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Monday October 23, 2000 / Aban 2, 1379, No. 1091


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Paintings by Hossein Ahmadi-Nassab
October 23, 2000
The Iranian

The main subjects in Hossein Ahmadi-Nassab's paintings are ethnic Arabs from Iran's Persian Gulf coast. Ahmadi-Nassab, a native of Minab in Kerman Province, is also an author, poet and dramtist. He lives in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE


More newspapers to be banned

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Abbas Ali Alizadeh, Chairman of Tehran Province Justice Administration says more newspapers are to be closed down. His order comes only a few months after a ban on the publication of dozons of reformist newspapers. Behrouz Parsa discusses the closure with Nemat Ahmadi, a lawyer in Tehran >>> LISTEN HERE

Book Review
Behind the Veil

By Diane Johnson
The New York Times
October 22, 2000

Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. By Elaine Sciolino. Illustrated. 402 pp. New York: The Free Press. $26.

In the Atlanta airport a few months ago I was startled to see a man and his two wives encamped on the carpeted floor surrounded by their six little sons, the women entirely shrouded in black chadors, their faces veiled, only their eyes showing. This is a sight one often sees in England but seldom here, a rare reminder of the existence of a culturally and geographically distant people whose lives are intertwined with our own more than we realize >>> FULL TEXT

    A child of Iran's new wave
    Bahman Ghobadi looks to the future

    By Loren King
    The Boston Glob
    October 22, 2000

    The steady influx of powerful, groundbreaking films from Iran has impressed US audiences and critics for several years - Jafar Panahi's ''The White Balloon'' in 1995; Majid Majidi's ''Children of Heaven'' in 1997. But attention to films out of Iran has boomed this year, with Majidi's highly acclaimed ''The Color of Paradise'' and ''The Wind Will Carry Us,'' the new film by one of Iran's best-known directors, Abbas Kiarostami. (It opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre next month.) Boston's Museum of Fine Arts will showcase 12 celebrated films from Iran starting next month, including work by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who is credited with cultivating many of Iran's current crop of filmmakers, including his daughter and son >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

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    Iranian Revolutionary Socialists: Tabarzadi faction leads to nowhere >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


    Christ converts to Islam

JERUSALEM--In a surprise announcement with far-reaching theological implications, Jesus Christ The Nazarene, founder of Christianity and spiritual leader of nearly two billion people, revealed Monday that He has converted to "the one true religion" of Islam >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Long live the shah

Lida Sheybani writes: I read your letter titled, "Shah should be fully blamed" with amazement and to say that it distressed me is putting it rather mildly.To see that some people are vomiting at the Pahlavi name disturbs me greatly, not for the fact that you feel this way, but it simply reaffirms my concern at the level of knowledge and common sense of a great number of my fellow countrymen and women and some of the reasons why after so many years in exile I have had to face the fact that I have lost the country I once loved and cherished ...

I feel like crying to see many Iranians have lost their self-esteem and are not in touch with reality. They have lost touch with their culture, and follow the mirage presented to them by vested interests of the Imperialistic countries. LONG LIVE THE SHAH >>> FULL TEXT

* In the eyes of others

Ali Parsa writes: Thanks for running the thought-provoking and informative article by Elaine Sciolino ["The twelve rules"] and her analysis of Iranian society. Like the overwhelming majority of Iranians and Iranian-Americans, we are very conscious of how we appear in the eyes of others because we consider this as a major means of improving ourselves. In this case improving the cultural ties between America and Iran...

With all due respect to Ms. Sciolino, I believe that what she puts down as twelve rules of surviving Iran do not only apply to Iran but to every humans society in the world. I see these as common sociological and cultural threads that have their toots in human nature. Further, I do not agree that these are hard and fast rules and written on stones. They could at best be termed as general guidelines with minor modifications as they apply to Iran. In order to be objective, I find it best to go over these rules briefly one by one >>> FULL TEXT

* Taking me to my people

Fatemeh Karari writes: I'm from Fars Province. I was born and raised among the Qashqaies. How I ended up living in California is a long story. I just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful story ["Soghra's tribe"]. I really enjoyed it.

While reading your story I could see women dancing and I could hear the sound of saaz and dohol, or as Ashayer say noghareh. I could smell the rosewater and I felt like siting in the tent around my relatives (although I am siting in my boring office & doing nothing).

Again thank you for making my day and taking me to my people.

Conference: Call for papers: Reza Shah's rise to power

The Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies is organizing an international conference on the subject of "Various Dimensions of the 3 Esfand (21 February) Coup and Ascension of Reza Khan to the Throne." Date: February 2001. Place: Tehran, Iran. Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday 6 November 2000. Deadline for submission of articles: Monday, 8 January 2001. Tel: (9821) 200-5425, 200-3490 Fax: (9821) 262096. Email: . Web: //




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Deep thoughts and sadness dim and do not last

    Where wine and song and good kebab are found.

    Drink the pleasure, friends, that never ends:

    Drink the kiss of water's lips, like flowers do, like grass.

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