In every direction
Images of a society that is far from uniform
Photos by Nader Davoodi
March 29, 1999
The list of Nader Davoodi's international and Iranian photo awards is
a long one. Take a look at the photos from his third feature in The
Iranian and you'll see why: ... GO
Los Angeles Times Bestsellers
March 28, 1999
Southern California Rating: FICTION
1. SINGLE & SINGLE by John le Carre
2. THE TESTAMENT by John Grisham
3. BE COOL by Elmore Leonard
4. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
5. TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy
ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH by Gina B. Nahai (Harcourt Brace: $24.) A little
girl's search for her magical missing mother in a Tehran ghetto ... READ EXCERPT
FROM BOOK HERE
How to be a cool Iranian
The following was originally written about Arabs. However, it applies
to us too:
1. Own a cell phone and use it at inappropriate times - In restaurants,
funerals, and weddings
2. Pity anyone who is not an Iranian and for not being as cultured and
sophisticated as us Iranians.
3. Have predominantly Iranian friends, with a few American friends;
throw them in for more diversity. Talk Arabic when they are around.
4. Dress as though you are headed to a club when you're actually going
to work or to class.
5. Smoke as if it were your last day on earth... and smoke only Marlboros.
6. Dirty dance to Iranain music.
7. Make sure "designer" labels are visible, preferably embroidered
on the front of the apparel.
8. Make sure you install every possible option in your car, even if
your car is a Yugo.
9. If you are an Iranian woman, dye your hair an obviously fake shade
of blonde that is nonexistent in nature and swear that it's natural.
10. If you are an Iranian-American, act like your father was royalty
Forwarded by Siamak Namazi
* Could fuel hatred
Mahmmoud-Reza Hussaini writes:
The fundamental changes that President Khatami is formulating and the struggle
for change is not about "Chaharchanb'e Souri" or other trivial
with fire"]. The struggle for change is about the soul of our
nation and its evolution into a democratic Islamic nation. I could perhaps
compare your efforts to that of a journalist only concentrating on the
behavior of spectators in a vital soccer game ... FULL
* Khatami: worst choice
Jamshid E. writes: Iranians are again being fooled by a "progressive"
of the Year"]. But as usual religion has never been progressive
for their promoters to be progressive and as such those who are foolishly
hoping to establish a democratic regime under Khatami are again blindfolded
with the fact that first of all he is a molla and as such can not be progressive
regardless of what he says ... FULL
* Conference: Iranian studies
Call For Papers: The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, May
25-28, 2000, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD; organized by the American
Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and The Society for Iranian Studies
Book of the Week
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By Josef Wiesehofer
Josef Wiesehofer, one of the most respected scholars of the ancient
world, provides here a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under
the Achaemenids, the Parthians and the Sasanians. By focusing on the indigenous
sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia -
he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so
heavily on foreign and sometimes prejudiced Greek or Roman sources. Part
of the freshness of this book comes from its presentation of a historical
discussion of pre-Islamic Persia from a Near Eastern perspective.
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Khatami's French visit put off In row over
PARIS (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has scrapped
plans for an April visit to Paris because France would have served wine
at a state banquet, French diplomatic sources said. Khatami's office announced
Monday that the visit, only the second to the West by an Iranian president
since the 1979 Islamic revolution, was postponed ``as no agreement has been
reached with French authorities on respecting Islamic and national norms.''
... FULL TEXT
Saudi defense minister to visit Iran next
march 30, irna -- iranian ambassador to saudi arabia mohamma reza nouri
shahroudi announced monday that the saudi minister of defense and civil
aviation prince sultan ibn abd al-azia as-sa'ud will pay an official visit
to iran from may 1. he told irna that the visit is considered to be significant
as the defense minister holds a very important position in the saudi government
... FULL TEXT
Iran summons Yugoslav envoy over Kosovo
TEHRAN, March 27 (Reuters) - The Iranian foreign ministry has summoned
the Yugoslav charge d'affaires in Tehran to protest against reported killings
of ethnic Albanian Moslems in Kosovo by Serbs, the official IRNA news agency
said on Saturday. The ministry expressed Iran's concern over extremist Serbs'
suppression of Moslems, IRNA said, after the meeting late on Friday ...
Special report: Iran's petrochemical industry
Tehran, march 29, irna -- after years of stagnation, iran's
petrochemical industry is striving to be a major player in the middle east,
wrote an article in the cover story of iran exports & imports. buckled
under the pressures of war, slowed by u.s. sanctions in the post war period,
the industry survived, recovered and grew considerably, emerging bigger
and more confident than ever been ... Part
One... Part Two...Part three...Part four
BP Amoco shortens field in oil race
LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - A merger with Atlantic Richfield would
remove one of BP Amoco's most aggressive U.S. rivals from a race for international
oil and gas ventures, analysts said. With a stroke of the pen, Arco's name
would vanish from a list of contenders for dazzling international upstream
opportunities including multibillion dollar openings in energy giants Iran
and Kuwait ... FULL TEXT
Faezeh Rafsanjani in the U.S.
Majlis deputy and publisher
of Zan newspaper Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani is traveling to the U.S. to deliver
a number of speeches ... FULL TEXT
Updated March 29
dollar now offered at 790-810 tomans in the U.S. and 817 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Twnety-four-hour Persian programming from Southern California.
Voted one of the best humor sites of the year. It kinda
Wine or death!
If they do not want to drink it, we of course do not oblige them, but
if we want to drink, we do. That is our custom.
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman commenting on Iran's insistance
that wine not be served during President Khatami's visit to Paris.
France trip over wine"
March 29, 1999
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"Sound of Music" - in Persian