The Iranian Times

Monday, April 5, 1999 / Farvardin 16, 1378, No. 700


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15 Bedar
Or 13 Bedar in Washington DC

Photos by Jahanshah Javid
April 5, 1999
The Iranian

We all know how difficult it is to be an Iranian out of Iran. Take yesterday's "13 Bedar" in Washington DC, for example. It was celebrated not on the 13th day of the New Year but on the first convenient weekend. Was this acceptable to Ahura Mazda. Hope so. It's the thought that counts, right?... GO TO FEATURE & PHOTOS


Iranians Bring Park Alive on Special Day

Los Angeles Times
Thursday, April 5, 1999

Spring has finally arrived in Irvine.

True, the first day of the season was March 21. But around William R. Mason Regional Park, spring doesn't really begin until the air is thick with the smoky smells of exotic foods and the sounds of traditional music that accompany the celebration of an Iranian holiday. Sunday, more than 10,000 people came to the park to observe Sizdeh-Beder.

Although the holiday is rooted in an ancient Persian religion, Sizdeh-Beder is a cultural celebration for Iranians of all faiths. Families and friends gather at parks, beaches and other outdoor spots to renew relationships, sing, dance and feast ... FULL TEXT


Iranian ingenuity: Vending machines to serve Pizzas

MADRID, March 25 (AFP) - TelePizza, Spain's biggest pizza franchise operation, announced Thursday it was about to bring out the world's first vending machine for pizzas.

Slap in 275 pesetas (1.60 euros, 1.80 dollars) and out comes a hot pizza. TelePizza president Leopoldo Fernandez Pujals said his company was investing 10.8 million euros (11.8 million dollars) to bring the machine to markets in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and Latin America.

TelePizza, which will distribute the machines through a joint venture with their inventor, an Iranian named Massoud Zandi, plans on selling 9,000 over the next three years -- which means a total of around 96.9 million pizzas.

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

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* A wonderful luxury

Minou writes: I enjoyed your rather tasteless April Fool's joke - it did make me smile but it was rather too close to the knuckle ["Iran is a great country"]! I really had a good laugh though when I read the letter by Ali Hashemi-Nejad. To claim cultural and class superiority and yet to not be able to spell invites hilarity - not sympathy.

Humor is a wonderful teaching tool - and the responses to your prank have made me think about the incredible luxury of free speech. It is not purely an American luxury - it is a luxury that people try and uphold everywhere around the world ... FULL TEXT

* Sorry for myself

Katayoun Hashemi writes: What an awful joke ["Iran is a great country"]. I'm really sorry for myself for being a subscriber [to The Iranian Times]. You are running a media and these kinds of jokes are not acceptable at all. Can we trust you anymore? Have you ever heard the TV or radio stations in this country [U.S.] giving the wrong information ... or just joking about it?

* Celebration: Spring at UC Davis

Iranian Student Cultural & Aesthetic Organization(ISCAO) cordially invites you to the 2ND ANNUAL SPRING CELEBRATION at Freeborn Hall, UC Davis on Sunday April 11, 1999. Doors open @3pm. Program Begins Promptly @ 4pm. Students: $7 (w/ Valid Student ID). Non-Students: $15. Children Under 6. For More Information About Our Organization And To See Photographs of Previous Performances Which You Might Have Missed, Please Visit Our Website:

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Faezeh Hashemi cancels U.S. trip

Washington DC, April 5, (The Iranian) - Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani has abruptly cancelled her trip to the United States. The Majlis deputy and publisher of Zan newspaper was due to make a speech at the Asia Society in New York today. But in a letter faxed to her host, the American-Iranian Council (AIC), she said she had to postpone her trip because of "unforseen circumstances". Hooshang Amirahamadi, president of the AIC, said Hashemi reaffirmed her support for a dialogue between the peoples of Iran and the U.S. and said she hoped to reschedule her trip to the U.S. in the "near future".

Iran court upholds two-year jail term for convicted Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, April 3 (AFP) - Iran's supreme court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against former reformist Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, moderate newspapers reported here Saturday ... FULL TEXT

France's Elf, Canada's Bow Valley sign Iranian oil deal

TEHRAN, April 4 (AFP) - Two oil companies, Elf Aquitaine of France and Canada's Bow Valley, late Sunday signed a 300-million-dollar contract with Iran to exploit an oil deposit in the Gulf. The agreement flies in the face of the US D'Amato law, which threatens to slap sanctions on any foreign company investing more than 20 million dollars in Iran's oil sector ... FULL TEXT

Farah Diba's Norouz message published in Iranian newspaper

TEHRAN, April 3 (AP) - An Iranian newspaper published on Saturday part of a New Year message from the country's former empress, the first time she has been quoted here since the 1979 Islamic Revolution which toppled her husband, the Shah ... FULL TEXT

Kadivar gets family visit for first time

Tehran (Iran daily) - For the first time since his arrest a month ago, Hojatoleslam Mohsen Kadivar has been visited by members of his family and they have passed on his demands to the press ... FULL TEXT

Iran blames NATO for Kosovo misery, sends aid

TEHRAN, April 5 (Reuters) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attacked NATO on Monday for its air strikes on Yugoslavia, saying they had only exacerbated the plight of ethnic Albanian Moslems in Kosovo ... FULL TEXT

Iranian films: plenty of awards; no revenue

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Iranian films have won numerous awards at international film festivals but their celebrated makers have seen little financial reward in return. Why? A feature... PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

U.S. tops Iran in wrestling world cup

Sunday, April 4, SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Kerry McCoy pinned Iran's Ebrahim Mehraban in the final heavyweight match of the 27th World Cup of Wrestling to lead the United States to the team title on Saturday night. Mc ... FULL TEXT .... ALSO FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT


Iran in ABC's "The Century"

ABC television has put a new/documentary series together called 'The Century', highlighting the key events of the 20th century (from an American perspective). Each episode, except the sixth, covers two of the above. The sixth is exclusively about Iran. Please share this with your friends and family ... MORE INFO

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