Tuesday, October 20, 1998 / Mehr 28, 1377, No. 587
Delkash in London
By Baqer Moin
A pioneering Iranian actress and singer, Delkash, appeared in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall two weeks ago as part of a European tour which brought her back to the stage for the first time in almost twenty years.
Women have been banned from performing in public in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Delkash's current tour marks the first time she has sung in public since then. Now in her mid seventies, she is remembered for her energetic and dominant voice. (To hear Delkash songs click here.)
The very appearance of the diminutive, hunchbacked woman leaning on a stick provoked a standing ovation from her nostalgic admirers.... GO TO FEATURE
Farewell cherry tree
By Ali Khalili
Sweeping through Iranian sites on the Internet I have yet to see one that tell the story of thousands of young Iranian boys, many barely teenagers and some even younger, who left Iran during the Iran-Iraq war for the less than friendly confines of Europe.
As a young, emotional and patriotic boy, it was a tough saying goodbye to my land. It was quite painful to say goodbye to all my soccer pals and my school mates. It was impossibly painful to say goodbye to my parents and relatives, wondering when , if ever, I would get a chance to see any of them again. As I said farewell to the cherry trees in our yard, the soccer field, my street, my house and all the people, tears came and went. I felt so horrible that throughout my flight, I had a headache that seemed to be blowing my head apart.
I entered Frankfurt airport where, in the past, I had visited as a little tourist. As I hopped on the train, I could only feel one thing: sheer pain and sadness and I wondered what I had done to deserve this, but soon I began to realize that my journey had only just begun. I was in a new world that would question my very existence and challenge me at every opportunity. I would no longer be the professor's son. And as I soon learned, I wasn't alone. There were many Iranian boys like me in Germany and across Europe... GO TO FEATURE
Hello. I am a set designer working on a Paramount television series "JAG." I am doing research for our new episode which takes place in Iran. I need to see photos of a holding cell or jail; minister's office, Hilton Hotel, a Bedouin camp, etc., so that I can design a few sets to resemble the area.
If you are able to help in this area I would be most appreciative. This has to happen today or tomorrow as we move from episode to episode weekly. Time is of utmost importance. Thanks so much.
* Art show: Qajar paintings at Brooklyn Museum of Art
First Exhibition of Persian Painting from the Qajar Dynasty, 1785-1925 at Brooklyn Museum of Art October 23, 1998-January 24, 1999
Press Preview Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Book of the Week
Translated by Haleh Pourafzal, Roger Montgomery
Riot police break up rally
Tuesday, October 20, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Riot
police broke up a pro-democracy rally Tuesday at a Tehran stadium after
hard-line vigilantes and protesters began scuffling.The fighting began as
Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the suspended mayor of Tehran, was urging the 3,000
people at the stadium to take part in Friday's elections for the Assembly
of Experts, a body that elects the country's supreme leader. A few hundred
people from both sides shoved and pushed each other -- and at least a half-dozen
were beaten -- before police intervened... FULL TEXT
Iran says no Taleban talks until killers punished
TEHRAN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Tehran said on
Tuesday it would not agree to talks to ease tension with Afghanistan's ruling
Taleban militia unless those responsible for killing Iranian diplomats were
punished, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported... FULL TEXT
MKO says fought Tehran gunmen in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Iraqi-based Mujahideen Khalq Iranian opposition group said on Tuesday that Iranian agents opened fire on a group's vehicle on a road north of Baghdad on Monday. It said in a statement that Iranian ``terrorists'' had opened machinegun fire on a Mujahideen vehicle near the city of Khalis, 60 km north of the Iraqi capital, in an attempt to kill Mujahideen passengers. The statement made no mention of any casualties... FULL TEXT
Gas production to increase
TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Domestic natural gas network
capacity is to increase by 10 million cubic meters with the completion of
the Aghar project in Fars province next year - one year ahead of schedule,
according to an oil ministry official... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Pourheidari says still Iran's head coach
TEHRAN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Iranian Mansour
Pourheidari said he would remain head coach of Iran's national soccer team,
even after German Hans-Juergen Gede joins the side's coaching staff, the
official news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. ``The national team's staff
includes several coaches...and Gede will be working with the side just like
the other coaches. I have been assigned the main and the technical responsibility
of the team,'' IRNA quoted Pourheidari as saying on Monday ... FULL TEXT
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel:602-595-0777
New Iranian internet service provider. Links to Tehran metro authority, UNICEF office in iran, the Nigerian embassy, and the adventures of Tin Tin and Milo!
"Dar pass-e har geryeh aakhar khandeh ast."
(Tears will eventually end in laughter.)
From "Zarbol-masal-haaye shirin-e faarsi" by Yousef Jamshidi-pour
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Five songs from his greatest hits album.