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Tuesday November 21, 2000 / Azar 1, 1379, No. 1111


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By Saeed Tavakkol
November 21, 2000
The Iranian


Please come back
If I understood where she started, maybe things could change

By Kendal Sheets
November 21, 2000
The Iranian

From the pointing, I knew we were in luck. Everyone back then knew that house. I was looking for the most famous family in Ahvaz. But that was the old Iran. After fleeing the Iraqi bombs, the family never went back, and sometime between then and now sold the house and that was that.

This particular doctor who built the house was loved and adored by his patients, his students at the medical school, and his family. His greatest accomplishment, though, was his youngest daughter >>> GO TO FEATURE


Serial killings' anniversary

BBC Persian Service

Two years after serial political killings, head of Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, says the killing dossier in now completed and ready to be sent to the court. Is it really completed? A question Mehdi Sharif puts to the victims' lawyer, Nasser Zarafshan >>> LISTEN HERE

Iranian student faction plans civil disobedience

By Geneive Abdo in Tehran
The Guardian
November 21, 2000

Leaders of sections of the Iranian national student movement, which was largely responsible for Mohammad Khatami's rise to power, have declared his presidency a failure and are vowing to take radical action to bring about change >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

How Samira made the "Blackboard"

By David Straton
November 20-26, 2000

This last-minute addition to the Venice film fest is an admiring portrait of youthful director Samira Makhmalbaf, made by her younger brother, Maysam, and mostly filmed during the shooting of her second feature whose English title in Cannes this year was "Blackboards," but here is consistently referred to as "The Blackboard." >>> FULL TEXT

God is bald and...

... zips around in a flying saucer >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Pedram Missaghi

More Letters

* We love heroes, but...

Bardia Saeedi writes: I read with much interest, both intellectually and emotionally, the article by Mr. Baniasadi ["Dictators create heroes"]... A simple question that I have is what happens to us regular people when heroes come to our lives? What happens to us when someone comes along and tries to carry much of the burden that we were supposed to carry? The burden could be, and most of the time is, emotional, intellectual and involves some action. Instead of being active participants in the process, we become hopeful and dependent on that one hero >>> FULL TEXT

* Mouthpiece for half-baked intellectuals

Anonymous writes: Why does The Iranian not report the speeches and sayings of the leader of the Iranian nation (Ayatollah Khamenei)? True or empty as his rhetoric may be (depending on your view of the current regime), it should be publicised. shouldn't serve as the mouthpiece for out of touch, half-baked intellectuals and sub-intellectual pop culture kiddies. Please do not publish this.

* Pontificating

Iranyar writes: Mr. Jahanbagloo: Who are these "young intellectuals" you seem to like so much? ["The fourth generation"] Where are there books? Do they publish out of L.A. or Tehran?

Your kind is a sad example of a kind of pseudo-intellectual tumor that has been growing from the womb of Iran Khanum for a hundred years now. The typical claim to fame: a mediocre Western education and a birthright to bash your ancestral countrymen.

By the way where does this "monistic attitude" from Heidegger and Marx come from? Why don't you discuss what these thinkers mean instead of pontificating from your lofty ivory tower? But that would be too hard on your readers.

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