The Iranian Times

Friday, April 9, 1999 / Farvardin 20, 1378, No. 704

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Siaah Sookhteh
Prejudice towards Blacks and other non-Europeans

By Shalizeh Nadjmi
April 9, 1999
The Iranian

Boarding my first American subway in Northwest DC, I was warned by our host - my mother's lovely cousin - to be wary of the Black Man. In fact, my second cousin sternly objected to my mother and I sitting anywhere near "them" for they were all armed and short tempered, and would surely hurt us if we got too close.

Fourteen years later, under unforeseen circumstances, I find myself back here in the great Western capital. Yet it seems that after all this time, I have not heeded my cousin's warning. Indeed, like a good Persian girl I did the very opposite: I tasted the forbidden fruit. In the twenty-two years since leaving my mother's womb, I have experienced two significant loves. Both of them have not only been Black, but they have been African, with skin the color of midnight satin. And although both were born in the U.S., each spent his life in his respective motherland, then migrated back to North America. ... GO TO FEATURE


Sex charge businessman freed on bail

April 9, 1999 (BBC) - A German businessman who was jailed in Iran for having a sexual relationship with an Iranian woman is being freed on bail.

Helmut Hofer could be freed as early as Saturday once bail of about $165,000 has been paid, according to his lawyer.

Mr Hofer was convicted in January 1998 for violating a law banning sexual relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was annulled, and in February the Supreme Court ordered a retrial ... FULL TEXT

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Just wondering

I have been wondering for some time about the executions that took place in Iran after the revolution in 1979. I have never been able to find out exactly how many people and also who was executed. Often in reading articles or books I run into a reference made about different personalities who were executed.

Do you know of a publication to refer me to? Has anybody perhaps compiled a list of names, professions and why they were executed? If not, would your magazine be interested to start such a project? Your response would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Mali Evans

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* She has never told her family

Eternally hopeful writes: I am a handsome, well-educated, professional African-American male who met and fell in love with a beautiful, well-educated, professional Iranian woman. We love each other very much but she has never told her family about me. They are constantly trying to fix her up with Iranian men for marriage ... FULL TEXT

* Damned if you do...

Ghassem Namazi writes: I just finished reading Mr. Tehrani's article on the Kosovo war situation ["Why Kosovo?"]. As I recall, when the Bosnians were being driven out of their homes or massacred by the Yugoslavian army, many of us Iranians commented that the mere reason NATO or the United States in particular is not intervening is the fact that the victims are Moslems. Now that the West is actually performing a positive role, some of us have managed to come up with absurd scenarios as to why the United States has begun taking military action ... FULL TEXT

* I'm offended

Marla Zometsky writes: Sorry. I don't appreciate the humor of the Senator article ["Iran is a great country"]. As an American, I'd love to see the lines of communication between both Iranians and Americans open - as well as, eventually, the lines between our two governments. I don't see the humor in this sad situation. ... FULL TEXT

* Get a laugh

Banafsheh Zand writes: Get a grip folks. I read the very same piece about Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and laughed. I'm also Iranian, though I seem to have a sense of humor that some of the whinning readers truly seem to lack. Thanks for YOUR humor The Iranian! Here's wishing all you a relaxed and FUN filled new year! ... FULL TEXT

* Art: Aileen Falah's art in DC

WHAT: EXHIBIT - Aileen Falah's Paintings, and Sculptures
WHEN: Friday March 12 - Saturday April 24 (Exhibit hours Thursday-Saturday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
WHERE: Project Space, 625 E St. N.W. Washington DC
INFO: 703-455-1666
DETAILS: The opening ceremony will be from 8:00PM until 10:00 PM on Friday march 12.

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