The Iranian Times

Wednesday June 9, 1999 / Khordad 19, 1378, No. 744

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    Horrific crime
    A short story

    By Mehrnoosh Mazarei
    June 9, 1999
    The Iranian

    Clara va mnn
    Short stories by Mehrnoosh Mazarei
    1999, Rira Publishers
    PO Box 1844,
    Venice, California 90294

    Recently several people wrote to complain about Massud Alemi's disturbing short story, "Midget". Some even thought it condoned violence against women.

    Just a few days later, Mehrnoosh Mazarei's book of short stories arrived in the mail . The first story daastaan-e gham-angizeh yek jenaayat-e holnaak (The sad story of a horrific crime) was every bit as disturbing, only with a different twist (in Persian)... GO TO PAGE ONE


History of chelo-kebab

Do Donya , monthly magazine

Summary: Iranian chelo-kebab was, for the first time, prepared according to a Caucasian recipe at the time and by the order of Naser-e-Din Shah Qajar (1821-1900's). The first chelo-kebab restaurant, Nayeb, was inaugurated in Tehran in the traditional bazaar 121 years ago. Haj Hassan Shamshiri chelo-kebab restaurant, one of the most famous, was opened at the eastern wing of Sabzeh-meydan square, in downtown Tehran, when Reza Shah was in power (1925-1941) ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


Mouse eats cat in Abadan

June 9, (Tehran Times) - The Persian daily Kayhan on Monday reported that in Zolfeqari District in Abadan a cat fell prey of a big mouse and was eaten up.

Abadan municipality had distributed poison to cope with the ever increasing number of mice several weeks ago. But the poison did not work and the mice got increasingly fat and strong.

Abadani residents come to this part of the city to see how mice follow up the cats and enjoy the rare event in their lives.

It is strange that the cats escape so as not to be caught by the mice. But it is more strange that the same poison have killed many cats throughout the city.

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Agassi's dad

Khashayar writes: Agassi's hatred of Iran and Iranians is a documented fact ["Andre the great"].

With that in mind, I wonder what is the great one giving his [Iranian] dad on Fathers Day?

* Nothing but disdain

Farshad Zarrabian writes: By attempting to implicitly glorify [Andre Agassi] as somewhat of an Iranian athletic success, while knowing that he has had nothing but disdain for his half-assed Iranian link, is tantamount to injustice against all of our true champions, past and present ["Andre the great"]. I urge you, as a fellow compatriot, to introspect further prior to dissemination of an article ... FULL TEXT

* Astronomy: Solar eclipse delegation on goodwill mission to Iran

June 5, 1999 - Washington, DC: Dr. Alan Hale, Director of the Southwest Institute for Space Research, and co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp -- which shone brightly in the spring skies two years ago -- will lead a delegation of private US citizens to Iran to view the total solar eclipse on August 11th, 1999. He has just made available a limited number of positions for astronomers, scientists or professionals to join this astronomical adventure ... DETAILS HERE

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U.S. aide promises simple rules for Iran grain sales

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) - The Clinton administration hopes to issue rules covering the sale of U.S. food to Iran that are simple for exporters to use, a top U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Truck bomb kills six Iranian opposition fighters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 9 (AFP) - A truck bomb killed six Iranian opposition fighters and wounded at least 36 people near Baghdad on Wednesday, in the deadliest attack on their group inside Iraq since 1986, the People's Mujahedeen said ... FULL TEXT

Conversative clampdown on press

June 8, 1999 (BBC) - The conservative majority in the Iranian parliament has introduced a controversial bill which journalists allege is intended to restrict press freedom ... FULL TEXT

Germany says concerned at arrest of Iranian Jews

COLOGNE, Germany, June 9 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Wednesday Bonn was ``gravely concerned'' about the arrest of 13 Jews in Iran on suspicion of spying for Israel and the United States ... FULL TEXT

Israel's Barak asks Annan to help free Iran Jews

JERUSALEM, June 9 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday to help secure the release of 13 Iranian Jews jailed on spying charges ... FULL TEXT

Majlis postpones examination of labour law reform bill

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-dominated parliament Wednesday postponed detailed discussion of a controversial bill aimed at easing labour legislation for small businesses ... FULL TEXT

Iran to hold funeral ceremony for 600 war dead

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Funeral ceremonies for 600 Iranian soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war will be held Thursday at the shrine of the Imam Khomeini, Iranian state radio announced Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iranian, Vietnam body, share U.N. population award

UNITED NATIONS, June 9 (Reuters) - Iran's former Health Minister, Dr. Seyed Alireza Marandi, and the Vietnam National Committee for Population and Family Planning were presented on Wednesday with the 1999 U.N. Population Award. Each received a diploma, a gold medal and an equal share of the monetary prize of $25,000 ... FULL TEXT

Government will review new publishing bill

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The Culture Ministry will introduce a bill to the Majlis to liberalize current regulations on book publishing ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azizi: Some don't want me to play

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Khodadad Azizi, who has been the hero of several key matches for Iran, says some officials do not want him to play for the national soccer team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Omid meets Bahrain

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The under-23 national soccer team will face Bahrain on Saturday, after its shocking defeat to Lebanon earlier this week ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Updated June 8

The dollar now offered at 830-865 tomans in the U.S. and 878 tomans in Iran

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