The Iranian Times

Friday June 25, 1999 / Tir 4, 1378, No. 756

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I close my eyes
A poem

June 25, 1999
The Iranian

A poem by Nagmeh Shariat-Madar, a second-generation Iranian-American, currently a sophomore at a high school in Michigan.

I close my eyes

from the evil stares
the scandalous glares
the stupid dares

from the flip-up knives
the black-and-blue-eyed wives ... GO TO FEATURE


Mapping out a dialogue with Iran

By Ze'ev Schiff
June 25, 999

Anyone who has thought about the arrest of a group of Jews in Iran on charges of spying for Israel and the United States can't help but wonder why Jews who live in a place where the ayatollahs determine how minorities shall be treated and hand out death sentences to suit their religious and political purposes would elect to put themselves at risk.

For a Jew, living in today's Iran is like wandering in an unmarked minefield.President Khatami's declaration that Iranian Jews enjoy full rights is worthless. Khatami has not managed to grant protection even to his close associates who have been put on trial.... FULL TEXT


President Roosevelt in Tehran

In December 1943, the leaders of Russia, Britain and the United States met in Tehran to coordinate their efforts against Nazi Germany. While in Tehran President Roosevelt met with American soldiers at a hospital. Here's what he had to say ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Do something about it

S. Marvasti writes: What really disturbed me about mr Sia M's article ["Son, don't ever do that again"] isn't the poor state of health care in Iran Now and in the past, but his sense of anguish or detachment.

If you look at logically, at least nowadays everyone knows the dire straight position of Iranian economy, so much more than criticism is needed. We need people with vision, funds and the commitment to make a difference, and not tape recorders taping the misery we all know that exists...

It all comes down to believing that EACH and EVERY one of us CAN make a DIFFERENCE. And collectively, who knows how many lives and how many jobs we can save and create without the need to wait (forever) until a great government comes about ... FULL TEXT

* I hope you go to heaven

Dear Sholom,

Hamid Salamipour, M.D. writes: I was very impressed by your letter ["You belong in hell"], it proudly displays your open mind and impressive level of intellectual sophistication. Thank you very much for eloquently describing how all 60-something million of us think and act alike.

From your letter I infer that all the Jews think the same, all the Christians feel similarly about everything, and all the Hindus believe in one thing, .....oh, I almost forgot, all the Americans are ignorant bastards, all the Germans are Jew-killing Nazis, all Britons are colonialists, and all the Israelis are ultraorthodox radicals...

I hope you go to heaven, because I hope God (mine and yours are one and the same, like it or not) forgives you, and all the bigoted idiots like you, whether they are Muslim, Jew, Christian, or whatever.

A civilized Iranian

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Book of the Week

The Legend of the Persian Carpet

By Tomie De Paola

    Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. A king, accustomed to dwelling in a light-filled room where a large diamond creates a million rainbows, is bereft when it's stolen and smashed, and thereafter takes his only pleasure in staring at the fragments, away from the subjects who need him. An apprentice weaver comes up with the idea of making a magnificent carpet that will lure the king back to his duties. It works. But, unfortunately, neither the words nor the art here convincingly suggests the lure of the diamond's prismatic play or the carpet's intricate patterns. Readers will have to take these on faith. Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form ... GO TO BOOK

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