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The Iranian Features
Nov 2-6, 1998 / Aban 11-15, 1377


* Fiction: A Portrait of Mana


* dAyi Hamid: Javaad Aaqaa
* Iran-U.S.: 19 years later
* Iran-U.S.: From confrontation to modus vivendi?
* Identity: How to become an American
* Cover Story: The education of Mahdiyeh

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Nov 6, 1998


    A Portrait of Mana
    A novel by Mokhtar Paki

    Mokhtar Paki, a writer and artist in San Francisco's Bay Area, has written a novel called Shamaayel-e Maanaa ("A Portrait of Mana," Baran Publishers, Spanga, Sweden. Tel: + 46-8-471-9271, 291 pages). In the opening page, novelist Hooshang Golshiri has been thanked for his advice. Here's the first chapter (in Persian): ... GO TO FEATURE

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Nov 5, 1998

dAyi Hamid


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Nov 4, 1998


19 years later
Rally in front of former U.S. embassy shows shift toward domestic issues

Posted on Columbia University's Gulf2000 academic listserve by an observer in Tehran:

Today (November 2, 1998), there was a demonstration and rally in Tehran, organized by the leftist Islamist student group called Unity Consolidation Office [Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat], commemorating the 19th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. The event was announced in the Salam newspaper a couple days ago and also in the posters on the walls in the universities and streets en route.

The organizers were the leftist activists. The group's origin goes back to the so-called Students in the Imam's Line [Daneshjouyan-e Peyro Khat-e Imam], i.e. those who took over the U.S. Embassy 19 years ago. Judging from the slogans they shouted, however, many of the participants were more enthusiastic in expressing their support for President Khatami, than their opposition to the U.S. In other words, the event was significant mainly in terms of domestic politics here, i.e. as a demonstration and rally in support of the Khatami administration... GO TO FEATURE

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From confrontation to modus vivendi?
Iran-U.S. relations 19 years after the hostage crisis

November 4, 1998
The Iranian

Lecture by Hooshang Amirahmadi, Rutgers University professor and president of the American-Iranian Council at the Graduate Institute for Strategic and International Security Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, October 12-13, 1998:

I wish to begin with the proposition that U.S.-Iran relations have entered into an irreversible normalization process: the question is no longer if but when.

As many of you know, several openings in the past were reversed leading to an exacerbation of the spiral conflict between the two governments. We are of course in the beginning of a very protracted process and surprises of a positive or negative consequence for the relations in both sides, in the side of Iran in particular, should not be discounted. Nonetheless, I believe, the future will witness more reduction in tension between the two countries. Where do we stand in the normalization process is hard to tell as contradictory signals and policies in both sides make a determination complicated... GO TO FEATURE

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Nov 3, 1998


How to become an American
...with just minutes of practice a day

By Iraj

I have been an Iranian for 60 years. I'll try something else for the next 20 years. I'll try to be an American. A North American, I mean.

As an American, I'll speak English fluently. I'll make American linguistic mistakes instead of Iranian mistakes and I'll call it slang.

As an American, I'll have a credit card or two. I'll use and misuse them and I'll have to pay the fees. I'll apply for other cards right away.

As an American, I'll buy a car -- a Great American Car -- but it will use too much gasoline, so I'll sell it and buy a smaller German car, because it is reliable and doesn't use as much fuel. Later I'll sell it and buys a smaller Japanese car equipped with a computer. Then I'll sell it and buy a camper to enjoy the outdoors and the open space. I'll sell the camper and buy a bicycle because it will not pollute the air.

As an American, I'll buy a dog, a cat, a goat, a white whale and some big stones as pets and adopt a pot hole or two... GO TO FEATURE

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Nov 2, 1998

Cover story

The education of Mahdiyeh
From bubblegum to Bahais

By J. Javid
November 2, 1998
The Iranian

A few weeks ago I was talking to my daughter Mahdiyeh on the phone. She lives with her mother in Tehran and I'm in Washington, DC. I said, "Mahdiyeh...?" and before I asked my question, she said, "Jaanam..." I paused for a moment.

She used an expression that's usually heard between adults. Generally the English equivalent would be, "Yes dear," or "Yes love." More often adults say it to children as a show of affection. Or when they grow up, children say it to their parents when their name is called out.

Mahdiyeh will turn 16 next month. And I guess she has grown quite a bit since I last saw her three years ago. Just recently she told me she had cut her hair.

- "How short?"

- "Very short."

- "How very short? Like Sinead O'Connor?"

- "Who's Sinead O'Connor? I barely have any hair left. I sort of look like Maddonna when she had short hair." ... GO TO FEATURE

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The education of Mahdiyeh
From bubblegum to Bahais

By J. Javid

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