The Iranian Times

Monday May 17, 1999 / Ordibehesht 27, 1378, No. 727

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Jaat khaali...
Searching for lost relatives, friends

May 17, 1999
The Iranian

It is not easy to find lost loved ones - friends or relatives. But the Internet has a global reach and, you never know, someone somewhere might see your message and voila! F. M. Paknejad posted a message and found her father after a 23-year search. There are countless others, such as Debbie Kimball-Ritter, who are still searching ... GO TO FEATURE

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Readers have often complained that it isn't easy to find what they are looking for in The Iranian. To make your search a bit easier, The Iranian's site map has now been revised and updated ... GO TO SITE MAP


Is "Akbar Shah" losing his grip?

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for 20 years the consummate insider of post-revolutionary Iranian politics, appears to be losing control of the hidden levers of power in the Islamic Republic.

A string of recent political setbacks, on top of a legacy of grand development schemes gone sour, has badly dented the popular image of a man whose power and influence were once so awe-inspiring that ordinary Iranians dubbed him ``Akbar Shah.''

``Mr Rafsanjani has been a key figure in the revolution and the Islamic Republic for the past two decades,'' commentator Akbar Ganji told the reformist Khordad newspaper. ... FULL TEXT


``Blood money'' maximum set at $20,000 - half for women

TEHRAN, May 17 (Reuters) - Iran has set a maximum of $20,000 for the ``blood money'' a killer can pay to his victim's family to avoid execution, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The government daily Iran said the judiciary set the cash value of diyeh, or blood money, at between 61 million and 162 million rials...

Blood money for a Moslem woman is half that of a man ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Who says you're more Iranian?

Hallaj writes: In response to your letter (Babak Banaei), ... who are YOU to tell others that you are more Iranian or more revolutionary than others? Why should your ideas and feelings be better and stronger than others? Yes you might not like reading/writing about liking Black men and not liking expatriate Iranian girls, but what your expressed opinion is similarly superficial and low on content...

I know your type: You kissed Eskandar's hand, the Arab sword, the Mongol boot, the Afghan lash (very recently for the second time), but you still have no tolerance for your Iranian brothers and sisters. Why? ... FULL TEXT

* H-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s

SG writes: Just wanted to say that your articles [dAyi Hamid's index] are h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s. Wonderful. You managed to take a whole half-hour out of my paper-war at the end of this blessed semester in college ... FULL TEXT

* Glorifying violence against women

Heggy Mesbahi writes: I would think that your imagination would find a better template than writing stories on violence against women ["Midget"]. As you well know, what you call literature is a reality which we should rally against rather than glorify in writing.

* Condolence: Mrs. Yarshater passes away

Farhad Sepahbody writes: Latifeh Yarshater, the wife of Ehsan Yarshater, editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. Condolence messages can be sent to

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Khatami performs pilgrimage in Saudi

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami performed a Muslim pilgrimage early Monday during a landmark trip to Saudi Arabia paving the way for restoring trust between the two former Gulf rivals ... FULL TEXT

Personal driver of a liberal Iranian opposition leader kidnapped

TEHRAN, May 17 (AFP) -The personal driver of the head of an Iranian opposition party has been kidnapped from in front of his house in Tehran, the party said Monday ... FULL TEXT

Court rejects mayor's appeal of graft ruling

TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Tehran's former mayor against his conviction on graft charges, leaving little legal recourse for the jailed moderate politician, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iranian opposition meets in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 17 (AFP) -Thousands of Iranian opposition figures wound up a two-day meeting in Iraq on Monday, setting a target of May 2001 for the overthrow of the Tehran government, the opposition People's Mujahedeen said ... FULL TEXT

Iranian papers hail Khatami visit to Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, May 17 (Reuters) - Iranian newspapers from rival tendencies closed ranks on Monday, hailing President Mohammad Khatami's landmark visit to Saudi Arabia as a success ... FULL TEXT

Saudi,Iran discuss ways to support oil price

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 (Reuters) - The Saudi and Iranian oil ministers, key players in an OPEC production cutting agreement sealed in March, on Sunday pledged to do whatever they could to help maintain the recent surge in crude prices ... FULL TEXT

Minister warns of ``hard year'' after drought

TEHRAN, May 16 (Reuters) - Iran's agriculture minister has given a warning of a hard year to come after a drought that is expected to destroy up to 2.5 million tonnes of wheat, a newspaper reported on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Omid: Good, but not ideal

Tehran, (Iran daily) -- The German head coach of the Iranian national youth soccer team is pleased at the result of the match against Bahrain, but still thinks there's a lot of work left to be done. Here's an interview: ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Massud Rajavi said ... the government of the Islamic Republic would be overthrown "before the presidential elections of May 2001," revising earlier predictions which have failed to materialize.

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