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Wednesday October 11, 2000 / Mehr 20, 1379, No. 1083


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Four more years?
Raised expectations have turned into deep frustrations

By Mehdi Ardalan
October 11, 2000
The Iranian

As Mohammad Khatami approaches the end of his first term as president, his supporters are reflecting critically on the achievements of his administration. Khatami himself has showed signs of unease when he got his top adviser, Mohammad Abtahi, to convey the "President's concern about the difficulties facing the realization of his promised plans and objectives."

It isn't clear whether Khatami will succeed in enticing the public's sympathy for his predicaments. Many believe his steady retreat in the face of conservative pressure became complete with the resignation of his pro-reform Culture Minister, Ataollah Mohajerani >>> GO TO FEATURE


Uneven crops
Agricultural production & the government

By Mehrdad Valibeigi
October 11, 2000
The Iranian

Iran imported 5.5 million tons of wheat and became the largest wheat importing country in the world in 1998. This figure is expected to increase in the year 2000 as the result of a severe draught affecting most of the country. Increased wheat imports has brought the Islamic Republic's long advocated and pursued policy of self-sufficiency in food and active support of the agricultural sector vis-à-vis other sectors of the economy under question. This is particularly important as the direction of economic policy under the reform-minded President Khatami is not yet clear >>> GO TO FEATURE


Concern over the fate of Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari

BBC Persian Service

A number of Human Rights Organisations in a joint statement have expressed concern about the closed trial of Hasan Yusefi Eshkevari, a pro-reform clergy. Lara Petrossian interviews Drewery Dyke of Amnesty International and human rights lawyer, Abdolkarim Lahiji >>> LISTEN HERE

Shariati conference convenes without reformist thinkers

Radio Free Europe

A seminar on Ali Shariati's thoughts opened in Mashhad Tuesday. Security forces banned Abdulkarim Soroush, Mohesen Kadivar and other reformist thinkers from attending, claiming their presence would lead to disturbances. Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Rural Iran thirsts for times gone by

By Guy Dinmore
Financial Times
October 11, 2000

Night falls on Red Earth village in the shadow of Damavand, Iran's highest mountain, and talk among farmers after a day's work turns as usual to water >>> FULL TEXT

A Clerical Regime and the People at Odds With It

By Reuel Marc Gerecht
The Wall Street Journal
October 10, 2000

FOR 21 YEARS the journalist Elaine Sciolino has covered revolutionary Iran, first for Newsweek and then for the New York Times. In "Persian Mirrors," she draws on her long experience to illuminate Iran's seductive contradictions -- its ardent, grim faith and the hospitality, irreverence and mirth of its people >>> FULL TEXT

ATLANTA--CNN officials announced Tuesday that the cable network is "making good progress" in its ongoing effort to release the vast backlog of news accumulated during Elián González's headline-dominating seven-month odyssey in the U.S. >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

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* Must see, art lover or not

Nima Faghihi writes: I was fortunate enough to see Shirin Neshat's exhibit at the Berkeley Musuem of Art with some friends recently ["Personal/Universal"]. I'm somewhat familiar with Ms. Neshat's work and in my opinion this is one of the best works I have ever seen by any artist.

I also saw that non-Iranian visitors also found this work exhilirating. Some visitors skip the galleries and walk straight in from the entrance to Neshat's exhibit. Art lover or not, everyone must see this.

* Realistic & poetic

Sheema Kalbasi writes: I am one of your many readers having had the privilege of reading Ms. Sadaf Kiani's articles . I like most of her works and specially her recent article "Khalvat-e paaeezi". I like the display and colorfulness of the realistic and poetic words she uses in describing matters and problems. I wish her more successes in her artistic works.

* Hadn't read anything this good

M. Moghaddam writes: neveshteh-ye khanom-e Sadaf Kiani Abbassian kheyli khoob bood ["Khalvat-e paaeezi"]. modat-haa bood neveshteh-ye khoobi dar site shomaa nakhaandeh boodam. lotfan az ishaan baaz ham estefaadeh konid.

Rumi: First American stage adaptation of Rumi's "Mathnavi"

First American stage adaptation of Rumi's "Mathnavi," the epic work of Sufi Mysticism" September 28 to October 15 La MaMa directing debut for formative Persian emigre theater artist Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. September 28 to October 15 La MaMa E.T.C. (Annex Theater), 74A East Fourth Street Presented by La MaMa E.T.C., Mahak and Open Theatre, DC Th-Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 3:30 PM and 8 PM; Fri & Sat $20/tdf; Th & Sun $15/tdf. Box Office (212) 475-7710 >>> DETAILS HERE




The Iranian Revolution Then and Now
Indicators of Regime Instability
By Dariush Zahedi


Hoboot dar kavir
By Dr. Ali Shariati

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    You think that I am at my own command?

    Or that I breathe one breath, one half a breath, at will?

    I'm merely a pen in my writer's hand,

    A ball at the mercy of my player's skill.

    * 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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Tense calm after four days of clashes in north-west Iran

TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - A tense calm hung over Ajabshir in northwest Iran Wednesday, after four days of violent clashes between police and demonstrators sparked by the official classification of the place as a village, the student agency ISNA reported. Witnesses contacted by AFP said the clashes had left several dead >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Sees No Quick Swap of Israeli, Arab Captives

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday he saw no imminent exchange of three Israeli soldiers captured by Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrillas for Arab prisoners held in Israel. ``There are intensified efforts to free the Israeli captives and the Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, but I do not see any solution to this problem at present,'' Kamal Kharrazi said >>> FULL TEXT

Congress Members call for change in Iran policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan majority of House members issued an unusual ``Statement of Iranian Policy'' Wednesday, lauding the goals of an exiled opposition movement the State Department links to terrorism. Calling for a ``firm policy against the Tehran regime,'' the members called for the U.S. government to align itself with the goals of the National Council of Resistance >>> FULL TEXT

MPs approve extra spending after oil windfall

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Iran 's parliament on Tuesday approved a government plan to use about $4 billion in extra oil income to help revive the stagnant economy. State radio said deputies passed 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

Majlis OKs Early Use Of Forex Deposit Acct

TEHRAN -(Dow Jones)- The Iranian parliament gave an early approval Tuesday for the government to set up a foreign-exchange deposit account this year, from which it can draw up to 50% to fund employment and export oriented projects, Iranian state radio reported. Tuesday's move came earlier than expected and was effectively an amendment to the five-year development plan law for the period March 2000-2005, which had originally stipulated that the deposit account come into effect in 2001 and be used in 2002 >>> FULL TEXT

Daneshbar's new book & 80th birthday present

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- The second volume of Simin Daneshvar's novel "Jazireh-ye Sargardani" will be sent to the printers soon. Meanwhile in honor of her 80th birthday, a collection of articles edited by Ali Dehbashi is being compiled. Contributing authors include Ebrahim Golestan, Anvar Khamehie, Farzaneh Milani, Mansour Ojie, and Qamar Ariyan. Submission deadline is January 2001 >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Bani-etemad honored in Italy

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Six Iranian theater troupes will perform seven plays at the Parma festival in Italy from October 12th through the 19th >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Iranian plays in Parma

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Six Iranian theater troupes will perform seven plays at the Parma festival in Italy from October 12th through the 19th >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Talebi: We're here to win

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- "We are here to take the championship," says national soccer team head coach Jalal Talebi about the Iran's chances in the Asian Cup matches in Lebanon, which start Thursday. In an interview, he said he expects Khodadad Azizi to join the team, but Mehdi Tabatabaie's injuries means Vaezi will defend the goal >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Give Talebi a break

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Jalal Talebi has been criticized for changing the squad line-up from a 2-4-4 to a 3-5-2. But his critics should act smart. This in the Asian Cup finals and we need to tone it down a little, even if Talebi has made the wrong decision >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Lebanon: Poor hosts

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- The Lebanese hosts of the Asian Cup have not provided proper facilities to the Iranian soccer team. Maybe they are trying to ruin the team's morale, says Sattar Hamadani >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


How Khatami's Government has performed?

Afshin Amirzadeh in discussion with Ali Akbar Moinfar, Ali Reza Nouri and Reza Taghizadeh >>> LISTEN HERE

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I don't watch any TV but I've never heard about shows like Entertainment Tonight or Extra. I've never seen real tabloids or gossip columns either. But we have the Iranian versions. As newspapers that write about political and social problems are closed down, those that tell us what Googoosh wore at her third concert, what Behrouz Vosoughi ate for lunch, which one of the popular actors got married and which one bought a car, are increasing by the minute. They've got huge centerfolds of Elvis Presley, Clark Gable, Bryan Adams, that monkey boy Leonardo DiCaprio and even the long gone Kurt Cobain.

-- Najmeh Fakhraie
The Iranian
October 10, 2000

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