The Iranian Times

Thursday August 12, 1999 / Mordad 21, 1378, No. 789

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    Meeting Time
    Ahmad Shamlu's Miaad

Translated by Laleh Khalili
August 12, 1999
The Iranian

I love you beyond the frontiers of your flesh

grant me mirrors and eager fireflies
luminescence and wine
exalted skies and the spacious arch of the bridge
grant me birds and rainbows
and repeat the abundance of the absolute passage
in the curtains ... GO TO FEATURE


Here and there
Two poems

By Leyla Momeny
August 12, 1999
The Iranian

slick lights
and butterflies
carrying bus fulls
of neon peasants

smart people
married to dumb people
sharing toothpaste
laced with lemons ... GO TO FEATURE


Ailing, still

The Economist
August 13, 1999

EXACTLY a year ago, President Muhammad Khatami set out to salvage Iran's sick economy by way of an ill-defined recovery programme. He promised to improve conditions for foreign investment, increase non-oil exports, accelerate privatisation and reduce red tape. The hope was to give people a better life and, also, to disarm his conservative critics, who use Iran's weak economy as a weapon to beat off political and cultural liberalisation. So far, he has failed in both aims, frustrated by bad luck, official mismanagement and the limits to his authority ... FULL TEXT


Sad rahmat beh jomhuri eslami

By Carey Gillam

TOPEKA, Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas Board of Education rejected evolution as a scientific principle Wednesday, dealing a victory to religious conservatives who are increasingly challenging science education in U.S. schools.

The 10-member board, ignoring pleas by educators and most scientists, voted six to four to embrace new standards for science curricula that eliminate evolution as an underlying principle of biology and other sciences ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Good approach

Shahram Chubin writes: I myself have not so suffered ["Airline abuse"], but I encourage you in this approach as I am sure many who could not speak good enough English to defend themselves, have.

* No visa needed IF...

Reza Jamshidi from writes: Iranians don't need a transit visa if they have a Green Card or an American passport ["Airline abuse"]. Otherwise they need a transit visa.

* Magical realism

Reza Ordoubadian writes: I have received several very kind letters from your readers about my short story "The Boy Who Invaded my Life," some requiring an answer. However, another crash of my computer has wiped out the letters, but I remember enough of the texts to give general answers to their questions.

My story is a "story," made up of the fragments of truth about life, so no one should seek "historical" truth from that. Fiction is a work of art that reflects life as it could be, whereas history reflects it as it was (or, is). So, a writer can do a great deal to manipulate human life, the life blood of fiction, and speculate about what would happen, given a set of circumstances, and often it can be an indicator of the future, a sort of a blue print. Then, no one should assume that this story is the story of my life. But, if it has stimulated the deeper feelings of your readers (at least, seven of them!), then there must be some inherent truth behind the story, and that is the way it should be. I am well pleased! One of your readers is correct: this fiction echoes Garcia Marquez and his "magical realism." ... FULL TEXT

* Petition: Permit testing of Iranian students

(Iranians for International Cooperatio) -- Petition to the office of the President of the United States of America to permit testing of Iranian students for the purpose of admission to U.S. schools and universities" Please send this to President Clinton, the US State Department and the US Treasury Department as soon as possible. Your Action Counts!!! Please help us by performing the following two steps... GO HERE

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Tons of U.S. corn sold to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Private exporters reported the sale of 50,000 metric tons of U.S. corn to Iran during the week that ended Aug. 5 -- the first such sale in at least four years, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Khatami to name names in attack on student hostel

TEHRAN, Aug 12 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami said on Thursday his government had identified those behind last month's brutal attack on pro-democracy students and would shortly reveal the results of its investigation. ``In investigating this issue we have held hundreds of hours of meetings, scores of people have been interviewed, hundreds of documents have been reviewed and the culprits have been identified,'' Khatami said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency ... FULL TEXT

MPs reject screen-candidates bill

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Iranian parliament rejected a bill that would have relaxed the screening of candidates for next year's legislative elections, the Tehran Times reported Thursday. Moderates in parliament wanted the Guardians Council, which acts as an upper house of parliament and oversees elections, to ease its screening process ... FULL TEXT

Court releases reformist editor on bail

TEHRAN, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Iran's Press Court, which normally hears cases to do with the media in front of a press jury, has released a reformist newspaper editor on bail after 22 days in prison, newspapers said on Thursday. Kazem Shokri, an editor at the popular reformist Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper, was released on 150 million rials ($5 million) bail, they said ... FULL TEXT

Turkey, Iran agree anti-rebel deal -Turk official

ANKARA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Turkey and Iran have agreed to cooperate against Turkish Kurdish rebels operating along their border, a Turkish official close to a recent round of talks said on Thursday. He said a border cooperation agreement to be signed on Friday would contain pledges of coordinated action by the two neighbours against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ... FULL TEXT

French Grain Traders Act Fast to Sell Iran Wheat

PARIS, Aug. 11 (Reuters) - French grain exporters have taken advantage of ideal circumstances, including crude oil prices at 22-month highs, to fill Iran's near-term wheat needs while at the same time ensuring U.S. traders do not muscle in on their huge market, grain sources said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Foreign tourists harassed in Iran -newspaper

TEHRAN, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A group of Islamic vigilantes harassed foreign tourists who were in the central city of Isfahan to view the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century, the official newspaper Iran reported on Thursday. The paper, published by the state news agency IRNA, described the vigilantes as ``thugs.'' ... FULL TEXT

Ancient garves unearthed

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - New graves have been discovered at the 3,500-year-old Aq-Olar site in Gilan, along with many interesting objects ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Book: Theater in Iran

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Mostafa Oskuie has written compiled the history of Iranian theater: "Seyree dar taarikh-e te'aatr dar Iran" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azadegan kick-off

Tehran, (Neshat) - The new Azadegan League season kicks off Friday. Here's the line-up for the opening games ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mohammad-Khani in hot water

Tehran, (Neshat) - The row between Nader Mohammad-Khani and his "former" team -- Persepolis -- heats up. He may even face disciplinary action ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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grant me the promise of an encounter

beyond the borders of our bodies

-- Ahmad Shamlu, "Mi'aad"
"Meeting Time"
The Iranian
August 12, 1999

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