The Iranian Times

Monday, March 15, 1999 / Esfand 24, 1377, No. 686

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


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Electronic drawings by Sadaf Abbassian

"This collection is the result of my daily work with the computer; I'm a graphic artist," says Sadaf Abbassian, whose electronic drawings below were on exhibit at Gallery Golestan in Tehran last month. "Instead of a pencil, I have have used the computer mouse, thus the slight vibrations in the lines which add special energy to the drawings, I think."


I can just see them, each one of them, in their stylish homes and apartments in upper Tehran. Modern, above middle class, even rich. They are not religious in the traditional sense, but they are intrigued by sufism. They listen to Beethoven and Shajarian. They travel to remote areas of Iran, something they would never have done 25 years ago. They have casual relationships amongst themselves. The carry on with life at a slow, steady pace. They are not easily shocked. They often read and try to write poetry. They read Hemingway, in English. They prefer Europe to the U.S. Yet they are deeply Iranian ... GO TO FEATUTE


Iran's 20-year culture war draws to an end

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, March 13 - Iran's Islamic government has honoured prominent writers in a public ceremony that marks a political about-face from two decades of official hostility toward the country's secular intellectuals.

Reformist newspapers on Saturday featured front-page coverage of Ataollah Mohajerani, the liberal minister of culture and Islamic guidance, handing out prizes for literary achievements since the 1979 revolution to secularists who not long ago were vilified, harassed and even murdered.

The recognition follows last year's string of "mystery murders" of at least four writers and nationalist politicians, later blamed on rogue elements in the security services. Among those honoured at Thursday's ceremony was novelist Mahmoud Dolatabadi, long relegated to the sidelines of official Iranian culture as a pro-western stooge ... FULL TEXT


    Words say it all
    Iran and all its contraditions in a collage of words ... FULL TEXT IN PERSAIN

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* Write about a tree

Guohong Liu writes: I am so glad finally someone responded to Laleh Khalili's articles ["To live or to be alive?"]. I am also delighted that this person was a female writer.

During the past few months, I have read all of Laleh's articles. I enjoyed her first two articles but since then I have been very disappointed with the way that she expresses her opinion. Her recent articles are very hard to follow (even my American friends could not finish them entirely before they fell asleep).

I am puzzeled about the points that she is trying to make. Maybe she is praticing her English. If that is the case, it is better to write about a tree or a river rather than offending so many people.

* performance:Wilson and Glass do Rumi

Music composed by Philip Glass
Designed and directed by Robert Wilson
English Libretto from poems of Molana Jelaluddin Molavi (Rumi)

Where and What: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; Portland, Oregon, Wed. April 7th, 1999, 7pm and 9pm... DETAILS HERE

* Film: "A Place Called Home" in Chicago

"A Place Called Home" a film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri The filmmaker documents her own decision to return to Iran after seventeen years in the United States:

Women in Director's Chair-Chicago
Sunday, March 28, 1999
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Five Iranian moderates barred from Tehran council: paper

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - The election of five moderates to the Tehran municipal council has been annulled, a newspaper said Monday, as Iran's conservatives stepped up the pressure to overturn the sweeping victory by reformers in last month's elections. Former interior minister Abdollah Nuri and four other backers of reformist President Mohammad Khatami will not to be allowed to take their seats on the council by orders of the conservative-dominated Supervision Board, the pro-government newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz said ... FULL TEXT

MKO appeals U.S. designation as terror organizations

March 14, 1999 (The Washington Post) -- Two groups designated by the Clinton administration as foreign terrorist organizations have turned to the American courts for vindication, waging the most significant challenge yet to a 1996 antiterrorism law and the way the State Department designates U.S. enemies. The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran and Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have hired prominent lawyers to take their cases to the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. They allege they were designated as terrorists by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright in October 1997 based on a mostly secret record and with no advance notice or opportunity to respond ... FULL TEXT

Iran executes killer of prison chief

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Iran has executed the killer of former prison chief Assadollah Lajevardi who was gunned down in August, Tehran's revolutionary court announced on Sunday. Ali Asghar Ghazanfarnejad Jolodar, said to be a member of Iran's main armed opposition movement the People's Mujahedeen, was executed Saturday at Tehran's Evin prison, the court said in a statement, the official IRNA news agency reported ... FULL TEXT

Dowlatabadi gives his award to families of slain writers

* Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, who has received a special cultural award in Germany, has dedicated his award to the families of slain dissident writers, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Former Tehran mayor gets approval for new paper

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - The convicted former mayor of Tehran was given the green light Monday by Iran's culture ministry to launch a new newspaper, the official news agency IRNA said. Gholamhossein Karbaschi was given approval to launch the Ham-Mihan (Compatriot) paper despite onging efforts by opponents in the conservative-dominated parliament to take away his control over the official paper of the Tehran municipality, Hamshari (Citizen) ... FULL TEXT

Iran cautiously welcomes Afghan accord

TEHRAN, March 15 (Reuters) - The Taleban's agreement to negotiate power-sharing with the opposition in Afghanistan satisfies one of a series of conditions set by powerful neighbour Iran for entering talks with the Islamic militia. Iran, which backs the anti-Taleban alliance, also wants the militia controlling about 90 percent of Afghanistan to punish the people who killed eight Iranian diplomats and one journalist in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif last August ... FULL TEXT

Iran 0 - China 1

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Iran's under-21 "Omid" soccer team loses to China 1-0 ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

Khakpour to play for L.A.

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - National team defender Mohammad Khakpour is to join the Los Anegles Galaxy ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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Took 20 years

This marks a turning point because they are now paying attention to people who have not been listened to for the past 20 years. All we have seen in the past 20 years are curses.

Houshang Golshiri, writer, on the official honoring of prominent writers
"Iran's 20-year culture war draws to an end"
March 15, 1999

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