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Wednesday November 15, 2000 / Aban 25, 1379, No. 1107

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November 15, 2000
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November 15, 2000
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Ebrahim Nabavi's defense in court

Aftab-e Yazd
November 16, 2000

Satirist Ebrahim Nabavi appeared in court Wednesday accused of insulting officials in his newspaper columns. Here's a detailed report, including his defense >>> PERSIAN TEXT: Page ONE -- Page TWO

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

Nabavi on trial

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Ebrahim Nabavi, one of Iran's best-known satirical writer has appeared in court in Teheran. Ebrahim Nabavi was a frequent columnist in many of the reformist newspapers which have been closed down in recent months. Here is a report followed by Ehsan Naraqi's assessment of Nabavi's work and character as satarist >>> LISTEN HERE

Iran Journal

By Molly Moore
The Washington Post
November 13, 2000

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 ­­ Women tossed back their head scarves at a concert. Young men sang once-banned patriotic songs in the streets. And Tehran was draped in thousands of garlands of colored lights.

In a country where most holidays are somber religious observances or commemorations of such political events as Day of the Heart-Rending Departure of the Great Leader, Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution and Oil Nationalization Day, today's holiday honoring the birth of a revered religious figure is one of the few unabashedly joyous days on the Iranian calendar >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian sues for recount in Florida

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- An Iranian citizen has filed a lawsuit in a local court asking for the recount of United States presidential votes in Palm Beach County, newspapers said on Tuesday >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to DF

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* Electoral system held up well

Ramin Tabib writes: Mr. Mirfendereski's defense of the U.S. electoral college system ["Keep it the way it is"] was so elitist that for a few moments I questioned my own faith in the system. Then I had to revert to my university books and see for myself why I was for it...

And it has held up well. Mainly because one has to consider that in a country governed by a federal system, such as the Unites States, there is not really one election, but as many elections as there are states; in this case, there 50 states plus D.C., therefore there are 51 elections, each with ITS OWN majority rule. This satisfies those who seek majority rule (within each state only) and those who seek egalitarian state representation >>> FULL TEXT

* Non-violent struggle? How?

Jamshid Entesari writes: Regarding Mr. Majid Tehranian "More powerful force", how is it possible to soothe those people who have suffered these losses to come to grips with the peace proposed by Mr. Tehranian? It is easy to sit back and say that now that you can't bring back these people let's stop getting more people killed. While he is right in the sense that the blood shed must be stopped it is so irresponsible asking those who have suffered the losses to sit at a table and talk about future with those who have inflicted the losses >>> FULL TEXT

* Funniest damn article

Reza writes: That's about the funniest damn article that I've read on this site ["The rules"]. Brother, you have humorously outdone most other folks who contribute with their literary work. Your piece was accurate, to the damn point, and downright funny as a shitsack fallin' off the Empire State Building. Keep up the good work.

Art: Ostobany's art show

Yari Ostovany's paintings will be on display in Koln, Germany, at the Cultural House of Iran until December 23 >>> DETAILS HERE




Contemporary Debates in Islam
An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought
By Mansoor Moaddel Kamran Talattof (editors)



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I'm not me, you're not you, and you're not me;

    And yet I'm me, you're you, and you are me.

    Beauty of Khotan, I am this because of you:

    Confused if I am you, or you are me.

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Satirist apologizes in court

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In testimony as funny as it was serious, Iran's leading satirist pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of insulting government officials and apologized for lampooning them in his writings. Ever the comic, Ebrahim Nabavi cracked a joke at the expense of his own lawyer that provoked guffaws of laughter around the courtroom. When the lawyer questioned the legality of a trial without a jury, Nabavi intervened to say he had no objection >>> FULL TEXT

Iran parliament reduces voting age to 15

TEHRAN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Wednesday agreed to reduce the voting age to 15 from 16 and set the date for parliamentary by-elections to coincide with presidential polls in May 2001 >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami undecided about re-election

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - In a rare interview, Iran's President Mohammad Khatami insisted his reforms are unstoppable despite opposition by powerful Islamic hard-liners. ``This is what the nation wants, and its will cannot be stopped,'' Khatami told The Associated Press >>> FULL TEXT

Judiciary to set up special court for lawsuits against the US

TEHRAN, Nov 15 (AFP) - Tehran's judiciary will soon set up a special department charged with handling cases of Iranians who want to file suit against the United States, judicial sources said here Wednesday. According to the sources, this department is not yet operational and until it is, the lawsuits cannot be attended to. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi on Monday also affirmed that a special court attending to the cases would be set up soon >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's office denies planned Cairo visit: report

TEHRAN, Nov 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's office denied press reports in Egypt announcing plans by the Iranian head of state to visit Cairo, an Iranian newspaper said Wednesday. "An informed source at the president's office last night did not confirm reports that Khatami would travel to Egypt," the Doran-e Emrouz paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Cheap pump prices force Iran to import more refined oil

TEHRAN, Nov 15 (AFP) - Cheap pump prices are forcing Iran, the second-ranking OPEC member, to import refined oil products in ever-increasing quantities, an oil official was quoted as saying Wednesday. "Since last March we have imported 820 million litres of petrol (gasoline) and we will import a further 400 million before next March," said Ali Aghababai, an official of the national oil products distribution company >>> FULL TEXT

Iran may purchase EU wheat amid supply disruptions

PARIS, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Iran may step up its purchases of European wheat after heavy rains pounded the southern hemisphere, threatening to disrupt supplies from Argentina and Australia, exporters said. Iran last week bought 180,000 tonnes of European Union soft wheat, including 120,000 from France and 60,000 from Sweden >>> FULL TEXT

Book: Sasanid to Islamic transition

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Volume three of Mohammad Mohammadi Malayeri's new book, "Taarikh va farhang-e Iran" (History and Culture of Iran), deals with the transition from Sasanid to Islamic rule >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Best poet in Fars

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Mahmoud Owji's "Shaakheh-ee az maah" has been chosen as the best book of poetry in Fars Province during the past year >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Yazd: new cinemas

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Five cinema will be inaugurated in Yazd next week >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

No head coach yet

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- While the preliminary World Cup matches will begin in days, it is still unclear who will be the head coach of the national soccer team. The soccer federation needs to get a move on >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iran-Japan showdown?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Iran and Japan are expected to meet in the finals of the under-19 Asian soccer championships >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Heshmat in Esteqlal?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- There's more talk that Heshmat Mohajerani will resume his coaching carrer in Iran after nearly 20 years. Esteqlal is thinking about hiring him >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Minimum marriage age, uncertainty continues

Following rejection of Majlis decision to raise minimum marriage in Iran by the Guardian Council, the issue has, once again, turned into a controversial argument among women's rights activists and politicians. Majlis had decided to raise the minimum marriage age to 15 for girls and 18 for boys. Maria Sarsalari reports >>> LISTEN HERE

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I say freely that I went to irresponsible extremes. I was not under duress in prison. I accept the charges of insulting the authorities and apologize to all those offended by my work. I will now distance myself from politics.

-- Ebrahim Nabavi, satirist on trial
November 15, 2000

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