The Iranian Times

Friday June 4, 1999 / Khordad 14, 1378, No. 741


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Ali & Mark
Three poems

By Leyla Momeny
June 4, 1999
The Iranian


there are 240 million john waynes in america
collaborating on the perfect lawn mower.

the same televisions.
watching the same
ball game.
licking the same barbecue sauce off
children's faces.
getting dressed
in the same sunday best
to battle freedom
and democracy... GO TO POEMS


To the point
A brief history of the Qajars

By Fathali Qahremani Qajar
June 4, 1999
The Iranian

Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan 1796-1925
By Nikkie R. Keddie
Mazda Publishers, 1999

This is a short history of the Iran prior to the advent of the Pahlavis that gives an over view of the cultural and political environment of the Qajar period.

Qajar Iran is primarily about the Qajars and has very little background on Reza Khan or his actual rise but it discusses the political environment that allowed him to take over the reins of power ... GO TO FEATURE


A national treasure

June 4, 1999, (EDMONTON SUN) - He is to Iranian soccer what Wayne Gretzky is to Canadian hockey.

The weight of his nation rides on Ali Daei's shoulders and over the span of his career the 30-year-old striker has more than accepted the responsibility with the grace and dignity of Gretzky himself.

Now a member of Champions League finalists Bayern Munich of Germany, Daei is in Edmonton for Canada Cup II in which he once again proudly represents his country ... FULL TEXT



man yak iraani hastam ke modat 8 saal ast dar jaapon zendegi mikonam. tamaayol daaram ke baa digar iraaniaan raabeteh daashteh baasham.

aayaa dar in raabeteh mitavaanid maraa raahnamaai konid?

baa sepaas faraavaan


More Letters

* Brilliant writing

Parviz Koohkan writes: I can not resist the urge to tell you how magnificent was the piece on the wedding ["L. A. wedding"]. It could have impressed as a piece of slick sarcasm, or just funny, but to me it was one of the best pieces of writing by a contemporary Iranian, dead or alive.

It was hilarious and it was sad and above all it was an incisive, dissecting, revealing work, a brilliant picture of a distorted living space reflected in a polished, spotless mirror, leaving the observant wonder where do we go from here... FULL TEXT

* No mercy

Korosh N. writes: In connection to your little scenario ["I must be a Jew"] I must say that in my entire connection and dealings with [Jews] I have found that most of the generalizations about them appear to be true and that because you are an Iranian or a Muslim they will never trust you, will try to exploit you as much as possible and would put the knife in the minute you turn your back.

Of course this is just my view. And believe me, I would absolutely adore an idealistic world were everyone is happily getting along together, like any Iranian. Who is the victim? ... FULL TEXT

* Concert: Amirani's "Hallelujah Hendrix"

This Saturday get your imaginary guitars out and watch HALLELUJAH HENDRIX on Britain's BBC2 tv channel. (Saturday 5th June 1999, 10:00 pm)

Producer-Director: AMIR AMIRANI
0171-328 7057

In September 1997, the first blue plaque ever erected to the memory of a rock star went up on a London building. It had taken Jimi Hendrix's one-time girlfriend Kathy Etchingham five years to convince English Heritage, but once convinced, they enjoyed placing his memorial next to the plaque for George Fredrick Handel who used to live next door. HALLELUJAH HENDRIX is the story of the blue plaque, and of all who were concerned with its produciton and erection, culminating in the unveiling by Pete Townsend.

Book of the Week

Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan 1796-1925

By Nikki R. Keddie

    "Qajar Iran is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Iranian history." -- Fathali Qahremani Qajar ... GO TO BOOK

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Stern rebuke for Iran's liberals on 10th anniversary of Khomeini's death

TEHRAN, June 4 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader delivered a stern rebuke to liberal reformers within the Islamic regime Friday in a keynote speech marking the 10th anniversary of the death of the regime's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "We don't need any lessons about freedom from political upstarts," Khomeini's successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the hundreds of thousands of Iranians gathered for the centrepiece anniversary rally ... FULL TEXT

Iran leader vows faith in Khomeini 10 years after death

TEHRAN, June 4 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of his death as his successor vowed to remain faithful to Khomeini's legacy. ``The monument built by the imam (Khomeini) is as strong as ever and has deep roots,'' supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech before leading Friday prayers at the shrine ... FULL TEXT

Iran divided over Khomeini's legacy 10 years after death

TEHRAN, June 3 (AFP) - Iran celebrates the 10th anniversary of the death of the Islamic Republic's founding father Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Friday amid deep divisions over his legacy. Khomeini's disciples are anxious that the event should serve as a sign of the durability of the Islamic Revolution under the leadership of the Shiite Moslem clergy 20 years after the overthrow of the pro-western shah ... FULL TEXT

Iran counts on its cultural heritage to change image

ESFAHAN, Iran, June 3 (AFP) - Dorothea, a 69-year-old German, stands mesmerized before the blue dome of the "King's mosque" in Esfahan. Ten years after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution, Iran is counting on Dorothea Aschever and thousands like her to change the country's image abroad ... FULL TEXT

Mubarak calls for better ties with Iran and Sudan

June 4 (MENA) - On Egyptian- Iranian ties, President Mubarak said: "As far as we are concerned, there are no problems in Egyptian- Iranian ties, but there are certain outstanding issues that are known to the Iranians. I wish to have very good ties with Iran , but at the proper time, for I have my own calculations in this respect." ... FULL TEXT

Iran and Iraq to swap war dead

BAGHDAD, June 3 (AFP) - Iran and Iraq will exchange next Tuesday the remains of more of their soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 war, an Iraqi weekly newspaper reported Thursday. The handover will take place at the Shalameja border post near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, said Al-Zawra, organ of the journalists' union which is run by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday ... FULL TEXT

Iran denies helping Kurds

TEHRAN, June 2 (AFP) - Tehran Wednesday denied allegations made during the trial of the Turkish Kurd leader Abdullah Ocalan that his Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has camps on Iranian soil. Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, described the claims as "baseless" ... FULL TEXT

Iran Air shifting away from Boeing

June 4, 1999 (Middle East Economic Digest) - The Iranian aviation industry is on the verge of a long-term shift away from US to European aircraft. If national carrier Iran Air succeeds in its plans, the European consortium Airbus Industrie could receive orders for more than 20 aircraft in the coming years. Iran has found it impossible to renew its US-made fleet of Boeings since the 1979 revolution and the main operator, Iran Air, has had frequent problems even obtaining spare parts ... FULL TEXT

UK sends safety alert over offshore oil valves

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) - Britain has alerted oil industry and labour groups about up to 300 potentially faulty values used in offshore production around the world, a safety watchdog said on Friday. Healthy and Safety Executive spokesman Mark Wheeler said 200 to 300 possibly defective ball values had been supplied by a British-based company to customers in Iran, Norway, Canada, Qatar and Australia.... FULL TEXT

Iran 1 - Canada 0

June 4, 1999 (Canadian Press) -- Star striker Ali Daei, who had blown a half-dozen chances beforehand, scored in the 71st minute Friday night to give Iran a 1-0 victory over Canada at the Canada Cup of soccer. The result did not reflect Iran's domination. Canada was outshot 17-2 but benefited from some poor finishing with the lone goal coming on a majestic Daei header from a Sirous Dinmohammadi free kick ... FULL TEXT


Interview with Ebrahim Yazdi

June 3, 1999 (BBC Persian Service) Freedom Movement leader Ebrahim Yazdi speaks about the formation of new political parties in Iran and chances that the Freedom Movement may become officially recognized.... REALAUDIO

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June 4, 1999

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