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No wonder Egyptians loved Iranians so much
Written & photographed by Dokhi Fassihian
February 11, 2000
I was studying Arabic in Cairo during the summer of 1997. Living among
Egyptians was an extraordinary experience. They welcomed me as their own
and would never believe it when I told them I wasn't Egyptian. When they
found out I was Iranian, they treated me like a queen. I got the best tables
at restaurants; gifts at the bazaar, free feluka rides on the Nile, free
taxi rides. Egyptians mean it when they tarof; their friendliness and warmth
is full of sincerity.
"We haven't seen Iranians for ten years," a bazaar merchant
told me. "Only Farah Diba and her entourage come to visit the Shah's
tomb every year, and they usually just visit the jewelery stores."
GO TO FEATURE
Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
Chapter Four >>>
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How fast and how far?
Februart 12, 2000
T E H R A N -- ONE thing is clear: when people cast their ballots in
Iran's parliamentary election on February 18th, most of them will be voting
for change. The point at issue is the pace of change, and the degree to
which the Islamic system should be altered.
The campaign has been dirtied by the mud that the would-be reformists
are slinging at one another. Officially, Iran allows no political parties.
The electoral system is Iran's own, qualified version of proportional representation,
with 6,083 candidates competing for the 290 seats in the newly expanded
parliament (576 applicants, predominantly from the reformist camp, have
been disqualified). The challenge for the voters will be to sort through
the labyrinth of tickets, loose alliances among political factions, and
the great many candidates who will be totally unknown to them >>> FULL
Cherik-haaye Fadaie on the anniversary of Siahkal, 1979 revolution,
elections and >>>
* Little corner of paradise
Haleh A. writes: The
old faces from community school are like ghosts; dear old friends whose
names one has perhaps forgotten but whose faces are forever engraved in
our minds eye.
I attended that great school. Indeed, my best friends today, though
scattered around the globe, remain those friends with whom the union was
made on that great campus whose founders shared in the same vision; the
great promise of bringing the peoples of different nations together with
the promise of peace, love and unity.
I have searched the globe in the hope of finding this place which once
was in the small little corners of paradise, in an old Tehran neighborhood
called Khyaabaan-e Jaleh >>>
James writes: Is
the novel, Conspiracy
at Desert One, available for sale ? I couldent fiend it in the book
store! Would love to get my hands on a copy, when available.
REPLY: This novel has not yet been published. It is exclusive to
* Beyond stupid
Tom Nouri writes:
Your commentary on Andy
is beyond stupid.
You wrote: "Truth is that I had never heard his music before --
except for 15 second video clips on Iranian TV stations now and then. My
impression was that he's the worst of Iranian music in exile -- silly,
devoid of any musical value and good for that certain LA crowd. And dude,
what's up with that headband? I only heard two songs. Based on that, I
still would not rank Andy close to Ebi or Daryoush."
Obviously there is a complete lack of intelligence. Furthermore, you
are unable to distinguish between the traditional poetic singers Ebi and
Daryoush, New Age, Rock, and fast paced music that younger Iranians love
The Iranian is none-other than the typical Hezboallah trying
to sound intelligent.
Radio: Tehran pollution on NPR
National Public Radio (NPR) in the U.S. will air a feature on pollution
in Tehran this Sunday. It is a piece about a multi-media exhibit in Iran
called "Children of the Dark City" - Four artists got together
and put together an exhibit to raise awareness on the need to curb pollution.
Listen to NPR's Weened All Things Considered on SUnday February 13 from
5-6 p.m. Check your local listings.
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Hundreds of thousands mark revolution
Feb 11 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands gathered in central Tehran on Friday
to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Iranian revolution, as President
Mohammad Khatami made an impassioned plea for his reform agenda. Amid the
state-organised pomp and traditional anti-US sloganeering, Khatami appealed
to the crowd to turn out en masse for next week's elections for parliament,
which is now dominated by conservatives and has stymied many of his reforms
>>> FULL TEXT
Fundamentalists attack office of reformist
Feb 11 (AFP) - Islamic fundamentalists in Iran attacked the office of a
pro-reform candidate for parliament close to President Mohammad Khatami,
a reformist newspaper reported Friday. The office of Ali Tajernia, who is
standing in next Friday's elections from the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern
Iran, was barraged with "incendiary devices," the Asr-e-Azadeghan
(Era of the Liberated) paper said >>> FULL TEXT
Election campaign not free and fair, rights
Feb 11 (AFP) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) criticized
on Friday the conditions under which Iran's legislative election campaign
is taking place >>> FULL TEXT
Carmakers in negotiations with Iran
10, 2000 (The Financial Times) -- Italy's Fiat and Volkswagen of Germany
are holding negotiations on making significant investments in Pars Khodro,
an Iranian state-owned carmaker to be privatised next month, Iranian officials
said on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT
Turkey, Iran set to clear hitches in gas
Feb 11 (Reuters) - Turkish and Iranian officials will meet twice this month
to overcome last hurdles in a 23-year, $23 billion gas delivery and pipeline
deal, Turkish officials said on Friday >>> FULL TEXT
(Asr-e Azadegan) - A list of some of the films at the Fajr fetival, including
director, actors, etc. >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The head of the youth film association
talks about the future generation of film makers >>> FULL TEXT
Good & bad
(Asr-e Azadegan) - The Book of the Year selection process has chnaged. Some
changes are for the better, some not >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (IRNA) - Persepolis and Al Hilal end match in a scoreless
draw. Thus both teams qualify for the next round >>> FULL TEXT
(Iran Varzeshi) - Mansour Pour-Heydari's thoughts on the national team:
An interview >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran daily) - The national team will be so busy in training
and qualifying matches at the end of March that Azadegan league matches
may have to be postponed for many weeks >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Iranian state TV's official site about the revolution. Not
very balanced, obviously (all the cartoons are about the Shah). Check out
the music links.
Focusing on the women behind the camera.
Another May 23
If the government had a cooperative parliament we could move forward
with more confidence... Let us make February 18 another May 23.
-- President Khatami
February 11, 2000
Photo of the Day
"Persians" greeting card