The Iranian Times

Thursday June 24, 1999 / Tir 3, 1378, No. 755

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



The drifter
Travelers in Bahram Bayzaie's work

By Kayvan Alikhani
June 24, 1999
The Iranian

I am only if I am moving,
If I stay, I do not exist.

-- Rumi

During the Iran-Iraq war in 1985, while studying for the college entrance exam at Farhangsara-ye Niavaran in Tehran, a friend asked me if I was interested in seeing a play by some art school students there. It was "Arash-e Kamangir", an adaptation of one of Bahram Bayzaie's plays.

I was deeply moved by the play. I screamed in my car all the way back home. I couldn't sleep ... GO TO FEATURE


City Life - Iran's women make fashion a statement

The Independent, London

Tehran: Shokuh and Foruzan Zavieh run a medium-sized fashion outlet in Tehran, catering to a large clientele of wealthy and stylish Iranians. Fearful of being accused of promoting "depraved" Western culture in a revolutionary Islamic society and beset by restrictions, the sisters keep their operations discreet in a tucked-away garden and try to avoid publicity... FULL TEXT


    Long time no see

Remember the driver who tried to send a bus-load of our country's top writers down a deep valley? Guess where he is (rumored to be) now ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

More Letters

* We sympathize, but...

Kev writes: Dear Sholom,

We sympathize with those protesting against the arrest of 13 Jews by Iran's government on espionage charges. We, too, seek justice: If they're innocent, free them and apologize. If not, imprison them and throw the key away.

Your letter indicates that you don't enjoy a high level of education or tactfulness. Your remarkable depth of ignorance about Iranians and their struggle against a despot government in Iran has probably led your underdeveloped mind to stereotype all the Iranian individuals -- an action that I would never commit toward my best friends, who happen to be Jews (Abraham and Shalom), by mixing their actions with many unfair policies committed by the Israeli government toward Christian Israeli's or Muslims living in Israel ... FULL TEXT

* Universal narcissistic tendency

Babak Makkinejad writes: Those of us who have experienced the deep religious (and other kinds of) bigotry displayed by the typical Muslim Iranian, would likely attest to its universal hostility against non-Muslims including Christians, Bahais, Zoroastrians and so on.

My own feeling is that there is a universal narcissistic tendency in human beings to try to enhance their own standing by denigrating others; "Even though I am a (X) beggar, I am still superior to that rich (Y)."

I recall Israeli Jews telling me how all dirty words in Hebrew have come from Arabic since "Hebrew has been such a pure language" etc. I also recall my sister being denied Hebrew instruction on the grounds that only Jews should learn the Judaic language...

The most important thing, however, in my opinion, is not whether the two religious communities like each other or don't like each other. The most important thing is whether a Jew can live his life in peace; going about his own business? ... FULL TEXT

* Music: Shahin & Sepehr free concert

Simin Habibian writes: Shahin & Sepehr are going to have a free concert on July 16th at Rock Creek Park, Washington DC, at 7:30 PM. The gates will open at 7:00 PM. This concert is sponsored by the Washington Post. The park is located at the intersection of Colorado & 16th. street. Tickets can be obtained the same day. Those who want to get their tickets in advance should get it from the Washington Post office. Information: 202-254-2468

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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 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 ... GO TO BOOK

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Reformist publisher is interrogated in court

Teheran (dpa) - An Iranian reformist publisher was interrogated Wednesday for several hours by a Teheran court over having expressed doubts regarding Islamic values, informed sources said. Saaid Hajarian, the publisher of the liberal daily newspaper Emruz, was interrogated by a court over ``having expressed doubts'' over Islamic values in reply to a reader's question, the sources said ... FULL TEXT

Oil Ministry official says buy-back oil contracts key to economic growth

Tehran, 23rd June (BBC Worldwide Monitopring - IRNA) : Buy-back oil contracts due to their characteristics including transfer of technical know-how, creation of new job opportunities and broad involvement of contractors and domestic producers will pave the way for economic blossoming, said an Oil Ministry official Wednesday [23rd June]. The director-general of the public relations department of the Oil Ministry and adviser to minister, Mohammad Sohofi, was commenting on the recent remarks of the members of the board of directors of the consulting engineers society who believe buy-back contracts harm oil prices ... FULL TEXT

Japanese FM plans to visit Iran, to convey loan resumption

TOKYO, June 24 (Japan Economis Newswire) -- Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura plans to visit Iran shortly after the current Diet session ends Aug. 13 to convey Japan's plan to partially resume loans to Iran , a senior Foreign Ministry official said Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Iran Says Drought Damage to Crops up to $3.3 Bln

TEHRAN, June 24 (Reuters) - The worst drought in 30 years in Iran, a major food importer, has caused as much as $3.3 billion in damage to crops, Agriculture Minister Issa Kalantari said on Thursday. "A severe and sharp drop in rainfall has so far cost 10,000 billion rials in damages to orchards, farmlands and agricultural products," state television quoted Kalantari as saying ... FULL TEXT

An old story gets new life

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - "Ramin & Veys" a story that may have pre-Islamic, Parthian origins was written by Fakhredin Asad Gorgani about a thousand years ago. Now you can get it at a bookstore in Iran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Fewer soccer teams?

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - When the Azadegan League opens for a new season in a couple of months, there may not be 18 teams. Officials may reduce first-division clubs all the way down to 14 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Show me the money

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - State TV charges millions of tomans for the ads that are placed around soccer fields. Where does the money go? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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