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Wednesday November 1, 2000 / Aban 11, 1379, No. 1098


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The blind musicman
His sound tells me I'm almost home

By Najmeh Fakhraie
November 1, 2000
The Iranian

The light finally turns green. I try to listen closely. I don't hear him. What kind of a lunatic would sit in the pouring rain all day long, I ask myself. As I walk closer I see that, sure enough, he's sitting in the same old corner, but he has an umbrella above his head and a cardboard box under him. I can't help but smile. He plays the tonbak quite well, although that's no surprise: it's either play well or go hungry.

I see him stop for a second and reach into the tambourine to take out the money. He puts the coins in one pocket, kisses the bills and puts them in another. I always wonder how he tells the different coins and bills apart. But even though he is blind I am pretty sure he can see better then most folks >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mohandes
November 1, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Guardian Council overrules Majlis

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The Guardian Council has rejected two recent interpretations made by the Majlis of the Press Law and the Islamic penal code concerning libel and insult. Bahaoddin Adab, a member of parliament tells Afshin Amirzadeh that it should not have been sent to the G C in the first place >>> LISTEN HERE

US firms covet Iran's big oil deal with Japan

By Peg Mackey

DUBAI, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Iran's tantalising offer to Japan on one of the world's hottest oil developments has left U.S. firms once again out in the cold, analysts said on Wednesday.

But cutting edge technology from American firms, barred from the oil and gas-rich Gulf state by unilateral U.S. trade sanctions, might well buy entry for some into the giant Azadegan oilfield once the curbs are lifted >>> FULL TEXT

Simple vs. Sophisticated :-)

Men and women >>> FULL TEXT

Forwarded by Elham Vahabi

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* I know because he was my grandfather

Negar Akhavi writes: Although Fereydoun Hovyeda's opinion piece titled "Curbing men" makes a good point regarding the need for men to curb sexual desire, he has distorted some facts in order to strengthen his point.

The International Herald Tribune article he cites about General Hassan Akhavi's "order" to ban pretty secretaries was not an attempt to deny work for attractive women, that is ludicrous. It was an attempt to encourage these so-called lusty men to hire a woman on her abilities and not solely on her looks...

For the record, I know this General was not a provincial and chauvinistic man obsessed with stymieing women's liberation and struggle for equality. I know this because he was my grandfather >>> FULL TEXT

* The wrong man

J. Namazi writes: Ramin Tabbib's article ["The best man"] in support of Al Gore strikes me as naïve. Gentlemen, you have picked the wrong man. Ramin Tabbib gives us a long list of Gore's credentials in support of his so-called great wit and fitness for the office. But don't be too impressed. The guy is as phony as hell. I won't be even surprised if we later learn that he cheated his way through the college. Surprisingly, Mr. Tabib failed to mention Al Gor's opportunistic exploits.

Al Gore's obsession with the Jewish vote and power is nothing new. In 1988 Al Gore run for the president for the first time. This was just a few months after the beginning of the Palestinian uprising (Intafada). Because of the worldwide publicity around the Israeli atrocities toward the Palestinians hardly any politician dared to publicly support the Israeli policy. Al Gore was the first politician to do so >>> FULL TEXT

* Raw destruction

Roozbeh Shirazi writes: For those of us who were out of Iran by the time the war wit Iraq had begun, I don't think it is possible to imagine what must have been happening there in the early 1980's. It was a period of chaos and terror, and one which we were wholly absent as we were beginning lives here and around the world.

For the Iranian who left, hearing about the war with Iraq was an unreal, distant atrocity reported by cold, distant American journalists who often made no mention of gravity of the situation, nor gave us the images to understand what exactly was going on over there.

These photos of Khorramshahr ["Rape"] end any kind of doubt as to what transpired in Iran during the war >>> FULL TEXT

Poetry: Shamloo commemoration in Colorado

The Persian Society of Colorado presents a special evening in memory of Ahmad Shamloo. Round table discussion with Esmail Nooriala, Shokooh Mirzadegi and Asghar Vaqedi. A film about Shamloo's life will also be shown. Time & place: Friday November 3 at the Community College of Aurora >>> DETAILS HERE




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Taarikh-e yahood, aaeen-e yahood
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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Last night you left me and slept happily.

    Tonight, faithless, in which bed do you lie?

    You are joined to me, I say, till judgment day.

    Say to me what you said when you were high.

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Open trial for the participants of the Berlin Conference

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I see him stop for a second and reach into the tambourine to take out the money. He puts the coins in one pocket, kisses the bills and puts them in another. I always wonder how he tells the different coins and bills apart. But even though he is blind I am pretty sure he can see better then most folks. I drop the 200-toman bill that I always put in my left pocket and walk on in the long perspective of shadows and trees.

-- Najmeh Fakhraie
"The blind musicman"
The Iranian
November 1, 2000

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