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Thursday November 2, 2000 / Aban 12, 1379, No. 1099


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U.S. elections

We, the people
Not the corporations

By Behrouz Vafa
November 2, 2000
The Iranian

In the past two hundred years, Americans didn't shed blood in battlefields for the sake of big corporations' strong influence on people's choices and decisions. They fought with pride and sacrificed their worthy lives for preserving the sovereignty of the people, by the people and for the people.

Now, in the 21st century, we are the people, the future people for those who resolutely sacrificed for us. If we don't cherish and advance the democratic principles that have been passed on to us, we not only ungratefully abandon their worthy cause, but also the coming generation would never acquire any sense of democracy. As Ralph Nader said, "There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship." >>> GO TO FEATURE

U.S. elections

The other guy
The third party factor

By Babak Yektafar
November 2, 2000
The Iranian

The million dollar question is: What does all this say about Mr. Nader's character who is knowingly wrecking another viable candidate's chances? What is his response to voters who care more about issues, be it taxes or gun control or abortion rights, than character? If environment and consumer safety were my only concerns, then Ralph Nader would have been my candidate.

In reality, the only thing that Mr. Nader is set to gain from this election is the possibility of gaining 5% of the votes for the Green Party, a threshold set by the Federal Elections Commission for political parties to qualify for Federal campaign money in the next election cycle. He is in this race for the money, giving the Green Party a new meaning >>> GO TO FEATURE


First open session of Berlin Conference Trial held

BBC Persian Service

The first open session of trial known as Berlin Conference Trial was held in a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Ali Reza Alavi Tabar, Ezzatollah Sahabi and Moniroo Ravanipour were present at today's session. Sima Bahrami talks to Mrs Ravanipour and Mehdi Jafari Gorgini of Germany's Green Party whose name was mentioned several times in today's session >>> LISTEN HERE

Iranian-Americans torn between two lands finding life is sweet in Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - Torn by two decades of hostility between their duelling homelands, thousands of Iranian-Americans are moving back to Iran to rediscover their roots -- and finding life better than they expected.

Many of the returnees, who grew up in the United States after fleeing as children following the 1979 Islamic revolution, say today's Iran gives them a professional and personal identity they couldn't get in America >>> FULL TEXT

Ultimate forgiveness

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A convict on death row in a prison in southeastern Iran won a last minute reprieve when parents of his victim announced they had forgiven him for the murder, the official IRNA news agency said on Thursday >>> SEE HERE

Positive attitude

...The one child was never satisfied and the other child always seemed satisfied. On Christmas morning they got their present >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Read the book

Mojdeh Mohseni writes: As an Iranian-American who just finished reading Persian Mirrors by Elaine Sciolino I have to say that I am very surprised and disappointed at the letters I have read regarding the book in The Iranian... Laleh Khalili's letter is even more cliche and uninformed. Her self-righteous and self-absorbed comments are pointless. Somehow she believes that she, or other Iranians, are the rightful owners or interpreters of Iranian culture >>> FULL TEXT

* Primitives rule Iran because of the Shah

Kambiz Ameli writes: Dear and esteemed Lida Khanoom, regarding your rambling letter, I am a successful multinational industrialist with tremendous self esteem who has a nasty habit of always calling a spade a spade and not a shovel ["Shah should be fully blamed"]. I mourn for my country every minute of every day and when I conduct the final calculation of how it all went wrong, logic always takes my hand and leads me to the serious errors of the late Shah, his secular, self-centered and centralized regime >>> FULL TEXT

* We love Iran too

Maral writes: Regarding Sadaf's letter "Mind your own business", I am an Iranian teenager who was born in the U. S. Both my parents are Iranian and they supported women's rights in Iran during the revolution. Because of their activism they had to escape by foot in 1982 through the Zagros Mountains and left every single worldly possession they had in Iran.

My parents loved Iran more than you could ever EVER understand... Please think twice before saying a comment like that unless you completly understand what the people you are attacking have gone through >>> FULL TEXT

* Whole new world

Sarshar writes: I am so pleased to find your translations of Rumi. I do not read or write Farsi, but these translations have opened up a whole new world to me. And the way you translate them, someone who is a novice like me can get a true feeling for the words. I thank you so much and keep up the good work.

Film: New Kiarostami film in Washington DC

The Iranian-American Cultural Association of Washington DC invites you to the premier of Abbas Kiarostami's critically acclaimed film "The Wind Will Carry Us" ["Baad Maraa Mibaareh"], with a discussion by renowned publisher and cinema expert Mr. Taghi Mokhtar. DATE & TIME: Friday, 10 November 2000; 6:30 p.m. PLACE: Visions Cinema/Bistro/Lounge, 1927 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 667-0090 >>> DETAILS HERE




Reading Mystical Lyric
The Case of Jalal Al-Din Rumi
By Fatemeh Keshavarz


Kaarnaameh-ye Ardeshir Babakan
By Qassem Hashemi-Nejad

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The lovely one whispers under her breath,

    And you go mad, witless, no reason left

    O Lord, what is this chant, what magic art

    That leaves its spell on even a stone heart?

    * 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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Kermanshah hit by mortar attack, no injuries or damage: radio

TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - The western Iranian city of Kermanshah, close to the border with Iraq, was hit by five mortar shells overnight, state radio reported Thursday. It said the shells hit a "vacant plot" in the city and that there had been neither casualties nor damage. Two people were arrested in connection with the attack, the radio said without gving further details >>> FULL TEXT

Iran marks hostage anniversary amid mounting anti-US anger over Israel

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Six killed, 25 wounded in Iran prison breakout attempt: IRNA

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Nikzat on short film

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Books: Reform movement and constituinal revolution

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Reformist journalist Hamid Reza Jalaiepour has a new book out, "Dolat-e penhaan" (Hidden government: Threats to the reform movement). Also, Janet Afary's book on the constitutional revolution is now in Iranian bookstores >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Sinai: From the heart

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A film scene deliberately made to please the audience will not succeed, says filmmaker Khosro Sinai. It has to come from the heart of the story, he adds >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Persepolis defeat Al-Ain

Tehran, November 2 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran's Persepolis defeated UAE Club champions Al-Ain 2-0 on Thursday in Azadi Stadium. The two sides will meet again in two weeks time in Al-Ain for the return match of the Asian Cup Winners Cup Championship. Persepolis striker Payam Rafat's excellent finishing gave Persepolis the win against an unimpressive Al-Ain side >>> FULL TEXT

Parvin: "Arab should not have refereed the match"

Tehran, November 2 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Following Persepolis' 2-0 defeat of Al Ain on Thursday, Ali Parvin, the head coach of Persepolis, blasted the Saudi Arabian referee, Abdul Rahman Al-Zayd for his poor refereeing >>> FULL TEXT

Bagheri plays full 90 minutes in Charlton's reserve

London, November 2 (Iran Sports Press) -- Karim Bagheri played a full 90 minutes in Charlton's reserve game away to Watford last night. Bagheri who was playing in a central midfield position looked very impressive, and hasnt looked so good in the games he has played for the Addicks upto now >>> FULL TEXT


Row between Guardian Council and Majlis continues

Following Guardian Council's rejection of two interpretations made by the Majlis of the Press Law and the Islamic penal code concerning libel and insult, row between Majlis and GC has intensified. Reza Alijani, journalist explains to Sima Bahrami what the gist of the argument is about >>> LISTEN HERE

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Ralph Nader

I like Ralph Nader. He is like the loveable, bumbling, disheveled, never-been married uncle who is always late for Thanksgiving -- or Noruz -- dinner.

-- Babak Yektafar
"The other guy"
The Iranian
November 2, 2000

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