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The Iranian Features
Dec 14-18, 1998 / Azar 24-28, 1377


* Ideas: Looking forward
* Opinion: Freedom not to react


* Life: Two Stripes
* Rights: In the name of the pen
* Travel: Paris heartbeats in an orange glow

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December 16, 1998


    Looking forward
    "Time to live in the present and for the future"

    "Unfortunately, many of us still live in the past," writes Ali Akbar Mahdi, associate professor of sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University, in his new book. "We still cling to yesterday's politics and believe in ideals that do not conform with contemporary times and place. The time has come for us Iranians to live in the present and for the future."

    Mahdi's Farhang-e Irani, J'ame'eh-ye Madani, va Daghdaghe-ye Demokr'asi ("Iranian Culture, Civil Society, and Concern for Democracy, " Javan Publishing Co., Toronto) is a collection of essays and articles most of which have been published between 1992 and 1998. The following excerpt is from essay written this year (in Persian) ... GO TO PAGE ONE

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December 18, 1998


Freedom not to react
... especially when there is lack of knowledge

By Guive Mirfendereski

In [Where are the strategic thinkers?], a very irate Roshanravan lambasted an unspecified number of Iranian intellectuals, artists, professors, politicians, and journalists for not reacting to the "tragic murder of Dr. Daryoush Foruhar and Mrs. Parvaneh Foruhar," two apparently very famous, popular dissident nationalists. Now exactly why this murder is tragic and others are not is beyond me...

    One of the beauties of being in exile is to have the freedom not to write, not to give an opinion, not to eulogize, especially about matters or persons one does not know. Alas, if the writer had devoted some time writing in the praise of the Foruhars or condemnation of the murder and the murderer(s), then an appreciative readership would have become more informed about an issue mattered to the writer ... GO TO FEATURE

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December 15, 1998


Two Stripes

December 15, 1998
The Iranian

It was raining and I had no umbrella.
I had to walk for ten minutes.
But I didn't mind.
I had to have it.
I wanted it.

I walked into the store.
The smell reminded me of hospitals.
A Barbie-looking girl in a white dress put on
a nice smile and asked what I was looking for.
I told her what I wanted.

She asked: "One or two stripes?"

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December 14, 1998


    In the name of the pen
    The home of Iranian writers and journalists

    A permanent page dedicated to updated news and reports ... GO TO FEATURE

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December 11, 1998


    Paris heartbeats in an orange glow
    She is still in glorious excess

    Written and photographed by Rose Ghajar
    December 14, 1998
    The Iranian

    I walked for 20 miles a day wearing my black coat from Saks and my Kmart leather white tennis shoes like a shadow through the streets of Paris.

    I would start from Rue de la tour d'Auvergne, near the Gare du Nord and down Boulevard de Magenta to Place de la Republique where the statue of a French women of Liberty stood with a wreath on her hair and her hand outstreched in victory under a blue sky in November with white clouds. In spring, chaliced poppies flame to red in the palm of her hand ... GO TO FEATURE

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