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Tuesday December 21, 1999 / Azar 30 1378, No. 872


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Opinion

Here to stay
Lamenting our lost roots is unproductive

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
December 21, 1999
The Iranian

While the Iranians of the inside have to find ways to extricate themselves from the medieval climate around them, those of the diaspora must adapt to rapidly changing conditions of a society hurling itself into the future.

Fortunately, our new locale, especially here in the U.S., offers us the elements and tools for surviving in and benefiting from this future-in-development. Indeed, a world of information is available to us; there is no censorship; no limit to our curiosity and learning . We know we cannot totally recreate Iran. We have to make choices among our traditions; we must keep and honor those which are helpful in our new conditions and put aside those which would hinder our quest for progress. And in so doing we might be of some assistance to our countrymen in bringing about change inside Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Outlook

Political maturity

December 20, 1999 (Asr-e Azadegan -- Columnist Massoud Behnoud argues that the Majlis elections will show that people have learned a lesson from extremism and that Iran is moving from political infancy >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


    Anyway

Digeh chi?

Zuhair Al-Ghatam writes to The Iranian:

I hope you give me pictures of 1- Dariush, 2- Layla Forouhar, 3- Googoosh, 4- Nice Iranian girls.


More Letters

* Due credit

Macco writes: I often read the letters section of The Iranian with great interest and amusement. No letter has provoked such a reaction as "Semi-detached house". The author describes the Untied States as a "non-cultural" society which seems to have no culture in relation to Iran. This portrayal misses the point ...

U.S. culture is strongly rooted in the Western and English tradition. The literary heritage of such poets as Shakespeare and Milton, still have a dramatic impact on American culture ... The drive of invention from Edison to Bill Gates is internationally recognized. All of these accomplishments have common philosophic threads of personal responsibility and initiative, equality, mobility and honesty.

You may not agree with some of the results, but American culture has produced an economic powerhouse, superior technological position and an unrivaled military. Credit must be given when due >>> FULL TEXT

* Way to go

Calpac writes: Loved the poem ["Sipping lattes in diaspora"]. Way to go Shafagh Moeel.

* Charming Tajrish

Kumar Sahadpour writes: I used to live in Tajrish for so many years ["Maydoon-e Tajrish"]. I loved every piece and corner of it. I still do. It had a charm and beauty of its own in the evenings of summers. Could I be fortunate enough to see those streets and "koucheh haa" one more time? I don't know, but I'm hoping. And I say it with the sincierest feeling that we all can travel or stay there in confidence.


* Art: Iranian art in America: Make it happen

Gallery Ovissi, California, and Evolving Perceptions, Washington DC, have been provided with a wonderful opportunity to bring to the United States an incredible collection of contemporary art from Aria Gallery in Tehran. Gallery Ovissi is working hard to have this collection of over 60 works travel to Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Gallery Ovissi is interested to seek space in the Washington DC area to host this collection for the last week of March 2000 or for the first week of April 2000. We are in search of a viable space for this exhibition in Washington DC. Anyone interested in providing assistance, please contact Maryam Ovissi at [email protected]

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Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
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By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
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By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
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ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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I do not see a breakthrough [in Iran -U.S. relations] in the coming months, but eventually the rupture in ties will end. The problem has to be resolved one day.

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