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    Thursday, September 3, 1998 / Shahrivar 12, 1377, No. 556



    My long tresses I shall cut
    Young girls in a fictional Persian village

    By Dorit Rabinyan

    Flora was also made to sing the sad song that had been composed especially for such troubles of the heart. The old women drew their cracked lips into the dark caverns of their mouths and agreed with Sabiya Mansour that even husbands who sailed beyond the Caspian Sea to the end of the world could hear this song plainly, and the sadness of its bitter melody brought them back to their wives. That was the song that Gulistan had sung to her lover, Horshid, the women chorused squeakily, their eyes moist, their souls yearning, and their flesh astir.

    Gulistan was the beloved of Horshid, the royal sculptor. He had carved her form in snowy, purple-veined marble like her skin, and set it in the middle of a gushing fountain in the palace court. When Horshid heard that Gulistan had been betrothed to the son of Reza Shah, he thrust the heavy chisel into his forehead and died. The following day Gulistan found his body floating in the palace fountain, the goldfish swimming in the caverns of his ears. But when she sang him this song and told him that the story of her betrothal was a lie spread by the prince to alienate her sculptor lover, Horshid revived and the fractures in his skull healed immediately with a fine purple scar. ... go to feature


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* Finally, Baskerville the film

Janet Afary writes: I am very happy to see that someone finally is considering a film on Howard Baskerville ["Iran's American Martyr"]. I have been pleading for years with filmmakers and have found no takers.

Your piece had one problem: the conspiracy theory. Baskerville was an officer of a group of elite young men in Tabriz, while Sattar Khan and Baqir Khan were commanders of the whole resistance army.

No one, to my knowledge (including M. A. Moore) has ever suggested that Sattar Khan and his men deliberately shot Baskerville to get Western attention. This is contrary to all he and others stood for and it is a grave injustice to the memory of these men and women who steadfastly protected the lives of the Westerners among them to the end... FULL TEXT

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Its exotic locale, the romantic chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman with a gripping equation of star-crossed romance and hard-boiled valor made Casablanca an Oscar-winning surpise that erased Warner Brothers studio executives' disappointment in George Raft for not signing on as Rick, the suave, mysterious proprietor of the café that serves as ground zero for this timeless 1942 classic. Max Steiner's urgent score, and the equally contentious insertion of Dooley Wilson's now indelible saloon reading of "As Time Goes By," has made the film's music an integral piece of this pop cultural puzzle, finally enjoying a formal soundtrack issue more than a half century after theatrical release. -- Sam Sutherland

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Taleban says Iran envoys
may be dead

ISLAMABAD, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban militia said on Thursday at least 10 missing Iranian diplomats may be dead as tensions with Tehran escalated after 70,000 Iranian troops participated in war games on their common border. Amnesty International reported on Thursday that 10 Iranian diplomats and one journalist ``are said to have been killed when the Taleban guards entered the Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif.'' ... FULL TEXT

Khatami's "message of peace"

DURBAN, South Africa, (HAMSHAHRI) - President Khatami has made a major speech calling on developing countries to resolve their difference with developing countries through greater dialogue... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Experts Assembly candidates

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Hamshahri has published the names of those who have declared themselves candidates for the Assembly of Experts in Tehran and some other major cities. Several names may not make it through the vetting process... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran to sue German firms over chemical weapons

TEHRAN, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iran on Thursday named nine German companies it has said would face legal action for allegedly supplying chemical weapons to Iraq during its 1980-88 war with Iran. State-run Tehran radio quoted judiciary spokesman Fotovat Nassiri-Savadkuhi as saying that a court in Tehran would hear charges filed by Iranian victims of chemical attacks against the German firms ... FULL TEXT

Pass vs. Al-Sab

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Pass, the first division soccer team representing Iran in the Asian cup-holders championships, will play Oman's Al-Sab at Azadi stadium Friday night ... FULL TEXT

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