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Tuesday September 12, 2000 / Shahrivar 22, 1379, No. 1062


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Welcome home?
Where is home, really?

By Najmeh Fakhraie
September 12, 2000
The Iranian

Look out the window. That must have been a beautiful tree there long ago. Grandfather would have greatly cherished it. Now tilt your head. You can still make out the road he would have walked on each and every day. The road which my father would have crossed coming home from school. It must have been a great house once. All that's left now are two walls. How they still stand is a mystery.

The only cruelty of war which I've learned to hate is the cries and screams of the people who know that all has come to an end. No one ever grieves for the homes in which those people spent their lives. The homes that sheltered them and kept them safe from all that's out there. And then suddenly, in an instant they fall to the ground taking everything with them >>> GO TO FEATURE


By A. Abbas
September 12, 2000
The Iranian



Tehranis for US-Iran Ties

BBC Persian Service

An opinion poll by the Ministry of Culture shows that over 55% of Tehranis believe that full diplomatic relations with the US should be restored. Over 90% say they have no animasity towards the Americans.Sadeq Saba looks at the issue >>> LISTEN HERE

Iran Poll Shows Strong Support for U.S. Ties

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An opinion poll carried out by Iran's culture ministry shows that only 8.1 percent of Iranians perceive the United States as an enemy, newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Contrary to the official no-compromise line pushed by establishment hard-liners, 55.7 percent said they wanted the restoration of full diplomatic ties with the United States, the daily Entekhab said. >>> FULL TEXT

English cook challenges kebab rule in Iran

By Jim Muir in Kashan
BBC World Service

In most restaurants in Iran, the kebab in its various forms rules supreme, and there is usually not much else on the menu.

However, in the small town of Kashan, set in the deserts of central Iran, there is a restaurant with a difference >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

The Age of Googoosh
The Iranian diva emerges from seclusion, as popular and as powerful as ever

August 28, 2000

There is a curious truth about pre- and post-revolutionary Iran: its pop idol has never changed. It is not simply that the Islamic Republic cut Iranians off from music - from Puff Daddy to the latest Tehrangeles flavor of the month, satellite television and kiosks with bootleg music keep Iranians savvy. The truth is that the diminutive diva Googoosh, whose real name is Faegheh Atashin, has beguiled Iranians for decades. Her enchanting songs echo the poignancy of a long-suffering nation. >>> FULL TEXT

Moosh mooshi

Esmail "Khoshteep" Tatari is the Majlis deputy from Kermanshah. This is a sample poem from his "divan" >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Nader

More Letters

* Conspiracy theory -- again

Asghar Massombagi writes: It's very interesting to read the letters in response to the article "Not THAT good" ["Bubble gum cinema", "Film du jour"]. Ah the conspiracy theory again. Those bad Westerners exoticizing Iran, robbing us of our cultural riches, etc. etc. And of course if European and American film festivals had not paid any attention to Iranian films, there would have been another conspiracy at work, that of silence >>> FULL TEXT

* Democratic tradition

Ramin Tabib writes: In reply to Changiz Tavakoli's "Satirizing a popular president", I would like to point out this site and show you that it is the tradition of those who call themselves "honarmand-e baa farhang va demokraat" to do cartoons such as Saman's.

* Where's your decency?

Hojabr write: You indeed did THROW UP by what you wrote for The Iranian Times ["Want to throw up"]. How can you permit yourself to act as a spokesman for the entire Persian nation? Don't we have the right to express our emotions without some pervert THROWING UP ["Requiem in Cairo"]? >>> FULL TEXT

* Eating vegetarians

Pedram Moallemian writes: Yet another (perhpas more important) reason Zagros is a gross place to eat: Some people may find eating kabobs gross but I think EVERYONE would object to eating VEGETARIANS.

Academic: History of Persian poetry, Berkeley

Fall 2000: Rudaki to Khayyam Three hours of class per week. This semester-length seminar will deal with significant works of the most celebrated Persian classical poets. Reading and analysis of representative selections from various genres of poetry in Persian literature >>> DETAILS HERE




Nature's Secret for Health and Beauty
By Minoo Golnazar


Aabi va qermez
Old Persian short stories
By Soudabeh Ali Shahi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Oh flowing tears, speak to my growing love:

    Of that garden, that spring, and all that I've seen.

    One night, when you remember those nights,

    Please don't remember how rude I've been.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

    Rumi book

Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

* Also see Rumi translations by Zara Houshmand

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Sadeghi making films

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Abedzadeh back?

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I'm among my own people but it's amazing how different we've become. Their language, their actions, their every task is alien to me. But why? Don't I have the same blood running through my veins? Don't I have the same eyes? Does my light colored hair set us worlds apart? But then again, I saw that girl walking in front of me with hair as blond as my yellow crayon and she seemed to fit in perfectly.

-- Najmeh Fakhraie
"Welcome home?"
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