The Iranian Times

Wednesday August 11, 1999 / Mordad 20, 1378, No. 788

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



He won't be missed
Judging Chief Judge Mohammad Yazdi

By Soma in Tehran
August 11, 1999
The Iranian

Peering down the staircase of the new Ershad Judiciary Complex in Bucharest Street, ruffled and vertigo-ed, is XY, awaiting her sentence to be carried out, as her sister and father dillydally around in utter helplessness.


It is one of the great feats of the judiciary to turn new buildings with such amazing speed into impossible hell-holes. One should not be going into them without a length size condom for protection, if nothing else ... GO TO FEATURE


American scientists in Iran

Washington Post
August 10, 1999

A U.S. scientific delegation is in Iran this month to watch the millenium's last solar eclipse and to encourage an ongoing dialogue between the two countries. Astronomer Alan Hale, who discovered the Hale-Bopp comet in 1995, and former Apollo astronaut Russell Schweickart are leading the expedition of scientists and students to Isfahan, Iran, the city projected as the best location on Earth to observe the eclipse on August 11.

Hale and Schweickart joined [the Washington Post] online on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999 from Iran to discuss the cultural and scientific aspects of their visit, including their reception in Iran and their interaction with Iranian scientists ... FULL TEXT


Solar eclipse or ...?


More Letters

* Beravim aadam beshavim!

Siavash writes: Amin-e aziz, bahaat do kalaam harf-e hesaab daaram: ... avval-e ham-e inke, gofti khaak bar sar-e maa keh enghelaab kardim". azizjaan khodat raa ghaati nakon! in to va maa naboodim keh enghelaab kardim. in pedaraan va madaraan-e maa boodand keh chenin faribi khordand va az yek mamleket-e baa aabero, baa heysiat va pishro yek chenin kharaabeh-ee saakhtand va haalaa ham daarand beh esm-e sarzamin-e maadari beh nasl-e baad tahvil midahand ...

amaa yek chiz raa bedaan! Iran maal-e maast! tasavvor nakon keh bist saal-e digeh jomhuri-ye eslaami-ee vojood khaahad daasht! maa ers-e pedari ro pas khaahim gereft. amaa na baa yek enghelaab-e shureshi balkeh baa yek enghelaab-e darooni. yani ink-e maa baayad beravim kaari raa bekonim keh naasl-e pedaraan-e maa nakard: beravim aadam beshavim! ... FULL TEXT

* Very, very, very, very

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: These clippings were very, very, very, very interesting ["Oh, the life of a rock star"]. There are few things I enjoy more than reading first-person accounts of foreigners' (especially Americans') experiences in Iran. It's like the Lonely Planet series on the Discovery Channel.

* Art: Mahmoud Hamadani drawings in New York

You are invited to the opening reception for a solo exhibition of drawings by Mahmoud Hamadani on September 9, 1999, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Place: Karen McCready Gallery, 425 West 13th Street, Fifth floor, NY, NY Reception Date: 9-9-99, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Exhibition Date: September 9 -October 9, 1999 Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Books of the Week

* The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez
Teachings of the Philosopher of Love
By Haleh Pourafzal & Roger Montgomery

The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez is the perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love, whose message of spiritual transcendence through rapture and service to others is especially important as our troubled world enters the twenty-first century. His wisdom speaks directly to the cutting edges of philosophy, psychology, social theory, and education, and can serve as a bridge of understanding between the West and the Middle East, two cultures in desperate need of mutual empathy ... GO TO BOOK

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Iran arrests 98 policemen for student hostel raid

TEHRAN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iranian security forces have arrested 98 policemen for their role in a brutal raid on a student dormitory which led to riots in the capital last month, Iran's police chief said in remarks published on Wednesday. Local newspapers said General Hedayat Lotfian made his remarks on Tuesday to a closed-door session of parliament, where he had been summoned to provide an explanation for the July 8-9 attack to suppress a pro-democracy student demonstration ... FULL TEXT

Iran MPs back candidate vetting

Aug 11, (BBC) - Parliament in Iran has approved a measure to maintain the system of vetting election candidates for their adherence to Islamic principles. The vetting is carried out by the Council of Guardians, a body dominated by conservatives who have blocked thousands of individuals from standing in past elections ... FULL TEXT

Iran paper warns Japan ahead of FM visit

TEHRAN, Aug 10 (AFP) - Iran confirmed Tuesday that Japan's foreign minister would visit Tehran next week as a conservative newspaper warned Tokyo not to use the visit as an occasion to start a row over Iran 's missile program. The visit comes amid reports from Tokyo that Japan could resume low-interest infrastructure loans to Iran which were frozen in 1995 in line with US accusations that Tehran sponsors international terrorism ... FULL TEXT

Annan Recalls Killing of Iranians in Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan, prodded by Iran, issued a statement Tuesday saying Afghanistan's Islamist Taleban movement had done little to bring to justice the killers of nine Iranians exactly a year ago. Annan said he received a letter from Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi saying the Taleban had not made substantial progress in identifying and punishing the perpetrators of "these outrageous killings." ... FULL TEXT

Iran court delays verdict on German in sex case

TEHRAN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - An Iranian court postponed a verdict on Wednesday in the case of a German charged with having sex wih a Moslem woman. Defence lawyer Malek-Houshang Qahari said the court, sitting behind closed doors, was still investigating the case against businessman Helmut Hofer ... FULL TEXT

Iranian media say Bahrain emir welcomes invitation

TEHRAN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iranian media reported on Wednesday that Bahrain's emir had welcomed an invitation to visit Iran, a country once accused by Bahrain of trying to fan unrest in the Gulf Arab state. Iranian newspapers said Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa said he hoped to accept the invitation from Iranian President Mohammad Khatami as soon as he could ... FULL TEXT

Pipeline flap may clog expansion in Caspian Sea

August 11, 1999 BAKU, Azerbaijan (Wall Street Journal) -- The main international oil consortium operating offshore in the Caspian Sea is threatening to delay the expansion of its bellwether project in Azerbaijan, angered by an argument with the U.S., Turkey and Azerbaijan over proposed export pipeline routes for the oil that would be produced ... FULL TEXT

Films: Rakin' it in

Tehran, (Neshat) - Films have particularly benefited from the more open arts scene, as the big box office returns seem to indicate ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian films all over the place

Tehran, (Neshat) - Iranian films had "65 international appearances" during the month of Tir, according to the Farabi Film Foundation. Here's a run down ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Clubs vs. Players

Tehran, (Neshat) - Ahmad Momenzadeh says he's free to play for any team he wants (read Esteqlal). Sepahan claims it still has him on contract and he can't do anything about it. Who has the final word? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Show me the MONEY!

Tehran, (Neshat) - Esteqlal allowed its star player Alireza Mansourian to play for a Greek club. But the promised commission never arrived. Esteqlal might complain to FIFA ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Human revolution

baayad beravim kaari raa bekonim keh naasl-e pedaraan-e maa nakard: beravim aadam beshavim!

-- Siavash
Letter to The Iranian
August 11, 1999

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