The Iranian Times

Monday September 11, 2000 / Shahrivar 21, 1379, No. 1061

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Last tear
At Ahmad Shamlou's funeral

Photographs by Nader Davoodi
September 11, 2000
The Iranian

On July 27, thousands took part in Ahmad Shamlou's funeral. It reminded me of a line from one of his poems: "... aakharin ashk-e man, nokhostin labkhandam boud." (My last tear was my first smile.) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Hidden beauty
I want to start my day with a small glass of tea

By Minou
September 11, 2000
The Iranian

Iran answers many things for me. It surprised me that it gave me an almost instant sense of belonging. I feel more at home there than I do in America. The absence of unlimited consumerism, the bowls of fruit instead of chips, the discussions between family and friends long into the night instead of being glued to the television remind me of the daily routines on my family's farm in New Zealand. I find that simplicity comforting and nourishing.

I confess to an initial apprehension. Is there a Western wife of an Iranian man anywhere who hasn't been given dire warnings by her so-called friends and had that awful piece of trash "Not Without My Daughter" rammed down her throat until she can't help wondering if all the scaremongers are right? >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Circle
Winner of the Venice Film Festival

By Deborah Young
Daily Variety
September 11, 2000

Dramatizing the terrifying discrimination against women in Iranian society, Jafar Panahi's "The Circle" both fascinates and horrifies with its bold assertions about what it means to be a woman under a cruel, institutionalized patriarchy. The pic is shot with such skillful simplicity, the hallmark of Iran's finest cinema, that the story of seven women who have crossed the law goes beyond its social statement to achieve a universal human vision. With its content pushing at the outer limits of Iran censorship, "Circle" was formally banned until recently at home, but a major prize at Venice could help the film find a local release date and open up wider vistas around the world for this Italian coprod >>> FULL TEXT

President's brother critical of political restrictions

BBC Persian Service

Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the Iranian president, has criticised the restrictions on the activities of political parties in Iran. He said political organisations and the votes of people should be taken seriously. Sadeq Saba reports >>> LISTEN HERE

OPEC Pact Fails to Calm Oil Price Scare

VIENNA (Reuters) - Oil consumers were left fretting on Monday that worse may still be to come for fuel bills this winter after OPEC's weekend pact releasing more supplies failed to contain an explosive rally in world crude prices.

Cartel ministers admitted on Monday that prices now could be running out of control >>> FULL TEXT

Quake expert: Tehran at risk for major catastrophe

TEHRAN, Sept 10 (AFP) - Tehran as well as Iran's northwestern provincial capital of Tabriz are gravely at risk for a serious earthquake, a seismological expert said on Sunday. "There are between 400 and 500 small tremors that register as much as 3.0 on the Richter scale in the Tehran region every year," said Nasrallah Kamalian, head of the geophysics institute at Tehran university >>> FULL TEXT

Not a good idea

Why? Because it sounds like the THE GROSS Persian cuisine >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Pedram Moallemian

More Letters

* Want to throw up

Bardia Saeedi writes: I have an unusual habit of becoming physically affected by emotional and intellectual confinements and restraints. Every time, I find myself trapped in situations where everything about the situation is against my beliefs, emotions and my whole being, I start to sweat and itch and want to throw up. Unfortunately that's how I felt when I read "Requiem in Cairo" >>> FULL TEXT

* Resisting temptation

Kamran Golbabai writes: As much as this (transferring to Googoosh) to a lot of people might seem like the right thing to have done, I know many others would not have done it.

As a telecom marketing consultant and someone who spends a lot of time on the Net, I know first hand the great potential this site had for making money.

Unfortunately a lot of our fellow Iranians, if in your position, would have seized the opportunity of Googoosh's tour to exploit the name to no end. You resisted the temptation.

I commend you, Mr. Ardalan, and Mr. Bahmani for a wonderful job, and a very very special encore (forgive the music pun, I could not resist!).

* Satirizing a popular president

Changiz Tavakoli writes: Hich honarmand-e baa farhang va demokraati baa president montakhabeh aksariat-e ghaate' mardomash kaari keh shomaa dar safheye kaartoon kardid raa nemikonad [Saman's cartoon].

Aid: Iran Water Aid endorsement

WATER AID, the project to raise awareness and profile of Iran's current severe drought problem has attracted the attention of many international personalities and more are expected soon.

Recent endorsers of the project include; Ashis Nandy, author, political psychologist and sociologist, Noam Chomsky, author, great American thinker and political activist, as well as two of Iran's most prominent film makers: Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf >>> DETAILS HERE




Philosophy, Religion and the Question of Tolerance
By Mehdi Aminrazavi (Editor)


Bogshaay lab
By Shohreh Vakili

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

My moon, without you I wept like a cloud.

Without you, I'm wounded, worn out and lonely.

Banished from life, to sit here without you,

I've died of the shame of living without you.
-- Rumi
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Suspects in murders of dissidents informed of charges, trial soon

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Iran sends 24 to prison over post-election riots

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Reformist sentenced to prison, whipping

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Khatami to U.S.: Change behavior

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Paper says Khatami should win Nobel peace prize

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Official calls for AIDS education in schools

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Militia forces discover huge booze-manufacturing center

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Oil prices surge on skepticism

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Iran sees key oil buyback deals signed in October

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Power station closed down by drought

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Future of Iranian cinema

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- In recent years Iranian cinema's international achievements are comprable to what other branches of Iranian art and literature have done in a 1000 years. What abut the future? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Ancient Persian instruments

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Mohammad Reza Darvish has put together an orchestra with ancient Persian instruments. An inteview >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Armenian cemetery

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The Armenian cemetery in Tehran's Pirouzi Avenue has been registered as a national historic site >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

U-17 defeat Bangladesh too

VIETNAM, September 10 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Under 17 National Football Team defeated Bangladesh 4-0 on Sunday to win its group in the 9th Asian Youth Championships being held in Vietnam >>> FULL TEXT

Daei and Mahdavikia Sscore in Bundesliga

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Iran in Sydney Olympics

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Governor general of Fars Province

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Aftab-e Yazd

New reformist newspaper in Iran. let's see how many days this one lasts.

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Electronic Literature Organization

First there was the groundbreaking Project Gutenberg, a collaborative effort to distribute world literature in electronic format. Now, e-books, e-ink, e-publishing, and e-reading devices are part of the daily buzz. The newly launched Electronic Literature Organization aims to serve as hub and gathering place for literati of the Net.

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