The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 13, 1999 / Farvardin 24, 1378, No. 706

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



    Take a break
    Entertainment thrives in Iran, for those who can afford it

    April 13, 1999
    The Iranian

The entertainment highlight of the evening [at Darband's Kuhsar Restaurant] is a Mr. Asadi who is as cheesy a performer as I have ever seen. In too-long pants and a light brown suit with a ski-collar white shirt and a silk scarf around his neck (my cousin says the scarf emulates a tie), he has blow-dried his thin hair to full cream-puff, has a flower in his collar, and since he cannot serenade the women - this IS the Islamic Republic after all - he caresses the men and croons in their ear, to such extent that our table of three can no longer hold back our giggles at the embarrassed reaction of the men. This Mr. Asadi sings forbidden songs by the pre-Revolutionary singers, Haideh and Mahasti, Aref and even Marziyeh. All around the room, the crowd claps, whistles, and sings along in a dreamy fit of nostalgia and memory ... GO TO FEATURE


Mohsen Kadivar

Case of obscure cleric exposes Iran divisions

TEHRAN, April 13 (Reuters) - A little-known Shi'ite Moslem theologian is due to go on trial on Wednesday in a case that has exposed deep divisions among Iran's powerful clerics, and in the broader society beyond.

Mohsen Kadivar, an outspoken mid-ranking theologian and university lecturer, stands accused by Iran's Special Court for Clergy of using his writings to defame the Islamic republic, confuse public opinion and insult the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ... FULL TEXT


Iranian man committed crimes to please his wife

TEHRAN, Jan 14 (AFP) - An Iranian man arrested for theft, fraud and kidnapping told police he had committed the crimes to please his demanding wife, a newspaper reported Thursday.

"I did them all for my wife's sake," said Davood (eds: one name), whose criminal record includes 14 counts of fraud, kidnapping and car theft, according to Sobh-e-Emrooz daily.

He told a court that he had been humiliated by his in-laws as a loser with his wife constantly threatening to divorce him "if I fail to get her everything she wants."

Davood said his criminal activities led his father "to die of grief," and did not prevent his wife from divorcing him.

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

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* Dubbing "Sound of Music"

Houshang Golmakani writes: We (Film magazine in Iran) published a special issue on dubbing in August 1993 and I wrote an article about dubbing musical films in Iran.

[In regards to the Sound of Music, ashk-haa va labkhand-haa] I believe Ms. Soudabeh Safaeiyeh sang for Maria, Nazila Zand-e-Karimi for Liesel, Rashid Vatandoust for the Captain and Homayoun Moezzi-Moghaddam for Rolf.

Other singers for secondary parts were: Simin Ghadiri, Azita Azarmi, Shamsi Shadmand and Nasrin Azarmi. The translator of the lyrics was Firouz Falahati, the poet who rewrote the lyrics was Touraj Negahban and Ali Kasmai was the dubbing manager .

* Feminist extremist

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: I support showcasing literary and artistic works by Iranian artists and poets, but this poem ["Reborn"] attempts to be more than justa literary piece: it touts an extremist feminist viewpoint. This kind of extremist ideology is by definition dangerous and I don't think it deserves the attention it's getting by being posted in this forum, especially given that most readers would likely be hostile to such an extremist agenda ... FULL TEXT

* Music: Traditional/Folk Music, Seattle

The Iranian Cultural-Arts Society (ICAS) in Seattle and the Persian Circle of University of Washington are pleased to present the following Iranian Traditional/Folk Music Concert:

Marjan Vahdat: Vocal and Daf
Reza Derakhshani: Setar, Tar, & Ney
Nicole Bartelmeh: Poem Reciting

Time: Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 PM sharp
Place: Kane Hall, University of Washington
Tickets are $15 each

For more information please send an email to or call (206) 285-5922. Please inform others about this exciting event.

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U.S. disowns Iranian group on assassination

WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned the assassination of an Iranian general in Tehran and denied it was sheltering the Mujahideen Khalq organisation, which claimed responsibility for the attack. ``We condemn what we consider to be an act of terrorism and we hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice,'' State Department James Foley told a daily briefing ... FULL TEXT

Britain, Iran close to renewing relations -UK Foriegn Office

LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) - Britain and Iran will end years of diplomatic squabbling with the imminent appointment of ambassadors in each other's capitals, a British Foreign Office spokesman said on Tuesday. ``We remain committed to an agreement to exchange ambassadors,'' said a Foreign Office spokesman. ``We hope to exchange ambassadors shortly.'' ... FULL TEXT

Oil firms seen breaking U.S.-Iran ice

MANAMA, April 13 (Reuters) - Iranian-American energy executive Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani said on Tuesday he was more confident than ever that oil will persuade arch-rivals Washington and Tehran to bury years of animosity and resume talking business. ``Oil is where Iran needs the United States most immediately in terms of money, technology, know-how and oil is what the U.S. business most seeks in Iran. Oil is what will lubricate this relationship,'' he told Reuters in an interview ... FULL TEXT

Japanese eye Iran oil despite sanctions

MANAMA, April 13 (Reuters) - Japanese companies are losing patience with the threat of U.S. sanctions against firms that invest in Iran and are considering ways of doing big business there, a Japanese oil official said on Tuesday. ``I am not sure Japanese companies can wait until the U.S. government lifts sanctions completely,'' Ikuro Sugawara, general manager of Japan National Oil Corp (JNOC), told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of an oil conference in Bahrain ... FULL TEXT

Oil prices boosted by Balkan crisis, Iran output cut

NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) - Oil rose on a combination of bullish headlines on Tuesday, including fears of a widening Balkans crisis as well as production and export cuts by Iran and Saudi Arabia, traders said. There was also some support from speculative traders buying back contracts they had previously sold, pushing the May contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange to settle 32 cents higher at $16.72 a barrel ... FULL TEXT\

Shahroudi may leave Chinese team?

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Iranian national team player Reza Shahroudi is not doing well with his new Chinese team and may return to Iran ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Volleyball news

Tehran, (Iran daily) - What's the national under-21 volleyball team up to? A new player joins the team, traning camp and ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

$ Rate

Updated April 12

The dollar now offered at 780-805 tomans in the U.S. and 810 tomans in Iran

Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777

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Laleh Khalili writing about the crowd at Darband's Kuhsar Restaurant
"Take a break"
The Iranian
April 13, 1999

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