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Taking a bow
... to the splendor of Isfahan
February 3, 2000
Before I begin, I shall say that I am not an Isfahani. I introduce myself
as Shirazi, my allegiances are to Shiraz, my fondest memories of childhood
are from Shiraz and its abundant gardens and groves, that I will go back
to Shiraz again and again, whether asleep or awake, as I have all my life.
All that said, the Shirazis of today -- the current inhabitants of the
city and not those abroad -- feel a conspicuous sense of inferiority towards
Isfahan. The two cities have always been in something of a competition;
as Iran's capital during various dynasties, as the source of the two sweetest
and most recognizable accents in Iran, as centers of culture, as tourist
destinations, as wombs of beauty and grace, and as places of rest and respite
on the spice and silk routes >>>
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Vinegar into wine
The power of love
By Ali A. Parsa
February 3, 2000
Whatever it is, love seems to be the stuff or the mysterious force that,
as they say "makes the world go around". We also know that if
nurtured by awareness through effective education, ethics and role model,
love can brighten our lives and enable us to do what we normally can't.
Those who have experienced that surge in power of love, know that love
contributes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in
the most effective way than any method ever devised by man. That kind of
love was the mysterious force that energized our greatest philosophers,
poets, writers and mentors to produce the greatest works, mostly under
the conditions abject poverty and yet they were able to discover and describe
the beauties of our world far better than the people with unsurpassed material
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Alarming suicide rate
Sobh-e Emrooz newspaper (January 26) ran a feature on suicides
in Iran. The statistics are disturbing (pdf file) >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Thanks to Payman Arabshahi
Got an email forwarded to me today. It was a comment about the article
on brothels in Tijuana ["Nice
ladies, amigo?"]. The guy called me a "self-hating anti-Iranian
parasite" and a "sag Bahai". A self-hating anti-Iranian
parasite, maybe, but a sag Bahai?
I personally wasn't offended. But I felt very sorry for Bahais who aren't
even human, according to a good many ignorant, hateful fools.
You didn't like the article? Fine. You thought it was totally untrue?
Okay. You think iranian.com is run by the CIA? Baasheh to raast meegee.
But what has any of this got to do with Bahais? You have a better religion?
Good for you. Prove it.
Baa ejaazatoon, I have no religion. But if I ever did consider one,
it sure wouldn't be the kind that despises and kills the followers of other
religions. -- Jahanshah Javid
* Necessary and timely
B. Bagheri writes
in reply to Ali
Akbar Mahdi: I can appreciate your reservations about informative,
investigative, or literary merits of this article (for a few seconds only!)
ladies, amigo?"]. Then I'll have to object to your very "intellectually
fulfilling" opinion on the grounds that the report in question is
about a very REAL and HAPPENING Tehrangeles fact of life!
It is so true that it was time for someone to put a pen to paper! The
same thing is happening in a couple of Mexican "fun-towns" across
Texas borders! Of course, there are only about an estimated 70-80 thousand
Iranian-Americans in Texas (mostly in Houston and then in Dallas) but the
Iranian wives in Texas may want to start paying attention! >>>
* Hoping for a better piece
Ali Akbar Mahdi
writes in reply to B. Bagheri (above): All I can say in response to
your comment is to repeat what I said to another gentleman who thought
I was "abhorrently offended" by this piece. Here is what I wrote
"Please read my comments carefully. I am not offended by the subject
or the fact that Iranian men buy sex on the other side of the border. Iranian
men do many more things and everyone is free to let others know about what
they do. Nor did I object to publication of this gentleman's view about
his trip. My objection was to the POOR quality of this piece. Read my two
comments carefully. Any magazine is free to cover any subject it deems
appropriate. However, magazines, like schools, set standards for themselves
and try to maintain those standards. The Iranian is not a SOAP magazine.
It could have covered this issue with a better piece, not one with an "Akh
Joon" ending." >>>
* Born in Australia, 100% Iranian
Shahab writes: I am an Iranian guy who was born and lives in
Sydney, Australia. I am 21 years old. Firstly I like to congradulate you
on becoming an Aussie ["Proud
Australian"] but I really don't understand why you did this because
to me that's like taking your identity away and forgetting who you are!
My dad came to Australia from Iran in 1972 and still to this day he
has not become an Aussie and still has his Iranain passport this is the
same for my mum and they both are very proud of thier culture and the fact
that they are Iranians.
As I say, I was born in Australia and I consider myself 100% Iranian
and I am proud to be Iranian. I think we have the greatest culture in the
world! Why you would become an Aussie is above my head I really don't understand!
Celebrate: Noruz gala in Washington
The Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA) requests the pleasure
of your company at its annual Noruz Gala on Saturday, 18 March 2000 at
8 pm. Join us at Washington's celebrated National Press Club for a light
dinner as well as music and dancing. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 8 March,
as the IACA cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.
Plan early and circle that date on your calendar! The IACA looks forward
to celebrating the new year with you! For more information about tickets,
please call: 301-656-IACA.
Valentine: Say "I love you"
all over again
Valentine's Day is just a few days days away. We have created a special page for your messages
to your loved one. All you have to do is email the message to us and we
will publish it on February 14. You will make her, or him, very happy.
Email your message here: Times@iranian.com
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Books & Music from Iran
Selected works of Nima
Yushij; interpretations of Hedayat
& Sepehri; selected works of Samad
Behrangi; memoirs of the wife of a former head of SAVAK;
memoirs of Manouchehr Farmanfarmaian Farmanfarmaian...
* M.R. Shajarian: Shab-e
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qari-ye * Shahram Nazeri: Aatash
dar neyestaan * Banan: Shaakh-e
gol 1 * A. Assar: Kooch
* Koorosh Yaghmaie: Sib-e
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Religious students protest at newspaper
Feb 3 (AFP) - Some 1,000 Iranian theological students demonstrated Thursday
in the holy city of Qom after a reformist newspaper published cartoons which
they said ridiculed one of their teachers, press reports said. The demonstrators
marched from the theological college to the city's main mosque, calling
for the resignation of reformist Culture Minister Ataollah Mojerani, whom
they blamed for the "cultural depravity" of the country >>>
Missing, pro-reform Iranian student leader
Feb 3 (AFP) - A pro-reform Iranian student leader allegedly kidnapped about
three weeks ago has returned safe and sound, the Islamic Association of
Students that he heads said Thursday. Abbas Pazuki "who was kidnapped
by unknown individuals has been freed," the association, based in Semnan,
east of Tehran, said in a statement >>> FULL TEXT
CIA chief forecasts "unsettled"
politics in Iran
Feb 3 (AFP) - The political situation in Iran will remain "unsettled"
in the months leading up to the next presidential elections in mid 2001,
US Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet told Congress. "Even
if the elections produce a Majles (parliament) dominated by (Iranian reformist
president Mohammad) Khatami's supporters, further progress on reform will
remain erratic," Tenet tols a Senate committee Wednesday >>>
Iran rejects CIA report
Feb 3 (AFP) - Iran on Thursday rejected a CIA report that Tehran tried to
buy technology last year to develop weapons of mass destruction and hinted
Washington was trying to influence key elections later this month. "They
accuse us but never have any proof," defense ministry spokesman Keyvan
Khosravi said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency >>> FULL
Quake hits northern Iran, casualties reported
Feb 3 (AFP) - One person died and six were injured in an earthquake in northwestern
Iran early Thursday, the official IRNA news agency reported >>>
No comment on stopped Russian tanker
Jan 3 (AFP) - The Iran oil ministry said Thursday it had no comment on the
US Navy's boarding of a Russian tanker Wednesday night, on suspicion that
it was smuggling Iraqi oil, amid protestations from Moscow that the cargo
was Iranian >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran (Mosharekat) - Novelist Hooshang Golshiri comments on books
nominated for Book of the Year prizes >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Mosharekat) - Winners of this year's Book of the Year will
be announced soon. But past annoucements have not translated into sales
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani says he will work with
publishers to draft a new publishing law >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Azizi has not been able to get permission
from his new Turkish club and will not be in the game against Kuwait. Here
are the others who didn't make the team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Many young players on the Iranian national
soccer team will get a chance to prove themselves in Friday's friendly against
Kuwait >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Javad Zarrincheh has also had contacts
with the LA Galaxy and the New York Metro Stars. He hopes he'll hear from
the latter about a contract because then he will be Khak-pour's teammate
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Xpedition to the Source
Here's the deal: from 1998 to 2001, the Origin project serves
as the framework for four awesome Xpeditions based on the major sources
of our planet: water, earth, air, and fire. Get it? Good.
In prayer or love
Entering this magnificent place [Masjed-e-Shah in Isfahan] with its dark
interior eivans in utter solitude and awesome silence, broken only by chirping
of finches and sparrows in the smaller side courtyards, you find god, even
if you don't believe in it. You find a beauty so utter and whole, so encompassing,
so generous and warm and human that you want to weep, you want to laugh,
you want to bow or kneel in gratitude, in prayer or love.
-- Laleh Khalili
February 3, 2000
Photo of the Day
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