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Tuesday September 26, 2000 / Mehr 5, 1379, No. 1072


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What goes around...
Copyright laws, Iranian style

By Sepehr Haddad
September 26, 2000
The Iranian

I remember as a kid going to a music store called Sonny (that's right, with two Ns) in Tehran. The one I frequented was one on Karim-Khan Zand Street where they duplicated any album on demand. You could even buy two of your favorite albums on one 90 minute cassette for a fraction of the price of the original ones at the record store.

Fast forward 20 years... A friend of ours just returned from Iran and brought us a CD which he thought we might enjoy. It's called "Shahin & Sepehr-- Behtarin-haaye Guitar (Best of Guitar)". That's right. Some company in Iran has decided to make its own version of our "best of" album without our permission >>> GO TO FEATURE


Houston, we have a diva!
The crowd of 10,000 went crazy

By Bahman Bagheri
September 26, 2000
The Iranian

Like thousands of other Iranians from across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other southern U.S. states, on September 3rd, I showed up at Houston's Compaq Center with enthusiasm, curiosity and some level of uncertainty. All I was certain about was that I couldn't wait to see and hear Googoosh for the first time in more than 28 years. After all, the last (and only) time I attended a live Googoosh performance was back in the mid-70's when she performed in a police appreciation event in Shemiran's Park-e Koodak on Zaferanieh Street >>> GO TO FEATURE


Rezazadeh Now World's Strongest Man

AP Sports Writer

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The silver medalist didn't know his name even after losing to him. Asked beforehand what his own expectations were, he was pessimistic about winning a medal. So imagine Hossein Rezazadeh's surprise when he outlifted the world's strongest men to win the gold medal in Olympic super heavyweight weightlifting - even if he didn't win instant recognition >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians make it in the US

By Tom Carver in Los Angeles
BBC World Service

When he was 18, Zia Atabay had his first hit as a pop singer in Iran. Now in his fifties, he lives with his wife Parvin and young daughter in a luxury mansion outside Los Angeles running his own TV station. But the path from teenage idol to media mogul has not been straightforward >>> FULL TEXT

The Taboos and Panic for Women of Iran

The New York Times
September 26, 2000

Jafar Panahi's first feature, "The White Balloon," released in the United States in 1995 after its debut at the New York Film Festival, was among the first products of the Iranian new wave to reach a wide and enthusiastic audience in the West... "The Circle," which has been banned by the Iranian authorities, is more ambitious and unsettling, and it announces the presence of a tougher, more overtly political style of filmmaking. >>> FULL TEXT

I was 19 when I got married. And I wasn't any smarter than this 15-year-old idiot. Actually, they should raise the marriage age for men to around 45, 46. And that poor girl... don't even get me started on that >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Any great scientists before Islam?

Ahmed Toorani writes: It seems that Mr dAyi Hamid is completely mixed up ["Okay, I'm a racist"]. He explains racism and how bad it is and tells us how he suffers from it in Europe. On the other hand he says "I hate Arabs and admit I'm a racist."

He mentions the Persian empire. And my question is "What did this great empire do for poor people?" Go and read the history. Were ordinary poor people allowed to read or write in Daryoush's great empire, or only the elite?

Read the history very carefully. Did the great Iranian scientists like Razi or Abu Ali Sina appear before or after Islam? >>> FULL TEXT

* When will we learn?

B. Khorasani writes: This is a reply to the letter by Bardia Saeedi ["Want to throw up"]. I suppose this honourable person has forgotten many facts regarding the past and the current situation of our country. Dear Bardia, I don't know where you live or what political faction you support, but you seem far removed from the feelings of the average Iranian back home.

I was recently in Iran and the number of people who praise the Shah, wish light on his grave and sole, is unprecedented. I am no supporter of the monarchy and yet am touched every time I visit Iran and hear the average person sing the Shah's praise >>> FULL TEXT

* Sucks

Sina Rassam Haghighi writes: Your work sucks man ["Googoosh live!"].

Seminar: Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran, Princeton

The Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton Univ., Presents: "Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran" October 21, 2000 . The conference will consist of two panel discussions covering the prevalent discourses in both pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary Iran among secular as well as religious intellectuals >>> DETAILS HERE




Rumi - Thief of Sleep
180 Quatrains from the Persian
By Shahram Shiva (Translator), Deepak Chopra


Erfan va demokrasi
By Mohammad Reza Darvish

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    They ask me, 'Why are you in so much pain?

    Why do you sing and wail? Why is your face so pale?'

    I say, 'Don't tell me what I do is wrong.

    Look at the moon of her face; you'll understand my song.'

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Resilient spirit

When, near the end, a prostitute on her way to jail finally lights up, it's a moment worthy of 1940's Hollywood, a small, ephemeral but in its way heroic declaration of freedom, and therefore the perfect expression of this film's resilient spirit.

-- A. O. Scott, Film critic on Jafar Panahi's "The Circle"
The New York Times
September 26, 2000

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