The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 6, 1999 / Farvardin 17, 1378, No. 701

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



Why Kosovo?
Possibility of peaceful resolution tragically being lost

By Majid Tehranian
April 6, 1999
The Iranian

The NATO attack on Yugoslavia has lent itself to many conflicting interpretations. Which of these interpretations is closest to the mark? Is the war essentially a humanitarian operation, as NATO claims, to save Kosovo from ethnic cleansing by the Serbs?

If yes, why doesn't NATO act to deter its own member, Turkey, from its systematic oppression of its Kurdish population? Why were the genocides in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda-Burundi ignored?... GO TO FEATURE


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Foreign wives... UNITE!

We are the foreign (non-native Iranian) wives of Iranian men and the mothers of Iranian American children. We have organized to give each other a place for support, friendship, learning and the sharing of experiences, wisdom and knowledge. Our experiences are all unique, but the blending of the best of both cultures is our goal in the attempt to raise our children and maintain our families in a healthy, informed and harmonious family environment ... GO TO WEB SITE

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* Understandable

Hosain Massiha writes: In "15 Bedar"Bedar" you wrote: "Year by year our Persian festivities will become less and less Persian. But we'll always have each other." That is understandable. It happened to the British, Irish, Orientals, Indians, Africans, and now Iranians. This situation is also true for Iranians who live in Europe or other places ... FULL TEXT

* Comedy Central

Shahram Mostarshed writes: The Iranian Times is a news organization, not Comedy Central. I am of course referring to your April Fool's prank "Iran is a great country". Also, what is interesting is the notion put forward by at least one of your readers that irresponsible journalism is somehow covered by the First Amendment (you know, freedom of the press). Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed for those with opposing points of view. Your credibility as a reliable source of news has in my view suffered a lot.

* Sense of humor

Babak Yektafar writes: Dear Ali Hashemi-Nejad, Every one tries to make a dollar at the expense of something or someone, it is what makes the world go around. I believe that it will be a more tolerant and peaceful world if we all had a sense of humor and did not take ourselves so seriously ["Iran is a great country"] ... FULL TEXT

* Language: Persian courses at University of Texas

Persianists and Students of Persian,

This is a second announcement for University of Texas at Austin's Summer 1999 Second-Year Persian Course, which runs from June 21 to August 13, 1999, with 95 contact hours of class sessions. Offering six university credits, the course has a tuition charge of $1.050, while textbook materials and audio cassette tapes cost about $90 ... DETAILS HERE

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Court bans newspaper which quoted Shah's widow

TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - A court in Iran on Tuesday ordered the closure of a moderate newspaper which recently quoted the widow of the late shah, a staff member at the daily said. The moderate newspaper Zan (Woman), run by Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, aroused intense conservative anger at the weekend when it printed parts of a message by Farah Diba, widow of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who was toppled by the 1979 Islamic revolution ... FULL TEXT

Moderate mayor denied appeal, faces jail

THERAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Tehran's suspended moderate mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, paving the way for his possible imprisonment on graft charges this week, the judiciary announced on Tuesday. Karbaschi, 45, a reformer close to President Mohammad Khatami, has been sentenced to two years in jail, banned from executive office for 10 years and ordered to pay 1.6 billion rials ($533,000) in fines and restitution ... FULL TEXT

Reformers brace for fresh attacks in new year

TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - The threatened imprisonment of a chief ally to President Mohammad Khatami has thrown Iran's reformists on the defensive as the artificial truce over the long Iranian New Year holiday screeched to a halt on Tuesday. The daily Iran said former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, instrumental in Khatami's 1997 landslide victory, had exhausted his appeals and faced detention for two years on charges of graft, possibly as soon as this week ... FULL TEXT

Kadivar trial set for April 14

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- The special court for clerics has annouced that Hojatoleslam Mohsen Kadivar's trial will begin on April 14 and be open to the public ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

French members of parliament arrive in Tehran

TEHRAN, April 4 (afp) - A member of the French parliament expressed his confidence Sunday that Iranian President Mohammad Khatami would visit France "during the current year." ... FULL TEXT

Iran sends relief to Kosovo refugees

TEHRAN, Iran, April 6 (UPI) -- Iran says it has started channeling relief aid to the Muslim Kosovars, who sought refuge in Albania and Macedonia, with the aim of encouraging other countries to help alleviate their sufferings ... FULL TEXT

Short stories by Bahman-beygi

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A collection of short stories by Mohammad Bahaman-beygi, a novelist who writes about nomadic tribe life, has just been published ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Players invited to Omid training camp

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Twenty-three players have been invited to the under-21 "Omid" national soccer team's training camp ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Five teams reach quarter finals

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Five soccer teams have reached the quarter finals of the elmination cup .... 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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The alternative

Instead of Anglo-American bombing of Iraq or NATO attack on Yugoslavia, the world could have by now established a credible United Nations peacekeeping force to intervene in cases of outright state aggression or genocide. That course would have been far less costly and far more legitimate and humane.

Majid Tehranian
"Why Kosovo?"
The Iranian
April 6, 1999

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