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Thursday September 14, 2000 / Shahrivar 24, 1379, No. 1064


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The child of bazaar
Short story

By Reza Ordoubadian
September 14, 2000
The Iranian

It was getting late, and his father had already decided he must work for his keeps. Most boys his age were already working, earning money for their families, but Abby was his mother's boy and had an easy childhood. Slight of body, his honey-green eyes sparkled with life and abundant energy, ready for any mischief - or, serious work as his father required. Two generations of trading and a long history of tribal blood had hardened the men into starting work early and earning money for the collective good of the extended family >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Namdar Nasser
September 14, 2000
The Iranian

A short story from "Khaaneh siaah ast" (The House is Black) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Never to be called mom

By Sheema Kalbasi
September 14, 2000
The Iranian

One day,
my eyes
were looking deep
into the blue sea
of my heart,
a monster of salty tears
rose from the waves,
I stopped laughing


Khorramabad report criticised

BBC Persian Service

The State National Security Council in a statement criticized a report prepared by the State Inspectorate General Oraganization on recent unrests in Khoramabad and described it as inaccurate and misleading. Saeed Yekta reports >>> LISTEN HERE

Conoco risks US wrath by aiding Iran's oil industry

Financial Times
September 14, 2000

TEHRAN -- Conoco, the US oil company, has collaborated with Iran on work to develop one of the world's largest oil fields, despite the risk of being accused of breaching US sanctions against Iran.

Senior Iranian officials told the Financial Times that Conoco helped analyse data collected last year by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) during its exploration of the Azadegan field, on the understanding that Conoco would be given priority in developing the new field once the US sanctions are lifted >>> FULL TEXT

Authorities hunt down US green card application forms

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - Iranian officials are seizing US green card residence permits that have appeared in Tehran shops and hunting their distributors, a newspaper said Thursday, adding that a link with the CIA was suspected.

The forms that have turned up in supermarkets, book stores and newspaper stands promise Iranians a better life in the United States, Iran's arch-foe, the conservative Jame-Jam daily said >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Ettehad-e Chap Kargari: Opposition groups' suit on 12th anniversary of prison massacre >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Kayhan: Why aren't reformist students worried about liberal infiltrators? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT



Mina Javid writes:

Here is a preview of little Kasra Javid Orumchian, born on Saturday September 2nd, 2000 in San Francisco's Bay Area >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Be a little less cruel

Mashhadi writes: In reply to Bardia Saeedi ["Want to throw up"], My dear friend, it seems we have also lost our compassion and sense of occasion. Be a little less cruel. I never liked the Pahlavis but the fact that some guy still gets emotional about it ["Requiem in Cairo"] is really not worth throwing up.

We all have our cultural baggage we carry. So what if the author has someone in the family who has influenced him. Is it a crime not to be a-political. Or has all the TV we watch here numbed us to the point that we can not harbor any ideology or any sence of history? Are we to only get emotional about pop singers? Ex-kings are somehow too old fashioned to be icons >>> FULL TEXT

* Utterly pathetic

Babak Aminian writes: In response to "Where's your decency?" by Hojabr, I must also admit that I also truly felt like throwing up when I read "Requiem in Cairo". That article was so utterly pathetic that I even felt ashamed of wasting my time reading it!

* Aryan, German, Iranian "kinship"

Heidi writes: Regarding the article "Qaziyeh-ye nejad" by Mohandas, and the letter by Nick, I think Nick missed the point. Mohandas didn't say that Germans don't think we are Aryans--just that they don't believe we Iranians are related to them >>> FULL TEXT

Theater: War experiences, New Orleans

Kathy Randels is a theatre artist based in New Orleans whose work is extremely powerful and challenging, and has been very well received by critics and audiences. A solo show that she toured to San Francisco was hosted by Darvag Theatre for a special performance in Berkeley, and opened an Iranian connection. She is hoping to meet Iranians (and Iraqis) living in the New Orleans area who are willing to talk about their experiences related to the war, and to participate in the project. You can reach her at




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Shirzan-haa va khorshid khaanoom-haaye Jazeh
The metal art of Jazeh Tabatabaie

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I went to my doctor, said, 'Hey, Zein al-Din,

    Please measure my pulse and check my urine.'

    'It's bad,' he said, 'Your bile is mixed with insanity.'

    'That's fine,' I said, 'That's fine, just let it be.'

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Dalai Lama: Help drought victims

September 14, (Water Aid) -- The Dalai Lama has called on the world community to help drought vicitims in Iran. UN monitors say the country is facing its worst drought since the mid-60's >>> FULL TEXT

Cleric shot for second time in three months: paper

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - An Iranian cleric, Mohammad-Reza Bozorgi Araqi, was shot and wounded by two unknown motorcyclists earlier this week, just three months after another assassination attempt against him, a newspaper reported Thursday. According to the conservative Qods daily, Araqi was shot at twice late Sunday by two unidentified men in Tehran. The first bullet entered his back, close to the spinal cord, and exited from his stomach. The second bullet missed him >>>FULL TEXT

U.S. judge faults feds on terror data

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge said Thursday he is ``greatly disappointed'' in the Treasury Department for destroying documents sought by victims of a terrorist bombing. Lamberth ruled in Flatow's favor and ordered Iran to pay $247.5 million in damages. More than two years have passed, however, and Flatow has not collected a cent. The U.S. government has opposed his efforts to collect the judgment by laying claim to frozen Iranian assets >>> FULL TEXT

Kuwait and Iran to sign accord to combat drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14 (AFP) - Kuwait and Gulf neighbour Iran will this month sign a security agreement to combat drug smuggling, the emirate's interior minister announced in Thursday's newspapers. "Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari will visit Kuwait on September 30 to complete joint security efforts to combat (drug) smuggling and infiltrations and sign an agreement," Sheikh Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah said, quoted in Al-Qabas >>> FULL TEXT

Conservatives blame reformists for unrest

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - A conservative investigative body blamed reformist politicians Thursday for last month's unrest in Khorramabad, western Iran, but its conclusions were promptly rejected by the National Security Council headed by reformist President Mohammad Khatami. The State Inspectorate Organisation singled out Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh, a bete noire of conservatives, and the local branch of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), which is headed by Khatami's brother Mohammad-Reza >>> FULL TEXT

Rely less on prisons, head of judiciary says

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - Iran's overcrowded prisons should be considered only a last resort for criminals as the country looks for other ways to bring down crime, judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi said, as cited Thursday by the official IRNA news agency. Pointing to the "negative social consequences" of imprisonment, Shahroudi said he did not recommend the jailing of criminals, calling on officials to make "exhaustive efforts to prevent the bad results of imprisonment." >>> FULL TEXT

Iran hangs five for murder

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - Five people were hanged this week in Iran after being found guilty of murder, press reports said Thursday. Masoud Eslami, a drug addict who killed his 53-year-old aunt last year and stole her gold, was hanged in Tehran's Qasr prison Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Conoco helped U.S. embargo target Iran-FT

LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Oil giant Conoco has given Iran assistance in developing one of the world's largest oil fields, despite the risk of being accused of breaching U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Financial Times said on Thursday. Senior Iranian officials told the paper that Conoco helped analyse data collected last year by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) from the Azadegan oil field on the understanding that the company would be given preference to develop the field once U.S. sanctions were lifted, the FT reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian cinema: Dead end?

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Parviz Sabri makes popular films that do relatively well at the box office. But critics don't like his work. Here's an interview in which he believes Iranian cinema is at a dead end >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Bani-Etamad: Thanks to Khatami

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Rakhshan Bani-Etemad says filmmakers should have a good understanding of current events. "Mr. Khatami's thinking has helped bring down walls. The closed atmosphere of the past cannot re-emerge that easily." >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Mahmoud: Censors want changes

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Ahmad Mahmoud is waiting for permission to reprint two of his books which were first published 20 years ago. But censors want see some changes in the text first >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteqlal humbled by Al-Wahdah

(Iran Sports Press Forum) -- Esteqlal will need some serious soul-searching after Thursday's surprise defeat by UAE's Al-Wahdah. Esteqlal's 3-2 loss could be avenged in the return match in Tehran. Esteqlal would only need a 1-0 score to move to the next stage of the Asian championships. But...

Mahdavi-Kia scores in Hamburg draw against Juventus

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Comprehensive Guide to Iran in Sydney 2000 Olympics

Tehran (Iran Sports Press) -- Click on athletes name for detailed information about the athlete. Click for Complete List and Details of Athletes >>> FULL TEXT


Crisis in Central Aisa: An Analysis

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