The Iranian Times

Tuesday June 15, 1999 / Khordad 25, 1378, No. 748

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



War no more
The lessons of Kosovo

By Majid Tehranian
June 15, 1999
The Iranian

Violence always introduces a new cycle of violence. Complex problems cannot be resolved except through dialogue, negotiation, mutual accommodation, and political and economic pressures other than the use of force.

In the case of Yugoslavia, for instance, the break-up of the Federation with the encouragement of Western powers, led to ethnic blood letting in Bosnia and Kosovo. The breakup of any other multi-ethnic country cannot but have similar consequences.

Why not turn Kosvo into a multiethnic international zone of peace under the United Nations Trusteeship Council? Except for a police force, no military force would be allowed, Serbs and Kosovars would live side by side ... GO TO FEATURE


Shamlu hospitalized

June 15, 1999 (Neshat) -- Poet Ahmad Shamlu has again been hospitalized for a variety of illnesses that appear quite serious ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


33-year-old boy

Dear sir/madam,

I am a Turkish boy, 33 years old and single. I want to meet an iranian girl for a real friendship and marriage. So please send me a reply about this subject. How can I make contact with them?

Your sincerely,


More Letters

* Minds do change

Nathan Pearson writes: In response to Nariman Neyshapouri's recent comments on Mansoureh Haqshenas and Kouroush Bayat's "I must be a Jew," and in light of recent arrests of Jews in Iran on espionage charges, I'd like to offer an Ashkenazi (non-Iranian) Jew's view on relations among our peoples.

Neyshapouri rightly notes that no ethnic group can monopolize bigotry -- namely, many American Jews harbor distrust, prejudice and even hatred toward Iranians (among others). These attitudes are, of course, born largely of ignorance -- and, as such, they can often be changed.

Last summer I spent 3 weeks in Iran on a scientific expedition.... During my stay, I ... heard occasional anti-Arab and anti-Jewish comments -- one guy blatantly told me he liked all foreigners "except Jews of course," not realizing that the guy whose tea glass he'd refilled for half an hour was a Jew. He was flustered to learn it, and could give me no reason for his feelings save political concerns about Israel ... FULL TEXT

* Proud Iranian-American

Simin Habibian writes: If you are looking for a successful Iranian who is also proud of his Iranian heritage, don't need to go too far -- he is right around the corner: Shar Pourdanesh , the only Iranian player in the Washington Redskins football team ... FULL TEXT

* Insightful

Farshad Zarrabian writes: I appreciated your insightful and very well-articulated piece on the Iranian economy ["Sleep-walking economy"].

* Authors: Iranian-American women authors

June 22, 23, San Francisco's Bay Area: Writer Susanne Pari has assembled a fascinating look at the lives of Iranian-American women through a panel of authors reading from and discussing their works, the modern immigrant experience and its impact both on writing and the role of women. Panel includes Gina B. Nahai, Tara Bahrampor, Roxanne Farmanfarmaian and Susanne Pari... DETAILS HERE

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Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

    For centuries Hafiz has been called, "The Tongue of the Invisible." Through his sublime works he continues to sing beautiful and wild love songs ... GO TO BOOK

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Italian businessmen still missing in Iran

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) - The current whereabouts of several Italian business representatives abducted in the southeast of the country earlier this week were still unknown on Tuesday, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman ... FULL TEXT

Conference on Iran 's future in Cyprus

NICOSIA, June 15 (AFP) - Iranian intellectuals from inside and outside the Islamic Republic are to meet in Cyprus this week to discuss the prospects for their country in the 21st century ... FULL TEXT

Khatami highlights minority rights in Islamic Iran

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami, facing mounting international pressure over the arrest of 13 Iranians on charges of spying for Israel, has taken personal responsibility to ensure the rights of all religious minorities ... FULL TEXT

Jackson wants meeting with Iran

June 15, 1999, NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he is still waiting for a requested meeting with Iran's U.N. ambassador over the fate of 13 Iranian Jews arrested on espionage charges in their home country ... FULL TEXT

IIC warmly welcomes Treasury Department's decision against discrimination

Washington DC, June 15, 1999 - Iranians for International Cooperation warmly welcomes the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control decision that US sanctions against Iran do not apply to most Iranian applicants for US non-immigrant visas ... FULL TEXT

Khatami urges more democracy in Moslem world

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Tuesday for greater democracy in Moslem countries as he opened the inaugural conference of Islamic parliaments ... FULL TEXT

Iran Kurdish MPs want Turkey out of Islamic group

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) - A group of Kurdish members of the Iranian parliament have called for the expulsion of Turkey from the world's largest Islamic body, branding Ankara's secular government ``infidel and heretic,'' a newspaper said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says expects no budget shortfalls

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) - Iran is confident it can meet its current budget forecasts and avoid past severe revenue shortfalls even though it does not expect any extra income from the recent oil price rise, a senior member of parliament's budget and planning commission said ... FULL TEXT

U.S. co. awaits approval to sell grain

June 15, 1999, CHICAGO (Dow Jones Commodities Service) -- Richard Bliss has cleared the biggest hurdle in what once seemed a quixotic attempt to sell $500 million of U.S. grain to Iran , but several more challenges remain ... FULL TEXT

UCLA presents Dariush Mehrjui films

LOS ANGELES -- (ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) -- June 15, 1999--UCLA Film and Television Archive presents Dariush Mehrjui: Trapeze Without a Net, July 15 - Aug. 1, 1999 ... FULL TEXT

Daei going to a team?

Tehran, (Iran daiily) - Ali Daei says he will "almost certainly" play for a new German team next season. He also complains that there is favoritism "even in Bayern Munich" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Estili and Daei in World Team

Tehran, (Iran daiily) - Hamid Estili and Ali Daei have been invited to play on the World Team against South Africa on July 2. Estli also comments on the Omid under-23 team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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