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Thurssday October 5, 2000 / Mehr 14, 1379, No. 1079

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Meeting Faezeh
The rise and fall of a talented woman

By Massoume Price
October 5, 2000
The Iranian

The first time I met Faezeh Hashemi was in December 1998, a day after my arrival in Tehran after 15 years of absence. We had never met but corresponded, exchanged gifts and knew about each other's private life. After the first Muslim Women's Olympics in Tehran in 1993, she sent me a copy of her book with a memo. Later on, being sarcastic, I sent her a see-through chiffon blouse and to my amazement I received word that she loved it. I still wonder where she might wear a blouse like that? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Shadow play
Drawings by Reza Bangiz

October 5, 2000
The Iranian

Reza Bangiz was born in Tehran in 1938. He has won several awards, including at the second and third biennial shows in Tehran. He currently teaches at Azad University >>> GO TO FEATURE


Wives of imprisoned journalists appeal to MPs

BBC Persian Service

Wives of imprisoned journalists and writers have asked members of parliament for help after expressing their disappointment with the Judiciary. They complain that many of the prisoners have been denied visits and telephone contact with their families. Sima Bahrami speaks to Mohtaram Golbabai, wife of Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari: >>> LISTEN HERE

US companies use stealth to sidestep Iran embargo

By Guy Dinmore in Tehran and Edward Alden in Washington
Financial Times
October 5, 2000

US companies are quietly strengthening their presence in Iran, circumventing US sanctions in the expectation that improved relations between the two countries will lead to a lifting of Washington's unilateral trade embargo within a year.

In a calculated gamble that Washington will not raise objections, the companies have found ways to use foreign subsidiaries or Iranian middlemen to sell to Iran without technically violating the sanctions >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's Shadowy Tape Man, Spreading What's Forbidden

By Neil Strauss
The New York Times
September 22, 2000

TEHRAN, Sept. 28 - On a Wednesday at 5 p.m., a certain house in the Shemiran district of northern Tehran bustles with activity. Friends are called, the final minutes of videocassettes are hurriedly watched, and lists are drawn up. The tape man is on his way for his weekly appointment.

There is always a window of suspense just after 5, when the 20- something daughters of the family worry that the tape man might not make it at all. Sometimes he is scared away by a religious police (or komiteh) vehicle in the neighborhood; other times he has simply spotted police checkpoints along the way, so he returns home, fetches some family members and make the delivery with them >>> FULL TEXT

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* Pragmatic, but not patriotic

Danesh Mazloomdoost writes: Articles like this ["Go Gore"], as well-thought out as they may be, neglect a critical perspective. Regardless of how much we assimilate, there will continue to be a negative reaction to Iranians as our nations' relations remain this negative.

Even as a 21-year-old student, I have felt discriminated against numerous times simply based on the impression many ignorant individuals have toward Iran and the Middle East. We are Iranian and we cannot, nor should we, desire to change that. To assimilate is reasonable, but to ignore our brothers and sisters in Iran is unacceptable >>> FULL TEXT

* Googoosh discography

Dario Margeli writes: I'm happy to discover that people other than myself are interested in the copyright issue ["What goes around... "]. Long ago, before anyone knew about Googoosh's comeback, I was searching into her musical career and finding little information...

In order to make a little sense of Googoosh's musical carreer, I'v created a "Googoosh Original Vinyl Discography" . My intention is to find people that will contribute to the Googoosh discography (with scans of 45's and information) so that the information missing from all these horrible CD's released by the Tehrangelesian record companies becomes available to everyone >>> FULL TEXT

* Cyrus and the hejab

Darius Kadivar writes: I would like to comment on the excerpt from Ms. Sandra Mackey's book "The Iranians" ["Cyrus the (not so) great]"]... The veil or the "roosarri" was probably common among Persian women, but they were also common among Greek women.

The reasons mentioned by Ms. Mackey are debatable. I believe that other factors could be linked to the presence of the veil in the Middle East which unfortunately the excesses of religious and male autocracy have probably turned away from their initial purpose: and that is the climate. The extremely hot climate as well as the dust and wind in many areas of the middle east may also be a reason why women wore the veil. But if Mrs. Mackey was to visit Russian peasants today, she would be surprised to see them wearing the "roosari" while conducting their trucks in the fields >>> FULL TEXT

Academic: Summer teaching position in Tajikistan

We are looking for any two proffessors of American or European universities in the fields of social sciences - "Political Culture" and "Civil Society" -- to visit Tajikistan to join the Summer University Program. Would you kindly help us to find and contact them. Our emails:,,




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Wives of jailed journalists demand visiting, telephone rights

TEHRAN, Oct 5 (AFP) - Wives of imprisoned Iranian journalists called on MPs Wednesday to intervene on behalf of their husbands, who they say have been deprived of visiting and telephone rights, the official IRNA news agency reported. Speaking on behalf of the women, Fariba Abbassgholi-Zadeh said that her husband, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, as well as Emmadeddin Baghi, Akbar Ganji, Latif Safari, Hassan Yussefi Ashkevari and Ahmad Zidabadi, have been prohibited from receiving visits or making telephone calls for the past two weeks >>> FULL TEXT

Rogue carrier blocks U.S.-based National Iranian TV transmission

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobeCast, a French-based satellite transmission company, confirmed today in a letter to U.S.-based National Iranian TV (NITV) that a rogue carrier, originating from Iran or a country close to Iran, has blocked its transmission all over Europe and the Middle East >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians join Mideast protests

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Chanting slogans against Israel and the United States and calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, some 10,000 people took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday to protest the deaths of scores of Palestinians in clashes with Israeli security forces. ``The only way left for the liberation of Palestine is resistance and jihad (holy war) against the Zionist occupation,'' parliament speaker Mahdi Karrubi told the demonstrators in the Iranian capital's Palestine Square >>> FULL TEXT

Conservative press adds to criticism of Arafat

TEHRAN, Oct 5 (AFP) - The conservative Iranian press on Thursday added to the growing criticism of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat following the latest Middle East violence which has left more than 70 people dead. Arafat, who held emergency talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Paris, is doing nothing but "making himself and his people suffer utter humiliation," the Kayhan International daily said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran missile program still a threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran is continuing work to develop nuclear missiles, but U.S. efforts to cut Russian help have met some success, Clinton administration officials said Thursday. The assessment by CIA (news - web sites) and State Department witnesses came at a hearing called by Republicans partly to highlight Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites)'s role in what they consider U.S. policy failures involving Russia >>> FULL TEXT

Iran plans to open up equity market-cen bank governor

TEHRAN, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to a government plan to use up to $4 billion in extra oil income until March to help revive the stagnant economy. State radio said deputies passed after a first reading a budget amendment allowing the government to spend half of Iran's extra income from robust oil prices to fund development projects and create jobs >>> FULL TEXT

The Circle: Oscar contender?

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Jafar Panahi's "Daayereh" (The Circle) has a good chance of winning an oscar for best foreign-language film, according to the film's distributor, Winstar >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Best war films

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Winners of the war films festival have been announced, including "Hiva" by Rasoul Molla-Qolipour >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Dehbashi: Master editor

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Ali Dehbashi is one of the best and most hard-working editors in Iran. He talks a bit about his work in honoring great writers, poets and >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iran defeat Bochum in friendly

BOCHUM, October 4 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Team defeated German club side Vfl Bochum on Wednesday in a friendly match in Bochum. The Iranian team fielded almost all of its main players against a reserve Bochum side >>> FULL TEXT

Azadegan League: Week nine

TEHRAN, October 4 (Iran Sports Press) -- City of Esfahan enjoys first and second place in standing for the first time in the history of the league. This is partly due to the fact that once again Azadegan division one game were played to a shortened schedule due national team's training camp. The league leaders have now played 4 more games than the contenders without a loss, Persepolis and Esteghlal >>> FULL TEXT

Draw for U19 Asian championship

TEHRAN, October 4 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Asian Football Confederation held a draw for the upcoming Asian Youth Championships which will be held in Iran. According to the draw, which was attended by Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Dato' Peter Velappan, ten teams are divided into two groups of five teams. Iran, PR China, Pakistan, Oman and Thailand are in Group A >>> FULL TEXT


Reactions to unrest and Arafat's dilemma

One week after the start of unrest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israelis and Paletinians have failed to reach an agreement to end clashes. Maria Sarsalari reports on the international implications of the unrest and looks at Mr Arafat's situation >>> LISTEN HERE

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