We're are all special
Photographed by Nader Davoodi
December 17, 1999
I always get excited when I get a package from Nader Davoodi. It's beacuse
I KNOW he has sent more great pictures. Davoodi is a master at giving extraordinary
depth and meaning to ordinary moments. Or maybe he sees a unique quality
in every person and situation. To him, there is no such thing as ordinary.
We're are all special. We're all different.
This is his fifth feature in The Iranian. I will make damn sure
that there would be more >>> GO
Writers demand justice
December 18, 1999, (Asr-e Azadegan) -- Writers demand the prosecution
of journalists who "collaborated" in the chain murder of dissdents
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Can you believe it? My cousin emailed me last night asking
why I was "auctioning off" iranian.com. Auctioning off? AUCTIONING
OFF? What the hell? So I went to this auction site and sure enough, there it was,
iranian.com up for sale. Starting bid $600 (Wow! That's ten times more
than what I paid. This is the first time something I own has gone UP in
value. Finally, I'm rich).
So I immediatelty sent half a dozen messages to the auction site to
stop the nonesense. How could a domain be auctioned off without the owner's
knowledge? I guess I can start an auction too. I'll auction off my neighbor's
cranky dog (starting bid: 50 cents, or best offer).
* What matters is freedom, not history
Saghi Zarinkalk writes:
In reference to Mr. Hashemi's letter, "Untidy
semi-detached house", there's no doubt that Iran's history is
far more affluent than the United States', but the sexual liberation movement
encompasses most of the world, not just the U.S.
Besides, comparing the two countries' history does not elevate one's
present conditions as being better or worst. Le'ts not forget why we all
moved to the U.S., Europe and other countries. It certainly wasn't for
their rich history, but their freedom. And let's not undermine the desperate
urge of our fellow Iranians to get out of Iran NOW and in the past two
Rich history or not, freedom comes first. Iranians in Iran want freedom
like everyone else in the world. Some of them want to look at women some
want better education or some want both. Nobody can choose for them, it's
their personal preference. We have all chosen freedom over our past ...
* Personal problems
writes: This is in response to Ms. Zarinkalk's article ["Khodeti"]
and others by Laleh Khalili ["Not
their fault"]. Okay, what you are trying to say is that Iranian
culture is dominated by wife-beating males who want nothing but submission
from their wives.
But to Ms. Zarinkalk and others I have to say that your problems are
personal, and you have to solve them with yourselves. I just want to say
"Khodaa pedar-e in aamrikaa ro biyaamorzeh keh shomaahaa ro beh aazaadi
va tamaddon resoond!
* Market: Shanbeh baazaar, New York
There is an Iranian fleamarket in New York (shanbeh baazaar) every first
Saturday of the month at Khaneh-y-iran 1075 2nd ave (btwn 56 & 57th
street), Manhattan, New York. The next one will be on January 8, at 8 pm.
Free addmission. Vendors welcome at no charge.
TICKETS ONLINE AT YOUR SITE
Books of the Week
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh
ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi
sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar
va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan
Iranian books for sale
Video of the Week
the olive trees
This is Abbas Kiarostami's most romantic film (English subtitles). It
is the third part of a trilogy set in northern Iran. For other Kiarostami
videos, click here.
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Registration closes for Iranian parliament
TEHRAN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Registration of candidates closed on
Friday for Iran's crucial parliamentary elections in February which will
pit reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami against conservative
opponents. ``We had registered 4,842 persons, including about 260 women
by Thursday night. No final sign-up figures are available yet,'' an election
official told reporters >>> FULL TEXT
Iran Freedom Movement party defends itself
Dec 17 (AFP) - The opposition Iran Freedom Movement hit back at conservatives
after their leader, parliamentary speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, accused
it of trying to seize control of the universities with pro-American forces.
In an unprecedented attack, IFM, which so far has been tolerated by the
conservative-dominated regime, charged that "the conservative monopolists"
are responsible for "two decades of crisis, difficulties, corruption
and bankruptcy in the country." >>> FULL TEXT
Ayatollah Khamenei criticizes "internal
Dec 17 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Friday
"internal enemies of the people and the Islamic revolution," in
an apparent reference to imprisoned pro-reform editor Abdollah Nuri and
a liberal opposition group. "These naive enemies, who may or may not
be religious, are going down the wrong road as our external enemies and
foreign radio stations wish," Khamenei said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran vows no let-up in its hostility to
Israel despite new Syria talks
Dec 17 (AFP) - Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Friday that Iran
would remain committed to the Palestinian cause, in an apparent criticism
of long-time Arab ally Syria's resumption of peace talks with Israel. "It's
an illusion. Nothing is yet finished," Khamenei said, without referring
explicitly to the talks, which restarted this week in Washington. He added
that Iran "would not abandon Palestine and the Palestinian cause."
>>> FULL TEXT
Oil steadies with OPEC cuts drawing stocks
SINGAPORE, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Crude prices in Asia on Friday remained
relatively steady, propped up by declining stocks as OPEC output cuts bite.
January New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) crude futures last traded at
$26.80 per barrel at 0650 GMT, a marginal three cents lower from its settlement
in New York >>> FULL TEXT
Encyclopaedia of Art
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The most important event in Iran's publishing
scene las week was the publication of "Daeratolmaaref-e Honar"
(Encyclopaedia of Art). It's the result of seven year's of work by Rouin
Pakbaz. It has spelling mistakes but the 2,537 entries and numerous color
pictures make it good investment for art students >>> FULL TEXT
Three books in one week
(Asr-e Azadegan) - In these uncertain economic times it is unusual for a
publisher to put out three collection of stories by first-time novelists
in just one week. But that's exactly what Hamrah Publishers has done >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Hamburg's only goal scored by Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia
helped the team move up to third place in the German first division league
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin and Hamid Derakhshan name the best players
of the past two decades >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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The conservative monopolists [are responsible for] two decades of crisis,
difficulties, corruption and bankruptcy in the country.
-- Iran Freedom Movement
December 17, 1999
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