The Iranian Times

Thursday, March 25, 1999 / Farvardin 5, 1378, No. 693

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



    Not their fault
    Women generally - not inevitably - bow to socio-economic pressures

By Laleh Khalili

A woman - no matter how worldly, sophisticated, accomplished and educated - is considered incomplete if she is unmarried and has no children. Divorce is so shameful that many women tolerate physically abusive or unfaithful husbands in order not to bring shame upon their families (this pressure is even felt by Iranian women abroad whose families are still in Iran). Though some friends joke that you cannot find a virgin girl in Tehran anymore, and though anecdotal statistics of abortions by unwed women shows the prevalence of premarital sex in at least Tehran, the lucrative business of hymen reconstruction surgery attests to the actual value still placed on virginity ... GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the Year

Reformist newspapers are making a difference, collectively

The following are comments in favor of editors and journalists of the reformist press as the Iranians of the year. Collectively they received the fourth largest share of the people's vote (6 percent) in The Iranian survey ... GO TO FEATURE

First to be nominated for an Oscar

The following are comments in favor of Majid Majidi as the Iranian of the year. He received the fourth largest share of the people's vote (4 percent) in The Iranian survey ... GO TO FEATURE


Noruz on BBC

The BBC Persian Service Noruz program features singers, artists, musicians and reports about the celebrations all over the world. .. LISTEN HERE


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* Becoming familiar

Farzaneh Stone writes: I would like to express my gratitude for your interesting articles and also to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading the book "To See and See Again". My husband is not Iranian. He has never been to Iran and I have a nine-year old daughter Ariana who has seen Iran twice.I let her read this interesting book. It makes her familiar with my culture ... FULL TEXT


* Women: The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000

The Tenth International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation presents: The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000 - July 2-5, 1999 Montreal, Canada Concordia University... DETAILS HERE

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Iran deplores NATO attacks against Yougoslavia

Tehran, march 25, irna -- spokesman of iran's foreign ministry hamidreza assefi here thursday deplored nato's wednesday attacks against yougoslavia and said, "any form of conflict, tension or military operation is not only likely to deteriorate the situation in the region but also help complicate situation in the balkans." ... FULL TEXT

Niki confident US will approve ag sales to Iran

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The president of a start-up company seeking a special export license to sell $500 million of U.S. farm goods to Iran said on Thursday he was ``very confident'' of getting Clinton administration approval. ``I'm very confident that this will be approved, but don't want to speculate on the date,'' Richard Bliss, president of the Niki Trading Co., told Reuters. ``There has been steady progress and we think things are moving in the right direction.'' ... FULL TEXT

U.S. decision on farm sales to Iran may be near

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - A proposal to allow up to $500 million in U.S. farm exports to Iran was at the White House awaiting a decision, Senator Byron Dorgan said on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Wheat, soybeans rise

March 25, 1999 (AP) - Wheat and soybean futures rose sharply Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade amid hopes the Clinton administration will approve exports to Iran, Libya and North Korea. On other markets, energy and coffee futures also advanced strongly. Grain and soybeans jumped in late trading on talk that the Clinton administration once again is considering at least granting a one-time exemption to a ban on agricultural exports to countries that have been accused of sponsoring terrorism ... FULL TEXT

Pilgrims start first day of trouble-free haj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, March 25 (Reuters) - Two million Moslems performing the annual haj pilgrimage began their journey on foot and aboard buses and cars on Thursday to a vast tent city in Saudi Arabia on the first day of a so-far trouble-free rite. Wrapped in seamless white sheets and carrying umbrellas against 36 Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) temperatures, pilgrims from around 100 countries began leaving Islam's holy city of Mecca after dawn prayers at the Grand Mosque where they circled the Kaaba seven times, the first haj ritual ... FULL TEXT

Iranian free style wrestling team leaves for U.S.

Tehran, march 25, irna -- iranian free style wrestling team left tehran for washington thursday morning to participate in the u.s. world cup wrestling champion- ships. the u.s. world cup wrestling championships will be held in spokane, washington state on april 3 and 4 and teams from iran, russia, the u.s., canada, germany and cuba will be participating in the tournament ... FULL TEXT

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Foruhar had recalled...

Slain political leader Dariyush Foruhar had recalled an effort by U.S. military officers to mediate between revolutionaries and the Iranian army during the revolution ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Updated March 24

The dollar now offered at 785-805 tomans in the U.S. and 815 tomans in Iran

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Forces of change

The real support and pressure within Iran comes from the efforts and the courage of the journalists that are supporting change. If anything changes, it will be from within the country and the press right now is the backbone of that change alongside with students.

Comment in favor of the reformist editors and journalists as the Iranians of the year
The Iranian
March 25, 1999

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