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Monday October 2, 2000 / Mehr 11, 1379, No. 1076


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Tehran 2000
... where chaos rules

Written & photographed by Rasool Nafisi
October 2, 2000
The Iranian

Chosen by the Qajar dynasty as the capital at the bosom of Alborz Mountains with a view of the scared Damavand peak, Tehran became a beautiful and modern city in no time. The aristocracy settled in the northern hills, while the poor were exiled to the south. Everything had its own order. But nearly two centuries and two revolutions later, Tehran -- a third world metropolis of ten million people -- is ruled by chaos >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ataollah Mohajerani resigns

BBC Persian Service

Sources close to the Iranian pro-reform culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, have confirmed that he has resigned from President Khatami's government. But there has been no official confirmation or denial of the reports. If Mohajerani's resignation is confirmed by the authorities, it will have serious implications for the reform movement in Iran. Sadeq Saba reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Iran opens international trade fair

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's biggest international trade fair opened Saturday with Japanese, Germans and Italians prominent among the participants, evidence of Iran's recently improved relations with Europe and Japan. Hassan Habibi, first vice-president of Iran, presided over the opening ceremony of the 26th Tehran International Trade Fair, which included business representatives from 1,200 foreign companies in 73 countries that are displaying products and services >>> FULL TEXT

Black-and-White Issues in Video
Neshat's Iranian culture looms large

By Kenneth Baker
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2000

Iranian-born Shirin Neshat works with video as if she were innocent of American television's oafish first five decades. In fact, she has lived in the United States since the early '70s and attended the University of California at Berkeley.

Neshat's "Turbulent" at the Berkeley Art Museum, awarded a prize at the 1999 Venice Biennale, wrings high impact and near universal import from elemental technical moves. Its casting and language characteristically echo her reaction to her Iranian upbringing >>> FULL TEXT

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* No Iranian concert -- for a while

Farhad Nikkhah writes: My wife and I went to Ebi's concert in London last night - billed as "aasheghaaneh-tareen konsert-e saal". It was supposed to start at 8, after the doors opened at 7. It was not until 9.15 that Ebi and his band came on.

The venue was not right. A seated concert hall would have been better, but it was in one of London's bigger discoteques. We had managed to position ourselves upstairs in the balcony area overlooking the dance floor and stage.

Within 10 minutes there was fighting at the front of the crowd by the stage. The floor was jam packed (sineh-be-sineh). Ebi was saying "be jadetoon ghasam, ye nim metr berin aghab, aakheh man ghorboonetoon beram ..." >>> FULL TEXT

* Clinton will receive much credit

Kambiz Ameli writes: Thank you for your insight ["Clinton's legacy?"]. If you look back on the previous U.S presidents you shall notice that many of them had extra marital affairs. In fact FDR, Eisenhower and JFK were openly carrying on with their lovers.

However, the legacy of all former U.S presidents are about what they accomplished during their terms in office. I strongly believe that Clinton will be remembered as a shrewd politician and a pragmatic manager. I further believe that he will receive much of the credit for his relentless efforts towards the upcoming peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

* Depressing comments

H. Jalili writes: Reading Mr. Kadivar's reminiscing his trip ["Requiem in Cairo"] and observing the 20th anniversary of the death of Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi was very heartwarming and enjoyable...

While Mr. Kadivar's article was enjoyable and impartial I was so disgusted and yet depressed to read some of the responses from the distinguished visitors to this wonderful site. I was astonished to see how after twenty years Mr. Bardia Saeedi, Neda and Babak Arminian can find it so easy to "throw up" at Mr. Kadivar's trip to Cairo. Immediately after reading their letters, I began to think about all that has bothered me through the past 21 years both in Iran and in the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT

Vote: Online registration for U.S. elections

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My life is lost, my world is lost--all lost.

    O moon, I've lost the earth, the sky--all lost.

    Don't pass the wine, just pour it in my mouth.

    I've lost the very way to my own mouth.

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Reformist Culture minister resigns: press

TEHRAN, Oct 2 (AFP) - Iranian newspapers reported Monday for the second time in a week that reformist Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, bane of the conservative faction, had resigned. Ahmad Borghani, a former press department head at the ministry, told the centrist daily Khorassan, "Mohajerani has resigned. The president has accepted." >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei calls on Islamic countries to "support the Palestinians"

TEHRAN, Oct 2 (AFP) - Iran will always support the Palestinians and all Muslim countries should do so, Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday, after a fourth day of clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "The only solution to the current conflict is to continue the jihad (holy war) against the enemies of Islam, and that will not stop," he said >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami wraps up Cuba visit; bilateral accords signed

HAVANA, Oct 2 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami wrapped up a visit to Cuba Sunday, amid praise in the state-controlled press for his commitment to co-operation among the world's developing countries. The Communist Party newspaper Granma said 15 bilateral co-operation accords were signed during Khatami's visit, and another nine are under negotiation. It did not provide further details >>> FULL TEXT

Daily paper banned for picture of nude man

TEHRAN, Oct 1 (AFP) - A conservative Iranian daily newspaper aimed at children and young adults was suspended by the press court for publishing a picture of a naked man, press reports said on Sunday. Gonbade-Kaboud was ordered closed for publishing the picture of the man in its last edition on Saturday, the Tehran Times reported, adding that managing director Mohammad Safizadeh would soon face trial over the photo >>> FULL TEXT

Students protest against lack of housing

TEHRAN, Oct 1 (AFP) - Some 100 students staged a sit-in Sunday in front of Tehran's University of Science and Industry to protest the lack of student accommodation, the student news agency ISSNA said. "Officials had promised dormitory rooms, but the promise was not kept," said the agency, close to pro-reform students >>> FULL TEXT

Jews celebrate New Year while relatives languish in prison

October 1, 2000, SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) - The Jews in this southern Iranian city went to synagogue Sunday to celebrate Rosh Hashana, the New Year. Some visited the local prison to meet relatives who have been convicted of spying for Israel >>> FULL TEXT

Iran boosts oil production by 116,800 barrels a day

TEHRAN, Oct 1 (AFP) - Iran increased its daily oil output by 116,800 barrels per day (bpd) Sunday, in keeping with recent decisions by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the daily Entekhab said. The daily output is now 3,843,800 bpd, up from 3,727,000, the paper said >>> FULL TEXT

German economics minister arrives in Tehran

TEHRAN, Oct 1 (AFP) - German Economy Minister Werner Mueller began a three-day visit to Tehran Sunday, aimed at confirming the recent reopening of economic ties between Iran and Germany >>> FULL TEXT

After easing restrictions, Iran looking for foreign investment

TEHRAN, Sept 30 (AFP) - Iran wants foreigners to invest in the country, Vice President Hassan Habibi said Saturday at the opening of Tehran's 26th international fair, which was attended for the first time in two decades by US companies. "We must first develop non-oil exports and cut the cost of trade. Iran encourages and wants to help foreign partners invest, in particular Iranians living abroad," Habibi said >>> FULL TEXT

No permit needed for music albums

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Musicians no longer need to submit their work to the Ministry of Culture for approval. They can release their albums directly to the market. Even so, there were no new album releases last week >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

"Private Ryan" at Iran's war films fest

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Organizers of the "Holly Defense Film Festival" plan to screen Steven Spielberg's World War II film, even though they haven't asked for permission >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Comedy fest

Tehran (Aftab-e yazd) -- A comedy film festival will be held later this month in Shahr-e Kord >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iran's players for Asian Cup

TEHRAN, October 1 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Football Federation released the names of 23 players that will represent Iran in the upcoming Asian Cup finals in Lebanon. See list >>> FULL TEXT

Complaints against Talebi's team: too harsh?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- After Jalal Talebi annouced the names of the national team platers for the Asia Cup, critics began to complain. But how far should critics go? Is it worth weakening team morale? >>> FULL TEXT

Mahdavikia scores against Schalke

HAMBURG, September 30 (Iran Sports Press) -- :Schalke lost for the first time this season when they went down 2-0 to Hamburg on Saturday in front of 51.366 fans. The second goal came late in the second half when Iran international Mehdi Mahdavikia pushed in after a goalmouth scramble >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran Trade Fair opens

The 26th international trade fair in Tehran was opened on Saturday. The Iranian Vice President , Hassan Habibi, in the opening ceremony called on foreign businesses to invest in the country. Saeed Yekta examines how successful this annual trade fair has been in attracting foreign investment and increasing Iranian non-oil exports >>> LISTEN HERE

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