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Friday September 29, 2000 / Mehr 8, 1379, No. 1075


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No more kids stuff
"The Circle" tackles women's issues without pseudo-poetic symbolism

By Roya Hakakian
September 29, 2000
The Iranian

At long last a film we can be unequivocally proud of. No more prefacing our apologetic reviews by, "well given the circumstances under which the director had to work." Gone are the days of kids, vague Sufi messages or innocuous village people. Time for some serious hardy subjects. Time for The Circle.

The Circle is the boldest film to come out of the Iran of the Ayatollahs. With no pretense or resort to the quintessential Iranian hide and seek techniques, pseudo-poetic symbolism and metaphors, The Circle really says what is on its mind >>> GO TO FEATURE


By dAyi Hamid
September 239, 2000
The Iranian


Iran seeks foreign investment investment

BBC Persian Service

Investment opportunities in Iran as well as obstacles involved were discussed in a two-day international conference in London. Mohammad Matin talks to Sir Jeremy Hanley, head of Irano-British Chamber of Commerce who delivered a speech at the conference >>> LISTEN HERE

Strong oil boosts Iran's economy, cheers investors

LONDON, Sep 28 (Reuters) - Strong oil prices have lifted key crude producer Iran onto solid economic ground and built confidence in potential international investors, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday.

``Oil revenues are more than 60 percent higher during the first quarter of 2000 versus the same period last year,'' Iranian Central Bank Governor Mohsen Nourbakhsh said at Iran Invest in London. He was referring to the first three months of the Iranian year which began on March 21 >>> FULL TEXT

Congress defends Bahai rights in Iran

Resolution 257 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 19, 2000, "concerning the emancipation of the Iranian Baha'i community".

Whereas in 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996, Congress, by concurrent resolution, declared that it holds the Government of Iran responsible for upholding the rights of all its nationals, including members of the Baha'i Faith, Iran's largest religious minority;...

(1) continues to hold the Government of Iran responsible for upholding the rights of all its nationals, including members of the Baha'i community, in a manner consistent with Iran's obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements guaranteeing the civil and political rights of its citizens >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    International Haftefi: What's to come after the Islamic Republic? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Kayhan: Why are some trying to question the glories of the Iraqi-imposed war? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


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* Truly gifted

Nezam writes: Wonderful as expected ["Gisheh-ye shomaareh 2"]. Appreciated as usual I am sure you already know what a great and perceptive writer you are.

If you would allow me to humbly chip in my two cents: It's sad, depressing, and most of all as real as it gets. You have the magic of making the Iranian being so delightful and irresistible that I actually enjoy being reminded of it instead of continuing to fool myself and ignore it.

I have never seen anyone spell out the modern Iranian existence with such honesty. You are truly gifted.

* Laughs and tears

Afshin writes: What a great piece ["Gisheh-ye shomaareh 2"]. It is quite poignant and it managed to make me laugh very hard about your friend who had to sleep "damaroo" for two nights and also made me tearful about the lady who lost her husband -- all in the space of 20 seconds. I really enjoyed it. By the way did you get your visa or not?? :)

* Got a problem with LA-type women?

Reza writes: akharin kareto khoondam. jaleb bood mesle hamishe ["Penthouse Haj Aqa"].... dar neveshtehat 1 chizi ke baram soal hast inke hamvaerh be 1 teep zan ya dokhtar be noee tane mizani. Nazali. Negar. va ya dokhtari ba arayaeshe anchenani. ya LA typi. lol. enteghade to az in teep dokhtarha az koja nashi mishe?? nemikham az inha defa konam... hame ke nabad intelectuel bashand. lol >>> FULL TEXT

* I am in love

Farnoosh PK writes: I just wanted to write in and comment on Mr Nikbakht's album, "Synethesia". I am in love with it. Mr Nikbakht is obviously a very gifted artist whose talent should not be ignored or forgotten. I cannot wait for more music by him.

Community: Successful Iranians honored in Orange County

Iranian American Professionals of Orange Country (NIPOC) will be holding their annual "Successful Iranians Night" on Thursday, October 5th. This year's guests are from the high tech industry and include such well-known individuals as: Kamran Elahian, CEO/Centillium Behzad Kashani, VP/Cisco Massih Tayebi, CEO/Wireless Facilities Vahid Manian, VP/Broadcom Don't miss this momentus event. For more information, please visit the NIPOC web site at: // .




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Where kindness is, who cares for peace or war?

    Where goodness acts, who hears prayer or quarrel?

    When a man's accepted, who cares where he's from?

    Surrender, yield; if not, your pride's a stone.

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Iran sentences seven Iraqi pro-Baath terrorists to death - Yunesi

TEHRAN, Sept 29 (AFP) - Seven members of a "terrorist network" in Iran "sponsored by the Iraqi Baath party" have been sentenced to death, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said, cited by the official IRNA news agency late Thursday. "Twelve people belonging to a vast terrorist group were arrested recently, and seven of them have been sentenced to death. Strong documents and proof exist in this relation," IRNA reported Yunesi as saying Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says progress made in talks with Iraq

CARACAS (Reuters) - Iran and Iraq held their highest level talks in nine years on Friday and a senior Iranian official said afterwards they had made good progress on settling their differences. ``We discussed every bilateral affair,'' Mohammad Ali Abtahi, chief of staff for President Mohammad Khatami, told reporters after the meeting in the Venezuelan capital between Khatami and Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC pledges kinder, gentler cartel

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - OPEC (news - web sites) is pledging to create a kinder, gentler oil cartel that would fight to protect the environment and the rights of developing nations, but made no specific promise to boost production to temper soaring crude prices. Nonetheless, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is willing to put more oil on the market if necessary >>> FULL TEXT

Kalari-Kiarostami collaboration

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Mahmoud Kalari is making a film with a $625,000 production award he received in 1998 from an Argentinian film festival. The film, "Raqs baa roya" is based on a screenplay Kalari co-wrote with Abbas Kiarostami >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Afkhami: I ain't cheap

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Behrouz Afkhami says he wants to make a film about the Iran-Iraq war. "But I'm an obsessive director who makes expensive films." >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Nouri's birthday gift

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Artists will celebrate Mohammad Nouri's contribution to music in the past four decades on his birthday on December 21 >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Haydari's hopes for a medal dashed

SYDNEY, September 29: The Freestyle Wrestling Competitions of the Sydney Olympics continued on Friday with a major fall out by Alireza Haydari in the 97kg. Haydari lost to Eldar Kurtanidze of Georgia 1-0, in a match where the Georgian scored one point and ran around the mat for the rest of the match in hopes of retaining his one point lead >>> FULL TEXT

Olympic medal winners

Iranian Sports Press -- Iranian medal winners in past and present Olympics >>> FULL TEXT

Bagheri out of Charlton squad, again

LONDON, September 29 (Iran Sports Press) -- Iranian star mid fielder, Karim Bagheri, has failed to make it to the Charlton squad who play Coventry at home tomorrow. The Addicks who have had two excellent results in their last two premiership games, beating spurs and newcastle by a goal margin, have amazed most football fans and pundits by their achievement so far >>> FULL TEXT


Human rights groups criticise lawyers conviction

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticised the conviction of Shirin Ebadi and Mohsen Rahami, two leading lawyers on charges of defamation. Shirin Ebadi and Mohsen Rahami, were given suspended prison sentences of fifteen months each and banned from practising law for five years. Mohammad Matin report >>> LISTEN HERE

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