There have been some recent developments in the sanctions debate in Washington that have significant impact on the business community. This is namely due to a recent presidential announcement and several new congressional bills meant to reinstate the U.S. as a reliable supplier in the international trade community. But we are no there yet.
An old friend once told me that there is no leadership by consensus. That is a great slogan for a yuppie office poster but truth be known, that old friend of mine is now very alone and generally considered to be like a bull in a china shop. No one relates to him because he does not make an effort to relate to his surroundings or to changing times. In retrospect, I think shortly after the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy took a left turn somewhere and got lost when it came to being a team player. The only way we can find our way back into the international community is to use trade opportunities abroad as our guiding light ... GO TO FEATURE
Those summer days
Each year right after the end of school, we would pack up for three months and spend the summer with grandma. She lived in a big old house with my aunt and uncles. Everyone called her Khanoom Jan. She ruled the birooni as well as the andarooni with her strong presence and loving gestures. Almost every week she had a project which involved everyone in the family and we all had to take part and do something.
With so many beautiful and productive trees, we had endless fun at the orchard: Climbing trees to reach for the biggest and brightest fruit, hiding from everyone for hours and reading (giving Grandma a scare!), watching trains go by from the seclusion of a tree, escaping the afternoon heat in the breezy canopy of an old apricot tree, dreaming, shaking trees at harvest time, charting our growth line and carving the names of the ones we loved on the trunks... those were our summer days ... GO TO FEATURE
By Mehrnoosh Mazarei
Clara va mnn
Recently several people wrote to complain about Massud Alemi's disturbing short story, "Midget". Some even thought it condoned violence against women.
Just a few days later, Mehrnoosh Mazarei's book of short stories arrived in the mail . The first story daastaan-e gham-angizeh yek jenaayat-e holnaak (The sad story of a horrific crime) was every bit as disturbing, only with a different twist (in Persian)... GO TO PAGE ONE
Andre the great
By Jahanshah Javid