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Thursday October 26, 2000 / Aban 5, 1379, No. 1094

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By Roya Hakkakian
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By Yari Ostovany
October 27, 2000
The Iranian

I have always looked forward to Mohammad Reza Shajarian's concerts. So I was overjoyed when I heard that he, along with his son Homayoun, and Hossein Alizadeh and Kayhan Kalhor, were going to be performing in Koln, my new home after my recent move from San Francisco.

The concert was unique as the first part was in a new form called "Maghameh Dad-o-Bidad", which consisted of a strong improvisational adaptation of Mehdi Akhavan Saless's poem "Zemestan" (Winter), a poem so eternally etched in the modern Persian psyche >>> GO TO FEATURE


How solid is the 2nd of Khordad coalition?

BBC Persian Service

The 2nd of Khordad coalition in the parliament seems to have been bitterly divided over creditation votes given last week to left wing Ali Akbar Mohtashami and conservative Haddad Adel. How solid is the pro-Khatami 2nd of Khordad Front now? This is the question Sima Bahrami puts to university lecturer Hatam Ghaderi >>> LISTEN HERE

India Mahdavi: Born in Iran, Trained in France, Sought in America

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PARIS -- WHAT magic ingredients turn a designer like India Mahdavi into a success in three years' time? The answer is talent, certainly, but also luck and an eclectic background that marks her work as exotic, global and sophisticated.

Her influences range from classical to cutting-edge: from the cole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where she received an architecture degree, to Cooper Union in New York, with its reliance on the craft of building and exploration of materials >>> FULL TEXT

See, this is one of the problems of being an Iranian in America. Especially if you are a practicing Muslim. Do you celebrate Halloween or >>> SEE HERE

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* Stereotyping Iranians

Jamshid Entesari writes: I suppose the main difference between Iranians and Americans (and perhaps Western culture) is that the Americans always use a systematic approach when they analyse a situation. They seem to be very fond of moulding people into categories. This is quite a logical way for breaking down a big problem into very small ingredient to better understand the intricacies of human nature. However, in doing so they go to the nth degree and at times they lose a proper track of their thoughts. The fact is that in this way they generalise things and attach a particular trait to a nation. Possibly the most pronounced feature of Americans is that they like to stereotype. "The twelve rules" by Ms Sciolino is definitely another attempt by an American 'intellecutal' >>> FULL TEXT

* Chalking out borders

Ramin Tabbib writes: Mr. Ameli ["Palestine has never existed"] seems to have a case of historical myopia when it comes to the Middle East. First, nation building and the concept of nation-state is a relatively new historical phenomenon. Many countries and their respective borders were created by colonial powers, especially in the Middle East. In fact Israel's borders are one of the latest to be carved up.

Just as there were no Palestinian borders to signify a Palestinian nation-state, there were no borders signifying Jordan, Saudi Arabia and many other countries until well into 20th century, including Israel's borders >>> FULL TEXT

* Ferdosi did not write it

Jamshid writes: For your information, that poem ["Okay. I'm a racist" ] was not written by Ferdosi. It was attributed to Ferdosi in the 1920s-30s,when when pro-German/Nazi like politics was polluting the political culture of Iran.You cannot find this poem in the old versions of the Shahnameh.

Rights: Nominate Batebai for student peace prize

You can nominate Ahmad Batebi for a student peace prize in Norway. Batebi was arrested during the student protests in the summer of 1999. The Economist magazine published his photograph on its front cover. You can write your own nomination letter or use the letter here and email it to:




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    How could the soul that holds your image

    Ever fade or decay? The crescent moon,

    Though waning, thin and pale, begins its voyage

    And grows to full perfection very soon.

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Congressmen want Russia-Iran papers

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BBC special series: Iranian performing arts

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Youth film fest kicks off

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Basiji boys, the TV series

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Farahani: "We don't have enough money!"

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Talebi: "Mahdavikia Should Say Why He Played Poorly"

Tehran ­ Oct. 26 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: In an interview on Thursday, Jalal Talebi, the former head coach of the Iranian National Team, said the results in Lebanon were 'acceptable'. "The results themselves were good in Lebanon", Talebi said. "It happens all the time in European games where a team gets knocked out in the golden goal period", he added >>> FULL TEXT

Mahdavikia: "I owe everything to the national team"

Hamburg ­ Oct. 26 (Iran Sports Press) -- With audio: In an interview on Thursday, Mehdi Mahdavikia blasted the Iranian media for magnifying internal rifts in the Iranian National Team. "The media has created side issues for our players. Instead of focusing on the game our players are worried about what the papers are saying about them", Mahdavikia said >>> FULL TEXT


CIS defence ministers talk security

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