Requiem in Cairo
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Shah's death
Written by Cyrus Kadivar
Photographs by Claude Stemmelin
September 8, 2000
It was a very, very hot day in Cairo. Leaving my hotel room at the El-Gezira
Sheraton my mood was sombre. Getting into the taxi with two middle-aged
Iranian sisters from London we sped across the long bridge glancing occasionally
at the towering buildings that rose along the timeless river. Turning right
we passed a giant stone lion and descended on the Nile Corniche almost
colliding with a horse-carriage full of tourists. We came to an abrupt
halt in front of the four-star Semiramis.
Walking through the air-conditioned lobby we made our way through a
revolving door. Outside, a security man led us politely to a large bus
parked beneath a palm tree. Ten minutes later we were on our way to Nasr
City, on the outskirts of Cairo. Standing in the aisle, I wiped the sweat
off my face. Many of the fifty or more seated passengers were in a state
of considerable irritation. Everyone was complaining of the heat >>>
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Empathy & compassion
"Believing in dialogue paves the way for hope"
September 8, 2000
President Mohammad Khatami's speech at the U.N.-sponsored Conference
of Dialogue Among Civilizations in New York on 5 September
In order to call governments and peoples of the world to follow the
new paradigm of dialogue among cultures and civilizations, we ought to
learn from the world's past experience, especially from the tremendous
human catastrophes that took place in the 20th century. We ought to critically
examine the prevalent, and the glorification of might. From an ethical
perspective, the paradigm of dialogue among civilizations requires that
we abandon the will-to-power and instead pursue compassion, understanding,
and love. The ultimate goal of dialogue among civilizations is not dialogue
in and of itself, but attaining empathy and compassion >>>
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Iran's 'Circle' Critics' Choice As Venice Fest Ends
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Hollywood film stars provided the glitter,
but a dark Iranian movie about the oppression of women proved the critics'
favorite on the last day of competition at the Venice Film Festival on
``The Circle'' by prize-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi tells
the story of eight women living in Iran, where they are not allowed to
smoke in public, stay in a hotel on their own, or ride in a car driven
by a man who is not a relative >>>
Iranian president offers critical words on democratic
reformers and the US
By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
August 27, 2000
President Mohammad Khatami of Iran criticized his country's democratic
reformers on Thursday for their unrealistic expectations and urged his
people to avoid extremes in the name of promoting either security or freedom.
At a news conference in a meeting room of the U.N. Plaza Hotel, Khatami
also criticized the international outrage over his country's prosecution
and conviction of a group of Jews as spies and ruled out an official dialogue
with the United States until Washington changed its ways >>>
Khatami Fears Tug of War Will Open Iran to Extremists
By ROBIN WRIGHT
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2000
UNITED NATIONS -- President Mohammad Khatami warned Thursday that growing
polarization over the direction of Iran's post-revolutionary society may
trigger new confrontations and violence and has already forced his government
to slow the pace of change.
In a sobering assessment of Iran's internal strife, Khatami pledged
that he still stands for sweeping reforms in the Islamic theocracy. But
he warned that public demands for change "should not rise beyond what
is possible." >>>
September 09, 2000
Tehran: IT WAS was the kind of incident many Iranians like to believe
belongs to the past. When two respected intellectuals, Abdolkarim Soroush
and Mohsen Kadivar, arrived in Khorramabad, a remote western town, at the
end of August to speak to a student convention, they were blocked from
leaving the airport by a gang of Islamic vigilantes. The gang, armed with
knives and clubs, then broke up the convention, a gathering of the country's
biggest pro-democracy group. This led to nearly a week of street clashes
between the vigilantes and students, with townspeople joining in. A policeman
died and 35 people were taken to hospita >>>
Kayhan: Deviant critics want to tarnish the reputation of the
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Sosiaalist-haaye enqelaabi-ye iraan: Khatami's words at the U.N.
should not be taken seriously >>>
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Isn't this the coolest logo you've ever seen? It's from an Internet
service provider in Iran >>> SEE
* Why are we so rude?
Sara S. writes:
Regarding the article "Qaziyeh-ye
nejad" by Mohandes: I have so many questions but I can't come
up with any answers! I just want to know why we think that we are the best,
and nobody is like us? Why are we proud of what happened 3,000 years ago,
while we have nothing now?! I mean just look at us now! What happened to
that huge empire? And what are we now?! If we are the best, and the rest
of the world is nothing, how come we are all refugees in America, Europe...?
Has anyone ever thought of this? The pride we have for 3,000 year old things
has made us so blind that we can't see our present situation or think about
our future FULL
* Persians & Aryans & ...
Nick writes: Regarding
the article "Qaziyeh-ye
nejad" by Mohande: intoor ke az maghaaleye shomaa daryaaftam,
shomaa bishtar dar in soe`tafaahom gharaar daaarid taa digaraan. nemedunam
ke cheraa in maghaale raa IRANIAN ejzaseye chaap daade az anjaa ke in eshtebaahe
shomaa, meetune baraaye deegaran ham olgoo baashe!
inkeh mardoome aam dar in baareh che megooyand hamisheh baa hagheeghat
hamsaaz nist. zamaani bood ke mardoom, khomeiny raa dar maah didand va
hamaknoon ham in eshtebaahaat meetune rookh bede FULL
* Knowledge & wealth
Ahmad Poudratchi writes:
Thank you for dAyi Hamid's article "Elm
behtar ast yaa servat?". It brought back a lot of memories from
many many years ago, when I was in 4th or 5th grade in the Jahanbani elementary
school in Tehran.
In those days life was very simple and specially people were more simple
and innocent. What a shame that those days have long gone and will never
will be repeated.
Just like you, I obviously chose knowledge over wealth in my essay.
I agree with you that in this capitalist society we need money to have
a comfortable life. The bottom line is that we need both knowledge and
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Translation of today's poem by Zara
My hard friend, you ask me for my heart and my gold.
The truth is, I have neither one to give.
Gold? What gold does a poor man have?
Since when does a lover have a heart left to give?
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Kadivar tells crowd Islam does not restrict
TEHRAN, Sept 7 (AFP) - A cleric who spent 18 months in prison for
challenging religious domination of Iranian politics told a crowd of 5,000
Thursday that Islam does not restrict freedom. "Freedom is God's greatest
gift," Mohsen Kadivar said at a ceremony marking the 21st anniversary
of the death of Ayatollah Mahmud Taleqani, an architect of Iran 's 1979
Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT
White House unfazed by Khatami's demands
YORK, Sept 7 (AFP) - The White House on Thursday appeared unfazed by demands
from Iranian President Mohammad Khatami for more US steps before Tehran
could consider a resumption in official ties between the two countries.
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, brushed off
Khatami's demand for "practical measures" for a restoration of
relations, severed in 1980 after the Iranian revolution and the hostage-taking
at the US embassy there >>> FULL TEXT
Iran vows to develop missiles to counter
Sept 7 (Reuters) - Iran said on Thursday it would continue to develop its
controversial missile capability to face what it sees as ``widespread''
regional and international threats, the official Iranian news agency IRNA
reported. ``Iran develops its space and missile capacity based on a focused
policy of deterrence considering the military situation in the region and
threats from beyond the region,'' IRNA quoted Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani
as saying >>> FULL TEXT
Iran hopes its new moderate image will
Tehran (Reuters) - Iran hopes its improving image abroad will help
lift its depressed tourism industry, but many fear Islamic social restrictions
could keep foreigners away. "The bitter truth is that our negative
image, created by negative propaganda, has been a fatal poison for our tourism
industry since the revolution," says Iran's chief tourism official
Mohammad Moezzeddin. "We want to improve this image and President (Mohammad)
Khatami's open-door and detente policy is the main key to this goal,"
he told journalists this week. Iran's once-vibrant tourism industry all
but died after the 1979 revolution as the ruling Shi'ite Moslem clergy tried
to construct a pure Islamic state >>> FULL TEXT
OPEC Raises Hopes for Cheaper Oil
VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC Friday gave grounds for optimism that the
oil cartel will mount its third supply increase in a year to soothe an international
outcry over high energy costs. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
Countries, under fire to ease fuel bills and temper inflationary pressures,
is thought likely to lift output by about 700,000 barrels daily, just under
3 percent, when it meets Sunday >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Cinema: Most dynamic
Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- One hundred films will be shown at the youth
film festival to mark 100 years of Iranian cinema >>> FULL PERSIAN
(Iran daily) -- If Iranian films win awards at the Venice film festival
following their success at Cannes, 2000 may turn out be the most successful
year for Iranian cinema >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
(Jam-e Jam) -- A UFO will land in tonight's episode of "Tabagheh vasat"
>>> FULL TPERSIAN EXT
No-javanan rock in Vietnam
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Iran's U-17 soccer team has won its third
match in a row in the Asian championships in Vietnam, defeating Kuwait 3-0
>>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Talebi's final list in a month
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Jalal Talebi will announce the final
list national team players in a about a month. He also hopes to have Esteqlali
players on the national team, despite Esteqlal's busy schedule in Asian
club championships >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Esteqlal: Top goal scorers
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal has the first and second leading
goal scorers in the Azadegan league. Esteqlal is on top of the Azadegan
League table, but Persepolis has played fewer matches >>> FULL
Khatami winds up UN visit
President Khatami had a very busy six day
visit to New York. He delivered a number of speeches and met leaders of
many countries. He will be leaving New York in a few hours. Amin Zargham
who followed President Khatami in the last six days sums up his trip >>> LISTEN
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Beyond The Fall: The Former Soviet Bloc in Transition 1989-1999
This beautiful photography exhibit is the
work of Anthony Suau, a freelance photographer who spent 10 years capturing
the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. "The ensuing years brought
political, economic and social chaos to the countries of the former Soviet
bloc as they struggled to redefine themselves following their emancipation.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
-- Henry David Thoreau
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