One bullet at a time. I count them.
By Farnoosh Moshiri
December 15, 1999
Excerpts from chapter seven of Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall
of the Almighty (1999, Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, MA).
Moshiri grew up in a literary family in Tehran. She worked as a playwright
and fiction writer in Iran, before fleeing the country in 1983 after her
play was banned and its director and cast arrested. Winner of the Barthelme
Memorial Fellowship at the University of Houston, she now teaches creative
writing and literature. This is her first novel.
Sixteen hooded guards invade the cell, two for each of us. They handcuff
and push us out. The cold muzzles of their guns touch our temples. They
drag Shams like an empty sack behind them. They hit the dervish in the
mouth. He keeps murmuring >>> GO
The Reform Wave in Iran Is Gaining Momentum
By Philip Bowring
International Herald Tribune
December 15, 1999
TEHRAN -- A quiet counterrevolution is gaining momentum
here. It is evident on the streets and in the newspapers, and on Feb. 18
it will have a real, if circumscribed, opportunity to express itself at
the ballot box. It should eventually lead to Iran regaining the position
in its region that its size, geography and level of development merit.
This is not to imply that the clerical domination of society is in any
immediate danger. Indeed, for fear of inciting a powerful and ruthless
right wing, most reformists are at pains to emphasize gradualism and the
compatibility of their demands with the leadership's interpretation of
religion >>> FULL
You go girls!
"Hejab-2" stormed past rival "Azar" 5-2 in the Tehran
women's league soccer match >>> FULL
TEXT AND IMAGE
* Chossi aamadan
K. Ghazi Wakili writes:
I do think that Ms. Afsari's story ["The
sixth man"] would be well suited in some chatroom but not as a
feature. These so-called "chossi aamadan-haa" disturbs the image
of your otherwise excellent web site.
* Hezb-e baad
Bijan writes: First
of all I was very happy to find an old issue of Zan-e Rooz ["Miss Iran, 1978"]
issue, and I dearly thank the people who have made this possible.
In 1978 I got tickets to see the Miss Iran event and I enjoyed the whole
show. At the time I was 17-years old, so I was really into these events.
Few years later, when all the universities were open again -- after
the cultural revolution -- everybody had to wear the hejab. One day I noticed
one of the Miss Iran finalists Ms.
Azita Takin in the university corridors wearing a huge maghnaeh, no
hair was showing and she was always hanging out with pro-revolution and
very religous groups. Of course , I could,nt beleive my eyes. But, I never
A year later, one day I was watching a science program on TV and guess
who was the presenter? You guessed it, Ms Takin with her big hejab. This
was about 15 years ago. And that was the last time I saw her. She is the
most vivid example of "ozv-e hezb-e baad".
* Dance: Rhythms of Persia, North Carolina
"Rhythms of Persia" premiere performance of the Silk Road
Dance Company, in a special collaboration with the divine Mitra will be
held on Saturday January 15, 2000 at the Stewart Theatre (North Carolina
State University) in Raleigh, NC. Starting at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored
by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC), and the Iranian
Students Association of NC State University (ISA) >>> DETAILS HERE
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ham baazandeh-and (1999)
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By Simin Daneshvar
va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan
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rights and family law in the Mid-East.
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Rafsanjani registers as election candidate
Dec 15 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani registered
himself as a candidate for February's key elections Wednesday, the official
IRNA news agency reported. He presented his papers in person at the Tehran
local government office, IRNA said. He said he was standing "out of
duty" and "out of concern for national solidarity as well as to
contribute to the success of the government's plans." >>>
Lawyer rejects doubts over Abdollah Nuri's
registration for polls
Dec 15 (AFP) - Jailed former vice president Abdollah Nuri's registration
as a candidate for key parliamentary elections in February is "cut
and dried," his lawyer said Wednesday dismissing doubts raised over
the key reformer's eligibility. "His registration is cut and dried
and we won't except any more excuses" for not accepting it, lawyer
Mohsen Rahami told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
Parliament approves outlines of amnesty
Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranians living abroad, including opponents of the current
regime, will be able to return home under the terms of the Islamic Republic's
first ever general amnesty law which received initial approval from parliament
Wednesday. The bill successfully passed its first reading, and parliament
will now proceed to discuss it in detail >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami calls for rapid solution to murders
Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday he wanted
a "speedy solution" to multiple killings of Iranian intellectuals
and dissidents that shocked the country at the end of last year and the
beginning of this. "I have not had direct responsibility for this weighty
and complex case, but I hope we shall arrive at a speedy solution,"
he told journalists as he left parliament after presenting his budget >>>
Khatami submits balanced budget to parliament
Dec 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami submitted a balanced budget
Wednesday with revenue and expenditure 29 percent higher than last year.
"It is a balanced budget which is within the country's means,"
the reformist president said in a speech to the conservative- dominated
parliament >>> FULL TEXT
Turkey doubts Iran plan to pump gas in
ANKARA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it will start
natural gas exports to Turkey in two weeks in defiance of U.S. efforts to
isolate Tehran but Ankara cast doubt on the timetable for the new deliveries
>>> FUL TEXT
Parliament rejects law to protect foreign
Dec 15 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament Wednesday turned down new legislation
to protect foreign tourists drafted after a wave of kidnappings of Western
nationals threatened the country's fledgling tourism sector >>>
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Novelist Simin Daneshvar is honored in
a special ceremony >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
What a mess!
Tehran (Iran daily) -Political factions are literally fighting
for control of Tehran's municipal cultural centers >>> FULL TEXT
Iran to play in U.S. only if ...
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Wednesday it would play a friendly
soccer match in the United States in January only if U.S. officials waived
a requirement to fingerprint the Iranian players, which Tehran has denounced
as offensive. The match would mark the first time the United States had
hosted Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT
(Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis will soon hold a big farewell party for its
retiring goalkeeper Ahmadreza Abedzadeh >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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-- Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani registering as a Majlis
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