Nothing like a book
Depressed? Homesick? Pick up a good Persian book
By Ali A. Parsa
Dear Mr. Masood Rad,
I was very much touched by your
letter in The Iranian Times. I, too, have been in America for
about a total of thirty years, both as a student and resident. I hope
you are familiar with the American expression "Misery likes company."
I have personally found reading Persian literature very soothing and
the best means of coping with bouts of mild depressions. Fortunately, in
addition to our traditional masterpieces such as the works of Sa'adi, Hafez,
Khayyam, Molavi, etc., many Persians have written great books in recent
years that are both enlightening and entertaining. There are also musical
tapes and CD's available, some of which might help. I love traditional
music but nothing helps me more than good books.... GO TO FEATURE
Khatami Attracts Iranian Women
By Scheherezade Faramarzi
December 21, 1998
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- When 17-year-old Maryam Omi found President Mohammad
Khatami standing next to her at a recent book fair, she broke into tears.
``I felt I was under a tremendous force ... an attraction,'' she said.
Omi is not alone in her feelings. In Iran, not only Leonardo DiCaprio
and Iranian movie actors are gaining a big female following.
``I simply adore him,'' said Golnaz Sajadi, 20, a university student.
``He's so bright and clean, and attractive.''
The attraction is tempered by Khatami's role as a Shiite Muslim cleric,
however. As Sarah Taqani, another student, put it: ``I just want to kiss
him -- like a father.'' ... FULL TEXT
What is Ardabil like?
I'M A HUMANITARIAN WORKER CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE REP. OF AZERBAIJAN.
I'M AN AMERICAN. I WOULD LIKE TO START A NON-PROFIT MICRO-CREDIT PROJECT
IN AND AROUND ARDABIL, IRAN. WHAT IS THAT AREA LIKE? WHAT ABOUT ITS PEOPLE?
* Inaccurate heresies
Hashem Farhang writes: It is a pity that people least knowledgeable
about the Iranian heritage, allow themselves to publish so many inaccurate
heresies. Your piece
on Yalda [by the French news agency (AFP)] is a point in mind. Please
note the following:
1- Zoroastrianism is not a "sect", but the forebearer of all
religions. The first to recognize the "Unity" of God, long before
the Jews. Would AFP refer to the Jewish religion as a "Sect"?
2- All religions are "dualists" in the sense that there is
a good and an evil. In fact the concepts of "Reward and Punishment,"
"Heaven and Hell," and "Ahuramazda and Ahriman" are
all doctrines, first postulated by the Zoroastrians, and later adopted
by Judaism, which later inspired the Christianity and Islam ... FULL TEXT
* Christmas: Party in Washington, DC
C H R I S T M A S N I G H T P E R S I A N B A S H !
FRIDAY Night, December 25th, 1998 9:00pm
With EURO-DJ Ali Sabaii mixing the BEST and NEWEST European, Persian,
Latin, & Arabic Dance Music.
Celebrate The Holidays in STYLE at: P A N G E A Lounge, 2134 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, (Between 21st & 22nd Streets), Washington, D.C. Tel: 202.337.0222
Book of the Week
Closed Circuit History
The illustrations of Ardeshir Mohassess
Ardeshir Mohassess is recognized internationally as Iran's leading caricaturist
and graphic artist (see feature in The Iranian). Yet, as the powerful images
on the following pages show, neither appellation fully describes the breadth,
depth, intricacy, and complexity of his art and vision. In his drawings,
be they detailed tableau or simple, primitive sketches, Mohassess quite
literally dissects his characters with his pen and then peels away the
conventional facade to expose the underlying reality of his world... --
New! Books on Rumi
Iran local polls to heat up factional rivalries
TEHRAN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Iran's rival factions
are gearing up for upcoming municipal polls, the next battleground over
the drive for a ``civil society'' by moderate President Mohammad Khatami,
who has limited power despite a huge electoral mandate. The municipal elections
in February could help tip the balance of power between moderates and conservatives
locked in heated rivalry after last year's landslide election of Khatami
on a platform of social and political reforms ... FULL TEXT
Iran to woo foreign funds with guarantees
TEHRAN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament
on Wednesday passed a law that will provide foreign investment guarantees
as part of an attempt to jump start the economy, which has been badly hit
by the slump in oil prices. Deputies approved the cabinet bill under which
Iran's government pledges to refund foreign investments in Iranian free
trade zones in case of state takeovers or seizures by the courts, the official
news agency IRNA reporter ... FULL TEXT
Asghar-Zadeh severely beaten
TEHRAN, Dec 23 (AFP) - A political activist who helped orchestrate
an attack on the former US embassy in Tehran in 1979 was severely beaten
by a group of Islamic fundamentalists while delivering a public speech,
a newspaper reported Wednesday. Ebrahim Asghar-Zadeh, a former left-wing
MP and now a supporter of President Mohammad Khatami, was attacked by the
extremists after addressing students at the University of Hamedan, a town
southwest of Tehran, on Sunday, the daily Zan (Woman) said ... FULL TEXT
Stanford surgeons return from Iran
STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 23,
1998--Two Stanford physicians have opened the door to what they hope will
be the revival of the once-thriving interchange between academics in the
United States and Iran. Dr. Camran Nezhat, clinical professor of surgery
and gynecology / obstetrics, and Dr. Mark Vierra, assistant professor of
surgery, returned in early December from a two- week visit to the University
of Tehran, where they demonstrated advanced techniques in laparoscopic surgery
and met with top-ranking university officials ... FULL TEXT
U.S. weighs pros and cons of Iranian grain
December 23, 1998, (Journal of Commerce) - Despite its budget troubles,
Iran plans to find financing for a $500 million grain purchase from the
United States that would be the biggest agricultural sale of the year, a
principal in the proposed deal said this week. "They're coming up with
the financing. From our perspective, it's a cash deal," said Richard
Bliss, a Washington attorney and president of Niki Trading Co., a newly
formed firm that is seeking a license to complete the transaction with the
Government Trading Corp. of Iran ... FULL TEXT
Pushkin at 200
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Feature on the 200th birthday anniversary
of the great Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Good but not the best
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The Iranian national soccer team was not
in the best of condition, but good enough to win the Asian Games (commentary)
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
dollar now offered at up to 710-713 tomans
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
"Under MAJOR Construction. So please be patient, you
wont regret it!"
Ever found yourself skipping over tasteful postcards and
choosing truly tacky ones instead?
Moosh-e zendeh behtar az gorbeh-ye morderh ast.
(A live dog is better than a dead lion)
From Simin Habibian's 1001 Persian-English Proverbs
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
* Soghaati * Neshaaneh
* Man ham raftaniyam
* Khodaa haafez