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Wednesday September 13, 2000 / Shahrivar 23, 1379, No. 1063


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Sag mahi
The theology of caviar

By Guive Mirfendereski
September 13, 2000
The Iranian

One hot summer afternoon in New Delhi, in the late 1950s, I hurried into the pantry and opened the door to the freezer looking for ice cubes, but found instead never-before-seen cylindrical containers, each wrapped in white paper and secured by a piece of string bearing a small silvery seal. "What are these," I inquired of a nearby attendant. "Caviar, for tonight's cocktail reception," he replied. When I asked if it was eatable, he said that it was and urged me to come around later when he would be preparing the servings for the party and taste some >>> GO TO FEATURE

United Nations

New world order
Globalization and its narratives

By Majid Tehranian
September 13, 2000
The Iranian

We are the stories we tell. We shape our stories, and our stories shape us. The current world trend toward "globalization" is obvious enough, but few can agree on what it means. Globalization as a concept has paraded in so many different narratives that it tends to be more confusing than enlightening. The State of the World Forum, held on September 4-10 in New York concurrently with the UN Millennium Summit of world leaders, provided a platform for the competing voices. Meeting annually since 1995 under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Forum provides an alternative talking shop to UN. This year, government, business, and civil society voices each told a different story about globalization >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mohandes
September 13, 2000
The Iranian



Factions Are Uniting on Détente With U.S.

By By Geneive Abdo
International Herald Tribune
September 13, 2000

TEHRAN - Contacts between high-ranking Iranian and U.S. officials in New York last week revealed publicly for the first time that both sides of Iran's factional divide favor an eventual end to the 21-year freeze in relations, analysts and diplomats said Sunday.

Meetings related to the Millennium Summit of nearly 150 world leaders at the United Nations last week signaled that Iran's conservative establishment is willing to admit in public what until now they had acknowledged onlyin private: relations with the so-called Great Satan could produce economic rewards too lucrative to pass up >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists challenge press laws

By Guy Dinmore
Financial Times
September 13, 2000

Mojtaba Vahedi cuts an unlikely figure as editor of Iran's latest pro-reform newspaper. But with powerful political connections, Mr Vahedi, who is also a private businessman in the cement sector, may survive where others have failed.

The birth last weekend of Aftab-e-Yazd (Sun of Yazd) was eagerly awaited by Tehranis thirsty for news following the closure since April of about 25 reformist publications by the hardline judiciary and the arrest of about a dozen writers and editors. Circulation of the daily began at 50,000 and has already doubled >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

Students blamed for Khorramabad violence

BBC Persian Service

Conservative-dominated Inspectorate General says pro-democracy students were to blame for a week of unrest last month in the western city of Khorramabad. Students have condemned the report as false and politically-biased >>> LISTEN HERE

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Some of you may have skipped yesterday's featured poem, "Foroushandeh" by A. Anbbas. If so, here's another chance to read this powerful expression of sorrow over a wife's death >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Certainly not brainwashed

Cyrus Kadivar writes: I am sorry that one of your readers felt like "throwing up" after reading my article "Requiem in Cairo". It surprised me to receive such a crude response from someone who has never met me. I too can say that the events I witnessed during the 1978-79 revolution and the tragic waste in human and economic potential suffered by Iranians in the last 20 years also makes me physically ill...

Freedom of expression is a luxury of Western democracies and I exercised it. I am certainly not brainwashed nor did any member of my family persuade me to write my feelings about an event which in my view was both personal and necessary >>> FULL TEXT

* The right to throw up

Neda writes: In "Where's your decency?", Hojabr wrote: "Don't we have the right to express our emotions without some pervert THROWING UP?"

I think you have got the meaning of freedom wrong. We have the right to express our emotions, but we don't have the right to tell other people how their reaction to our ideas must be.

The same way that you are free to express yourself, others are free to throw up! (It is another way of expressing emotions).

What you suggest sounds like what is going on in Iran! Many of the people in prisons are the ones who threw up....

* Under veil of praise

Omar Iam writes: I wish to commend you for "resisting temptation" to undergo a lengthy legal battle over which you most certainly would have, at great expense, lost... To me Mr. Golbabai's condescending message is, "Hey fool, you had the chance to make a buck and you blew it!" >>> FULL TEXT

Aid: Benefit for drought victims, Seattle

The Association of Iranians in Washington State (AIWS) in coordinationwith Artists Without Borders has organized a benefit dinner for thedrought relief effort of the United Nations. The proceeds and othermonetary donations to this cause will be transmitted via UN account CO-590.160.0. Benefit Dinner: Kolbeh Restaurant, 1956 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA. FridaySept. 15, 2000 at 7:00 PM.




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By Kaveh Pahlavan


Digar heech vaqt
By Aziz Sangtarash

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My friend, my companion, I am bound to you:

    Wherever you set foot, I am the ground.

    Since when do the laws of love allow

    That I may see your world, but not see you?

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Journalist missing for two years

13 September 2000, Paris (Reporters sans frontières) - In a letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, RSF expressed its deep concern about journalist Pirouz Davani, who disappeared at the end of August 1998. The organisation, which asked at that time for an inquiry into this case, "wishes to be informed today about the progress of this inquiry". "The case of this journalist is extremely worrying especially in a country with twelve journalists in jail", added Robert Ménard, RSF's secretary-general >>> FULL TEXT

Theatre burns following screening of film on tribal women

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - An Iranian movie theatre was damaged by fire following protests over its screening of a film about the life of women in the Arab south of the country, reports said Wednesday. The blaze overnight Monday in the southwestern provincial capital of Ahwaz was probably set intentionally after the city's Arab population protested over the film "Bride of Fire," the Entekhab paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran names London ambassador

September 9, 2000, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The leader of a pro-democracy student group jailed for his outspoken criticism of government hard-liners was released this week but said Saturday he would keep fighting for political freedoms >>> FULL TEXT

Iran names new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - Iran on Wednesday named Ali-Asqar Khaji, an advisor to the country's foreign minister, as Tehran's new ambassador to Riyadh, the official IRNA news agency reported. Khaji, who is also the head of the foreign ministry's Persian Gulf department, replaces Mohammad Nuri-Shahroudi >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to earn $10 billion in extra oil revenue: Zanganeh

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - Surging prices should give Iran some 10 billion dollars in extra oil revenue by early next year, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh said on Wednesday. He said Iran had already earned some four billion dollars in extra revenue between April and July thanks to a robust market which has more than tripled the price since record lows late last year >>> FULL TEXT

Iran seizes UAE vessel, two other oil ships

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - The Iranian navy seized three oil-carrying ships in its territorial waters, including one sailing under the flag of the United Arab Emirates, state television said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Brazilian author looking for Iranian filmmaker

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has visited Tehran to see if Iran's world-famous directors will turn his novel, "The Alchemist : A Fable About Following Your Dream", into a film >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

"Eshq-e Taher" to be screened

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Mohammad Ali Najafi's "Eshq-e Taher" has finally gotten a screening permit -- after satisfying the censors >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Shajarian's "Daad-o-bidaad"

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Mohammad Reza Shajarian, accompanied by Hossein Alizadeh, will perform "Daad-o-bidaad" for the first time during their European tour >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Chess: 4th in world

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Iran took fourth place in the world student chess championships behind Russia, Georgia and Mongolia >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Akbarpour: "Arabs are slow, lack technique"

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal's Alireza Akbarpour, who is off the injured list, expects a 2-1 victory over the UAE's Al-Wahdah Thursday night >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Pour-Heydari: "We should win"

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal is fit and ready to face their UAE rival, says headcoach Mansour Pour-Heydari >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Fuel disruption continues

The British government has held urgent talks with senior oil executives after several days of disruption caused by protestors blockading the country's refineries and oil depots. Protestors demand cuts on taxes imposed on petrol. What's the prospect? Lara Petrossians Looks at the situation >>> LISTEN HERE

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It is possible that our revenues will show a surplus of 10 billion dollars before the end of the (Iranian) year (in March 2001).

-- Bijan Zangeneh, Oil Minister
September 13, 12000

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