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Shiraz wine: from Persia to Australia
By Cyrus Kadivar
February 8, 2000
One ancient Persian legend says that Jamshid, a grape-loving king, stored
ripe grapes in a cellar so he could enjoy grapes all year long.
One day he sent his slaves to fetch him some grapes. When they did not
return he decided to go to the cellar himself only to find that they had
been knocked out by the carbon dioxide gas emanating from some bruised
fermenting grapes. One of the king's rejected, distraught mistresses decided
to drink this poisoned potion, only to leave the cellar singing and dancing
in high spirits >>>
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Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
The voice through the telephone carried a guttural sound. "Meet
with me, Walker. You need the story . . . the story needs you."
Wesley Walker, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a man carrying the disputable
distinction of being a writer of fiction answered, "I'm not interested.
No one is. A military blunder is exactly that. It's a poor history."
Again, the words sounded as coming through a long, dark tunnel. The
shaft shaped them. "There was more to it, Mr. Walker . . . thirty
minutes . . . it's all I need . . . it's all you need to hear the story.
Men played a deadly game . . . the game caught them short. Meet me in the
vista parking lot at the Keystone Dam.">>>
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The Hard Line From Tehran
February 14, 2000
It's clear that the Clinton administration would like to improve relations
with Iran. Indeed, the administration has made some gestures to Tehran.
But a rare interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi makes
clear that Iran wants all give and no take. As for the Middle East peace
process, it won't change Iran's antipathy to Israel. Kharrazi spoke recently
with NEWSWEEK's Lally Weymouth. Excerpts: >>>
An Aseman Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Tehran. You would
think the ariline staff would feel sorry for the terrified passengers.
Thanks to Yazdaneh Amiryazdani
* Old habits
writes in reference to Amin Naraghi's letter:
article about the new politico, Joerg Haider, who seems to be charming
the pants off of the ever 3rd Reich loving Austrians. Old habits unfortunately
* Oh, how heavy...!
writes in reference to NN's
I agree with your comments about the piece on the politeness of Iranians
polite people in the world"]. By Western standards, many Iranians
would rate as quite impolite. For example, many do not show a lot of respect
for other people's time and schedule. Punctuality and attention to timeliness
is not one of our better characteristics.
Another example: The other day I ran into a Persian friend of mine from
college days and the first two sentences she produced where "Oh, how
heavy you've become!" and "How much did you pay for your new
car?" The same woman asked me last year if I had divorced my American
Now, by American standards, these types of questions are considered
most uncalled for and very rude, but are common conversation pieces even
in Iranian modern/urban societies! So, it may be that one should consider
the frame of reference or the base set of values when judging a society
for things like politeness and morality in general. My two cents.
* Another lonely guy
writes: I'm here in Austin Texas, another lonley guy from Tehran. Just
wanted to say thank you for the nice site you have provided for all Iranians
in every corner of this country or other lands .
Community: Changing gender role: Washington
The Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA) proudly presents: "Now,
All Must Be Shared: Changing Gender Roles within the Iranian Immigrant
Family" -- A lecture by sociologist Dr. Ali Akbar Mahdi. * PLACE &
ADDRESS: Georgetown University's Intercultural Center, Room 101. 37th &
O Streets, NW in Washington, DC. * DATE & TIME: Saturday, 19 February
2000, 1:30-3:30 pm >>>
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Iranian national soccer team
Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans
of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1978-2000.
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Parties gear up for parliamentary elections
Feb 8 (AFP) - Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami Tuesday called
on his key constituency of young people and women to turn out in force to
vote in this month's parliamentary elections, as all parties geared up for
the start of the official campaign in two days' time. "The elections
are the most decisive sign of the people's participation in their own destiny
and in democracy, and that is why women and young people will play a determining
role in the important poll lying ahead of us," he told a gathering
of women, reported by state radio >>> FULL TEXT
'Dismal science' in back seat at Iran poll
TEHRAN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The rough-and-tumble politics of Iran's
factional struggle has pushed key economic issues off the agenda of next
week's parliamentary polls. As a result, many of the most crucial questions
that will face the 290 deputies during their four-year terms are getting
short shrift from the more than 6,500 candidates as they campaign for the
February 18 contest >>> FULL TEXT
576 candidates disqualified
TEHRAN, Iran A hard-line council charged with screening
candidates for the Feb. 18 legislative elections said Tuesday that it has
disqualified 576 applicants, Iranian radio reported. The affiliations of
the disqualified candidates were not immediately known. Iranian moderates
have expressed fears that the Guardian Council would eliminate those who
do not fully endorse the policies of hard-liners among the ruling clergy
>>> FULL TEXT
MKO seen bent on violence, reject reform
DUBAI, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Iran's exiled Mujahideen Khalq rebels
seem bent on keeping up guerrilla attacks but Iranian analysts say they
appear increasingly out of step with the mood in Iran for gradual political
reform. The Iraq-based rebels claimed responsibility for Saturday's mortar
attack near the presidential palace in Tehran which killed one man and injured
six >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami embraces recently-released Karbaschi
Feb 7 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami embraced former reformist
mayor of Tehran Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who was freed from jail on a pardon
in January, at the inauguration of a Tehran cultural centre Monday. Karbaschi,
who was pardoned by the Islamic republic's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, was taking part in the inauguration of an Iranian artists' club
within a former military barracks in the centre of Tehran >>> FULL
Oil slips as OPEC output speculation grows
Feb 8 (Reuters) - Oil prices eased a little on Tuesday as speculation grew
that producers may increase output when their pact to limit supplies expires
at the end of March. Benchmark Brent crude was 17 cents down at $26.71 a
barrel by 1730 GMT, still within 40 cents of nine-year highs hit last month
>>> FULL TEXT
(Hamshahri) - Fajr film fest nominees have been announced. In the best film
category, the nominees are "Bolough" by Masoud Jafari Jozani,"Bouy-r
kafour, atr-e yaas" by Bahman Farmanara, "Mehr" by Ahmadreza
Darvish, "Mard-e baaraani" by Abolhassan Davoudi and "Eteraaz"
by Masoud Kimiaie >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Good news, bad news
(Asr-e Azadegan) - The bad news is that Nikahang Kosar is in prison for
drawing a political cartoon lampooning Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi. The good
news is that collected cartoons may become a bestseller >>> FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Hamshahri) - The Fajr music festival has one main problem: it does not
include such masters as Meshkatian, Alizadeh and Shajarian >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Asr-e Azadegan) - One of the performances on the first day of the Fajr
music festival is a piece by Beethoven >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
(Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal had chance to steal first place from Persepolis
by winning against Chooka. But >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Meanwhile in Riyadh...
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Analyzing the game between Persepolis
and Iraq Police... Persepolis kept lobbing balls in Iraq's court, without
clear attack plan >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis head coach Ali Parvin is very
upset with the team's poor performance against Iraq -- so upset that he
didn't show up for lunch >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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