Taste of Cherry
My city, Isfahan
The good, the bad and the ugly
By Mohammad Ali
May 21, 1999
I lost my father about five months ago and it was a devastating loss
for my family. I was planning to go home and be with my mother for a few
weeks and possibly bring her here to the U.S. A week before Noruz, however,I
got more devastating news: My mother had suffered a massive stroke. She
was not able to handle the loss of my father. I was back at home in Iran
within a few days and at least I had a chance to see her, though only briefly.
She died in my arms, five minutes before the new year (saal tahvil).
I would rather not discuss my parents' death. Instead I am going to
tell you a little bit about MY city - Isfahan; about the good, the bad
and the ugly ... GO
Iran's children of the revolution learn to bend the
TEHRAN, May 21 (AFP) - Reza has never known Iran other than under the
rule of the mullahs. But that doesn't stop him sporting a Nike baseball
cap, and feeling no different from any other 18-year-old the world over
-- thanks to the black market, and a little stretching of the Islamic rules.
You can get more or less everything you need to enjoy your evening Western-style
in Tehran if you know how to go about it. "The easiest thing is the
music," grinned Reza.
Every day he goes to kill time in Tehran's up-market shopping district
of Shahrak-e-Qods, where the shops are bulging with clothes of all styles,
from the black Islamic coat to short skirts and jeans, along with shoes
and accessories in the latest European and American fashions ... FULL TEXT
Origins of "owww"
Ever wonder about the origins of the expression "owww". No.
It has nothing to do with Rashtis... HERE
K. Cyrus Homayounpour writes: With
all due respect to Professor Majid Tehranian, what is his point? ["UNdoing
NATO"] ... Is he saying that the civilian casualties of NATO bombings
(no more than 2,500 which is the figure put out by the Milosevic regime)
is a greater tragedy than the forcible removal of one million people from
their homeland, mass killings of thousands of defenseless civilians, rape
and humiliation of thousands of fleeing women, use of the ethnically-cleansed
as human shield, etc., etc. ? ... FULL
* The revolution is over
Ali Sajjadi, editor, Par
magazine writes: Dear Babak, your
passionate letter deeply touched me, particularly because you are labeling
people that you clearly don't know anything about. Labels like "zed-e
enghelab" and "zed-e Iran." I want to draw your attention
to the following points:
- Thank God, the ENGHELAB IS DEAD (it's over, finished, zippo) and I
don't think I need to give you any proof of that. Now it is an open secret
that the Islamic Revolution was an utter failure in every aspect: morally,
socially, culturally, economically, etc ... FULL
* Covering up for criminals
Brad Hernlem writes: I would
like to comment on Eyaas' letter "Backstabber".
Covering up for criminals is no way to help your hamvatans ["Aaberoo reezi"].
Is it right because "everyone else does it"?
I don't believe that "half of the Iranian population here"
seeks to exploit the welfare system. Prove me wrong and I will be the first
to join the hate-monger dogs who want to rid the U.S. of immigrants.
Most Iranians I know are upstanding, highly productive and ambitious
people. It makes me wonder who is the "Persian backstabber"!
* Funeral service: Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater
Funeral services for Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater will be on Saturday, May
22, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel (1076 Madison
Ave.at 81st St.), New York City ... SEE
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Home, Exile, Homeland
Film, Media, and the Politics of Place
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Global changes in capital, power, technology, and the media have caused
massive shifts in how we define home and community, leaving redrawn territories
and globalized contexts. Ranging from intensely personal to highly theoretical,
the contributors explore our complex negotiation of "home" and
"homeland" in a postmodern world ... GO TO BOOK
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Turkmens sign gas deal with Turkey, reassure
ASHGABAT, May 21 (Reuters) - Turkey agreed on Friday to purchase
16 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from the former Soviet republic
of Turkmenistan, bringing an ambitious pipeline project linking the two
countries one step closer. Questions remain, however, over the financing
of the 2,000-km (1,250-mile), $2.0-2.5 billion project, which is headed
by a U.S.-led consortium ... FULL TEXT
Rights group condemns attack
release, (The Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran) - On Wednesday,
May 19, 1999, following a peaceful gathering held by students commemorating
the birthday of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh in Ahmadabad, Iran, his hometown
located about 60 miles west of Tehran, the participants were attacked by
members of the Hezbollah group, supported by the government, leaving many
injured and hospitalized as a result ... FULL TEXT
Khatami concludes historic tour
May 20, 1999, (BBC) - President Mohammad Khatami's tour of Arab
states is being seen as a major step forward in Iran's relations with the
Arab side of the Gulf. He left the Gulf state of Qatar on Thursday after
an eight-day tour which had also taken him to Syria and Saudi Arabia ...
Iran "plotted Afghan uprising"
May 21, 1999, (BBC) Afghanistan's Taleban movement has accused
Iran of being behind a failed uprising in the Western Afghan city of Herat.
A senior Taleban official, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, told the BBC that 100
people had been arrested and eight ringleaders of the plot killed and their
bodies put on display ... FULL TEXT
Afghan Taleban says foils Iran-backed plot
ISLAMABAD, May 21 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban movement said
on Friday it had foiled an Iranian-backed opposition plot to attack the
historic northwestern city of Herat. Taleban Information Minister Amir Khan
Mutaqi, quoted by a Pakistan-based Afghan news service, said Taleban forces
pre-empted the attack by striking opposition plotters on Tuesday when they
were distributing Iranian-made weapons, killing at least eight of them and
arresting more than 100 ... FULL TEXT
Canada here we come...
(Hamshahri) -- The national soccer team will be flying to Canada on May
29, but probably without some familiar names like Nasser Mohammad-Khani.
But the league's best goal scorer, Koursh Barmak, has been added to the
squad ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
BBC Persian Service
Extremists attack gathering on Mossadegh's
May 20 (BBC Persian Service) - About 50 radicals attacked a crowd of about
2,000 who had gathered to commemorate the birthday of deceased prime minister
Mohammad Mossadegh Thursday. Ezzatollah Sahabi, a liberal opposition figure,
was interrupted as he tried to deliver a speech. He spoke to the BBC about
the incident ... LISTEN HERE IN REALAUDIO
Updated May 21
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(If you want to be endeared, either die or go far away = Familiarity
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