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The Iranian Features
Jan 18-22, 1999 / Dey 28 - Bahman 2, 1377


* Television: The Sohrab Syndrome


* World Cup 98: So lucky
* Fiction : All Roads Merged
* Economy: Pretent we have no oil
* Cover story: Two-colored lollipop

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January 22, 1998


The Sohrab Syndrome
Iran's children today aren't faring much better

From Jerome W. Clinton's introduction to The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam. Mage Publishers will also be publishing Clinton's translation of Rostam and Esfandiyar, another portion of Ferdowsi's epic Shahnameh, in the near future.

    The death of Sohrab at his father's hands seems especially wrong to those of us raised in the West because we have grown up thinking that the normal order of things is for sons to kill fathers, either symbolically or in fact. Since Freud and Frazer's The Golden Bough, we have even developed a certain soft spot in our hearts for patricides. However frightening and appalling patricide is, it has the sanction of natural process. The story of Sohrab fascinates us in part at least because it violates our sense of the natural order of things and adds a nightmarish element to a confrontation that is already heavily freighted with meaning... GO TO FEATURE

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January 21, 1998

World Cup 98

    So lucky
    ... to have seen Our Boys play in World Cup 98

    By xAle

    I can hardly contain my joy! It has been a few months since I returned home from a trip to France to see Our Boys play. My pictures have been developed, thank-you letters have been posted and I have shared the details of my trip with friends many times.Yet, each time as I talk about my experiences, my feeling of pride and joy brings tears of happiness to my eyes. (Read about FIFA award)

    So lucky to have had a chance to see Our Boys play a friendly match with a local team in Yssingeaux. To be so close as to hear them call out their next move, to see their faces light up to find a group of Iranian fans calling out their names.

    So lucky to be able to ask them for pictures and to see them come over with smiles and appreciation. To answer questions warmly and oblige requests for signatures so graciously.

    So lucky to have had a chance to get so close and to talk to so many of them individually and to hear their plans for the World Cup games. To see their handsome faces full of smiles when I told them how cute they are! ... GO TO FEATURE

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January 20, 1998


All Roads Merged
Follow the stream, Arash thought

By Babak Morvarid

The bakery had three workers, all three looking very much alike. They had white aprons on with a white cloth over their heads so as to keep the hair from the dough. It didn't matter if it did, but they wore them anyway. To the back was the oven, made of brick and its fire visible through the hole where the dough entered and bread came out. Two of the men made the bread. One would pound and spread the dough and the other would slap it onto the pebbly stone walls of the oven. The shape of the dough before entering the oven was pointed at the top and inwardly curved at the bottom, extended along its length as a hyperbolic curve.

The third baker was the one who greeted the customers with a toothy smile, over a thick mustache. They all had mustaches, whitened by flour. "Salaam-aleikom," he said to Arash. "Salaam," said Arash. "I want two, please." "Chashm, aziz," said the baker, "Yes, of course." ... GO TO FEATURE

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January 19, 1998


Pretend we have no oil
An economy based on taxes instead of oil

By Guive Mirfendereski

There is nothing national or self-reliant about an economy whose national budget has to look to receipts from international sale of a precious and nonrenewable resource at cut-throat international prices in order to finance, year after year, a huge governmental bureaucracy and its affiliated enterprises. In the long term, the continued dependence by the government on oil revenues does harm to the future economic and political health of the country for two reasons. First, the international price of oil will remain for the foreseeable future out of control of oil exporting countries. So, Iran's national budgetary priorities will remain hostage to outside factors. Second, what will the government and the economy rely on when the oil runs out or production costs exceed the price of oil on the international market? ... GO TO FEATURE

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January 18, 1998

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Two-colored lollipop
Reflections on life in Iran and the U.S.

By Tara Bahrampour

"Are you Japanese?"

I laugh, and the [Iranian] shopkeeper realizes he is wrong. My wavy brown hair, light skin, and slightly flat-lidded eyes are a mix of a lot of things, but I'm not Japanese. On my mother's side I am English, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, and German. My father's side is harder. Agha Jan's family is said to have come from the Qashqais, a nomadic tribe that moves between the mountains and the plains of the southern province of Fars. Baba says that is why even the old ladies in our family go out every evening for a brisk stride around the block, with the blood of the nomads pumping through their legs...

"I'm half Iranian and half American," I answer in Farsi.

"Ah, do-rageh," he says, nodding. Do-rageh means two-veined, or two kinds of blood in one vein, and whenever people say it I think of my two bloods swirling together like a two-colored lollipop ... GO TO FEATURE

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Two-colored lollipop
Reflections on life in Iran and the U.S.

By Tara Bahrampour

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