Friday, September 4, 1998 / Shahrivar 13, 1377, No. 557
Missing the point?
When I bought "The Complete Poems of Iraj Mirza" from Iranbooks in Bethesda, just outside Washington DC, I went straight to the poem I had heard so much about over the years -- the one about his views on the chador, which was written some 50 years ago.
I had already read or heard parts of it before. But I had never read it in its entirety. As I was waiting for a friend in the car, I read it all with great enthusiasm. What courage and wisdom, I thought. Iraj Mirza had made a strong argument against false chastity, but with great sense of humor and imagination. And he used adult language in a way rarely seen in Iranian literature, even today, outside Iran.
When my friend got into the car, I asked her to give me a moment of her time. But before I finished the first page, she asked, "Isn't this the one about rape?"... go to feature
Ben Bagheri writes:
As you all know by now, yesterday (Sept 3) the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service carried out a coordinated arrest of all permanent residents (green card holders) who have three or more DWI (drunk while driving) convictions in their past. This is based on the Republican-sponsored provisions in a 1996 legislation.
Fortunately, and based on announcements on KERA and KRLD radio stations
yesterday, the list of about 211 people arrested in Dallas-Fort Worth area
does not include any Iranians.
Iran leaders assaulted by militants
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Hard-line militants assaulted an Iranian deputy president and the culture minister on Friday as they left a prayer service in central Tehran, witnesses said. About 80 militants chanting ``Death to liberals!'' scuffled with the two, both moderates, as they left Tehran University separately after Friday prayers, said the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity... FULL TEXT
Afghanistan releases five Iranians
CHAKLALA AIR BASE, Pakistan (AP) - Five Iranians held by the Taliban army in Afghanistan have been released in a goodwill gesture toward their powerful neighbor, following the disappearance of 11 Iranian diplomats. The Iranians, all truck drivers, landed Thursday evening at the Chaklala military air base near Islamabad aboard a Pakistan air force plane... FULL TEXT
Must read: What if violence was checked in 1979?
Human rights group calls for investigation
Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) - Noting the recent emphasis by the authorities of the Islamic Republic on the rule of law and building a civil society, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) demands from the current administration in Iran... to launch a full investigation into the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners; to provide the public with the number and identity of the victims; and to reveal the burial sight of the victims ... FULL TEXT
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