The Iranian Times

Wednesday June 16, 1999 / Khordad 26, 1378, No. 749

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Son, don't ever do that again
Just mind your own business

By Sia M.
June 16, 1999
The Iranian

As a boy living in northern Iran, I loved the beautiful nature surrounding me. The green pastures, the tea fields and the cows roaming in them. I had everything that a boy my age would want. Every day after school my friend Ali (who still lives in Iran) and I would go deep into the countryside riding his motorcycle. There, we were all alone listening to birds sing. We ate the fruits of many different trees. Some of which we were not sure were poisonous or not. Natural is how we preferred everything.

One afternoon Ali and I started a conversation about the people who lived in the rural areas. We thought about how the villagers with very few paved roads and inadequate transportation would get to the doctor in town if they got poisoned or sick. Then we both talked about how we could do something to help the poor and less fortunate people. We realized then how fortunate we were and how much we took for granted ... GO TO FEATURE


Persian pop stars: Listening for more music

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The curtain may have been raised on a musical revolution in Iran. In February, the Tehran government permitted a pop concert to be held -- the first in 20 years -- as part of the country's observance of the Islamic Revolution's anniversary. Many Iranians were able to enjoy for the first time in public what they'd listened to behind closed doors for decades ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Kamran Hooshmand


    Persian-Italian Ulysses

James Joyce's Ulysses is not only the seminal novel written in English, supple, beautiful, original and inventive, it also has some very sexy parts.

The Persian translator of Ulysses would not allow any of the racy stuff to be cut by the Ministry of Guidance (censorship), so it has said that the racy and sexy parts in Ulysses had to be in a foreign language few people in Iran understand in order for it not to be excised.

So, a great portion of Molly Bloom's soliloquy will be in... ITALIAN while the rest of the book is in Persian!

Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Cogent solutions

Morteza Anvari writes: Thank you for an incisive analysis of Iran's economic ills ["Sleep-walking economy"]. I hope someone would translate this article and publish it on this website to enlighten more Iranians who are not fluent in English.

The solutions you have presented in the form of 13 questions are equally cogent. It gladdens my heart to read such eloquent articles by Iranian experts who make most Western experts look like a bunch of impostor wimps.

A very young Iranian once commented that the current so-called Middle East experts, who often appear on TV programs, are the old Russian experts recycled after the break-up of the Soviet Union ... FULL TEXT

* Not one of us

Kambiz Roshan writes: We have many things that we can be proud of, and Andre Aggassi is not one of them ["Andre the great"]. As far as I am concerned, it is a privilege to be an Iranian, and if someone is not happy about their own heritage, that is their choice. If Andre does not like the fact that his father was born in Iran, that is fine and certainly within his rights.

I also believe that we should not go out of our way to include him in our extended family. There are many other sports heroes who are Iranian and proud of their heritage, and I think that they would be more suited to be on the cover ... FULL TEXT

* Thank you

Bruce Takata writes: Thank you for publishing Yasmine Rafii's thoughts and pictures ["Talking pictures"].

* Fundraising: Persian Center in San Francisco

Niloofar Nouri writes: We are having a GREAT fundraising party on JUNE 19 at 8:00 P.M. for the Persian Center in San Francisco, and we would like to invite you to attend. We are also inviting managers and executives from Silicon Valley as well as many SF city officials and supervisors, including Mayor Willie Brown. Thanks for all of your support and we look forward to seeing youat the party!... DETAILS HERE

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