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Monday September 25, 2000 / Mehr 4, 1379, No. 1071


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Salt desert tree
Artist leaves mark in Utah desert

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
September 25, 2000
The Iranian
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If you happen to drive toward Reno on U.S. Interstate Highway 80, across western Utah's Salt Falls Desert, in the blurred horizon you will notice a curious shivering structure . No, it is not a mirage. As you approach , the mysterious object gains focus. With its slim and long cement base topped with six variously sized and colored spheres, it evokes some kind of a giant tropical plant...

The "tree" was created and donated to the State of Utah by a well-known Swedish architect and artist of Persian origin : Karl (Karim) Momen who was born and brought up near Mashhad . >>> GO TO FEATURE


Confusing signals for Iranian students

BBC Persian Service

As a new academic year begins President Khatami calls on students to be calm while he describes criticisms made against his policies as a plot against the Islamic Republic. Ebrahim Sheikh one of the leaders of the Daftar Tahkim Vahdat, a major student group, sketches the current situation of student movement in Iran >>> LISTEN HERE

Visiting Iran official draws both sympathizers and protests

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2000

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi wrapped up the Southern California portion of an unprecedented tour of the United States Saturday night, telling a sympathetic audience of expatriates to rejoice in an independent Iran.

The highest-ranking Iranian official permitted to travel widely in the U.S. since the overthrow of the shah more than two decades ago, Kharrazi also urged the audience to speak for the rights of Iranians everywhere >>> FULL TEXT

Now Comes the Real Revolution

By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
September 24, 2000

On the annual Woman's Day in Iran last week, a conservative bureaucrat named Farah Khosravi announced that she wanted to run for president in next year's election.

Women make up 25 percent of Iran's labor force and half of the university population. They drive their own cars and run their own businesses, vote in elections and hold political office. So why not a woman president?

In fact, Ms. Khosravi, who is 41 years old and is in charge of the exercise curriculum for Iran's schools, is not the first woman to express such ambitions >>> FULL TEXT

In Iran an idyllic year, and then despair

BY: Colin Walters
The Washington Times
September 24, 2000

John Buchan is a novelist, award-winning in Britain, whose sensuous prose tumbles onto the page in great, luxuriant mouthfuls. Sometimes it is given its cadence, and bolstered by, lines from Persian poets the writer has read, from Sanai'I and Anvari in the 12th century to the modernist Forugh Farrokhzad in the 20th. At other moments one hears echoes of the dreamlike ardor, daring the reader not to believe any of it, in the pages of "Justine," the novel with which Lawrence Durrell began his "Alexandria Quartet" that briefly held a world in its spell 40 years ago >>> FULL TEXT

Isfahan's Zayandeh Rood has completely dried up. Very sad >>> SEE HERE

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More Letters


S. writes: First of all., one of the front page images [in The Iranian]was a nude painting, a good painting. But my terminal is faced to the hallway. I was worried that some of my co-workers would see that and would think I am on a XXX web page...

The other thing is about the short story, "Karin". I did not like it. My Farsi is not very good, but "Karin" has a lot of grammatical errors and it is bad. Who cares if somebody's friend's girlfriend spends a night with him? Who cares what happens in the bedroom? >>> FULL TEXT

* Educated Haji Bakhshis

Sourena Mohammadi writes: After reading "Ansar-e Los Angeles," I felt how much the Iranian opposition outside Iran is similar in its actions to people like Haji Bakhshi in Iran. I don't understand them.

Somehow, I can understand Haji Bakhshi. There are reasons why he became "vahshi." He is illiterate, he is not exposed to any other culture or way of life and probably has a low IQ.

But what about "Ansar-e Los Angeles?" They are supposed to be educated and intelligent. They are supposed to be pro-democracy. They are supposed to be the leading Iranian intellectuals >>> FULL TEXT

* Gutless

Elizabeth Dourley writes: I am extremely disappointed in the Iranian for featuring this inane piece in the Wednesday's Anyway section. I guess the editorial board of The Iranian has thrown in its lot with the rest of America and determined that the only religion unprotected by the politically-correct banner is Christianity.

The gutless thing about it is that you know your Christian readership is nearly non-existent. I dare you to run a similar piece on the holy prophet of Islam peace be upon him.

Seminar: Pluralism in Iranian history, Georgetown U.

"Pluralism and Religions in Iranian History and Civilization," a free conference hosted by the Georgetown University Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday & Friday (Sept 27-28) at Georgetown University Intercultural Center Auditorium, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-8375




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Rostam va khaaqaan-e chin
By Dr. M Dabir Siaqi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    All I've wanted from you is to want you,

    To spread your love on the table of love, just so.

    Last night I dreamt but now the memory's gone.

    I woke up drunk: this alone I know.

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Jalal Al-e Ahmad

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Bistoun rennovation

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Tavakoli wins gold for Iran

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The extreme religious side which believes religion and freedom cannot coexist is a danger...The danger on the other side is the extremists who say that because freedom and religion cannot co-exist, then we should chose freedom at the expense of religion.

-- President Khatami, speech at Tehran University
Sept 25, 2000

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