The Iranian Times

Wednesday June 2, 1999 / Khordad 12, 1378, No. 739

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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We were a foursome, totally inseparable

By A. Hamshahri
June 2, 1999
The Iranian

Recently I tried to touch base with my childhood friends. Amir gave me a distant look from behind his sewing counter with his glasses resting perilously on the tip of his nose. He pressed hard on the foot pedal to finish the shirt he had promised to deliver two weeks ago. And I silently drank the tea he had offered and looked into his aged face. I tried to find traces of that long gone friend. I found nothing. His eyes were too expression-less to gauge what he was thinking. One thing was clear: he had to finish that shirt before the day was out. So I left him, knowing full well that was probably the last time I would see him ... GO TO FEATURE


A nod for envoy to Argentina

By Kenneth Timmerman
The Washington Times

There's been a lot of talk recently about Clinton administration gestures to Tehran. But the most meaningful gesture the president has made is also the one that has received the least attention: the nomination of a prominent Iranian-American, Hassan Nemazee, to be U.S. ambassador to Argentina.

Not that Mr. Nemazee, an investment banker in New York, has anything to do with the current Tehran regime. Far from it. But by naming an Iranian-American for the first time ever to be the U.S. ambassador to a major trading partner, Mr. Clinton, perhaps unwittingly, has made an important gesture to Iranians ... FULL TEXT


Khareh Pashmaloo

Arya Jalali writes:

How are you doing? I was just visiting your site and decided to send you this picture. I took it in Tehran 3 years ago in "Sizdeh bedar". I liked it because of the unusual nature of the donkey's appearance. I hope you will publish it . After all not everything should be so sad in life. I would like you to please name the picture "Khareh Pashmaloo"... SEE IT HERE

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* Lot of making up to do

N. Behzad Fazel writes: I recently saw an Israeli documentary at the French Institute in New York. The film's title was "A Persian Story", and was being shown as part of the Sephardic Film Festival. In it the lives of several Iranian families who had immigrated to Israel were shown. After hearing their stories, I think Iranian Jews like Mr. Gheytanch are very much within their rights to have whatever negative or ambivalent feelings they may have towards Iran ["I must be a Jew"]...

In spite of all these, it seemed that cultural and emotional ties to Iran were not totally severed, even decades after leaving Iran. In fact this seems to be true of Iranians Jews anywhere outside Iran. Let's face it folks: we got a lot of making up to do.

And to those who think Muslims are any more Iranian than others (whatever that means): remember that the ancestry of Jews in Iran goes back several thousand years. I wish I could say that about myself ... FULL TEXT

* Not far from the truth

Pooneh Yousefi-Tehrani writes: I just read "L. A. wedding". I live in Montreal, Canada, but when I visited my family in Los Angeles ...well, your article almost doesn't exaggerate the atmosphere.

* We're not superficial

Farhad writes: Is this article BEEMAZEH or what?It's obviously fiction ["L. A. wedding"]. And we're tired of everyone grouping the LA Persians together as snobbish, superficial people.

* Arts: Bookreading & jazz in Bay Area

Jazz & Gallery Ovissi is pleased to announce: A Bay Area reading of A WORLD BETWEEN Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans AND jazz music by Hafez Modirzadeh. Saturday, June 5, 7-9 PM (doors open at 6 PM) at Gallery Ovissi, 1425 Park Ave. Emeryville, CA, Tel: (510) 601-6874... DETAILS HERE

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