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Tuesday January 2, 2001 / Dey 13, 1379, No. 1136


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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Those eyes
Cartoons of chadori women

Cartoons by Saman
January 2, 2001
The Iranian

Saman has been drawing cartoons for for more than a year. He has developed quite a following especially with his trademark wide-eyed chadori figure.

The year-end holidays gave Saman time to work on a whole series of cartoons, many of them featuring chadoris. There was enough to put together this feature, including new and previous works >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The old tricks of the special interrogator for Saeed Emami >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ministry of Culture follows Khatami's Platform

BBC Persian Service

Deputy Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance for the Press and Publicity Affairs Sha'ban Shahidi has said that the ministry follows President Khatami's cultural policy, Shahidi said that the Justice Department didn't substantiate thier negative views on 132 applicants for press permit. He said if the department didn't provide the Press Supervisory Board with reasons, the entity would take decisions on the applicant by voting. Lara Petrossian asks Mohammad Hasan Alipour a journalist in Tehran, if this is a confrontation with the judiciary? >>> LISTEN

As Zoroastrians Enter a New Era, Assimilation Becomes a Concern

The New York Times
January 1, 2001

HOUSTON, Dec. 29 - The cities listed on name tags worn by men and women at a hotel here offer evidence that a highly international gathering is taking place. People have come from Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Bombay and Tehran, Iran. Yet they share a common bond as Zoroastrians, members of a monotheistic faith whose long history includes centuries of glory as the religion of classical-era Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Personally, I'm a Sanat Naft fan. But I was so glad Esteqlal did not LOSE to Persepolis the other day (those Persepolis players and fans are so arrogant). We could have done without the big fight, though. Watch the goals, and the fight >>> HERE

More Letters

* Woman with metal half-mask

Aaron Chapman writes: About two months ago, I happened to be flying from Amsterdam to Minneapolis and I noticed a group (I suspect a family) of Saudis on the same flight as myself... There were a number of women who were all dressed in the long black gown-like chador (although their faces were not covered completely.) One of the women, however, sported a thin metal frame on her face -- at least it looked metal >>> FULL TEXT

* Romanticizing Iranianness

Bijan Arman Ali Pingili writes: Let me begin by saying that Iranians often talk very loosely, especially those outside of Iran. Our emotions often overwhelm us, and some ways of zealosuly emphasizing our identity is to vehemently distinguish ourselves from our neighboring Arabs, to emphasize our "Aryaness", and of course to object to romantic relationships with Blacks. Let's not make any more of this than what it is - romantic images of our Iranianess that help us identify with our nationality... >>> FULL TEXT

* Embrace all humankind

Lisa writes: Regarding intolerance, first I think it is important, at least for the sake of future generations, to realize that globalization is inevitable. We are headed in that direction, at least as long as there exists places like America. And let's not forget the original vision in creating this 'America', which was to embrace all peoples and create a melting pot from which every individual is allowed an opportunity to freedom of expression and prosperity >>> FULL TEXT

* Persian pride

Satrap writes: Neveshteh aghaye baniameri ra ba lezat khandam ["Persian warrior"]. Albateh agar yek roydad waghei bashad dar hade yek komedideram ast.(va taasof avar) Ma iraniyan ejazeh darim keh beh meliyat khod eftekhar konim va albateh in hagh ra baraye tamame melale dighar niz ghayel bashim >>> FULL TEXT

Business: Trading with Iran, Long Beach

The Iranian Trade Association & the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach Present "Trading With Iran: A New Beginning" January 10, 2001 8:30 ­ 10:30 a.m. Long Beach, CA World Trade Center Long Beach Conference Theatre >>> DETAILS




The Little Black Fish
And Other Modern Persian Stories
By Mary Hegland, Eric Hoogland (translators)



Aazaadi va aazaadi-ye matbou'aat
By Nikahang Kosar

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    Love's blazinf fire will turn cold into hot;

    Love's brilliant light will soften hardest rock.

    Don't judge the sins of lovers harshly, friend:

    Love's wine will leave us shameless in the end.

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Ups and dows at the box office

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Abadan film fest

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Esteghlal and Persepolis fight to a draw

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Disciplinary committee slaps down fines and suspensions

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Four New Cabinet Ministers

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In order to survive in a vast multitude of different races and cultures, we had to formulate certain rules. And one of the rules is, we have to be an exclusive community, which is borne out by our scriptures to a certain extent.

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