The Iranian Times

Monday, April 26, 1999 / Ordibehesht 6, 1378, No. 714

Ketab Farsi bilingual books

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


Cover story

Laughing at the world
Poking fun at some very serious global issues

Cartoons & illustrations by Hadi Farahani
April 16, 1999
The Iranian

Hadi Farahani was born in 1968 somewhere in Tehran, he says. He lived an extremely boring life and to make it a little more interesting, he constantly tried to find little funny things about his small home and even smaller neighborhood.

He considered Gol Koochik, Haft Sang and Alak Dolak extremely violent games and while other kids were busy playing, his most exciting activity was reading Tin Tin and Asterix comic books.

He started drawing cartoons at an early age. But it was not until he was 18 that he realized, despite what everyone had said, he could enjoy drawing cartoons AND make money at the same time ... GO TO FEATURE


Wooed with a cup of tea in the desert

By Marion Bull
The Independent, London
April 24, 1999

IN A cubicle made of black theatre- curtaining, a pair of hands wander over my breasts. They stop at a bit of bra underwiring, and follow the shape round in concern, as though I were hiding a miniature scythe.

I stand submissively, arms outstretched, draped from head to toe in the full chador without which no woman is allowed into the Holy Shrine of the Imam Reza, in Mashhad. I hold the borrowed chador around me with my teeth, disappointed that it has a tea stain down the front. The female security guards let me through the curtain to a dazzling white courtyard, from where I enter the turquoise maze of endless other courtyards, built over centuries, a mixture of gaudy beauty and calm. For some reason I burst into tears. A man offers me a fig biscuit, and I follow the pilgrims through to a mirrored hall ... GO TO


Wedding cards?

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I am very intersted in your page, but I was looking in the Internet about the wedding stationary in Iran because I am getting married and I want same ideas about your weddings in Iran (invitations card, etc). So can you help me to find this kind of web page in the Internet?

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* Damesh garm

Kambiz Mursal-Abadi writes: Ashkan joon, daasham, das vardar ["Aaberoo reezi"]! aaberoomoon raft yani chee?! damesh garm eshghee! saf-e Welfare kojaast!? yeh eeroonee oomadeh America haalaa daareh pooleh naftesho pas meegeereh! Zendeh baad eerooneeyeh moftkhor!

* Salavat!

Kamyar Yaghoobee writes: On behalf of all Iranians with reasonable taste, I would like to express my utmost gratitude to His Royal Highness Ali Reza Pahlavi for shaving off his mustache. (Salavat befreseen mosalmoona: Allahoma sale alla ... :) FULL TEXT

* Photography: National Geographic to feature Caspian region

Step behind the camera with Reza Deghati -- this superb photojournalist -- for a firsthand look at the Caspian Sea region as it prepares to enter a new century. Reza's Caspian Sea assignment will be featured in the May 1999 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

    The Hand of Poetry
    Five Mystic Poets of Persia : Translations from the Poems of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz

    In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives. The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently available ... GO TO BOOK

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Khatami aide: cultural thaw irreversible

TEHRAN, April 24 (Reuters) Iran's minister of culture, threatened with impeachment by hardline rivals, said on Saturday the liberal policies he and President Mohammad Khatami had set in motion would prove irreversible even if he were hounded from office. Attaollah Mohajerani, poised and confident despite ... FULL TEXT

Religious militant held after Iran murder bid

TEHRAN, April 24 (Reuters) - The grandson of a prominent ayatollah and several of his followers have been arrested for trying to kill Tehran's judiciary chief, a senior official said on Saturday ... FULL TEXT

Fallahian free and giving lectures

25 April 99, (Tehran Times) - [Former Intelligence Minister] Fallahian is delivering speeches on Moharram at Zarabkhaneh Mosque every day. On the reasons for rumours [about his arrest], he said the enemy is out to increase the gulf between various factions in Iran. In today's Iran the society has opened up and differences that have surfaced are quite natural ... FULL TEXT

U.N. rights forum encourages Iran, still critical

GENEVA, April 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations main human rights body on Friday passed a Western resolution welcoming some developments in Iran but also expressing concern at ``continuing violations'' including executions in the Islamic state ... FULL TEXT

Amnesty: Convicted cleric must be released

22 April 1999, (Amnesty International) - Amnesty International is today expressing concern for the sentencing of a Shi'a cleric and religious scholar to 18 months' imprisonment, reportedly on charges related to his conscientiously held beliefs and academic research ... FULL TEXT

Russia, Iran in new energy initiative

MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russian Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Generalov effectively launched a new initiative this week for Russia and Iran to cooperate on a series of energy projects in the Caspian basin ... FULL TEXT

Iran bans skull-carving in mourning ritual

TEHRAN, April 25 (AFP) - Iran said Sunday it has banned worshippers from carving open their skulls with swords as part of ancient self-flagellation ritual in this week's traditional ceremonies of mourning ... FULL TEXT

Iranian women on their way up Kilimanjaro

Tehran (Iran daily) - Four Iranian women, including "three housewives", will be climbing up mount Kilimanjaro in a few weeks, led by a male guide ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

The games begin on Wednesday!

Tehran (Iran daily) - The final round of the Asian cup-winners cup will be played in Tehran on April 28-30. The four contenders are Tehran's Esteqlal, and three teams representing Japan, China and the UAE ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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Quote Unquote

Can't go back

The time for banning publication of opposition views has passed. The chick cannot be put back into the egg.

Attaollah Mohajerani, culture minister
"Khatami aide Iran's cultural thaw irreversible"
April 24, 1999

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Ashura in Abyaneh

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Musician of the Week

Farid Farjad

Four melodies from his recent CD.

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