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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
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.
Digitized CDs on
Shahnameh in India
Sent by: Dr. Jalil
as Insubordination Under the Mullahs
by Michiko Kakutani,
New York Times
A review on Reading
Lolita in Tehran by: Azar Nafisi
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.
Le Monde interviews Empress Farah, on Tehran Museum of art
"Give Iranians the
means of expressing themselves" Le Monde
translated from French by
Vossoughi and Vanessa Redgrave to Star in upcoming film
"The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam"
American Dream dissected in Babak Shokrian film début "
Babak Shokrian's bitter sweet look on the American Dream
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
Gaga for Khayyam "
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".
UK film takes on epic scale
thousands and record-breaking £49m budget to put story of
emperor Cyrus on celluloid for the first time
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.
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.
Founder Myths in
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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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
Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation
Imagination as Subversion
by: Azar Nafisi
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