Tuesday, November 24, 1998 / Azar 3, 1377, No. 612
By Richard Dyer,
"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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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
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 crime...so
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
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
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
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Soccer: What a big mess...
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