Monday, December 14, 1998 / Azar 23, 1377, No. 625
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By Simon Hattenstone
Meet Samira. She's a director from Iran, the new world capital of film. She's 18 years old.
Samira Makhmalbaf skips down the street, swinging her bag in the wind, cocky as a ferret. I tell her how much I like her first film, The Apple. "Why?" She stops and stares at me, aggressively. I haven't a clue what to say. "See, people interview me, and expect me to answer things so profoundly even though I'm only 18 and a half. And I ask you a simple question, and you can't answer it."
It's funny, I have a picture of Samira in my head. She is wearing a full-length black dress and veil, and looking as Iranian as a fatwa. But the Samira berating me is all jeans, V-necked top and teenage acne. After much inept burbling I find myself defending her film at turgid length. Actually, there's no need. The Apple is as wonderful as it is strange ... FULL TEXT
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Secularist writers said to be in hiding
TEHRAN, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several Iranian secularist writers have gone into hiding after a string of mystery deaths and disappearances among their colleagues that threatens President Mohammad Khatami's reform efforts. Firouz Gouran, editor of the banned monthly Jame'eh Salem, or Healthy Society, said on Monday many of his colleagues had either left their homes or adopted special security measures. ``This has spread panic everywhere,'' Gouran told Reuters by telephone ... FULL TEXT
In letters to people & Khatami, writers want "deliberate violence" stopped
"As we speak out about this organized violence and express our [concern about] the lack of protection for the lives of writers and intellectuals, we ask for an unequivocal explanation by the state authorities; and, we announce that, in the re-occurrence of such events, legal agencies can not disavow their common responsibility for protecting the lives of citizens. We ask all those who can not stand this situation, which is counter to freedom and public security, to [help] end this production of terror." ... FULL TEXT
Iran signs Caspian oil deal
Dec 14, (BBC) - Two western oil companies,
Shell and the British-based Lasmo,have signed an agreement with Iran to
explore for oil in the Caspian Sea. The agrement with the National Iranian
Oil Company will run for eighteen months and could lead to drilling operations...
Daei leads Iran into semi-finals
BANGKOK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich striker Ali Daei lashed home three goals in the last 10 minutes to lead Iran to an easy 4-0 quarter-final win over Asian Games soccer champions Uzbekistan on Monday. Iranian coach Mansour Pourhadari was delighted with his team's play but had special mention for Daei. ``All my players are the best but Daei is the very best,'' he said with a grin ... FULL TEXT
Egyptian parliamentarians leave for Iran
CAIRO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - A delegation from
Egypt's parliament left for Iran on Sunday to attend an Organisation of
Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting, airport sources said. The meeting will
discuss the formation of an Islamic parliamentary federation, they added.
No members of the Egyptian National Assembly (parliament) are known to have
visited Iran since the Islamic revolution 19 years ago ... FULL TEXT
Iran to attend UAE arms show, official says
Monday's medals standings
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Politics schmolitics. Let's spend some time relaxing with Persian cats.
Awesome online exhibition of the collection of Mark Twain Papers of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
My relatives take me to the office every day. A number of authors have left their homes. Whenever I hear footsteps from downstairs, I see the spectre of death before my eyes.
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