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Friday September 15, 2000 / Shahrivar 25, 1379, No. 1065



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Fathers against sons
In the Shahnameh, shahs are almost always in the wrong

September 15, 2000
The Iranian

Excerpt from Fathers and Sons: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vol II, translated by Dick Davis (2000, Mage Publishers).

One day at cockcrow Tus, Giv, and a number of other knights rode out from their king's court; taking along cheetahs and hawks, they set off for the plain of Daghui to hunt for wild asses. After they'd brought down a great quantity of game, enough for forty days, they saw that the land before them was black with Turkish tents. In the distance, close to the border between the Persian and Turkish peoples, a thicket was visible, and Tus and Giv, followed by a few others, rode over to it. To their astonishment, they discovered a beautiful young woman hiding there, and Tus said to her, "How is it a girl as radiant as the moon is in this thicket?" She answered, "Last night my father beat me; he came back drunk from a feast and, as soon as he saw me, he drew a dagger and began shouting that he would cut my head off, and so I fled from our home." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Excerpt from the introduction to Fathers and Sons: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vol II, translated by Dick Davis (2000, Mage Publishers).

In elaborating this concern Ferdowsi tends to present what is basically the same situation (a king does or demands something which his champion considers to be unethical or otherwise undesirable) and then offers different solutions or outcomes to the problem... What remains fairly constant (and there is only one king treated in Fathers and Sons of whom this is not true) is that the king is virtually always in the wrong in these arguments, and that we, the poem's audience, are more or less unequivocally invited to be on the side of the champion rather than his monarch >>> GO TO FEATURE


US and Iran face to face

BBC World Service

American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is due to meet the Iranian foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, at the United Nations - the latest sign of improving relations between the two sides. Friday's meeting - part of UN-sponsored talks on Afghanistan which will involve eight countries - will be the first such encounter between the two countries since the 1979 Iranian revolution >> FULL TEXT

Iran reformers urge U.S. to review policy

Tehran (Reuters) - Reformist members of parliament in Iran have urged the United States to take note of democratic changes in their country and move to normalise relations. The two countries, arch foes for more than two decades, have shown slight signs of thawing ties since reformists made a strong showing in Iran's February parliamentary elections.

"Today, Iran has become a model for pluralism in the Middle East," Elahe Koulaei, a leading reformist MP, told Reuters earlier this week. "America cannot ignore our new role." But the United States should take the first step, she said >>> FULL TEXT

One of your scenes is missing
How Does Abbas Kiarostami Create The Cinematic Tension That Has Won Him Awards All Over The World? He Leaves Things Out: Facts, Dialogue - Even His Actors' Faces. The Iranian Master Film-maker Talks To Peter Lennon

The Guardian (London)
September 15, 2000

Abbas Kiarostami has taken up two daunting challenges. First, the Iranian director, increasingly acknowledged as one of the most original film-makers working today, wants to preserve cinema's visual purity in the face of the current pyrotechnic overload. Second, he wants to give to cinema the advantage of the novel where the reader-spectator willingly visualises what is not actually shown >>> FULL TEXT

Millions lost in Iranian charity black hole

By Tom Baldwin
The Times (London)
September 15, 2000

THE Charity Commission will today announce the closure of an aid organisation for victims of human rights abuses in Iran after a two-year investigation showed that millions of pounds donated in Britain each year were disappearing into a "black hole".

Around Pounds 600,000 belonging to Iran Aid will be confiscated and given to a new charity which is being set up to provide help for refugees from the fundamentalist Tehran regime >>> FULL TEXT

Not so good old days

From an item on ayction at ebay:

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Thanks to Ramin

More Letters

* No surprise

Darius Kadivar writes: It is no surprise to me that Jafar Panahi won the Lion D'Or at the Venice film festival, given the make-up of the jury. I have not seen the film; I am sure it is worthwhile. But in the picture showing Samira Makhmalbaf amongst other members of the jury, their is also Jennifer Jason-Leigh who happens to be Reza Badii's step-daughter.

This is the same Reza Badii who directed many TV shows including the "Six Million Dollar Man" with Lee Majors, "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Magician" with Bill Bixby. I wonder whether The Iranian Times could get hold of Reza Badii for an interview on his career. It would indeed be very interesting to hear from him.

* Those folks at the airport

William Phillipson writes: And to think that I thought those folks at the airport with their 3-ring binders of 8 x 10 glossies were really trying to help the oppressed ["Millions lost in Iranian charity black hole"]. Man, was I naive.

* Gay Googoosh

H.D. writes: Letter to Googoosh.Com: I am writing on behalf of the large Iranian gay and lesbian group in Los Angeles. Your concerts have been great and seeing you was long overdue. We hope that you are happy and in peace and that we will continue hearing from you from now on.

We know that everyone wants a personal glimpse of you, but we thought to ask you to consider coming to a party in your honor whenever you are in Los Angeles. We promise you that you will have a good time. We also promise you we will not bother you with any questions nor will we expect you to perform. We just want to have the honor and pleaseure of your presence.

We have a gay Iranian man in our group whom we have nick-named "Googoosh", since he always impersonates you with your old songs/dancing and style. His impersonations of you were the closest we could get to seeing you again.

Well, our fantasy came true. Finally seeing you again, in concert in Los Angeles. If you want to get in touch with our group, please call ...

Best wishes and love from all of us.

* Right thing

Sattar writes: I applaud your kind and generous gesture in trasnferring the ownership of Googoosh.Com. I think you did the right thing and I think Googoosh-e aziz will do the right thing as well by allowing you to carry on the good work on Googoosh.Com.

Literature: Women writers of Iranian diaspora: Deadline extended

A new collection of writing aims to bring together the chorus of voices by and about women of the Iranian Diaspora. We are seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays for a new collection of writing by and about Iranian women in the Diaspora. Works that particularly challenge the notion of a homogeneous Iranian female and that reflect a feminist perspective are encouraged. This new collection of writings authored by women attempts to give voice to the unique visions, concerns, and struggles that have been central for Iranian women in the Diaspora >>> DETAILS HERE




Fathers and Sons
Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vol II
Translated by Dick Davis


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Photos by Qordratollah Kasraian

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Any thief of a kiss can have your lips free;

    When it's my turn you set a high price.

    Any crime you forgive without real cause;

    But mine?--you cry for the harshest of laws.

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Seyavash said, "Do not grieve, my lord,
The heavens willed all this, and rest assured
The fire will have no strength to injure me;
My innocence ensures my victory."

-- Fathers and Sons: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vol II
Mage Publishers
September 15, 12000

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