By Siamak Kiarostami
December 3, 1999
A four-letter word where I grew up
A schizophrenic secret of our past
Khosro Roozbeh who defended and died for
His people and his passion, was my namesake
I come from
Forgotten obscure Iranian youth shot hung and tortured
Who ended up abroad and underground
Underappreciated, exiled, forgotten Communists ... GO
It is time to forget Iran's past
By Peter Temple -Morris
British Labour MP for Leominster
December 3, 1999
For the last 20 years since Iran's revolution
our relations have been difficult. [Britain's] close historical ties with
Iran, their often semi-colonial nature and our enthusiastic support for
the late Shah have not made things easy.
Now there is a new dawn and a great opportunity. The unexpected election
in 1997 of President Khatami on a programme of modernisation and reform
has given rise to great expectations. Whether these will be fulfilled remains
to be seen but now is the time to get closer ... FULL
Yesterday someone emailed me asking how much was I going to sell iranian.com
"Give me a five figure offer," I replied out of curiosity.
"$01,500. Good?" was his reply. Yes. Not even $10,500 but
"SOLD!" I joked.
Then he said, "It's not a serious offer yet, just an estimate.
First, I have to see the number of hits it gets, and how it is promoted.
When I get the domain, the site comes with it, correct?"
Classic por roo. Yeh chizi ham dasti baayad bedeem ... laa elaaha elalaa.
* Long live Iran
writes: I believe very strongly in where I'm from. Iran. And even though
I'm an American citizen influenced by many American views, that does not
affect my beliefs. I have one hundred percent Iranian blood!
As a fourteen-year-old I have spent four of my summers there. And my
expierence cannot be put into words. It was all just so beautiful; the
people, the places, the food. I know that the love of my country is more
than the love Shakspeare had for writng. And that this bond is here to
stay until the end of life ... FULL
* Thanking Allah for this blessed land
In response to, "What are you thankful for?"
writes: I had Thanksgiving dinner with an American Jewish and Catholic
family. There were people fresh off the boat with a lesbian couple from
New York, an aging cross-dressing couple, a retired US army captain, a
few long-haired people stuck in the 60s, bunch of kids and I - the Iranian
guy from California. We ate turkey and stuffing, partied and drank. I taught
them to say "Beh salaamati " and I said "Lekha'im"
every other time we raised our glasses.
All of us newcomers came here for various reasons and this great country
accepted us with open arms and treated us like its own children. Thanksgiving
to me is all about thanking Allah for this blessed land ... FULL
* Literature: Book reading in Los Angeles
Gelareh Asayesh, author of "Saffron Sky, A Life Between Iran and
America," will be speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 8th on the
campus of the University of Southern California. The event, sponsored by
the Iranian Graduate Student Association of USC, will be held in Room 200
of the Stauffer Lecture Hall. The speech will be followed by a book sale
and signing. Asayesh will also be speaking and signing books at 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 12th, at Ketab Corp's book store in Westwood. She'll be
speaking on KFI Radio's "Handel in the Morning" show on Thursday,
Dec. 9th at 8:30 a.m. and Joe Dominic's "Beneath the Surface,"
at 5 p.m. Dec. 9th.
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Clerics boycott U.S. meeting in protest
TEHRAN (Reuters) - A delegation of Iranian clerics has withdrawn
from a seminar in Washington in protest at their treatment by U.S. immigration
authorities, Iranian officials and conference organizers said Friday. The
scholars from the holy Shi'ite Muslim city of Qom were to take part in a
seminar on Islam and secularism -- part of the people-to-people exchanges
encouraged by both U.S. and Iranian officials as a way to warm long-strained
relations ... FULL TEXT
Janati accuses Washington of serial killings
Dec 3 (AFP) - Conservative Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati accused
the United States Friday of being behind a series of murders of intellectuals
and opposition politicians in Iran a year ago ... FULL TEXT
Pakistan military ruler to visit Bahrain,
ISLAMABAD, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Pakistani military ruler General Pervez
Musharraf will visit Bahrain and Iran next week in his third trip to fellow
Islamic states after seizing power in October, Foreign Ministry sources
said on Friday. They said Musharraf would leave for Bahrain on December
8 and would go on to Tehran the same evening after talks with Bahraini Emir
Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa ... FULL TEXT
Iran said to reassure Afghan opposition
ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Iran promised on Thursday to continue
diplomatic support for the Afghan opposition even though it has abandoned
its trade blockade on the ruling Taleban, an opposition spokesman said.
``They clarified their stance, reassuring us that Iran still recognises
us as the legitimate government,'' spokesman Dr Abdullah told Reuters by
satellite telephone from opposition-held northeast Afghanistan. ``Its position
has not changed since the reopening of its border with the Taleban.'' ...
Oil price dithers ahead of crunch Iraq
LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Nervy oil markets dithered on Friday
with traders torn between fears of more disruption to Iraqi supplies and
hints that OPEC could raise output if prices stay too high for too long.
Benchmark Brent futures for January delivery rested just one cent up at
$24.97 a barrel by 1300 GMT, pausing from a series of wild swings in the
last two weeks up to a nine-year high at $25.90 then briefly down to $23.20
... FULL TEXT
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Feature on poet Mohammad Ali Sepalou.
Includes poem he wrote for the murdered writer, Mohammad Mokhtari (PDF file)
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Murdered writers in history
Tehran (Hamshahri) - New books: On the murder of Iranian writers
throughout history (until very recently), includes last year's chain murders.
And a collection of Sohrab Sepehri's poems in Persian and English ... FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Asr-e Azadegan) - Esteqlal had it all wrappep up. Playing against Saudi
Arabia's al-Ittihad in Tehran, Esteqlal was ahead 1-0 until the 90th minute
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - Members of the national Iranian table tennis team have been
announced ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Even before the actual start of the third millennium in
2001, one of the issues facing us is what to call the first decade of the
The Americans were behind the serial murders because they were committed
by people supported and protected by the United States.
-- Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, member of Council of Guardians
December 3, 1999
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