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Wednesday November 8, 2000 / Aban 18, 1379, No. 1103


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The tale of the elusive octopus

November 8, 2000
The Iranian

Once upon a time
There was a little octopus
With long elegant tentacles
When she whirled in the water
The starfish gazed >>> GO TO FEATURE


The rules
... of dating Iranian women

By Siamack Baniameri
November 8, 2000
The Iranian

Dating an American woman is like a game of tennis. It's one on one. Chances are pretty good that her parents lived in some far away state and she has limited contact, if any, with her immediate family.

However, dating an Iranian woman is like a game of football. You constantly bump into other players. It's a full contact sport. Unexpected slide tackles; violent kicks, tripping, pushing and shoving are all common >>> GO TO FEATURE


Happy without you
Last thing on my mind is an Iranian husband

By Banafsheh Pirasteh
November 8, 2000
The Iranian

I have encountered a variety of Iranian men in the U.S. and my view of them, well, for the most part you are all a joke. While you all thrive for money and status, you seem to forget that money can not buy class.

You throw cash on high tuition colleges, yet you have gained no knowledge. You are all confused souls afraid to be challenged by Iranian women here >>> GO TO FEATURE


Four more tried in connection with Berlin conference

BBC Persian Service

The fourth session of the Berlin Conference trial was held today in Tehran. Jamileh Kadivar, Ali Afshari, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and Mohammad Ali Sepanloo were accused of crimes such as acting against state security. All denied the charges. Lara Petrosian asks Mahmoud Dowlatabadi about today's proceeding >>> LISTEN HERE

Nader Haghighi, pennyless refugee

By Darius Sanai
The Independent (London)
November 8, 2000

There must be, if the records are correct, at least three people called Nader Haghighi. One of them lived in the ancient city of Shiraz during the time the Shah still ruled Iran. In the early 1970s, as a child from an impoverished family, he set up a street kiosk selling bric-a-brac at the age of nine, becoming the family's sole breadwinner >>> FULL TEXT

Short and to the point

-- Daughter: "Who's winning?"
-- Father: "Looks like it's going to be Bush."
-- Daughter: "Aamrikaaeeaa cheghadr kharan."

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* No matter who's president

Mohammad Ala writes: It looks like George W. Bush is going to be elected as the next president of the United States. A friend said the following about the president-elect: George W. has his father's charisma, his mother's intelligence and ex-president Reagan's Alzheimer...

Iran and Iranians should take care of themselves. Regardless of who is elected, Iranians must participate peacefully in the democratic process and voice their opinions. Our contributions must be recognized regardless of who is in the office >>> FULL TEXT

* Iran has done nothing about stolen mummies

Bahman writes: I am both concerned and also very sad about the theft of royal mummies from Iranian soil and their eventual recovery in Pakistan. One man was arrested in Pakistan and another in Iran...

Now we know if it was an "aftaabeh" that belonged to some fake imamzadeh, the akhoonds would have invaded Pakistan by now. But sadly they have always tried to separate us from our past >>> FULL TEXT

* Iranian of the day

Shirley Mirzayoff writes: I don't have a photograph of her, but I nominate Mahdiyeh Javid as Iranian of the Day. Among other things, I find her to be highly intelligent, affectionate, witty, an excellent writer ["Hoosh o zekaavat-e irooni"] and photographer ["Azadeh", "Voter"].

Charity: Raising funds for children in Irvine

Fundraising Gala 2000 Saturday November 18, 2000 for the Child Foundation Chapter of Southern California. Dinner, Danc, Live Auction and Live entertainment with; Sattar & Lailla Forouhar. Master of ceremony : Mrs. Shoreh Aghdashloo >>> DETAILS HERE




Story of Layla and Majnun
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Chehel gisoo talaa
Mazandarani stories by Hossein Mirkazemi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Longing for her, at times you tell sad tales

    To your sore heart, or wash your hands of life.

    Why do you search the world, confused and weak,

    For one who's inside you? Who do you seek?

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Judiciary denies German citizen arrested in Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (AFP) - The Iranian judiciary denied Tuesday that a German citizen had been arrested for plotting against the Iranian government in a case being pursued by a revolutionary court here, the radio announced. Iran's state IRNA news agency reported Monday that five people residing abroad, including a German national, had been indicted in the case and would be tried in absentia >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist decries hard-liners

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A leading Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday urged President Mohammad Khatami to condemn the tactics of his hard-line opponents in closing liberal newspapers and trying to roll back democratic reforms. ``I call on the president not to remain silent,'' Behzad Nabavi, a reformist who is deputy speaker of parliament, or Majlis, told lawmakers >>> FULL TEXT

Britain's Hoon Says Iran Not a Threat to Persian Gulf

MUSCAT (Reuters) - British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon has said that Iran is no longer a threat to its Gulf Arab neighbors, but that Iraq could attack Kuwait again but for the no-fly zones enforced by the United States and Britain. ``We have seen a significant and positive development in Iran and its keenness to improve relations with the international community (so) that we don't view them now as a threat to the Gulf countries,'' Hoon told reporters at the end of a visit to Oman on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran wants "radical change" in US policies

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (AFP) - Iran is hoping for a "radical change" in US policies towards its Islamic republic, newspapers reported Wednesday morning, just hours before Republican George W. Bush won the US presidency. "US behaviour towards our country must undergo a radical change and there must be serious political will to modify their policies under the new presidency," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said, quoted by the government-run Iran newspaper >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament to debate fingerprints, searches for US nationals

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (AFP) - Iranian MPs on Wednesday presented the reform-majority parliament with a tit-for-tat bill that would require US nationals to be fingerprinted and body-searched upon arrival in Iran. The move follows complaints in recent years from a number of Iranians, including athletes who had been invited by the United States, about being fingerprinted and searched after arriving on American soil >>> FULL TEXT

Police make major booze haul

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (AFP) - Iranian police seized more than 6,000 bottles of alcohol that had been marked as vegetable oil, press reports said Wednesday. The haul was made from a truck outside Tehran that was en route cross-country from the western Kermanshah province to the eastern province of Khorassan, the Kayhan paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Oil shares nudge higher

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. energy company stocks made tentative gains Wednesday as traders anticipated a victory by Republican George W. Bush (news - web sites) in the presidential election that could spell more favorable decisions on domestic exploration and production. Dick Cheney, who ran oil services company Halliburton Co. before accepting Bush's offer to be his running mate, has opposed the U.S. government's unilateral sanctions against large investments in Iran's energy sector >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian, French companies seek deals with Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Former foe Iran is showing off textiles, electrical goods, agricultural machines and food at an Iraqi trade fair to grab a slice of a lucrative market under Baghdad's U.N. oil-for-food exchange >>> FULL TEXT

Armenia eager to get gas pipeline construction underway

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (AFP) - Yerevan wants the planned construction of a gas pipeline between Iran and Armenia to be speeded up, the defence minister said during a visit to Tehran on Wednesday. Serge Sarkissian, in talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, called for an "acceleration" of the project, which he said could "contribute to and reinforce relations," state radio reported here >>> FULL TEXT

Hooligans confront filmmaker

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Hooligans prevent interaction between filmmaker Rakhshan Banietamad and the audience in a theater in Rasht >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian films in Manheim fest

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Maryam Shahriar's "Dokhtaran-e khorshid" (Daughters of the sun) will be shown at the Manheim film festival, one of the oldest festivals in Germany. So will Rafi Pitz's "Sanam" >>> FULL TEXT

Lots of films, no one can watch them

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- There are forty films waiting to be screened and but lack of organization and... is hurting producers chance to get a return on their investment >>> FULL TEXT

Iran under 19 defeat Korea

Tehran - November 7 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Under 19 Team defeated South Korea, the defending Asian champions, 3-2 in a friendly match on Tuesday. Iran, the host country of the Asian U19 Championships, is preparing for the Championships, where it will meet Kuwait, Japan, Oman and Thailand in its group matches >>> FULL TEXT

Iran in Final After Defeating Kazakhstan 5-0

Taiwan - November 7 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Hearing Impaired Football Team defeated Kazakhstan on Tuesday 5-0 to clinch a place in the final against Saudi Arabia in the 6th Asian Hearing Impaired Games. In the other match Saudi Arabia, the other finalist, defeated Uzbekistan 3-0 >>> FULL TEXT


German scholar comes out in defence of Eshkevari

Anne Marie Schimmel, the well known German Islamic scholar, has protested against the charges of apostasy brought against the reformist cleric, Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari. In a letter to President Khatami, Ms Schimmel asks the president to convey her concerns to the judiciary officials. Morteza Raissi reports from Berlin >>> LISTEN HERE

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"Happy without you"
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