Yari Ostovany has brought artists together on the web
By Maryam Ovissi
November 24, 1999
I first became familiar with Yari Ostovany through his famous web site,
Museum of Iranian Contemporary Artists, which has brought together hundreds
of Iranian artists together. He is an exceptional artist who dives beneath
the surface of a painting to its core. Yet, Yari is able to transit from
his intimate and personal space into an open and giving individual who
has dedicated a portion of his life to creating an arena for all Iranian
artists to come together and share their work with the world ... GO TO
Shirin Neshat: Striking a Balance Between Western and
By AMEI WALLACH|
The New York Times
December 21, 1999
HERE was a total eclipse of the sun on the day in August when Shirin
Neshat began shooting her new film installation, "Soliloquy,"
in the hill town of Mardin in southeastern Turkey. There was the lethal
7.4 earthquake on Aug. 17, the day after the final wrap, when this Iranian-born
New York artist and her crew arrived in Istanbul for much needed R &
R. In the days between, she was shadowed by sinister plainclothesmen, whether
police or military, local or national, she never knew. Some of the film
crew were jailed; passports were confiscated ... FULL
"Rebellion of a Lonely Woman" ... GO
TO WEB SITE
I wholeheartedly agree with K.
Magardie's letter rejecting the notion that Khomeini collaborated with
the SAVAK as portrayed in the article "Lunch
I know many things went wrong when the late ayatollah was Iran's leader
but it's totally irresponsible to label him a dishonest man. Overly orthodox,
ardently religious yes, but dishonest or dirty never.
Like it or not, millions of Muslims around the world revere Khomeini.
A large majority of Iranians, in spite of disagreements with him, still
acknowledge the man's integrity and modesty.
* Questioning false beliefs
writes: The beauty of poetry is that you take what you want out of
it. How one interprets poetry has more to do with your own self, than what
the poet intended. So with that in mind, here is what I think.
I fully think it is a woman right to wear the hejab. And I understand
what rape is about. Rape is violence toward women. But Iraj
Mirza's poem is about questioning beliefs, the act of sex is a just
a small portion of the overall poem. And I didn't see the violence at all.
I think this
poem talks about a person believing in something (in this case the
chador) and taking it out of context. In a way, controlling herself in
a manner that is opposite of its nature. Iraj Mirza is arguing for the
opposite, putting the wisdom of nature and human desires above a short-sited
What is interesting is that when your lady friend interprets the incident
in this poem as rape, it shows that she understands the poem and rape as
much as the woman in the poem understood the concept of the hejab. I guess,
"we have NOT come a long way" from that time after all!
* Literature: Khoie in Maryland
By invitation of the Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS),
Esmail Khoie, a leading Iranian poet in exile, will talk about "Persian
Poetry at the threshold of the New Millennium."
Where: Room 264, Smith Hall, Towson University
When: 4:00 P.M. Sunday, November 28.
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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
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A new documentary that goes where Western camera s have never before
gone: into an Iranian divorce court. The film is directed by award- winning
independent filmmaker Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, an Iranian
anthropologist and writer, based in London, whose specialty is women's
rights and family law in the Mid-East.
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U.S. awaits Iranian elections for signs
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is looking forward to
next February's parliamentary elections in Iran for signs of change in Iranian
policy, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Wednesday ... FULL
Students under the death threat
November 23, (Iranian Human Rights Working Group) -- According
to reports in the press, three of the people arrested after the July unrest
at university campuses in Iran are still facing the death sentence ... The
Iranian Human Rights Working Group is gravely concerned about the fate of
these students ... FULL TEXT
Iranian goes on trial for spying in Germany
Nov 24 (AFP) - An Iranian suspected of spying went on trial in Berlin Wednesday
in a case the German press said could decide the fate of a German businessmen
currently imprisoned in Iran. Hamid Khorsand, 37, is charged with spying
since 1995 on Iranian opposition figures in Germany for the Iranian information
and security ministry ... FULL TEXT
Iran denies selling Scud missiles to DR
Nov 24 (AFP) - The Iranian government "categorically denies" a
report that it has sold Scud missiles to the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), a spokesman for the Iranian embassy said here Wednesday. "The
matter is denied categorically," an embassy spokesman, who would not
be named, told AFP ... FULL TEXT
Iran condemns killing of Algerian FIS leader
Nov 24 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry spokesman expressed "regret
and outrage" over the murder of Abdelkader Hachani, a leader of the
banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), the official IRNA news agency reported
... FULL TEXT
Iran cuts oil sales to stay within OPEC
LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iran is taking decisive steps to stay
within its OPEC quota for November and December, wiping off close to 20
million barrels of crude oil loadings from this month's export programme,
industry officials said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
Tehran (Iran daily) - Kerman will host a major music festival which
will run for five days. ALSO in February the Fajr international music festival
will includes musicians from Greece (Yani?!), Italy, China and India ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran daily) - Laleh Ziaie wins an international cartoon
competition in Turkey. A second Iranian gets honorary mention ... FULL TEXT
Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran has moved a notch higher in the FIFA
rankings. It is know considered the 46th best soccer team in the world ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Esteqlal v al-Hilal
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Esteqlal will face Saudi Arabia's al-Hilal
this Friday in the next round of the Asian team championships ... FULL TEXT
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We're going to have elections in February in Iran, which we think will
be very important and will, I think, give a signal as to the direction in
which Iran wants to move.
-- Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State
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