The Iranian Times

Monday, March 29, 1999 / Farvardin 9, 1378, No. 695

Unique Travel

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


Cover story

In every direction
Images of a society that is far from uniform

Photos by Nader Davoodi
March 29, 1999
The Iranian

The list of Nader Davoodi's international and Iranian photo awards is a long one. Take a look at the photos from his third feature in The Iranian and you'll see why: ... GO TO FEATURE


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March 28, 1999

Southern California Rating: FICTION

1. SINGLE & SINGLE by John le Carre

2. THE TESTAMENT by John Grisham

3. BE COOL by Elmore Leonard

4. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver

5. TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy

6. MOONLIGHT ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH by Gina B. Nahai (Harcourt Brace: $24.) A little girl's search for her magical missing mother in a Tehran ghetto ... READ EXCERPT FROM BOOK HERE


How to be a cool Iranian

The following was originally written about Arabs. However, it applies to us too:

1. Own a cell phone and use it at inappropriate times - In restaurants, funerals, and weddings

2. Pity anyone who is not an Iranian and for not being as cultured and sophisticated as us Iranians.

3. Have predominantly Iranian friends, with a few American friends; throw them in for more diversity. Talk Arabic when they are around.

4. Dress as though you are headed to a club when you're actually going to work or to class.

5. Smoke as if it were your last day on earth... and smoke only Marlboros.

6. Dirty dance to Iranain music.

7. Make sure "designer" labels are visible, preferably embroidered on the front of the apparel.

8. Make sure you install every possible option in your car, even if your car is a Yugo.

9. If you are an Iranian woman, dye your hair an obviously fake shade of blonde that is nonexistent in nature and swear that it's natural.

10. If you are an Iranian-American, act like your father was royalty back home.

Forwarded by Siamak Namazi

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Mahmmoud-Reza Hussaini writes: The fundamental changes that President Khatami is formulating and the struggle for change is not about "Chaharchanb'e Souri" or other trivial matters ["Fire with fire"]. The struggle for change is about the soul of our nation and its evolution into a democratic Islamic nation. I could perhaps compare your efforts to that of a journalist only concentrating on the behavior of spectators in a vital soccer game ... FULL TEXT

* Khatami: worst choice

Jamshid E. writes: Iranians are again being fooled by a "progressive" molla ["Iranian of the Year"]. But as usual religion has never been progressive for their promoters to be progressive and as such those who are foolishly hoping to establish a democratic regime under Khatami are again blindfolded with the fact that first of all he is a molla and as such can not be progressive regardless of what he says ... FULL TEXT

* Conference: Iranian studies

Call For Papers: The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, May 25-28, 2000, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD; organized by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and The Society for Iranian Studies (SIS)... DETAILS HERE

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Wine or death!

If they do not want to drink it, we of course do not oblige them, but if we want to drink, we do. That is our custom.

A French Foreign Ministry spokesman commenting on Iran's insistance that wine not be served during President Khatami's visit to Paris.
"Iran delays France trip over wine"
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