The Iranian Times

Tuesday May 11, 1999 / Ordibehesht 21, 1378, No. 723

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



    Desert refuge
    Lost & found in the desert near Yazd

By Laleh Khalili
May 11, 1999
The Iranian

This gorgeous cave with its simple candelabra and marble floors is sacrosanct and entry into it requires bare feet and covered heads - for men and women. Our green-eyed Zoroastrian guide, who wears a white skull-cap and a rugged smile, throws more oud upon the fire in the center of the cave whose walls are blackened with smoke and whose floor is wet with the spring water that seems to seep through the rock and drips, drop by drop all over the cave (hence the name of the village, Chek Chek, or drop by drop). Buckets are placed here and there under the roof the cave to capture the precious clean water that is so rare and hallowed. Three small fires burn permanently on the ultimate wall of the cave, another consecrated space, that which is the source of Chek Chek myth ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian president's Arab tour seen as sign of thaw in relations

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami leaves Thursday for Syria, Saudi Arabia and Qatar on a tour seen as a sign of a thaw in the Islamic Republic's relations with the Arab world.

"President Khatami's visits to Syria, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are expected to have positive results in relations between Iran and Arab nations," the official IRNA news agency said in a commentary.

The visits will be the first by Khatami to countries in the region, and the first by an Iranian head of state to Saudi Arabia and Qatar since the 1979 Islamic Revolution ... FULL TEXT


The Oblivion

I am a 21 year old Student/Musician/Poet/Bodybuilder who enjoys all aspects of life... Things I'm strongly for:

* Freedom to dress and believe whatever you want without the interference from scum close-minded people...
* Freedom to express your faith whether it be Christianity or for Satanism...
* I don't believe in murder therefore I don't believe in abortion, unless it is in the cases of rape...
* Pride in my country Iran, who has lasted for 10,000 years...
* Pride in America, for I am here...
* Playing my guitar, writing music. My original band Narcolepsy, which when I was 15, had tapes being played all over the country on college radio...
* My faith in Zoroastrianism which has opened my mind. I'm not condemned to believing only in myself and my faith. It's too hard to explain; it's the energy that I get through Zoroastrianism. Philosophy is the essence of my faith, and Ahura Mazda exists in everything I do...
* Bodybuilding which is my ultimate release. It's confidence, security and release of anger ... GO TO THE OBLIVION

More Letters

* Complete fraud

Payman Arabshahi writes: A very interesting story, but a complete fraud ["The energy man"]. The spoon bending experiment is old news - the famous Uri Geller was among the first to claim such supernatural powers. He was "debunked" repeatedly by people who actually showed how to do the spoon bending. As for energy waves and healing, these are also old news and have been debunked repeatedly in the scientific community ... FULL TEXT

* Photos speak for themselves

Soudabeh Mathews writes: The Qajar-era pictures are very interesting ["Casual moments"]and I think the people who own them can remember more. There must be stories behind each one, but I know it is very difficult to present the past and get people interested. Anyway, photographs speak for themselves and the sky is the limit for immagination.

* No piece of cake

Pamela Blevins writes: To go from your article ["Real Iranian girls?"], you do not need a partner. You need a combination of objects:

a) a mucous membrane (Try blowing your nose.)
b) a good bakery shop around the corner
c) an "Uebermutter"
d) a test tube and
e) a uterus ... FULL TEXT

* Lecture: Democracy within dictatorship, Virginia

Jebhe Melli Iran­Washington Presents: Democracy within Dictatorship Society. Speaker: Dr. Mahmood Enayat, Senior Journalist. Location: 2300 Pimmit Drive Idylwood Building-West Falls Church, Virginia. Date and Time: Sunday 23 May 1999, 4:00-7:00 PM. Information: Telephone / Fax: (703) 893-7765. Email: ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

    The Greco-Persian Wars
    By Peter Xerxes at Salamis Green

    The long and bitter struggle between the great Persian empire and the fledgling Greek states reached its high point with the extraordinary Greek victory at Salamis in 480 B.C. The astonishing sea battle banished forever the specter of Persian invasion and occupation. In this account, Green brilliantly retells this historic moment, evoking the whole dramatic sweep of events that the Persian offensive set into motion. 15 illustrations. 12 maps ... GO TO BOOK

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Khamenei declines to pardon jailed Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected calls to issue a pardon for Tehran's former moderate mayor, who was jailed after being convicted for graft. In a letter read in parliament on Tuesday, Khamenei said: ``The authority to resolve such matters lies with the judiciary, and it is in the good of the country and the people if legal rulings are not undermined with different motives.'' ... FULL TEXT

Khatami calls for greater tolerance

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami appealed to the various political factions in the country on Tuesday to stop viewing each other as "rivals" and to display greater tolerance. "The various factions should refrain from making certain issues bigger than they are in order to drive out their rivals from the scene," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khatami as saying during a meeting with senior clerics in Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Khatami tour seen finalising Saudi rapprochement

TEHRAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami is set to reap the fruits of his policy of detente during a coming regional tour which will include a visit to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf oil power long suspicious of Iran ... FULL TEXT

74 candidates seek post of mayor of Tehran

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - A total of 74 would-be candidates for mayor of Tehran have put their names forward for consideration, the chairman of the municipal council announced here Tuesday. They are all hoping to replace the reformer Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who started a two-year jail sentence for corruption last week ... FULL TEXT

Turkey protests against alleged Iranian support for Islamists

ANKARA, May 11 (AFP) - Iran's ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the foreign ministry here Tuesday in a row over alleged Iranian support for a Turkish deputy who caused a scandal by wearing a traditional Moslem headscarf in parliament ... FULL TEXT

Iran rejects Turkey's accusations of supporting Islamism

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iran on Tuesday rejected accusations it was supporting Islamism in Turkey, and called on Ankara to "avoid making statements that run counter to the growing relations between the two countries."... FULL TEXT

MKO says Iran attacks base in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 11 (Reuters) - The armed Iranian opposition group Mujahideen Khalq said on Tuesday Iranian government agents had attacked one of its bases in Iraq, killing an Iraqi ... FULL TEXT

Hejazi "too rigid"

Tehran, (Iran daily) -- Nasser Hejazi's self-centered and infelxible manner was the main reason for his downfall at Esteqlal. ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Beautiful, and deadly

This is an unforgiving land, a desert on a high plateau interrupted by mountains all through. And the earth is dry and glimmers with salt and silvery-green thorn bushes and rocks and pebbles of a thousand colors. Small patches of it are sand dunes, golden, beautiful, and deadly.

Laleh Khalili
"Desert refuge"
The Iranian
May 11, 1999

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