The Iranian Times

Wednesday July 7 1999 / Tir 16, 1378, No. 763

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



The body who invaded my life
Short story

By Reza Ordoubadian
July 7, 1999
The Iranian

"Admit it!"

"Admit what?" I raised my voice. "Do you really think he's one of them? Working underground, but protecting us for his own benefit?"

"You don't understand. I'm talking about the other thing we were discussing yesterday!"

"A miracle!" I said. "Do you really think that Raheem is an angel, a supernatural body, come to help us exclusively? Make up your mind, Sister: Devil or Angel?"

"Why not?" she asked quite seriously. "What's wrong with Angel? You have all but abandoned him, the way you ignore his presence and practically show him the door. Is that right, after all he has done for us! He hasn't come to the back of the house in three days, just keeping to himself in that room." ... GO TO FEATURE


    Agent's alleged plan to suppress writers
    Similarties with current Majlis bill

Salam newspaper has published excerpts from a letter allegedly written by a top Intelligence Ministry official early last fall in which he suggests new laws to clamp down on dissident writers. Salam says the letter was written by Saeed Eslami, a.k.a Emami, who was arrested on charges of organizing the infamous string of murders of dissidents.

About three weeks ago Eslami apparently committed suicide in prison. But the publication of his alleged letter coincides with current Majlis deliberations on a bill that would put new restrictions on the press. Salam and other moderate newspapers have vigorously opposed the bill ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Mehdi Sharif


A hell of an exam

Exam Question: The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington, Seattle chemistry midterm: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Support your answer with proof .."

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following: ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Cheh goli kaashtim?

Bahram Naraghi writes: Yes, I want to know why we are so prejudiced towards Jews, Bahai, gays, Blacks, Arabs...? ["I must be a Jew"] I live in France with cultivated and "intellectual" Iranians. But I have a lot of arguments about their racism. I always say :"haalaa maa baa een enghelaabemun cheh goli kaashtim keh khodemuno az Arabhaa behtar bedunim?" ... FULL TEXT

* The movie?

Guive Mirfendereski writes: Thank you for an enchanting and marvelous piece. An L.A. Wedding: The Movie?

* Poetry: Mimi Khalvati in Protland

There will be a poetry reading by Mimi Khalvati Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SW Hawthorne, in Portland, Oregon. Khalvat, is an Iranian born poet and director of the London Poetry School. She will read from her three collections of poetry, "In White Ink", "Mirrorwork", and "Entries on Light". For information, call (503)238-1668.

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    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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Scandal rocks secret service

TEHRAN, July 6 (Reuters) - The case has all the elements of a classic spy thriller -- serial murders, a mysterious suicide in the upper ranks of the intelligence service and a missing body. Iran's widening security scandal has sent government officials, leading politicians and senior clerics scurrying for cover and raised doubts about the future of the country's feared secret service ... FULL TEXT

Reformist press accuses MPs of preparing clampdown

TEHRAN, July 6 (AFP) - Iran's reformist press expressed "serious concern" Tuesday as the country's conservative-dominated parliament prepared to debate legislation tightening up controls on the media. Editors from a dozen newspapers published a joint statement accusing the bill's promoters of paving the way for "restrictions on the press, practically no job security for the country's journalists and preliminary steps for closure of various press institutions." .. FULL TEXT

Iran passes $400 mln aid to drought-hit farmers

TEHRAN, July 6 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Tuesday approved emergency funds of up to $400 million to help farmers hit by the worst drought in 30 years, the official news agency IRNA reported. It said deputies passed a government bill allocating 1.2 trillion rials to help farmers, livestock owners and tribesmen after the drought, which has inflicted as much as 10 trillion rials in damage ... FULL TEXT

Iran revives case of missing diplomats,17 years on

TEHRAN, July 6 (Reuters) - Iran has revived the case of its four misssing diplomats, kidnapped in 1982 in Lebanon, in an apparent attempt to deflect increasing Western pressure on the issue of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel. The four diplomats were reportedly abducted by pro-Israeli Christian militia at a checkpoint in the northern outskirts of Beirut when Israeli forces surrounded the Lebanese capital ... FULL TEXT

Jackson seeks Iran visit to press for Jews release

July 6, DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson hopes to visit Iran to appeal to officials for the release of 13 Iranian Jews arrested on charges of spying for Israel, the London-based daily newspaper al-Hayat said Tuesday. The Arabic-language paper said Jackson was ``awaiting an Iranian response to visiting Tehran as part of his efforts'' to gain the release of the 13, arrested several months ago ... FULL TEXT

MP urges limited foreign ownership in oil

TEHRAN, July 6 (Reuters) - The head of Iran's parliamentary oil commission has proposed amending the constitution to allow direct foreign ownership of oil projects in remote or economically depressed regions of the country. In remarks published on Tuesday in the Iran News, Morteza Zarringol suggested changes to Iranian law that would attract much-needed foreign technology and capital to less-developed areas, such as western Kurdistan Province ... FULL TEXT

Julaie was expecting something else

Tehran, (Neshat) - When Reza Julaie's "Jaameh beh Khoonaab" (Bloody Clothes) was awarded the top award for Iranian fiction of the past 20 years he thought it was a sign of hope for authors. It hasn't happened, he says in an interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

A new plan for screening films

Tehran, (Neshat) - A plan to reorganize film screening preferences has met some criticism. But a member of the film producer's guild says the plan is in the country's best interest ... 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

Preview of the Big Game

Tehran, (Neshat) - Neshat points out the weaknesses and strengths of the elimination cup finalists, Persepolis and Estqlal. Preview to the Big Game ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Khatibi signs with German club

Tehran, (Neshat) - Rasul Khatibi, the captain of Iran's under-23 national soccer team, has signed with a German club. Tehran's Pass club will apparently receive a million deutch marks for relasing Khatibi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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