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Monday October 16, 2000 / Mehr 25, 1379, No. 1086



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Vacation on Mars

Paintings by Reza Kassai
October 16, 2000
The Iranian

Reza Kassai describes his collection of paintings, "Random Thoughts", as child-like drawings that represent "flash thoughts about illusions, fantasies, dreams, the subconscious, social and political issues, history, comedy, tragedy and personal experiences."

"The main focus is to portray my feelings regarding various issues at a particular time. Images stem from observations, news, conversations with a neighbor or even the cognition and understanding of a five-year-old." >>> GO TO FEATURE

Middle East

Crooked wall
Blind support for Israel undermines U.S. as peace broker

By Guive Mirfendereski
October 16, 2000
The Iranian

One who lays a crooked brick, builds a tumbling wall. If this is not already a proverb in the Middle East, well, it should be. On the first of October, the wall that Bill Clinton was building in the Middle East came crumbling down, burying his quest for that elusive and dubious legacy as a peacemaker and sending his hope for a peace prize down the proverbial water closet >>> GO TO FEATURE


Baqi did not insult Islam, Qom scholars say

BBC Persian Service

A statement, issued by the Society of Qom Seminary Teachers and Researchers, said that the article written by Emaddedin Baqi, in the now-banned newspaper Neshat, did not insult Islam. Mr Baqi is serving a five and a half year sentence for writing that article. Here is a report >>> LISTEN HERE

A woman raped and murdered in Tehran every six days: paper

TEHRAN, Oct 16 (AFP) - A woman in Tehran is raped, murdered and mutilated every six days as the capital faces an escalating crisis over runaways, a government newspaper said Sunday. The Iran paper said the bodies of 30 women, some of them underage, have been found in the past six months, all of them with their faces burned and all of them victims of rape >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Protester Seeks Asylum in U.S.

Sorata Sarhaddi Nelson
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2000

The trace of repeated beatings for secular thought linger on Gholam Reza Mohajery-Nejad's face: a crooked nose, the slight indentation in one cheekbone, the haunted look in dark eyes as he recounts 130 days of torture in a windowless Iranian prison.

It is the same infamous prison that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was sent to for opposing the former shah >>> FULL TEXT

After Iran failed to beat Thailand in the Asian Cup soccer championships Sunday, I joked that I would never eat Thai food again. But my sister-in-law, Setareh Sabety Javid, disagreed: "If you can't beat'em, eat'em."

More Letters

* Nobel prize for silence

Nik Khodadadi writes: in khabar [President Khatami nominated for Nobel Peace Prize] yeki az bozorgtarin jokehaye gharn bayad ham be khater goftegoye tamadonha?? Agar eshan mitavanest goftegooei bain kasi ejad konad, aval az hameh bayad az keshver khood shoro konad... Aghaye Khatami jayezeh nobel dar "SOKOOT" beh khater sokot abadi eshan dar moghabelsarkoob va beh zendan afkandan va sarkoob roznamehnegaran, daneshjooyan mobarez va azadikhah >>> FULL TEXT

* Zoroastrianism not monotheistic

G. Rezaa Sami' Gorgaan Roodi writes: While there is room for much praise for Ms. Elaine Sciolino's astute observations, "The twelve rules", she makes a dreadful blunder when she writes that "Zoroaster preached a message of monotheism."

You do not need me to remind you of the fact that Zoroastrianism, far from being a monotheistic religion, is based on the philosophy of duality that shows the two forces of darkness and light in conflict with one another >>> FULL TEXT

* Don't look down on odd people

Faramarz Kaviani writes: I want to offer my apologies to Mr. Baniameri on behalf of all those Iranians who can not speak perfect English and still use some Persian words (like "Aghaa joon") in the middle of their conversations ["A private matter"].

Mr. Baniameri should consider the fact that unlike him, a lot of us odd-looking, uneducated Iranians haven't been in the United States long enough to learn the apperopriate manners and haven't had the chance to loose our thick accents (what a big shame!) >>> FULL TEXT

Charity: Kahrizak first Iranian NGO okayed by U.S.

Kahrizak ( was founded in 1971 by the late Dr. Mohammad Reza Hakimzadeh in a small, dilapidated house in southern Tehran...

Kahrizak Foundation, a California tax-exempt corporation, was created to co-ordinate the activities of Kahrizak and the Ladies Charitable Society in the United States. Authorization has been obtained from the Department of Treasury to transfer donated funds from Kahrizak Foundation's account in the U.S. to Kahrizak in Iran...

The Ladies Charitable Society collects donations and holds fundraising events in October and March of every year >>> DETAILS HERE




The Plain Blue Caterpillar
By Mandana S. Changizi


Modaaraa va modiriyat
By Abdolkarim Soroush

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    All our lives we've seen each other's face, but

    Today we looked into each other's eyes

    To find we feared to lose this to another:

    We spoke with eyebrows, listened with our eyes.

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Eshkevari found guilty of apostasy, war against Islam

TEHRAN, Oct 16 (AFP) - A closed-door trial has found an ailing pro-reform Iranian cleric guilty of a battery of serious charges including apostasy and waging war against Islam, the official IRNA news agency said Monday. Hassan Yusefi-Eshkevari could now be facing the death sentence after the conservative Special Court for Clergy (SCC) found him guilty on several counts after an in-camera trial condemned by human rights groups >>> FULL TEXT

Pro-reform lawyer files appeal on suspension from bar

TEHRAN, Oct 15 (AFP) - Mohsen Rahami, a leading pro-reform lawyer said he has appealed his five-year suspension from the bar over a controversial political case, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

New business paper hits newsstands

TEHRAN, Oct 15 (AFP) - A new pro-free trade business newspaper hit Tehran's newsstands on Saturday, the third press launch in Iran in a little more than a month. The Tejarat-e Azad (Free Trade) paper will be published twice a week but >>> FULL TEXT

NITV signal to Iran blocked - company

LOS ANGELES, Oct 13 (AFP) - The signal into Iran of a US-based Iranian television station has been blocked from that country, the French satellite transmission company broadcasting the signal says >>> FULL TEXT

Pro-reform parliament mulling private TV networks

TEHRAN, Oct 16 (AFP) - Iran's pro-reform parliament is studying a constitutional amendment that would permit the nation's first-ever private television networks, an MP told the official IRNA news agency Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi ends rare visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi Sunday ended a rare visit to Iraq aimed at patching up differences remaining from the 1980-88 war, the Iraqi News Agency INA reported >>> FULL TEXT

New anti-Israeli group calls for no-fly zones over Israel

TEHRAN, Oct 15 (AFP) - An anti-Israeli group whose creation was announced in Tehran last week by a top Iranian official called Saturday for no-fly zones like those in Iraq to be imposed over Israel >>> FULL TEXT

Russian security chief visits Iran

MOSCOW, Oct 16 (AFP) - The head of Russia's powerful advisory Security Council, Sergei Ivanov, began a three-day visit to Iran on Monday, Russian news agencies reported >>> FULL TEXT

Militants cleared of murder charges

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Eight Sunni Muslim militants were acquitted Monday of murdering an Iranian diplomat and six Pakistanis >>> FULL TEXT

Iran NIOC Seeks To Develop Second LNG Export Proj - MEES

October 16, 2000, SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- The National Iranian Oil Co. is in talks with international petroleum companies, with a view to building a second liquified natural gas export project in the country, the Middle East Economic Survey reported Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Cargo planes unsafe, banned from international flights: paper

TEHRAN, Oct 16 (AFP) - Iran's air cargo fleet has been banned from making international flights after being ruled unfit to fly, due mainly to a lack of spare parts, press reports said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Best novel to be announced

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- The best novel of 1999 will be announced by a panel of eight writers on Wednesday. The cash award is a million tomans. News and interviews with organizers, including Karim Emami >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Makhmalbaf gets first prize in Seoul

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- "The day I became a woman" by Mohsen Makhmalbaf has been selected as the best film at the South Korean film festival >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Meimi's film gets north American award

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Masoud Meimi's short film "Sherveh" has won an award at the first festival of Iranian videos in north Amerca >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Daei saves Iran from embarrassment against Thailand

Beirut ­ Oct. 15 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran spared quite a dismal performance, three days following their majestic display against Lebanon, before needing a 74th-minute equalizer by Ali Daei to finally content with a 1-1 draw against an inspired Thai side. This put Iran very much on their way to the quarter finals stage of the Asian Cup, ahead of their electrifying encounter against Iraq next Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Japan defeat Saudi Arabia

SAIDA, October 14: The match was held in the newly built Saida stadium sported an exciting show of brilliance by the Japanese side. Both Japan (in blue) and Saudi Arabia (white-green) came into the match sporting the 3-5-2 formations. The game started out with both sides failing to convert close chances while the Japanese did most of the attack up front >>> FULL TEXT

Arsenal and Manchester United after Mahdavikia

BEIRUT, October 14 (Iran Sports Press) -- Iranian star Mehdi Mahdavikia is sought after by English Premier giants Manchester United and Arsenal in a competitive bid to win over the Iranian, according to Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir >>> FULL TEXT


Turkish security envoy in Iran

A high ranking Turkish security envoy, headed by Turkish deputy Interior Minister, is in Tehran to discuss bilateral security-related issues. Tooraj Atabki, expert on the regional affairs explains the difficulties in the ties between Iran and Turkey >>> LISTEN HERE

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