The Iranian Times

Tuesday, November 24, 1998 / Azar 3, 1377, No. 612

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Baba Taher


The Blessing
Angels belong to the heavens, Pedar-jAn

By Ghasedak Parandeh
November 24, 1998
The Iranian

Pedar-jAn, do you remember, that cold winter day, when I stopped by your home, our home, 7:30 in the morning, to plead with you for one last time to attend my wedding? Do you also remember that you stared at me with your cold blue eyes and said "No?" And do you remember how you showed me the way out without saying another word? How well I knew the way out of that door and how painful it was to go out one more time without having your blessing. How I cried so bitterly on my wedding day and many days before and many days after. Years later I still can not understand why you refused to give your blessing and I know you still can not understand why I got married regardless.

I remember that day all too well. You asked "Why? Have I been that horrible to you?" I wanted to say no Pedar-jAn, you have been wonderful, but now it is time for me to fly. How could you give me wings and expect me not to? You were the one who brought me to this "Land of Freedom" because you said no daughter of yours should live in a land of oppression and darkness. You said you would do anything for me and that I am the love of your life. You looked at me with your beautiful blue eyes like I am the whole world to you and I believed your eyes and I believed your words. But when I asked for your blessing you denied me what seemed to be a small request. And I have always wanted to ask "Why? Have I been that horrible to you?"... GO TO FEATURE


    Mojtabai movingly weaves life, death

    By Richard Dyer,
    The Boston Globe
    November 23, 1998

    "Soon" is a book everyone should read because it is about a subject no one wants to think about. But A. G. Mojtabai's theme - terminal illness and death - is a universal one, and she approaches it with sympathy, humor, and an educated heart.

    Sixteen years ago Mojtabai, one of America's most gifted and sensitive novelists, went to Amarillo, Texas, to do research for a magazine article that evolved into her great nonfiction book, ''Blessed Assurance,'' a study of apocalyptic religion in the town dominated by the final assembly plant for American nuclear weapons. Up until that time, Mojtabai had led an unconventional but cosmopolitan life in New York, Iran, and Cambridge, where she held an appointment at Harvard; in Amarillo she unexpectedly found home. For several years she has been a volunteer worker in the hospice at St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, and the 17 miraculous stories in ''Soon'' come out of that experience... READ MORE


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* Realistic reflection

"SMiss18754" writes: Despite the explicit, and at times offensive, language, Iraj Mirza realistically reflects the psyche of many Iranian men and women: that hijab serves to divorce a woman from assertiveness and choice.

* Seminar: Iran-Taliban seminar, New York

The Open Society Institute's Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend :

The Stakes of the Iran-Taliban Confrontation

Central Asian Open Forum
Thursday, December 3, 1998
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Book of the Week

Soon: Tales from Hospice

By A. G. Mojtabai

Zoland Books, 1998

The Boston Globe writes: Mojtabai had led an unconventional but cosmopolitan life in New York, Iran, and Cambridge, where she held an appointment at Harvard; in Amarillo she unexpectedly found home. For several years she has been a volunteer worker in the hospice at St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, and the 17 miraculous stories in ''Soon'' come out of that experience... READ MORE

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Khatami orders action on dissident killings

TEHRAN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday ordered urgent investigations into the murder of a veteran opposition leader and his wife, saying the people had to be reassured the government could uphold the law. ``It is necessary that a special committee be set up to seriously follow up the case of the that God willing the perpetrators would promptly be identified and pay for their crime,'' state television quoted Khatami as saying in a letter to Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari... FULL TEXT

Murder report

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A report on the murder of Dariush Forouhar and his wife, with unusual details ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Russia to hasten work on Iran nuclear plant-radio

TEHRAN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iran and Russia agreed on Tuesday to speed up construction of a nuclear power plant in the Iranian Gulf port of Bushehr, a project strongly opposed by the United States. Tehran radio said Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, and visiting Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeni Adamov signed a protocol under which ``the completion deadline of the Bushehr nuclear power plant's phase one was cut to 52 months from the contracted 55 months.''... FULL TEXT

Iranian vice president makes landmark visit to Egypt

CAIRO, Nov 24 (AFP) -Iranian Vice President Massumeh Ebtekar, the highest-ranking Iranian official to visit Egypt since ties were severed 20 years ago, attended an international environmental conference here Tuesday. Ebtekar, who also heads the Iranian environmental protection agency, is attending the 10th ministerial conference of the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement aimed at protecting the ozone layer from damage.

Iran pledges to protect foreign guests

TEHRAN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official has condemned a recent attack on a bus carrying Americans and other foreigners, declaring that the government had a duty to protect visitors of all nationalities. Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh was quoted by the daily Iran News on Tuesday as saying anyone granted a visa to Iran had the right to personal security and safety... FULL TEXT

Imam Reza coin discovered

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A coin with the name and title of Imam Reza, while he was the deputy to Mamoun, the ruling caliph nearly 1,200 years ago, has been identified ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Eugene O'Neal's "Hairy Gorilla"

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Eugene O'Neal's "Hairy Gorilla" is being performed in Tehran; directed by Akbar Zanjanpour ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Soccer: What a big mess...

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - It's a mistake to select the national soccer team players based on league politics rather than real qualifications ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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I am not your innocent virgin daughter, I may fall in love with the wrong men, I can not cook, I will not marry through an arranged marriage, I will not agree that double standards are necessary evils, I will not pretend that I don't enjoy earthly pleasures, I will not live a life of lies.

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November 24, 1998

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