The Iranian Times

Thursday July 29, 1999 / Mordad 7, 1378, No. 779

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



How lucky I am
A boy's thoughts on "Children of Heaven"

By Somm Tabrizi
July 29, 1999
The Iranian

Somm Tabrizi is a 10-year-old Iranian in Toronto, Canada. He entered this article for his school literature contest:

Movies are supposed to be for entertainment as well as for fun. However many movies are meant to teach us lessons about life and pass on some very important messages. In all my lifetime, whenever I went to a movie I always thought I was going to be entertained. That's exactly what I thought was going to happen when I went to see "Children of Heaven", a movie written in Persian, the official language of the country of Iran and also the language I speak at home ... GO TO FEATURE


Khatami's speech in Hamadan

Full text translated by FBIS
July 27, 1999

... I was aware that a hefty price would have to be paid for the task of uncovering and confronting this current [the recent serial assassination of writers and intellectuals]and destroying its root causes. I have been, and still am, anticipating attempts to create crises. However, I have made a promise to my God -- and I hereby make a promise to you as well -- that we will, with God's assistance, continue our efforts until the root cause of that corrupt trend has been identified and repelled. I want to assure you that the calamity that at one stage threatened the Islamic republic was big enough to justify the hefty price that has had to be paid. [Crowd whistle and chant indistinct slogans in support] ... FULL TEXT



I have not been able to find out much about "moseer", the bulb which is part of Iranian cuisine in the form of "moseer torshi." It is sold in the U.S., dried and sliced, as "shallots," and people tell me it is harvested wild in the mountains near Tabriz.

Real shallots, though, closely resemble onions, because they have the same layers of underground leaves that onions do, and the same high water content which makes a lot of juice. The moseer bulb, howver, looks chunky and solid, much like tulip bulb, and probably has a lot less juice than onions & shallots when fresh.

That being said, do you know 1), the correct English botanical name for it, and 2) if anyone grows or supplies it fresh here in the United States?

Thank you,

Ted Gruen

More Letters

* Thanks for Samad

Sudabeh writes: I just finished two translated stories from Samad Behrangi ["Talkhun", "In search of fate"]. Both of them were beautiful and I enjoyed them in English .

I am originally Iranian, and so proud of the Iranian writers and translators. The job done was great to my taste. Thanks to The Iranian Times and all the friends involved. Looking forward to see more.

* CIA couldn't do it better

M. Mobini writes: This is in response to the gentleman who wrote "Worse than a dog":

You are absolutely right. The revolution has taken so many young, innocent lives (the revolution itself, the Iran-Iraq war, MKO executions and so on), brought our economy to its worst level, destroyed our international image, paralyzed and rendered useless 50% of our country's workforce (women) and many other horrible things. I don't think even the CIA could have done a better job.

Long live the Islamic Revolution!

* Protest: Weekly vigil

The Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) is calling on all concerned groups and individuals to participate in a weekly vigil in support of the fundamental human rights of the Iranian people. Human Rights violations in Iran have intensified following the peaceful demonstration of students demanding freedom of press among other things ... The IHRWG calls for the weekly vigils to be held in front of the IRI Mission to the UN (622 Third Ave. between 40th and 41st streets) from 4:00 to 7:00 PM every Wednesday, until the following demands have been met by the Iranian government ... DETAILS HERE

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Two radical Ansar leaders arrested in Tehran

July 29, Teheran (dpa) - Two leaders of the Iranian radical Islamic group known as Ansar Hezbollah (followers of the party of God) were arrested in Teheran, the governmental daily Iran reported Thursday. Massoud Dehnamaki, known as the leader of the Ansar Hezbollah, and his close aide, Soheyl Karimi, were arrested at the office of their weekly magazine Jebheh (War Front), the daily said ... FULL TEXT

Khatami says hardline brand of Islam helped fuel Iran unrest

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami lashed out at Islamic hardliners in remarks published Thursday, saying their dogmatic brand of Islam was largely to blame for the bloody Tehran riots. "Should we carry out aggression against those who don't agree with us? Should we beat people up brutally because they don't see things our way?" Khatami said in a remarkable attack on the nation's hardline faithful ... FULL TEXT

Serial murders' committee asked to clarify cause of death of "dissident"

July 28, 1999, Domestic Desk (Neshat - BBC worldwide Monitoring): In a statement a group of nationalist and religious personalities have called on the Serial Killings' Follow-up Committee to clarify the cause of the death of Dr Majid Sharif ... FULL TEXT

Assault on independent press in Iran intensifies

New York, July 28, 1999 (Human Rights Watch) -- The assault by Iranian authorities against publishers and editors associated with the country's independent press has become wider and more intense in recent days. On July 25, the Special Court for the Clergy convicted Hojatoleslam Seyyid Mohamed Musavi-Khoeiniha, publisher of the daily newspaper Salam, on charges of misinforming the public ... FULL TEXT

Ban on import of instruments lifted

July 28, 199 Teheran (dpa) - Islamic Iran has lifted a ban on importing musical instruments which has been in place for more than two decades, the daily Economic Abrar reported Wednesday. In an official circular to the customs office, the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance declared the import of instruments, including those from the West, as free, the daily reported ... FULL TEXT

Turkey denies it will pay Iran for raid

ANKARA, July 29 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on Thursday denied Iranian reports that Turkey would pay compensation to Iran over an alleged cross-border air raid. Iran, for its part, insisted the raid sites were on its territory and said it was likely that two Turkish soldiers detained for allegedly crossing the border would be prosecuted ... FULL TEXT

Biggest Iran state group to reform to boost profit

TEHRAN, July 29 (Reuters) - The new head of Iran's largest state-affilated conglomerate pledged to introduce sweeping changes to the multi-billion-dollar group that has been beset by charges of inefficiency and allegations of corruption ... FULL TEXT

Russia, Iran consider $8 bn of new contracts

July 28, 1999, MOSCOW (AP)--Russia and Iran are considering new economic cooperation contracts worth up to $8 billion, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko said Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Mir Moezi had served as NIOC undersecretary of engineering

TEHRAN, July 29 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has appointed Said Mehdi Mir Moezi as deputy managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and ministry undersecretary of oil in charge of production, Iranian sources said on Thursday... FULL TEXT

Milani on men & women

Tehran, (Neshat) - Tahmineh Milani talks about her much-talked about "feminist" film, "Do zan" (Two women), and expresses her views on men and women's issues in Iran today ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Bebakhshid,nazar-e shomaa chiyeh?

Tehran, (Neshat) - A poll reflects viewer reaction to Tahmineh Milani's "Do zan" (Two women) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Are we ready?

Tehran, (Iran daily) - When the qualifying rounds of the Asian cup begin in the not-too-distant future, will the Iranian national soccer team be ready? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Popular Russian

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Is Esteqlal's Russian coach also joing the coaching staff of the national team? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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