The Iranian Times

Wednesday June 30, 1999 / Tir 9, 1378, No. 759

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



On the ball
Comparing the Iranian and U.S. soccer teams

By Amir Aras
June 30, 1999
The Iranian

Will the U.S., currently ranked 24th, continue its path to success and become one of the top 10 teams in the world? After completing three successful professional soccer seasons and attracting foreign players and, more importantly, sponsors, the U.S. is making all the right moves to get to the top. Soccer is now the most popular sport among American kids. It's only a matter of time...

Now my question is, will MY team, the Iranian national team, find a steady path to success even in Asia? Like most of you, I love our team. But watching a few players who want to save their legs for foreign clubs does not give much pleasure anymore. And what about the team's managers? Do they know what they are doing? ... GO TO FEATURE


Prayers for Jewish Iranians

Chicago Tribune
June 26, 1999

Just when Iran seemed to be building new bridges to the West and slowly emerging from behind its radical Islamic veil, the country's conservative clerics have shown their intolerant, unforgiving faces again.

This time Iran has arrested at least 13 Iranian Jews--Hebrew teachers, religious activists, a rabbi, a kosher butcher, a shoe store owner--and accused them of spying for Israel and the United States. They face trial soon; the penalty could be death. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Meet Iraj

Iraj Broomand is a City Council member in Los Angeles. He has answered some questions about who he is and what he believes in ... GO THERE

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* Funny!

Reza Ordoubadian, professor of English, writes: Funny, funny! I loved it, especially the psychology behind the repartee. Ethymologically! I don't know -- has the daughter heard of the Indo-European theory of languages? Even better, coincidence? I love your style of writing and your humor.

* Good vs. Evil

Sia M. writes: Understandably, we cannot expect Mr. Khatami to talk the talk and walk the walk for us. We are going to have to find a way to emphasize personal responsibility for all our people to contribute to a better tomorrow for our beloved country. We must take a stand and voice our opinion as loudly as we can, chanting for a free society. Only then, the Good shall triumph over Evil and the serenity of freedom and liberty will cover us ... FULL TEXT

* Music: Kamkars in Chicago

Iranian & Kurdish music performed by the Kamkar Musical Group at Chicago's Rosemont Conference Center, Donald E. Stephen Ballroom, 1st Floor, Room 1. TIME: FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1999, 9 PM. PRESENTED BY: Iranian House of Greater Chicago. Ticket Price: $25. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Tel: (847) 673-0614 Fax: (847) 673-0617. Email:

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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Mohajerani slams bid to curb press freedom

TEHRAN, June 30 (Reuters) - Iran's liberal Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani on Wednesday slammed a bill proposed by conservative deputies in parliament aimed at limiting the country's fledgling press freedom. ``The custodians of the press and (newspaper) editors have not been consulted about this bill...In our view, this bill is not meant to amend the press law, but to change its whole structure,'' state radio quoted the minister as saying ... FULL TEXT

New British ambassador presents credentials to Iranian FM

TEHRAN, May 26 (Wire Services) - Britain's new ambassador to Iran presented his credentials Wednesday to Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, after 10 years of strained relations. The two countries agreed in September to normalise relations after the Iranian government said it would not seek to apply the 1989 religious decree, or fatwa, in which the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed ... FULL TEXT

French assembly speaker calls charges against Iran Jews "barbaric"

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The speaker of the French National Assembly, Laurent Fabius, on Wednesday described as "barbaric" the death sentence facing 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel. "Thirteen people, because they are Jews, face the death penalty by hanging on unfounded accusations," Fabius told the assembly. "I ask the Iranian authorities to reconsider this barbaric decision otherwise they cannot aspire to normal relations with the international community." ... FULL TEXT

Iran plans aid to drought-stricken farmers

TEHRAN, June 29 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament is to consider emergency legislation to allocate aid to farmers hit by the country's worst drought in 30 years, a senior deputy said on Tuesday. Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, a leading member of the parliament's budget committee, told state television that the assembly would on Wednesday discuss the aid allocations which would go beyond more than 600 billion rials already earmarked by the government ... FULL TEXT

Iran '99 Wheat Buying Hits 3.0MMT To Date; Sugar 800,000MT

June 29, TEHRAN (Dow Jones)-- Iran has imported around 3.0 million metric tons of wheat and 800,000 tons of sugar this year, an Iranian Commerce Ministry official said Tuesday. The Iranian year started March 21. Iran 's government has allocated $1.5 billion to buy essential food commodities for the country this year because a drought has reduced domestic food production, Houshang Dehqan, head of the Commerce Ministry's distribution network supervisory office, told the Iranian state news agency IRNA ... FULL TEXT

EU expects us to honour iran sanctions waivers

London, june 30, irna - the european union expects the us to honour its commitment guaranteeing waivers to sanctions threats against the latest iranian oil contracts awarded to elf of france and italy's eni. michael pulch of the european commission said wednesday that us secretary of state madeleine albright "reaffirmed" its pledge as required in each case at the recent eu-us summit in bonn ... FULL TEXT

Weekly book review

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Reviews on volume III of the Daaneshnaameh-ye Adab-e Faarsi (Encyclopaedia of Persian Literature), Mohammad Ali Sepanlu's collection of modern poetry titled "1001 poems", and other books on German philosophers traslated into Persian ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Happy Birthday Ms. Hayward!

Tehran, (Neshat) - The daiy Neshat has a feature on the life of the late Hollywood star, Susan Hayward ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Abedzadeh will undergo surgery

Tehran, (Neshat) - Goalie Ahmadreza Abedzadeh will soon go to Germany for his long-awaited knee operation ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Shahrudi back in Turkey

Tehran, (Neshat) - Reza Shahrudi has ended his contract with China'a Daliyan club and is planning to head back to Turkey to play in a first division team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Thirteen people, because they are Jews, face the death penalty by hanging on unfounded accusations... I ask the Iranian authorities to reconsider this barbaric decision otherwise they cannot aspire to normal relations with the international community.

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June 30, 1999

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