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Thursday September 21, 2000 / Shahrivar 31, 1379, No. 1069


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Appeals court reduces sentences against Jews

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The appeals court in Shiraz gave its verdict in the case of 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel. Here is a comprehensive report including reactions from the Jewish community inside and outside Iran >>> LISTEN HERE

Khatami underlines need for peace on Iran-Iraq war anniversary

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday said that although Iran won the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, it never was and is still not in favour of wars, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"We won the war because the aim of this war was the destruction of the Islamic republic, but the enemy did not win," Khatami said during a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the bloody war with Iraq in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

An Iranian Director Enters a Circle of Women

By Joan Dupont
International Herald Tribune
September 21, 2000, Thursday

TORONTO -- Jafar Panahi, director of ''Dayereh'' (The Circle), which made its North American debut at the festival, also thinks that the strength of Iranian film is rooted in an ancient storytelling culture: ''We are thousands of years old, like China; we ruled once,'' he said. ''Things have changed and will change again. Ours is a cinema of humanity that people all over the world can recognize. It stands out from the mountain of commercial cinema.''

''The Circle'' won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, an astonishing coup for a movie made without stars, special effects, sex or violence. Panahi, 40, born in Mianeh to a working-class family, meted out his words carefully. For him, success abroad is an uncertain blessing; the film has yet to be released in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

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    Kayhan: Those who criticize the handling of the Iran-Iraq war want to weaken Iran's defenses >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Rah-e Kargar: Message on the start of the new school year >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT



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* If Arabs had not invaded Iran?

Sassan Behzadi writes: Regarding dAyi's article "Okay, I'm a racist", it never seizes to amaze me when Iranians wonder "what would have happened to us if the Arabs never invaded Iran?"

Well, let's see...

India was not invaded by the Arabs. China and Greece were never invaded by the Arabs, and by any yardstick these ancient civilizations were at least equal to - and in the case of China and Greece far more superior to - Persian civilization.

As far as I can tell, China, India and even European Greece haven't turned into social, scientific or cultural centers of modern world >>> FULL TEXT

* Narrow-minded chauvinism

Cyrus Kadivar writes: I read the article "Okay, I'm a racist" with a pinch of salt... Being engaged to a beautiful Iraqi of Kurdish-Arab blood I realised how narrow-minded our Persian chauvinism can be. The modern Arab - Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Lebanese, etc - have a high appreciation of Persian culture and in my dealings with them they have all quoted Hafez and Saadi to me whilst to my shame I was hard pressed to quote any of their great poets until my fiancee handed me Nizar Qabani's (Syrian diplomat) poetry books which in parts was influenced by our culture. In fact despite the initial shock of the Arab invasion, many Persians were to form the cultural backbone of the Islamic empire >>> FULL TEXT

* Extreme poor taste

An avid reader writes: I find the item in your Anyway section Wednesday in extreme poor taste. What is disturbing is that the humor is lost on me and certainly the title leaves me perplexed. "Good taste in bad taste"? What on EARTH do you mean SIR?! I thought The Iranian was above toilet humor.

Poetry: Lecture on Hafez, Matyland

Dr. Mohammad Estelami, a prominent expert on Molavi & Hafez and professor of Iranian studies at McGill University in Canada, has accepted the Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland's invitation to give a speech on the life and works of Hafez under the title of "The Key to the Divan of Hafez".

All interested in the Persian literature and Hafez in particular, are cordially invited. When : Saturday 30, 2000 at 4:00 PM. Where : Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 245.




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I went to my love on a moment's thought.

    She said, "Go away from my door. You are drunk."

    "Open the door," I said, "I am not."

    "Go away," she said, "You are what you are."

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UNHCR chief says Afghan programme extended, cuts short Iran visit

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Khatami criticizes discrimination against women

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Reformist weekly magazine banned: press

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Russia freezes Laser deal with Iran

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Richardson: Time for OPEC to raise production again

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Ayari in New York?

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Bitter but real

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Movies & social issues

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Miran: Iran's hope for a medal

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Minavand's Sturm thrash Galatasaray

VIENNA, September 20 (Iran Sports Press) -- Sturm Graz beat Galatasaray Istanbul 3:0 on Wednesday evening. Juran, Schopp and Schupp were the scorers in a good match. Mehrdad Minavand played the full 90 minutes and was one of the best players on the pitch! >>> FULL TEXT

Mahdavikia's Hamburg lose to La Coruna

HAMBURG, September 20 (Iran Sports Press) -- And again the HSV lost very important in the last minutes - in this case in the last 25 seconds. In the last two matches vs. Juventus and Dortmund Hamburg got the deadly goal. Iranian forward Mahdavikia was to cause several problems down the right flank for Hamburg when they ventured forward >>> FULL TEXT


Iran's intellectuals call for banned press to resume

In an open letter to Iranian officials, more than 300 Iranian intellectuals have asked for the lifting of the ban on reformist newspapers and for the immediate release of imprisoned journalists. Habibollah Peyman is one of the signatories. Saeed Yekta talks to him: >>> LISTEN HERE

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Real culprit

What has held Iran back is not a 1,400-year-old invasion by the Arabs, or a 50-year-old coup by the CIA. To see the real culprit, just take a hard look in the mirror. We've done it, it's our fault, and only we can fix it.

-- Sassan Behzadi
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