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Friday November 17, 2000 / Aban 27, 1379, No. 1109


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By Bruce Bahmani
November 17, 2000
The Iranian

She wears no makeup, no time, and the lines in her face are more and more visible each day. She now wears a regular scowl, eyebrows sharpened and at the perpetual 45 degree angle of anger. She always seems annoyed, exhausted and impatient. She almost never smiles.

As she disappears into the kitchen, an elderly gentleman in gray flannel pants, with a frosted grey moustache and two-day beard, wearing a white shirt and a matching gray sleeveless sweater works his way slowly out of the garage door. He looks like a taller more slender copy of Mossadegh


Price is right
"I need to borrow your date for a few hours"

By Siamack Baniameri
November 17, 2000
The Iranian

Like many hot-blooded Iranian men out there, I don't like people who do better than me in life. I can picture Majid in the morning, walking around in his designer underwear, wandering if he should wear the Kenneth Cole or the Armani suit. His biggest dilemma of the day is deciding whether to drive the Jag or the Bimmer. What a tough ife.

I, on the other hand, go through my dirty laundry in the morning, trying to find a T-shirt that doesn't smell like a corpse >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian opposition groups back gay rights

News from HOMAN

There are still many Iranian political groups/parties, in particular centre and conservative, who refuse to talk about gay rights in Iran. However we have some good news and would like to share it with you.

1- Iran's Green Party has announced its support for homosexual rights. The party has a section on its Internet page called "gay news" where you can read some interesting news about Iranian homosexuals >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian-American lawyer's key role in Coca-Cola case

By Sarah Schafer
The Washington Post
Friday, November 17, 2000

Coca-Cola Co. agreed yesterday to pay a record $192.5 million to settle a racial-discrimination lawsuit ... Cyrus Mehri of Mehri, Malkin and Ross called the agreement a "sister settlement" to the Texaco agreement--the two share similar provisions--but one that has far more power >>> FULL TEXT

Fate of U.S. presidency in Iranian hands

Haaj khaanoom, Ali Aqaa (Al Gore) dast-e shoomaa ro meeboosan >>> SEE HERE

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Florida voting ballot (classic!) >>> SEE HERE

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More Letters

* Live and let live

Shirley Mirzayoff writes: Is it my imagination or is there a major dance of anger going on between men and women ["Happy withoiut you", "Nothing more than cows"]? Assuming it's not my imagination, is this anger restricted to Iranians and Iranians living in the U.S.?

Actually, let's step back, if you will. Why are you angry? If some of our Iranian brothers choose to marry our Iranian sisters in Iran, then shouldn't we wish them well? If some of our Iranian sisters want to continue focussing on their careers or enjoy certain liberties, then shouldn't we say live and let live?

Am I missing something? Is this a zero sum game?

* Let's fix our problems

K.A. writes: In reply to both Ms. Banafshe Piraste ["Happy withoiut you"] and Mr. Cyrus Raafat ["Nothing more than cows"] who have directied thier utmost anger towards each other, I belive it is no good for either Iranian men or women to try and ruin each other.

The fact is that if there are wrong elements in a culture (which to some extent exist in any culture including ours), they are going to affect men and women equally ... We should take advantage of this free society to try fix them >>> FULL TEXT

* Sadness, realness

Amir writes: Your writings [Sadaf Kiani Abbassian] have a sadness or realness about them. They remind me of Tehran, Fall of 1999. I was there to bury my mom. It was so sad. She also loved Hafez. From her house balcony, you can see the mountains.

When I was there 1 1/2 years ago, I made her lots of pots (with flowers of course). She loved them. Every morning, she would drink her tea on the balcony next to the flowers and tell me how much she enjoyed her flowers.

I also like your art-work ["Solitude"]. The lady with "blue" necklace. There is a story behind that one too.

Rights: Sciolino's book reading in Washington DC

On Saturday 18 November, the Iranian-American Cultural Association of Washington DC takes great pleasure in hosting 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

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Everyone has someone, a friend to love,

    And work, and skill to do it. All I have

    Is a fantasy of a lover who hides

    For safety in the dark of my heart's cave.

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