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Tuesday November 7, 2000 / Aban 17, 1379, No. 1102


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Mosquito wings
Short story

By Massud Alemi
November 7, 2000
The Iranian

In 1950, a hearty healthy youth of excellent looks named Ahmad Bashiri had been an ace student at Tehran University.... Standing a head and shoulder above his peers at six four, with a head full of wavy pitch-black hair, combed upwards and away from his face, he was the sensation of the railroad organization. Hopeful secretaries and other female employees of no particular repute flocked to his office >>> GO TO FEATURE


Man in red
An ancient fabric for warriors

Photos by Sadegh Tirafkan
November 7, 2000
The Iranian

Clothing is an important signifier of manhood in Iranian culture. The long ­ pronounced lowng - is an abstract version of costumes inherited from the Ilamite civilization of ancient Iran.

In the collection I have tried to convey the humanistic message embedded in this beautiful fabric whose importance has been forgotten in modern times >>> GO TO FEATURE


Parliament speaker attacks Guardian Council

BBC Persian Service

Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karrubi bitterly criticised the Guardian Council for its second time rejection of Parliament interpretation of the current Press Law. Mr Karrubi said the Guardian Council had gone too far. Sima Bahrami talks to Dr Ali Reza Noori MP >>> LISTEN HERE

Tehran reopens for business

By Guy Dinmore
Financial Times
November 7, 2000

Looking over their shoulders as the competition closes in, European and Asian exec-utives are flocking to Iran, putting Tehran back on the business map 21 years after the Islamic revolution.

The attraction is twofold: high oil prices filling Iran's coffers (foreign exchange reserves exceed debt commitments for the first time in a decade); and a growing belief that the US will lift its unilateral trade embargo within a year >>> GO HERE

Persian County, USA

VENETA, Ore. -- A girl missing for 15 years was reunited with her family after she wandered into a sheriff's office, authorities said. Persian County Sheriff Ron Skinner said it wasn't clear whether Hodges had been abducted or abandone >>> GO HERE

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More Letters

* Wake up and smell the kashk

Aref Eghbalian writes: In response to Sadaf's letter, "Mind your own business," you are so full of horse manure. Why don't you wake up and smell the kashk!?

Your concerns should be directed to why, how and when Iran is going to have a better economy, less deficit, more jobs, more quality schools, giving more money to teachers, demanding higher excellence from teachers, reduce air and ground pollution, eradicating bribery, real respect for human beings and at least hundred other important issues that affects the daily life of all Iranians, and not the crap you wrote >>> FULL TEXT

* Oppression forced us to leave

Mashadi writes in response to Sadaf's letter, "Mind your own business," maa az kotah fekri kesaani messl shomaa az iran faraari hasteem. maa az zoorgooeei faraari hasteem.

khod-e ayatollah khomeinei ham beh hamin daleel dar zamaan-e shah saalhaaye ziyaadi as mamlekat khaarej bood. haala zoorgooi shekl jadidi gerfteh. aaaya ishaan ham irani naboodand? ishaan ham dar iran namaand ke zendaan beravand va koshteh beshavand >>> FULL TEXT

* Need votes? Advertise

Abbas Atrvash writes: In reply to Masoud Neshat's letter, "Iranian-American candidates,"Politics is not much different than business and marketing is a significant part of both.

Iranian-American politicians who want to run for the public office would naturally need a lot of publicity. And my understanding is that they normally allocate a large budget for this purpose.

In my opinion, if Iranian-American politicians need Iranian-American support, they should run paid ads in, just like political ads in non-Iranian media.

Film: Iran in Chicago humanities fest

NOVEMBER 2 ­ 12, 2000. Programs Focusing on Iran >>> DETAILS HERE




Knowledge and Liberation
A Treatise on Philosophical Theology
By Parviz Morewedge (Introduction)


Osaneh-haaye aasheqi
Provincial love stories
Compiled by Mohsen Mihandoust

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    If you are loyal, keeper of secrets,

    Don't give the game of those lost hearts away.

    It's a game, but its fire is so very real

    That it kills the lover at play.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

    Rumi book

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

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Reformist decries hard-liners

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Iranian futsal takes second place in Russia

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Iran defeat Kuwait 18-0

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Takhti highest ranked in Iranian wrestling

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Four more tried in connection with Berlin conference

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Above all, the muteness of it killed him, and the lack of resolve. She still held back, though, denying him even a taste of her lips until he was able to prove his love.

-- Massud Alemi
"Mosquito wings"
The Iranian
November 7, 2000

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