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Friday September 22, 2000 / Mehr 1, 1379, No. 1070


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Clinton legacy?
Clinton & the Iranian-American community

By Guive Mirfendereski
September 22, 2000
The Iranian

A while back a friend asked my opinion about a piece in which he had compared the reported search by presidents Clinton and Khatami for some sort of elusive legacy. Exhorting Clinton to work harder toward normalizing Iran-U.S. relations, the piece ended with a very probing question: What is Clinton's legacy? To this query, I quipped, "A blow job or two by Monica Lewinsky." Then, I got to thinking about all this by some in the Iranian-American community to measure Clinton's political legacy in terms of Iran-U.S. relations. Flippantly, I fired back at my friend: "Never mind Clinton's legacy, what about Khatami's?" >>> GO TO FEATURE


What's does this mean?

By Siamak Kiarostami
September 22, 2000
The Iranian

My questions are out of order so

I let my lips press arbitrary answers

all over your body that very same night

you changed my name.

Hours of this interrogation had passed

We had certainly moved past any logic-

Begging for understanding >>> GO TO FEATURE


Genuine human rights activities

By Trita Parsi,
Executive Director
Iranians for International Cooperation

In a world where the importance of Human Rights is increasingly recognized, the overseas Iranian community suffers from the conspicuous absence of genuine non-partisan Human Rights organizations. In light of the rapidly evolving situation in Iran, the need for such groups is greater than ever...

The current controversy surrounding Iranian Foreign Minister Kharrazi's appearence on Thursday at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to give a talk is a case in point. It is quite disturbing to witness groups that titles themselves as Human Rights activists, openly and blatantly opposing the freedom of speech of an individual, no matter how despised he or she may be. >>> FULL TEXT

Extending a hand to Satan

The Economist
September 23, 2000

T E H R A N -- There are intriguing signs of a thaw in Iran's relations with the United States. What do they add up to?

WHEN one of the walls of the old American embassy in central Tehran was sandblasted recently and made sparkling clean, rumour ran wild. The Americans were coming back, Iranians predicted. Nonsense, said officialdom: the embassy, now used as a training base for the elite Revolutionary Guards, is about to be leased commercially. That was true, as it turned out >>> FULL TEXT

In Iran, a hot market for nose jobs

By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
September 22, 2000

TEHRAN, Iran - The law in Iran requires women to cover their hair and to conceal the shape of their bodies in loose clothing. So a cool thing to do in Tehran these days is to get a nose job.

So cool that unlike women in many places, who hide the chiseling and sawing and stretching done to their faces, Iranian women wear their postsurgical bandages like badges of honor, or at least indicators of a certain degree of wealth >>> FULL TEXT

The leader of the revolution says husbands should protect wives as though they were flowers >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Ansar-e Los Angeles

Ali writes: I went to Dr. Kamal Kharrazi's talk today at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), yesterday. Unfortunately due to some major error my name was missing from the invitation list...

However it was not all a waste, although of course I would have liked very much to attend the speech. Instead I saw a demonstation by about 120 Iranians outside the place - real live theater! Sad rahmat be ansaar-e hezbollah! These guys beat at least five or six people that I saw with my own eyes. They cursed and insulted and hit everybody who walked in, including me (mozdoor! khaae'en! vatanforoosh! aakhoond-e bi ammameh! kesaafat! olaagh! ... you name it!) >>> FULL TEXT

* Fooling ourselves

Qtipp writes: In response to "Okay, I'm a racist", and it's responses: I read the article and many of the responses and I'm left with the solemn, worried Iranian look on my face (we all know what that is). I have nothing against dAyi Hamid for honestly expressing his views, although I may not neccesarily agree with him...

We would be fooling ourselves to return to pre-Zoroastrian, newly Persian ways, and we would be murdering 4000+ years of struggling to maintain our one common thread (being Iranian) to retard ourselves into dark age fundamentalist Islamic ideals. What would've happened if the Arabs hadn't invaded? It would have been Christian influence, or Hindu, or Buddhist...

So we can all be ultra-proud about our past or fervent about our religious beliefs, but neither one is going to take us anywhere as a whole until we start respecting what we all have in common with one another: That we are all Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

* Arab colonial legacy

Engscience writes: In response to the article, "Okay, I'm a racist", I think we shoud not dislike Arabs for invading Iran. After all, the Arab people suffrered themselves at hand of their repressive rulers. What, we should oppose is the colonial legacy that Arab invaders left behind in Iran.

In my opinion, Arab invaders who came from a slavery-type of society with utter disrespect for women, art and culture in general, left a colonial legacy which was extremely reactionary, inhuman and backward.

The Arab colonial legacy is Islamic Shiism. The colonized version of Islam which became prevalent in Iran, could be compared to colonized version of christianity in the other third world countries such as Philipines, Mexico, or Brazil, where the fanaticism is so strong that some people crucify themselves on Easter Holiday.

Politics: US-Iran Congressional Roundtable, Washington

American Iranian Council (AIC) is pleased to announce its next Congressional Roundtable on Narcotics Traffic Control Cooperation between US and Iran Project. The speaker is Senator Arlen Specter and we plan to bring an Iranian official to join the panel. Date: October 2, 2000 from 9:30-11:30 am. Location: 2128 Rayburn Office Building, Washington D.C. >>> DETAILS HERE




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Until you made me sing, I was a monk.

    You made me a rabble-rouser, a hopeless drunk.

    I used to sit in prayer, so dignified;

    Now I'm a toy that children toss aside.

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Iranian verdict in espionage case "disturbing"

(New York, September 22, 2000 )--Human Rights Watch today expressed its disappointment over the decision of an Iranian appeals court to uphold prison terms for ten Jews and two Muslims from Shiraz initially accused of espionage for Israel. The appeals court upheld their conviction on charges of cooperation with a hostile state, and imposed on the defendants reduced prison sentences of between two and nine years >>> FULL TEXT

Convicted Iranian Jews can still seek quashing of trial

TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Ten Iranian Jews whose sentences for spying for Israel were reduced on appeal Thursday, can still apply for their whole trial to be quashed, a judiciary official confirmed Friday. If a submission to the Islamic republic's prosecutors is upheld they would be given a new trial before a different court in the province of Shiraz, the southern city's judiciary chief Hossein-Ali Amiri told AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Eleven Jews intercepted trying to flee

Sept 21, 2000, WASHINGTON (AP) - Eleven Jews who attempted to leave Iran surreptitiously over a number of years have disappeared and could be imprisoned or have suffered an even worse fate, U.S. Jewish groups have told The State Department. The disclosure coincided with a ruling by an appeals court in Iran reducing the time 10 other Iranian Jews found guilty of cooperating with Israel will be required to serve in prison >>> FULL TEXT

Iran likely to escape political fallout after reducing Jews' sentences

TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Iran has probably got away with jailing 10 Jews for alleged spying for Israel without too much political and diplomatic fallout, after cutting the heavy sentences imposed in July, analysts said Friday. "Iran took world opinion into account when it ruled out imposing the death penalty, which had been the great concern ever since the affair broke," political analyst Iradj Rashti told AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Israel expresses "profound concern" at Iranian Jews appeal verdict

JERUSALEM, Sept 22 (AFP) - Israel voiced "profound concern" Thursday at an Iranian appeals court verdict which kept 10 Jews convicted of spying for the Jewish state in jail, protested their innocence and dismissed cuts in their sentences as "cosmetic". "Israel expresses its profound concern following the decision of the Iranian court of appeal in Shiraz in the case of the Jewish prisoners," an Israeli foreign ministry statement said >>> FULL TEXT

Bush says Iran failed 'test' in case of jailed Jews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential nominee George W. Bush (news - web sites) said on Friday Iran failed a ``test'' by declining to release 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel. ``By failing to release the 10 Iranian Jews, Iran's judiciary has again disappointed the hopes of the majority of the Iranian people for a government based on the rule of law,'' the Texas governor said in a statement issued by his campaign office >>> FULL TEXT

Iran army testing skills near Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A day after test-firing a new long-range missile, Iran's regular army began its largest military exercises of the year Friday in mountainous terrain near the Iraqi border, state-run television reported. The three-day maneuvers in the western Kurdistan province were being supervised by top Iranian military commanders and involved airborne units and ground troops using radar interception systems, the broadcast said >>> FULL TEXT

BP says Iran oil talks going well, U.S. informed

ANCHORAGE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - BP is making good progress in investment talks with Iran and is keeping the U.S. State Department informed every step of the way to avoid angering Washington, a top company official said. ``It's a good conversation and my guess is it will mature quickly,'' BP's head of exploration and production Dick Olver said in an interview. ``My sense is they (Iran) would like us to help them.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's judiciary probes fraud at state bank-papers

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has launched an investigation into charges that hundreds of millions of dollars were embezzled from a state bank, newspapers said on Thursday. The Entekhab daily said four people, a branch manager of Sepah Bank, his deputy and two employees were now being interrogated for their role in the alleged scam which a senior MP called ``the biggest Iran's banking history.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Historic sites: Facelift

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Thirty of Iran's top historical sites, including Persepolis, Takht-e Soleyman and Choghazanbil will undergo rennovations for "academic and cultural" use (read tourism) >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Alborz alumni pay respect to principal

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Alborz High School graduates of the past 50 years were to gather in Tehran today to pay tribute to the late principal Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Documentaries lack support

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Documentary filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari critiques the Culture Ministry's lack of support for documentaries >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteghlal thrash Al-Wahda

TEHRAN, September 22 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran's Esteghlal thrashed UAE club side Al-Wahda 4-0 on Friday in Azadi Stadium. Esteghlal, who had suffered a 3-2 loss in a poor performance a week before against Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi, managed to outclass and dominate the very side tonight infront of over 100,000 spectators >>> FULL TEXT

Hejazi: 20 million toman man

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Nasser Hejazi has agreed to coach Esteqlal Rasht this season for 20 million tomans plus a monthly salary of 300,000 tomans >>> FULL TEXT

Olympics: Weightlifting competitions resume

TEHRAN, September 22 (Iran Sports Press) -- The weightlifting competition for Iranian team resumes on Friday with Men's 77-Kg category, where Mohammad Hossein Barkhah will be our second lifter to showcase his talents in these Olympic games. Seyed Mehdi Panzavan (62 Kg) has already completed his competition and placed 6th overall >>> FULL TEXT


Iran tests missile

Iran's Defence Minister says a new missile, Shahab-3D, has been tested. He said that it was part of a telecom project and had no military purpose. Maria Sarsalari talks to Paul Beaver of Jane's Defence Weekly: >>> LISTEN HERE

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Iranian-American focus

The Iranian-American community, it should grow to not care about what Clinton or his successor thinks of Iran, but rather what Americans think of Iran and the Iranians among them. It is in this field the Iranian-Americans should labor, to change the image of the "I-rainian" in America's pop culture. That begins with becoming teachers, social workers, and volunteers in the communities across this country, with taking back one's Iranian name from the ravages of expedient abbreviations and Americophone equivalents, with no longer practicing a bizarre mixture of elitism and victimhood.

-- Guive Mirfendereski
"Clinton legacy?"
The Iranian
Sept 22, 2000

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