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Wednesday September 27, 2000 / Mehr 6, 1379, No. 1073

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By Nicholas Lore
September 27, 2000
The Iranian

Excerpt from a letter by best-selling author Nicholas Lore after returning from his first visit to Iran.

Once, at the cultural fair, I was in the tents of Lors, an ancient tribal people from a part of Iran that was totally remote until modern times. Back at home, I have this running joke when I meet new Iranian Americans, and they ask where I come from, that I come from Loristan. All this was being translated to the Lors, who were in the process of dressing me in their traditional costume. Naturally, there was a great deal of jocularity and laughter from all of us, Lore and Lor. Outside the tent a large crowd of people watched. Apparently this was a bit too much levity for the Islamic smile police. An overly serious looking man with a dark suit and a walkie-talkie came over and told us to tone it down. This was the only time anybody told me to cool it >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Esmail Nooriala
September 27, 2000
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A prison within prison

BBC Persian Service

A number of jailed reformist journalists have been deprived of telephone contacts and visits by relatives since last Wednesday. Fatemeh Kamali, the wife of Emadeddin Baghi says the journalists are in a prison within a prison: Behrouz Parsa talks to her >>> LISTEN HERE

Book review
Finding the seeds of hope in a society of paradoxes

The New York Times
September 22, 2000

For many Americans, Iran conjures up the hostage crisis, terrorism, the crowds chanting "death to America" and the fierce Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini denouncing the United States and Israel. Elaine Sciolino shows a different Iran. More than 20 years of visits, interviews, encounters and analyses have given Sciolino, a senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, her deep and wide-ranging insights. Her perceptive book "Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran" conveys the diversity of Iranians and the subtleties, dilemmas and contradictions of their society today >>> FULL TEXT

Willow and the wind

By Dennis Harvey
September 25, 2000

Those who can't get enough of winsome Iranian kids and their parabolic quests will experience warm 'n' fuzzy deja vu with "Willow and Wind."Mohammad Ali Tabeli's latest feature is appealing enough on its very modest terms, but given its obvious resemblance to several, more memorable recent Iranian titles (some by pic's scenarist Abbas Kiarostami), slight effort looks likely to travel mostly as a fest and broadcast item >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Kayhan: Islamic students associations have deviated from Imam Khomeini's path >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Sosiaalist-haaye enqelaabi-ye iraan: Overthrowing the regime or accepting the status quo? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT



    Iranian models

Roxann Iran & Sogol Asadpour

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

More Letters

* Literary theft rampant

Guive Mirfendereski writes: As one whose doctoral thesis was abridged in Iran and then shamelessly printed and distributed in the United States under the name of another person, I have something to add to Mr. Haddad's story ["What goes around..."].

Literary theft too is rampant in Iran. A traveler recently arriving from Tehran recounted that he had seen the gist of one of my postings on translated and published in Bahar Noe, a Tehran newspaper, under the byline of a person writing from the United States.

One of the items on any agenda that leads to the renewed commercial relations between Iran and the United States must be the issue of copyright and other intellectual property protection in Iran for works created in the United States.

* Tackle your resentments

Alireza writes: In response to "Okay, I'm a racist", I must agree with dAyi Hamid on the fact that most of us don't like Arabs... Now hate me as you may. I really don't give a damn. Not to feel obligated to explain myself or anything, but the main reason why I still don't like Arabs is because every single one I've conversed with tries to completely justify the actions of their filthy ancestors by giving me a load of crap about the glory of Islam and how lucky we should feel that we were BLESSED with the gift of Islam. Really? Seems more like a bunch of horny Arabs lusting after some fresh "loot" to me...

Pinpoint the emotional hangup and tackle it with some intense conversations with the subjects of your resentment. And if you feel like it takes more than just conversations to settle your disputes, by all means be my guest. Just don't call me from the county house and don't get your ass kicked>>> FULL TEXT

* Creative genius

Cyrus Kadivar writes: Bravo Mr Hoveyda for sharing with us the creative genius of Iranians abroad who are our real heroes for having stretched beyond the walls of exile and diversity and found their inner calling ["Salt desert tree"].

Mehregan: Mehregan in Washington DC


The Iranian American Cultural Association invites you to celebrate the bounty of Autumn during its Mehregan pgarty on Saturday evening, 7 October 2000.

* At the elegant, historic Crowne Plaza in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. at 14th and K Streets, N.W.

* 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., in the Hamilton Ballroom >>> DETAILS HERE




Numbers, Seasons, Months & Days
By Nazanin Bijan


Novel by Akbar Razi-zadeh

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    You could string a hundred endless days together,

    My soul would find no comfort from this pain.

    You laugh at my tale? You may be educated

    But you haven't learned to love till you're insane.

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