all of us.

The only reason we left our beloved Iran has been people like you who think forcing women to have hejab is not a problem. We left and stayed away because there are people like you who think it is their God's given right to tell other people what to do, what to wear, what to read, what to listen to, and what to drink. It is because of people like you that our country has been destroyed >>> FULL TEXT

* Some people don't get it

Farzan Navab writes: Some people just don't get the humor in a humorous essay ["Curbing men"]. Mr. Hovayda's piece was both fun to read and reflective of our recent past. His remark about "the general" being a Muslim has more to do with Iranian attitudes toward sexuality than religion as an individual choice. I, for one, enjoyed Mr. Hovayda's wonderful piece and hope to see more like it. We should all lighten up a bit.

* MAN-made issue

Mina writes: Being of the female species, I can relate to your article about curbing men's sexual desire ["Curbing men"]. However, I believe this is a universal problem.

Female victims of rape for example, are put on the defense even in the most liberal cultures. Many movies have been made on the subject in the West. I like to find out when it all started, this inequality!

If one is a believer of the Bible, I guess God started it. But I'm hoping this is a MAN-made issue. Thanks for caring.

* Iranian of the year

Reza F. writes: Begoo aks-e Hassan Agha ro dar haal-e jish kardan beferesteh keh Iranian of the Year besheh :-)

Heritage: Persian mummies must be returned to Iran - Letter

Please provide your comments regarding the following letter. Moreover, if you are interested in signing the final version of this letter, please send an e-mail to Professor Mohammad Ala ( Recent news of five mummies in their sarcophagus which were stolen from Iran, and at present time are in Pakistan, concerns us a great deal. These mummies with the jewels and other valuable artifacts must be returned to Iran. >>> DETAILS HERE




Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture
How to Build Your Own
By Nader Khalili


Mosaadegh va mobaarezeh baraa-ye ghodrat dar Iran
By Homayoun Katouzian

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The eye that even glances at that flower

    Will fill the heavens with its groaning roar.

    Thousand-year-old wine won't send you insane

    As much as love that's spent a year in vain.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Let's put Lebanon behind and get on with it

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Basketball player with the pros in Italy

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Judicairy's new rule on revelation of state secrets

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