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Wednesday November 29, 2000 / Azar 9, 1379, No. 1115


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Iran should defend itself in U.S. courts

By Babak Movahedi
November 29, 2000
The Iranian

    Although foreign countries are usually protected from lawsuits by U.S. parties under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, countries such as Iran that are deemed by the U.S. Department of State to be state sponsors of terrorism are excepted from such immunity. As a result, there have been a number of cases filed and judgments entered against the government of Iran. In each case, Iran chose not to enter an appearance in court >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Clerics against clerics >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami's test

By Vahe Petrossian
24 November 2000
Middle East Economic Digest

Some three-and-a-half years after launching radical political reforms in Iran, the presidency of Mohammad Khatami is in deep trouble. A frustrated population is having to face the possibility of the reformist cleric leaving office prematurely, ceding the initiative to his right-wing opponents. Vahe Petrossian reports from Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami presents his budget

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami presented next years budget to the parliament today. In the past he has described the Iranian economy as being sick. So what remedy does he propose for the countries sick economy? Lara Petrossian put this question to Mohammad Sadeq Janansefat, economic writer. He first describes the main points of the new>>> LISTEN HERE

An Iranian Traces the Path of a Woman's Life

By Joan Dupont
International Herald Tribune
November 24, 2000

THESSALONIKI, Greece Some day, the Western eye may be sated with the sheer beauty and simplicity of Iranian cinema - messages planted like signposts in the landscape: children racing after balloons, old men bearing blackboards on their backs. But not yet, and not in Thessaloniki, the Greek harbor where festival audiences applauded Marziyeh Meshkini's first film, ''Roozi khe zan shodam'' (The Day I Became a Woman), and the jury awarded her the prize for best director >>> FULL TEXT

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Look who registered in

Name: Mohamed Altabrizi
City: Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

More Letters

* Unbelievable stupidity

Zara Houshmand writes: In response to Iraani, the real disgrace is that you have no shame in publicly expressing such a racist opinion. You cannot claim to speak for "all of us" or "our kind".

I for one do not share your opinion, and I have never felt so angry at any letter yet published on I've long known that Maryam and Daryl are both wonderful people [Maryam and Daryl], but I'm only beginning to fully understand how courageous they are in standing up against the unbelievable stupidity of people like yourself.

* Tearing down individuals

Kyra Liston writes: In response to Iraani, I hope she realizes that racism is exactly what her closed-minded and judgemental message portrays.

It's clear that Iraani feels that the actions of Iranians speak for the Iranian community. However, in making that the statement that she did, I feel that Iraani, not Maryam [Maryam and Daryl], is depicting a negative picture of her community >>> FULL TEXT

* She LOVES him

Qtipp writes: In response to Iraani's email: it's people like you who make Iranians look so freakin' backwards sometimes.

What is your kind, anyways? Another spoiled, rich, half/half kid who takes pride in the fact that she has "Indo-European" blood in her who will marry some rich, fat doctor.

I for one am glad that Maryam married a Black man, because she LOOVES him, not because he's Black [Maryam and Daryl].

I guess that love comes second, third, or fourth for you, however. Good luck finding a man who will tolerate you in the future.

* No need for radicalism

Poopak Taati writes: I read the interesting analysis of Dr. Ali Akbar Mahdi ["Making a hero"]... The only point with which I disagree is the underlying assumption of the article that any social change necessarily involves violence and rejection of social institutions. In other words, a prescription is implied that more unrest and more radicalism, or otherwise "ghahr-e enghelabi" are essential tools for any institutional change in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Community: 2nd Iranian forum, Washington DC

You are kindly invited to take part in the second Iranian American community forum aimed at finding tangible ways that we, Iranian Americans in DC, can contribute to development in Iran. The meeting will take place on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 6:30 PM. Location: The 2nd floor meeting room at Tenley/Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. (202-282-3090) >>> DETAILS HERE




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    When there's no sign of hope in the desert,

    So much hope still lives inside despair.

    Heart, don't kill that hope: Even willows bear

    Sweet fruit in the garden of the soul.

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Row over President's power continues

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