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The Iranian Features
Jan 4-8, 1999 / Dey 14-18, 1377


* Television: ... for Christmas


* Justice: Will law rule?
* Iran: National crisis
* Fiction: Khuzestan in San Diego
* NEW column: Save the Squirrels Society
* Cover story: Immigrants or exiles?

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January 8, 1998


Inaccurate but ratings-grabbing portrayal of Iran

By Armin Alaedini

A couple of months ago (November 25), I got home one night and turned on the TV. On the bottom of the screen it said "Dasht-e Kavir, Iran"! Could this be a documentary on Dasht-e Kavir? Well, not exactly.

I soon found out that what I thought to be a National Geographic special is actually an episode of the TV series JAG, an adventure drama on CBS about two officers trained as lawyers dealing mostly with crimes in the military.

In that episode, a U.S. stealth plane had crashed into the Iranian desert. The two stars of the series soon foud themselves involved in a mission to rescue the plane and the pilot, who was now in the hands of the Iranian government and was to be tried for espionage ... GO TO FEATURE

January 7, 1998


Will law rule?
No principle is higher than the presumed innocence of the accused

By Guive Mirfendereski

The reported apprehension of persons implicated in the slaying of various political activists and literary figures in Iran in the past few months will test the truth and strength of the Khatami administration's repeated sloganeering about the "rule of law."

While many may rejoice as a matter of justice the arrest of the alleged perpetrators of the slayings, the requirements of the rule of law. however. will be satisfied only by the strictest observance of due process -- that is, to allow the most rudimentary human rights principles of fair and speedy trial to prevail over politically expedient course of action.

The indicting authority must be held to meeting its burden of establishing probable cause to bind over the accused for trial. The burden of proof rests on the state to produce the probative and admissible evidence necessary to produce an indictment ... GO TO FEATURE


National crisis
From Khatami to Clinton

By Mansoureh Haqshenas & Koorosh Bayat

- So do you think Dorri will be sacked?

- Who's Dorri?

- Dorri-Najafabadi, the intelligence minister. There's talk that Khatami has demanded his resignation or else he's going to fire him.

- Wow... exciting stuff ... GO TO FEATURE

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January 6, 1998


    Khuzestan in San Diego
    Meeting a former "enemy" thousands of miles away from home

    January 6,1999
    The Iranian

    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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January 5, 1998

NEW column

Save the Squirrels Society
And other issues we really care about

By Mansoureh Haqshenas & Koorosh Bayat

- You know, I'm sick and tired of this whole Persian Gulf thing.

- What Persian Gulf thing?

- You know: this Persian Gulf vs. The Gulf vs. the Arabian Gulf crap. Why is this the biggest issue in the world for some people? Haven't we got more important things to worry about? Enough already. We got the message. go home. Relax baabaa.

- It's the Persian Gulf, that's why. If we don't raise our voice, it will be commonly known as the Arabian Gulf and before you know it, the Persian Gulf will be history. Do you want that?

- Baabaa! I've heard that argument ten million times. No I don't want the Persian Gulf to be called the Arabian Gulf. But what I'm worried about right now are those poor writers who've been killed in Iran. And what about Daryush and Parvaneh Foruhar? I don't see these Persian Gulf fanatics sending emails and faxes all over the world in order to stop these murders from happening again. Let's get our priorities straight.

- Some people care about some issues more than others. Beh to cheh ... GO TO FEATURE

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January 4, 1998

Cover story

Immigrants or exiles?
Identity and Influence among Iranian-Americans

By Haleh Vaziri

I draw the distinction between the experience of Iranians who arrived in the U.S. before and after the revolution to answer the question: Do Iranians reside in the U.S. as "immigrants" or "exiles"? Arguably, Iranians who came to the U.S. prior to the revolution -- some of whom have become naturalized U.S. citizens -- are "immigrants." They left their first homeland -- Iran, the place of their births and childhoods -- and have chosen, however reluctantly, to stay in the U.S., adopting this as their second or new homeland. Although these immigrants feel nostalgia for Iran, they harbor few if any desires to return to their first homeland. Rather, they tend to adopt a bi-cultural perspective to life, espousing what they regard as the best in both American and Iranian values. Although sometimes they are admittedly stuck with the worst of both worlds ... GO TO FEATURE

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Immigrants or exiles?
Identity and Influence among Iranian-Americans

By Haleh Vaziri

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