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Monday September 18, 2000 / Shahrivar 28, 1379, No. 1066

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Googoosh live!
Washington DC

Photographs by Jahanshah Javid
September 18, 2000
The Iranian

Googoosh in concert in front of 14,000 fans at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, Saturday September 16, 2000: >>> GO TO FEATURE


Student movement's dilemma

BBC World Service

Days before universities start, several student movements are giving confusing signals, some inviting them to remain peaceful, and some are encouraging them to actively protest. Meanwhile, the Chief of Revolutionary Guards says his forces are prepared to confront any unrest if necessary. Saeed Yekta talks to Ahmad Salamatian, political analyst in Paris >> FULL TEXT

Cleric Uses Weapon of Religion Against Iran's Rulers

By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
September 18, 2000

Despite his turban and cloak, or perhaps because of it, Mohsen Kadivar is a very dangerous man for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The 41-year-old cleric and confidant of President Mohammad Khatami trained at the best theological seminary and taught at some of the best universities in the country. He was active in the revolution that toppled the monarchy 21 years ago and has written heavy tomes on Islamic philosophy and law.

But that was before he was banned from teaching, before he was tried and sentenced to prison for disseminating lies, defaming Islam and disturbing public opinion with his newspaper commentaries suggesting that the rule of the clerics had become as tyrannical as the rule of the kings >>> FULL TEXT

Agush Over Googoosh; Iranian Diva's Fans Rewarded for Long Wait

By David Segal
The Washington Post
September 18, 2000

In pop, the larger your legend, the less you're expected to move onstage. The legend of Googoosh--an Iranian diva touring for the first time in 21 years--is vast, and at MCI Center on Saturday night, she brought thousands of fans to tears and their feet with tiny, graceful gestures and an alto that proved undiminished by time >>> FULL TEXT

Let Googoosh sing

By Hadani Ditmars
Sepetmber 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- Googoosh, the stage name of the pre-revolutionary Persian pop diva Faegheh Atashin, is as famous in her homeland of Iran as Elvis is here. But trying to relate the importance of the singer to an American audience feels like one of those desperate Hollywood movie pitches: It's "The Bodyguard" meets "Not Without My Daughter," or maybe "A Star is Born" meets "The King and I." >>> FULL TEXT

Konkoor countdown

"Hello and welcome to my Konkoor countdown & calendar! This is where I write down my daily notes about my pre-university life, and how I pass these days in the path for Konkoor." >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Most undeserving monarch

Kambiz Ameli writes: I happen to be a strong opponent of the evil regime which is now ruling our land. However I fervently believe that the Pahlavis are the main cause of the calamities which has gripped Iran today ["Requiem in Cairo"].

The late shah was the most undeserving monarch to ever sit on the Peacock Throne. Underneath his public grandeur he was a frightened and weak individual who on several occasions packed his bags and abandoned his land at the first sign of a storm. Indeed he should have never been allowed to return the first time he fled in 1953...

Do they really believe that Farah would dare return to a public life in Iran? Can Reza ever dare to believe that the young generation would allow an uneducated, inexperienced son on Mohammad Reza to ever call himself monarch? >>> FULL TEXT

* Many still care

Lida writes: I read your article ["Requiem in Cairo"] with a lot of enthusiasm and have since sent it to anyone I thought would have an interest. It brought a few tears to my eyes and to many others who have since read it.

It is refreshing to know there are still a lot of people out there who truly care about Iran as a country and believe in the traditional values we once had and try to preserve.

My father especially wanted to congradulate you on your efforts to bring to the masses an experience many of us would have liked to have had. We wish you great success in your endeavours.

* Not ONE clear photo?

Negar Tehrani writes: I was there at the Googoosh concert in Washington DC and I'm glad your site is the first one to put any pictures from that night on the web ["Googoosh live!"].

But weren't there any better, clearer pictures? I mean these are nice too but how about at least ONE good, focused, clear picture of her?

A devoted fan of The Iranian web site who's kind of disappointed, let's say!

Event: Mehregan in Washington DC


The Iranian American Cultural Association invites you to celebrate the bounty of Autumn during its Mehregan pgarty on Saturday evening, 7 October 2000.

* At the elegant, historic Crowne Plaza in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. at 14th and K Streets, N.W.

* 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., in the Hamilton Ballroom >>> DETAILS HERE




The Saddlebag
A Fable for Doubters and Seekers
By Bahiyyih Nakhjavani


Tehran zir-e paashneh-ye aashil
By Rasoul Hosseinli

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Love's intoxication, my disintegration:

    My heart's beyond the need for food or sleep.

    My body floats in a sea; my feet and head

    Are nowhere to be found; my soul has fled.

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Doctors refuse abortions for blood disorder

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Iran denies plans to meet Albright, but sees positive move in US position

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UNHCR chief arrives in Iran

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Transportation ban of fever animals

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Panahi warns he won't come to U.S. if fingerprinted

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New book on Forough

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100 years of literature

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Iranian boxer thrown out of Olympics for doping

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Iran U-17 settle for second place

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Daei scores and assists against Stuttgart

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Why General Naghdi was sacked?

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Religion & state

I believe that democracy and Islam are compatible. But a religious state is possible only when it is elected and governed by the people. And the governing of the country should not be necessarily in the hands of the clergy. So what I support is the healthy state the reformers are promoting as an Islamic Republic, not what exists now.

-- Mohsen Kadivar, dissident cleric
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