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Toll in Saudi Arabia Rises to at Least 20, U.S. Official Says

Iranian beheaded in public in wave of executions

Gilgamesh tomb believed found

US troops fighting shadows near Iraq-Iran border

American Forces Reach Cease-Fire With Terror Group

Who's who in Iraq

Cleric in Iran Says Shiites Must Act

Analysis: Shia's role in new Iraq

Kiss gets Iranian actress suspended sentence of 74 lashes

US military official confirms ceasefire with the MKO

Divided Iraqis to hold post-war talks

Rafsanjani sets off new debate on ties with US

Iran's delegation meets Iranian expatriates in the US

Resentment on streets of Baghdad

US aims to end Baghdad chaos

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The Tehran Regime Must Fall

Just as, in the end, the Soviet Union was the only country in the world completely surrounded by hostile communist nations, the tyrannical mullahs who have oppressed Iran for the past quarter-century fear encirclement by hostile Islamic nations in league with the great American Satan.

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Straw Admits Rift with US over Iran

LONDON -- Britain and the United States disagree on their stance towards Iran, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw indicated yesterday.

“Sometimes friends disagree. We can have an honest disagreement about our approach to Iran with the US,” Straw told a parliamentary foreign affairs committee.

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Digitized CDs on Shahnameh in India

Sent by: Dr. Jalil Doostkhah

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Book Review

Book Study as Insubordination Under the Mullahs

by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

A review on Reading Lolita in Tehran by: Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi's remarkable new book, "Reading Lolita in Tehran," is a memoir of the author's life in Iran from the late 70's to the late 90's, but it is also many other things.

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Le Monde interviews Empress Farah, on Tehran Museum of art

"Give Iranians the means of expressing themselves" Le Monde

translated from French by Darius KADIVAR

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Behrouz Vossoughi and Vanessa Redgrave to Star in upcoming film "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam"

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"The American Dream dissected in Babak Shokrian film début "
Babak Shokrian's bitter sweet look on the American Dream
by Darius Kadivar

I have just previewed an opening of "America so Beautiful" in Paris UGC Cinema. To this date, rarely has any Iranian movie caught my attention or moved me as a truly cinematographic experience. Babak Shokrian's first movie however has all the ingrediants that make up both an entertaining and thought provoking movie, and I could not help sit through the whole film hoping to see more. 

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" Gaga for Khayyam "
Hollywood's depiction of the great Persian Poet's life
By Darius Kadivar

Persian Poet, humanist philosopher, and mathematician Omar Khayyam is probably the most famed of all Persian Poets in the West, ever since the translation by Victorian-era writer Edward Fitzgerald of a series of Quatrains known as the "Rubaiyaat". 

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Costliest UK film takes on epic scale

Cast of thousands and record-breaking £49m budget to put story of emperor Cyrus on celluloid for the first time

Fiachra Gibbons, arts correspondent
Sent by: Darius Kadivar

An action adventure with a cast of thousands about the Persian emperor Cyrus is set to become the most expensive British film ever made.

Oscar-nominated director Alex Jovey, who has only made one previous feature, hopes to start shooting the $80m (£49m) epic in December. It is the first film about the shepherd boy who founded an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to India.

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Founder Myths in Iranian History

by: Richard N. Frye

Most, if not all, people are interested in their origins, who their ancestors were, and their history.  Sometimes the continuity is interrupted by adoption of a new religion, which tries to repudiate or ignore the past.  

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Persia and Napoleon
 Iradj Amini (Qajar)

In 1673 the first French envoy, a director of the French East India Company, arrived at the Shah's court and obtained for his countrymen the right to trade freely in Persia. But the Company did not take advantage of this privilege. It was afraid of risking its ships in the waters of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, which were infested by the English and the Dutch, then at war with France. In any case, the merchants of Marseilles did their best to maintain trade with Persia via the age-old route through the ports of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation
Imagination as Subversion

Last Part
by: Azar Nafisi

What makes Shahrzad different?  She is called knowledgeable (dana), with foreknowledge (pishbin).  She knows about past poets, men of letters, men of wit, and kings.  What is important here - not only in the narrator's choice of words but more importantly in Shahrzad's deeds - is the kind of knowledge she possesses, for knowledge is only revealed through the ways it is used.

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