The Iranian Times

Monday, March 1, 1999/ Esfand 10, 1377, No. 677

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


Cover story

Monica & Bill
Photos in memory of the Lewinsky affair

Photographs by Jahanshah Javid

People in Iran, along with the rest of the world, heard all about what Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton did. They thought for a moment. Then they laughed and laughed.


Mountains of reports and commentaries have made it more difficult to put together a clear picture of this affair. But it all started here: there was a man, there was a woman, there was an attraction and they did what human beings do when they are attracted to each other. The rest is, well, a matter of =. You can analyze it to death. But Clinton could have done much worse. Some guy on the radio said it best: "Clinton stained Monica's dress but Nixon stained the Constitution."... GO TO FEATURE


Sohrab Sepehri

Sepehri's poetry is pure magic when simply read from a book. But Khosro Shakibaie's beautiful narration and the breezy background music have made this CD heavenly. If you have RealAudio, you must hear these clips. You will go back and listen to them again and again ... LISTEN HERE


Liberal cleric in Iran thrown into jail

TEHRAN, Feb 28 (AFP) - A liberal cleric close to Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, was arrested late Saturday and jailed at Evin prison in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Hojatoleslam Mohsen Kadivar, is also close to liberal circles and to dissident Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who was once tipped to become the nation's spiritual "guide" but who fell into disgrace in 1989 ... FULL TEXT

Forwarded by Payman Arabshahi


    Vernal Equinox

The Vernal Equinox occurs Saturday March 20th at 8:46 P.M. EST. On the Astrovantage website there is a calendar/glossary that gives the times and dates of the new/full moons as well as the solstices and equinox for 99. Click on the left hand side where it says calendar/glossary than click on the page itself if you want it to print for you.

The website is designed in frames so anything you want to print you must click on it before printing to make sure it prints out for you. The calendar is good to have because it shows the times, dates, and degrees of each sign that the event occurs. I was wondering how you found my website for my records. I hope this information helps you.

Karen Bolander
Author of Astrovantage

More Letters

* Things have improved

Ferial writes: Dear Khodadad,

Based on your article ["Waking the friendly giant"], I am to assume that you have not been to Iran for quite some time. I had an opportunity to travel with 12 foreigners last year and we saw all the mid to southern parts of Iran by car. We camped where we could and stayed at hotels in locations which were dangerous due to smugglers.

I was quite surprised to see that the Iranian historical conservation society has started to preserve historical locations. It also charges the tourists (foreigners pay dollars and Iranians rials). Also, there were souvenir shops and beautiful traditional coffee shops where you could rest and have anything from cold soda to cappuccinos. I was also amazed at the number of tour buses full of Japanese, Italian and German tourists ... FULL TEXT

* Play: "Shab bekheyr maadar", Berkeley

The Darvag theater group in Berkeley, California, presents Sepideh Koosha and Mojdeh Molavi in "Shab bekheyr maadar" -- "Goodnight, mother" -- a play by Marsha Norman (winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize), translated and directed by Hamid Ehya. Performances will be on March 12 & 13 at the Live Oak Theater in Berkeley .... MORE DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

Life and Work of the Forerunner in Persia

Not really a collection of sacred texts, yet crucial to an understanding of one of the world's great religious traditions, is Zoroaster: Life and Work of the Forerunner in Persia.

Designed for a general audience, this biography of Zoroastrianism's prophet is sure to generate interest in the early religion of Persia from which Judaism and Christianity drew so much. -- Publisher's Weekly

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Reformers set to capture control of Tehran in landmark election

TEHRAN, March 1 (AFP) - Reformers close to moderate President Mohammad Khatami are set to capture control of Tehran city council in the key contest in Iran's first ever municipal elections, the interior ministry indicated Monday. Reformers are set to win at least 12 out of the capital's 15 seats, giving Khatami's supporters a decisive victory in the key battleground with his conservative opponents, according to the latest results published by the ministry ... FULL TEXT

Latest election results in tehran

Tehran, march 2, irna -- election headquarters announced on monday that 150,000 ballots had been counted for the islamic council elections in tehran. here are the names of the top 21 vote getters: ... FULL TEXT

Students protest against liberal cleric's arrest

TEHRAN, Mar 1 (AFP) - Iranian students staged a rally in the southern town of Shiraz to protest the arrest of a leading liberal cleric close to President Mohammad Khatami, sources close to prominent reformers said Monday. About 100 university students gathered Sunday night in Shiraz outside the family home of Hojatoleslam Mohsen Kadivar to show their "support and solidarity" for the detained cleric, they said ... FULL TEXT

Elf, ENI sign 540 million dollar oil deal with Iran

TEHRAN, Mar 1 (AFP) - Petroleum giants Elf Aquitaine of France and Italy's ENI signed a 540 million dollar contract Monday to develop an Iranian oil field despite the threat of US sanctions over heavy investment in Iran's oil sector. The firms signed the nine-year contract with Deputy Oil Minister Mehdi Hosseini to increase production at the offshore Dorud field in the northern Gulf, Iran's oldest operational oil field ... FULL TEXT

Esteqlal clinch Asian Championship semifinal place

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Iranian champions Esteghlal clinched a place in the semifinals of the Asian Club Championship after a keenly fought 1-0 win over hosts Al Ain on Saturday. ubstitute Alireza Akbarpour struck in the 70th minute, five minutes after going on, scoring from a Mohammad Navazi corner to ensure Esteghlal's place in the last four. China's Dalian Wanda and Jubilo Iwata from Japan have already qualified from the eastern group ... FULL TEXT

Bundesliga team negotiating with another Iranian player

Feb 28, Deutsche Presse-Agentur Teheran (dpa) - German Bundesliga team VfL Bochum are aiming to sign Iranian international footballer Mehdi Hashemi-Nassab, the government daily Iran reported Sunday ... FULL TEXT

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