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Wednesday September 20, 2000 / Shahrivar 30, 1379, No. 1068


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An outsider's perspective of the revolution

By Sayed S. Husein
September 20, 2000
The Iranian

The revolution in Iran was seen as a possible catalyst for redemption by a large segment of the Muslim population worldwide. The revolution gave them hope; after all a Muslim state could be in accordance with the tenants of the religion, and still be modern and vibrant. There was certain admiration, even if guarded, for the way people succeeded in removing a well-entrenched monarch. Off course not everyone saw this revolution in such favorable light. Many felt that the leaders of the revolution, would unleash repression of another kind in the name of religion, as the task of running a modern state would be beyond them. Many others were hostile towards the revolution purely on ideological grounds >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Tonbs
The Haute Couture connection

By Guive Mirfendereski
September 20, 2000
The Iranian

Ancient Greek historian Heredotus wrote that in Xerxes' army that invaded Asia Minor was a group of "islanders who came from the Erythraean sea [Persian Gulf], where they inhabited the islands to which the king sends those whom he banishes, [and they] wore a dress and arms almost exactly like the Median." (G. Rawlinson, The History of Herodotus (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1858), vol.2, p.150)

If the Tonbs contributed any men to Xerxes' army is not known, but either island would have been sufficiently desolate and unsuitable to be a place of exile >>> GO TO FEATURE


Kharrazi can tour U.S. colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) - In another gesture to Iran, the Clinton administration has approved visits to American colleges by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, the highest-ranked official from Tehran permitted to travel widely in the United States.

``It's consistent with our people-to-people exchanges, with our desire to foster a dialogue between the United States and Iranian people,'' the State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wednesday. ``This is completely consistent with what we're doing.'' >>> FULL TEXT

War with Iraq scarred Iranian society

TEHERAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Iran marks Friday the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of its eight-year war with Iraq with a society still scarred by the experience and memories still vivid.

Apart from the troops at the front in a conflict which resembled World War One rather than a modern campaign of movement, civilians who were children at the time recall the fear and anguish of those days.>>> FULL TEXT

Bosnia major hub for smuggling people
Illegal migrants face many dangers hoping to reach the West

The Globe and Mail
September 12, 2000

BOSANSKI PETROVAC, BOSNIA -- Alti Reza feels far away from his native Iran. The 21-year-old student, frightened and alone, surveys the mountains of Bosnia's remote northwest, fearful for his life.

Much of Bosnia's 1,900-kilometre border with Croatia is mountainous, unfenced and unpatrolled. The forested slopes were heavily mined during the 1992-95 Bosnian war and most of the minefields remain unmarked >>> FULL TEXT

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* Pride in Arabic Quran and prophet

Amani Al Omani writes from Kuwait: I don't care if you like Arabs or not ["Okay, I'm a racist"], but put this in your head till the last day of your life: The Holy Quran is in Arabic and we are very proud of this as it is a blessing from God. Prophet Mohammed is from the heart of the Arab world .

Now let's see what your people are doing in my country... Well, mostly smuggling drugs and many of them are illegal workers. Not only that, since Khomeini, your country has been a source of racism. Please teach yourself and your nation how to respect others regardless of their roots.

* Let's move on

S.S. writes: The question of racism in Iran has nothing to do with race ["Okay, I'm a racist"]. The main question is: we treat ourselves worse than foreigners, so what is the big deal with treating them(foreigners) bad?...

It's time for Iranians to wake up and realize they have missed the boat. We should be proud what we have achieved in our own life time rather than sit around and show off our predecessors as though they were inspired by us! >>> FULL TEXT

* Brought up racist

O.K. writes: Fine article ["Okay, I'm a racist"]. I too am a racist. At times it just comes out without thinking. Often I remember saying to myself "Arab dar biAbAn mlahk mikhorad, sagheh Isfahan Ab-e yakh mikhorad."

All of us are products of our environment and we have been brought up by our parents and culture to be racist without knowing it. Our parents did not know that they were teaching us to be racist eihter. Let us hope by knowing that we have racist tendencies we will be more careful not to act racist. I enjoyed your article and thanks for sharing.

* Ignorance

Ali writes: Your ignorance is repulsive ["Okay, I'm a racist"]!

* Out of context

Poopak Taati writes: In the article "Okay, I'm a racist" the author has a claim that the president of Iran is as racist as himself with respect to Arabs. I think this is a good example of taking words out of context.

It is amazing how people, when they don't understand the intellectual and social context of a perspective, might interpret it with their own "common sense." Unfortunately, this happens too often. Most teachers and professors can relate to these types of simplification of their ideas by students >>> FULL TEXT

* Representing an illusion

Charles Roberson writes: In reference to the letters regarding the Googosh photographs: Am I missing something? Don't the photographs represent an illusion of a time in Iran now lost and longed for?

Perhaps they would have been presented clearly if the country of Iran wasn't now experiencing a lack of understandable image to those listening for hope for a better tomorrow >>> FULL TEXT

Art: Scholarship for artists

Gallery Ovissi, private art Gallery in Northern California, & Evolving Perceptions, Iranian art organization based in Washington DC are proud to announce:


Scholarship is open to all Iranian and Iranian-American students, 18-30 years of age, studying and living in the United States If eligible please submit the following >>> DETAILS HERE




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    Loving you undoes the wholeness of this world.

    Your distance is a death: it steals my life away.

    I wouldn't give my heart for a hundred thousand lives,

    One smile from you can take my heart for free.

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Security council at odds over unrest report: paper

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Members of Iran's National Security Council are at odds over a report to President Mohammad Khatami on the deadly unrest that rocked a provincial city last month, press reports said Tuesday. The Council delivered its report to the president Monday despite being unable to agree on many of its points, the pro-reform Hayat-e No paper said, citing "informed sources" who had spoken with a student news agency >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says pressure mounting on US to end sanctions

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, closing a provincial tour on which he vigorously defended his reform progamme, said Washington is facing growing pressure to lift sanctions on Tehran. Khatami's remarks came after a coalition of US businesses sent an open letter calling on President Bill Clinton to end the sanctions, which notably have kept the United States out of Iran's lucrative oil sector >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says military growth due to war with Iraq

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Iran's increased military capabilities are a direct result of the nation's brutal 1980-1988 war with neighbouring Iraq, the defence ministry said Wednesday. "Achievements in the Islamic republic's defence industry are the results of its war time experience," the ministry said in a statement, reported by the state IRNA news agency, to mark Friday's 20th anniversary of the war>>> FULL TEXT

Iran, Iraq still at odds, 12 years after end of war

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Twenty years after the start of the Iran-Iraq war and 12 years after its end, tensions persist between the two neighbours, despite their similar views of the world, with the presence of armed opposition groups in the other country the main stumbling block to peace. "Each time they have seemed to be patching things up over the past ten years something unexpected has happened," said analyst Iraj Rashti >>> FULL TEXT

Rain sparks severe flooding in northern Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (AFP) - Heavy rains in northern Iran sparked flash floods Tuesday that damaged farms and buildings but caused no casualties, the official IRNA news agency said >>> FULL TEXT

Oil minister redraws top jobs at NIOC

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has reshaped the top tier of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in a drive to enhance efficiency and specialisation, Iranian oil sources said on Wednesday. ``The aim is to create the same type of structure as a major international oil company,'' an industry source said >>> FULL TEXT

Best reformist film

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Kianoush Ayari's "Budan yaa nabudan" (To be or not to be) has been awarded "Best Reformist" film. Tahmineh Milani's "Do zan" (Two women) was second >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Cinema: Today and tomorrow

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Actors and film directors talk about the future of Iranian cinema. "Today, movies have an impact on the fate of nations" >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

What is a Persian carpet?

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A crisis of confidence is gripping the carpet industry. This moral dilemma has its roots in poor economic conditions >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Medal hopefuls arrive in Sydney

SYDNEY, September 20 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian Freestyle Wrestling Team, Iran's greatest hope for medals at the Olympics, arrived in Sydney on Wednesday to take part in the Wrestling competitions. The Iranian team's 24 hours journey to Sydney was exhausting for the wrestlers >>> FULL TEXT

Jelodarzadeh: "My coach was left behind in Dubai"

SYDNEY, September 20: Iran's only athlete in the Athletics competitions says he is aiming to break the Asian record for 800 meters. "I hope to break the Asian record. I am here without a coach, as he was left behind in Dubai after he failed to get a visa >>> FULL TEXT

Iran U-17 receives warm welcome

TEHRAN, September 20 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian Under 17 National Football Team arrived back in Iran on Wednesday following a strong performance at the Asian Youth Championships in Vietnam. Iran clinched second place at the Championship after losing to Oman 1-0 in the final. A number of Iranian sports officials and fans welcomed the young players at the airport >>> FULL TEXT


Draught in Panjshir

Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan, the stronghold of Ahmad Shah Massoud of Northern Alliance, is facing draught. The water level in the famous Panjshir river has gone down affecting food production and supply of electricity >>> LISTEN HERE

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