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Friday October 20, 2000 / Mehr 29, 1379, No. 1090

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Soghra's tribe
Her stories centred around Qashqaies wandering towards the sun

By Cyrus Kadivar
October 20, 2000
The Iranian

Every afternoon, when the blazing sun had left the ground and a cool breeze tempered the heat, Baba Soghra would cycle to our house on Behbahani Street in Shiraz, to tend the plants and water the grass and flowerbeds. Before leaving, he would wash down the dust from the balconies and the paving stones in our courtyard. This gave a cooling effect before we all sat down on wooden benches covered by tribal rugs, drinking tea or eating pommegranates. Maryam, Baba Sogra's wife, often took over the domestic chores in the daytime until her ten-year-old daughter, Soghra, came to relieve her in the evening after school >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ancestor in Paris
Nose to nose with an Immortal Guard

By Darius Kadivar
October 20, 2000
The Iranian

I was tired after a long week's work and I was looking forward to the short but precious weekend. One of my colleagues suggested going to Asterix Park outside Paris. "Asterix Park? Where is that? I thought. Not far, he said. I could take the metro to the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Terminal One Airport, and from there a bus could take me directly to the park.

I thought, well, why not? ... After visiting the different areas of Asterix Park, I decided to have a lunch break. So I headed towards a fast-food restaurant which had a terrace in the back yard surrounded by familiar-looking walls. Then as I was enjoying my hamburger and Coca-Cola, it struck me! I was sitting in front of what looked like a replica of a portion of a Persian or Mesopotamian palace >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khamenei and the grand ayatollahs

BBC Persian Service

What is the state of relations between Iran's grand ayatollahs and the Supreme Leader? Baqer Moin discusses the topic with Ahmad Salamatian, Hassan Shariatmadari and Hojatoleslam Ayaz >>> LISTEN HERE

When life should not imitate art: exiled writer Faraj Sarkohi

FRANKFURT, Oct 20 (AFP) - For the writer who suffers violent political repression, it may be better that life does not imitate art, Faraj Sarkohi, the Iranian writer now living in Germany, explained Thursday.

Before winning freedom from prison and receiving a scholarship from the German PEN club for writers, Sarkohi said he preferred Kafka's "Trial" where misfortune and death are inevitable, to the uncertainties of his unfinished "The Castle", but now was not so sure >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    International Haftegi: Third congress of the Workers Communist Part of Iran a succecss >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Kayhan: Protecting the street sign of Khaled Eslamboli >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


    Greatest show on earth

Went to see the Cirque du Soleil in McLean, Virginia, last night. What a show... WHAT A SHOW... simply spellbinding... If they do come to your town, do not miss them. It's an unforgettable experience >>> SEE HERE

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* Obligation to Iranians first, not Palestinians

Hamid K. writes: Iran is facing her most critical of times. But the way our elected and non-elected officials and other self-appointed guardians are viewing the Middle East crisis, makes me wonder ["Crooked wall"]...

In the past twenty some years, we have heard our top officials talk more about the problems of the Palestinians and Lebanese than our own problems. Not a day that goes by without a comment relating to the Palestinians' struggle or Hizbollah's Jihad. Extremists with their papers and loud speakers cry out for them, day and night...

I hope some day soon the Palestinian struggle comes to a fair and peaceful end. I hope some day soon Iranian officials realize, above all, their obligation to the people of Iran >>> FULL TEXT

* Beh delam neshast

S.A. writes: man dokhtari hastam 20 saaleh va az aamricaa beh shomaa email midaham. chand daghigheye pish maghaalehee keh dar bood be naam-e "Khalvateh paaeezi" ro khoondam va vaaghe'an beh delam neshast. natoonestam jeloy-e khodamo begiram va goftam hatman baayad email bedam va tashakkor konam >>> FULL TEXT

* Damn ignorant

Maziar Shirazi writes: In response to "You are all sick": Okay, first of all, do you have any idea of what you have just said? You don't. You just classified an entire nation as sick, ignorant, and fundamentalist. How many Iranians do you know? If you know any, ask them if they advocate burning homosexuals at the stake. Ask them if they think kissing in public is a bad thing >>> FULL TEXT

Satire: Man satirical play, Falls Church

Man, the satiracle, farsical (in Farsi ;-), one-man show, has arrived! How about you...are you going? THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, at 8:00 pm (so try to show up at 7:30 ;-) in Falls Church High School 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, Virginia Phone: 301 251 1578 email: >>> DETAILS HERE




A General Theory of Love
By Fari Amini, Thomas Lewis, Richard Lannon


Daastaan-haaye kootaah
Short stories of Sadegh choobak

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    You do bad deeds and hope to get back good,

    Though bad deserves bad only in return.

    God is merciful and kind, but even so,

    If you plant barley, wheat won't grow.

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Montazeri defends reformist cleric

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, one-time designated successor to the founder of Islamic Iran, defended Thursday an ailing reformist cleric accused of blasphemy and possibly facing the death sentence. In a fax to the wife of Hassan Yussefi-Eshkevari, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, Montazeri, who has lived under guard in Qom, south of Tehran, since 1989, said he was "very sorry about the unfounded accusations." >>> FULL TEXT

German politicians, scientists slam Iranian cleric's trial

BERLIN, Oct 19 (AFP) - German political, religious and scientific community leaders have joined in condemning a closed-door trial in Iran of a pro-reform cleric, Hassan Yussefi-Eshkevari, a German political foundation said here Wednesday. Eshkevari reportedly challenged, in a speech in April to a conference in Germany on the future of reforms in Iran, whether Islamic law requires women to keep their heads and bodies covered >>> FULL TEXT

Iran spy trial lawyers sacked

Ocotber 19, (Financial Times) -- Two lawyers in the team defending 10 Iranian Jews convicted in Iran of spying for Israel have been dropped from the case, raising fears in the Jewish community about the outcome of their appeal to Iran's Supreme Court >>> FULL TEXT

Protesters block main Iran road over water shortage

TEHRAN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Demonstrators angered by a shortage of drinking water blocked a main road outside the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, leaving thousands of motorists stranded, an evening newspaper reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iran minister waiting Khatami reply to resignation

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Iran's embattled minister of culture, accused by the conservative establishment of being too liberal, is still waiting for the president to accept his resignation, newspapers said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. senators to probe Gore arms pact with Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans said on Thursday they will hold hearings next week to probe the legality of a recently disclosed deal struck by Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) with Moscow that Russia would not face U.S. sanctions if it completed delivery of certain arms shipments to Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says no tangible result from Sharm el-Sheikh

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Wednesday the Sharm el-Sheikh summit on Middle East peace had had "no tangible result" and had raised "an enormous doubt" over the region's future >>> FULL TEXT

Spain's Aznar due in Tehran Saturday on official visit

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar is to arrive in Tehran this weekend on a two-day official visit, the first by a Spanish government leader since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, a Spanish diplomat said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami stresses right to use nuclear technology

TEHRAN, Oct 18 (AFP) - Iran should review its relations with Pakistan,after that country's supreme court overturned a guilty verdict against eightSunni Muslims for the murder of an Iranian diplomat, a newspaperdemanded Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Writer's first novel named best book

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- "Nimeh-ye Ghaayeb", the debut novel by Hossein Sanapour, has won the book of the year award from a prestigeous panel of writers. It tells the story of five young characters in the 1980's >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Best book nominees

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Here are the ten novels which had been nominated for the book of the year prize >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Panahi's Circle to skip London fest

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- "The Circle" directed by Jafar Panahi will not be shown at the London film festival. The European distributor is planning on a commercial release in Britain instead >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Daei: "It was a wrestling match out there!"

Beirut, Oct. 18 (Iran Sports Press) -- "We still have long ways to go", said Jalal Talebi at the post game press conference following the match between Iran and Iraq on Wednesday. Talebi said, "I am pleased with my team's performance. They did a wonderful job as a team. I hope they continue like that in coming games. We hope to succeed after 24 years." >>> FULL TEXT

South Korea defeat Indonesia

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- Korea recorded their first victory in the Asian Cup, beating Indonesia 3-0 to claim the third place spot and advance to the quarter-finals stage of the competition. With China and Kuwait drawing goalless in group two other featured game up in Tripoli, played in the same timing, Korea found themselves in a critical position, having a titanic clash against mighty group one ultimate winners Iran in the second round >>> FULL TEXT

China and Kuwait in goalless draw

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- China and Kuwait fought out a scoreless draw in their group two last fixture for both sides to end leaders and runners-up respectively with five points out of maximum nine, from one win and two draws. China are paired to face the best third-placed side in groups one and three next Tuesday in Sidon, while Kuwait take on group three second-place outfits next Tuesday in Beirut >>> FULL TEXT


Judiciary criticised

The Participation Front, has criticized the Iranian judiciary for accusing intellectuals of blasphemy on political grounds. Behrouz Parsa in this report talks to Taghi Rahmani, journalist, Hojj. Ayazi, a cleric and Saeed Doroudi, lawyer about what this strongly worded statement would mean >>> LISTEN HERE

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Every autumn in London my thoughts wanders back in search of the caravan of memories - sketching on paper the autumn migration of the Qashqaies as they move slowly away from Shiraz, treking across the Marvdasht plains in search of the sun.

-- Cyrus Kadivar
"Soghra's tribe"
The Iranian
October 20, 2000

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