Friday, October 2, 1998 / Mehr 10, 1377, No. 575
Blowing our cover
By Hamid Jalili
Poetry is a "play" that a poet directs in our mind to express messages of love, pain, passion, and yes, at times, social injustice. Whether you take Iraj Mirza's poem literally or symbolically, the characters of the play and its message are worth analyzing. As a reader, you are at the liberty to or not to identify with either character.
From the very beginning of the play, the poet gives us a crystal and clear picture of a scoundrel male character. The woman, on the other hand, is introduced to us as a character obscured by her chador which is covering and protecting her against men. Other than the message of chastity which she is radiating by her chador, initially no other preconceived opinion is suggested by the poet about this woman.
What should we expect from an immoral yet honest man? Immoral, because he is trying to seduce a married woman. Honest, because in advance, he is informing us (the audience, the readers) of his ultimate intention which is - through various schemes - to sleep with the woman.
As the pursuit progresses, although through different means, the intention of this manipulative rascal stays focused on the prize. The woman's principles however, alters and changes as she approaches the final act... GO TO FEATURE
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Are they talking about us?
Tips to foreigners visting Iran (from "Gestures around the World"):
* When you shake hands with a child, you are showing his or her parents respect.
* When entering someone's home, especially if there is carpeting, it may be customary to remove your shoes first. Always remove your shoes before you enter a mosque.
* Men and women rarely show public displays of affection.
* To signal to someone, put your hand out with your palm down, and curl your fingers in and out in a scratching motion.
* The "thumb's up" gesture has a vulgar connotation in Iran.
* To signal "NO", move your head up and back sharply. To signal "YES", dip your head down with a slight turn.
* Try not to blow your nose in public. Also, try not to slouch in a chair or stretch your legs out in front on you. As in other Arab countries, avoid pointing the sole of your shoe to others.
Thanks to Siamak Namazi
* Persian Dance Music, Volume 1
Death sentence against editor lifted - unconfirmed
WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (THE IRANIAN) - The death sentence against
newspaper editor Morteza Firoozi has been lifted, sources in Tehran said.
Judicial authorities have made no official announcement and there has been
no independent confirmation. But sources close to Iran News, where Firoozi
worked, said they had received word from the judiciary that Firoozi is no
longer facing the death sentence. Firoozi had been condemned to death in
January after being convicted of adultery and spying.
Taleban accuse Iran of violating air space
ISLAMABAD, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's
Taleban Islamic militia said Iranian jets and helicopters violated Afghan
airspace three times on Friday, a Pakistan-based Afghan news agency reported.
Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) quoted a Taleban official as saying that between
8.30 to 11 a.m. (0400-0630 GMT) Iranian jet fighters in three separate instances
entered Afghan air space in Nimroz province bordering Iran... FULL TEXT
Iran accused of crackdown, arrests of Bahais
PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Members of the Bahai
faith in France accused the Iranian authorities on Friday of launching a
major crackdown against Bahais in 14 cities across Iran, arresting 32 people
and breaking into and looting many homes. All those arrested were professors
and teachers conducting ``open-university'' type courses for young Bahais
who their French fellow believers say are banned by authorities from attending
universities and other institutions of higher learning, a Bahai spokeswoman
in France said... FULL TEXT
Britain making "fresh start" with iran
LONDON, Oct. 1, (IRNA) - foreign secretary robin cook said thursday
that the deal he secured with his iranian counterpart kamal kharrazi in
new york last week means britain making "a fresh start with iran and
the wider islamic world." "iran is currently president of the
organisation of the islamic nations, britain is currently president of the
g-8 nations," he said ... FULL TEXT
Oil's infant recovery takes a blow
LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Battered world oil
markets edged lower again on Friday after a heavy price slump on Thursday
triggered by a wave of speculative selling by investment funds. London futures
for November Brent blend crude limped nine cents lower at $14.00 a barrel
by midafternoon after losing 59 cents on Thursday. The slide came as a blow
to oil producers who have carefully nurtured a recovery in prices from August's
10-year low of $11.55 a barrel ... FULL TEXT
Iran defeats Singapore and Thailand - in ping pong
Down seven tomans;
Our own Taliban
The continuation of presecution of religious minorities or any minorities in Iran goes to show, we have our own Talibans, but we call them...!
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