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Wednesday
January 26, 1999

Opinion

Dethroning Akbar Shah
The genie is out of the bottle -- almost

By Mehdi Ardalan
January 26, 2000
The Iranian

All eyes are now set on the parliamentary election due to be held on February 20 considered to be the most significant turning point for Iran defining her place in the world and setting her agenda for many decades to come.

Meanwhile, Rafsanjani has quickly found that, by Western standards, a mildly questioning public opinion is making Iran's political scene a non-friendly place to be even for crafty political survivors like himself.

This time around Rafsanjani's prospects for a sweeping victory is not a foregone conclusion as the hitherto silenced questions of his pro-reform critics are coming back to haunt him; questions ranging from his role in the mysterious string murders of over 80 dissidents and intellectuals during his two terms of presidency (1988-1996) to the shortcomings of his economic liberalization policies in that same period >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Tuesday
January 25, 1999

Memories

A kiss in a Cadillac
... and crash!

By xAle
January 25, 2000
The Iranian

After a few rainy days, it was such a pleasure to see the sun again. The delicate new leaves shined invitingly with brilliant colors. Mashhad's winter cold had started to fade and everywhere one could see that spring was in the air.

Sparrows made fresh nests and the narcissus with their long stalks were about to bloom. There was so much happening with spring just a few weeks away; it was hard not to join in.

After school, as I left the courtyard, I saw Hamid standing next to a big, shiny black car asking if I wanted to go for a ride in a "Cadillac" >>> GO TO FEATURE

Love

Say "I love you" all over again

Valentine's Day is just 19 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: [email protected]

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Monday
January 24, 2000

Cover story

Baby come back
Paintings

By Krista Nassi
January 24, 2000
The Iranian

I, the undersigned, Krista Nassi, daughter of Nasser, born in Tehran in 1970, ID Card no. 3848, entered Technical High School of Graphics in 1985 and started my studies for a bachelor degree in the field of painting in 1993 at Al-Zahra University after completion of which I continued my studies for masters degree at the University of Art in the field of painting and I graduated in 1999 >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Friday
January 14, 2000

Culture

Night out on Broadway
Theater industry is as alive as film

By Soma
January 21, 2000
The Iranian

Three years into HIS presidency, Khatami's policies of cultural openness, which he tried to introduce in 1989, are back on the agenda with tenor. At no time in modern Iranian history has the country been witness to such a surge in cultural activity. This, of course, is not an objective evaluation, but a simple observation.

To stop only at one example, the City Theater has so many shows ready to be staged that it is hard to keep up with new ones appearing. The notorious bureaucratic disorder that is in place actually ends up shuffling and bungling many of them to the point where earlier in the year the director of BLOOD WEDDING, Ali Rafii, threatened to abort the show (written by Garcia Lorca and translated by Shamloo, and staged for a second time in the past year) because, he complained, interjections by other programs (notably Shahram Nazeri's concert in November) affected a discontinuity in the group's performance. He didn't make good on his threat, and the audience kept coming back for more, so to speak, turning the show into a box-office triump >>> GO TO FEATURE

    Music

    Khashayar Etemadi

    Khashayar Etemadi

    January 21, 2000
    The Iranian

    Khashayar Etemadi is among the new breed of Iranian Pop singers. His songs are broadcast on radio and TV and his tapes are sold with the permission of the culture ministry. These songs are from his "Delshureh" album >>> LISTEN HERE

 

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Thursday
January 20, 2000

Opinion

All tied up
Reflections on the Iran-USA ball game & ballistics

By Guive Mirfendereski
January 20, 2000
The Iranian

In Pasadena, that was no more, not at least on the politically-correct superficies of faces tortured to be both Iranian and American. Colors blending. Double-sided flags and hats. Two-timing hearts. Mixed couples. Mixed up individuals. By all counts, the catharsis in Pasadena was a magnificent display of complete obfuscation of identity. It was also a purgation of sorts, allowing the Iranian-minded spectators to purge themselves of the pity they feel for being Iranian in an environment perceived as hostile to Iranians. There was also the purging of the fear that comes with standing up to be counted as Iranian, feeling Iranian, shouting Iranian and affirming Iran. This was all necessary therapy for a community besieged by two decades of inner turmoil. Chances are that the game will not have any direct or immediate effect on the course of Iran-U.S. relations; it will, however influence, the way the Iranian community in America will see and deal with itself >>> GO TO FEATURE

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