The Iranian Times

Tuesday May 25, 1999 / Khordad 4, 1378, No. 733

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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Talking pictures
In the tradition of "faal gereftan"

By Yasmine Rafii
May 25, 1999
The Iranian

Last year, I started writing short narratives for my own amusement. The Iranian has featured a couple of them and since my other love is images, it seemed natural to combine the two.

The six pages you see here are the first in a series of what is to become an illuminated manuscript. I love the tradition of "faal gereftan", and kept that in the back of my mind as I was working ... GO TO FEATURE


The Kish controversy

Film directors Bahram Bayzaie and Nasser Taghvaie are angry at a decision by the Cannes film festival to cut their contribution to "Tales of Kish" - a collection of films about the Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. The festival ended this weekend and the film did not win any awards:

- Bahram Bayzaie's protest letter
- Nasser Taghvaie's protest letter
- Cannes festival official's letter

Also see: Daily Variety's review of "Tales of Kish"


Women's band sing pop for Allah

By Frances Harrison in Kuala Lumpur
The Guardin, London

The Taliban in Afghanistan and the hardline clergy in Iran might regard them as blasphemous, but in Malaysia Islamic pop groups are a hit, even with the fundamentalist PAS party. Nasyid groups, as they are known, are winning awards for using their talents to bring people closer to Allah ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Fight extremism by improving economy

Salman Moghaddamjoo writes: I believe that in order to mobilize the majority who voted for Mr. Khatami, and fully neutralize all hardline elements in Iran, the economy needs to be fully improved ["From revolution to freedom"].

When people feel they have enough to eat without having to hold more than one job, then even some members of the crazy Ansar Hizbollah can be converted to freedom fighters rather than just stay on as mercenaries ... FULL TEXT

* Youth true engine of change

Asghar Mossombagi writes: I appreciate the writer's first hand experience and the courage of the students ["From revolution to freedom"]. I only want to remind the writer that no generation of Iranian youth in the past 50 years has been without courage.

That every young generation from the time of Dr. Mossadegh to anti-dictatorship movements of the 60's and 70's to the 1978 revolution has been the true engine of change in Iranian political arena ... FULL TEXT

* Community: Iranian organization "most exemplary" in Oregon

The Asian Reporter Scholarship and Awards Selection Committee has unanimously selected the Andisheh Center for its contribution and tireless effort on behalf of the Iranian community, as one of the community's Most Exemplary Volunteer Organizations in Oregon. The Committee has also recognized Dr. Malekeh Taleghani as the Community's most exemplary volunteer activist ... DETAILS HERE

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Factional tug-of-war prevents election of new Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, May 25 (AFP) - Tehran's municipal council on Tuesday postponed the election of a new mayor for the second time in a week amid a dispute over who should head one of the world's largest capitals. "The election of the mayor is not on Tuesday's agenda of the city council meeting," a municipality source told AFP, adding that members of the council had failed to reach a consensus over the candidates ... FULL TEXT

Islamic fundamentalists clash with Tehran university students

TEHRAN, May 25 (AFP) - Groups of Islamic fundamentalists clashed with several hundred pro-reform students during a political gathering at Tehran university on Tuesday, witnesses said. The gathering, which took place inside the university campus, was in "defence of political prisoners and freedom." ... FULL TEXT

Iran to launch first training for policewomen

May 25, 1999 TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran will soon launch its first training for women police officers, in a move to improve employment opportunities for women in the Islamic republic, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran colonel dies in helicopter crash

TEHRAN, May 23 (Reuters) - An Iranian army intelligence colonel and another officer died when their helicopter crashed in southern Iran, a newspaper reported on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

UK considers cover for Iranian oil projects

London, may 24, irna - britain's export credit guarantee department (ecgd) is sending a delegation to tehran next week to discuss state cover for an iranian oil project that is at an advanced stage ... FULL TEXT

Iran opens second fibre-optic cable plant

TEHRAN, Iran, May 25 (UPI) -- Iran has inaugurated a $2.3 million fibre-optic cable plant described as the first of its kind in the Middle East ... FULL TEXT

Iran hosts nearly 2 million refugees

TEHRAN (May 25) XINHUA - Iran presently hosts 1.9 million refugees, the largest number in any country of the world, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Pour-Heydari out, German in

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Mansour Pour-Heydari has resigned as the head coach of the Iranian national team following news that an experienced German has been chosen to lead the team. The new coach will join the Iranian players in Canada where they are due to take part in friendly international matches early next month ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Faraki: assistant coach

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Hossein Faraki, the leading goal scorer in 1978, has quietly returned to the world of soccer, this time as a coach. He has been an assistant coach to the national team for some time. He spoke about the team's composition as it prepares to leave for Canada ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN


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