The Iranian Times

Friday July 30, 1999 / Mordad 8, 1378, No. 780

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Iran at the cross-roads
Image, identity, tolerance and freedom

By Yahya R. Kamalipour
July 30, 1999
The Iranian

We no longer consume products, we consume images. We no longer elect leaders, we elect images. We no longer see for ourselves, we see through our television sets. We no longer think for ourselves, "others" direct our thoughts. We no longer determine our identities, "others" determine our identities. We no longer live in a "metropolis," we live in a "technopolis" (a wired world). We no longer belong to just a village or community, we belong to a global community or the global village. In short, we can no longer afford to survive in isolation, nor can we ignore one another ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian expatriate making up for lost time on tennis court

By Bob Foltman
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 1999

For Mansour Bahrami, the decision was easy.

Twenty years ago, the native of Iran was offered a chance to accept political asylum in France and continue his tennis career. Bahrami refused.

That cost him the prime years of an athlete's life and lots of money. But he has no regrets ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Mehran Azhar


Your name in space

NASA is trying to get over a million names to be placed on a CD that will be put on the Mars 2001 Lander and sent to Mars. Be a part of history and enter your name. You will get a nice Participation Certificate with your name and certificate number ... CLICK HERE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Slogans won't do it

Saghie writes: The truth is that majority of people in Iran don't believe in those hideous words of death to this and that, nor do they hate Americans, nor do they believe in Islamic tyranny. But they are forced to say and do senseless acts as I am sure many of you fellow Iranians can relate to.

It is important that we bring our voices down, structure them, organize them and give them a perspective. Then we can forward them to the those in power. Those who can talk for us. They can be anybody, in the media or politicians.

Wouldn't it look better to be interviewed sitting in front of the camera in a proper place with a proper attire, than to yell on the streets saying, "democracy", "Iran", and ...? Wouldn't it be better to be viewed as a civilized society? Educated? Diplomatic? ... FULL TEXT

* On TV: The People's President

CNN, August 1, 9 pm: "The People's President" offers a rare glimpse of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran as President Mohammad Khatami struggles to implement urgent reforms in the face of stern opposition from the conservative Ayatollahs... DETAILS HERE

Books of the Week

* Zemzemeh-haaye azali: Avesta va ketaab-e moqadas
Zoroastrian texts
By Ali Salehi
* Veys va Ramin
A love story written in verse 1000 years ago
By Fakhreddin Asa'd-e Gorgani
* Doshmanaan-e jaameh-ye saalem
On the civil society
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
* Sotun-e panjom
The Fifth Column
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi

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Abbas Kiarostami's lyrical tale about a traveler searching for his friend's home who finds himself on an excursion through places and moments of great beauty and wonder. Farsi with English subtitles.

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Supreme leader denies political split

TEHRAN, July 30 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday dismissed reports of a political rift with President Mohammad Khatami over the pro-democracy protests earlier this month that ended in bloodshed. He said the reformist president had his full support ... FULL TEXT

Students say 19 "seriously wounded" in unrest: paper

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian students said 19 people were "seriously wounded" in the police attack on a Tehran university dormitory that sparked six days of bloody riots in the capital, reports said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

MPs denounce intelligence ministry

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian MPs condemned the intelligence ministry Thursday for its "unconstitutional" treatment of those arrested over the Tehran riots amid a tough propaganda campaign against pro-democracy activists ... FULL TEXT

Former queen says Khatami should learn from shah's mistakes

July 30, 1999, CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iran 's former empress has advice for the troubled Iranian president, drawn from lessons learned after her late husband was toppled by Islamic revolutionaries 20 years ago ... FULL TEXT

37 now dead in "flood of the millennium"

TEHRAN, July 28 (AFP) - Iranian officials on Thursday upped the death toll to 37 with 14 still missing after catastrophic floods in northern Iran along the Caspian Sea earlier this week, the official IRNA news agency said ... FULL TEXT

LASMO hopeful for role in Iran projects

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - British oil and gas exploration and production company LASMO Plc said on Thursday it hoped to win a role in at least one of the two projects it was chasing in Iran ... FULL TEXT

France pressed to finalise wheat sale to Iran

PARIS, July 29 (Reuters) - French grain traders and bankers have put pressure on the French government to make available credit guarantees so they can finalise recent contracts to sell French wheat to Iran , banking sources said on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Ketaab-e kucheh

Tehran, (Neshat) - The latest volume of Ahmad Shamlu's "Ketaab-e kucheh" has been published. And other publishing news ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azari book show

Tehran, (Neshat) - Old books written in the Azari language have been put on display at the Imam Reza museum. Full report ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Swimming aint cheap

Tehran, (Neshat) - Sports officials have announced that swimming facilities are open to the public. Well, at a price that is ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Khasteh nabaashid!

Tehran, (Neshat) - A group of women in the military (staff & family members) have climbed to the top of Mount Tochal ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Skiing on grass

Tehran, (Neshat) - Teams from Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Japan will take part in Iran's third internationak grass summer skiing competitions ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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I believe that under Mr. Khatami there was some relative opening, but more in words than in deeds because either he cannot or he doesn't have the power to do so.

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July 30, 1999

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