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Monday November 13, 2000 / Aban 23, 1379, No. 1105


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Concerns growing over the treatment of political prisoners

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Remarks made by Iranian jailed journalist Akbar Ganji at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on Thursday has increased concerns over the way defendants in the "Berlin Conference" case are treated by Judiciary officials and in prison. Sadeq Saba reports: >>> LISTEN HERE

PEN letter to Khamenei on Berlin trial

As members of the international community of writers, we firmly believe that free expression is a fundamental right. We write to you to as a matter of utmost urgency to respect that right, to drop all the charges against these writers, journalists, translators and intellectuals, and to allow these respected individuals to return to their lives and professions >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Expatriates Find Their Voice in Radio Broadcasts

Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2000

In a rustic, soundproof room in Santa Monica, Alireza Meybodi fanned the flames of wounded Iranian pride as he recounted the latest assault upon his homeland's 2,500-year-old history.

Five ancient mummies--including one believed to be that of Mandana, mother of the founder of the Persian Empire--have turned up in a merchant's home in Pakistan, the talk show host said during a recent broadcast from KSMI, or National Voice of Iran. At least one of the Persian artifacts had been sawed in half, he added >>> FULL TEXT

Natural and Unnatural

A new book published in Tehran will tell you all about "Natural and unnatural" sexual behavior

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* Trivia amid Gangi's desperate shouts

S. S. Javid writes: Who could listen and read about Akbar Ganji and not have the hairs stick-up on their skin. News like this from our beloved motherland makes the squabling and bickering about "Iranian girls" or about pop stars and all the rest that we discuss in this cyber forum seem shamelessly trivial...

The bottom line is this: how can we in all honesty gather in this cyber-forum and go on discussing everything under the sun but our real concern and sympathy toward the struggle for freedom going on in Iran. Here we are endowed with the blessing of the right to free speech and we waste it on trivia >>> FULL TEXT

    * Kind of irrelevant

    Harf Hesab writes: I read Mahdiyeh Javid's story "Hoosh o zekaavat-e irooni," and I think the article, or the story, or whatever you want to call it was kind of irrelevant.

    One might find some sort of truth in the story, but within a certain age group whose behavior is as such universally.

    And why stick to the negatives, when we can emphasize a lot of positives. I know a lot of Iranian youth who bust their backs trying to make something of themselves with an honest day's work ­ figuratively speaking.

    I guess the verbiage reflects the writer's age and general attitude anyway, so it was not surprising.

* Cheating not exclusive

Ali A. Parsa writes: Regarding Mahdieh Javid's article, "Hoosh o zekaavat-e irooni," we should test every idea in the crucible of experience and make sure that we have considered every idea in our search for truth and in our attempt to be fair and square.

I especially liked Mahdiyeh's writing in colloquial Farsi which is now common among the youth of her age as I observed in Iran in my trips. Her style of writing is admirable and the sign of time >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Sciolino's book reading in Washington DC

The Iranian-American Cultural Association of Washington DC takes great pleasure in hosting (November 18) Ms. Elaine Sciolino, senior writer for the Washington bureau of "The New York Times". Ms. Sciolino will discuss and sign her newly acclaimed book "Persian Mirror: The Elusive Face of Iran" >>> DETAILS HERE




Women and the Political Process in Twentieth-Century Iran
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At what point will checking news from Iran for us ex-patriates transcend its purely therapeutic value and become a way of involving one in the real life of a country we all hold dear? Surely this is the question that should be raised in any Iranian's mind when listening to Akbar Gangi's desperate shouts, punctuated by the cries of his wife.

-- S.S. Javid
"The fourth generation"
Letter to The Iranian
November 13, 2000

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