The Iranian Times

Friday, March 12, 1999/ Esfand 21, 1377, No. 685

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



Radio days
Serving the "Finglishy" community in Virginia and on the Net

By Babak Yektafar

It started slowly as a one-hour, once-a-week show about three years ago. The first few shows where truly fun. I had no idea what I was doing, but I didn't care because I had no listeners. Aside from producing the content and performing, I had to run the audio mixing board as well. I was going to be irreverent and wild. I would speak perfect Finglish (Farsi-English) since this was to be a program for the Finglishy generation. I would play cool, on-the-edge music of the world. I would talk about Morad Barghi, Live Aid, Motel Ghoo, Lesbian Dial-A-Date, Chattanooga, Planet Hollywood, Gol Gov Zaboon and Chai Latte. I would be the Iranian (albeit less controversial) Howard Stern. Little did I know ... GO TO FEATURE


Spectre of nationalism haunts Iran

By Jonathan Lyons

AHMADABAD, Iran, March 11 (Reuters) - The spectre of secular nationalism is stalking the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the accelerating revival of the late Mohammad Mossadeq, the former prime minister who nationalised British oil interests, advocated a policy of non-alignment and steadily undermined the pro-Western shah only to be brought down by a CIA coup in 1953.

Mossadeq, a seasoned politician with royal blood, has long posed a problem for Iran's clerical establishment: his nationalist and anti-colonialist credentials were impeccable but his lack of religious zeal and open clashes with senior clerics have seen him banished to revisionist limbo.

Now his ghost has returned to the political scene, particularly among young people, forcing a re-evaluation of the Mossadeq legacy to contemporary Iran ... FULL TEXT

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* She didn't apologize

K. Manavi writes: I think sending harsh, impolite and indecent rhetoric to U.S. Senator Boxer for her insult is the least and most instinctive fair response ["U.S. senator has "deep admiration" for Iranians"]. After all if we were Jews we could have accused her of anti-semitism and would have sued her for billions of dollars.

According to her, we are such an unimportant nation that she decides to correct herself not by apologizing but by some formal routine non-sense of reminding us of our heritage! We leave this to the conscience of the world and do not really need people reminding us of our bright past ... FULL TEXT

* Lecture: Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lectures Series, UCLA

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA Presents The Third Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lectures Series Given By J.T.P. de Bruijn Professor Emeritus of Persian Literature, Leiden University on "Aspects of the Persian Masnavi" ... DETAILS HERE

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The Hague oil producer cuts dea

THE HAGUE, March 12 (Reuters) - Following is the full text of the statement released at the end of the oil producer talks on Friday: 1) In response to an invitation by HE Youcef Yousfi, the Minister of Energy and Mines of Algeria and President of the OPEC Conference, the Minister of Petroleum of Iran, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh; the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, Ali Al-Naimi; and, the Minister of Energy and Mines of Venezuela, Ali Rodriguez, met at the Algerian Embassy in The Hague ... FULL TEXT

Oil prices soar as producers agree new cuts

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - World oil prices gained nearly a dollar on Friday, soaring after an emergency meeting of key oil powers agreed to remove more than two million barrels per day (bpd) from a glutted market to support prices ... FULL TEXT

Khatami gives upbeat view of Italy trip

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami described as ``positive'' his landmark visit to Italy this week, saying he managed to put across his country's new direction and ambitions, state television reported Friday. But a prominent Iranian official criticized the West for seeking to portray the trip as a result of Iranian weakness ... FULL TEXT

Italy visit a breakthrough for Khatami

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - He came, he saw, he conquered. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami achieved a foreign policy triumph with his three-day state visit to Italy, impressing Pope John Paul, charming Italian leaders and reaching out beyond Rome to the rest of Europe and the United States. On the first visit by an Iranian head of state to a Western capital since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Khatami sought to reassure the West by pledging to promote democracy, fight terrorism and combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction ... FULL TEXT

Iran, Italy conclude $2 billion deals

TEHRAN, Iran, March 12 (UPI) -- An Iranian official says his country has signed economic agreements worth $2 billion with Italy during a visit by Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to Rome this week. Minister of Mines and Metals Eshaq Jahangiri, who is also the head of the Iran-Italy Joint Committee, said today) initial accords were reached to execute numerous economic projects by Italy in Iran ... FULL TEXT

Makhmalbaf to be honored in France

Tehran (Ettela'at) - Film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be awarded France's highest cultural award ... FULL TEXT

"Arash" going abroad

Tehran (Ettela'at) - "Arash" a play by Bahram Baizaie and directed by Qotobodin Sadeqi will be performed in several countries, including in Switzerland next fall ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Pardis Ariazand in U.S. women's under-17 soccer team

Palo Alto, (Sportestan) - Pardis Ariazand is the first Iranian-American soccer player in the U.S. U-17 national team. Her dedication to the sport is one more proof of Iranians' passion for soccer. Here's her interview with Sportestan ... FULL TEXT

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Question: How many Iranians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: 257. One to screw in the bulb, 255 to stand around and criticize the bulb and the screwing method, and one who says we don't even need a light bulb.

Babak Yektafar of Radio Velayat in Fairfax County, Virginia
"Radio days"
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March 12, 1999

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