The Iranian Times

Monday May 31, 1999 / Khordad 10, 1378, No. 737

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Taste of Cherry


Cover story

L.A. wedding
"This was bigger than Princess Di's"

By Hamid Taghavi
May 31, 1999
The Iranian

We lined up at the wedding's registration table. There, the lady in charge asked for our invitations and two picture IDs. After she verified the authenticity of the invitations on her computer we were finger-printed and photographed. Afterwards, she asked if we had any gifts to declare, whether we had bought the gift at the bridal registry and if not, why...

After all that, she finally cracked a smile, handed me a package and said:

"Welcome to Bijan and Manijeh's wedding. Here is your welcoming kit. In there you'll see a brief biography of Bijan and Manijeh, a photo history of their families, their homes in northern Tehran, their fabled journey to America, how Bijan met Manijeh, whether she was wearing make-up when they first kissed, as well as maps to the restrooms and your table. By the way, for a fee you can upgrade your table to first class and eat with the bride and groom..."... GO TO FEATURE


Hardliners again attack reformist media

TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - Several Iranian publishers close to Iran's moderate President Mohammad Khatami have been detained but most, including the head of Iran's official IRNA news agency, have been released on bail, newspapers said on Sunday...

The publisher of the reformist daily Arya, Mohammad-Reza Zohdi, also went to jail on Saturday on charges of ``publishing slanderous material, disturbing public opinion and exposing military secrets,'' pro-Khatami newspapers said ... FULL TEXT


World War !!!

"Five hundred years ago, Nostradamus prophesied that World War III would occur on July 4th of 1999, the feast of the 'eagle' or the U.S., with Russia and Iran launching nuclear and chemical assaults upon Western and Southern Europe... American troops shall pay a heavy bloody price. This World War shall last about thirty years and one-thirds to two-thirds of mankind shall perish. " ... NOSTRADAMUS' PREDICTIONS

More Letters

* What about Jews who hate Iranians?

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: .Everyone always places Jews at the receiving end of hatred, oppression, and prejudice["I must be a Jew"]. It's always about how the Jews are the hated minority; in fact anti-Semitism has become a crime that rivals murder in the U.S. (I don't condone anti-Semitism, just making a point here).

I'm still waiting to see when rational people start placing Jews at the disseminating end of that equation, i.e. when will people start seeing the hatred the Jews feel toward other minorities, like Iranians and Arabs? More than once I have been in a situation where I've gotten a less than favorable response when a Jew has found out I was Iranian... FULL TEXT

* God's chosen people not Iranian

A. Gheytanch writes: .We are THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND GOD"S CHOSEN PEOPLE. WE ARE ISRAELITES NOT IRANIAN ["I must be a Jew"]. I frankly do not care about recognition from a bunch of gentiles. Iranan or not, we are Israelite first.

I think all remaining Jews in Iran should go to Israel and join their motherland. For the rest of us living outside of Iran , we shoud forget about Iran and hang on to our glorious Jewish identity and culture, and above all the love and support for the state of Israel, our REAL homeland.

* Photography: Shirin Neshat in Chicago

Mehran Azhar writes: "Rapture," which opened in early May will be on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago throigh August 1 along with several of Shirin Neshat's photographs... DETAILS HERE

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Pro-Khatami press under increasing pressure

TEHRAN, May 30 (AFP) - The brief detention of the head of Iran's official news agency was portrayed in the Iranian press Sunday as the latest twist in a campaign of pressure by conservatives against reformist media, less than a year away from parliamentary elections ... FULL TEXT

Arya managing editor zohdi released on bail

tehran, may 31, irna -- managing editor of persian language daily 'arya' mohammad reza zohdi was released from evin prison here this evening after posting a bail of rls 21 million (usd 70,000) ... FULL TEXT

Conservative speaker re-elected

TEHRAN, Iran, May 30 (UPI) -- Iran's 270-seat parliament has overwhelmingly re-elected its conservative speaker, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, to another one-year term, ... FULL TEXT

Mohammadi freed, but aide arrested

PARIS 30TH MAY (Iran Press Service) In a new, but tactical retreat, the ruling conservatives freed Sunday Mr. Manouchehr Mohammadi, the secretary-general of the secular Association of Iranian Nationalist Students (AINS) but arrested his comrade-in-arms, Mr. Qolamreza Mohajerinezhad, ... FULL TEXT

IHRWG condemns attacks on students

30th May 1999 (IHRWG) -- Over the last few days, a number of students gatherings in Tehran have been attacked by organized groups with links to factions inside the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)... FULL TEXT

Rial slide accelerates, loses 3.5 pct vs dollar

TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - The downward slide in the Iranian rial gathered pace this weekend, and on Sunday it had lost 3.5 percent against the dollar compared with late last week, traders said ... FULL TEXT

Tehran told to cut water use amid drought

TEHRAN, May 30 (Reuters) - Tehran water authorities have warned residents to rein in consumption of water or risk a cut in their supplies, as the country faces its worst drought in 30 years, newspapers reported on Sunday.

New head of Farabi cinema foundation appointed

tehran, may 30, irna -- hamid mohebbi has been appointed as new managing director of the farabi cinema foundation... FULL TEXT

Reply to Kish critics

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Mohammad Ahmadi, the production manager of "Tales of Kish" replies to complaints from Nasser Taghvaie... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Students to cycle to France

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Two Iranian students will cycle to the Paris suburb of Neauphle le Chateau, carrying a message of friendship to France ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran Fifth in Greco-Roman wrestling

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Iran took fifth place in Asian Greco-Roman wrestling games ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN


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The dollar now offered at 825-855 tomans in the U.S. and 875 tomans in Iran

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