Friday, September 25, 1998 / Mehr 3, 1377, No. 570
In a world of his own
By A Friend
Manoucher Yektai is a loner, if there ever was one. He is extremely purposeful and quiet. He is so intensely in himself that neither his English nor his French could be regarded as languages of a person who has spent over fifty-five years of his life almost exclusively in France and the U.S. His Persian is his own, too.
It is only in the past thirty years, ever since his first book of poetry was published --- an explosive narration full of sadness and rage against the backwardness and inhumanity of Iranians towards themselves -- that he has unravelled the language that has been brewing in him in his years of solitude. You will find him immaculately dressed and very charming in a quiet way.
You will not guess that he has been a friend -- an intimate friend -- to the likes of Jackson Pollock. His eyes detect frauds and genuine art. He never subscribed to the suspect values of the Andy Warhols of his time. He's in a world of his own. Living in a Manhattan mansion has not changed one iota of his personality... GO TO FEATURE
Closing days of summer bring snow in Mazandaran
Noshahr, Mazandaran Prov., Sept. 13, (IRNA) - The sudden fall of temperature brought with it early snowfall which covered Alamkouh heights and Takht-e Soleyman in kthe Kardasht district.
In the closing days of summer, snowfall made the people of Kalardasht use heaters. The district governor Firouz Saam, called on oil ministry officials to assist local people with their needed winter fuel.
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*yRushdie deal triumph for Iran's Khatami
TEHRAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The agreement
between Britain and Iran over Salman Rushdie represents a triumph for moderate
President Mohammad Khatami in his struggle with diehard veterans of the
Islamic revolution for the soul of Iran, analysts said on Friday... FULL
AI concerned about arrest of journalists
Sept 25 (Amnesty International) - The human rights organization is alarmed by recent reports that four employees of the Iranian daily newspaper Tous were arrested between the 16 and 20 September 1998. Mashallah Shamsolva'ezin, Hamid Reza Jalaipour, Mohammad Javadi Hessar and Ibrahim Nabavi were reportedly detained following the publication of an article questioning the policies of the Iranian government in Afghanistan and condemning the recent military build-up on Iran's eastern borders... FULL TEXT
Iran shows new missile for first time
TEHRAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Iran on Friday
showed for the first time its latest medium-range missile, the Shehab-3,
a weapon U.S. President Bill Clinton said could change the ``stability dynamics''
of the Middle East... FULL TEXT
British-Iranian ties ease path for UK oil firms
LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Britain's resumption of full diplomatic relations with Iran will smooth the way for British companies to compete for business in Iran's coveted oil and gas sector, analysts said on Friday... FULL TEXT
Azadegan league in full gear
TEHRAN (Hamshahri) - Azadegan soccer league matches give the impression that teams are gradually falling into place... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Khoshaa aan keh khar aamad-o gaav raft.
(Happy he/she who was born an ass and died a cow: The more stupid the happier.)
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