The Iranian Times

Thurday July 22, 1999 / Tir 31, 1378, No. 774

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Harmful favoritism
How NOT to help arrested Jews in Iran

By Ali Akbar Mahdi
July 22, 1999
The Iranian

As a minority group in Iran, Iranian Jews experience an added hardship living in a society governed by the strict implementation of Islamic laws. Many Iranian Jews also experience prejudice, stereotyping, and ocassional discrimination. However, majority of these Jews regard themselves Iranians and would prefer to share the pain and joy of living in that country with their fellow Iranians, be it Muslim, Bahahi, Zoroasterian, or Christian.

The arrest of 13 Jews in Iran accused of spying for the United States and Israel has given rise to a worldwide campaign for their freedom. While Western and Jewish concerns for the fate of these individuals is understandable and admirable, their approach to the problem is at best ineffective and at worst harmful to their cause ... GO TO FEATURE


Lessons from history

TEHRAN, July 22 (Neshat) - Nehzat Azadi (Freedom Movement) leader Ebrahim Yazi warns leaders of the Islamic Republic to learn from past popular movements ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


It's not our fault
Poem blames Arabs for our problems

There was once a country & Iran was her name.

It had some good rulers, and some who were lame.

It's history goes back, some three thousands years.

This country was made with, blood, sweat and tears


More Letters

* Their turn

Salmar writes: As a member of the Iranian diasporic community I am thrilled as to the recent events that have gone on in Iran. Although I personally feel that Khatami himself is first and foremost still a Muslim cleric, he is probably the country's only hope.

I am waiting for the day when there will be no Islamic state in Iran. A day when we can actually rid ourselves of the Arab influence in our country. Islam invaded Iran, and although we mostly contribute imperialism to the English, Islam has it's own imperialism and Iran is a perfect example of that. The clerical government would like to see an end to Noruz celebrations as well, because it is not an Islamic holiday.

I urge all members of the diasporic Iranian/Persian community to do whatever they can to show their support for the people of Iran who want change; the clerical government has run Iran into the ground and the same people that were chanting "Down with the Shah" have realized that they have implemented monsters in his place.

* Religion prevents unity

Q tip write: In response to the moderate, practicing Muslim I must say I disagree on the fact that we can't teach culture without religion. Religion is one of the many things that keeps Iranians from being united, and that is one of the biggest problems in Iranian society today.

I have no problem with religion and do not seek to detract from it. But if Iranian culture is to be preserved, we must look to other aspects of our society as well. As an Iranian agnostic, I am fiercely proud of my culture and the accomplishments and history of our country and people.

I was not raised to believe in Allah, or Ahura Mazda, or Baha U'ollah. Rather, instead of being a servant of Islam or what have you, I listened to the stories of our founding forefathers like Cyrus and Darius, in addition to our heroes, from Rostam to Ferdowsi to Takhti.

If anything, we need to start teaching the more unbiased parts of our culture, that don't focus on a specific religion or belief. We need to put our prejudices aside and simply be proud of being Iranian.

* Art: Final day of Art show in Washington, DC

There will be a closing party to celebrate the successful Iranian-American art show in Washington DC as well as offer a FINAL viewing of this exhibition. Date: Saturday, July 31, 1999 6-10 p.m. Place: 505 Gallery, 505 7th Street, Washington DC one block down from MCI center. For information about this year's and upcoming Evolving Perception events please call Saghar at: 301.610.5260.

Books of the Week

From this week we will offer books directly from Iran. They will include the best new and classic books available. You can also ask for special orders and we will try to find them for you. Tell us your order by email ( and we will send you payment information (check/creditcard). NOTE: Prices include shipping and handling.

* Siaah mashq-haa (1999)
Poems by H.A. Sayeh (Hoshang Ebtehaj),
363 pages.

* Raaport-haaye yomiyeh (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
382 pages.

* Qesseh-haaye nasreddin (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
180 pages

* Amineh (1998)
Historical novel by Masaoud Behnoud
382 pages.

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Video of the Week

Salaam Cinema

An award-wining film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf who runs an ad in Tehran newspapers indicating that he needs a few actors for his new movie. Several days later few thousands young Iranian boys and girls show up for auditions. This film portrays a unique side of Iranian society and the dreams and desires of the young generation.

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Friday, July 23

Student anger in Iran

Friday, July 23, 1999 (BBC) -- Pro-democracy student leaders in Iran have accused the security forces of beating and torturing members who were arrested during last week's protests. They have also accused the forces of maintaining the wave of arrests in the capital Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani says Iran strong after unrest

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Islamic system emerged from recent unrest as strong and stable as ever, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Friday. But he warned that the unrest, among the worst since the 1979 Islamic revolution, could scare away foreign investors ... FULL TEXT

Iran committed to reform: minister

TEHRAN, July 22 (AFP) - Iran 's interior minister insisted Thursday the government would carry out President Mohammad Khatami's reform programme, in a ringing defence of pro-democracy protesters who took to the streets here last week ... FULL TEXT

`Salam' closure illegal, editor says

July 22, (Hamshahri - BBC Worldwide Monitoring) - At a meeting with the staff of the daily `Salam', Hojjat ol-Eslam val-Moslemin Musavi-Kho'iniha, the managing-editor of `Salam', spoke about the closing down of the daily ... FULL TEXT

Journalists protest at colleague's arrest

July 22, daily Iran - BBC Worldwide Monitoring) -- In separate communiques to their colleagues in 'Emrooz' daily, the journalists and correspondents of ' Iran ' and 'Hamshahri' dailies called for the release of Kazem Shokri, a member of that daily's ['Emrooz'] editorial board ... FULL TEXT

Iran: Turk troops tried invasion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran accused Turkey today of trying to send troops into its territories and said Iranian forces drove them back ... FULL TEXT

Conservatives tighten control on government

TEHRAN, July 22 (AFP) - Iran's conservatives tightened their control over the government Thursday after a senior right-winger was named head of one of the most powerful economic and political institutions in the Islamic republic .. FULL TEXT

Iran seeking to export natural gas through Kish

22nd July,( IRNA - BBC Worldwide Monitoring) -- Tehran is preparing to export 4.8m tons of liquefied natural gas and 600,000 tons of methanol from the South Pars gas field to Southeast Asia, said Mohammad-Reza Yazdanpanah, managing director of the Kish FTZ [Free Trade Zone] Organization ... FULL TEXT

Sales of jailed thinker's books soar

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Mohsen Kadivar who's been imprisoned for his criticism of the Islamic Republic will be happy to hear that his books are doing a killing at bookstores. (See bottom of this news item) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

History of Zandiyeh and Afshars

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Dr. Reza Sha'bani has just published his "Taarikh-e mokhtasar-e Iran dar doreh-haaye afshariyeh va zandiyeh" (Brief history of Iran in the Zandiyeh and Afshar period" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Tabriz theater revival?

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Tabrizis will have a choice of 24 plays to watch this year. This is the highest number of plays brought on stage in Tabriz since 1979 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

German training camp

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - News briefs from Iranian soccer players in Germany who are training for the opening of the Azadegan League AND putting their skills on display for their German hosts ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Women's Taekwando

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Islamshahr's women Taekwando team won the fourth annual compeitions held between teams from greater Tehran. Here are the results ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Need no lesson

I think that people everywhere, particularly younger people hope that they will be able to pursue their religious convictions and their personal dreams in an atmosphere of greater freedom that still allows them to be deeply loyal to their nation. And I think the Iranian people obviously love their country and are proud of its history and have enormous potential. And I just hope they find a way to work through all this, and I believe they will.

-- President Clinton
The New York Times
July 22, 1999

Photo of the Day

A student leader: Alireza Afshari


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