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The Iranian Features
October 30-November 3, 2000 / Aban 9-13, 1379

Today

* Iranians: Hoosh o zekaavat-e irroni
* Globalization: Japan can say yes?

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* U.S. elections: We, the people
* U.S. elections: The other guy
* People: The blind musicman
* Reform: Jadval-e eslaahaat
* War: Rape
* Friends: Bachehaa
* Cover story: Ali's nose job
* Elections: The best man


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Friday
November 3, 2000

Iranians

By Mahdiyeh Javid
November 3, 2000
The Iranian
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Globalization

Japan can say yes
... to the rest of the world

By Majid Tehranian
November 3, 2000
The Iranian

A country's strength often is also its weakness. Japan's relative homogeneity of population, language, and culture has been historically a source of its immense strength. But with the tide of globalization hitting at its shores, that homogeneity has become a source of weakness. Japan's homogeneity helped her in the 19th century to quickly unify against Western imperial ambitions. The Meiji Restoration catapulted Japan to the ranks of great powers by the turn of the 20th century. Although the same uniformity of beliefs and behavior led the Japanese people to blindly follow their militarist leaders into the Second World War, the postwar years witnessed a resurgence of Japan as an economic superpower >>> GO TO FEATURE


Thursday
Novemerb 2, 2000

U.S. elections

We, the people
Not the corporations

By Behrouz Vafa
November 2, 2000
The Iranian

In the past two hundred years, Americans didn't shed blood in battlefields for the sake of big corporations' strong influence on people's choices and decisions. They fought with pride and sacrificed their worthy lives for preserving the sovereignty of the people, by the people and for the people.

Now, in the 21st century, we are the people, the future people for those who resolutely sacrificed for us. If we don't cherish and advance the democratic principles that have been passed on to us, we not only ungratefully abandon their worthy cause, but also the coming generation would never acquire any sense of democracy. As Ralph Nader said, "There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship." >>> GO TO FEATURE

U.S. elections

The other guy
The third party factor

By Babak Yektafar
November 2, 2000
The Iranian

The million dollar question is: What does all this say about Mr. Nader's character who is knowingly wrecking another viable candidate's chances? What is his response to voters who care more about issues, be it taxes or gun control or abortion rights, than character? If environment and consumer safety were my only concerns, then Ralph Nader would have been my candidate.

In reality, the only thing that Mr. Nader is set to gain from this election is the possibility of gaining 5% of the votes for the Green Party, a threshold set by the Federal Elections Commission for political parties to qualify for Federal campaign money in the next election cycle. He is in this race for the money, giving the Green Party a new meaning >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Wednesday
November 1, 2000

People

The blind musicman
His sound tells me I'm almost home

By Najmeh Fakhraie
November 1, 2000
The Iranian

The light finally turns green. I try to listen closely. I don't hear him. What kind of a lunatic would sit in the pouring rain all day long, I ask myself. As I walk closer I see that, sure enough, he's sitting in the same old corner, but he has an umbrella above his head and a cardboard box under him. I can't help but smile. He plays the tonbak quite well, although that's no surprise: it's either play well or go hungry.

I see him stop for a second and reach into the tambourine to take out the money. He puts the coins in one pocket, kisses the bills and puts them in another. I always wonder how he tells the different coins and bills apart. But even though he is blind I am pretty sure he can see better then most folks >>> GO TO FEATURE

By Mohandes
November 1, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Tuesday
October 31, 2000

War

Rape
Khorramshahr 1982

Photos by A.G. Ziaee
October 31, 2000
The Iranian

Khorramshahr after liberation from Iraqi occupation in 1982 >>> GO TO FEATURE

Friends

Bachehaa
Boys, boys, boys

Photos by Hamed Behravan
October 31, 2000
The Iranian

Hamed Behravan came back from Iran this summer with a bundle of photos he took of his pals in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Monday
October 30, 2000

Cover story

Ali's nose job
His nose defied all laws of physics

By Siamack Baniameri
October 30, 2000
The Iranian

Ali's body stopped growing at the age of nineteen. However, his nose developed a mind of its own and refused to stop growing. He looked as if his nose was on steroid while the rest of his body suffered from malnutrition. His nose not only continued growing at an unimaginable pace, it defied all laws of physics, gravity, and anatomy.

When Ali walked in a room, he didn't light up the room, he actually blocked the light. When he was younger, Ali's nose grew large but straight. When he became a bit older, however, his nose decided to make a left turn to check out the view. Growing tired of the view on the left side, his nose took another detour and grew to the right for some fresh air >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Elections

The best man
I would vote for Gore

By Ramin Tabibi
October 30, 2000
The Iranian

Like many of you, I have watched the preparation for the upcoming elections with a sense of awe and befuddlement. The year-long campaign by the candidates across such a vast territory and toward such a ethnically and politically heterogeneous population is an experience that is unique to American society. Nowhere else does the democratic process involve such a broad range of electorates voting basically for only two candidates who purport to be all things to all people.

It is after a year-long contemplation that I have decided to vote for Al Gore, and I hope my reasons would convince some you to do the same >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Ali's nose job
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