The Shah and a group of air force personnel with their
Cool and confident
Iran's pre-revolution air force
Photos sent by Farhad M. and Pejvak
April 8, 1999
In this feature there are several photos of Iranian air force planes
from before the revolution (Imperial Iranian Air Force, IIAF). But in truth,
there's only one really interesting photo on this page.
It shows the late Mohammad Reza Shah with a group of air force families.
It's from 1955. The Shah looks confident and in control. Why shouldn't
he be? Mossadegh has been sent into exile; the opposition has been silenced;
the Americans are providing loans and military hardware; the Russians are
cooperative... everything seems to be going smoothly. And it shows: ...
TO FIRST PHOTO
Former Iranian envoy in air mishap
Phoenix, Arizona wire services, April 1, 1999 - The little Cessna plane
with a lion emblem saw an opportunity where others didn't. Ignoring air-traffic
controllers' orders to circle, the plane daringly squeezed between two
Boeing 737s on their approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
It was enough to give the controllers heart palpitations.
But when the Cessna piloted by a former Iranian diplomat touched down,
it proceeded down the wrong taxiway. Bring out the nytroglycerine pills.
Maybe the aging pilot thought he was landing at Tehran's airport during
his heydays. The episode ended without incident but provided a teeth-gnashing
glimpse of life at an airport that's flying into the 21st century by the
seat of its pants ... FULL
Russian glass... anyone?
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* That which we all are
Behrad Fardi writes: Listening
to the lyrics of ashkha
va labkhandha (Sound of Music in Persian) brought tears to my eyes.
The years gone by; the memories and people left behind. And that which
I am today; that which we all are today.
Aref Erfani writes:
How exactly would a "peacekeeping" force ["Why
Kosovo?"]gain access into a sovereign country (i.e. Yugoslavia)
without either the cooperation/permission of that government or by force
(outright ground war)? The former was an option but did not work (Yugoslav
government did not agree) and the latter is still an option - albeit an
expensive one in terms of human lives on both sides. In addition, while
the cause of defending the Kosovars is novel and humanitarian, it may not
be strong enough to get the public (read votes and money) to support it.
Then again, it is too early to tell. It is only day 15 of the bombin ...
* Art: Gallery Ovissi: 1001 Arabian
Gallery Ovissi is organizing a special and unique exhibition for November-December
1999 entitled: 1001 Arabian Nights: Holiday Show. We are looking for wonderful
and whimiscal works of art and smaller gift items as well as imports from
all over Iran and the Middle East. The goal is to present an array of works
that carry the textures, colors and patterns of the Persian and Middle
Eastern world ... DETAILS
Book of the Week
Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media
By Yahya R. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli, George Gerbner (editors)
This book provides rich and detailed accounts of how the media filters
racial/ethnic identity through economic or sensationalized perspectives
in newspapers, films, television, and radio. By exploring media descriptions
of various racial/ethnic groups, Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media
provides opportunities to discover, debate, and discuss issues surrounding
race/ethnicity and the role of the media in American society.
Copyright © 1997 Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights
Reserved. May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Revolutionary court ruling on press ban
April 8 (AFP) - Iran's culture ministry on Thursday called on a banned moderate
paper to apologise for publishing a message from the wife of the ousted
shah but lashed out at a revolutionary court for interfering in the case.
"The possibility of making mistakes is unavoidable in journalism,"
said the ministry, which is led by moderates and is close to reformist President
Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT
Reformers see more trouble after daily
TEHRAN, April 8 (Reuters) - Iran's reformers have bitterly condemned
the closing by a revolutionary court of one of their leading newspapers,
fearing the move presages a broader assault on political, social and religious
Election board repeats annulment call for
April 8 (AFP) - Iran's conservative electoral supervisory committee reiterated
its intention to overturn the election of five leading reformists to the
Tehran municipal council, newspapers said Thursday. Committee head and hardline
MP Ali Movahedi Savoji has sent a letter to the Tehran governorship stating
that the election of the five should be invalidated because their candidacies
were illegal, the press reported ... FULL TEXT
Italian frigate in Iran for joint exercises
ABBAS, Iran, April 8 (AFP) - An Italian frigate that arrived Thursday in
this Iranian Gulf port will hold exercises with the Iranian navy, the ship's
commander said. The visit is the first by a Western warship since the 1979
Iranian revolution ... FULL TEXT
Iraqi war prisoners die in Iran's camps
BAGHDAD, April 8 (Reuters) - An Iraqi newspaper said on Thursday
that 38 Iraqi prisoners of war had died in prison camps in Iran. The weekly
newspaper al-Zawra, owned by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday,
published the names of the dead. It said Iraqi prisoners of war (POWs) from
the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, released by Tehran recently, had given information
on the dead ... FULL TEXT
German facing death sentence ordered released
on bail in Iran: lawyer
April 8 (AFP) - German businessman Helmut Hofer, sentenced to death in Tehran
for having sexual relations with an Iranian woman, is to be released pending
a final decision in his case, his lawyers said Thursday. "Mr. Hofer
appeared in court Thursday, and the court agreed to the attorney's request
to release him provisionally," Hofer's lawyer Houchang Ghahari said,
stressing that Hofer "has not yet been freed." ... FULL TEXT
OPEC March output lower, 85 pct compliance-survey
LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) - OPEC curbed oil output in March before
setting tight new supply limits which came into effect this month, a Reuters
survey found. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries sliced
March output by 380,000 barrels a day to 27.59 million from a revised 27.97
million bpd in February, according to the survey of OPEC and oil industry
officials and analysts ... FULL TEXT
The Big Game
(Hamshahri) - Persepolis and Esteqelal will battle it out once more at Azadi
stadium on Friday. Here's a preview of the two teams ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE
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
Updated April 7
dollar now offered at 790-808 tomans in the U.S. and 815 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
"Dedicated to bringing Iranian Americans closer to
their rich heritage and culture by re-aquainting them with the country itself."
Official web site of the coolest film now playing.
Doust-e hameh kas doust-e hich-kas neest.
(Someone who is friends with everyone is not anyone's friend.)
Photo of the Day
the rice fields
Musician of the Week
Ali Sabaie handed a tape and said there were a lot of rare
Googoosh tracks on it. Rare indeed!