Wednesday, January 6 1999/ Dey 16, 1377, No. 638
Khuzestan in San Diego
You pack your bags and leave Khuzestan. You've been through years of war with Iraq; the battles, the bombs, the destruction, the refugees, the revolution.
You settle, thousands of miles away, in San Diego, in southern California. One day you meet an Iraqi. How would you react?
This is the setting in Ali Hosseini's Sayeh va Shen (Shadow and Sand), one of the short stories in Ja be Ja (Dislocation; 1998 Passin Publications, Cambridge, MA). Both characters remember the war years and display emotions arising from separation from the land of their birth and ending up in the United States.
Hosseini's sentences -- unlike so many works of Iranian writers these days -- flow beautifully. This creates a certain intimacy with the reader, who is already absorbed by Hosseini's powerful stories.
Some of the stories in this collection are re-writeen versions of those published in "Barrasi-ye Ketab," "Pouyeshgaran," and "Daftra-haaye Shanbeh" magazines. The following is an excerpt from Sayeh va Shen (in Persian): ... GO TO PAGE ONE
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Secret services badly shaken by role in murders
TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - Revelations of the involvement of intelligence agents in the murders of dissident intellectuals are seen as a blow to Iran's dreaded secret services and a potential boost to President Mohammad Khatami's efforts to carry out reforms. In a stunning admission, the intelligence ministry said Tuesday that "some renegade, irresponsible and misguided colleagues" carried out the high-profile kidnappings and killings of several liberal writers early last month. The announcement was welcomed by others here as a sign of the ministry's "courage," given its long tradition of secrecy and repeated complaints that the secret services have overstepped their mandate and acted above the law ... FULL TEXT
U.S. praises Iran murder arrests
Jan 6, (BBC) - The United States has welcomed
the arrest in Iran of intelligence agents said to be responsible for the
assassination of several liberal writers and intellectuals. The arrests
were announced on Monday by the Intelligence Ministry, and were praised
by Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. Supporters of the reformist president
are now calling for the resignation of Intelligence Minister Qoorban-Ali
Dorri-Najafabadi ... FULL TEXT
Assailants attached bomb to Iran cleric's car
TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iran's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that Tuesday's attack on Ali Razini, head of the Tehran judiciary, was carried out by two people on a motorbike who attached explosives to his car. In a statement faxed to Reuters in Dubai, the Mujahideen implied it was responsible for the attack ... FULL TEXT
Iran releases Montazeri supporters - magazine
TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have released four backers of dissident Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri who were detained for protesting against the senior cleric's house arrest, a weekly magazine reported. The moderate weekly Aban said Hadi Hashemi, Montazeri's son-in-law, and Abbas Ali Fateh, an official at the senior cleric' office, were among the freed. It did not elaborate. Fateh was reportedly held last month along with six students of Montazeri who had distributed pro-Montazeri leaflets ... FULL TEXT
Iran state body blocks liberal law on trade zones
TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A top Iranian state body on Wednesday blocked new legislation which would have provided investment guarantees to woo foreign funds to Iran's free trade zones, the official news agency IRNA said. It said the Guardian Council, a body of Moslem clerics and lawyers which vets bills passed by parliament, objected to provisions in the law allowing majority-owned foreign and private banks and insurance firms in the trade zones ... FULL TEXT
More digs at the "Burnt City"
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Archaelogists are conducting
more digs at the site of "Shar-e Sookhteh" (Burnt City) which
is thought to date from 3200 BC. Located 55 kms southwest of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan
Province, "Shar-e Sookhteh" is among the oldest examples of urbanization
in the Middle East ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Esteqlal 3 - Bank Melli 1
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Esteqlal pulls off a badly needed win even without its key players, some of whom may start playing in the German league. And you know who's coaching Esteqlal? Nasser Hejazi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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A few of our colleagues -- irresponsible, devious and obstinate persons -- were among those arrested.
Iran's Intelligence Ministry statement
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