After all, I am Iranian
Do not let us forget who we are
By Shima Jalalipour
July 1, 1999
To be an Iranian teenager in America is undoubtedly difficult. There
are so many temptations and pressures. We must preserve our culture, but
adjust ourselves to our surroundings. We are expected to achieve great
feats, while remaining simple and down-to-earth. To our parents we a reflection
of them. We strive to belong; we want to be acepted by our friends, and
hope our parents would accept them ...
Today's Iranian teenagers do not deny their culture, they just want
to belong. Parents need to enrich their children's lives, but they also
need to trust them. We are not growing up under the same circumstances
as you did. Let us go out with friends and try new things. Let us wear
our designer clothes and blast our music. But please, please do not let
us forget who we are, and the great country we come from ... GO
Middle East Women's Studies Review
Married off by her parents at the age of fourteen, Ziba appears with
her husband before Judge Dalzar of the Tehran Family Court to seek a divorce
after five years of marriage. That is not easily done, since the court
will endeavor to reconcile the couple, declaring that divorce is hateful
This is but one of several cases in this extraordinary and authentic
documentary filmed with the permission of the Iranian Ministries of Justice
and Guidance. The camera passes from one party in a dispute to the other,
to the judge and to witnesses, even in two cases to the children present
to hear their parents exchanging insults, while recording the intense emotions
of the women arguing for their limited rights with tenacity, as well as
the disdain and anger of the men ... FULL
By Frank Fitzgibbon
Sunday Times London
June 20, 1999
Telecom Eireann will change its name to Eircom at a cost of E 8.3m (IRPounds
6.6m) as soon as possible. A spokesman for the company claims that U.S.
investors might confuse the existing name with the Iranian phone company.
We accept that Telecom Eireann may sound like Telecom Iran but believe
that many investors, even American ones, can actually spell.
Thanks to Laleh Khalili
* Sincerest apologies
Sholom Din writes: A recent letter that
I had sent to The Iranian Times in which I had wrongly made derogatory
remarks about Iranians elicited quite a few furious responses both sent
to me personally and posted to The Iranian Times letters section.
I feel deeply sorry that I had caused distress for so many individuals
whom, from what I can tell -- from the letters I received -- did not deserve
My comments about Iranians in general were definitely uncalled for.
I beg of all whom I may have offended to please accept my sincerest apologies.
* Bayzaie deserves better
Pedraam Parsian writes: It
was so great to have an article about Bahram Bayzaie in The Iranian
drifter"]. Iranian modern art owes a lot to this writer, stage
theater director and filmmaker.
However I don't have the same feeling about the article. The article
seems to be more about the writer's emotional responses to Bayzaie's movies
and his geographic locations while watching the movies than about Bayzaie.
One of the characteristics of Bayzaie's films is the lack of exaggerated
emotional expressions and sentimentalism even when he is dealing with subjects
such as love and death. It is very reasonable to consider the same fundamentals
when writing about Bayzaie ... FULL
* Music: Iranian festival in "Microsoft
The 7th annual Iranian Festival will be held at Marymoor park in Redmond,
WA, on Sunday Aug. 8th, from 11AM -7 PM. (For out of towners: Redmond=Microsoft
city) ... DETAILS HERE
Book of the Week
The Legend of the Persian Carpet
By Tomie De Paola
Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question
the ease with which this one is shattered. A king, accustomed to dwelling
in a light-filled room where a large diamond creates a million rainbows,
is bereft when it's stolen and smashed, and thereafter takes his only pleasure
in staring at the fragments, away from the subjects who need him. An apprentice
weaver comes up with the idea of making a magnificent carpet that will
lure the king back to his duties. It works. But, unfortunately, neither
the words nor the art here convincingly suggests the lure of the diamond's
prismatic play or the carpet's intricate patterns. Readers will have to
take these on faith. Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative
of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient
art form ... GO TO BOOK
Video of the Week
the Little Stranger
(Bashu gharibeh-ye kuchak)
Bahram Bayzaie's film about a little boy from the southern Iran whose
destiny takes him to the north. "Wondrous 'Bashu, the little stranger'
is a pure joy with laughter as well as tears, flawless (Los Angeles Times)".
Farsi with English subtitles.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Members of Congress criticize U.S. Iran
July 1 (Reuters) - More than 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives,
about a third of the total, have asked Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
to explore the possibility of working with the Iranian opposition in exile.
The letter, released by the sponsors on Thursday, said the current U.S.
policy, based on seeking dialogue with the Tehran government, was sending
mixed signals ... FULL TEXT
Rules on sales to Iran weeks away-State
July 1 (Reuters) - The Clinton Administration is ``weeks'' away from issuing
new rules that would allow U.S. exporters to sell food and medicine to Iran,
Sudan and Libya, a top U.S. government official said on Thursday. ``We are
in the very, very final stages'' of issuing the rules, Stuart Eizenstat,
Undersecretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, told a Senate
Foreign Relations committee. He would not give a specific date except to
say the regulations will be finalized in ``weeks.'' ... FULL TEXT
Rafsanjani will reportedly compete in forthcoming
June 30, Neshat Website -- BBC Worldwide Monitoring) -- Domestic
News desk: An informed source told us: The head of the Expediency Council
[and former president] Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani will compete in the sixth
Majlis elections, which will be held during the latter days of the current
year [February-March 2000]. His objective is to create a balance between
the country's legislative and executive authorities ... FULL TEXT
Iran urges West to help it fight drug smugglers
TEHRAN, July 1 (Reuters) - Authorities in northeastern Iran called
for Western support in the country's fight against drug smugglers, the official
news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. Khorasan province's governor Mohsen
Mehralizadeh was quoted as urging Western states ``to assist Iran in whatever
way possible in order to protect their own society from...drug addiction.''
... FULL TEXT
Khatami greets Saddam on Prophet's birthday-Ina
BAGHDAD, July 1 (Reuters) - Iranian leader Mohammed Khatami has
congratulated Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Prophet Mohammed's birthday
despite recent exchanges of accusations between the two countries, the Iraqi
news agency INA reported on Thursday. "On the advent of Prophet Mohammed's
birthday, I extend my congratulations to your excellency, and to Iraq's
government and people," INA quoted a letter sent by Khatami to Saddam
as saying. "I wish success for the Islamic world to achieve its objectives,"
the letter read ... FULL TEXT
Iran plans refinery, petchem plant in northeast
June 30 (Reuters) - Iran plans to build an oil refinery and a petrochemical
plant in its northeastern free economic zone of Sarakhs, an economic official
said on Wednesday. Iraj Kazemian, deputy head of the zone, said the country
also planned to build a 600-megawatt power plant and oil and gas storage
facilities with a total capacity of 50,000 tonnes in the area, the official
news agency IRNA reported ... FULL TEXT
Karimi Hakkak asks for Khatami's support
(Neshat) - Mahmoud Karimi Hakkak has written to President Khatami seeking
his support for a play to be performed in the U.S. promoting the dialogue
of civilizations ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - Shahriyar Mandani-Pour's new novel "del daadaagi"
weaves through mythology and nationalism ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Another one gone: Sattar Hamadani off to
(Hamshahri) - Is there anyone left in the Iranian soccer league? Sattar
Hamadani, another national team player, has signed with an English first-division
team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Ali Parvin eyes Petrossian for new goalie
(Donyaa-ye Varzesh) - Persepolis headcoach Ali Parvin is seeking Avangan
Petrossian for the team's new (reserve?) goalie ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Beckenbauer to vitit Iran?
(Donyaa-ye Varzesh) - German Soccer "Caesar" Franz Beckenbauer
has accepted an invitation to visit Iran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated Jun 30
dollar now offered at 854-894 tomans in the U.S. and 904 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
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Long Now Foundation
The Long Now project is sowing seeds of collective creativity
-- challenging us to orient our actions towards the year 10K, rather than
to the needs and wants of the shrinking insta-present.
It was a bit strange being the only Iranian girl in a Catholic school
... I did all the expected things; I wore a uniform, studied Catholicism,
and went to church every Friday. As odd as it may seem, this made my cultural
identity become even stronger.
-- Shima Jalalipour
all. I am Iranian"
Juky 1, 1999
Photo of the Day
at friday prayers
Musician of the Week
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