The Iranian Times

Friday May 21, 1999 / Ordibehesht 31, 1378, No. 731


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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My city, Isfahan
The good, the bad and the ugly

By Mohammad Ali
May 21, 1999
The Iranian

I lost my father about five months ago and it was a devastating loss for my family. I was planning to go home and be with my mother for a few weeks and possibly bring her here to the U.S. A week before Noruz, however,I got more devastating news: My mother had suffered a massive stroke. She was not able to handle the loss of my father. I was back at home in Iran within a few days and at least I had a chance to see her, though only briefly. She died in my arms, five minutes before the new year (saal tahvil).

I would rather not discuss my parents' death. Instead I am going to tell you a little bit about MY city - Isfahan; about the good, the bad and the ugly ... GO TO FEATURE


Iran's children of the revolution learn to bend the rules

TEHRAN, May 21 (AFP) - Reza has never known Iran other than under the rule of the mullahs. But that doesn't stop him sporting a Nike baseball cap, and feeling no different from any other 18-year-old the world over -- thanks to the black market, and a little stretching of the Islamic rules.

You can get more or less everything you need to enjoy your evening Western-style in Tehran if you know how to go about it. "The easiest thing is the music," grinned Reza.

Every day he goes to kill time in Tehran's up-market shopping district of Shahrak-e-Qods, where the shops are bulging with clothes of all styles, from the black Islamic coat to short skirts and jeans, along with shoes and accessories in the latest European and American fashions ... FULL TEXT


Origins of "owww"

Ever wonder about the origins of the expression "owww". No. It has nothing to do with Rashtis... HERE IT IS

More Letters

* Paranoid

K. Cyrus Homayounpour writes: With all due respect to Professor Majid Tehranian, what is his point? ["UNdoing NATO"] ... Is he saying that the civilian casualties of NATO bombings (no more than 2,500 which is the figure put out by the Milosevic regime) is a greater tragedy than the forcible removal of one million people from their homeland, mass killings of thousands of defenseless civilians, rape and humiliation of thousands of fleeing women, use of the ethnically-cleansed as human shield, etc., etc. ? ... FULL TEXT

* The revolution is over

Ali Sajjadi, editor, Par magazine writes: Dear Babak, your passionate letter deeply touched me, particularly because you are labeling people that you clearly don't know anything about. Labels like "zed-e enghelab" and "zed-e Iran." I want to draw your attention to the following points:

- Thank God, the ENGHELAB IS DEAD (it's over, finished, zippo) and I don't think I need to give you any proof of that. Now it is an open secret that the Islamic Revolution was an utter failure in every aspect: morally, socially, culturally, economically, etc ... FULL TEXT

* Covering up for criminals

Brad Hernlem writes: I would like to comment on Eyaas' letter "Backstabber". Covering up for criminals is no way to help your hamvatans ["Aaberoo reezi"]. Is it right because "everyone else does it"?

I don't believe that "half of the Iranian population here" seeks to exploit the welfare system. Prove me wrong and I will be the first to join the hate-monger dogs who want to rid the U.S. of immigrants.

Most Iranians I know are upstanding, highly productive and ambitious people. It makes me wonder who is the "Persian backstabber"!

* Funeral service: Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater (1926-1999)

Funeral services for Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater will be on Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel (1076 Madison 81st St.), New York City ... SEE OBITUARY

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ASHGABAT, May 21 (Reuters) - Turkey agreed on Friday to purchase 16 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, bringing an ambitious pipeline project linking the two countries one step closer. Questions remain, however, over the financing of the 2,000-km (1,250-mile), $2.0-2.5 billion project, which is headed by a U.S.-led consortium ... FULL TEXT

Rights group condemns attack

Press release, (The Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran) - On Wednesday, May 19, 1999, following a peaceful gathering held by students commemorating the birthday of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh in Ahmadabad, Iran, his hometown located about 60 miles west of Tehran, the participants were attacked by members of the Hezbollah group, supported by the government, leaving many injured and hospitalized as a result ... FULL TEXT

Khatami concludes historic tour

May 20, 1999, (BBC) - President Mohammad Khatami's tour of Arab states is being seen as a major step forward in Iran's relations with the Arab side of the Gulf. He left the Gulf state of Qatar on Thursday after an eight-day tour which had also taken him to Syria and Saudi Arabia ... FULL TEXT

Iran "plotted Afghan uprising"

May 21, 1999, (BBC) Afghanistan's Taleban movement has accused Iran of being behind a failed uprising in the Western Afghan city of Herat. A senior Taleban official, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, told the BBC that 100 people had been arrested and eight ringleaders of the plot killed and their bodies put on display ... FULL TEXT

Afghan Taleban says foils Iran-backed plot

ISLAMABAD, May 21 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban movement said on Friday it had foiled an Iranian-backed opposition plot to attack the historic northwestern city of Herat. Taleban Information Minister Amir Khan Mutaqi, quoted by a Pakistan-based Afghan news service, said Taleban forces pre-empted the attack by striking opposition plotters on Tuesday when they were distributing Iranian-made weapons, killing at least eight of them and arresting more than 100 ... FULL TEXT

Canada here we come...

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The national soccer team will be flying to Canada on May 29, but probably without some familiar names like Nasser Mohammad-Khani. But the league's best goal scorer, Koursh Barmak, has been added to the squad ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Extremists attack gathering on Mossadegh's birthday

LONDON, May 20 (BBC Persian Service) - About 50 radicals attacked a crowd of about 2,000 who had gathered to commemorate the birthday of deceased prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh Thursday. Ezzatollah Sahabi, a liberal opposition figure, was interrupted as he tried to deliver a speech. He spoke to the BBC about the incident ... LISTEN HERE IN REALAUDIO

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