Friday, December 11, 1998 / Azar 20, 1377, No. 624
Paris heartbeats in an orange glow
Written and photographed by Rose Ghajar
I walked for 20 miles a day wearing my black coat from Saks and my Kmart leather white tennis shoes like a shadow through the streets of Paris.
I would start from Rue de la tour d'Auvergne, near the Gare du Nord and down Boulevard de Magenta to Place de la Republique where the statue of a French women of Liberty stood with a wreath on her hair and her hand outstreched in victory under a blue sky in November with white clouds. In spring, chaliced poppies flame to red in the palm of her hand ... GO TO FEATURE
New Lives for Women From Iran
By ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR
Morgan Hakimi's betrothal was so faithful to tradition she could have been back in Iran. She had never had a boyfriend--or even a date--when she met Bruce, the fellow Iranian emigre her father wanted her to marry in Los Angeles in 1980. She was 16.
But when the last glass of wine at their wedding was empty, this "Irangeles" couple unveiled a new tradition that startled their patriarchal community. She went to college while he pitched in at home. Some friends thought he was crazy. Others avoided them.
Meanwhile, the fiance of "Nili" wanted the opposite--an unreformed housewife--when he flew back to fundamentalist Iran for his second arranged marriage four years ago. His first imported Iranian wife had grown too Americanized, he said, neglecting him and the kids. He had pictures of his ex-wife in a bikini near strange men at a pool, showing the cheap woman she had become under the decadent California sun ... FULL TEXT
Book of the Week
Edited by Henry S. Mindlin
Alarming pattern of killings and "disappearances"
11 December 1998, (Amnesty International) - An alarming pattern
of murders and "disappearances" of several prominent Iranian writers
and government critics is emerging in Iran, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Mohammad Ja'far Puyandeh,
Hushang Golshiri, Kazem Kordavini, `Ali Ashraf Darvishiyan and Mansur Kushan,
all of whom are prominent Iranian writers ... FULL TEXT
Weightlifter prays to prophets, wins gold
BANGKOK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - With a prayer
to the prophets and look towards heaven, Shahin Nassiri Nia clean and jerked
210 kg in the men's 85 kg division and grabbed Iran's fourth gold of the
Asian Games on Friday. Nassiri Nia said he regularly clean and jerked 215
kg in practice, and said he would go for the world record of 218 kg next
year. ``I'm happy for my country to win the medal,'' Nassiri Nia said after
the competition where he also tied an Asian record in the snatch with 170
kg... FULL TEXT
Iran condemns attack on Americans
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line speaker
of Parliament said Thursday that last month's attack on a group of American
visitors was ``inappropriate,'' according to the official news agency. Ali
Akbar Nateq-Nouri's comments marked the first against the Nov. 21 attack
from a conservative within Iran's ruling clerical hierarchy. He added, however,
that a failure to explain the visitors' purpose had provoked ``suspicion''
about the delegation ... FULL TEXT
Shell drops plans for pipeline across Iran
December 10, 1998, (JOURNAL OF COMMERCE STAFF) - Royal Dutch/Shell
has quietly dropped plans to build a controversial gas pipeline across Iran,
ending one of the biggest threats to U.S. sanctions policy in the last three
years. Shell's interest in a trans-Iran project to carry gas from Turkmenistan
to Turkey has dogged U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic and keep
it from controlling sensitive energy routes ... FULL TEXT
Iran says U.S. can't curb its missile capacity
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Friday the United States was no longer able to curb Iran's missile industry because Tehran had largely reached technological self-sufficiency. Rafsanjani, who now heads a top state body, also dismissed charges that Tehran sought to develop biological weapons ... FULL TEXT
Friday's Asian Games medals table
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
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Persian women were ready for the opportunities offered to them in the United States, and they grabbed them. All the seeds came to America, and in the sunshine of California, they blossomed.
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