The Iranian Times

Friday, December 11, 1998 / Azar 20, 1377, No. 624

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Baba Taher


    Paris heartbeats in an orange glow
    She is still in glorious excess

    Written and photographed by Rose Ghajar

    I walked for 20 miles a day wearing my black coat from Saks and my Kmart leather white tennis shoes like a shadow through the streets of Paris.

    I would start from Rue de la tour d'Auvergne, near the Gare du Nord and down Boulevard de Magenta to Place de la Republique where the statue of a French women of Liberty stood with a wreath on her hair and her hand outstreched in victory under a blue sky in November with white clouds. In spring, chaliced poppies flame to red in the palm of her hand ... GO TO FEATURE


    New Lives for Women From Iran
    Many are quick to seize opportunity in 'Irangeles,' the immigrant community's name for L.A. But often their husbands vehemently oppose college and careers.

    Los Angeles Times
    December 10, 1998

    Morgan Hakimi's betrothal was so faithful to tradition she could have been back in Iran. She had never had a boyfriend--or even a date--when she met Bruce, the fellow Iranian emigre her father wanted her to marry in Los Angeles in 1980. She was 16.

    But when the last glass of wine at their wedding was empty, this "Irangeles" couple unveiled a new tradition that startled their patriarchal community. She went to college while he pitched in at home. Some friends thought he was crazy. Others avoided them.

    Meanwhile, the fiance of "Nili" wanted the opposite--an unreformed housewife--when he flew back to fundamentalist Iran for his second arranged marriage four years ago. His first imported Iranian wife had grown too Americanized, he said, neglecting him and the kids. He had pictures of his ex-wife in a bikini near strange men at a pool, showing the cheap woman she had become under the decadent California sun ... FULL TEXT


Dear lord...

Journey of the magi

... retrace the steps of the Wise Men who traveled across Persia to worship the newborn infant Jesus. The expedition culminated in a live NetShow broadcast of the midnight proceedings from Manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. You can still view the presentation here, or read the transcript.... CLICK HERE

Forwarded by Negar R.Tehrani

More Letters

* Can we accept immigrant status?

Masood Rad writes: I would like to discuss an issue which has been somewhat problematic for me and I like to see how other Iranians living abroad and particularly in the U.S. deal with it. The fact is that after living in the U.S. for almost 30 years I have not been able to fully Americanize myself and, as they say, melt in the pot. I do not know whether the problem is they way I look or my accent or maybe my name, but in either case, I still have not been able to divorce myself completely from the land where I was born. Should I even want to do that?... FULL TEXT

* Protest: Gathering and march in Wasgington DC

In protest to the killings of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights and the 48th anniversary of the December 7 clashes between students and troops at Tehran University (known as "Student Day" ever since), The Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran is holding a gathering at Georgetown University's ICC Auditorium (3600 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington DC) on Saturday December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00. The main speaker will be Mr. Manouchehr Mohammadi, a student leader in Iran.

The gathering will be followed by a silent march toward the United Nations Information Center.

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I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz

Edited by Henry S. Mindlin

Though he lived seven hundred years ago, Hafiz is still the most popular poet of Persia, and one of the greatest love poets who ever lived. This little book is perhaps the best introduction to his life and work. The poems of Hafiz overflow with a profound appreciation of the beauty and richness of life when seen through the eyes of love. -- The publisher, Sufism Reoriented

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Alarming pattern of killings and "disappearances"

11 December 1998, (Amnesty International) - An alarming pattern of murders and "disappearances" of several prominent Iranian writers and government critics is emerging in Iran, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Mohammad Ja'far Puyandeh, Hushang Golshiri, Kazem Kordavini, `Ali Ashraf Darvishiyan and Mansur Kushan, all of whom are prominent Iranian writers ... FULL TEXT

Weightlifter prays to prophets, wins gold

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - With a prayer to the prophets and look towards heaven, Shahin Nassiri Nia clean and jerked 210 kg in the men's 85 kg division and grabbed Iran's fourth gold of the Asian Games on Friday. Nassiri Nia said he regularly clean and jerked 215 kg in practice, and said he would go for the world record of 218 kg next year. ``I'm happy for my country to win the medal,'' Nassiri Nia said after the competition where he also tied an Asian record in the snatch with 170 kg... FULL TEXT

Iran condemns attack on Americans

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line speaker of Parliament said Thursday that last month's attack on a group of American visitors was ``inappropriate,'' according to the official news agency. Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri's comments marked the first against the Nov. 21 attack from a conservative within Iran's ruling clerical hierarchy. He added, however, that a failure to explain the visitors' purpose had provoked ``suspicion'' about the delegation ... FULL TEXT

Shell drops plans for pipeline across Iran

December 10, 1998, (JOURNAL OF COMMERCE STAFF) - Royal Dutch/Shell has quietly dropped plans to build a controversial gas pipeline across Iran, ending one of the biggest threats to U.S. sanctions policy in the last three years. Shell's interest in a trans-Iran project to carry gas from Turkmenistan to Turkey has dogged U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic and keep it from controlling sensitive energy routes ... FULL TEXT

Iran says U.S. can't curb its missile capacity

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Friday the United States was no longer able to curb Iran's missile industry because Tehran had largely reached technological self-sufficiency. Rafsanjani, who now heads a top state body, also dismissed charges that Tehran sought to develop biological weapons ... FULL TEXT

Friday's Asian Games medals table

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Following are medal standings after the sixth day of competition at the 13th Asian Games on Friday: ... FULL TEXT

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Persian women were ready for the opportunities offered to them in the United States, and they grabbed them. All the seeds came to America, and in the sunshine of California, they blossomed.

Morgan Hakimi
"New Lives for Women From Iran"
Los Angeles Times
December 10, 1998

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