January 24, 2001
From the preface to Pari Ardalan Malek's Joy
of Persian Cooking: Persian-American Cuisine (2000, Abjad Book Designers
and Builders). Malek is a mother of three, grandmother of four and wife
of a diplomat and former Iranian ambassador to Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
Her book is a collection of more than 500 recipes, drawn from Iran as well
as from her years in Europe. The Iranian will feature one of her
recipes every week, starting today >>>
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Customers not respected at Iranian restaurants
By Mahmood Kanani
January 24, 2001
I don't like to nag. The food industry is very competitive and I don't
want Iranian restaurants to go out of business. Where else can I find chelo
kabab soltani with somagh? But I also want to enjoy the dinning experience
too. I doubt a non-Iranian will ever return after experiencing what I've
been through. But the managers know we are hooked, like junkies >>>
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His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets
By Akbar Ganji
Elections and memories of the "cold winter slap" >>>
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Pahlavi Pushes Iranian Democracy
WASHINGTON (AP) - Blaming the current Islamic regime for Iran's political
turmoil and loss of international stature, the son of late Shah of Iran
called Wednesday for a national referendum to determine ``the nature and
fate of a future system of government.''
Recent news accounts that describe the political fight within Iran as
a struggle between reformist allies of the president and Islamic hard-liners
are too simple, Reza Pahlavi said. The reality is far more complex >>>
Students end sit-in but want to stage a rally
BBC Persian Service
Mohammad Reza Namnabat, a student leader at the Amir Kabir University
in Tehran, says students who staged a sit-in outside the Iranian parliament
yesterday have asked permission to stage a rally. They are protesting against
the prison sentences for the Iranian intellectuals who took part at the
Berlin Conference. Afshin Amirzadeh talks to Mr Namnabat >>>
During his press conference at the National Press Club in Washington
Wednesday, Reza Pahlavi said the positive response to his 20-minute speech,
which was broadcast to Iran last week, had been "enormous". "My
web site alone has had an average of 28,000 hits a day since our broadcast."
Hits, mind you, is not the same as number of people.
* Rootless, but worldly
writes: Regarding "Hell
no" by Babak Nikain, Why such despair? I have met and known many
people who have lived between cultures. Mainly, they have either been the
children of immigrants or the children of families whose livelihood took
them across the globe (be it business, government, etc.) Hands down, I
think they are richer human beings because of it - in spite of being rootless.
Rarely have I met one of these "tweeners" or "global nomads"
who wasn't extremely sophisticated, kind, open-minded, sincere, inteligent
and, of course, worldly >>>
* Don't miss Islamic Iran
Sheila K writes:
It is refreshing to hear your patriotic view of Iran ["Hell no"].
However, for those of you who haven't really experienced life in the Islamic
era, Iran is no place for anyone with ambition, dreams and desire for success.
I speak of personal experience which is shared by millions of my fellow
When you live in the Islamic Iran, you will then understand the humiliating
aspects of ones livelihood in Iran. There is so much I can tell you about
Iran, but I will leave it up to you to experience them for yourself. Make
a visit to Iran and visit everything not just the history, but the present
* Write more often
Amoo Ali writes:
I have always read dAyi
Hamid's articles and enjoyed them since they all have some grains of
truth in them. But this most recent one ["Man
naboodam dastam bood..."] beautifully describes the irony that
ALL Iranians are facing today.
The solution is to have articles like this more often written and circulated
to EVERY IRANIAN in the world and make them think a little bit about their
predicament today and learn to be RESPONSIBLE for their messy situation
they are in and do not complain about others >>>
J. Jalali writes:
Excuse my language but you seem to be rude as well as illiterate ["Googooshgate"].
Because for us, the suppressed women in Iran, Googoosh is not only a real
artist, but a symbol. A symbol of all the good things that we are deprived
Charity: Helping Iranian children
The Foundation for the Children of Iran was founded in the United States
in 1991 by a small group of Iranian immigrants. The purpose of The Foundation
is to enable children from Iran or of Iranian origin to receive health
care services in the United States.
Our 2001 Norooz (Persian New Year) fundraising event and celebration
is being held at Tyson Corner's Ritz Carlton Hotel in Virginia. Date: Friday
March 16, 2001 Time: 7:00 p.m. Admission: $150.00 Location: Tyson Corner-
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Vienna, Virginia. >>>
Translation of today's poem by Zara
The moon rose high and I sunk very low.
My love sobered up, and I got still more drunk.
My life and soul, from now on please don't hold
Against me what is out of my control.
* Also see more Rumi
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
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Reza Pahlavi urges end to support for moderates
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (AFP) - Reza Pahlavi, son and heir of
the late Shah of Iran, on Wednesday urged the international community, particularly
the United States, to abandon efforts to improve ties with the current Iranian
regime. Pahlavi said the Islamic republic's current government, led by President
Mohammad Khatami who is seen by many as moderate, had failed to live up
to promises to institute wide-ranging reforms >>>
Press freedom group calls for release of
10 jailed journalists
NICOSIA, Jan 24 (AFP) - The press freedom group "Reporters
sans frontieres" (RSF - Reporters without borders) called Wednesday
for the release of 10 journalists in Iran, describing the country as "the
biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East." In a statement
received by AFP in Nicosia, RSF recalls that "10 Iranian journalists
are currently in jail and the sentences handed down on them range from four
months to 10 years in prison, and that two others, sentenced to four and
nine years in jail, have not yet been arrested.">>>
Parliament condemns press crackdown by
TEHRAN, Jan 24 (AFP) - A majority of reformist members
of the parliament Wednesday condemned the conservative-dominated courts
for the arrest of journalists and closure of reformist papers and for recent
sentences handed out to "political detainees", television reported.
In an open letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi,
more than 150 deputies expressed their "deep concern" over "the
illegal actions" of the judicial system >>>
Court summons reform official
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian court on Tuesday held a
key ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami responsible for alleged
irregularities in last year's legislative elections in which hard-liners
suffered a stunning defeat. ``I was summoned to the court to give some explanations
on the February legislative polls in Tehran but the meeting became an all-out
trial session,'' said the deputy interior minister, Mostafa Tajzadeh, who
was freed on bail of $12,500 >>>
Syrian President arrives for first-ever
TEHRAN, Jan 24 (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Asssad
arrived here Wednesday for his first visit to close regional ally Iran since
taking power six months ago after the death of his father, officials told
AFP. Assad, who has made only a handful of trips abroad since succeeding
Hafez al-Assad in July, will meet with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
and President Mohammad Khatami during his two-day visit >>>
Body of a teacher murdered in Karachi flown
KARACHI, Jan 24 (AFP) - The body of a teacher murdered
here last week was flown to Tehran Wednesday on an Iran Air plane, police
said. Aga Sultani was gunned down outside his home near his Shiite Muslim
seminary on Saturday. "His entire family also left with the body,"
Pakistani Shiite political party leader Hasan Turabi said >>>
History of Iranian performing arts
A seven-part program produced by filmmaker Shahrokh Golestan.
Here's PART TEN >>>
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The principle dynamic at work is this - the train of reform
has left the station and the honeymoon Mr. Khatami enjoyed is over. My countrymen
have spoken. They are tired and leery of a theocracy that has been feeding
them empty promises.
-- Reza Pahalvi, press conference, Washington DC
January 24, 2001
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