Anyone going back home?
On paper, I am a resident of Iran
By Hamid Rafi
October 12, 1999
I have seen it all. The other day I was given a window office at work
with a view of Long Beach airport. I think I stared out the window for
at least a couple of hours. It felt good. I looked at the planes taking
off one after another. Is anyone going back home?
Fourteen years have past and I have been staring and staring out different
windows. Am I ready to spend my 15th year abroad? Should I celebrate or
make it sound like a tragedy? I have been a foreigner for all these years.
My passport says I am a resident of Iran. Resident on paper ... GO
Of fate and maman joon
This is very mo-hem, midoony?
By Hamid Tagahvi
October 12, 1999
Today, maybe, a new poem I shall write
a new poem, which will help me
in my quest to self-aggrandize
with lots of big words
pompous big words, a "plethora" of them
which will force all readers
including those with English PhD's
to rush dizzily to dictionaries ... GO
Iran and pop culture
National Public Radio (U.S.)
Weekend All Things Considered
October 9, 1999
In the area of culture, Iranian reformers are making noticeable strides.
President Khatami once served as Iran's culture minister before he was
fired for being too liberal. Since he took office, artists of all types
say culture in Iran has flourished.
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Tehran. (RealAudio) ... LISTEN HERE
Mariam Massoudi has been bestowed the honor of Miss Stockholm. She game
an interview to Sweden's Radio Rangarang (after some background info and
diling diling, the actual interview begins 9 minutes and 5 seconds) ...
Thanks to Farhad Sepahbody
* Right and wrong
Arash Salardini writes: The
Iranian letter's section, which I stumbled upon serendipously not long
ago, is one of the most interesting discussion fora with regards to Iran.
I read Mr
Khachaturian's nostalgic words which were unpretentious yet lyrical,
like one of the symphonies of his composer namesake. I also read dAyi Hamid's
confused confabulations ["Persian
work ethics"]. One can not take the man seriously after seeing
his picture and many have eloquently and strongly rebuked him. However
I like to write a few words in support as well as refutation of dAyi Hamid
Although I object to Hamid's tone he raises some points that we all
know to be true. Zerangi is a badge of honour amongst Iranians. This is
due to our history. Since the fall of the Safavids and the attack of Ashraf-i
Afghan, the instability inherent in the Iranian life and politics has been
a hinderance to the establishment of any semblance of a meritocracy. People
rarely innovated to get ahead. Instead they merely redistributed the existing
wealth by devious or violent means. No legal protection meant that long
term investment was a folly and the surest way to wealth was dishonesty.
So three atitudes developed in the Iranian psyche that still persist but
I see them disappearing in my generation ... FULL
* My old neighborhood
Mehran Jazayeri-Moghaddas writes:
I can picture all the places xAle has talked about ["Yakhie"].
I'm from Ahvaz too.
Although my times are a bit more recent than hers, I can remember her
neighborhood as well as Falakeye Raah Aahan, Beeseem housing complex, Doctor
Hooshyaar elementary (all boys), Karim-Faatemee high school, Omeed elementary
(all girls, and maybe xAle went to that school?! like my older sister...),
Pepsi Cola bottling company and a lot more around that neighborhood. Maybe
xAle remembers my dad's pharmacy on the corner of Seeroos and Sa'di streets
(Daarookhaaneye Paastor Noe).
Anyway her article borught back a lot good memories since I went to
school around her old neighborhood. xAle is one of few people on the net
that I can totally relate to. Thanks for bringing back some of my Ahvaz
memories. My best to xAle.
* Enough feminist jargon
Bijan Shahrokhpour writes:
I have followed the train of thought and argument of the articles regarding
relationships in this magazine since it first started and am one of the
original readers of it.
The extensive criticism of Mr.Raafat's article ["Real
Iranian girls?"] is appalling to be honest! It is completely hypocritical
and all the rest to feel carte blanche to demoralize or justify censoring
his opinion and first hand experience simply because they don't agree with
his idea!? Frankly their attempt to deride and ridicule him or people with
different ideas than their's like his is completely insensitive and not
worthy of much attention by this magazine! This is reverse-chauvanism by
women if anything at all!
I think we already get our over saturation of feminist jargon from the
mainstream media and to censor someone in perhaps the only outlet he may
have is completely unfair! ... FULL
* Literature: Golshiri in London
Novelist Houshang Golshiri will hold a talk in London this Friday 15th
October (6:30 pm). Address: Lecture Theatre, Westminister University, 115
Cavendish St. London W1.
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Top Iran reformer says dissent charges
Oct 12 (Reuters) - Leading Iranian reformist Abdollah Nouri has denounced
his indictment by a Special Court for Clergy on charges of religious and
political dissent as ``illegal.'' His condemnation of the court raises the
stakes in a struggle between the conservative establishment and moderates
backing President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT
Second suspect in Iran dissident murders
kills himself in jail: press
Oct 12 (AFP) - A second suspect in a wave of murders of dissidents here
last year has committed suicide in prison, the reformist Azad daily reported
Tuesday. The death of Akbar Khosh-Kush, one of 27 people being prosecuted
for the murders, has not been confirmed by the authorities, the paper stressed
... FULL TEXT
Embattled reformers call for press law
TEHRAN, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Twelve Iranian reformist groups have
called on parliament to postpone debate for six months on proposed new restrictions
on the press, newspapers reported on Saturday ... FULL TEXT
Iran jails female editor for first time
TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - Iran has jailed a female newspaper editor
for the first time ever after her weekly published "outrageous"
stories that offended public morality, the official IRNA news agency said
Monday. Jaleh Oskui, head of the Penj-Shanbeh-ha (Thursdays) weekly, was
arrested Sunday after the paper's repeated publication of "outrageous"
articles that "offended public morality and decency," the news
agency said ... FULL TEXT
US human rights group calls for press freedom
NICOSIA, Oct 12 (AFP) - Newspapers and journalists in Iran are
under attack, and the government should protect press freedom by enshrining
it in law, a prominent US human rights group said Tuesday. "Independent
newspaper editors, publishers and journalists ... are suffering arbitrary
detention, assault and prosecution," said a report issued by Human
Rights Watch ... FULL TEXT
Iran following Pakistan crisis with concern
Oct 12 (AFP) - Iran said Tuesday it was following developments in neighbouring
Pakistan with concern after the removal of prime minister Nawaz Sharif by
the army ... FULL TEXT
Greek president arrives in Tehran
Oct 12 (AFP) - Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos began a three-day visit
to Iran Tuesday with a call for closer cooperation between the two countries.
Stephanopoulos is only the second head of state of an EU country to make
an official visit to Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979, following
the ground-breaking trip by Austria's Thomas Klestil last month ... FULL
Tehran Times management back accused bosss
Oct 12 (AFP) - The management of Iran's English-language daily Tehran Times
gave public support Tuesday to the paper's managing director Abbas Salimi
Namin ahead of his appearance before the country's press court. The backing
came in a report by the newspaper of Namin's summons in connection with
recent articles in the daily, which is close to Iran's conservative establishment
... FULL TEXT
Wine feud threat to Khatami's French visit
PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Wine-loving France and tea- totalling
Iran have skirted around the delicate issue of drinks at a banquet if President
Mohammad Khatami visits by agreeing there will be no dinner given in his
honour at all ... FULL TEXT
France sees blocks to candid Europe-Iran
DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A French minister said in remarks published
on Monday that European states were seeking closer ties with Iran but several
issues, including security and arms matters, were standing in the way of
candid dialogue ... FULL TEXT
Iranian oil minister says production cuts
could be extended
Oct 10 (AFP) - Iran said Sunday that OPEC countries should maintain their
production cuts up to the agreed date of March 2000 and possibly beyond
it ... FULL TEXT
Iran to allow US and other foreign investors
Oct 12 (AFP) - The Iranian government has decided to open up its mining
and metal industries, the most important in the country after oil, to foreign
investors, including from the United States, an official said Tuesday ...
Post-Rushdie, Iran welcome back at book
FRANKFURT, Oct 12 (Reuters) - With the death threats against British
author Salman Rushdie now easing, the world's biggest book fair on Tuesday
welcomed back Iranian publishers for the first time in 10 years ... FULL
(Hamshahri) - The number of visitors to Iranian monuments has increased
16 percent compared to last year. The most popular site: Ferdowsi's tomb
with nearly a million visitors ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - Some 100 archaeology students are participating in unearthing
ancient ruins near Takestan using new, more comprehensive methods and all
the gathered information is being stored in computers ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran denies Danish vicotry
Oct 10, (Iran Sports Press) -- The soccer match between Iran and
Denmark started with the ball being mostlyin the midfield. The first real
chance of the match was in 17th min when a cross ball came into the box
for Sand who headed the ball to Thomassen, who then had a shot at goal.
Tabatabaie punched the ball, which was eventually cleard from the goal by
Zarincheh. There were many chances in the match but most of them were for
Denmark ... FULL TEXT
Tabatabie: star of the match
(Iran daily) - Hadi Tabatabaie was clearly the star of the match against
Denmark. He made several brilliant saves, denying the Danes of almost certain
victory ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Wrestling: forgettable year
(Hamshahri) - Iranian wrestlers return from Turkey after a disappointing
4th place in the world championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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-- Hanny Megally
October 12, 1999
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