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Friday January 12, 2001 / Dey 23, 1379, No. 1144


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No news of the whereabouts of the jailed reformists

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Relatives and associates of Ezzatollah Sahabi, managing director of banned Iran Farda and Alireza Afshari, student leader, say they have been frustrated in their efforts to obtain information about them. There has been no news of the whereabouts of the two reformist politicians for more than a week. Afshin Amirzadeh talks to Reza Alijani, Iran Farda's editor >>> LISTEN

Reza Pahlavi declares new phase in struggle

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in an unprecedented 20 minute television broadcast to Iran, Reza Pahlavi called on all Iranians to join ranks in national opposition to the theocratic regime. "Twenty two years of isolation, economic chaos and brutal suppression is jeopardizing the future of our nation and especially our youth," said the 40-year-old leader >>> AUDIO & VIDEO



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CORRECTION: In Thursday's edition there were several mistakes in the blurb about Deep Dish. First of all, the band is nominated for a Grammy, not an Emmy. Secondly the names of the guys who make up Deep Dish are Ali Shirazinia and Shahram Tayebi (not Shahriar) and they play house music (not housemix). Good grief. Good thing I didn't write more than a sentence. >>> HERE

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* Complain to the Iranian government

Guive Mirfendereski writes: There is nothing illegal about the U.S. government's security policy, not even in singling Iranian-passports, Iran-bound and persons of Iranian origin for the treatment. The national security argument is paramount and will probably be upheld by the courts. This is no different than the imposition of trade restrictions, travel restrictions, or hauling in the Iranian students at the time of the Carter presidency to answer to the INS officials.

Security aside, the policy also irritates the Iranians in the hope that the vexation will then force the Iranians to force their government to mend its ways. Well, may be instead of viewing these incidents as a sort of due process violations by the United States government, the aggrieved need to complain directly to the Iran Interests Section in Washington, the Iran Mission at the U.N., and the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran. No matter how one slices it, the suffering of the Iranians in this area is linked to the Amercian displeasure with the Iranian government >>> FULL TEXT

Literature: Persian poetry conference, London

Modern Persian Poetry: Poetry of Iran and the Persian speaking world. A three day conference, London, 17 - 19 May 2001. Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

The aim of this conference is to look at recent studies on modern poetry as one of the most dynamic varieties of Persian literary form, and in a comparative literature context >>> DETAILS




State and Society in Iran
The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergenece of the Pahlavis
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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The many sighs your loss has dragged from me

    Can only gratify my enemy.

    Soul of my world, the pain of your going

    Breaks my heart with yours even knowing.

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Lawyer for murder victims' families reported out on bail

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - The lawyer for the families of two murdered Iranian dissidents, who was jailed for alleging that a series of killings at the end of 1998 were part of a wider plot, has been freed on bail, a student news agency said. Nasser Zarafshan, who represented the relatives of murdered writers Mohammed Mokhtari and Mohammad Pouyandeh, was released Wednesday on bail of 400 million rials (60,000 dollars), the ISNA agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Moroccan prime minister to make first visit to Iran

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi will make the first visit to Iran by a Moroccan head of government since the Islamic revolution on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign ministry said Friday. Youssoufi, who will be accompanied by several unidentified ministers and businessmen, will sign a number of economic agreements between Rabat and Tehran, spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said >>> FULL TEXT

Starving Afghan refugees receive aid from Iran

KUNDUZ REFUGEE CAMP, Afghanistan, Jan 12 (AFP) - Some 13,000 refugees, huddled in a makeshift camp on the Afghan-Tajik border, received some relief from misery and starvation with the Thursday shipment of humanitarian aid from Iran. 40 tonnes of flour, butter, canned food and blankets were handed over to the refugees, who fled the advancing Taliban army and are now suffering from cold, diseases and hunger >>> FULL TEXT

Gerald Levin - from Time-Warner chief to AOL No. 2

NEW YORK(Reuters) - Gerald Levin, who spent nearly three decades with Time Warner Inc. companies and was in charge of the media giant for the last eight years, will be in the unfamiliar position of sharing the spotlight with Steve Case, a man nearly 20 years his junior, after the merger with America Online. Born in Philadelphia on May 6, 1939, Levin graduated from Haverford College in 1960 and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He was an attorney in New York City for four years and later worked for Development and Resources Corp., an international investment and management company, during which he served for a year in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Zaki Yamani warns on cuts

LONDON (AP) -- For world oil prices to remain stable, OPEC members must not cut their crude production until Iraq ends its partial suspension of petroleum exports, an influential former Saudi Arabian oil minister said Thursday. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has already decided to curtail output by at least 1.5 million barrels a day -- or 5 percent -- when its representatives meet next week in Vienna, Austria, Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani said.>>> FULL TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

A seven-part program produced by filmmaker Shahrokh Golestan. Here's PART THREE >>> LISTEN HERE

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