The Iranian Times

Wednesday, April 21, 1999 / Ordibehesht 1, 1378, No. 712

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



Tehran's junk food heaven

Written and photographed by Siamak Namazi
April 21, 1999
The Iranian

Darband is definitely among my favorite places in Tehran. I love the fact that there is an abundance of junk food as far as the eye can see, and that it is Iranian junk food! Lavashak, aloo jangali, chaqaleh badum, gerdoo, zalzalk, you name it. There is little room for imported candies. In fact, the only packaged junk food found in abundance is pofak namaki, which is a national treasure (ask any Iranian kid) ... GO TO FEATURE


Internet & Imams in Iran

From Mike Theodoulou in Iran
The Times of London

The imams are wrestling with the Internet in the battle for the nation's young minds

A young woman sporting Doc Martens was sipping a cappuccino and giggling at her screen. A balding man was checking the state of play on Wall Street. We ordered espressos and went looking for sex. Pictures, centrefolds, pin-ups, that sort of thing.

"Sex?" mused Reza, a stubble-jawed customer who was drinking sweet tea brewed in a steaming samovar the size of a beer barrel. "Most people here are more interested in music or sport." Our curiosity was purely academic, we assured him. In this spirit of scientific inquiry he reluctantly obliged, keying in and proving that yes, such things are indeed available in Iran . Well, technically at least. Reza logged off as the site was downloading, well before we caught an eyeful of any Playmate. "This is the Islamic Republic," he explained ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


Sweet ...

My name is Maryam. I am a Persian living in Bahrain. I go to a school with mainly Arabs and many of them don't know much about the beauty of this country. By that, as a school project and for me to learn more about html, since it's my first time designing a web page, I decided to design a web page about Iran and put as much information in it for tourists to benefit from ... GO TO WEB SITE

More Letters

* Zerangi

Masoud Almassi writes: We, Iranians, cherish the thought of being "ZERANG" which is a term that can hardly be translated into English ["Aaberoo reezi"]. Ideally, Zerang means to be clever and bright. In practice, however, an Iranian who has earned the title "Zerang", is often a crafty liar, a cheat, an opportunist, and untrustworthy. One could say, a huge and dark side of our culture is summarized in one word ... FULL TEXT

* Amateurs night?

Ali R. Shemirani writes: What is this amateurs night ["Midget"]? I hope the author of this piece has another job.

* Conference: Iran and the Second World War

The Center for the History of Diplomacy Studies in the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) intends to convene a seminar on Iran and the Second World War, on September 25-26, 1999. The main topics of this scientific gathering are based on two political and cultural dimensions with the following subtitles:... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

Behind the Tall Walls
From Palace to Prison
An autobiography by Azar Aryanpour

Not long after Azar Aryanpour returned home to Iran in September of 1978, following a visit with two of her children in Washington, DC, a state of martial law was declared. Her husband-the former Minister of Health and Welfare under the Shah and an American-trained orthopaedic surgeon who played a role in the real-life events chronicled in Ken Follett's best-selling book On Wings of Eagles-was subsequently and wrongfully imprisoned. Now, nearly two decades later, Azar Aryanpour speaks for the first time in Behind the Tall Walls, an autobiographical retrospective of the tumultuous events that resulted in the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ... GO TO BOOK

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Conservatives want Mohajerani impeached

TEHRAN, April 21 (Reuters) - A group of conservative Iranian deputies called on Wednesday for the impeachment of Iran's moderate culture minster, in the latest assault on President Mohammad Khatami's reforms ... FULL TEXT

Kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Mohsen Kadivar, a liberal cleric charged with spreading propaganda hostile to Iran's Islamic regime, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, his lawyer announced Wednesday. Hossein Musavi Tabrizi told the official IRNA news agency that Kadivar, who is close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, had been sentenced to prison by the hardline Special Court for Clergy ... FULL TEXT

Karbaschi appeals again for retrial on corruption charges

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Tehran's former moderate mayor Gholamhossen Karbaschi, convicted last year of corruption, lodged another appeal to the supreme court Wednesday seeking a retrial, his lawyer said. The move followed the failure Tuesday of a similar appeal to the supreme court by Karbaschi, who faces arrest at any time to serve a two-year jail term imposed in December ... FULL TEXT

Iran wants more than a "diplomatic smile" from Clinton

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi welcomed Wednesday conciliatory remarks by US President Bill Clinton but stressed that a "diplomatic smile" was not enough and there must be a "change in behaviour." ... FULL TEXT

U.S. school shooting gets top billing on Iran TV

TEHRAN, April 21 (Reuters) - Iran's state television allotted 10 minutes to the ``tragic'' U.S. school shooting at the top of its main news programme on Wednesday, blaming it on the widespread depiction of violence in American movies ... FULL TEXT

Iran says inflation at 20 pct in year to March

TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Inflation in Iran rose to 20 percent in the year to March, up from 17.3 percent in the previous year, Iranian state televison reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Love story is a best seller

Tehran (Hamshahri) - "Talkhak" a novel by Nasser Karami has been one of the best selling books in Iran in recent months. It's a love story ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Final days... will Esteqlal become Asia's #1 team?

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Next week the best soccer club in Asia will emerge from championship matches. Will it be Esteqlal? ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Women's sports: Shrinking budget

Tehran (Iran daily) - The budget for women's sports is the same for last year - but considering inflation, the real amount is actually less ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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Updated April 21

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