Ups and (mostly) downs
The history of Jews in Iran
By Massoume Price
May 12, 2000
Iranian Jews are amongst the oldest inhabitants of the country. The
origin of the Jewish diaspora in Persia is closely connected with various
events in Israel's ancient history. At the time of the Assyrian king, Tiglath-pileser
III (727 BC) thousands of Jews were expelled from Israel and forced to
settle in Media. According to the annals of another Assyrian king, Sargon
II, in 721 BC, Jewish inhabitants of Ashdod and Samaria in present day
Israel were resettled in Media after their failed attempt against Assyrian
dominance. Records indicate that 27,290 Jews were forced to settle in Ecbatana
(today's Hamadan) in northwest and Susa in southwest Persia. These settlers
are referred to as one of the 'Ten Lost Tribes of Israel' in biblical records.
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Iranian director makes history
Samira Makhmalbaf makes history at Cannes
By Pam O' Toole
May 12, 2000 -- Iranian film-maker Samira Makhmalbaf is making history
at Cannes, becoming the youngest ever director to compete for the prestigious
Palme d'Or with her film, Blackboard.
Although only 20 years of age, Makhmalbaf is no stranger to the glitter
of the Cannes circuit - her first film, The Apple, directed when she was
only 17, was well received when it was shown out of competition at Cannes
two years ago >>>
Majlis run-offs: analysis
* Chereek-haaye Fadaie comment on the second round of Majlis
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Give me a break
Why is it that your music list does not include Baha'i songs? Is there
any prejudice or discrimination against Baha'is here?
* Pie in the sky
K. Hoseini writes: I read with some amusement the rantings
of Maziar Shirazi, who, in his fired-up mode, could be hard to match
for not only verbosity, but outright ignorance. I also find it ironic he
should call himself 'a real Iranian' when it is so obvious that he was
the first to flee the kitchen when it got too hot!...
What is going on now is people are saying that the constitution, incidentally
for Shirazi's information, ratified by Khomeini, should be the rule of
law, and not self-styled militias who impose their own brand of justice
at every corner. The people are saying certain things should be relegated
to the public domain, and others to the private. Which brings me on to
my final point, which is, incidentally, the clincher in Professor Shirazi's
splendid argument >>>
* Main point
Hasan Alizadeh writes:
What you've written is a master paint of what we see very often on
TV showing cops stopping drivers for one reason or another ["Beh salaamati"].
It is a great tragedy, for drivers and others involved, to die due to drunk
driving. Nevertheless, it shows, as you've depicted, how satisfying it
might be for the one on the long side of the stick to be in control of
the one on the short end and this seems to be one of the main roots of
problems in human relations.
* Funnier, if...
Roozbeh writes: Damet
garm!!! I was laughing my head off as I read your story about the police
stopping you for swerving ["Beh
salaamati"]. Here in England, the police would just ask you to
do the breath test without all the American formality.
It's a pity this did not happen to you in Iran. The story would have
even been funnier!
-- "Hello mester. You vere esverving, you crossed red light, you
are drunk!!! Oh oh. Very bad, you vill go to jail. Now vat you vant to
-- " I thought you said I was off to jail"
- "vell der is a vay to avoid jail"
--" Oh I see. Okay. In that case here are my driving documents. Be
carefull -- there is something in there that I think might be yours."
Policeman takes couple of "hezaree" notes, gives you a military
salute and you are off!!!
Conference: Iranian Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals
Forum in London
Under the patronage of the Institute for International Energy Studies
(IIES), an affiliation of the Iranian oil ministry, IBC Global Conferences
is organising a three-day international summit will take place in London,
running from 12th July. The big British companies BPAmoco and Lasmo sponsor
the conference. The Iranian participants of the forum are listed below
Books & Music from Iran
Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history
of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's
complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean
psalms and more! >>>
New music albums
* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin
barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin
kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e
gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah
baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e
talaaee ... >>>
Iranian national soccer team
Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans
of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1979-2000.
Premium quality. Produced by: Alireza AmirGhasemi & Behrouz Deravi.
Translation of today's poem by Zara
Time will soon silence the clamor of bleating cries,
And the wolf of doom devour the whole wooly herd.
Each of their heads is stuffed with bloated pride,
But death's slap on the back of the neck will knock it out for good.
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Khamenei calls for conciliation amid political
Association of Ex-Deputies of the Majlis, today May 12 2000, called on Iran's
Judiciary System to confront what they described as 'crisis makers'. They
referred to incidents over the last two years including the Tehran University
demonstrations, the assassination attempt on Saeed Hajjarian, and last month's
shut-down of 17 newspapers and magazines >>> FULL TEXT
Simin Behbahani: Heart attack
(Ham-Mihan) - Poet Simin Behbahani has been hospitalized following a heart
attack >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Albright warns Iran on trial of alleged
May 11 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Thursday delivered
Washington's strongest warning yet to Iran over the controversial trial
of 13 Jews there accused of spying for Israel >>> FULL TEXT
Uncertainty persists over Tehran parliamentary
May 11 (AFP) - Iran's election watchdog body failed Thursday to end the
uncertainty hovering over the Tehran election results, nearly three months
after parliamentary elections, despite indications earlier this week that
final validation was close >>> FULL TEXT
Caspian Sea states should keep outsiders
May 11 (AFP) - The Caspian rim states should cooperate to promote stability
in the area, and not allow any foreign power to become involved, Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami said Thursday in a speech reported by the official
IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT
Emirati press accuses Iran of "stealing"
in gas dispute
May 12 (AFP) - Iran's drilling operations in an offshore gas field subject
to rival claims by Tehran, Riyadh and Kuwait amount to "stealing",
Emirati newspapers charged Friday, adding that regional relations with Tehran
should be reviewed >>> FULL TEXT
Reporting from Cannes
(Ham-Mihan) - Ham-Mihan reporter's exclusive coverage of the Cannes film
fest. Some strange details >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Shajarian prefers Western Pop
(Ham-Mihan) - Persian classical vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian says he
perfers Western Pop music to Iranian >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Persepolis win Azadegan League title
(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: Persepolis are officially
the winners of the 1999-2000 Azadegan League season, an accomplishment truly
worthy of praise as Persepolis have yet to be defeated this season >>>
Iran wins Asian Futsal Championship
(Iran Sports Press) - The Iranian National Futsal Team won the
2nd Asian Futsal Championship for the second consecutive time after defeating
Kazakhstan 4-1 in the final >>> FULL TEXT
Mohsen Rasouli scores in Saipa's thrashing
(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: Saipa thrashed an unmotivated
and relegated Irsooter Nowshahr 6-1 in Tehran on Friday. The half time result
between the two sides was 3-1 for Saipa. The sixth and final goal of Saipa
was scored by none other than Mohsen Rasouli, whose pants recently made
headlines in Iran and around the world >>> FULL TEXT
Confront 'crisis makers'
The Association of Ex-Deputies of the Majlis,
today May 12 2000, called on Iran's Judiciary System to confront what they
described as 'crisis makers'. They referred to incidents over the last two
years including the Tehran University demonstrations, the assassination
attempt on Saeed Hajjarian, and last month's shut-down of 17 newspapers
and magazines >>>
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A site that shows how Iranians in Los Angeles
are frozen in time -- somewhere around 1979. What's wrong with that?
The North Atlantic Saga
The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History
exhibition traces the journeys of Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky around
the turn of the first millennium. These mariners sailed from their Scandinavian
homeland to Iceland and then established colonies in Greenland that remained
populated for centuries.
He's also a poet
The two factions, the progressives and the faithful, are
as necessary as the two wings of a bird.
-- Ayatollah Khamenei
May 12, 2000
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