Wednesday, September 16, 1998 / Shahrivar 25, 1377, No. 564
The little emigre
By Yasmine Rafii
Since, in American geography, Iran was not discovered until... oh, about 1979, nobody had a clue where I was from. It could have been Mars. My penchant for invention got the better of me, and the stories I told included not one, but several magic carpets. One for each of my father's wives. For the sixth graders of LaSalle Public School, magic carpets became a viable means of locomotion, intended for the truly discerning traveler. Mr. Ayres, our teacher, poor fellow, was of the horse-and-buggy era himself. Making sense out of the conundrum that I presented, was very taxing to his system. He sighed a lot.
That first week, it was imperative that I stand up and make a name for myself. The class bully, a giant of a girl named Ginger, spent most of her time picking on us geeks. Her favorite target at the time was the smartest kid in the class, a Chinese girl named Mai-lin. Mai-lin's problem was not just being smart, she was also tiny and very skinny. So skinny in fact, that if you turned her sideways, she disappeared. As my first heroic act in support of underdogs, I publicly announced my intention to defend Mai-lin's honor. I challenged Ginger to a fight in the alley after school... GO TO FEATURE
Inscription on the inside sleeve of Farhad's 1996 CD (Khaab dar beedaari):
"Al-molk yabqaa ma'al-kofr va laa yabqaa ma'al-zolm."
-- Prophet Mohammad
(An irreligious state shall survive, but not an oppressive one [even under the guise of religion].)
* Persian Dance Music, Volume 1
U.N. seeks meeting on Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid concern about a possible Iranian intervention in Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is arranging a meeting next week of eight countries that are attempting to bring peace to Afghanistan, a Clinton administration official said Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is expected to attend the meeting Monday... FULL TEXT
Iran army heads for Afghan border war games
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Wednesday nine army divisions were heading for the tense Afghan border for military exercises that could begin as early as Saturday. But Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said diplomatic and peaceful approaches should be given a chance before taking military action ... FULL TEXT
Liberal Iranian newspaper closed
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran closed a liberal Iranian newspaper Wednesday for publishing articles detrimental ``to the country's national interests and security,'' the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported... FULL TEXT
U.S. lawmakers oppose overtures to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional opponents of diplomatic openings to Iran appealed to the Clinton administration Wednesday to refrain from any goodwill gestures during next week's visit to the United Nations by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT
Petition for U.S.-Iran dialogue
Iran-U.S. friendship petition from Iranians For International Cooperation (IIC), Sept 16, 1998: "As undersigned, I would like to express full support for the use of dialogue as a means to solve the disputes between the US and Iran... FULL TEXT
Iranian official in London for talks
London, September 16, (BBC) - A senior Iranian foreign ministry official is in London for a two-day viisit which will include talks at the Foreign office and the Department of Trade. The official, Ali Ahani, will meet the minister for Middle Eastern affairs at the Foreign office, Derek Fatchett, and a junior minister at the Department of Trade ... FULL TEXT
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I get weepy, thinking about all the different flavors of loss, life dishes up for us. Loss of magic, loss of innocence, loss of childhood, loss of friends, home, family. A bittersweet theme that weaves itself in and out of our days, like the ribbon in a young girl' s braid.
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