Tehran's junk food heaven
Written and photographed by Siamak Namazi
April 21, 1999
Darband is definitely among my favorite places in Tehran. I love the
fact that there is an abundance of junk food as far as the eye can see,
and that it is Iranian junk food! Lavashak, aloo jangali, chaqaleh badum,
gerdoo, zalzalk, you name it. There is little room for imported candies.
In fact, the only packaged junk food found in abundance is pofak namaki,
which is a national treasure (ask any Iranian kid) ... GO
Internet & Imams in Iran
From Mike Theodoulou in Iran
The Times of London
The imams are wrestling with the Internet in the battle for the nation's
A young woman sporting Doc Martens was sipping a cappuccino and giggling
at her screen. A balding man was checking the state of play on Wall Street.
We ordered espressos and went looking for sex. Pictures, centrefolds, pin-ups,
that sort of thing.
"Sex?" mused Reza, a stubble-jawed customer who was drinking
sweet tea brewed in a steaming samovar the size of a beer barrel. "Most
people here are more interested in music or sport." Our curiosity
was purely academic, we assured him. In this spirit of scientific inquiry
he reluctantly obliged, keying in playboy.com and proving that yes, such
things are indeed available in Iran . Well, technically at least. Reza
logged off as the site was downloading, well before we caught an eyeful
of any Playmate. "This is the Islamic Republic," he explained
... FULL TEXT
Thanks to Payman Arabshahi
My name is Maryam. I am a Persian living in Bahrain. I go to a school
with mainly Arabs and many of them don't know much about the beauty of
this country. By that, as a school project and for me to learn more about
html, since it's my first time designing a web page, I decided to design
a web page about Iran and put as much information in it for tourists to
benefit from ... GO
TO WEB SITE
Masoud Almassi writes:
We, Iranians, cherish the thought of being "ZERANG" which is
a term that can hardly be translated into English ["Aaberoo
reezi"]. Ideally, Zerang means to be clever and bright. In practice,
however, an Iranian who has earned the title "Zerang", is often
a crafty liar, a cheat, an opportunist, and untrustworthy. One could say,
a huge and dark side of our culture is summarized in one word ... FULL
* Amateurs night?
Ali R. Shemirani writes:
What is this amateurs night ["Midget"]?
I hope the author of this piece has another job.
* Conference: Iran and the Second World
The Center for the History of Diplomacy Studies in the Institute for
Political and International Studies (IPIS) intends to convene a seminar
on Iran and the Second World War, on September 25-26, 1999. The main topics
of this scientific gathering are based on two political and cultural dimensions
with the following subtitles:... DETAILS
Book of the Week
Behind the Tall Walls
From Palace to Prison
An autobiography by Azar Aryanpour
Not long after Azar Aryanpour returned home to Iran in September of
1978, following a visit with two of her children in Washington, DC, a state
of martial law was declared. Her husband-the former Minister of Health
and Welfare under the Shah and an American-trained orthopaedic surgeon
who played a role in the real-life events chronicled in Ken Follett's best-selling
book On Wings of Eagles-was subsequently and wrongfully imprisoned. Now,
nearly two decades later, Azar Aryanpour speaks for the first time in Behind
the Tall Walls, an autobiographical retrospective of the tumultuous
events that resulted in the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ...
GO TO BOOK
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Conservatives want Mohajerani impeached
TEHRAN, April 21 (Reuters) - A group of conservative Iranian deputies
called on Wednesday for the impeachment of Iran's moderate culture minster,
in the latest assault on President Mohammad Khatami's reforms ... FULL TEXT
Kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
April 21 (AFP) - Mohsen Kadivar, a liberal cleric charged with spreading
propaganda hostile to Iran's Islamic regime, has been sentenced to 18 months
in prison, his lawyer announced Wednesday. Hossein Musavi Tabrizi told the
official IRNA news agency that Kadivar, who is close to reformist President
Mohammad Khatami, had been sentenced to prison by the hardline Special Court
for Clergy ... FULL TEXT
Karbaschi appeals again for retrial on
April 21 (AFP) - Tehran's former moderate mayor Gholamhossen Karbaschi,
convicted last year of corruption, lodged another appeal to the supreme
court Wednesday seeking a retrial, his lawyer said. The move followed the
failure Tuesday of a similar appeal to the supreme court by Karbaschi, who
faces arrest at any time to serve a two-year jail term imposed in December
... FULL TEXT
Iran wants more than a "diplomatic
smile" from Clinton
April 21 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi welcomed Wednesday
conciliatory remarks by US President Bill Clinton but stressed that a "diplomatic
smile" was not enough and there must be a "change in behaviour."
... FULL TEXT
U.S. school shooting gets top billing on
TEHRAN, April 21 (Reuters) - Iran's state television allotted 10
minutes to the ``tragic'' U.S. school shooting at the top of its main news
programme on Wednesday, blaming it on the widespread depiction of violence
in American movies ... FULL TEXT
Iran says inflation at 20 pct in year to
TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Inflation in Iran rose to 20 percent
in the year to March, up from 17.3 percent in the previous year, Iranian
state televison reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Love story is a best seller
(Hamshahri) - "Talkhak" a novel by Nasser Karami has been one
of the best selling books in Iran in recent months. It's a love story ...
FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Final days... will Esteqlal become Asia's
(Hamshahri) - Next week the best soccer club in Asia will emerge from championship
matches. Will it be Esteqlal? ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Women's sports: Shrinking budget
(Iran daily) - The budget for women's sports is the same for last year -
but considering inflation, the real amount is actually less ... FULL PERSIAN
Updated April 21
dollar now offered at 802-812 tomans in the U.S. and 815 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Official site preparing for the U.N.-designated Year of
Dialogue of Civilizations (2001), which was proposed by President Khatami.
Click on "slide show" show on top right corner.
The journal for a new frontier.
Sagi keh paars koneh, nemeegeereh.
(A dog that barks does not bite)
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