The Iranian Times

Tuesday July 6 1999 / Tir 15, 1378, No. 762

Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Cover story

Real fantasies
Drawings by Bidjan Asadipour

July 5, 1999
The Iranian

"How do your drawings relate to people?" Bidjan Asadipour was once asked. "This relationship is like that between people and their photographs. The difference is that pictures display people's physical appearance while drawings present their inner feelings as well." ... GO TO FEATURE


    Ahmad Shamlu's latest

Poet Ahmad Shamlu has recovered from his latest ailments. To thank all the worried fans, his latest poem has been published in Iran daily for the first time ... FULL TEXT


Hamino kam daashtim

July 5, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A Tehran museum holds two watercolor paintings by Adolf Hitler, given decades ago by the Fuhrer himself to the Iranian ambassador to Germany, the museum's curator said Monday.

Mohammad Reza Javaheri said the paintings show scenes of the Austrian capital of Vienna, where the 18-year-old Hitler applied to study art, but was rejected. The paintings are owned by the government foundation Bonyad Mostazafan, which runs the museum ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* My little daughter

Vida Razzaghi writes: I live in Iran . When I read your article I cried ["After all, I am Iranian"]. I am not fluent in English but I can feel what you are saying.

In two months I will fly to Canada. I think about my little daughter and her culture all the time. I think about the possibility that she will forget her Farsi and never be able to enjoy a Persian poem and maybe she would not understand who we are.

I hope that we can be Iranian and never forget our history.

* Brilliant!

Mina Mortezai writes: I know this is probably a late letter, but I just finished reading Hamid Taghavi's feature "L.A. wedding". Several words come to mind: BRILLIANT! HILARIOUS!

I laud Mr. Taghavi and hope to read more of his works soon. Thank you also to The Iranian.

* Sports: Appreciation of Iranian athletes in Irvine

On August 5, 1999, the Network of Iranian Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) commemorates the life and achievements of Iranian athletes and sports veterans. This will be a memorable event in the history of Iranian sportsmanship, and a great opportunity to document their lifetime achievements... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

During the Reign of the Queen of Persian

By Joan Chase

    The novel that is sweeping the country. A beautiful story of 20th-century womanhood, of Gram, the Queen of Persia herself, who rules a house where five daughters and four granddaughters spin out the tragedies and triumphs of rural life in the 1950's in the American midwest ... GO TO BOOK

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Winner of the top prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, "Taste of Cherry" is an existential fable of weight and clarity from director Abbas Kiarostami. An Iranian man, Mr. Badi, is determined to commit suicide at nightfall, but seeks a living assistant to check his hand-dug grave the following morning. If Badi is dead, the person will fill the grave with dirt; if not, he will help Badi out of the hole. Farsi with English subtitles.

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Iran to hold crucial parliamentary elections in February

TEHRAN, July 4 (AFP) - Iran announced Sunday that the first round of parliamentary elections, crucial for the future of moderate President Mohammad Khatami's reform agenda, will be held on February 18. The Islamic republic's 270-member assembly, or Majlis, is elected every four years by universal suffrage ... FULL TEXT

Diplomat tells how hostages were freed in Lebanon

LOS ANGELES, July 6(Reuters) - The freeing of nine Western hostages from Beirut after years of effort in 1991 came at a price few people know about -- a paragraph in a United Nations report that largely went unread. Paragraph 6, in a report by then U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, blamed Iraq for starting the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. A former U.N. diplomat who risked his life to free the hostages said Iran demanded it in return for using its influence with a shadowy group who grabbed American journalist Terry Anderson, British church official Terry Waite and the others and held them for years under inhumane conditions ... FULL TEXT

Oil market rally solid at 18-month highs

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - World oil markets on Friday cruised serenely at heights not seen for 18 months as dealers pondered the prospects of further price gains to come. London August futures for benchmark Brent ended four cents higher on the day at $17.66 a barrel after peaking at $17.76 on Thursday, the highest oil price since December 1997 ... FULL TEXT

Gulf Arabs back UAE in islands row with Iran

DUBAI, July 3 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab foreign ministers on Saturday pledged full support for the United Arab Emirates in its territorial dispute with Iran, urging Tehran to heed calls for a peaceful solution, Gulf news agencies reported ... FULL TEXT

Saudi King Fahd confident of better ties with Iran

RIYADH, July 5 (Reuters) - King Fahd said on Monday he was confident Saudi Arabia and Iran would take further steps to increase trust and achieve stability in the Gulf region. ``We are tied to Iran by religion and neighbourliness as well as common interest and we are confident that officials in both countries will continue the good steps they started based on mutual trust and respect,'' King Fahd said ... FULL TEXT

Iran drought ruins 27 pct of wheat crop

TEHRAN, July 5 (Reuters) - Iran's worst drought in 30 years has destroyed more than a quarter of the country's wheat crop and a quarter of its rice, Agriculture Minister Issa Kalantari said. The minister said the drought had resulted in 10 trillion rials in losses, affecting 600,000 families. The rial figure is equivalent to $3.3 billion at the official exchange rate, but worth only a third of that on the black market ... FULL TEXT

Total/Elf deal would widen Iran oil role

DUBAI, July 5 (Reuters) - A takeover of Elf Aquitaine by rival TotalFina would bolster Total's already strong position in Iran, where both firms are competing for new deals after clinching big contracts. But the move would limit Iran's negotiating power by removing a major international firm in the race for its energy contracts, analysts said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Iranian state cuts power to three of capital's main hospitals

TEHRAN, July 5 (AFP) - Iran's energy ministry cut off the power supply to three of the capital's main hospitals, including a children's hospital, Saturday for non-payment of bills, staff told AFP Monday. The three hospitals were faced with "crisis situations" after electricity cuts of between two and five hours, staff said ... FULL TEXT

Golshiri gets German award

Tehran, (Neshat) - Novelist Hushang Golshiri has won a German peace prize for his collection of stories "Mardi baa Keraavaat" (The Man with a Tie). The award includes a 26,000 deutch mark cash prize ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Best selling albums

Tehran, (Neshat) - Here are the best selling pop (Mohammad Isfahani?), traditional (Alireza Eftekhari) and foreign (Yanni!) music albums in Iran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New films permits

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The Guidance Ministry has issued permits for the production and screening of eight new films ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian filsm at foreign festivals

Tehran, (Neshat) - Eight Iranian films are headed for film festivals in Australia, Russian, the Czech Republic and the Philippenes ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal head coach on the Big Match

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Esteqlal's Russian head coach says the upcoming match with Persepolis in the finals of the elimination cup is "just a regular game." ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Asian championship matches to start soon

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The Iranian national team will soon begin qualifying matches for the Asian soccer championships. Iran has been grouped with Syria, Bahrain and the Maldives ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Arab-Iranian ties

We are tied to Iran by religion and neighbourliness as well as common interest and we are confident that officials in both countries will continue the good steps they started based on mutual trust and respect.

-- Saudi King Fahd
July 5, 1999

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