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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Sergei Prokofiev's musical fairy tale 'Peter and the Wolf ' is popular with children but not with wolf lovers, and two former world leaders -- Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev -- aim to put that right in a new recording.
Prokofiev's version ends with Peter capturing the wolf and leading a triumphant procession to the zoo, paining music-loving environmentalists with romantic visions of wolves in the wild.
In the new version, narrated by former U.S. president Clinton and called Wolf Tracks, Peter again captures the wolf, but this time repents of his act and releases the animal, who howls a grateful goodbye.

"The time has come to leave wolves in peace," Clinton narrates.
French composer Jean-Pascal Beintus wrote the score for the new wolf-friendly version while former Soviet leader Gorbachev provides an introduction and epilogue.

"In Prokofiev's classic, man dominates, but Wolf Tracks expresses quite different values of balance and tolerance. All of us hope for a future where these values are lived every day," Gorbachev said.

Source : Reuters


A video preview of the new Metallica computer game has been posted online.
The game, which will be released through Vivendi Universal Games in 2005, is a third-person vehicle combat game, where players drive heavily armed AV s across hostile terrain, slaying baddies in their wake. The game will feature an exclusive new track from Metallica and the band will also be shooting a music video featuring elements of the game for the as-yet-unknown track.
Check it out (quicktime)...


In July ,Idi Amin,AKA 'Big Daddy', AKA 'Butcher of Africa', AKA 'Conqueror of the British Empire', AKA 'Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea',the crul and brutal dictator of Uganda,was reported to be in a coma and on life support in the intensive care unit of the King Faisal specialist hospital in Jeddah, where he had been receiving treatment for hypertension and general fatigue for three months. He had been admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure on 18 July. It was also reported that he was suffering from kidney failure but had refused treatment for the condition.
Amin died in hospital of complications due to multiple organ failure at 8.20 am on 16 August. He was buried in Jiddah's Ruwais cemetery during a small funeral ceremony just hours after his death.

Check out his complete chronological profile ...


Can you believe it ?! 2003 has Joe Satriani and G3 alumni Steve Vai teaming up with Yngwie Malmsteen. will again be providing aftershow pass giveaways for all dates. To enter, simply register to and after you have bought your tickets, list yourself as attending a show. Winners are randomly chosen a few days before each show and winners need tickets in order to use the passes.

Current 2003 tour schedule and dates

I wonder how Satriani and Malmsteen have kept up with each other,since I had read an interview from Malmsteen in which he had expressed his opinion about Satriani in this way : "He's good player,but he can't set the world on fire !" A lot of people think Malmsteen is the best guitarist in the world,but I think that's Joe Satriani that deserves this title.(Did you know that Malmsteen can't read and write music notes,and he's just learned playing by hearing ?!)
Anyway,The world's gonna be set on fire !!


Mars outshines everything but the Moon and Venus in the night sky and it has just made its closest pass to Earth for 60,000 years.


Wednesday, August 27, 2003

1 Frantic
2 St. Anger
3 Some Kind of Monster
4 Dirty Window
5 Invisible Kid
6 My World
7 Shoot Me Again
8 Sweet Amber
9 Unnamed Feeling
10 Purify
11 All Within My Hands

Download : St. Anger Video

After Jason's split from the band, James, Lars, Kirk, and Metallica's producer for the last few albums, Bob Rock, put on a show in a club called Kimo's in San Francisco on June 4th., 2002.They performed under the name Spun !!

SPUN consisted of Bob Rock (on bass), James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett.They were billed as Spun for the small club gig, and after taking the stage, they introduced themselves by saying, "Hi, we are Bob's band" .Jason was at the Spun show, but left before any band member could talk with him.(He later joined Voivod.)That were these 4 four horsemen who created St.Anger as it's mentioned in metallica's official site.It was after the recording that Rob joined the band as the new bassist.

Courtesy of Carly and Blue,and Spun (Metallica - Jason Newsted + Bob Rock):D

Monday, August 25, 2003

Only in a few countries could a philosopher of science be seen as an enemy of the state. Dr.Abdolkarim Soroush, one of Iran's best-known intellectuals,after six years in exile,bravely returned to Iran .He argues that science cannot progress under totalitarian regimes.His greatest "crime" is to suggest that this is a legitimate Islamic view.Ehsan Masood spoke to him on the eve of his departure on behalf of put the more interesting Q&As here :

President Mohammad Khatami is also a personal friend of yours. Will you meet him?
I avoid him and he avoids me. That is better for both of us.

You were a supporter of the 1979 revolution...
Yes. Everybody was a supporter. We thought that there was no other way to get rid of the hated regime of the shah and the insecurity that came with it. Scientific revolutions and political revolutions are similar in many ways. You cannot plan them, they just happen, and you become wiser after the event. After the revolution there was no one dominant view. There were secular people, moderate Muslims, radical Muslims and so on. Revolutions tend to result in totalitarianism. People like me were in it to make it more moderate.

How did you fall out with the authorities?
Around 1990, I published a series of seven articles in a popular cultural magazine called Kyan. The magazine is part of the country's biggest-selling newspaper group. The articles went under the title "The expansion and contraction of religious knowledge". In these articles, I defined a branch of knowledge called religious knowledge and tried to explain it using the principles of philosophy of natural and social sciences. These articles rapidly became quite controversial. The ayatollahs [Shiite Muslim religious leaders], in particular, became very sensitive. Some 10 books have since been written in response to my series.

What did you write that got the ayatollahs so inflamed?
They didn't like the idea that interpretations of religious knowledge can change over time, or that religious knowledge can be understood in its historical context. They thought I was taking away the sacredness of religion and making it dependent on human understanding. But as the controversy grew, I was happy to see these ideas debated in the public media. The original articles were later published in a 700-page book, and I found that I was beginning to attract quite a following. My classrooms became overcrowded and my books were selling very, very well. Books on philosophy usually sell between 2000 and 3000 copies. Some of my books sold more than 50,000. This made the politicians and clergy very sensitive as I was seen to be undermining their exclusive position. I started coming under restrictions.

What kinds of restrictions?
Vigilante groups would stop me from speaking in public. I was often attacked and beaten. I found that I no longer had a job. No one would employ me. No one would publish my work. Invitations to speak stopped coming. The magazine where my original series of articles appeared was closed down. I was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and told very explicitly that the authorities did not like me any more and did not want me to feel secure in the country.

You are sometimes described as Islam's Martin Luther, the 16th-century Christian reformer. Are you?
I do not think I am. My main job is to offer an alternative to the totalitarian view of Islam.

Last week, invited Australia-based Jason Staines (who wrote under the penname Eilan) to a lively discussion around the question: 'do weblogs really matter?', to put the anti-blog view.I found 4 main ideas in his article which I think thery're worth mentioning them here,since I do agree with them (and I had noted them both implicitly and exlicitly in my intro post ) :

1-Blogging does give everyone a voice, and freedom of speech is one of the most vital rights we have.

2-Technologically, blogging offers nothing new, it just simplifies putting unfiltered detritus on the web. In other words, blogging is simply vanity publishing. Sure, new software packages make it easier to put content on a site, but it is nothing new. Anyone with a word processor able to save to HTML can do the same thing. And as for immediacy, news groups have been offering breaking news for years.

3-A tool kit doesn't make you a mechanic, nor does blogging software turn you into a writer or commentator.

4-And what are the voices being heard in this revolution? Essentially, a group of people who are self-obsessed (they think anyone cares what they think); probably middle class (they have regular access to the technology); and incestuous (they link to each other in a clique). In other words, a bunch of bored, wealthy white kids with nothing better to do than talk about themselves, and who can't get paid to write so publish themselves.

Cuz of the items discussed above,specially no.2,I've called myself ' Nonblogger Ali ' !

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Lady Sun,one of the pioneer persian bloggers,who's not updated her English blog for a while ( and I've missed a lot ),got married a couple of days ago with another blogger.Read her brilliant description of her marriage [ translated by me from her persian weblog,Khorshid Khanoom ,which means Lady sun] :

Lady Sun ( after her simple marriage ceremony and signing the related documents ) : " After that I put that signatures,everything seemed strange to me.I had expected a kind of miracle from that piece of paper.Nothing's been changed,except a simple golden ring that has been added to one of my fingers.As if we've become legal friends.A couple of years should pass for me to know whether what I've done has been right or not.
And then that my wanderings are still untouched.I know that he will ask me tomorrow :" Do you love me? " and I will say :" Yeah ". He will ask :" Did you get married with love ? " and I will say: " No !" Then he will get upset and I don't want him to get upset ,since I love him.

I wish them everlasting love and happiness from my deep heart.Congratulations Lady Sun !


Washingtonpost : " Calling the development of freedom in the Middle East the "security challenge and the moral mission of our time," national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said the United States and its allies must make a "generational commitment" to Middle Easterners who live under oppressive and often corrupt governments.

The White House says that pattern must be broken. Beyond Baghdad, where the administration is spending $4 billion a month to establish security and a new government, officials are designing a mixture of approaches that range from grants and private arm-twisting to public criticism in troublesome cases, such as Syria and Iran.

The administration secured $145 million this year for democracy, education and economic initiatives in the Middle East.


Siemens Procurement & Logistics Services will be the exclusive distributor in Germany of the virtual keyboard.
The virtual keyboard by VKB Inc. projects all alphanumeric keys and a mouse or virtual touchpad too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Hopefully soon...

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
IRAN 0 - IRAQ 1 !

Our national soccer team with all of its stars made a miracle and lost the match in our national stadium in a friendly one ( LG cup ) to Iraq which recently has got a lot of problems in its country and been involved with a series of difficulties in training and so on..Thanks dudes !!

The full story...


My dear Mama,
There's nothing all over the world deserving to be presented to you.
Congratulations on your day;
I love you from my deep heart...

MAMA SAID ( Metallica,1996 from Load Album )

Mama, she has taught me well
Told me when I was young
Son, your life's an open book
Don't close it 'fore its done
The brightest flame burns quickest
Is what I heard her say
A son's heart sewed to mother
But I must find my way

Let my heart go
Let your son grow
Mama, let my heart go
Or let this heart be still,yeah still

Rebel my new last name
Wild blood in my veins
Apron strings around my neck
The mark that still remains...
Listen to the one-minute snippet : Real Player | Windows Media

Download MP3 for free : via Media Services

courtesy of James Hetfield & Metallica


Matt Drudge's screen capture of Barbara's idiotic mistake from her Website :

And screen capture of the same page after the
mistake was reported by Drudge

I'm sorry for a person who names herself an artist ( ! ) whereas she doesn't know of her world around.
Michael Moore : "We live in a fictitious time..."

Sunday, August 17, 2003

I've reconsidered my negative concept about Windows Me ( Millenium Version ) after remaining immune from the invasion of MSBLAST ( blaster worm ) which massacred those who've got XP and 2000.You know,I used to think that Me is a spurious version of windows which has been made to fill the gap between win2k and XP,and after appearing several errors ( for example while opening Windows Media Player or getting connected to internet ) I made up my mind to change my windows to 2000,and I was looking for an appropriate time to do it.

My WinMe is like a soldier that in spite of getting injured,continues going on.It just reminds me of the toy soldier in Toy Story who got broken under the feet of Andy's mother and after that she left,he came to life and said to his friends : " keep on going without me ! " But his commander told him that a real commander never leaves his soldiers,and took him with him !
But now things have been changed a bit !!


"Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rove won't let me talk in meetings, so I'm bringing my ideas to the people.A British intelligence report says that I'm both fair and balanced. "

Check out this weblog...

P.S. : Real Bush and Cheney's site for 2004 presidential elections

Saturday, August 16, 2003

Persian version of BBC has recently presented a report about loss of equilibrium between the population of young boys and girls and the consequences of it in Iran.I've translated it :

IYNA,Iran Youth National Association,that is a presidential one,announced on Friday Aug. 15th,that according to the most recent statistical researches, 1,250,000 girls between 20 to 29 would remain unmarried.
ILNA,Iran Labor News Agency,has reported that on the basis of the research which has been done by IYNA,the number of girls between 20 to 29 has been considered about 6,200,000 and that of boys between 25 to 34 has been considered 4,800,000 and that's this statistical difference which has caused some worriers for young girls concerning remaining unmarried.
In this research,the number of girls has been considered in 2 age groups of 20-24 and 25-29 and that of boys has been considered in 2 age groups 25-29 and 30-34,too.Considering this fact that boys mostly tend to marry girls in younger age groups ( than themselves ),it's been cocluded that 1,250,000 girls won't have any chance to get married.
But apparantly,the probability of remaining unmarried for 1,250,000 girls is not the only worrier of Iranian authorities ,since it's written in this report that " if we add the number of the girls older than 29 who've not got married yet,to the number of this research,we may reach to a figure about 7 million people. "
A while ago Zahra Shojayi,president's consultant and the head of Women's Contribution Affairs Center,had warned about the crisis of unmarried girls by saying that "even if all boys marry all girls,there will be still 1,700,000 girls unmarried."
Experts relate the appearance of this phenomenon with the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq in which about a million young boys were killed. ILNA has quoted from Dr.Ali Asghar Dadkhah,psychiatrist and university professor,that the appearance of this phenomenon is normal after every war.
In addition with the high number of the killed,the war between Iran and Iraq resulted in a wave of emigration of the young,specially young boys that helped in the change of the population situation of boys.
The wave of the emigration that had been initiated before the beginning of the war ( due to occurance of the islamic revolution and emigration of the people who didn't tend to live in the conditions of after revolution ) didn't come to an end with the war getting over and according to the statistics,has always been on increase.
Experts say that the young who're in the age group of 20-under 40 and are single,conform the most number of the emigres and as well,boys go abroad in hope of finding new fields of work and life more than girls.


In the wake of Google acquiring, Yahoo! might be contemplating a blogging intiative amongst other services.

P.S.: Blogger is the best !


: " American pilots dropped the controversial incendiary agent napalm on Iraqi troops during the advance on Baghdad. The attacks caused massive fireballs that obliterated several Iraqi positions.
The Pentagon denied using napalm at the time, but Marine pilots and their commanders have confirmed that they used an upgraded version of the weapon against dug-in positions. They said napalm, which has a distinctive smell, was used because of its psychological effect on an enemy.
The upgraded weapon, which uses kerosene rather than petrol, was used in March and April, when dozens of napalm bombs were dropped near bridges over the Saddam Canal and the Tigris river, south of Baghdad.
"We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches," said Colonel James Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11. "Unfortunately there were people there ... you could see them in the [cockpit] video. They were Iraqi soldiers. It's no great way to die. The generals love napalm. It has a big psychological effect."

A 1980 UN convention banned the use against civilian targets of napalm, a terrifying mixture of jet fuel and polystyrene that sticks to skin as it burns. The US, which did not sign the treaty, is one of the few countries that makes use of the weapon. It was employed notoriously against both civilian and military targets in the Vietnam war.

Lt.Kilgore ( Robert Duvall ),U.S. AirForce commander, in Apocalypse Now ( a brilliant anti-war movie about Vietnam ; See one of my previous posts about it ) says the most famous dialogue of the movie,and probably one of the most famous ones ever said : " I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like...victory. "

Monday, August 11, 2003

I'm happy from my deep heart,even if the prize won't go to Dr.Hashem Aghajari,a history professor,a prominent reformist scholar,a leading pro-reform academic and a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami and a leading member of a reformist political party,who's been possibly nominated for 2003 nobel peace prize.
A while ago he had a controversial speech which resulted in his being arrested and condemned as an apostate and sentenced to death on charges of 'blasphemy' imposed by a hardline court of the judiciary power.He was convicted of insulting Islam's prophet and questioning the hard-line clergy's interpretation of Islam.Aghajari,also was sentenced to 74 lashes, banned from teaching for 10 years and exiled to three remote Iranian cities for eight years.
In his speech, Aghajari had said that clerics' teachings on Islam were considered sacred simply because they were part of history and questioned why only clerics had the right to interpret Islam. He said each new generation should have the right not to blindly follow clerics.
Later on one of the biggest countrywide political demonstration in the Islamic Republic since 1999 were held up by thousands of university students in solidarity of 'freedom of expression and thoughts' and against the death sentence.They risked death to defy tyranny: "You can cut off our tongues, you can take us to jail as you have jailed many other students and scholars, but you can't capture our hearts, you can't prevent freedom of expression and thoughts","Aghajari must be freed;We are here to protest the inhumane sentence against Aghajari.He won't be executed".

The wave shocked the country and the sentence was lessened to only prison for him.
Always it's said that "as the time goes by,everything'll gonna be clear" .

AFP : " ...experts acknowledged that there is no obvious frontrunner in this year's contest, which will take place in mid-October.Toennesson thinks this year's winner could be Iranian dissident Hachem Aghajari, currently in prison in his country. "This would send a message of democracy to Iran to encourage the reform process, and a peace message to the United States saying that change in Iran is not happening through war," he said,but the only way of knowing whether Aghajari is even on the list is for his sponsors to tell the world, as the Nobel committee itself keeps the list of nominees secret. "

Sunday, August 10, 2003

AFP : " Britain sweltered through its hottest day on record Sunday.
"It is just miserable. You can't get any respite from it," said Londoner Ranald Davidson, squinting in the late afternoon sun as Britain surpassed 100 degrees [farenheit] for the first time.
The national weather service recorded a maximum of 100.22 degrees [=37.9 centigrades] at Heathrow Airport, outside a parched and baking London.
In southern England, the unaccustomed stretch of very hot weather parched lawns in the capital and taxed tempers.
Two Australian women looking for an air-conditioned pub in the Holborn area of London were fed up with the search for a cool place to sit.
"London is not built for these temperatures!" said Jenny Geddes, 29, of Newcastle, Australia.
"Where do you escape in London? There's nowhere to go sit and cool off," said Heather Irvine, of Ettalong, Australia, now living in London.
In Britain, many trains have had to reduce speeds because of the danger that heat will buckle tracks. The London Underground is so hot that signs have appeared at stations advising people to take bottled water with them and to let staff know if they are feeling unwell before they get on the train.


: Manucher Ghorbanifar,a long-discredited Iranian middleman from the Iran-Contra scandal,according to congressional testimony 15 years ago, was among those suggesting that profits from the Reagan White House's secret arms-for-hostages deals with Iran be funneled into covert arms shipments to U.S.-backed Contra rebels fighting the leftist government of Nicaragua.known to the CIA even before the Iran-Contra scandal as someone to avoid, Ghorbanifar in the 1980s failed two lie detector tests for the spy agency, which issued a "burn notice" to other agencies advising that the U.S. government should have nothing to do with him.
"Ghorbanifar is clearly a fabricator and wheeler-dealer who has undertaken activities prejudicial to U.S. interests," stated a CIA report that surfaced in congressional hearings into the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987.
Despite the CIA report, Ghorbanifar, an exiled Iranian businessman, managed to attend meeting with Reagan's aides about arms deals, playing on U.S. desires to free American hostages held by terrorists in Lebanon.

Now :

Associated Press : " Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday that Pentagon officials met more than a year ago with Ghorbanifar.
Rumsfeld did not say exactly when the discussion with Manucher Ghorbanifar took place but he characterized it as a meeting with people who had information about Iranians that they wanted to provide to the U.S. government. He didn't elaborate.
A senior Pentagon official said the Defense Department participants were two people from the office of Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith and that the meeting was about two years ago, which would place it around the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
When asked to explain the Pentagon's contact with Ghorbanifar, Rumsfeld said that "people come in offering suggestions or information or possible contacts, and sometimes they're pursued."
"A meeting did take place, and the information was moved around the interagency process to all the departments and agencies," said the defense secretary. "There wasn't anything there that was of substance or of value that needed to be pursued further."
Rumsfeld said it was "absolutely not" the case that the meeting with Ghorbanifar was intended to be part of any other ongoing, unofficial talks with Iranians.


AFP : " A grandson of the Iran's late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini wants a referendum to decide whether the country should maintain its Islamic regime, he told AFP by telephone Tuesday.
In an interview with the Arab paper Asharq Al-Awsat published Monday, Khomeini said his home country "needs a democratic regime which does not use religion as a means to oppress people and stifle society".
He called for "separating religion from the state and ending the despotic religious regime reminiscent of the rule of the Church during the Dark Ages in Europe".
"All those who came to power after (the 1989 death of) my grandfather exploited his name and that of Islam to continue their unfair rule," Khomeini said.

Khomeini,Iran's lost leader,had 2 sons : Mostafa and Ahmad.Mostafa was assassined in 1978 and later this event became one of the sparkles of the f'n revolution OF 1979.Ahmad was father's right hand anywhere and better speaking,had a great influence on him.He was put to death after father's passing away in 1989 ( mostly rumored by the government ).Ahmad's son is named Hassan.He is now a handsome chaplain that handles his grandfather's shrine in the southern part of Tehran.He has a moderate political position which tends to be more implicitly (due to pressure on him as Islamic Republic founder's grandson) reformist and a Khatami fan.
Mostafa's son is Hossein who has boldly and daringly said the interesting words above.Of course he's recently gone to holy city of Najaf in Iraq and therefore he is not worried about any probable reaction of the hardliners until he doesn't think of returning Iran.

Supplementary : More detailed news...

Friday, August 08, 2003

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark...

One: Don't miss the boat.

Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six: Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.

Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Iranian masterpieces

Masnavi by Rumi and The Orchard by Saadi are among the top 100 books of all time.

Full list of the 100 best works of fiction, alphabetically by author, as determined from a vote by 100 noted writers from 54 countries as released by the Norwegian Book Clubs.

Don Quixote was named as the top book in history but otherwise no ranking was provided .

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart
Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot
Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions
Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights
Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger
Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales
Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo
Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy
Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations
Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz
Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Possessed; The Brothers Karamazov
George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man
Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The Sound and the Fury
Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental Education
Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera
Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls
Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum
Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.
Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea
Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House
The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The Castle Bohemia
Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala
Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain
Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek
DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers
Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People
Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems
Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook
Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking
Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC). Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi
Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook; The Magic Mountain
Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays. Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History
Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji
Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities
Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita
Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).
George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984
Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses
Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet
Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past
Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel
Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo
Jalal ad-din Rumi, Iran, (1207-1273), Masnavi

Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children
Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Saadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard

Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North
Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness
William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello
Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black
Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno
Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels
Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories
Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana
Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid
Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass
Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse
Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian

Monday, August 04, 2003

A while ago I had written about St.Anger video of Metallica and said that the direction of Malloy bros. is somehow quite good.Now read this :

" Over the weekend, MTV announced the nominees for this year's Video Music Awards with 'St. Anger' getting the nom for Best Rock Video.
The video, set in San Quentin prison and directed by the Malloys, will be up against Evanescence, Linkin Park, The White Stripes, and Good Charlotte.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

: " At present there is abundant disputation in Washington over the president's use of incorrect information about Iraq in his State of the Union address. Building his case for war against Iraq, President Bush said, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Critics say the administration repeatedly abused intelligence data and exaggerated the Iraqi threat in the run-up to war.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said the president's mistake was "about a single sentence, a single data point," and was just "16 words."
The "16 words" defense sent up a red flag for those on the other side of the political spectrum.
"A lame attempt to diminish it is always a good sign of a scandal," says Paul Begala, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and a former Clinton administration aide. The phrase "just 16 words" reminds him of a line about Watergate: "just a third-rate burglary."

: " The BBC's admission that a scientist who committed suicide was its main source for critical stories on the war in Iraq has focused attention on whether a news organization's promise of anonymity extends beyond the grave.
The British Broadcasting Corp.'s May 29 report quoted an anonymous source as saying government officials had "sexed up'' evidence about Iraqi weapons to justify war.
Scientist David Kelly committed suicide just days after being called before a parliamentary committee to question his participation in the story. Kelly,who was a top United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq in the 1990s,had admitted talking to the BBC but didn't believe he was the main source.
But the BBC on Sunday issued a statement saying that he was.
"We clearly owed him a duty of confidentiality,'' the BBC explained in a statement."Following his death, we now believe, in order to end the continuing speculation, it is important to release this information as swiftly as possible.''
With controversy over the war still fresh, the story has become a huge one for Prime Minister Tony Blair.
One of the few comparable cases in the United States - in terms of an anonymous source being key to a story of great concern to the government - came with the fabled "Deep Throat", a source for The Washington Post's stories on the Watergate investigation that brought down President Richard Nixon.

The [Washington]Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, have kept their promise of confidentiality for three decades despite endless speculation on the source.

They have said they will reveal the identity of "Deep Throat" only after the person dies.

By the way,have you seen the movie,All The President's Men,starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman,in the role of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein,about the watergate scandal? No? No?? Hurry up ! Go to the nearest video club and rent it.Come on,go,go,go !

Pictured from left to right: Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Robert Redford


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