Thursday, December 10, 1998 / Azar 19, 1377, No. 623
D-i-v-o-r-c-e, in I-r-a-n
By John Anderson.
DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE. (U) (three stars)
Married women manhandled by Tehran's legal system get their day on the screen. Nakedly honest and illuminating glimpse at our emerging ally's lopsided legal system. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini. In Farsi with English subtitles. At Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., Manhattan.
ROILING ACROSS the screen like a medieval "Jerry Springer Show," the nonfiction "Divorce Iranian Style" is easy to digest, once you grasp its most fundamental concept: Women under the kind of Islamic law practiced in Iran have no rights. After that, everything makes perfect sense ... FULL TEXT
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Edited by Henry S. Mindlin
Another dissident author missing -- relatives
TEHRAN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - An Iranian dissident
author has gone missing in the latest disappearance of secular opposition
intellectuals, his relatives said on Thursday. They said Mohammad Jafar
Pouyandeh, a 45-year-old translator and author, had gone missing after he
left his Tehran office on Wednesday afternoon. ``We have contacted all relevant
authorities, including police, hospitals, and the morgue, with no trace
of him to be found,'' a relative told Reuters... FULL TEXT
Gloves come off in Iran's political struggle
TEHRAN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Iran's powerful
conservatives have slammed President Mohammad Khatami for his staunch defence
of his ``civil society'' programme, taking aim for the first time directly
at the popular moderate leader. In a series of public statements and press
commentaries, the conservatives blasted Khatami's question-and-answer session
on December 7 before a university crowd hungry for social and political
reform, accusing him of playing partisan politics and defaming the divine
values of the Islamic Revolution... FULL TEXT...
ALSO... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran resurrect hopes with 5-0 win
BANGKOK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Favourites Iran
resurrected their hopes of a quarter-final place in the Asian Games soccer
tournament on Thursday with a crushing 5-0 win over Tajikistan. Iran, stunned
in their opening second round group match by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of
tiny Oman despite bringing their World Cup squad to Bangkok, went for goals
from the start against Tajikstan and were 3-0 up after only 17 minutes ...
Iran navy launches missiles to end Gulf war games
TEHRAN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Iran's navy fired
ballistic and cruise missiles in the Gulf on Thursday to end major war games
involving 50,000 troops, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. It said
four Iranian-made Fajr-4 ballistic missiles were tested on the last day
of the Vahdat-77 (Unity-77) exercises in which 160 naval vessels and 120
aircraft took part... FULL TEXT
Russia will curb missile exports to Iran if proven
MOSCOW, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Russia told the United States on Thursday it was willing to tighten controls on exports of missile technology to Iran if Washington provided proof of illicit transfers, Interfax news agency reported. The exchange on Iran came as a high-level U.S. team led by Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott met Russia's economic supremo at the start of two days of talks on where Moscow is headed under a new, more conservative government... FULL TEXT
Gorbachev to Visit Iran
TEHRAN (Dec. 10) XINHUA - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will pay a visit to Iran in January, 1999 to deliver lectures, the Iran Daily said on Thursday. Gorbachev will come to Tehran at the invitation of the International and Political Studies Center (IPSC) of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, a source at the IPSC said. He will deliver lectures, attend press conference and meet political experts and university scholars during his stay in Iran, the source said, while not giving the exact date of the visit.
Swedish award for Bani-etemad
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Very very good. Exciting, acurate, fun. Direct from Tehran. In Persian.
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