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Monday October 9, 2000 / Mehr 18, 1379, No. 1081


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October 9, 2000
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"Ever since I was a little girl," Farideh Esfandi says, "my mother and grandmother taught me how to see beauty in all the simple things in life. My Grandmother's garden was my first color palette with apricots as my yellow, grapes my green and cherries my red. I know now why I always like to paint women dressed in clothes showered with colorful flowers." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Serial political killing trial postponed yet again

BBC Persian Service

The trial of several secret agents accused of killing at least four dissident intellectuals and activists two years ago has again been postponed. The announcement comes one month after another senior judicial official said that the trial of eighteen suspects would begin soon. Sadeq Saba reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Forgotten chapter of history buried in Polish graves in Iran

Associated Press Writer

October 7,2000, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - From time to time, the lone caretaker at the dreary cemetery gets a letter from abroad asking him to light a candle at one of the hundreds of identical headstones at the far end of the walled, unmarked graveyard. A forgotten chapter of World War II is buried in this Roman Catholic cemetery in a poor neighborhood of Tehran. The occasional candles are the only flickers of remembrance for these 1,892 Polish men, women and children far from home and for the calamity that befell them >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's pop diva Googoosh returns to the world stage after two decades
See video clips of Googoosh's first face-to-face interview in the United States

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Before the Iranian revolution, Googoosh was revered as the Persian pop diva, a Madonna-type performer whose every move was watched by her adoring countrymen. But all that ended in the Islamic coup in 1979, when she was forbidden to perform in public.

H.S.H. Prince Sovereign of Madeira writes to The Iranian: Why doesn't the monarchy return to Iran? The only regime that can make something for the people, the democracy, the happiness?

God Save His Imperial Majesty, Cyrus Reza Pahlevi II
God Save Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress-mother Farah Diba
God Save the people of Persian

More Letters

* Go Bush!

Farzad writes: This article in itself ["Go Gore"] gives unconditional support to the fact that we should all vote for George W. Bush and NOT for Al Gore.

To summarize: Gore has an Orthodox Jew as his running mate, Dick Cheney has repeatedly called for better relations with our homeland, IRAN.

The one point that has been totally ignored is that the majority of Iranians living in the United States are professionals who enjoy financial stability. This has been gained primarily by hard work and is a tribute to our genius and has had nothing to do with the government.

Now, someone tell me why anyone or particularly any Iranian should vote for someone who wants to overtax and basically take away a bigger portion of this hard earned financial stability?

* Head exam

Ramtin Diba writes: With all due respect, the person who authored the article "Go Gore" needs to have his head examined. Mr. Gore will most probably be the second worst disaster since that sinister man, Mr. Jimmy Carter.

On another note, watching the goings on in Belgrade, I found myself praying to god for a similar incident in Iran. Could the kind lord possibly bless us with such gift after 22 years of imprisonment.

* Khejaalat ham khoub cheezee-ye

Roubik writes: I found your Sep 20th "Anyway" section patently offensive and distasteful.

Could it be that you published it because you were oblivious to your Christian readership's miniscule size? Or you were just following the "sensationalism sells" formula, in which case you managed to lower your otherwise respectable and first-rate magazine to the level of "Hustler".

I've lived most of my life in both pre- and post-revolutionary Iran and cannot recall a single instance of desecration of other religions of this magnitude.

Khejaalat ham khoub cheezee-ye.

Art: Scholarship for artists

Gallery Ovissi, private art Gallery in Northern California, & Evolving Perceptions, Iranian art organization based in Washington DC are proud to announce:


Scholarship is open to all Iranian and Iranian-American students, 18-30 years of age, studying and living in the United States If eligible please submit the following >>> DETAILS HERE




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    A rare catch has come my way, what am I to do?

    She's put my head in such a daze, what am I to do?

    I'm a hypocrite, a phony When a beauty

    Gives a kiss like this, what's a holy man to do?

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