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Thursday October 28, 1999 / Aban 6, 1378, No. 836


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Crossing boundaries
Globalization of American culture does not necessarily mean control

By Hamid Naficy
October 28, 1999
The Iranian

A couple of year ago, my brother and his wife and their daughter who live in Germany came to visit us in Los Angeles. Their daughter Setareh and ours, Shayda, are almost the same age (then eight years old). They did not share a common language -- Setareh spoke German and Persian and Shayda English -- yet they communicated beautifully through the songs of Disney's then-current hit film The Little Mermaid.

That such crosscultural communication by means of movies should occur was, of course, nothing new. What made it unusual was that the version Setareh had seen was entirely in German (including the songs) while the one Shayda had seen was in English ... GO TO FETAUTE


Outlook

France Polishes Its Diplomatic Image

By Charles Trueheart
The Washington Post

PARIS, Oct. 27-Former president Charles de Gaulle once explained that France does not recognize regimes, it recognizes states.

This distinction undergirds back-to-back visits to France this week by Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi. Jiang left Tuesday after five days in France, and Khatemi arrived this morning for a three-day stay.

The human rights records of China and Iran have turned the visits into stages for street protests and an impressive French security operation that included blocking anti-Khatemi protesters at the border and predawn arrests of Iranian dissidents today ... FULL TEXT


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SAVAKis unite!

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Hundreds of former agents of Iran's dreaded pre-revolutionary secret service SAVAK have held a protest in Tehran to demand back wages ... FULL TEXT


More Letters

* New generation

Neda writes: I think that if anyone would like to read the opinion of the new generation of Iranians, they should. I have lived in England for 10 years, I only lived in Iran up to the age of 4. There are many things I love about my country and many things I hate; my hate has come from the contrast I have felt from living in a country run by religion and so-called "order" and living in a country where there is a freedom of speech, of action of independence ...

I love my country; the smell, the air, the mountains, the people. But I can not "respect" my country. I hope one day me and others will be able to overcome our fear of death and stand up for our rights and others' rights! My dad's best friend was killed simply because of his beliefs and my dad was shot in the leg when he was a young man because of his communist friend! I do not believe in communism I believe in democracy and freedom to live life in the quality which the individual wishes! ... FULL TEXT

* Fury does not help

Alireza B. writes: I have been reading every article Ms. Khalili has been sending to The Iranian. When I read her furious letter in response to "Basheh digeh" by Mr. Rad, I could only go back and read it for the first time. It was an amazingly well thought-out article by Mr. Rad.

I Find Ms. Khalili's observations superficial and rather dogmatic, even though her love of Iran is obvious... It is like Ms. Khalili has swallowed the stigma the West attaches to Middle East (although she may not be aware of it) ... FULL TEXT


* Literature: Naderpour's Hafez classes, Los Angeles

Our contemporary poet, scholar, and critic, Mr. Nader Naderpour will be lecturing on Hafez at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), this Sunday Oct 31st at 3:00 PM. All interested individuals are welcome to attend this series of classes. If you need additional information or if you have any questions, please feel free to call me (949) 851-1714 or send emails to: [email protected]

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Khatami sets secular tone on France visit

PARIS (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami, the first leader of Iran's Islamic republic to visit France, set a decidedly secular tone Thursday by visiting the Paris Pantheon and honoring the only famous woman buried there. Dressed in blue and black clerical robes, Khatami placed two bouquets at the tomb of scientists Pierre and Marie Curie in the deconsecrated Latin Quarter church, which is now a non-religious mausoleum dedicated to heroes of the French republic ... FULL TEXT

Khatami business-minded in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami, the first leader of Iran's Islamic republic to visit France, set a decidedly secular tone Thursday by visiting the Paris Pantheon and honoring the only famous woman buried there. Dressed in blue and black clerical robes, Khatami placed two bouquets at the tomb of scientists Pierre and Marie Curie in the deconsecrated Latin Quarter church, which is now a non-religious mausoleum dedicated to heroes of the French republic ... FULL TEXT

Families of 13 imprisoned Iranian Jews can visit them: Khatami

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP) - The families of 13 Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel will be allowed to visit them, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami pledged in a meeting with the French Senate speaker, a French Jewish official said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Iran orders four Airbus A-330s as Khatami visits Paris

TEHRAN, Oct 28 (AFP) - Iran announced agreements Thursday to buy four Airbus A-330 jets and air traffic control radars as well as 40 railway locomotives as reformist President Mohammad Khatami continued his landmark visit to France ... FULL TEXT

Khatami may address UNESCO general conference

PARIS, Oct 28 (AFP - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami may reconsider his decision not to address the UNESCO general conference on Thursday during his landmark visit to France, diplomats said in Paris ... FULL TEXT

Thirteen years prison for "main instigator" of July unrest

TEHRAN, Oct 28 (AFP) - Iran's revolutionary court has jailed for 13 years one of the main instigators of the violent unrest that spread across Iranian cities in July, a press report said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Verdict on ``blasphemous'' play expected soon

TEHRAN, Oct 28 (Reuters) - An Iranian court is expected to issue a verdict on Saturday against three students and a professor held in connection with a satirical play allegedly insulting a Shi'ite Moslem saint, the judge said on Thursday. Hardline judge Saeed Mortazavi told reporters that his verdict would be delivered to the defendants, still in jail, and their lawyers, on Saturday before being released to the media ... FULL TEXT

Khatami's trip sparks conservative criticism

TEHRAN, Oct 28 (AFP) - Reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's landmark visit to France drew sharp criticism from conservative and hardline newspapers here Friday amid anger at the high-profile protests in Paris by the hated armed opposition in exile ... FULL TEXT

Hi-tech moviehouse

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran's first theater equipped with digital sound and state-of-the-art projectors will open in February ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Khayyam conference

Tehran (Hamshahri) - To honor Omar Khayyam, an international conference will be held in Tehran next June ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Latifi

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Esteqlal's striker Ali Latifi hopes to elevate the team and show its real strengths ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Non-Tehranins

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Thirty players from various cities other than Tehran have been invited to the national youth soccer team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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The French

By receiving Khatami, France is expressing hope for the future, for a more moderate, realistic, open Iran. By receiving [Chinese President] Jiang, France is accepting the fact that China will not and cannot change in the foreseeable future.

-- Dominique Moisi, French Institute for International Relations
Washington Post
October 28, 1999


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