The Iranian Times

Friday, March 5, 1999/ Esfand 14, 1377, No. 680

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



The last country
They want a country? This is the time

By Mansoureh Haqshenas and
Koorosh Bayat

- You know, the U.N. has about 200 members now. Several states were created after the break-up of the Soviet Union and most-likely you're going to see Palestine as an independent country in a counple of years or so. But that's about it. You aren't going to see any new significant countries for many many years. Except for one. We will have our country too. The last country.

- You name if babe; it's yours. Mansouria... the Islamic Republic of Mansouria. Yeah! ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian ``Color of God'' a simple delight
Majid Majidi continues to ride a creative wave

FAJR, Iran (Variety) - After his ``Children of Paradise'' became the first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award, director Majid Majidi continues to ride a creative wave with ``The Color of God.''

The beautifully acted and photographed movie won best picture in the 1999 Fajr festival's international competition. Though ostensibly not religious, the simple, touching tale about a blind boy whose father wants to get rid of him grabs audiences with the elemental force of a story out of the Bible or Koran. This should be the big Iranian film of the year in terms of festival attention and arthouse sales ... FULL TEXT


Tinged with the Color of God
Learning the ins and outs of Iranian cinema during the Fajr festival
By Laleh Khalili

Heavenly children
Majidi's film deserves an Oscar
By Reza Farahani


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An anagram, as you probably know, is a word or phrase made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. The following are exceptionally clever.

Dormitory ..... Dirty Room
Evangelist ..... Evil's Agent
Desperation ..... A Rope Ends It


Thanks to Shane Mortazavi

More Letters

* Iranian women are mature and aware

Yassaman Mottaghipour writes: You have made a number of assumptions and generalizations ["To live or to be alive?"]. There is more to life of Iranians than the relationship between women and men and even your look at that has been one-sided. On the issues that you have raised, there is a wide spectrum but your contacts included only a certain group. Who cares that there are women who haven't experienced going to a party until they are 22? Do you know how many men live in Iran who never experienced the joys of parties?!

In my visit to Iran in April 1998, on a number of occasions, I was delighted and proud to hear young women discussing literature, movies and plays everywhere (even while waiting in line to see a play). I really wonder how many girls their age in America are able to see things at this level of maturity and depth? They looked at men straight in the eyes and were very much clear about what they have and what they need to fight for ... FULL TEXT

* Insulting & inaccurate

Jafar Javan writes: Ms. Khalili's portrayal of women ["To live or to be alive?"] in Iran is an insult to all Iranian women who despite deep-rooted social and political constraints, have made great strides for representation and participation in the society. A bourgeois reflection of Iranian women as portrayed by Ms. Khalili is unjust and inaccurate ... FULL TEXT

* Poetry - not lifestyle - made the difference

Sepehr Sohab writes: Forough Farrokhzad's fame came from her poetry and not her choice of life style, meaning if she had not written a single verse of poetry, would she still be the "Magnificent Living" in Laleh Khalili's commentary ["To live or to be alive?"]? it goes without saying not every woman who chooses to leave her husband and child, etc.., is a poet nor becomes famous, at least not for poetry!

* Politics: Readings from Mosadegh's papers, Virginia

A Presentation from the Jebhe Melli Iran-Washington, with an introduction by Mr. Nosratollah Amini. Date: Sunday 7 March 1999 ... MORE DETAILS

* Noruz: Party at Stanford U.

The Persian Students Association of Stanford University and The Bay Area Persian Center present: The AVAZ International Dance Theater performing "The Silk Road" - a celebration of Noruz Sunday, April 4th, 1999 4 PM - 7 PM at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. For more information and tickets, please call (650) 497-9487 or visit:

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A Taste of Persia
An Introduction to Persian Cooking

By Najmieh Batmanglij

A Taste of Persia is a collection of authentic recipes from one of the world's oldest cuisines, chosen and adapted for today's lifestyle and kitchen. Here are light appetizers and kababs, hearty stews and rich, golden-crusted rices, among many other dishes, all fragrant with the distinctive herbs, spices, or fruits of Iran. Each recipe offers clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Most take less than an hour to prepare; many require only a few moments; many others can be made in advance. Besides its 100 recipes and 60 photographs, the book includes a useful dictionary of Persian cooking techniques and ingredients.

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Khatami to visit France on April 12

PARIS, March 5 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will visit France on April 12 during a ground-breaking foray into Europe during which he will also travel to Italy, diplomatic sources said Friday. Khatami, who will be accompanied by several government ministers, flies to Paris after a visit to Rome from March 9 to 11 ... FULL TEXT

Judiciary chief warns against politicising election

TEHRAN, March 5 (AFP) - The hardline chief of Iran's judiciary warned Friday aganist politicising the results of last week's first-ever municipal elections, a runaway victory for reformers in the Islamic republic. "You were elected as local officials and should concern yourselves with local problems, and keep out of factional and partisan disputes," said Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi during weekly prayers at Tehran university ... FULL TEXT

Iran rejects GCC statement on islands, maneuvers

TEHRAN, March 5 (AFP) - Iran on Friday lashed out at the Gulf Cooperation Council for demanding an end to Tehran's military maneuvers near three disputed Gulf islands, accusing the GCC of meddling in its internal affairs. "Under no circumstances should Iran's current foreign policy of detente, building trust and promoting ties with other countries, particularly its neighbors, be interpreted as ignoring the legitimate rights of Iran," warned foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi ... FULL TEXT

Non-U.S. firms in Iran energy deals seen escaping U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) - International oil firms keen on Iranian energy-sector deals face slim risk of U.S. sanctions after Washington failed to penalise an international consortium that sealed a landmark deal last year, experts said this week. The potential payoff for many firms seems to offset even a slight risk, since Iran has the world's second-largest natural gas reserves and fifth-largest pool of oil reserves ... FULL TEXT

Iran charity fears lives endangered by UK probe

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Supporters of a charity established to provide aid to victims of alleged persecution by Iran said on Thursday an investigation by a British charity watchdog could endanger the lives of hundreds of Iranians. The organisation is concerned that records held by Iran Aid, a London-based charity, could fall into Tehran's hands and spark reprisals after the Charity Commission launched an investigation last May ... FULL TEXT

Soccer briefs

Tehran, (Iran daily ) - News briefs: Esteqlal owes vicotries to Zarricheh... Hadi Tabatabaie, Bahman's goalie, has been invited to Greece for a possible job ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT


Senator Boxer has "deep admiration" for Iranians

"As the cradle of civilization, Iran has a long history with a rich culture. For centuries, the people of Iran have made significant contributions to human civilization, including a rich history of ideas, art, music and literature. I have a great respect for these long-standing traditions... " ... FULL TEXT

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I'm speaking to you gentlemen and ladies who think you are so successful and important... don't think you're the president now and can say and do anything you like.

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi addressing Tehran's Friday prayers, and newly elected city council members
March 5, 1999

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