The Iranian Times

Monday May 10, 1999 / Ordibehesht 20, 1378, No. 722

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Casual moments
Photos from the Qajar era

May 10, 1999
The Iranian

Court photographers of the late Qajar era mainly focused their cameras on kings and princes, or official ceremonies. But there are also many pictures of servants, low-ranking officials and ordinary people.

In "Ganj-e Peydaa", a collection of photos from Golestan Palce (1998, Tehran, Cultural Research Bureau & Cultural Heritage Foundation), the photographers are unknown and most of the subjects are unrecognized, but the photos reveal a casual side that is rare in Iranian photography... Go to first photo


Former mayor's imprisonment leads to groundswell of support

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Rallies in the Iranian capital, parliamentary demands for a pardon, angry editorials saying an honest, hardworking man is being discarded "like tissue paper."

The groundswell of support for Tehran's former mayor, who began serving a prison sentence last week for embezzlement, comes from the many Iranians who believe a power struggle between hard-liners and reformists, not corruption, landed Gholamhossein Karbaschi in jail ... FULL TEXT


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* Shomaa migin chekaar konam?

Mandana writes: Khaahesh mikonam in darkhaaste mano tuye majaletun montasher konid, "YE FEKRI BE HAALE JAVUNHAAYE IRAANI BEKONID", inghadr ham dar morede dokhtarhaaye khub va khoshgele iraani ke aashpazishun khubeh va Engelisi ham khub harf mizanad fekr nakonid! ["Real Iranian girls?"] be man ham az in chizhaa ziaad goftand vali man hanuz dargire moshkele maskan va ejaareh_khuneh hastam.

Beesto hasht saalameh, mohandesam, panj saale daaram kaar mikonam (dar iraan va khaarej) va hichi nadaaram! duste pesare ghablim ham moratab az iraan naameh miniviseh migeh davatnaame befrest! maadaram ham hamash minaaleh migeh mano tanhaa gozaashti rafti! shomaa migin chekaar konam!? ... FULL TEXT

* People endure

Yasmine Rafii writes: In response to your letter (Babak Banaei), being Iranian can mean many things, just as being human can mean many things. Whether we identify with the Islamic regime or not is really not the issue. Governments are not loved, it is the land, its history and its people that matter most. Governments fall every day, but the people endure ... I for one, would be most delighted to read the words of real Islamic thinkers about issues that concern the world today. But unfortunately, they seem to frighten the Islamic Republic as much as the internet does ... FULL TEXT

* Education: New, additional scholarship

The Iranian Professional Society of Oregon (IPSO), established in 1991, offers a scholarship to high school graduates of Iranian heritage, based on scholastic achievement. However, this year there is another scholarship added for someone with financial need. It's for $4000.00 to be paid at $1000.00/year. The application deadline is May 18,1999 and the application can be down loaded from IPSO's web site at:


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Demonstrators clash over jailing of liberal cleric

TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iranian fundamentalists disrupted a demonstration by moderate students on Sunday over the jailing of a liberal cleric accused of spreading propoganda hostile to the Islamic regime. Around 700 students gathered at Tehran university to call for the release of Mohsen Kadivar, a leading light of the reform movement in Iran who began an 18-month jail term last month ... FULL TEXT

Arab leaders conclude Jeddah meeting

JEDDAH, May 10 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders held a one-day informal gathering in Saudi Arabia on Monday at a time when non-Arab neighbour Iran is trying to rebuild ties with them ... FULL TEXT

Ecevit says Iran pushing Islamism on Turkey

ANKARA, May 9 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on Sunday accused neighbouring Iran of trying to promote radical Islam inside Turkey, where a debate is raging over the place of the Islamic headscarf ... FULL TEXT

Iran objects to Demirel remarks in Turk scarf row

TEHRAN, May 9 (Reuters) - Iran has objected to remarks by Turkey's President Suleyman Demirel implicating Iran in a row over a Turkish woman MP's insistence on wearing a Moslem scarf in parliament, newspapers reported on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iran papers blast Turk charges of exporting Islam

TEHRAN, May 10 (Reuters) - Iranian newspapers on Monday rejected Turkish charges that Islamic Iran is trying to export its radical religious ideology to its secularist neighbour ... FULL TEXT

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Iran vows to stop tax evasion by foreign firm

TEHRAN, May 10 (Reuters) - Iran has vowed to stop alleged widespread tax evasion by foreign companies in a move that could multiply their taxes fivefold, newspapers said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Esteqlal looking for foreign coach

Tehran, (Iran daily) -- Esteqlal's management has decided to sack head coach Nasser Hejazi and seek a foreign replacement. Here's an interview with the team's boss, Fathollah-zadeh ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Like tissue paper

It would be a terrible mistake and a colossal error if (officials) think honest, hardworking and efficient managers can be found and then discarded like tissue paper.

Iran daily newspaper commentary on the imprisonment of former Tehran mayor Karbaschi
May 10, 1999

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