The Iranian Times

Friday December 10, 1999 / Azar 19, 1378, No. 865

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No plain Jane
Don't change that beautiful Iranian name

By Amir Mohammadzadeh
December 10, 1999
The Iranian

If my children were to change their names when they grew up, I have to say that I would be heart broken. I had very special reasons for each name I picked; family, history, and good memories of those who deserve to be remembered. A good traditional name is something to be proud of. A lot of thought, love, pride, and hope goes into this once-in-a-lifetime decision . What does it say about a person if they do not have confidence to defend their own name? ... GO TO FEATURE


Filling the void

Asian Football Confederation Magazine

Over the last two years Iran has become Asia's most prolific exporter of players. But with many either joining lower division sides or playing reserve team football in Germany, dissenting voices are being raised within the Persian nation. Michael Church reports on the pros and cons of the Iranian exodus.

The question has already been asked but the volume with which it's being posed continues to grow: Just how vital is it for Asian players to move en masse to play in Europe?

Conventional wisdom has dictated for some time that, for Asian football to improve, the continent's top players need to be playing against the world's finest in the top leagues, pitting their wits against the best, and working with the game's greatest coaches ... FULL TEXT


As if...

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization (Minority or Majority Faction?) is boycotting the Majlis elections and says whoever becomes a candidate is basically a traitor ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

More Letters

* Untidy semi-detached house

A. Hashemi writes: To some people ("Top ten" and "More thankful than Americans") freedom means "going out in T-shirts & shorts", or being able to take advantage of sexual liberties by "looking at hundreds of beautiful women of all ages"...

I think it's great that people, such as "new" Americans, are thankful for their "new home"; I just can't understand why they have to compare it with our "old home". It's like comparing a noisy, dirty and untidy semi-detached house with a gloriously majestic old castle ... FULL TEXT

* What cause?!

Soheil writes: I read your recent article about the conservatives in Iran ["It's over"]. I agree with almost everything you said. They are losing ground and popular support and the youth want change. Correct. However, your statement that "Khomeini did all that for a cause he believed in", strikes me as a severely blind observation ... I absolutely cannot comprehend anyone seeing him as someone who wanted to bring good to Iran ...

You brought up many good points in your article, but it sounds like to me that you used to be one of the people who wanted Khomeini in power. Iranians, especially in Iran, are blinded by the fact that they think everything is the fault of the West and the British. Iranians always want to put the blame on others and not take responsibility for their own stupid actions and decisions. The Shah's monarchy had many holes, and he was far from perfect. But he dragged Iran into the 20th century, unlike the clerics who want to drag it back to the days of Mohammad. The Shah was progressive and educated, unlike Khomeini, who was the most incompetent ruler in history ... FULL TEXT

* Politics: Old students movement remembered

The 40th anniversary of the Iranian students confederation and the 45th anniversary of the 16th of Azar will be celebrated in various cities around the world ... DETAILS AT


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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Hossein Makki dies

Tehran (Iran daily) - Hossein Makki, a key player in the oil nationalization movement and a member of Mohammas Mossadegh's cabinet, has died at the age of 78 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Rafsanjani stops short of criticising resumed Syria-Israel talks

TEHRAN, Dec 10 (AFP) - A top Iranian official Friday slammed Israel's failure to keep its promises but stopped short of criticising its ally Syria's decision to reopen peace talks with its arch-enemy, the Jewish state. "We know that the negotiations are going to resume but we don't know much about them except that Israel never respects its undertakings," said Iran's still powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.... FULL TEXT

Towards a society free of capital punishment - Moratorium 2000

December 10, 1999 (Iranian Human Rights Working Group) -- A worldwide campaign is underway to make the world free of the capital punishment by the end of the year 2000. On Human Rights Day (10th December) Amnesty International is launching "Moratorium 2000" with the same objective. Three years earlier, on Human Rights Day in 1996, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) launched a campaign to abolish the death penalty in Iran. We welcome this opportunity to combine our efforts with the international human rights organisations and press for an early end to the practice of capital punishment in Iran ... FULL TEXT

Iran Mends Ties With Europeans Businessmen Find Myriad Opportunities

Friday, December 10, 1999 (The Washington Post) -- TEHRANâ¤"With two Iranian waiters drumming their fingers on the table, a group of Italian businessmen sang lusty love songs as restaurant patrons smiled, laughed and tapped their feet. The impromptu concert at a downtown Tehran restaurant reflected the current mood in Iran's relations with the European Union as the two sides embrace after years of strained relations.... FULL TEXT

Made in Hollywood

Tehran (Iran daily) - Pouran Derakhshandeh has directed an Iranian film in Hollywood called "Eshq-e bedoon-e marz" (Boundless love). Cost $650,000 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Chiti Bang

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - "Chiti Chiti Bang Bang" -- a translation of the book -- has been published in Iran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Bring the same guys

Tehran (Iran daily) - The U.S. Soccer Federation has asked Iran to send the same team that played against the U.S. in World Cup 98 ... also, looks like Alireza Mansourian may be join da boys in the match against the U.S. on January 16 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hashemi-Nasab speaks

Tehran (Iran daily) - Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab is one of Iran's top soccer players. He's a member of Persepolis. But he's also an Abadani and single. Oh, and he doesn't have a high school diploma. Which is cool. Here's an interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Y2K Fun Page

Prepared for Y2K? Beginning to panic? Stop! Don't let the impending global apocalypse get you down. Here's a handy tip: Bookmark the FUN PAGE and visit it regularly until your power fails. It's Matt Neuman doing what he does best -- being funny. Frowns are not Y2K compliant!

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No sense

It doesn't make any sense for Fariba to call herself Lucy in the hope of easier assimilation in the work place when every atom in her body screams "I'M IRANIAN". Is she also going to have plastic surgery. Maybe she should save some money for a good psychiatrist.

-- Amir Mohammadizadeh
"No plain Jane"
The Iranian
December 10, 1999

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