The Iranian Times

Friday June 18, 1999 / Khordad 28, 1378, No. 751

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    Palm groves survive
    From Ahvaz to Khorramshahr and Abadan

    By Laleh Khalili
    June 18, 1999
    The Iranian

[Khorramshahr] bears the mark of incompletion, and you don't know whether it's because everything has been disassembled or because it is being reconstructed. The city looks and feels poor, but is alive, stubbornly so. There are children playing football in the streets, there are peddlers selling their ware, shops selling spare parts, kababis selling their ubiquitous food. Life seems to go on relentlessly bolstered by a willed forgetfulness, a need for survival disturbed only by nightmares or visits to the cemetery...

Abadan was never under Iraqi occupation, but sitting so close to the border (one can see the Iraqi land across the wide muddy and calm Arvand River or Shatt-al-Arab), it was the target of relentless bullets, mortars and missiles... The corrugated metal walls surrounding the National Iranian Oil Company's refinery are all a puzzle-work of holes with burnt edges, forceful reminder of wars that never end ... GO TO FEATURE


Shamlu needs rest - son

June 17, (BBC Persian Service) - Poet Ahmad Shamlu needs rest to recover his health, according to his son Siavash who spoke to the BBC.

Meanwhile Shahrokh Golestan interviews Bahman Maqsudlu, the producer of a documentary about Shamlu ... LISTEN HERE


    Paul? Paul McCartney?

The daily Neshat ran a full feature on ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to mark his birthday, which is today ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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More Letters

* Sa'di & the Internet

Hi Don,

Mahvash shahegh writes: I read your letter to The Iranian. You wondered what we would react to an email from so far away. I think you have missed the point. What you are wondering is the whole beauty of the Internet.

The World Wide Web has turned the world into a village. It has eroded distances, and as one of our famous poets (Sa'di) said almost a thousand years ago, reshaped the human race into a single body.

* I come from ...

Dear Don,

Ali Pourshariati writes: My name is Ali but friends call me Farhad and I come from the land of Allah, that is ayatollahs or (Iran). It's very nice to hear from someone in Whangarie (New Zealand), that ever wonderful place with nice people, climate and beaches and the magical scenery....

Compared to the Majestic Whangarie, Iran's northern Caspian region is a favorite of mine. It's like a combination of your Tikipunga and Whangarei. To the south of Iran there is also the Persian Gulf, full of warships of all kind. It is hot and dry. During rush hour this particular waterway reminds me of the streets of Manhattan (very crazy). For example, you can be flying in the sky on board a passenger plane one minute and be blasted to the smithereens the next! ... FULL TEXT

* Play: Bayzaie's play in Berkeley, this weekend

Written By: Bahram Bayzaie
Translated By: Bella Warda and Zara Houshmand
Directed By: Jim Cave
Location: South Berkeley Community Church, Berkeley, California

A joint production by Darvag and Shotgun Players (also based in Berkeley California). ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

Iranian Nationality and the Persian Language

By Shahrokh Meskoo
Foreword by Ali Banuazizi
Translated by Michael Hillmann

    In this insightful study of Iranian cultural history and national identity, Shahrokh Meskoob, one of Iran's leading intellectuals, reviews the roles of three social classes, the courtiers and bureaucratic officials (ahl-e divan), the religious scholars (ulama), and the Muslim Gnostics (Sufi poets and writers), in the development and refinement of the Persian language during the past one thousand years and gives the reader a fresh perspective on Iranian cultural heritage and the struggle to forge a distinct national identity. Dr. Ali Banuazizi's foreword and interview with the author sets the stage for a fuller appreciation of this invaluable and wide-ranging contribution to Iranian intellectual history ... GO TO BOOK

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Jannati says Jews spied, deserve to hang

TEHRAN, June 18 (Reuters) - An influential Iranian cleric said on Friday that 13 Jews arrested on spying charges passed secrets to Israel through third countries including Turkey and deserved to hang. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the powerful Guardian Council, said: ``They (Westerners) think...they can force us into a compromise. But we cannot deal in things like getting a concession and letting them go. Spies deserve to be hanged.'' ... FULL TEXT

Iran tells UAE not to worry over Saudi ties

BEIT EDDINE, Lebanon, June 18 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday told the United Arab Emirates not to worry about his country's improving ties with Saudi Arabia and not to interfere in them. Kharrazi, on a two-day visit to Lebanon, said UAE officials could visit Tehran if they wanted talks on a territorial dispute over Gulf islands -- the issue the UAE fears regional kingpin Saudi Arabia will abandon in its rapprochement with Iran ... FULL TEXT

Iran calls for quick Israeli pullout from Lebanon

BEIRUT, June 18 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Friday Israel must pull its troops out of south Lebanon immediately and unconditionally. ``Israel must pull out immediately and unconditionally its aggressive army from Lebanese territory in an implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 425,'' Kharrazi told an audience at the Faculty of Law at the University of Lebanon ... FULL TEXT

Tehran street gets new mural of Sadat assassin

TEHRAN, June 18 (Reuters) - Hardliners on Friday unveiled a mural in honour of the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, in an open challenge to moves by Tehran to improve ties with the big Moslem Arab country ... FULL TEXT

Iranians protest against G8 ``appeasement policy''

COLOGNE, Germany, June 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of Iranians opposed to the current administration in Tehran demonstrated at the World Economic Summit on Friday against what they called the West's policy of appeasement towards Iran ... FULL TEXT

Lawmakers urge Clinton to speed Iran grain sales

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday urged the Clinton administration to agree quickly on rules that would allow the sale of food and medicine to Iran and other countries facing economic sanctions ... FULL TEXT


Tehran, (Iran daily) - Bestselling books of the week according to a survey of bookstores in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Composer dead

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Composer and music expert Mahmoud Tajbaksh has died. He was 75 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Archaeological hill preserved

Tehran, (Iran daily) - "Aq Tapeh", an archaeological hill near Karaj dating to 4,000 years B.C., has been registered as national heritage site ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Omid eliminated

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Iran's under-23 soccer team will not qualify for the 2000 Olympics. It was eliminated after Bahrain's defeat of Lebanon ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Zooming down Mount Damavand on skis

(Sportestan) - Dusan Golubic and Matjaz Roter, both members of the Alpine Department of Kozjak in Maribor, Slovenia, were the first skiers over thirty years to tour Mount Damavand in Iran. Based on Sportestan research, there has been a downhill ski from Mount Damavand by Iranians in the 1960's ... FULL TEXT


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Black blood

Whereas the road to Khorramshahr runs parallel to the railway, the road from Abadan has the oil and gas pipelines as its constant companion, the black blood surging through unabated, indifferent to its own quality as the instigator of wars, as the very instrument of death, destruction and corruption.

Laleh Khalili
"Palm groves survive"
The Iranian
June 18, 1999

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