The Iranian Times

Tuesday, March 9, 1999/ Esfand 18, 1377, No. 682

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A new destiny
"I was the real exile ... the traveler who would never find her destination."

Excerpts from "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith" (Harcourt Brace), Gina B. Nahai's new novel. Her previous novel, "Cry of the Peacock", received high praise in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.

    watching my compatriots and how they had brought with them not only their sense of home and community but also their pasts loaded with failed hopes and lost expectations -- on these occasions I would remember what Mercedez had told me and think that perhaps she had been right -- that Sohrab might have done me a favor by sending me away. He had taken away my hope and my family. But he had also taken away the fear I had of being haunted by greedy ghosts, the anxiety of having rabid dogs at the window, the anguish of wondering of Roxanna was buried under the concrete in our yard. He took from me the sadness that had tainted my mother's life, and the limitations of a destiny I could not have avoided in Iran ... GO TO FEATURE


President Khatami's speech at Italian Parliament

We are at the beginning of a long journey in which respecting man, sharing and cooperating with one another are reconsidered through dialogue. In the world we know, all relations once assumed to be certain, are now open to a thorough reconsideration and reconstruction. Dialogue, collaboration, and mutual ties are indispensable elements for finding solutions that consummate in the establishment of a viable peace and a bright future. (Also see speech in RealVideo)

Bold questions, rather than relying on predetermined answers, in search of new definitions and fresh amendments, designing new cultural, mental and political plans are a necessity. A new paradigm for understanding today's world and moving toward a sustainable peace is necessary.

If in the third millennium we want man's dignity and rights, as well as peace, justice and tranquility to prevail, man must be respected under all circumstances and not be categorized into first and second-class, or western and non-western. Discrimination in standards of living, education, progress, information, technology, peace and stability arise from the oppression inflicted upon human beings and communities. For stepping into the third Christian millennium with dignity, a global will and determination are necessary for universalizing democracy and uprooting discrimination and humiliation within all countries and among all nations and governments ... FULL TEXT

IRNA's full coverage of Khatami's visit

Forwarded by Payman Arabshahi


From Moscow, with sorrow

Farhood <>writes:


I am talking from Moscow right now. It is snowing here. It is not very good here in Russia. We want to come to Iran or Portugal. Happy New Year to all Persians.

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* What is wrong with democracy

Fereidoon Eimen writes: Of course they are happy. During the time of Shah we were selling our life blood, the oil, at as much as $40.00 a barrel. How much do we get for it now-a-days? About $11.00 a barrel, if that? Of course they are happy. During the last 10 years of the Shah's rule they could not dictate to us about our policies, internal or international. For the most part, we were a proud bunch of people. Today, we are belittled, looked down on, treated as second class people, and the worst thing I can think of about Persian democracy is the fact that any government in the world can buy enough votes to put their man in the office! To change the laws or bend them to benefit one country or another. To benefit all but the Persians. This is what scares me. Aren't you scared? ... FULL TEXT

* Women: Women's documentary film at Berkeley

"Celebrating International Women's Day" sponsored by: "Radio Havayeh Tazeh" and "Iranian Cultural Group at UC Berkeley" (Saturday March 13)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Zahra Taheri,
Topic: "Women in Persian Literature"
Special viewing: Latest documentary by Mansoureh Saboury... DETAILS HERE

* Philosophy: Hossein Nasr lecture, Washington DC

George Washington University: The Foundation of Iranian Studies Presents: The Annual Noruz Lecture Series by a Distinguished Scholar of Iranian Studies: Speaker: Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Tuesday, March 23) ... DETAILS HERE

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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 makes anti-nuclear pledge

ROME, March 9 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, on his first state visit to the West since winning power, said on Tuesday Iran would work to oppose the spread of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. Speaking at a banquet hosted by Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Khatami said the Islamic state was also intent on countering all forms of aggression, including terrorism ... FULL TEXT

Khatami gets red carpet treatment in Italy

ROME, March 9 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami arrived in Rome on Tuesday at the start of a three-day state visit to Italy and the Vatican, seen as opening a new epoch in relations between the Islamic state and the West. Khatami's Boeing 707 aircraft landed at Ciampino military airport from Tehran, bringing the first Iranian president to visit Western Europe since the fall of the Shah in 1979 ... FULL TEXT

Iranian opposition from "across Europe" gathers in Rome: IRNA

TEHRAN, March 9 (AFP) - Members of Iran's opposition People's Mujahedeen have gathered in Rome from across Europe to protest the visit of President Mohammad Khatami, the official news agency IRNA said Tuesday. "They are planning a protest in the centre of Rome against the Iranian head of state's visit," IRNA said, adding that members of the opposition group, which is banned in Iran, had come "from across Europe." Their presence is "very noteworthy," IRNA said ... FULL TEXT

U.S. urges Italy to pressure Khatami

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The United States, its campaign to isolate Iran withering, on Tuesday urged Italy to press continuing concerns about terrorism and nuclear weapons when it hosts Iranian President Mohammed Khatami this week. State Department spokesman James Rubin, significantly, did not criticise the visit and stressed that the U.S. goal is to support Iran's reintegration into the international community ... FULL TEXT

Larijani says US ties may be in national interest

TEHRAN, March 8 (Reuters) - A conservative Iranian parliamentary deputy said in remarks published on Monday Iran should restore relations with the United States if it served the national interest. ``Should Iran-America relations serve our national interests, then officials should naturally take measures to establish ties,'' Deputy Mohammad Javad Larijani told Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper ... FULL TEXT

Khatami says human rights depend on "world balance"

ROME, March 9 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told Italian political leaders Tuesday that human rights can only be guaranteed in "a world in balance" and called for the strengthening of international institutions. Khatami, the first Iranian leader to visit western Europe since the 1979 Islamic revolution, was speaking at the Italian parliament, against a backdrop of protests by thousands of Iranians living in exile in Europe ... FULL TEXT

Oil holds gains after Iran-Saudi accord

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - World oil prices consolidated recent gains on Tuesday as details emerged of an accord between Gulf OPEC rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran which could pave the way for more OPEC supply curbs. Saudi Arabia will present to other Gulf Arab OPEC ministers later this week a compromise agreement over Iran's baseline for oil output cuts, a Gulf source said ... FULL TEXT

Unpaid factory workers beat boss in Iran

TEHRAN, March 9 (AFP) - Workers in a northern Iranian textile factory locked their boss in an office and beat him Tuesday following a protest over plans to close the plant. The director of the factory, in the town of Qahemshahr in the northern province of Mazandaran, was held for an hour and beaten before police intervened to free him, workers told AFP ... FULL TEXT

Iran in Asian finals

Tehran, (IRNA) - Iran defeated Japan 5-2 to move to the finals of the Asian futsal (indoor soccer) championship ... Iran will play South Korea Wednesday for Asian futsal title ... Iran's head coach predicts Iran's victory ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Demands from Khatami

Demanding fair trial for Amir Entezam

From: Alliance for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran, (Washington DC)

Dear Friends, President Khatami of Iran is visiting Italy and the Vatican. He is to meet the government representatives of both countries. He is to meet the Pope on Thursday. We are asking that everyone call the respective embassies and missions to the United Nation to ask their government to pressure Mr. Khatami to: ... FULL TEXT

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Should Iran-America relations serve our national interests, then officials should naturally take measures to establish ties ... Establishing relations, severing them or downgrading them are all subject to an essential criterion which is our country's interests.

Majlis Deputy Mohammad Javad Larijani speaking to Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper
"Iran MP says US ties may be in national interest"
March 8, 1999

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