Dazzled by the surprising beauty of the desert
By Ali Parandeh
After driving about ten kilometers we stopped and decided to settle
for the night. By the time we put up the tents and got ready, it was nearly
6 o'clock. We had less than a few minutes to have everything prepared for
dinner before it got dark. We also wanted to go for a walk as the air had
cooled. After making the cooking area, it had become dark already but still
some of us decided to go for a walk.
We saw one of the most beautiful sunsets, followed immediately by a
clear sky full of stars. I had never seen so many stars in my whole life.
But even this was nowhere as scenic as the Milky Way, so clear and so astonishing.
The sky was so beautiful that we were looking up half the time and thus
constantly losing the trail. The walk back to the camp wasn't exactly easy,
since it was behind a hill and the folks who had stayed back had not started
a fire yet. So we just used my little torch, which I had gotten with a
gift certificate after eating a whole box of Kit Kat!
After arriving back at the camp, we grouped together to chat the night
away. Soon conversation led to jokes and guestimates of everybody's age.
(Of course, you all know that I'm 18!)... GO TO FEATURE
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Video scene showing a man being stoned to death in Iran in 1991. The
video clip, available on the Mojahedin Khalq web site, is extremely disturbing.
Not recommended ... VIDEO CLIP HERE
* Aviation history
Peter Lewis writes: Very interesed to read your aviation history ["Balloons to Boeings"], especially the earliest years.
The early aircraft you describe were probably Dominie (not Domino). These
were twin-engined aeroplanes made in England by the de Havilland Aircraft
Company. We still have two of these aeroplanes flying in New Zealand as
* Blind patriotism
Jafar Dehghan writes: I think Mr. Khalili ["Farewell cherry tree"] has brought up an interesting
point in Iranian history, the Iran-Iraq war. Also, through his story and
the response from "Aroosie
Khooban," we now have hit an important point... The story that
Mr. Khalili described only goes on to show the magnitude of the tragedy,
the IRI has called, "sacred defense." Not only we lost thousands
of our youngsters to a meaningless war, but we also lost thousands of others,
who did not want to be part of this show, to foreign lands... FULL TEXT
* Film: Mehrjui and pre-79 cinema in
Mark your calendars: During November 13 - December 3 Walter Reade Theater
in New York will present a retrospective of Dariush Mehrjoui's films plus
films by other directors made before 1979. Be there... PROGRAM
Thanks to Babak Nassirian
Book of the Week
A Persian Requiem
By Simin Daneshvar
Translated by Roxane Zand
The first published novel by an Iranian woman and one of
the most widely read novels in Iran.
Click here to read about this book
New! Books on Rumi
Quake kills four in southern Iran, official
TEHRAN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake
rocked southern Iran on Friday, killing at least four people and injuring
up to 40 others, an Iranian official said. The interior ministry official
told Reuters the earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit an
area near the town of Khonj in Fars province in the afternoon.... FULL TEXT
SaddamIran says strikes target Iraqi people,
TEHRAN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian
cleric on Friday condemned possible U.S. strikes against Iraq, saying they
targeted the Iraqi people and not President Saddam Hussein. ``What sin have
the Iraqi people committed, they who even lack daily food..., to deserve
to be threatened by rapidly arriving new naval forces and military aircraft?''
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a prayer sermon carried on Tehran radio...
Bulgaria, Iran seek to revive economic
WASHINGTON, DC (Search for Common Ground)
- Six of Iran's foremost women film-makers will visit the U.S. in November
as part of a continuing effort to foster greater American-Iranian understanding.
The visit is being organized by Search for Common Ground (SCG), a Washington-based
conflict resolution organization, and Khaneh Cinema, a professional association
for film-makers in Iran, in close cooperation with the Film Center at the
School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Film Society at Lincoln Center
in New York... FULL TEXT
1.6 bln of goods smuggled to Iran a year-official
TEHRAN, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Each year more
than $1.6 billion worth of goods are smuggled into Iran, making up 50 percent
of the country's underground economy, a top economic official said in remarks
published on Thursday. ``More than $1.6 billion worth of goods are annually
smuggled into the country,'' Iran Daily quoted Deputy Economy and Finance
Minister Morteza Qarebaghian as saying... FULL TEXT
200 race horse in Kish
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Kish Island will host the second
national horse racing championships. More than 100 riders and 200 horses
will take part (?) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Basketball team selected
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Members of the national basketball
team has been selected on the verge of the team's dispatch to the Asian
Games in Thailand ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
dollar now offered at up to 700-705 tomans
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Excellent online magazine from Iran. In Persian.
Tribute to a great film maker
Gar hokm shavad keh mast geerand; dar shahr har aankeh hast geerand
(Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.)
From Simin Habibian's "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"
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