The Iranian Times

Thursday, February 18, 1999/ Bahman 29, 1377, No. 669

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



Illicit education
Bahai's struggle to educate their youth

    The following article is by a Bahai academic who cooperated with the Bahai Institute of Higher Education in Iran, commonly referred to at the Bahai Azad (Open) University. The university's offices and more than 500 Bahai homes were raided in Tehran last September and October and 36 staff and faculty were arrested. According to Glen Fullmer, assistant director for external affairs at the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of the United States, those arrested were forced to sign a statement that they would no longer collaborate with the university but all refused. Most were eventually released but three remain in prison in Isfahan, Fullmer said. Bahai university's faculty and students have resumed their activities for the new academic year, Fullmer added, but they are "hampered by the loss of equipment, especially computers, which they suffered during the raids."... GO TO FEATURE


Ahmad Shamloo

Iran's most famous poet was born in Tehran on Saturday December 12, to Kowkab and Haydar Shâmlu... GO TO SHAMLOO'S SITE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


Dr. Nasr on Ibn al-Nadim

The Great Books of the Islamic World has published a book called al-Fihrist (the Catalog) written by Ibn al-Nadim just before the turn of the 1st millinnium.

Ibn al-Nadim's father had a bookstore and when there was nothing to do, Ibn al-Nadim began cataloging the books in his father's store. His work developed into a 10th century survey of Islamic culture. He was said to be a Shiite, not that this matters because he is very open minded and included all titles without any kind of censorship.

You can catch the interview about Ibn al-Nadim with Dr. Hossein Nasr of George Washington University on U.S. National Public Radio's All Things Considered (Real Audio) ... CLICK HERE

Thanks to Laleh Bakhtiar

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* I still remember

Dr. Hamid Razi writes: Thanks very much for your beautiful photos [Tehran: Too sweet to be true]. Your photos took me to my childhood. I enjoyed reading you experience in Tehran. I had similar experiences. I grew up in Tehran and have been in U.S. for more than 25 years. I still remember sleeping on the roof, watching the twinkling stars and listening to the music coming from far distance in hot summer nights. But I am not old enough to remember camels walking in the streets. Your photos have the smell of those days. I like to thank you again for sharing your photos.

* Art: Woemn artists in Iran have show in San Francisco
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Dubus tells his tragic tale from the viewpoints of the two main adversaries, [Amir] Behrani [, a former colonel in the Iranian military under the Shah,] and Kathy [Nicolo, a self-destructive alcoholic.] To both of them, the house represents something more than just a place to live. For the colonel, it is a foot in the door of the American Dream; for Kathy, a reminder of a kinder, gentler past. In prose that is simple yet evocative The House of Sand and Fog builds to its inevitable denouement, one that is painfully dark but unfailingly honest. -- Alix Wilber,

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Municipal election campaign opens in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Posters and photos of candidates were plastered all over buildings, bridges and telephone poles of Tehran as the campaign for the February 26 municipal elections kicked off officially Thursday. The same pictures were splashed over newspapers and magazines, and the windows and bumpers of taxis, as the candidates prepare for just a week of campaigning -- all electoral activity is banned the day before the polls. The municipal elections, the first since the 1979 Islamic revolution which overthrew the shah, are being watched with intense interest ... FULL TEXT

Forty-five arrested in attack on Hadi Khamenei

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Forty-five people in Iran have been arrested in connection with last week's attack on Hadi Khamenei, brother of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Hadi Khamenei, an adviser to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, was beaten up by fundamentalist activists at the Mohammadiyeh mosque in the holy city of Qom last Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Iran drills first well at new giant offshore gas field

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Iran started drilling the first well Thursday at the vast South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami watched the operations and broadcast a message thanking the Iranian engineers working on the project ... FULL TEXT

Iran advances Elf-ENI oilfield deal

Feb 18, 1999, GENEVA, (WALL STREET JOURNAL) -- Iran's Supreme Economic Council has approved a contract under which France's Elf Aquitaine SA and Italy's ENI SpA would develop a large oil and natural-gas field in the Persian Gulf, in a deal that furthers Tehran's campaign to circumvent U.S. economic sanctions ... FULL TEXT

Iranian film fest gets Oscar boost

18-FEB-99 TEHRAN, Iran (Variety/Reuters) - There was good news and some bad vibes at the 17th Fajr International Film Festival, Iran's window on the world that ran Feb. 1-10. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the country's Islamic revolution, it marked a time to look back at the unexpected flowering of post-revolutionary cinema and take stock of future prospects ... FULL TEXT

Iran comes short in Kuwait

Tehran (IRNA) - An Austrian first division team defeated the Iranian national team 3-1 in the finals of a tournament in Kuwait today ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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