The Iranian Times

Thursday, March 18, 1999 / Esfand 27, 1377, No. 689

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



Ashk-haa va Labkhand-haa
(Sound of Music)

Music and lyrics prepared by Pedram Missaghi

The Iranian film industry, especially before the revolution, was well-known for its exceptional ability to dub foreign films. One of the very best examples of this was "The Sound of Music".

The Persian version of the film -- named "Ashk-haa va Lankhand-haa" (Tears and Laughter) -- was simply amazing because all the songs were translated and beautifully sung in Persian. As a result, the film was not only a huge success, but also the tunes remained forever recorded in the minds of an entire generation of Iranian children. Remember "do, do shab nakhaabeedam..."? ... GO TO FEATURE WITH MUSIC CLIPS


The Internet's 'Open Sesame' Is Answered Warily

The New York Times
March 18, 1999

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Ever so gingerly, the Internet is being allowed across some final frontiers, into restrictive parts of the Islamic world, under the wary eye of governments used to playing Big Brother.

In places like Saudi Arabia, where access was barred until two months ago, the change is being hailed as a belated revolution. Internet cafes have sprung up in Teheran, Iran, and here in Riyadh, and novices are being dazzled by sites like

Still, the authorities are trying to have it both ways.

In Iran, users -- who are monitored by some providers -- must promise, among other things, that they "will not contact stations against Islamic regulations," a reference to sites with sexual content. Violators are warned that they could lose Internet privileges ... FULL TEXT


The boys next door

Bruce Bahmani writes:

As I was trying to access I missed a key and look what happened:


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* Between East and West

Amir Sadri writers: Laleh Khalili's ostensible description of Iranian women and men ["To live or to be alive?"] is a brilliant exposition of the confusion that reigns supreme in the minds and hearts of those of us who are lost in the wasteland between the East and the West.

* Intriguing photos

Darcy Brennan writers: I would just like to write to you and say that these photographs are beautiful and intriguing to examine ["Women in Iran:Tradition meets today"]. I am writing a senior thesis about women in Iran, and these photographs have helped me visualize what it's like.

* Iranian Academic Association conference, New York

Dear colleague:

It is a great pleasure to invite you to submit papers for the 4th IAA (Iranian Academic Association) Annual Conference. The meeting will convene at the City University of New York, New York City, on September 18-19, 1999. The theme of this scientific gathering has been chosen as: Oil, Petrochemicals, Energy and the Environment ... DETAILS HERE

* Noruz: New Year celebrations in Sunnyvale

On Sunday, March 21st, 1999, Bonyad-e-Towhid i proudly presents a festive celebration of Persian New Year in honoring the ancient Persian heritage of Noruz in a series of cultural enrichment programs for the Iranian Community in Northern California's Bay area ... DETAILS HERE

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Conservatives fight election results, delay approval

TEHRAN, March 18 (AFP) - The results of Iran's February municipal elections will not be approved by the conservative-dominated supervisory board until late April, press reports said Thursday, amid a continuing bid to annul the election of five leading reformers in Tehran ... FULL TEXT

U.S. senator, expert urge more contact with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. senator and former senior State Department official Thursday urged Iran to consider broadening a people-to-people dialogue with the United States by including members of the U.S. Congress. They made their comments to an Iranian Cabinet official, Zahra Shojaie, whose visit to Washington marked another step in the long slow march toward improved relations between two countries who have been enemies for 20 years ... FULL TEXT

Iranian dissidents dispute charges on immigration

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 1999, (Los Angeles Times) --An Iranian dissident group denounced as a "sheer lie" allegations by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles that members of the Mujahadeen Khalq organization used the services of an immigration fraud ring to gain entry to the United States. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella organization, said in a statement from its Washington headquarters that the allegations are "apparently intended to please the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran." ... FULL TEXT

Khatami cancels visit to Saudi -newspaper

TEHRAN, March 18 (Reuters) - An Iranian newspaper said on Thursday that President Mohammad Khatami had cancelled a planned visit to Saudi Arabia over Riyadh's support for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a territorial dispute with Iran. ``Subsequent to...Riyadh's wrong stance on the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and the Lesser Tunbs in the Persian Gulf, President Seyed Mohammad Khatami cancelled his visit to Saudi Arabia,'' the English-language Tehran Times said ... FULL TEXT

Iranian says women making gains

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's adviser on women's affairs sought today to depict a rising tide of moderation in the country, particularly in the way women are treated. Zahra Shojaie, who is in the United States to attend U.N. sessions, said ``women are by no means a passive part of society'' in the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT

Mahdavi-kia raises team hopes in Germany

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Mehdi Mahdav-kia scored for his second-division German team Tuesday, raising the team's hopes of moving up to the first division ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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``There are many of my colleagues who would be interested in going to Iran and welcoming others from Iran and my question to you is what could be done to try to facilitate visits by Americans including members of the U.S. Congress to Iran?''

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter's question posed to Iranian Cabinet official, Zahra Shojaie in a gathering in Washington
"U.S. senator, expert urge more contact with Iran"
March 18, 1999

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