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Thursday November 30, 2000 / Azar 10, 1379, No. 1116

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By Sadaf Kiani Abbasian
November 30, 2000
The Iranian


Queasy feeling
Enjoy Shirin Neshat's thrilling art. But...

By Roya Hakakian
November 30, 2000
The Iranian

Let us all rejoice in the fact that once produced, the work of art no longer belongs to its maker. Let us particularly rejoice in the fact that as viewers, we can revel in Shirin Neshat's art without requiring her own instructions. For to be guided by this artist through her work is to be derailed from the thrilling and universal experience of it >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The jury & the press court >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ganji accuses Fallahian

BBC Persian Service

The well known journalist, Akbar Ganji, appearing before a court in Tehran, has named a former Intelligence Minister, Ali Fallahian, as the key figure behind a series of murders of dissident intellectuals which shook Iran in recent years. Mr Ganji is defending himself against charges of undermining national security and making propaganda against the Islamic regime. Saeed Yekta reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Ganji Accuses Official

November 30, 2000 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- In a daring allegation, Iran's leading investigative journalist on Thursday accused former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian of ordering the killing of political dissidents two years ago. In court, Ganji also openly challenged Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT


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This & that

Jahanshah Javid's photogrphas featured in Kargah.Com >>> SEE HERE

Great stuff

I saw it twice. That's how much I loved this film. Laughed and cried >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Not me

Sarah Harrison writes: I would like to clear something up. I have been receiving hateful emails regarding a letter that was posted on your site. However, I did not post this letter.

Someone is using my email to behave offensively, or they have a very similar email to mine. I just wanted to let you know that I myself am not a hateful person, and whatever that lettter or article said, it did not come from me.

* So little progress

Yari Ostovany writes: In response to Iraani, you should have lived in Europe of the Dark Ages; you would have found the social conditions much more to your liking.

I am at a loss though as to this chicken and egg situation; does your stupidity stem from your inhumanity and bigotry or is it the other way around?

Your letter is a grim reminder of how little, as a species, we have progressed since our kind left the caves.

* Love is blind

Syed Zaki Abbas writes: In response to Iraani, I would say that her letter stinks of prejudice and makes it quite evident that she is quite a biased person when the colour of the facial pigment is concerned.

If a man likes a woman [Maryam and Daryl] and they understand each other or vice versa then I think that there should be no barriers of caste , colour or creed. because love is blind.

* Other heroes

Morad Shoorideh writes: In the past few weeks you have had articles about our "heroes" ["Making a hero"]. I am sending these photos in celebration and remembrance of some other heroes of the not-too-distant past (Fadaaiye Khalq) >>> SEE HERE

Write: Women writers of Iranian diaspora: Deadline extended

A new collection of writing aims to bring together the chorus of voices by and about women of the Iranian Diaspora. We are seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays for a new collection of writing by and about Iranian women in the Diaspora >>> DETAILS HERE




The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez
Teachings of the Philosopher of Love
By Haleh Pourafzal, Roger Montgomery



Ostootreh-haaye melal
By Vesta Sarkhosh

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Oh, when you remind me of her door,

    I feel the rapture bubbling up once more.

    How can I forget that blessing, ever,

    When you bring to mind long buried treasure?

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Akbar Ganji on trial names names in serial murders case

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - A reformist journalist on trial in Tehran Thursday accused a senior judge of ordering the murder of a communist militant and a group of conservative clerics of being behind other killings of dissidents and intellectuals. Akbar Ganji named names at his trial before a revolutionary court over his participation with other reformists at a conference in Berlin in April which was deemed un-Islamic by conservative Iranian authorities >>> FULL TEXT

Ganji tries to turn tables on Iranian justice system

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - The trial of a key figure in a controversial conference deemed "anti-Islamic" edged towards farce Thursday as he blamed Iran's authorities for letting him attend, charging them with double standards. Journalist Akbar Ganji was appearing before Tehran's revolutionary court for the second time in the trial over the conference on Iran held in Berlin in early April, for which 17 others are also facing prosecution >>> FULL TEXT

Iran not yet delivered from dictatorship: Khatami

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday that Iran was still not delivered from dictatorship, more than 20 years after the fall of the Shah and his replacement by an Islamic regime. "Our country emerged 20 years ago from the heavy weight of dictatorship, but unfortunately we are not yet completely delivered from it, and dictatorship continues to haunt us all," he told reporters >>> FULL TEXT

Iran arrests distributors of report on dissident killings

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - Iran has arrested several people charged with distributing an 80-page report which implicates a number of authorities in the shock 1998 serial murders of several dissidents and intellectuals, press reports said Thursday. The centrist Entekhab paper cited Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi as saying that several people, accused of distributing the undercover "night letter", had been identifed and arrested recently >>> FULL TEXT

Russian military offers arms for Iran's border forces

MOSCOW, Nov 30 (AFP) - Russia is ready to send arms to Iran to help reinforce its borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the military news agency AVN quoted a top Russian general as saying Thursday. The statement came only days after Russia announced its intention to renew arms negotiations with Tehran, effectively scrapping a five-year-old accord with Washington that banned conventional arms sales to Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Several years needed before cases of Iran-Iraq POWs settled: Red Cross

BAGHDAD, Nov 30 (AFP) - The Iran-Iraq war may have ended 12 years ago but it will take several more years to resolve the cases of prisoners of war, a Red Cross delegate said here Wednesday. "Some questions will remain in suspense for several more years," the official with the International Committee of the Red Cross told AFP on condition he not be identified >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Wants Russia To Build Second Nuclear Reactor -Report

November 30, MOSCOW (AP)--Iran has decided to ask Russia to build a second reactor at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, offering a contract worth some $1 billion, a Russian newspaper reported Thursday. The business daily Vedomosti quoted Andrei Yedemsky, a spokesman for the Nuclear Power Ministry, as saying that the Iranian parliament had decided that the contract for the second reactor at the plant in southern Iran should be awarded to Russia >>> FULL TEXT

French film award for Meshkini

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- "The day I became a woman" directed by Marziyeh Meshkini has one another award, this time at a film festival in France >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

More French awards

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- At another film festival in France, two Iranian short films have received awards >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Jalili's new film gets okay

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- "Delbaraan" is the first film by Abolfazl Jalili to receive screening permission after completion. He talks about it in an interview >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Who will take charge?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Top names in the world of soccer are lining up in hopes of being offered the Iranian national team's head coaching job >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Behind the scenes

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Behind the scene look at the national soccer team: The Brazilian coach basically doesn't do anything, while Hashemi-Nasab sings to cheer the team >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

It's a lie!

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- An Italian soccer club has denied Iranian press reports that Ali Karimi is about to be given a contract >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


MPs plan to increase Khatami's power

Some of the reformist deputies of parliament say they are ready to pass a bill increasing President Khatami's power after he complained earlier this week that he didn't have the authority to prevent the violation of the Constitution. Saeed Yekta talks to Mohammad Dadfar, a reformist deputy, about the subject >>> LISTEN HERE

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Right to disagree

I have the right not to agree with the leader. Is this a crime? I disagree with the leader when he described the newspapers which have been banned as the base of the enemy. I disagree with him on the press law. I shouldn't be punished for disagreeing with the leader.

-- Akbar Ganji on trial
November 30, 2000

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