Paintings by Asiyeh Esfandiari
July 17, 2000
I found Asiyeh Esfandiari's paintings by chance as I was surfing
the Persian Art web site.
People in her paintings do not have a strong presence. They seem
to be defined only as outlines or strong colors representing unpredictable
outside forces. They are a reminder of the Iranian belief in fate or qesmat.
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Iranians in Southland Flex Political Muscle
By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2000
Southern California's Iranian Americans, reclusive and apolitical since
the U.S. hostage crisis two decades ago, are beginning to use their considerable
numbers and wealth to influence policy inside and outside Iran.
No longer do they call themselves "Persian" or "Middle
Eastern" to escape American animosity born when militant students
laid siege to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.
Nor is this community of 600,000 willing to wait for others to reshape
what members call a repressive theocracy that sent many of them fleeing.
Thanks to Ramin Tabib
AOL Settles With Muslim Over 'Sand N**ger' Incident
WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online (AOL) and its business
partner Cendant Corporation have reached a settlement with a Muslim shopper
in Chicago, Ill., who received a racist slur on a catalog from a Cendant-owned
company that does business through AOL.
was printed under the obviously-Muslim name of the catalog recipient.
That slur is used to attack Muslims, who are assumed to be Arabs from countries
that are primarily desert. In fact, Arabs are a minority in the Muslim
American at Home Coaching in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Gary LeMoine, the first American coach for an Iranian
team since the 1979 Islamic revolution, says his work with the national
basketball team is another step toward improving relations between Tehran
``The fact that I've been hired by Iran should definitely be considered
as part of greater people-to-people contacts between the two nations. I
hope this will also open up contacts between the two governments,'' he
21 Years On, Iran Still Gaga Over Pop Diva Googoosh
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Word that Iran's pop diva Googoosh will break 21
years of silence to perform abroad this month has electrified her legions
of home-grown fans, many too young to know anything but her ubiquitous
boot-leg recordings. For two decades the former pop sensation has hovered
-- out of sight but not out of mind -- over the cultural landscape of urban
Kayhan: Human rights grant to Soroush and Kadivar shows their
links to foreign powers >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Rah-e Kargar: Statement calling for protests against the acquittal
of former police chief >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
TEHRAN, July 16 (AFP) - The 10 million residents of Iran's capital Tehran
will soon have their first-ever female fire-fighting unit, television reported
Some 10 women, aged between 30 and 40, are taking part in a crash training
course and are expected to join the capital's fire department soon >>> READ
* Pressuring IRI will force further concessions
Committee for Religious Minority
Rights in Iran writes open letter: Dear Congressman Brad Sherman,
You have always been a staunch supporter of Human Rights in Iran, advocating
democracy and opposing the atrocities of the present dictatorship.
It has come to our attention that a certain Iranian individual has sent
you a letter opposing your current efforts on behalf of the innocent Iranian
Jews and Human Rights in Iran, and has been circulating it on the Internet.
We would like to reconfirm our gratitude for your leading position in the
House of Representatives on the above issues and remind all concerned of
certain current facts about Iran >>>
* A tad racist
Reza Vatandust sounds like 'Daei Jan Napoleon': he says the "the
mortal enemy of the Persian race" is England. How amusingly out-dated!
I am an Azeri-Iranian living on the soil of the "mortal enemy"
in London. I am sorry to disappoint you Mr Vatandust, but for a "Vatandust"
you sound a tad racist >>>
* Khejaalat bekesh
Al Amin writes:
You are the publisher of an Iranian family paper and you promote a
in your paper? What are you made of? Shit!!!
Even in other countries they don't promote their prostitutes!! But you
have to do that! Is that the ideal Iranian woman? Maybe you'd like women
in your family to be like Jasmine (or they probably are!!), but I'm sure
the very damn majority of Iranians don't look up to such ideas held high
by idiots like MA (who seems to have suggested the site).
Boro kami khejaalat bekesh va beh mardomet fekr kon! You piece of crap!
Travel: Chat with Tara Bahrampour
From the crowded streets of Tehran to the ancient wonders of Esfahan,
from the lush Caspian coastline to the world's most demanding dress code,
join us as we explore a place that was up until recently thought too dangerous
for Americans: Iran. On Tuesday, July 18 at 3pm EST, author and Travel + Leisure writer Tara Bahrampour
answers your questions about traveling in Iran. Find out how to get there,
and what sights and foods not to miss, and learn about some surprising
aspects of this changing country; from still active synagogues to world-class
ski slopes >>> GO HERE
Translation of today's poem by Zara
If love makes you thirst, never fear: you have wine.
If your body's a ruin, don't worry: there's treasure inside.
You've run out of water? No, your water is near.
Wake up: this world that you dream holds nothing to fear.
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Kadivar freed, Baghi jailed
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Reformist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, a leading theoretician
of Iran's Islamic modernist movement, has been released from jail after
serving an 18-month sentence for political and religious dissent. But Iranian
newspapers Monday quoted him as saying his release was temporary and that
he expected new charges from the same clerical court that convicted him
in 1998 >>> FULL TEXT
Students stage sit-in
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Leaders of Iran's largest student group began
a sit-in outside the parliament buildings Sunday to protest the acquittal
of police forces on charges of storming a student hostel last July. Eight
leaders of the pro-reform Office for Fostering Unity sat on blankets in
front of the reformist-dominated parliament, or Majlis, to demand justice
and denounce the ``judiciary's double-standard practices.'' >>>
Pressure mounts on courts after verdict
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's biggest student movement staged a sit-in
outside parliament Sunday, part of mounting pressure on the judiciary after
the acquittal of police charged with the bloody suppression of a campus
protest last year >>> FULL TEXT
Iran wants return of its diaspora
July 15 (AFP) - The government of President Mohammad Khatami has stepped
up its appeals in the last few weeks for the return of Iranian exiles who
fled to Europe and the United States after the 1979 Islamic revolution >>>
Blasts in north-east Tehran damage houses:
July 16 (AFP) - Several homes were damaged in violent explosions which rocked
a Tehran district that houses the intelligence ministry late Saturday, Iranian
state radio reported Sunday >>> FULL TEXT
U.S. says Iran missile test no surprise
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary
William Cohen on Monday said Iran's test of a medium-range missile was no
surprise and only confirmed it aimed to develop longer-range missiles --
a factor playing a role in the proposed U.S. missile defense system. Iran
said on Saturday it had successfully tested the Shahab-3 missile, which
is modeled mainly on North Korea's Nodong-1 and improved with Russian technology
>>> FULL TEXT
Qatari emir arrives in Tehran
July 17 (AFP) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani arrived in
Tehran Monday for an official three-day visit, the first by a Qatari head
of state since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The emir will be welcomed by
President Mohammad Khatami at the Saad-Abad palace, the former imperial
palace of Iran's ousted late Shah >>> FULL TEXT
Credit institution prepares to become first
July 16 (AFP) - Iran's Karafarinan credit institution is set to become in
four months time the first private bank in the country since the Islamic
revolution of 1979, its director Parviz Aghili told AFP Sunday. The institution,
which is not the only one with the same goal, hopes "finally"
to take advantage of a 1993 law allowing private banks in the country >>>
Kuwait's oil minister to visit Iran next
week for border talks
CITY, July 17 (AFP) - Kuwait's Oil Minister Sheikh Saud Nasser al-Sabah
is to visit Iran on July 24 for talks on demarcating a maritime area rich
in gas and oil, the emirate's foreign minister said Monday. "This issue
(border demarcation) will be part of talks with his Iranian counterpart,"
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said, quoted in Al-Watan newspaper >>>
100th birthday bash
(Bahar) -- Several organizations are cooperating to organize celebratations
marking 100 years of Iranian cinema. The three-day event will be in mid
August >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Top current movies
(Bahar) -- "Mumiyaee 3" is in first place among current movies
with the highest ticket sales. Here are the top films and their ticket sales
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Hegmataneh: More digging
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The 17th excavation season at Hegmataneh,
one of Iran's most important archaeological sites near Hamadan has begun.
Experts have found the remains of one of the "oldest and most exceptional"
cities in the world >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Daei, Alvez, Preetz: Who to start?
Hertha Berlin's coach Roeber told the media that he believed his
team was well prepared and had more than enough players in the front lines.
Last season, Ali Daei and Michael Preetz started the season as the starting
forwards but the late acquisition of Alex Alvez and the nominal performance
by the Iranian Daei prompted the change in the lineup >>> FULL
Persepolis has no case
(Iran Varzeshi) -- Soccer supervisory board rejects Persepolis' complaint
that Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab's signing with Esteqlal was illegal >>>
Persepolis can't sell stock
(Iran daily) -- Plans to sell Persepolis shares to the public has been opposed
by the sports director of Tehran Province who says the club is a national
company not a private enterprise >>> FULL TEXT
Mohsen Kadivar, Iranian leading reformist
was released from prison, after enduring one and a half years inside, for
accusations such as spreading lies and disturbing public opinion. However,
he was told by prison officials that some charges are laid against him again.
Maria Sarsalari spoke to him only hours after his release >>>
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We have an opportunity to make change. And we should learn
from other immigrant communities, like Cubans, Vietnamese, American Jews
-- George Haroonian, coordinator of the Council of Iranian
American Jewish Organizations
July 17, 2000
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coach at home in Iran