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Friday December 1, 2000 / Azar 11, 1379, No. 1117


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Recollecting a dream

By Esmail Nooriala
December 1, 2000
The Iranian

I had a dream
When the Halloween was splashed out
Over the colony of my quicksilver agonies.

I found myself turning into a children's song -
Repetitious but always new
Mundane but forever etched
Into a forgetful glorious memory.


My A to Z

By Jahanshah Javid
December 1, 2000
The Iranian

A...... it was a bright sunny day
B...... I wanted to be free
C...... I yearned to sail the sea
D......with you along side me


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Resurrection of Evin Prison >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian journalist accuses "Killers"

By Justin Huggler
The Independent (London)
December 1, 2000

AKBAR GANJI, Iran's hugely popular investigative journalist, publicly named for the first time yesterday the senior figures he accuses of being behind a series of murders secretly ordered by the state in 1998.

Mr Ganji's sensational allegations came from the dock. He is on trial for "endangering state security" for attending a conference in Berlin on President Mohammad Khatami's reform movement >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's Scientists Cautiously Reach Out to the World

By Robert Koenig
Nov. 24, 2000

TEHRAN--When Reza Mansouri left a cushy university post in Vienna to return to his native Iran in1980, the young theoretical physicist found himself caught up in a whirlwind >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Paper Offers Fresh Voice

By Bill Workman
San Francisco Chronicle
Decemberf 1, 2000

Not long ago, Susan Akbarpour routinely pursued her work as a newspaper reporter and editor in Iran draped in the chador, the all-covering black cloak women in the Islamic nation are obliged to wear in public as a symbol of modesty >>> FULL TEXT


Farideh Diba (Ghotbi), the mother of Farah Diba (Pahlivi), has died >>> SEE HERE

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More Letters

* Love in front of prejudice

Daryl Pendelton writes: In response to Iraani, I can't help but find it interesting that a person living in America, a country that is a melting pot of ALL cultures, would be insulted at a person who has put LOVE in front of PREJUDICE [Maryam and Daryl].

With divorce at an all time high, I am very happy to know that two people are willing to commit to something as sacred as marriage!!! Regardless of RACE, COLOR or CREED.

* Half/half kids

Zara Houshmand writes: Qtipp wrote "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."

There's a projection that's no less ridiculous than the original letter. You might want to think about the fact that half/half kids have had a first-hand look at the challenges involved in a mixed-race marriage and have suffered prejudice from both sides, not just one.

* My birthday is coming up

Hamid Ageorlo, writes: In response to Sadaf Kiani's piece about her birthday ["Harir-r Aabi"], she forgot to mention what kind of food she ordered for her birthday. I am also very curious to know if anyone brought her a cake and if she liked it.

My birthday is coming up in about six months and I will definitely inform everyone of my feelings.

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    If my head holds one thought wise and clear, it's you.

    Poor as I am, what I hold dear is you.

    No matter how I see myself, I'm nothing.

    Anything I am entirely is you.

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No comment from Moscow on report that it will supply arms to Iran

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Police kill three Afghan drug traffickers, arrested 25

TEHRAN, Dec 1 (AFP) - Iranian police killed three Afghan drug traffickers Wednesday, arrested 25 more and seized a tonne of various drugs in the eastern province of Kerman, local radio reported Thursday. Quoting a provincial police commander, the radio said one of the dead traffickers was a gang leader called Mirgol Ghanbarzehi who had been behind several hostage-takings in the area >>> FULL TEXT

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Arts films need more support

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Kavianpour injuries not serious

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AIDS spread continues

BBC Persian Service -- Friday is World AIDS Day. The epidemic has so far claimed more than twenty-million lives, and the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS continues to increase >>> LISTEN HERE

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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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