The night before
"Nowhere else would I see the color of Tehran's mornings"
By Gina B. Nahai
August 24, 1999
Excerpt from Gina B. Nahai's Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
(p. 206). The novel spent twelve weeks on the Los Angeles Times
Bestseller list, including two weeks at #1. It has been released in
the U.S., England, Greece, Norway, and Italy, and is being translated into
six other languages.
I searched for a keepsake I could take to America. Looking around, I
realized that I shoudl have gathered Roxanna's belongings long ago, that
I should have locked everything away so no one could walk in on her memories
after I was gone. I saw the box where Roxanna had saved Mercedez's address,
quickly took the envelope, and shoved it into my dress pocket ... GO
Chew on this
The origins of aadaamss
By Pedram Missaghi
August 24, 1999
I had no idea the word "aadaamss" comes from an old American
brand name: Adams chewing gum.
The story is similar to "Kleenex", which is also commonly
used in Iran to refer to paper tissues. In the case of chewing gum, the
Adams brand was the first of its kind and thus people went on to call it
by that name. (Remember aadaamss-e khorus neshaan?) ... GO
Their man in Iran
August 20, 1999
He was the CIA's top expert on Iran , recruiting agents and running
them from Istanbul and Paris. Then he stalked out of the organization
and slammed the door behind him. In his first interview, Reuel Gerecht,
a.k.a. Edward Shirley, challenges the conventi Ronen Bergman
People familiar with the inner workings of both Gerecht and the Central
Intelligence Agency say they are not surprised that he did not survive
there for more than a decade. To begin with, he is a Jew in an organization
that for many years preferred Protestants almost exclusively. He is also
a natural rebel and hates accepting authority, traits that would seem
to be incompatible with work in an espionage organization whose rigid
bureaucracy has been the subject of endless verbiage ... FULL TEXT
Bad Iranain cement?
And what about Turkish cemenet? Care to ask what the quake
Turkish Daily News
August 24, 1999
Chairman of an Anatolian cement producing company says the sale of Iranian
cement is conducted without control and that this damages the Turkish economy.
Cement factories have claimed cement imported from Iran could cause
deaths in parts of Anatolia because it is unreliable in earthquakes ...
* Ankara in 1985
Vahid N. writes: I enjoyed reading your 'documentary' about your trip
to Turkey as well as the nice photos ["Mission
accomplished"]. I could connect with most of the pictures and
your descriptions of life in Turkey, as I got my student visa in Ankara
back in 1985, and for that, I had to spend about two months in Turkey.
One month to wait for my turn to have an interview, and three weeks for
my student visa to be approved.
Back then there were a lot more Iranians at the U.S. embassy each day,
maybe several hundred. And a U.S. Visa, for some people, was like the key
to the Heaven, or an exit from Hell! I could see people crying coming out
of the embassy, either from the joy of getting the visa, or the sadness
of their application being denied ... FULL
* Just as racist
Mike Khatibi writes: I beg
to differ ["Mission
accomplished"]! I have met Turkish people, I have lived with
Turkish people and I know Turkish people. They are just as bit racist as
Iranians. Sorry to break the bad news to you.
They are very much like Iranians, good on the surface but cunning underneath.
That is why Westerners always have a very difficult time predicting Middle-Easterners.
* Lobbying: Iranians in America
This Radio Free Europe (Persian service) program is about the 2nd generation
of the Iranian Americans who do not wish to join political groups any more
but instead tend to form non-political organizations in order to become
a powerful lobby in the U.S. and other countries. Listen to the 2nd half
of the program (minutes 15 thru 27) ... HERE
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Khatami calls economic plan "great
TEHRAN, Aug 24 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami defended
his new five-year economic plan on Tuesday as a leap forward for the Islamic
republic's hobbling oil-dependent econcomy. "We need a profound change
to reform and strengthen our economic infrasturcture," Khatami said
as Iran kicked off its annual "Government Week" to evaluate the
state of the nation ... FULL TEXT
Iran Jewish deputy urges speedy trial for
TEHRAN, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A Jewish member of Iran's parliament
has called on authorities to speed up the trial of 13 Jews charged with
spying for Israel, a newspaper said on Sunday ... FULL TEXT
Talks at standstill with Iran kidnappers
to release tourists: report
Aug 24 (AFP) - Iranian kidnappers holding four Western tourists and their
guide hostage have allowed one of their ailing captives to get medicine
but talks to free the five men are at a standstill, newspapers said Tuesday
... FULL TEXT
Khatami urges security for foreign tourists
TEHRAN, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has
called on security forces to increase protection for foreign tourists after
four Europeans were kidnapped and other visitors harassed, state radio reported
on Saturday ... FULL TEXT
First women-only police station opened
Aug 23 (AFP) - Iran 's first women-only police station opened Sunday in
the holy city of Mashhad in the north east of the country, the press reported.
The papers did not say how many women had been taken on ... FULL TEXT
Drug hauls surge 43 percent in five months
TEHRAN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Drug seizures in Iran, a key smuggling
route, have jumped 43 percent to 80 tonnes since March, the Iranian news
agency IRNA said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
Pakistan minister in Iran for drugs fight
TEHRAN, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Interior Minister Shujaat
Hussain arrived in Iran on Monday for talks on the two neighbours' fight
against drug smuggling, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported ... FULL
Iran issues state bonds to cover budget
TEHRAN, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Drought-hit Iran has imported 5.6 million
tonnes of wheat in the five months since March 1999, up 2.6 million tonnes
on the previous 12 months, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday ...
Too soon to cash in on oil rally-Iran
DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) - OPEC powerhouse Iran said on Sunday that
it was too early for oil producers to abandon the global output cuts that
have sharply boosted prices to their highest levels in nearly two years
... FULL TEXT
Iran to get extra $3 billion in oil revenue
(Aug. 23) XINHUA - Iran is expected to gain more than 3 billion U.S. dollars
in additional oil revenue this year as a result of the current oil price
recovery, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
... FULL TEXT
Tehran, (Neshat) - A film about a martyr whose son becomes a musician
("Siavash") finally gets the okay from the Culture Ministry ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Love is on the screen
(Neshat) - Love is the common theme in films screened in Iran this summer
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Getting ready for Japan
(Neshat) - National soccer team gets ready to face Japan. News from the
training acmp ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Greece appetite for Iranians
(Neshat) - Greece soccer clubs are impressed with the performance of Iranian
players. They are looking to grab some more ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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"Given this promising potential, The Mihan Foundation
(based in the U.S.) is determined to devote itself to facilitating evolutionary
development in Iran." It's president is Abdolmadjid Madjidi, former
Plan and Budget chief under the Shah.
The New Millennium
Sounds like the folks over at NASA are ready to trade in
the current spaceship for an upgrade. Their New Millennium program describes
a plan of "speeding up ... exploration of space through the development
of very advanced technology."
Nowhere else in the world
The car glided through dark streets. I listened to the sounds of the
tires scraping against the asphalt, of Mashti's shoes hitting the clutch
and the gas pedal, of Sohrab breathing next to me. As we drove north, the
sky began to lighten, slowly revealing the contours of the Alborz Mountains.
I rolled down the window and looked up. Nowhere else in the world would
I see the color of Tehran's mornings.
--Gina B. Nahai
from Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
August 24, 1999
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