Happy New Year
May your New Year be filled with joy, wonder, peace and prosperity.
And remember, there's always hope.
Several injured in Tehran clash between protestors,
TEHRAN, Dec 31 (AFP) - Several people were injured here Thursday during
a clash between police and demonstrators protesting against a recent series
of murders of Iranian dissidents and intellectuals.
Witnesses said the clashes erupted after a memorial service held to
mark the 40th day since the fatal stabbing of nationalist leader Daryush
Foruhar and his wife.
Around 5,000 mourners attended the ceremony at a mosque in central Tehran.
Several groups of demonstrators, defying police orders, then took to
the streets for a march, chanting "Death to despotism" and "Freedom,
security ... this is our slogan." ... FULL TEXT
Forwarded by Payman Arabshahi
One of my Persian friends has introduced me to the ancient art of meel
zani. We have found a local craftsman who can produce excellent quality
We now want to share this excellent body building exercise method with
others but since he cannot take the time to personally instruct a lot of
people we need to have some form of training tape.
We have acquired a tape showing this ancient art, but it is very dated,
of poor quality, and is not suited for instruction, particularly for beginners.
Do you have any idea of how we can acquire a training tape which could
be used by beginners and experts alike? English would be better, but Persian
would be okay. I appreciate your consideration.
Weston E. Whatcott
461 East 2780 North Provo, Utah 84604
* Sincere appreciation
Bagher R. Harandi writes to The Iranian and the White House: As an Iranian-American, I sincerely appreciate
your [President Clinton's] appointment
of Mr. Hassan Nemazee as U.S. ambassador to Argentina.
* My wife's a vegetarian
"Mm_ghnsa" writes: There are many Iranians who are vegetarins
Hamid's 'Eat this'"]. My wife is vegatarian and has been one for
the past six years. However, I do not have her will and still eat meat
(mostly white meat). She has tried to convert me but I can't give up my
* Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Washington,
Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective :
The Pear Tree - Friday February 5, 1999, 7:00 PM, Sunday February
7, 1999, 2:00 PM
The Cycle - Friday February 12, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Cow - Sunday February 14, 1999, 2:00 PM
Hamoon - Friday February 19, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Tenants - Sunday February 21, 1999, 2:00 PM
Sara - Friday February 26, 1999, 7:00 PM
The School We Went To - Saturday February 27, 1999, 2:00 PM
Leila - Sunday February 28, 1999, 2:00 PM
Freer's Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington
DC -- 202-357-4880 Admission: Free - two per person - one hour before program
begins Info: 202-357-4880 Details:
Dariush Mehrjui His film have been banned by both the Shah, and the
Islamic Republic, but film critics in Iran recently voted directory Dariush
Mehrjui on eof the country's greatest filmmakers. This retrospective is
organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and is presented in corporation
with Farabi Cinema Foundation, Tehran. All films are in Persian with English
Book of the Week
Journey to Persia
Jean Chardin's Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Empire
'Isfahan is half the world' was the proud boast of the seventeenth-century
capital of Persia. One of the travellers attracted to Persia was Jean Chardin,
a young French jeweller who spent most of his time in Isfahan. During this
time, he became intimate with the city; he was invited into people's houses
and entertained; he visited gardens and participated in hunts; his knowledge
of court affairs was extensive, and he travelled many miles, visiting other
towns and villages during Safavid Iran.
New! Books on Rumi
Military court to probe murders of dissidents
TEHRAN, Dec 31 (AFP) - An Iranian military court is to investigate
the recent killings of two writers as well as a nationalist dissident and
his wife, the official news agency IRNA reported Thursday. The agency, quoting
an unnamed spokesman for the military court, said the general court that
had originally taken up the cases sent them to the military tribunal after
deciding a special investiagtion was needed. But the spokesman stressed
that the cases "have nothing to do with the armed forces or the police."
... FULL TEXT
Iranian-American named U.S. ambassador
Washington, DC, December 30 (The White House) - The President today
announced his intent to nominate Hassan Nemazee to be U.S. Ambassador to
Argentina. Mr. Hassan Nemazee, of New York, New York, currently serves as
Chair and CEO of Nemazee Capital Corporation ... FULL TEXT
More than 100,000 sign up for local councils
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Some 110,000 people have signed up as candidates
for local council elections, including former interior minister Abdollah
Nouri and former oil minister Mohammad Gharazi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Egyptian trade fair to be held in Iran
CAIRO, Dec 30 (AFP) - An Egyptian trade fair is to be held in Iran
in June, the first in 20 years, Egyptian officials said Wednesday. A variety
of Egyptian products will be on display at the fair from June 21-26, the
MENA news agency quoted organizer Mohammad Said Saleh as saying ... FULL
Romanic classical music in Tehran
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Major feature on Shahin Farhat's
classical music festival at the Niavaran cultural center, covering the romanic
period ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIA
dollar now offered at up to 712-715 tomans
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Shajarian.com... Iran's Elvis goes online. with audio links
to his classical Persian music.
The earliest lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides
to guide ships. The first light served the old world city of Alexandria
in 285 B.C.
What's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.
Photo of the Day
When oil prices collapse
Musician of the Week
* Kaj Kollah Khan * Hamkhooneh * Khoob meezani * Naameh-haayam