The Iranian Times

Wednesday, September 16, 1998 / Shahrivar 25, 1377, No. 564


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    The little emigre
    Who would I be today, without all those losses?

    By Yasmine Rafii

    Since, in American geography, Iran was not discovered until... oh, about 1979, nobody had a clue where I was from. It could have been Mars. My penchant for invention got the better of me, and the stories I told included not one, but several magic carpets. One for each of my father's wives. For the sixth graders of LaSalle Public School, magic carpets became a viable means of locomotion, intended for the truly discerning traveler. Mr. Ayres, our teacher, poor fellow, was of the horse-and-buggy era himself. Making sense out of the conundrum that I presented, was very taxing to his system. He sighed a lot.

    That first week, it was imperative that I stand up and make a name for myself. The class bully, a giant of a girl named Ginger, spent most of her time picking on us geeks. Her favorite target at the time was the smartest kid in the class, a Chinese girl named Mai-lin. Mai-lin's problem was not just being smart, she was also tiny and very skinny. So skinny in fact, that if you turned her sideways, she disappeared. As my first heroic act in support of underdogs, I publicly announced my intention to defend Mai-lin's honor. I challenged Ginger to a fight in the alley after school... GO TO FEATURE


    Inscription on the inside sleeve of Farhad's 1996 CD (Khaab dar beedaari):

    "Al-molk yabqaa ma'al-kofr va laa yabqaa ma'al-zolm."

    -- Prophet Mohammad

    (An irreligious state shall survive, but not an oppressive one [even under the guise of religion].)



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* Still paying a price for isolation

Kewmars Bozorgmehr writes: While the Iranian government may have viewed the Taleban primarily as a threat to the Shia population, one must also recognize Tehran's efforts to bring on board other regional countries to help safeguard the interests of all Afghan minorities ["National interests come first"]. After standing alone for nearly 20 years in a volatile region, Iran is still paying a price as it emerges from isolation.

Few sovereign states share frontiers with so many countries -- seven land borders and twice that if the littoral states of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf are included. Most of her neighbors are grappling with varying degrees of instability, sometimes inspired by outside forces. But nearly all of them are bound by agreement to allies who would help thwart an uncompromising aggressor, if not on the battlefield, then at least in the diplomatic arena... FULL TEXT

* I hope one day...

William J. Herman writes: [Regarding "Open Air"] how hard it is for the world's people to understand one another, and most of all to be tolerant of each others beleifs and cultures. I only hope one day we will care for each other and respect one another no matter where we live or who we are.


* "Adam barfi" ("The Snow Man) in Berkeley

San Francisco Cine Club and Iranian Film Society present: "Adam barfi" ("The Snow Man). Monday Sept 28, fine art cinema, 2145 Shattuck Aave, In Berkeley, California. Show times:5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

* Religion: Dr. Mirza Aghassi in the Bay Area

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U.N. seeks meeting on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid concern about a possible Iranian intervention in Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is arranging a meeting next week of eight countries that are attempting to bring peace to Afghanistan, a Clinton administration official said Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is expected to attend the meeting Monday... FULL TEXT

Iran army heads for Afghan border war games

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Wednesday nine army divisions were heading for the tense Afghan border for military exercises that could begin as early as Saturday. But Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said diplomatic and peaceful approaches should be given a chance before taking military action ... FULL TEXT

Liberal Iranian newspaper closed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran closed a liberal Iranian newspaper Wednesday for publishing articles detrimental ``to the country's national interests and security,'' the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported... FULL TEXT

U.S. lawmakers oppose overtures to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional opponents of diplomatic openings to Iran appealed to the Clinton administration Wednesday to refrain from any goodwill gestures during next week's visit to the United Nations by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

Petition for U.S.-Iran dialogue

Iran-U.S. friendship petition from Iranians For International Cooperation (IIC), Sept 16, 1998: "As undersigned, I would like to express full support for the use of dialogue as a means to solve the disputes between the US and Iran... FULL TEXT

Iranian official in London for talks

London, September 16, (BBC) - A senior Iranian foreign ministry official is in London for a two-day viisit which will include talks at the Foreign office and the Department of Trade. The official, Ali Ahani, will meet the minister for Middle Eastern affairs at the Foreign office, Derek Fatchett, and a junior minister at the Department of Trade ... FULL TEXT

Who's going to coach?

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Commentary on who should coach the Iranian olympic soccer team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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I get weepy, thinking about all the different flavors of loss, life dishes up for us. Loss of magic, loss of innocence, loss of childhood, loss of friends, home, family. A bittersweet theme that weaves itself in and out of our days, like the ribbon in a young girl' s braid.

Yasmine Rafii
"The little emigre"

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