The price of change
Can't there be change without violence?
By Najmeh Fakhraie
December 19, 2000
In some Arab tribes when a girl is born, she automatically belongs to
her cousin (pesar amou). Now the problem occurs when the girl's
family moves away to the city for some reason. She goes to school and maybe
even to college, "expands her horizons", meets people she never
could have DREAMED of meeting in the village and maybe even falls in love.
Not good. Because then the cousin finds out and you find two dead bodies
the next day. She's long gone and so is her "true love". Sometimes
she agrees to marry the cousin to save her lover and burns herself on their
wedding night >>>
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His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets
By Akbar Ganji
Justice, cronyism and Mohsen Ejehie
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Are reformists and conservatives reconciling?
BBC Persian Service
Following the resignation of culture minister, Mr Mohajerani, it seems
a new round of rapprochment between reformists and conservatives is under
way. Here is a report in which journalists Mehdi Khalaji and Hassan Alipour
look into the new development >>>
Iraq, Iran sanctions could ease in 2001
By Paul Taylor
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - So long, "dual containment". Western
policy towards Iraq and Iran - both still on the United States' blacklist
- is set for a shake-up in 2001.
U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq and U.S. sanctions on Iran could
both be eased or allowed to expire next year as new President George W.
Bush looks for a way out of increasingly untenable policies, diplomats
and analysts say >>>
Kayhan: MPs protest against pro-U.S. speech >>>
Rah-e Kargar: Let's make the country ungovernable >>>
An Iranian-American is elected President of the United States. He calls
his mother and says, "Mom, I have just been elected. Will you come
to my inaguration?"
After a couple minutes of convincing her, she reluctantly accepts.
While the new president is being sworn in, his mother says to the secretary
of defense,"You see my baby up there, his brother is a doctor."
By? Forwarded by Nazanin Hamidi
* THE most racist people
writes: RACISM IS WRONG. Plain and simple. It's old news. We Iranians
are THE most racist people on the planet. Please don't deny it ["Everyone
has some prejudice"].
We even put each other down when we want to join families. As if the
other family is below us. This has always been the case >>>
* Showing a new reality
Poopak Ta'ati writes:
In response to the judgments made about publishing a picture from Maryam
and Daryl on Iranian.com ["Drawing
the line"], and its follow up articles, I just wish to point out
that we need to separate the two.
Publishing a picture of these two beautiful people, was an act of marvelous
journalism. It was a silent way of shaking up people and making them see
a new reality >>>
* Get over it
writes: It was sad to read your editorial ["And
the winner is..."]. Clearly, it is a partisan view of the recent
U.S. election. I do not want to discuss any partisan politics here. Instead,
I am writing this note to remind the writer about the fact that there is
no absolute election >>>
* Hairy Iranians not funny
writes: You actually published this article by Siamack Baniameri ["Persian
worrior"]? If this is supposed to funny, let me tell you it is
not! If this is serious, well then there is much more to worry about than
this article being published >>>
Event: New Year party in DC
Celebrate the NEW YEAR with us! The Iranian-American Cultural Association
invites you to celebrate the New Year! Join us for the festivities >>> DETAILS
Translation of today's poem by Zara
If they all leave me, my love, don't go.
Friend, who drinks my sadness up, don't go.
Fill my cup with wine, and your sweet laugh.
Please, good Saghi, who lights the world, don't go.
* Also see more Rumi
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Judiciary denies back-room deal over Mohajerani's
Dec 19 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-led judiciary on Tuesdaydenied it had
cut a deal not to prosecute former culture minister AtaollahMohajerani on
corruption charges in exchange for his resignation lastweek >>>
Reformist tells parliament his son "dreams
of living in US"
Dec 19 (AFP) - A member of Iran's pro-reform majorityenraged hardliners
Tuesday by disclosing that his son "dreams of living inthe United States."
>>> FULL TEXT
Powell appointment sign of militarization
of diplomacy: Iran daily
Dec 19 (AFP) - An Iranian daily Tuesday attacked theappointment of ex-general
Colin Powell as US president-elect George W.Bush's secretary of state, saying
it signified a "militarization ofdiplomacy" >>> FULL
Tehran police close down fashion show "depravity":
Dec 19 (AFP) - Tehran police stopped the "depravity" of awomen's
fashion show scheduled to have begun last week in the middle ofthe holy
Muslim month of Ramadan, the Kayhan newspaper reported onTuesday >>>
No money, no babies, Tehran hospital tells
mother of triplets
Dec 19 (AFP) - A Tehran hospital is refusing to hand overnewborn triplets
to their mother because she and her husband cannot paytheir medical bills,
a newspaper said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Enterprise Oil signs Iranian gas deal
Dec 19 (Reuters) - UK exploration andproduction company Enterprise Oil Plc
said onTuesday it had signed a deal with Iran's Petropars giving it an interest
in the developmentof the giant South Pars offshore natural gas field >>>
Dad: Not going anywhere
(Dowran-e No) -- Seyfollah Dad, deputy culture minister in charge of the
film industry, has denied reports that he will be quitting >>>
FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Fajr: No big names
(Dowran-e No) -- The Fajr film festival will have 17 foreign films and three
Iranian films in the competition category. But the foreign films will not
include famous names because most American producers refuse to submit their
films >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Pressure on "Unfinished piece"
Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Senior film officials have asked Maziar
Miri not to enter his controversial film -- "Qet'eh naatamaam"
(Unfinished piece) -- to the Fajr film festival, even though it has been
widely praised by critics >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Majidimania in UAE
(Iran Varzeshi) -- Farhad Majidi has generated a lot of excitement since
joining the UAE soccer league. He has scored nine goals in seven games >>>
FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal head coach Mansour Pour-Heydari
has ordered his players not make any strong comments about the upcoming
match against Persepolis >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
(Iran Varzeshi) -- Homayoun Behzadi, better known as the man with the Golden
Head for his many headers during the 1970s, is in the hospital with a serious
illness >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
New political equations & possibilities!
Recent meeting between reformist representatives
with members of the Expediency Council , is seen by some observers as a
new political equaiton in the making. Sadeq Saba looks into the possibilities
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