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Monday November 20, 2000 / Aban 30, 1379, No. 1110


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November 20, 2000
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Dictators create heroes
Heroes appear when there is no way to stop the oppressor

By Amirali Baniasadi
November 20, 2000
The Iranian

Heroes, as Nabavi calls them, are extremists who pass speed limits and end in accidents, harming the poor passengers! This perplexing concept needs to be debated further in investigation of the role of agency in the process of social change.

A key issue here is to understand what circumstances give birth to heroes. Ironically, behind every hero is an anti-hero. Heroes appear when there is no way to stop the oppressor, other than by going beyond the ordinary >>> GO TO FEATURE


Nabavi: I will make up for my mistakes

November 20, 2000

Satirist Ebrahim Nabavi, who has been released on bail, gave an interview to the conservatrive newspaper, Kayhan >>> FULL TEXT

Akbar Ganji's letter from prison

BBC Persian Service

Akbar Ganji, who has been on hunger strike for more than 10 days, has written a letter from Evin prison, addressed to the people and MPs. While strongly criticising the judiciary he has also explained why he has gone on hunger strike. Enayat Fani reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Under the skin of Iranian films

By Rose Ismail
The New Straits Times
November 17, 2000

IT was a kiss. And it was shown in an Iranian film, 22 years after the Islamic Revolution. The kiss - planted on the back of a head - was an expression of love by a son for his mother. Still, for those of us who are acutely aware of the many restrictions placed on filmmakers in the Islamic Republic, this was astounding indeed >>> FULL TEXT

What's he smilin' about?

Fashion designer Bijan hamisheh neeshesh vaazeh. This time he has a very very big reason to smile >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Simin Habibian

More Letters

* Positive toward gay rights

Nasim B. writes: It is wonderful to see that Iranians are taking a more and more positive position toward gay rights ["Iranian opposition groups back gay rights"]. It means that Iranians are taking some steps toward modernism and domocray. I believe in a better future for all Iranians.

    * Making the point for Ms. Pirazseh

    Guive Mirfendreski writes: Ms Pirasteh wrote a heartfelt piece about her issues with Iranian men and their suitability as a husband for her ["Happy without you"]. At no time did she claim to speak for all Iranian women, nor did she disclaim the lesson in the saying that every goat has its own grass.

    Mr. Tabib's criticism of Ms. Pirasyeh's piece and her opinion on the subject ["Trivial squabbling"] made Ms. Pirasteh's point for her. So he proclaims that if mad eking, he would send up the river people who use pronouns and the language in a certain way.

    Lovely! Baa andaki kherad daanaa saazi ze naadaan, leek bekharvaar ham nashavad nafahmee aanchenaan.

* Daagh-e del

Nezam writes: This one ["Khaaneh"] really "daagh-e delam ra taazeh kard". I really miss the crisp cool Tehran winters. Not to mention how much I miss having a day to just stay in and do a bit of soul-searching. A real rare luxury here in Boston.

To top it off "delam aab oftaad" from your elaborate description of the ambrosia you were cooking!

It's time I visited the Iranian restaurant soon.Thanks a million for keeping me connected with the essence of being a true Shemirani. I relive it thru your incredible writing!

Academoc: Teach Persian at Emory U.

Emory University, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies announces a full-time Lecturer position for a professional language instructor of Persian, effective September 1, 2001 >>> FULL TEXT

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Don't call the wise lover insane, or say

    The soul who shares your garden's a stranger.

    Don't confine the encircling sea to a cup.

    She knows her name, so don't make stories up.

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Nabavi released on bail

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Young hardliners attack political meeting with knives and axes

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Woman of "loose morals" burned to death by dad and brother: paper

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Khatami says electoral fraud an "unpardonable sin"

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Iran says visit by Britain's Cook still on cards

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Dollar hits 18-month low against rial on Iran free market

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Companies vie for Iran gas project

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Parliament planning review of all foreign oil contracts: paper

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Factory workers block highway to protest unpaid salaries: press

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Meshkini wins best director prize

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Banietemad's blast

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Director Rakhshan Banietemad blasts state TV officials for refusing the air ads for her latest film, "Zir-e poost-e shahr" (Under the city's skin) >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Amini's new film

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Taa'tr shahr: popular

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Iran defeat Japan

Tehran - November 20 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian Under 19 National Football Team defeated Japan 3-1 in Shahid Shiroudi Stadium on Monday to clinch first place in their group at the 32nd Asian Under 19 Championships >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Thrash Oman 3-0

Tehran - November 18 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Under 19 National Football Team defeated Oman 3-0 to clinch a spot both in the semi finals of the Asian Under 19 Championships and World Youth Championships >>> FULL TEXT

Minavand plays full agame against LASK

Vienna - November 18: On Friday Sturm defeated LASK 2:1. Iranian international Mehrdad Minavand played the full 90 minutes, assisted the first goal and was among the best player >>> FULL TEXT


Wives of imprisoned journalists call for justice

Wives of imprisoned journalists have once again called for justice for their husbands. In two open letters they have asked the judiciary to permit their husbands to phone home and allow them family visits. Pedram Farzad talks to Mahdyeh Mohammadi, Ahmad Zeidabadi's wife >>> LISTEN HERE

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Amirali Baniasadi

Heroes are those extraordinary people who make sacrifices and become agents of historical and social change. Those with lower the threshold of pain could withdraw at any stage, but it's unfair to criticize other fellow travelers who carry it to the destination with bear feet.

-- Amirali Baniasadi
"Dictators create heroes"
The Iranian
November 20, 2000

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