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Tuesday October 17, 2000 / Mehr 26, 1379, No. 1087


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Blind date
With an Iranian feminist

By Siamack Baniameri
October 17, 2000
The Iranian

Okay, it's a blind date. Not exactly my style but I figured what the heck? Things haven't been going my way lately. I'm getting older. My self-esteem is low. The front of my hair is getting closer to the back of my neck; belly's pushing down on the belt, and there's hair growing on parts of my body that would even make a monkey laugh. I admit it; I'm growing out of style. I'm not exactly Brad Pitt. Who am I kidding? I'm not even Danny DeVito.

"So, is she good looking?" I asked Nasser.

"That all depends on your definition of good looking." >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Saeed Tavakkol
October 17, 2000
The Iranian


Serial murder case shortcomings revealed

BBC Persian Service

Parastoo Forouhar, daughter of Daryoush and Parvaneh Forouhar who were murdered in a chain of poitical killings about two years ago, says that she has found ambiguity in the file which is to be presented to the court. This is the fisrt time a vistime's relative has acess to the file. Daryoush Homai talks to Parastoo Forouhar >>> LISTEN HERE

Ganji shares international Press Freedom Award

October 11, 2000, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Toronto - A journalist who was kidnapped in Colombia and another who is in jail in Iran will share the honours at this year's international Press Freedom Awards dinner in Toronto next month.

The awards by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) recognize journalists who demonstrate a commitment to freedom of expression and who overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Parsa: "Before the Storm"

By Jonathan Holland
October 16, 2000 - October 22, 2000

Exploring the unexpected ways in which the past can haunt you and a world rife with incompatible moralities, "Before the Storm" is an emotionally loaded, accomplished feature debut from Reza Parsa. This strongly scripted and well-played treat convincingly employs thriller elements to make its heavyweight agenda palatable. Born in Iran but based in Sweden for 20 years, director Parsa, still in his 30s, is ideally placed for a dispassionate take on the traumas of a bicultural existence >>> FULL TEXT

Shariati's remains may be returned to Iran

The remains of the influential Islamic thinker Dr. Ali Shariati may be buried in his hometown of Mazinan, in Khorasan Province, accoding to a senior official. Higher Education Minister Mostafa Moin has made the proposal to President Khatami. Shariati died in London before the 1979 revolution and was buried in Damascus >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Someone claiming to be Osama Bin Laden has been sending me email about bomb attacks in the U.S. If someone is playing a joke, it isn't funny. I have reported it to the FBI. Don't be stupid.

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* Reminds me of Keith Haring

Iran Javid Fulton writes: I like Reza Kassi's paintings ["Vacation on Mars"]. They are really nice. Kind of reminds me of Keith Haring's paintings (the artist that did a lot of grafiti looking paintings-started in the New York subways-familiar with him?). Anyway, very nice.

* Something to laugh about

R. Javadi writes: It's good to see stories on the lighter side like "A private matter". Some people take their politics, ideas, and opinions too seriously. And some stories are purely depressing. Thanks for giving the rest of us (non-political) folks something to read and laugh about.

* Shah should be fully blamed

Kambiz Ameli writes: I believe you have misunderstood why we are all vomiting when we hear the Pahlavi name ["Requiem in Cairo"]. First of all we are all in full agreement with you that Khomeini and his fellow villager mollas, their families and cronies have utterly ruined our nation. However Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi is to be fully blamed for this calamity.

Firstly, the Shah was completely out of touch with "his" nation as he insisted on promoting a Western life style to a conservative Middle Eastern society. Secondly Iran was one the largest producers of oil on the planet, yet the country's infrastructure was similar to a backward African country >>> FULL TEXT

Rights: Open society seminar in Frankfurt

Supporters of an open society in Iran are organizing a seminar in Frankfurt on Sarurday October 28. Speakers are Hossein Bagherzadeh, Saeed Payvandi, Ali Shirazi, Ali Keshtgar and Behzad Karimi >>> DETAILS HERE




Contemporary Debates in Islam
An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought
Edited by Mansoor Moaddel and Kamran Talattof


Ganj-e sokhan
Persian literary gems compiled by Zabihollah Safa

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    All day, Saqi, I was drunk on you.

    God knows, all day I waited for you.

    Give me the wine, let the world keep its traps.

    I stalked you all day, tonight I will too.

    * 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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Mideast summit deal greeted with relief and scorn

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Defence minister proposes oil pressure to back Palestinians

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Thousand new schools in Iran to be named after Palestinian "martyrs"

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Report: Gore kept Russian deal secret

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Khatami invited to Russia

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Iran hangs two men for "sexual perversion"

TEHRAN, Oct 17 (AFP) - Two Iranians found guilty of "sexual perversion" have been hanged at Qom to the south of the capital, Kayhan newspaper reported Monday. The two men were hanged Sunday and Monday, the afternoon paper said, without giving details of the alleged perversion -- a term which in Iran can cover rape, adultery or homosexuality >>> FULL TEXT

Iran seeking eight billion dollars in construction tenders at fair

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Iran says no OPEC plans to cut oil exports over Mideast crisis

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Kish documentary film fest

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Fofty-four of the best documentary films of the past 40 years will be shown at the Kish film festival. The event will also be an opportunity to discuss serious issues facing documentary filmmakers >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Twelve film festivals each year

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Twelve festivals with different themes will be held every year, says Deputy Culture Minister Seifollah Dad. Filmmakers are also showing more interest in making comedies, he adds >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

The theater scene

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Euphoric Japan rout Uzbeks, move to quarter finals

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Press target Mahdavikia

Beirut - Oct. 17: Iranian full-back Mehdi Mahdavikia saw himself targetted by local press media for "Saving his legs for his club HSV Hamburg, instead of performing his best for the national team." Another moderate display by Mahdavikia on Monday, during Iran's surprising 1-1 draw with Thailand, prompted one of the leading sports daily papers to comment: "Has he eaten Hamburger or just what? He is surely dreaming of Hamburg, having his legs for them." >>> FULL TEXT

Sturm Graz: "Minavand not needed"

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Leaders discuss reforms with the supreme ledaer

President Khatami, along with the head of Judiciary, Speaker of the parliament and the head of Expediency Council, met the Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei to discuss ways of realising views of the leader on reforms. Mohammad Matin asks Ahmad Salamatian about the significance of the meeting >>> LISTEN HERE

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