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Thursday September 28, 2000 / Mehr 7, 1379, No. 1074


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Shirin Neshat's art at UC Berkeley Museum

By By Maryam Ovissi
September 28, 2000
The Iranian

The beauty of communicating a personal experience is when it crosses a fine line, unveils the human condition and becomes universal. This is Shirin Neshat's genius.

Many contemporary artists dream to be where Neshat is now. She is recognized around the world as one of the most innovative, thought-provoking and exciting contemporary artists of our time. She aggressively and poetically explores a taboo topic -- religion, and more specifically, Islam >>> GO TO FEATURE


Cool & kooky
Unusual emails addresses

Updated September 28, 2000
The Iranian

More than a hundred new and interesting emails registered at The Iranian: abadanvolek@, alikissyou@, bachehseyed@, behnamsatan@, bolbolijoon@, che_ajab@, cheshmberaahet@, emshab@, gooshtkoob@, jewjeh@, khakeiran@, paropache@, princessgoly@, SarBeHava@, savakian@, yaadetou@ >>> GO TO FEATURE


Two Human Rights lawyers sentenced

BBC Persian Service

Shirin Ebadi and Mohsen Rahami, two of Iran's leading human rights' lawyers have been given suspended prison sentences and banned from working for five years. They have been accused of producing a defamatory video tape, alleging that prominent conservative figures supported the actitivies of violent right-wing vigilante groups. Jim Muir, reports >>> LISTEN HERE

The best director in the world?

The Daily Telegraph
September 21, 2000

Cinema's golden age is not quite over - thanks to the Iranian Abbas Kiarostami. He talks to SF Said By SF Said

The cutting edge of cinema today is not in Los Angeles, Paris or even Tokyo. Instead, a film industry that has survived revolution, war and censorship is reinventing the movies, producing something rare and beautiful: a cinema of life.

Surprising as it may seem, the film industry in question - the most vibrant and exciting in the world - is in Iran. Abbas Kiarostami is its most renowned director. "So many films today send you out empty-handed," he reflects. "While you are watching, you may laugh or weep - but when they end, you are empty. I think my films leave an impression that lasts a bit longer." >>> FULL TEXT

World Taekwondo Champion in Shock Defeat

By Barnaby Chesterman

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World champion Hadi Saeibonehkohal of Iran suffered a shock defeat in the semifinals of the men's 68 kg Olympic taekwondo competiton on Thursday.

South Korean (news - web sites) Sin Joon-sik, 20, out-pointed, outfought and outwitted his more experienced opponent to score a 5-3 victory and progress to the final later in the day >>> FULL TEXT

Last month was the fifth anniversary of The Iranian (the first issue dated September 1995, came out that August). F-i-v-e years... holy cow! See the first three issues (1) (2) (3)

More Letters

* Backward mentality

Mohammad Ali Yamini writes: I think that your article is symptomatic of the backward mentality present in the Iranian communities in many parts of the world ["Doctor... Doctor..."]. In Los Angeles this mental backwardness seems to be all the more accentuated...

I have seen many charlatans amongst these so-called doctors. They are very good actors. They look at people and are eager to see how dumb people are to squeeze them out of money. It is quite common to see that they make patients come and go to their offices unnecessarily just to charge the government or the insurance companies till they reach their income ceiling >>> FULL TEXT

* Killer article

Alireza writes: Awsome job at humoring the true spirit of most iranians in Los Angeles ["Doctor... Doctor..."]. Killer article.

* Try Prozac

Daniel Zang writes: After reading "Okay, I'm a racist" and looking at Mr. dAyi Hamid picture for a few minutes, I really had a hard time accepting a person with such facial characteristics AND I tried hard to stop laughing...

The problem is, racist people, like Mr. dAyi Hamid, can not comprehend their own history, culture, literature or country. Iranian racists attack Kurds, and the funny thing is many German racists say that Kurds are among the purest "Arayans" in Iran......they can't even keep their own story straight! They want to use anything and everything to further their racist argument! Just like what Hitler did during WW2, when he tried to use the Bible to further his racist propaganda. The irony is, he was a half Jew who hated Jewish people and others!

Last but not least, I would like to add that MAYBE, just may be, Prozac can help Mr. dAyi Hamid and people like him! >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Iranian film in New Yor Film Festival

"SMELL OF CAMPHOR, FRAGRANCE OF JASMINE" (Iran), directed by Bahman Farman-ara. Saturday September 30, 2000 at 3. pm and Tuesday October 3, 2000 at 9. pm.




Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran
By Elaine Sciolino


Din, injaa, aknoon
By Majid Mohammadi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    How long will I keep burning in your flame?

    How long will I keep pulling at your skirt?

    How many friends will turn from me in shame?

    How long will you be distant? How long will I still hurt?

    * 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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Lawyers disbarred, militant given two years

TEHRAN, Sept 28 (AFP) - A suspected Iranian militant was given two years in prison in a controversial case over a videotape in which he claimed dissent among Iran's leadership, a government-run paper said Thursday. Meanwhile, two leading pro-reform lawyers who had been suspected of helping make and distribute the tape were given suspended sentences but each slapped with a five-year ban from the bar >>> FULL TEXT

Conviction of Iranian lawyers condemned

September 28, 2000, New York (HRW)--Human Rights Watch today condemned the conviction by a court in Tehran of two Iranian human rights lawyers on charges of defamation and disseminating false information. Mohsen Rahami and Shirin Ebadi were both given suspended prison sentences of fifteen months and banned from practicing law for five years by Court Branch 16 >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist-run Iran body blames hardliners for riot

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - A reformist-run Iranian state security body on Wednesday blamed Revolutionary Guards and other hardliners for the bulk of last month's bloody unrest in the western city of Khorramabad, Iran's news agency IRNA reported. The National Security Council, headed by moderate Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari, also said in a report that more than 60 police and security force members were injured, several by gunshots, in the city's riots, IRNA said. It did not refer to injuries among civilians

Egyptian minister visits Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament on Wednesday warned students not to let hardliners draw them into more violence that could harm President Mohammad Khatami's reform movement. The reform-majority legislature, in a statement carried by the state news agency IRNA, said the current situation was "extremely sensitive" after days of riots marred a pro-reform student meeting last month >>> FULL TEXT

Iran records first surplus with Western banks in three years

London, Sept. 28, IRNA -- During the first three months of 2000, Iran's external position with western banks moved into surplus for the first time in over three years. According to the latest quarterly review from the Bank of International Settlement, Iran's deposits in all sectors rose to Dlrs 9.3 billion at the end of March, up from Dlrs 8.1 bn at the end of 1999 and from Dlrs 6.3 billion at the end of 1998 >>> FULL TEXT

Too much oil on the market: Oil minister

CARACAS, Sept 28 (AFP) - As OPEC held a historic gathering in Caracas amid international concern over oil prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said Wednesday there was too much oil on the market. "We have excess supply on the market," he told journalists a few hours before the scheduled start of a summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) >>> FULL TEXT

Iran MP blasts US reserve release as political ploy for Gore

TEHRAN, Sept 28 (AFP) - A conservative MP in OPEC giant Iran on Wednesday blasted the US decision to open the taps of its strategic oil reserve as a political move to boost the White House chances of US Vice President Al Gore. "This decision by the American government is aimed at helping the Democratic candidate in the presidential elections," said Ali Hashemi-Behramani from parliament's energy committee, cited by the state news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

New bio on Seyed Zia

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A new biography on Seyed Zia Tabatabaie, a key figure in the rise of Reza Shah, has been published in two volumes by Jafar Mehdinia. See other new books >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Bani-etemad's latest

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Rakhshan Bani-etemad's latest film, "Zir-e poost-e shahr" (Under the city's skin), received great attention during a screening at the "Dialogue of Civilizations and Cinema" seminar >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Tourism up

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Some 700,000 tourists have visited Iran in the first six months of this year, according to an official. The total for the year is expected to be 1.3 million tourists, up from 1.1 million last year >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Saee takes bronze in Sydney

SYDNEY, September 28 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran's gold medal hopeful Hadi Saee was forced to settle for bronze medal in the men's under 68kg Taekwondo on Thursday after his hopes for a gold medal were shattered following a loss at the hands of Joon Sik Sin of Korea >>> FULL TEXT

Saipa on top

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Latest Azadegan League standings. Saipa and Zobahan are first and second. But Esteqlal and Persepolois have played fewer matches. Reza Sahebi and Reza Ostovari, both from Zobahan, have scored the most goals so far >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Minavand's Sturm thrashed by Monaco

VIENNA, September 28: SK Sturm Graz lost 5:0 in Monaco on Wednesday evening. Mehrdad Minavand played the entire 90 minutes and was the best player in an otherwise weak Sturm-team. Best player on the pitch was Monaco's forward Marco Simone, who gave Monaco the win with his three goals in the first half >>> FULL TEXT


State Security Council reports on Kharramabad riot

The State Security Council has published its report on the recent unrest in the western city of Khorramabad. For the first time, members of the Revolutionary Guards, Baseej and representatives of the Supreme Leader in Khorramabad have been accused for inciting the clashes >>> LISTEN HERE

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I hope the day will come when women writers in Zan-e Ruz will be wearing the chador.

-- Letter from a chadori woman to Zan-r Ruz magazine in 1976
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