The Iranian Times

Wednesday August 4, 1999 / Mordad 13, 1378, No. 783

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A bitter bite
A critique of Samira Makhmalbaf's "The Apple"

By Ali Akbar Mahdi
August 4, 1999
The Iranian

I credit the young Samira Makhmalbaf and her honorable intentions but I have a problem with how she defines her film and recruits her cast. She claims that "The Apple" is neither a documentary nor a full-fledged drama. She melds the two formats and would like to have it both ways...

The lines between reality and fiction become so blurred in the director's mind that she overlooks the ethical aspects of her work. Surely, there is a long tradition of documentary films where the line between objective reality and subjective interpretation or even outright fiction is constantly blurred. However, the problem here is not just the mixing of fact and fiction, but also how the director approaches her subjects ... GO TO FEATURE


Hardline court shuts Salam daily

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline clerical court has banned the country's leading pro-reform newspaper for five years and barred its publisher from press activities, the official IRNA news agency said on Wednesday.

It said the court ordered a ban on the daily Salam for printing secret documents, while publisher and managing editor Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha, a powerful leftist cleric, was suspended from journalism for three years ... FULL TEXT


Another revolutionary achievement
1999 Darwan Award Nominee

An Iranian hunter was shot to death near Tehran by a snake that coiled around his shotgun as he pinned the reptile to the ground ... DARWIN AWARDS

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Acceptance

Niloufar R. writes: I was so moved when I read the piece by Shima Jalalipour ["After all, I am Iranian"]. I admire her closeness to her culture and I congratulate her parents for raising such a fine Iranian. However, it saddens me that I cannot say the same about myself.

I am half Iranian half Arab, a mixture some people say is doomed from the start, culturaly speaking. I have only lived in Iran for the first two years of my life. After the revolution I moved with my mother, my Arab side, to live in the Arab world, while my father, the Iranian, moved to the United States ...

I have been reading as much as I can about Iran. I have been taking Persian (language) classes. I have been trying to make Iranian friends, as difficult as that is, with my broken Persian and Arabic name.

At the same time, I am proud of where I am now, considering that I started from scratch. I am 21 years old now and a junior in college. My short-term goal is to be fluent in Persian by the time I graduate. My long term goal? Acceptance ... FULL TEXT

* It was us

Salmar writes: I am writing in response to the letter "Shah and Farah are to blame". Mr. Rafat, I have a couple of questions for you. 1. When did you leave Iran? 2. How old were you?

It is extremely unfortunate that you, like so many others, find it very easy to blame OUR king and queen for Iran's current pathetic social, economical, and political climate. We brought the revolution unto ourselves.

It is very easy to blame the United States but ultimately it was Iranians marching in the streets looting the palace like a bunch of nadeed padeeds; it wasn't the Americans. It was Iranians who believed a gross man, who didn't even speak the Persian language properly, was going to save them. How wrong those people were.

* Literature: Bookreading in New York

Join authors of "A World Between: Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans" (George Braziller, 1999) for a special New York reading and book-signing at Barnes and Noble Union Square. Persis Karim (co-editor and author) will read with Zara Houshmand and New York authors Laleh Khalili, Nahid Rachlin, Roxanne Varzi and Nika Khanjani on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30 pm. Barnes and Noble, Union Square.

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Iran set to dilute clerical control of polls

TERHAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Wednesday approved the outline of a bill to dilute the power of conservative clerics to eliminate reformist candidates in next year's legislative elections. Entrenched conservatives have used such powers to block influential reformist rivals from running in past elections and improve their own numbers in parliament ... FULL TEXT

Mystery murders' out to embarrass Iran -judiciary

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A series of murders of dissidents in Iran late last year were the work of a small group in the intelligence ministry which sought to destabilise the Islamic republic and embarrass it in the eyes of the world, judiciary officials said on Wednesday. In a statement on months of investigation into the mystery killings of at least four dissidents, the armed forces judicial organisation said the plot was limited to a handful of agents inside the intelligence ministry, including a deputy minister, operating without official sanction or authorisation ... FULL TEXT

Senators condemn Iranian crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several senators sought today to register congressional displeasure with Iran's crackdown on student protesters and democracy advocates. ``This is an untenable situation and should be loudly and categorically condemned by all free nations of the world,'' said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan ... FULL TEXT

U.S.-funded radio denies detained Iranian journalist worked for it

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A U.S.-funded radio network denied Tuesday that an Iranian woman arrested in Tehran was employed by the station. Iran 's hard-line Kayhan newspaper reported Tuesday that the detained woman, Camellia Entekhabifard, had worked for Radio Free Europe, a radio station that Iran considers hostile to its establishment ... FULL TEXT

Basij forces hold first day of manoeuvres

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran's Basij volunteer paramilitary forces -- who played a key role in suppressing social unrest last month -- started three days of manoeuvres in eastern Tehran on Wednesday, state media reported. It said up to 50,000 members of the ideologically motivated Islamic Basij militia, who are organised and trained by elite army Revolutionary Guards, are expected to take part ... FULL TEXT

Iran urges UN intervention to stop Afghan war

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran has called on the United Nations to intervene to end the civil war in Afghanistan, state television said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

BP Amoco chemicals won't invest in Iran under sanctions

August 4, 1999, LONDON (Dow Jones)--BP Amoco PLC (BPA) won't invest in Iran 's petrochemicals industry until the British and U.S. governments reach agreement on sanctions, which limit non-U.S. companies from investing in Iran , Bryan K. Sanderson, chief executive officer of BP Amoco Chemicals, told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran seeks in foreign capital to lift steel

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran is seeking $3.7 billion in foreign investment to develop its steel industry, hoping to double annual production capacity from its current seven million tonnes in five years, an industry official said on Wednesday. The head of Iran's National Steel Company (INSC), Mostafa Moazenzadeh, said his firm had put up for international tender 26 projects to expand and modernise steel and related industries ... FULL TEXT

State TV band ads for "feminist" film

Tehran, (Neshat) - The conservative- controlled state television has banned ads for a critically-acclaimed "feminist" film -- "Do zan" (Twp women) - by Tahmineh Milani, which is currently playing in Iranian theaters ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Who's right, who's wrong?

Tehran, (Neshat) - Television commentators claim the theater industry is in decline. Others disagree. A report ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New national team: Azizi out

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Mansour Pour-Heydari has selected 27 players to be on the national soccer team. Khodadad Azizi is one of the notable names missing ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Wrestlers going to Poland

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Qualifying matches have determined who will be on the national wrestling team which will soon take part in an upcoming international event in Poland ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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My short-term goal is to be fluent in Persian by the time I graduate. My long term goal? Acceptance...

-- Niloufar R., an Iranian Arab
Letter to The Iranian
August 4, 1999

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