Dry as hell
Well, not exactly. But almost.
Photos by Siamak Namazi
September 1, 2000
The photos below are from a trip to Yazd and Isfahan about a month ago.
At the time Zayandehroud's water level in Isfahan was extremeley low. But
the situation has gotten even worse. Iran is facing its worst drought in
three decades >>>
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Love at first click
Never took cyberlovers seriously. Now I do.
By Ashkan Mosadegh
September 1, 2000
Four years ago, I married a very beautiful girl. Extremely kind and
humble. Again in love with me. One-hundred percent submissive. All her
family fell in love with me. Things went smooth and easy. A happy marriage.
No arguments at all. Success continued when we came to the U.S. three years
ago. No problems at all. Studies went on, top grades and achievements.
Success after success.
Until a month ago.
Just by accident, I went to a chatroom and started talking to a young
girl. When it ended, life was never the same >>>
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Rafsanjani's Reaction to Khoramabad Unrest
BBC Persian Service
The former president of Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has said the
unrest in Khorramabad demonstrated that the enemy had entered the Iranian
political scene in earnest. For this reason, he said, the Assembly of Experts
in its recent meeting decided to be more vigilant. Maria Sarsalari talks
to Mohammad Hassan Alizadeh, journalist in Tehran, about the assembly's
new approach >>>
For Iran's Visiting Legislators, a Useful, Low-Key
By BARBARA CROSSETTE
The New York Times
September 1, 2000
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 31 -- A group of Iranian legislators, in New York
for a meeting of parliamentary speakers from around the world, encountered
some unusual guests at a reception on Wednesday evening at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art: Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Representative
Bob Ney of Ohio, both Republicans, who were there to open a dialogue with
their counterparts from a country with which the United States has no direct
"I went because I think it's very important to have a dialogue
with Iran, and the idea of parliamentarians meeting is one step removed
from government-to-government," Senator Specter said in an interview
today. "I think it is something that ought to be promoted." >>>
Drought in Iran
Findings of the latest UN Mission to Iran Urgent Relief Assistance
A UN Technical Assessment Team, comprising experts from OCHA, UNICEF,
WHO, FAO and UNESCO, visited Iran from 22 July to 8 August 2000, in order
to assess the short-term needs as well as the long-term strategy for the
mitigation of future drought impacts in the country and the region. The
main findings of the expert report are as follows. Iran is currently facing
its worst drought since mid-1960s. A severe drought in 1999 followed by
an extreme drought in 2000 has seriously affected 18 of the country's 28
provinces >>> FULL
Iraqis hurting from loss of business from Iranian pilgrims
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) - In the last two years, Iranian pilgrims have flocked
here by the thousands, visiting holy Shiite Muslim shrines and boosting
Iraq's tourism economy by spending on hotels, food and sacred souvenirs.
But following a recent dispute over pilgrimage fees, Iranians have stayed
away, and Iraqi business people near the shrines in southern and central
Iraq are already hurting from their absence >>>
We've all heard it a million times: Iranian civilization goes back 2,500
years. So why not attract customers to a Persian restaurant with "2,500-year-old
recipes"? And why stop there? Put Cyrus the Great on the menu and
say he made the first zereshk-polo. Kee beh kiyeh? >>>
* Hope God guides you (or destroys you)
Mehdi Paryavi writes:
I surf your site every day. But this week you had a so-called painting
of a naked
woman on your front page. Shame on you.
You are not Iranian. Iranians have "hojb o hayaa". You are
a disgrace to the Iranian people. I ask God to guide you and if not destroy
* Tired of films with poor kids
Dario Margeli writes:
If we really think about movies like "Children of heaven",
"Apple", etc. , you see all these miserably poor kids, doing
incredible things so that they can buy a god damn "shoe" or "watch".
I'm sorry but I can't sit there and watch a movie where all women are covered
by a chador all the time and you hardly can see their faces. I'm also getting
tired of seeing misery and suicidal people...etc.
It doesn't represent my reality and it doesn't inspire me... it just
reminds me how awful things still are in Iran >>>
* Ghoncheh Tazmini?
Floyd Gadd writes:
I wonder if you can help me. I rented a movie The 13th Warrior with
Antonio Banderas that came out in 1999. At the begining of the movie, there
was a brief appearence by a beautiful Iranian woman. Her name was Ghoncheh
Tazmini. Could you tell me about her; where she is from and is she a popular
Editor: Never heard of her. But there's a poem by a person by that
same name (very uncommon name) in the Iranian women's web size, zan.org.
* Jokes made to protect Reza Shah
Ali Moradi writes:
I just want to mention that there is a research that shows that jokes
against Turks and Rashtis were part of a strategy to prevent protests against
Reza Shah. Unfortunately I have forgotten the reference but I hope if someone
knows about it will provide information.
Also I should remind you about the famous poet Ostad Shahriar who said
about this subject: Beh rashti kaleh maahi khor, beh turki turke ... gofti
Literature: Women writers of Iranian
diaspora: Deadline extended
A new collection of writing aims to bring together the chorus of voices
by and about women of the Iranian Diaspora. We are seeking submissions
of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays for a new collection of writing
by and about Iranian women in the Diaspora. Works that particularly challenge
the notion of a homogeneous Iranian female and that reflect a feminist
perspective are encouraged. This new collection of writings authored by
women attempts to give voice to the unique visions, concerns, and struggles
that have been central for Iranian women in the Diaspora >>>
Translation of today's poem by Zara
If you have the strength, don't wear the cloth of love,
Or if you do, don't moan about disaster.
The cloth will burn, but bear the pain in silence.
What's venom now is the juice of life hereafter.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Majlis Speaker meet American Jewish leaders
JERUSALEM (AP) - American Jewish leaders have met with the speaker
of the Iranian parliament, the first such meeting since the Islamic Revolution
in 1979, one of the Jewish leaders said Friday. The meeting took place in
New York on Thursday, said Malcolm Hoenlein, director of the Conference
of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He said Mehdi Karrubi,
the speaker of the parliament, or Majlis, sought out the Jewish leaders
at a reception during an interparliamentary conference >>> FULL
Iran will crush all plots against regime:
Sept 1 (AFP) - Iran will crush all plots against the Islamic regime, Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the powerful expediency council, warned Friday.
"The Islamic Republic will not longer tolerate the plots against it,
and will silence the voices of those who want to destroy it," he said
in a sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran university >>> FULL TEXT
Earthquake in north-eastern Iran
Sept 1 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale hit north-eastern
Iran Friday, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday. The agency said
it had no details about casualties or damage >>> FULL TEXT
Exxon Mobil at anti-Iran sanctions meet-trade
YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The No. 1 U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM
- news) was part of a three-strong group of energy firms that met with a
senior Iranian politician this week to discuss how to work against U.S.
trade sanctions on the country. Exxon Mobil joined the No. 2 Chevron Corp
(NYSE:CHV - news) and Conoco (NYSE:COCa - news) at Thursday's meeting with
Iran's parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi, said Hooshang Amirahmadi, President
of the American-Iranian council, which arranged the meeting >>>
Iran Speaker meets Chevron,Conoco over
Sept 1 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament speaker has met representatives of
Chevron Corp (NYSE:CHV - news), Conoco Inc (NYSE:COC - news) and other U.S.
oil firms and demanded an end to U.S. sanctions against Tehran, the official
Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Friday. ``America should lift them
(sanctions) and end its hostile behaviour against Iran,'' IRNA quoted paliament
speaker Mehdi Karroubi as saying at the meeting on Thursday >>>
Iranian traders hope privatisation will
bring "caviar renaissance"
TEHRAN, Aug 31 (AFP) - Caviar, for long a key part of Iranian feasts,
has become out of reach even for wealthy Iranians, but traders are pinning
their hopes on privatisation to bring about a renaissance. "There is
no solution other than the privatisation that the government has accepted.
And we will be able to sell to the Americans who have ended their embargo
on this product," explained businessman Behrouz Neshati, who travels
frequently to Britain and the United States >>> FULL TEXT
Kiarostami, the photographer
Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- Artistic photos by filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
will be on display in Venice concurrent with the city's famous film festival
>>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Comedy about youth
Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- Parviz Sabri has begun shooting his latest
film "Mani va Neda": A comedy about issues facing today's Iranian
youth >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
TV series about woman reporter
Tehran (Jam-e Jam) -- Hamid Labkhandeh is directing a TV series
about a woman reporter for a popualr women's magazine: "Zanaan-e Emrooz"
(sounds like the pre-revolution "Zan-e Rooz"). An Interview >>>
FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Austria kicks butt! Ouch!
VIENNA, Sept 1 (Reuters)(DS) - Austria earned their first win in
2000 by thrashing Iran 5-1 in an emotional international friendly on Friday
in wich Austria's veteran striker Toni Polster made his farewell. Goals
by Andreas Herzog, Tomislav Kocijan, Christian Mayrleb (two) and Dietmar
Kuehbauer served as a morale-booster for Austria's World Cup qualifying
campaign, which starts on October 7 against Liechtenstein >>>
Azizi's Quakes lose against Galaxy
LOS ANGELES, August 31: Los Angeles Galaxy faced the San Jose Earthquakes
on WednsdayAugust 30,2000 in front of 11,974. Both teams were missing notable
starters due to world cup dutyincluding Luis Hernandez, Cobi Jones, Mauricio
Cienfuegos ( Galaxy) and Ronald Cerritos (Earthquakes) >>> FULL
Isfahan looks to 2004
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Asian soccer officials tour Isfahan's
sports facilities to see if the city is able to host the 2004 Asia Cup finals
>>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Iranian Parliament Speaker Meets Americans
A delegation of Iranian parliamentarians has
being having a groundbreaking visit to New York, meeting some of their American
counterparts. The meetings have been completely informal, with Iran's parliamentary
speaker Mehdi Karroubi, saying that his delegation simply bumped into the
Americans during a reception. Pam O'Toole reports: >>>
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Check on Iranian films showing in the U.S.
You can even order them for screenings in your city.
A lively multimedia survey of the cloud forests
of Central America, Cloud Forest Alive features a number of humid highlights:
photos of prehistoric-looking insects, live hummingbird feeds, howler monkey
sound clips, and something called an Eyelash Viper. Those of you familiar
with the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor may find some of the material
fairly remedial, but there's no denying that the QuetzalCam rocks.
People = American agents
[The unrest in Khorramshahr] is still not completely over,
and it seems that there are elements there who want to carry out the Americans'
promise predicting that 2000 would be a year of trouble and tension in Iran.
-- Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
September 1, 2000
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