Volume V, Number 31
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Empress Farah Pahlavi, Receives the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Grace and Distinction Award 2005
Interview by: Shirin Tabibzadeh
Hamed on the left
Iranian Poet, Rumi to Be Center Stage in Paris Week of Foreign Cultures
Sent by: Darius Kadivar
The week is organized by the forum of foreign cultural institutes in Paris (FICEP), bringing together some 38 cultural centers and institutes. "Etrangement Proche" (strangely close) is the theme of this year's event, which will be its 4th edition held.
Iran takes part in the event with two programs. The first program which will start on 27 September consists of an exhibition of 72 pictures taken during the recent Iran's presidential election campaign, and an exhibition of media, Iranian cultural attach' in Paris, Hojjatollah Ayubi, told CHN.
Another program is holding Rumi day in Iran's cultural center in Paris. An exhibition of paintings about Rumi by a French painter, seminars on Iranian culture, and a photo exhibition with the subject of the world-famous poet, are parts of the programs foreseen for Rumi day.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi, also known as Mawlana (1207-1273 CE), is a Persian poet famous all around the world for his mystic sufi words, focused on unity, and the longing to reunite with the primal root. His major work Masnavi Manavi is still a favorite among not only Iranians but many people around the world, even becoming a best seller in the US.
According to Ayubi, Iran's cultural center in Paris is one of the most active of the city. Some 200 cultural programs held during last year, has helped create a nice cultural image of Iran among the Parisians,? he added.
By: Souren Melikian
LONDON - It was a great idea to devote an exhibition to the first classical age of one of the three oldest cultures in the world, Iran. "Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia," at the British Museum, focuses on the Achaemenid period (557-333 B.C.). It should not be missed, but it is marred by curious flaws.
By: Dariush Homayoun
By: Darius Kadivar
Akbar Ganji's predicament in the prison cell's of the Islamic Republic of Iran has caught worldwide attention as his health has deteriorated after more than 60 days of a hunger strike which may well lead to his death.
Memoirs of a Career Diplomat in the service of the Iranian Foreign Office
By: H Hakimi
The greatest gift to our future is
a connection to our past.
Translated by: Darius Kadivar
« I carry Iran within me as a woman her child » - Shahbanou Farah PahlaviEver Since her exile and the death of her husband the Shah of Iran, the life of Empress Farah could have been a succession of tragedies. « There are moments of great joy », confesses the Empress to our reporters surrounded by her family in the outskirts of Washington.
Introducing Dr. Kaveh Farrokh's recently published book
Review By: Dr. David
The Sassanians are one of history's most enigmatic dynasties. Dr. Kaveh Farrokh has written the first book to be ever written exclusively about the Savaran (elite knights) of Sassanian Persia. Despite very little "press coverage", these Persian knights inflicted upon Rome, some of her most desperate defeats.
across the Persian gulf
Next month another team of workmen will descend on Iran's National Archeological Museum in Tehran to dismantle an astonishing number of works of antiquity and take them to the British Museum for the biggest exhibition of Persian art yet assembled outside Iran. And, after much negotiation, it has been agreed that the great limestone statue of Darius, headless but dramatic and standing proudly in the museum, will be taking centre stage among hitherto unseen items of jewellery, gold and silver, rare artefacts and dazzlingly precise reliefs from the Achaemenid era, which lasted from about 550BC to 330BC.
Festival of Mehregan
The prophet, Zoroaster created many feasts and celebrations to pay homage to many deities and yazata (Eyzads) who symbolized all forces beneficial to humans. In addition to the ?Gahambars? dedicated to Ahura Mazda and the six holy immortals, there are other important festivals devoted to the major Eyzads such as Mehr, at Mehregan and Tiri at Tiragan.
Oneworld Publications are delighted to announce the publication of The Wine of Wisdom, a brand new biography of Omar Khayyam, the author of the Rubaiyyat.
Conference: September 17-18, London
For the past thousand years, Nasir Khusraw has ranked as a leading poet and intellectual in the Persian-speaking world. His verses appear in every major anthology of Persian poetry compiled since his death in 1077 CE, and, a century ago, were required material for an MA examination in India. Today, both his prose and his poetry are studied by schoolchildren in Iran and Tajikistan.
Sent by: ShAhin
Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest but perhaps most misunderstood religions still practised today.Its spiritual doctrines on heaven, hell and resurrection heavily influenced Islam and Christianity. But emigration, conversion to Islam and centuries of oppression mean their numbers in Iran have dwindled to around 45,000.
Googoosh in LA, as beautiful as ever
The World of Cinema
latest project, "Beautiful Woman, Moon, Wine"
Kiarostami plan to film life of Iranian poet and mathematician 'Khayyam'
Veteran Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami plans to make a film on the life and works of great Iranian poet and mathematician Hakim Omar Khayyam Neishabouri in collaboration with Italian director, Ermano Ulamy. Kiarostami further told that he will begin shooting the film about Khayyam called "Beautiful Woman, Moon, Wine" in the coming weeks. The film will be semi-narrative and semi-documentary, he noted.
Kiarostami will take part in the
Italian Ravello Cultural Festival, which will also be attended by other
Iranian writers and artists including Daryoush Shaygan, Daryoush Talaei
and Azar Nafisi. This year, Iran is the guest at this year's Ravello
Cultural Festival to be held in Naples, some 300 kilometers from Rome.
Kiarostami's film "Ticket" will be screened in the event.
The festival is held in June, August and September each year in southern
Naples. Iranian writers will take part in the festival's program "Tea
Michael Pena To Join Nicolas Cage In Oliver Stone's 9/11 Film
Interview of Actors and Director of The Keeper (HPR)
KAVOSHGARAN AKA THE PERSUADERS REMAKE SOON
Manouchehr Saadat Noury
The evidences indicate that Muzzafar-e-Din Shah, the fifth Shah of the Qajar dynasty, during his visit to Paris in 1900 saw moving pictures, liked them, and ordered Ebrahim Khan Akasbashi (EKA), his official photographer, to purchase motion picture equipments. It is documented that the first pioneer of the era of film making in Iran is EKA who filmed the ritual activities, such as various royal and religious ceremonies, which were mostly screened in the royal palaces. And the screenings were not carried out equally for both sexes.
Sent by: Amil Imani
Copyright © Shirin Tabibzadeh, Cupertino, 2000 -2005
Who do you think chooses the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature? You might say: the Swedish Academy or, at least, a group of literary experts in Stockholm.
Dan Plesch evaluates the evidence pointing towards a new conflict in the Middle East
we know the truth about Iran, we must act
It was not the outcome the Foreign Office had been planning. When it was announced early last week that a senior British diplomat in Baghdad was flying back to London to give a briefing on Iraq's constitutional referendum, .....
ADVENTURE THAT CAN BACKFIRE
Stocks Plunge After Vote for U.N. Review of Nuclear Program
September 30, 2005 -- PRESIDENT Bush's "image queen," Karen Hughes, is on a tour of Arab countries, where conventional wisdom claims that anti-Americanism is se.....
Last month Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented his government's "medium- and long-term strategy" in the form of a 6,000-word document submitted to the Islamic Majlis (parliament) in Tehran.
Sent by: Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
There has been much debate as to what to call Iran in common usage of the English language. The two possible names are "Iran" and "Persia"; their adjectives being "Iranian" and "Persian", respectively.
By: Amil Imani
The aim of this letter is to address the future generation as well as the current Iranian youth. The time to keep silence has passed and the time to speak of the truth has begun....
SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF
Transcript by: Ramin Parham
By; Amir Taheri
At a recent Friday prayer session in a mosque in London the "imam" delivering the sermon went through a list of things for which the faithful were invited to pray. There were the absolute musts, notably Palestine, along with optionals such as world peace and harmony.
September 03, 2005
The meeting on Thursday between the foreign ministers of Israel and Pakistan in Istanbul is a huge success for Israel's diplomacy and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and, in the short term, a setback for Iran.
Present-day US fears about an Iranian-dominated super-state embracing southern Iraq and the Gulf have a basis in historical fact, according to an exhibition charting the exploits of Cyrus the Great, .....
Media and politicians start Chirac obituaries
Akbar Ganji should go free, but what he's advocating has long been thrown out of currency
In a recent column on Iran's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, Rami Khouri advised the US government and the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid insulting Iran or impinging on its honor. ......
The Bush administration contends that the push for democracy in the Muslim world will improve U.S. security. .....