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Friday November 3, 2000 / Aban 13, 1379, No. 1100


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By Mahdiyeh Javid
November 3, 2000
The Iranian


Japan can say yes
... to the rest of the world

By Majid Tehranian
November 3, 2000
The Iranian

A country's strength often is also its weakness. Japan's relative homogeneity of population, language, and culture has been historically a source of its immense strength. But with the tide of globalization hitting at its shores, that homogeneity has become a source of weakness. Japan's homogeneity helped her in the 19th century to quickly unify against Western imperial ambitions. The Meiji Restoration catapulted Japan to the ranks of great powers by the turn of the 20th century. Although the same uniformity of beliefs and behavior led the Japanese people to blindly follow their militarist leaders into the Second World War, the postwar years witnessed a resurgence of Japan as an economic superpower >>> GO TO FEATURE


Murders case to be reviewed again

BBC Persian Service

Deputy head of the Judiciary, Hadi Marvi, has said that the case of serial murders of writers and intellectuals has been handed over to the Military Court for another review. Mr Marvi also said that orders have been given to prevent the distribution of clandestine literature written by anonymous people in this connection. Rosita Atai asks Ahmad Salamatian, an analyst in Paris, why this case has become so complicated >>> LISTEN HERE

Discuss Sciolino's book

You can join an online discussion about Elaine Sciolino's new book, "Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran." Sciolino will drop in periodically to comment >>> GO HERE


I am a Muslim Iranian woman who works as a professional writer , poet and painter. I am the third child of a noble Turkish family with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I lost my parents one after another during the war period . In the early years of war, my husband immigrated to the U.S. and never returned (see video link below photo) >>> GO HERE

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* Nader helping Bush

Haleh Vaziri writes: I appreciated Babak Yektafar's piece, "The other guy". And Ralph Nader - a long-time crusader for consumers' rights and a clean environment - risks becoming just that: the other guy.

Babak's questions about Nader's motives are right on target. To my Iranian-American left and liberal friends, I ask you to consider the impact of voting for a candidate whose 4-5% will supposedly open up the American political process in a tight presidential race >>> FULL TEXT

* Voters wanted

Saeed Tavakkol writes: I am a filthy rich businessman. A well-dressed womanizer who loves to give exciting meaningless speeches and understands the value of fine wine and hand-wrapped Cuban cigars. Due to my exhaustion from the enjoyment of an extravagant life and by recommendation of my psychotherapist, recently I have developed an interest in politics and am planning to run for office >>> FULL TEXT

* Manzoor?

S.M. writes: After reading "Positive attitude" in the Anyway section, the first thing that popped in my mind was "manzoor?"

If the piece is a statement about one's constitution, then we are getting into the nature/nurture debate. I've spent the last two weeks serving as a juror in a murder case. I've had the opportunity, or shall I say misfortune, of delving into the psyches of angry young people who seem to have never had a break.

Having a positive attitude is fine and dandy, so long as one doesn't belong to an underprivileged, disenfranchised class. Don't you think?

* Quite didactic

Reza writes: Well put ["Curbing men"]. Remnants of ancient, phallic nomadic mentality within our culture need to be annihilated. However short, your essay was quite didactic.

Your suggestion for sexual equality as a means of repenting for past acrimonious outlook upon women's rights in Persian culture is reverenced. Thank you for the erudition.

Community: Iranian-American forum in Washington DC

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    Or sweetness filled with more delight than you.

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Hyundai Iran's web site altered by pro-Isreali hacker. Is this the first time an Iranian site has been hacked? >>> GO HERE

Human Rights Watch condemns "Berlin" trial

November 2, 2000, New York (Human Rights Watch)-- In an open letter sent to Iran's chief judicial official, Human Rights Watch called for an end to the prosecution of prominent independent and reformist figures who attended an international conference last April. Human Rights Watch sent the open letter to the Head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. At least twelve activists and writers now face charges of "engaging in propaganda against the national security of Iran." >>> FULL TEXT

Embattled Culture minister to explain resignation before parliament: MP

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (AFP) - Embattled Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani will appear before the Iranian parliament on Tuesday to explain his decision to resign from the government, the state IRNA news agency said. Mohajerani, a close ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami who has been under heavy pressure from conservatives, has already handed in his resignation letter to the president, it said Friday >>> FULL TEXT

President Khatami winds up Japan visit

TOKYO, Nov 3 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami left here for home by special plane Friday after a four-day official visit to Japan, the first by a top Iranian leader in 42 years. During his stay, Japan clinched exclusive negotiating rights to develop the Azadegan oil field in southwest Iran, one of the biggest oil fields in the Middle East >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians march against U.S., Israel

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Thousands of Iranians marched from the former U.S. embassy to Friday prayers to mark the 21st anniversary of the hostage crisis that followed Iran's Islamic revolution. The demonstrators, led by busloads of schoolchildren, carried banners denouncing the United States and Israel >>> FULL TEXT

NYMEX crude up early amid fragile Mideast truce

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - NYMEX crude futures rose early Friday as clashes flared amid a fragile Palestinian-Israeli truce in the Middle East, overshadowing an OPEC assurance on oil supply. December crude sprinted to an early high of $32.75 a barrel, gaining 21 cents. It dipped low as $32.50 cents. At 1O:39 a.m. (1539 GMT), it traded choppily and was 18 cents up at $32.72 >>> FULL TEXT

Golshiri's book in high demand

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- The 11th edition of "Shaazedeh Ehtejaab", the late Hooshang Golshiri's most famous novel, has just been published. The ninth and tenth edition sold out soon after the author's death >>> FULL TEXT

"Makhmalbaf House" producing films

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Mohsen Makhmalbaf has established a film production company -- Khaaneh Film Makhmalbaf (Makhmalbaf Film House) -- which will put put 15 feature and three short films in the near future >>> FULL TEXT

Film: "Bacheh-haay bad"

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Alireza Davoodnejad has begun shooting his next film in the streets of Tehran. "Bacheh-haay bad" (Bad kids) is about dangerous games played by children >>> FULL TEXT

Esteghlal defeat Al-Sad

Doha - November 3 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran's Esteghlal defeated Qatar's Al-Sad Club 1-0 on Friday in the first leg of the Asian Club Winner's Cup. A solo run by Ali Samere in minute 76 gave Esteghlal the winning goal against Al-Sad. Despite dominating the match, Esteghlal failed to finish off numerous chances infront of the Al-Sad goal >>> SEE VIDEO

Dino Zoff says 'No'

Rome - November 3 (Iran Sports Press) -- Dino Zoff, the former head coach of Italy, said 'no' to the Iranian Football Federation offer to recruit the experienced coach for the Iranian National Team. "I have other things to do for improvement of my career", Dino Zoff said. Dino Zoff resigned from the Italian National Team following Italy's second place finish at the Euro2000 finals. He is currently coaching Italian club side Lazio.


U.S. embassy anniversary

The prospects of Iran-US relations November 3rd marks the twenty first anniversary of seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran by Iranian revolutionary students, an incident which has severed diplomatic ties between the two countries. Pooneh Afshar looks at hopes and concerns of both Iran and America with regards to the possibility of re-establishment of ties >>> LISTEN HERE

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