The Iranian Times

Thursday June 10, 1999 / Khordad 20, 1378, No. 745

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    Those summer days
    Memories of grandma's big old house and orchard

    By xAle
    June 10, 1999
    The Iranian

    Each year right after the end of school, we would pack up for three months and spend the summer with grandma. She lived in a big old house with my aunt and uncles. Everyone called her Khanoom Jan. She ruled the birooni as well as the andarooni with her strong presence and loving gestures. Almost every week she had a project which involved everyone in the family and we all had to take part and do something.

    With so many beautiful and productive trees, we had endless fun at the orchard: Climbing trees to reach for the biggest and brightest fruit, hiding from everyone for hours and reading (giving Grandma a scare!), watching trains go by from the seclusion of a tree, escaping the afternoon heat in the breezy canopy of an old apricot tree, dreaming, shaking trees at harvest time, charting our growth line and carving the names of the ones we loved on the trunks... those were our summer days ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian Jews: an ancient but diminishing community

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - Iran's Jewish community dates back more than 2,500 years but has been in steady decline since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Since the shah was toppled and the Islamic clergy severed ties with Israel, around 35,000 Jews have fled, leaving a population of about 27,000 in a country whose population is 99 percent Moslem.

However, Judaism is recognised by the Iranian constitution as an official minority religion alongside Christianity and Zoroastrianism... FULL TEXT


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* Enemy within

Sara O. writes: When you talk about Iranian people and their hatefulness and lack of compassion towards other nationalities, races and religions, you should take a moment and try to remember who you are ["I must be a Jew"]. The people of Iran consist of us. You and I and others like us and if it so happens that some uneducated and ill-informed individual, makes certain ignorant remark about certain creed or belief, it must not be interpreted as a widespread preconceived notion, which Iranians have been passing on through generations...

I would only like to inform you that you are very much mistaken when you say "Jews are being perceived by Iranians as evil, cunning and greedy creatures" and being "trashed" by them. What is being detested and scorned by our people is not the nation of Israel, it is the state of Israel that was brought to power and established by the West (Britain) to be "a strong fortress of civilization and to defend it from all those savages and barbarians who were surrounding it, at any cost." ... FULL TEXT

* Let's not get patriotic over him

Payman Adjamian writes: Am I the only one who doesn't understand all the Iranian hype surrounding Agassi? ["Andre the great"] His father was an Iranian but that's as far as it goes. As far as I know he's never mentioned it himself and doesn't take particular pride in being born of an Iranian parent. Has he ever been to Iran? Does he speak the language? Does he have any knowledge of the country's past and present? Does he even care?

Although I always find myself rooting for him each time I see him play, I don't see why we should claim him as one of our own. He is a great tennis player and has an eccentric personality. But let's not get all patriotic over him. I am curious whether he has ever been interviewed about all this, or does he answer questions about these issues. Maybe an Iranian should actually interview him so that we can see what this guy is really all about.

* Meeting: Status of human rights in Iran

Will be the subject of an unprecedented town-hall meeting to be held in Washington DC, metropolitan area. Guest speakers will be experts on Iran in the United States, tele-conferencing with human rights activists LIVE from Iran. We urge all Iranians to attend this unique event to discuss your concerns on these subjects.

DATE: Saturday, June 26, 1999

TIME: 3:00 PM

LOCATION: George Marshall High School Auditorium
7731 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia

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Scud missiles hit MKO camp in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 11 (AFP) - Several Scud missiles crashed on Thursday night into a military base in Iraq of the People's Mujahedeen, the main armed Iranian opposition group announced. A spokesman for the Mujahedeen said the Scud-B missiles hit the base, 110 kilometres (65 miles) northeast of Baghdad, near the border with Iran ... FULL TEXT

MKO bury dead fighters outside Baghdad

BAGHDAD, June 10 (AFP) - Six Iranian opposition fighters killed along with an Iraqi civilian in a truck bombing were to be laid to rest Thursday at a military base of the People's Mujahedeen, the group said. They were blown up Wednesday on the edge of Baghdad in the deadliest attack on the group inside Iraq since 1986 which also wounded 21 Mujahedeen combatants and 15 Iraqi civilians ... FULL TEXT

Iran to try 13 Jews charged with spying for Israel

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - Iran announced Thursday that 13 Iranian Jews will be tried on charges of spying for arch-enemy Israel in a case that has whipped up a storm of condemnation among world political and religious leaders. Under Islamic law, the 13 could face the death penalty if convicted ... FULL TEXT

Paris concerned by arrest of Jews in Iran

PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) - France said on Thursday it was concerned by Iran's arrest of 13 Jews accused of operating a ``Zionist'' spy network and said the European Union was preparing to take up the matter with Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Iran reformers see threat to 'Khatami thaw'

TEHRAN, June 10 (Reuters) - Iran's powerful conservative establishment has prepared new measures that would gut nascent press freedoms and reverse the ``Khatami thaw'' settling over the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT

U.S. encouraged by Saudi-Iran rapprochement-paper

DUBAI, June 10 (Reuters) - The United States views improved ties between Saudi Arabia and non-Arab Iran as encouraging and hopes the rapprochement will help ease tensions in the Gulf, a Saudi paper on Thursday quoted a U.S. official as saying ... FULL TEXT

Thousands of Iranians attend funeral for 600 war dead

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - Thousands of mothers and other mourners attended a funeral here Thursday for 600 Iranian soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq ... FULL TEXT

Case of bad blood disrupts Iranian courtroom

TEHRAN, June 10 (Reuters) - Court proceedings in Iran's biggest blood scandal were postponed abruptly after heated exchanges between patients' families and a former official at the state Blood Transfusion Organisation, Iranian media reported on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Georgia, Armenia, Iran join in anti-drug battle

TBILISI, June 10 (Reuters) - Georgia, Armenia and Iran agreed on Thursday to conduct joint measures against the spread of drugs in the region, officials said. ... FULL TEXT

Azerbaijan: U.S. plan for Caspian pipeline makes little progress

Boston, 9 June 1999 (RFE/RL) - Despite numerous agreements, there have been few real signs of progress for a U.S.-backed plan to build a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea, analysts say. ... FULL TEXT

Oil producers plan to keep $18-$20 Brent range

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) - World oil exporters aim to stabilise volatile petroleum prices by intervening in the market if it strays too low or too high, a senior Gulf official said on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Intense heat awaits Omid in Bahrain

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The under-23 national soccer team will play a crucial match against Bahrain Saturday and the host country's scoarching weather will be a big factor in the outcome ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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