The Iranian Times

Tuesday July 27, 1999 / Mordad 5, 1378, No. 777

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    Short story by Samad Behrangi

Translated by Laleh Khalili
July 27, 1999
The Iranian

My heart is taut
and all music here is dead to melody.
Let's gather all we have
and commence on the secret road without a return
just to see if the sky is the same color everywhere.

-- M. Omid

Talkhun wasn't like any of the Merchant's other daughters. Moon-Farang, Moon-Sultan, Moon-Sun, Moon-Begum, Moon-Moluk, and Moon-Face, the six other daughters of the Merchant, each had her own pretensions, her own demands. Sometimes, hearing their noise and play, all the neighbors' sons would come out into the streets. The sound of the lusty and joyful laughter of the Merchant's daughters was the talk of the town. Everyone spoke of how fashionable and full of appetites they were. Their luscious and plump bodies would make the neighborhood boys drool ... GO TO FEATURE


Khatami says no turning back on justice

HAMADAN, Iran, July 27 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami, his reformist policies under attack by hardliners after some of the worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution, pledged on Tuesday to stand by his election promise to protect civil liberties. Khatami kicked off a three-day tour of the western province of Hamadan with an address to a capacity crowd in the local sports stadium, his first public appearance since pro-democracy student protests on July 8-13

* Also see a translation of the Revolutionary Guards Commanders letter to Khatami ... FULL TEXT


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* 007

Hossein Samiei writes: I have been very impressed by the eloquent, thoughtful, and professional reporting of your correspondent, Soma 007, in Tehran, and more generally by your coverage of recent events in Iran. Thank you.

* Groundless assumptions

Maziar Shirazi writes: In response to Farina Yasmin Chaudry: I think that how a person chooses to express him/herself has no limits, just as freedom doesn't have limits, and to put a stopper on creativity would result in the ruin of human civilization as we know it ["The gun and the gaze"].

We cannot tell each other what to dream, what to think, what to do, what to write, and what to draw. That is only for the individual to decide, and not for Anyone to interfere with. If we do this we have violated a right more sacred than life itself, for if a person does not have freedom of expression or thought, there is no point to it.

Your assumption that Islam was for the greater good of the female sex is a groundless one. I seem to remember quite clearly that in the religion of Islam if a woman is raped she is to be killed to purify her of the dishonor. There was a case in Pakistan of a woman getting raped by her own brother and then being killed by her family, for her brother's vice. Also, only recently was the stoning of women in Iran outlawed ... FULL TEXT

* Theater: Six plays in the Bay

GOLDEN THREAD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Six Plays- en short - A collection of contemporary works ranging from parody to profound exploring love, death, revolution and other trivial pursuits, organized by Torange Yeghiazarian. AUGUST 4-28, 1999, WEDNSDAY - SATURDAY, 8pm. General Admission $15. EXIT THEATRE, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco Reservation & Information (510) 986-9194.

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Khatami's brother rejects talk of coup

TEHRAN, July 26 (Reuters) - Fears at home and abroad of a possible coup against reformist President Mohammad Khatami are unjustified but a broad attempt to undermine his political and social reform programme remains a serious threat, his brother and political confidant said on Monday. Reza Khatami, who heads his brother's political faction, said recent unrest was part of an orchestrated effort by Iran's conservatives to drive the president from office that began with his 1997 election landslide and will continue through parliamentary polls next February ... FULL TEXT

Iran leader meets with students

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met Tuesday with about 30 students who were injured in the recent protests in Iran, Iranian television reported ... FULL TEXT

Iran takes second place in physics olympiad

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - Iranian students grabbed five gold medals in the international physics olympiad. The Russian team took first place, followed by Iran and the U.S. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Turkish generals say bombed north Iraq, not Iran

ANKARA, July 27 (Reuters) - The chief of Turkey's air force was quoted on Tuesday as saying Turkish warplanes had killed Iranian officers who were training Kurdish rebels in a camp in northern Iraq ... FULL TEXT

27 dead, 20 still missing after flood

TEHRAN, July 27 (AFP) - Iranian officials said late Tuesday that 20 people are still missing after confirming three more people died in a flood along the Caspian Sea, bringing the death toll to 27 ... FULL TEXT

U.S. sets food sale rules for Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. farmers will be able to compete for an estimated $2 billion in grain sales to Iran, Libya and Sudan under long-awaited new rules that will become effective Tuesday, Clinton administration officials said Monday ... FULL TEXT

Ansaldo signs Euro 840 m Iranian gas deal

July 21, (European Report) - Ansaldo Energia, a unit of Italian state engineering group Finmeccanica , has signed a 1.6 trillion Lire (Euro 840 million) gas deal with Iran Power Developmen ... FULL TEXT

Khatami's task has barely begun

July 30, 1999 (Middle East Economic Digest) President Khatami's economic reforms have been more limited than the political changes he has introduced in the past two years. Restructuring of the "sick economy" frequently cited by the president may have to await the right political conditions in another couple of years ... FULL TEXT

From selling fruits in Tehran to selling art in London

Tehran, (Neshat) - Khosro Hasanzadeh used to sell fruits at Imam Hossein Sqaure in Tehran. Now he's the talk of the town in London -- as a promising painter ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Banietemad in London

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - Leading Iranian female film director Rakhshan Banietemad is in London, talking with the BBC and thinking about her new film, "Tuba" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Qaderi making a "clean" film?

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - Iraj Qaderi, who doesn't seem to be able to get rid of his reputation as a maker of sleezy B movies, is thinking of making a "healthier, cleaner" film ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hashemian: "Great star"

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - Even though he hasn't playes much for his new German club, Hamburg, Vahid Hashemian is being described as "great star" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Pass considering German offers

Tehran, (Neshat) - After their recent traing camp in Germany, Pass soccer club may sell a couple more of its top players to German teams ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Very generous!

Tehran, (Neshat) - Pass managers were so impressed by the performance of their players in Germany that they gave them a load of cash to go out and party -- well as much as 200 marks worth! ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Can't be fooled

They try to say religion and freedom do not mix and say that the universities are a danger to Islam and the revolution. They are striving to say that security and freedom do not mix and that in order to establish security, freedoms must be crushed. But the nation will not be fooled.

-- President Khatami
July 27, 1999

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